We are the spark, that will light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down.
The Last Jedi movie just came out – so let’s have a Star Wars-themed unboxing: the Return to Hoth and Jabba’s Realm expansions for Imperial Assault!
I saw the new film last week in a lovely old restored community theatre in Hokitika, New Zealand. The room was full, someone help up a green lightsaber as they intro blurb crawled, and everyone cheered. Somehow Star Wars still seems to catch the popular imagination like nothing else, despite the terrible prequels and the endless commercialisation. It alway surprises me a bit because – even though I’m pretty sure I saw the original in a cinema in 1977 at the age of 11 – that kind of obsession with this universe has always passed me by. I like Star Wars, but I’ve always found it a bit bland. Alien and
Anyway, I enjoyed some of the film, and had my head in my hands in despair at other parts. I won’t spoil anything here, but there were a couple of moments that had me gobsmacked at the tonal clunkiness, unnecessary exposition, and silly plotting. But this has been happening to me a lot lately – films that I’ve thought were average or even bad have been getting great reviews. Perhaps I’m just asking too much of film-making these days! The visuals were on the whole great (one weirdly amateurish bit of green-screening aside), I enjoyed some of the wonky humour (though some was too self-referential and self-conscious), and the last half hour was vastly superior to the rest of the film, especially the ‘throne room’ fight, which felt like it suddnely appeared out of another, better film.
When the credits rolled, everyone clapped and cheered though.
Anyway, that ‘mini-review’ aside, here’s an unboxing of two expansions from the Imperial Assault family. It’s a good game and the release of the new app that allows co-op play makes it even better, so I thought I’d snap up some more expansions. They’re good quality, though I’m still very annoyed at the fact you have to buy main characters separately – no Jabba in Jabba’s Realm? Come on! That Rankor though, that’s a beauty.