Star Wars is a huge topic of discussion lately. Disney’s D23 convention has really sparked conversation with the news of a Star Wars Land in their parks and an army of new Star Wars products. The Force Awakens is showing up everywhere. We’ll be talking about what this means for Fantasy Flight’s X-Wing game tomorrow, but that isn’t the only place that is getting a big shakeup. This week end also showed the first two Disney Infinity Figures for the Force Awakens playset.
The thing I find the most interesting is how quickly people have come to re-embrace Star Wars. There will always be and have always been that people that love the franchise, but the prequels did a lot of damage. The hype around these new trailers matches the buzz that was going around during the Phantom Menace. People are excited about Star Wars again and that’s a pretty wonderful thing. I can still remember taking the day off to see Phantom Menace. I was stationed in a small enough city that I didn’t have to camp out or anything, but I did arrive to the theater like two hours early. Everyone was so excited in the theater when that opening crawl came up.
I suppose time heals all wounds. I like to think that the Clone Wars and Rebel cartoons helped. Including the original cast makes it feel like the new films will be good. I mean it’s not like Harrison Ford would sign up for a bad movie in a beloved franchise…. In addition to that, there is a generation who grew up with the prequels as their first Star Wars movies. I’ve met people who count those as their favorites. That seems crazy to me but I suppose like with James Bond, the first one you see is probably going to make the biggest impact on you. And to be honest, while there is a lot I don't like; there is something about each of the prequels that I enjoy.
I won’t lie, I’m hyped about Star Wars. The first time I saw the X-Wings skimming over the ground in the trailer I knew they had my ticket money. When I saw that the droid BB was an actual physical creation and not just some cgi thrown into a scene I fell in love. Then I saw a spoiler picture of an X-Wing that wasn’t in the trailer. That picture cemented it for me; I need to see that thing in action. I don’t want to post spoilers here, but damn that thing is so pretty. I want to lick it and claim it as my own. Anyway, there will be a lot of Star Wars talk coming up in the upcoming months and I’m really looking forward to it.