With Rogue One having come out this week and Star Wars Celebration coming up later in the month in Orlando, it got me thinking about how great it is to be a fan these days. Not only is there a Star Wars movie in some form in the works every year for the foreseeable future, but we have great new and exciting products coming out in virtually every medium. Some fans might not be aware of all the options they have to indulge in the franchise, so here is a rundown of just some of the great products out.
Table Top Games
Fantasy Flight Games has the rights to Star Wars and has done an incredible job of offering something for everyone. X-Wing and Armada are both miniature based games that simulate close quarters dog fights or massive fleet battles. They allow you to customize your squad based on your own personal style and are fairly easy games to learn. Plus, they have beautifully detailed, fully painted miniatures.
Imperial Assault is a board game where one player takes the role of the Imperials while up to four others play Rebels attempting to complete a series of linked missions that make up a full story narrative. It is another easy to learn game with great miniatures that makes you feel like a Rebel trying to outsmart and outmaneuver the overwhelming numbers of Storm Troopers, droids, and Sith. As you play through each mission you’ll have the chance to get add-ons and upgrades to your character which gives great replayability. In addition to the scenarios presented in the core box there are a slew of expansions that add more missions, stories, and characters.
Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and Force and Destiny are a series of Role Playing Games focusing on different elements of the Star Wars universe. Edge of the Empire allows you to play smugglers and rogues, Age of Rebellion bring classic Rebels, then Force and Destiny adds Jedi and Force users. All three games use the same mechanics and custom dice allowing them to be used together but give a unique feel to each style of game. The custom dice and mechanics take a bit to get used to but are worth the learning curve. The system creates the feeling of being in the Star Wars universe and has plenty of additional books to add races, powers, gear, and more!
In 2015, Marvel Comics began producing comic books again, having regained the license from Dark Horse. The wonderful thing about these comics is they are all part of the official Star Wars cannon filling in gaps between and before movies. The main title, Star Wars, has been running since 2015 and other titles like Darth Vader, Kanan, Princess Leia, Lando, and even Chewbacca have been limited runs, most of which being 5 issues. If you have been missing out don’t worry you can still order all of these in collected volumes making it possible to get caught up anytime! Or jump in when new titles start; in June a new Darth Vader series starts and will explore the time between the end of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, even covering the creation of his iconic red lightsaber.
Hasbro continues to put out great 3.75” and 6” figures of characters from Episodes 1 – 7, Rogue One, and even extended universe characters like Darth Revan. Artfx+ makes 1/10th scale statues of all your favorites at a reasonable price with great detail. If you are looking for a little higher end, Hot Toys makes 1/6th scale figures and premium format statues that are painstakingly hand painted with an incredible amount of detail in facial features, clothing, and accessories. I’ll admit, these have become my addiction.
If none of that sparks your interest there are novels for all ages that are also all part of the official canon, LEGO sets, videogames, clothing, models sets, and countless other items. Regardless of your personal taste and style Star Wars is sure to have something for you these days.