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Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens BB8 NO: 61 Funko Pop

BB8 Funko Pop Unboxing Star Wars

Oh BB-8, you lovable little scamp. You’ve rolled into my collection and forced my hand, leading me to begin my descent to the dark side, and collect Star Wars Funko Pop. It’s a burden for sure, but someone has to do it! So that little random rant aside, I love the BB-8 Funko!

It’s a great model, and captures the droids character well. Now, there’s not much to it, it is after all basically a ball with a head, but nonetheless, it still looks good. The colors all look good, and unlike my R2-D2 model, the paintwork is all in the right places.

The one thing I really liked was how shiny the eye is! In certain lights it really does shine, adding a glass affect to the model that looks really impressive.

When I first saw the Star Wars Funko Pop’s, the thing that really put me off (apart from the fact I’d go bankrupt if I started collecting them) was that they were all on a base. It’s not the end of the world, but it felt a bit unnecessary. Thankfully, you can remove the base from your Pop’s, which is a nice little feature.

All in all, this is a good model, with good paint work despite its simplicity. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then you know what you need to do next…. Fulfill your destiny!

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Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1 – Vader

Star Wars Darth Vader Graphic Novel

So, I decided to take a look at Marvel’s Darth Vader series, hoping that it would capture the Darth Vader we all know and love and explore some of his backstory. Instead I got something that read more like the annoying Anakin Skywalker from the prequels.

Now, it’s not a bad read, it’s just not a very good one. The story follows Darth Vader after the destruction of the first Death Star, and as you can imagine, Emperor Palpatine is not happy! This should lead to some pretty interesting stories, but instead we get some boring political games between the two dark lords of the Sith.

What I did enjoy about Darth Vader was how much of an unappreciated character he was throughout. He’s treated as an archaic tool by the characters around him, something that should be disposed of, a simple weapon, and this makes things a little more interesting.

Vader clearly doesn’t trust the Emperor, and the feelings mutual. The Emperor is up to something, and Vader want’s to find out what his plans are, while he puts together his own secret force. This takes the story in a direction which brings some new supporting characters on board (relatively annoying ones) and ends with some more characters seeking to replace Darth (they are even more annoying!) Ultimately, the story is pretty generic.

Now the art, that’s pretty good. Some of the scenes look fantastic and the appearance of Vader is captured perfectly. His emotion is drawn incredibly well considering he’s always wearing his armor and helmet, and the reader really gets a feel for what the Sith Lord is thinking and feeling.

The question to ask at the end of all that, is this worth reading? Honestly, probably not. I’m not sure if it’s heading in a better direction, but so far it’s felt extremely weak. The art and style is great, but that’s about it. For something that focuses on such a great character I find it disappointing that his adventures are so generic… so bland…

Fingers crossed things will get better. There are hints towards the end that the Vader we know and love is coming back, so let’s see where that takes us. This is just the opening after all!