As part of the merchandising blitz for the original Star Wars, Topps released five series of trading cards tied to the film. Finding a complete set today that doesn’t cost a small fortune is all but impossible, unless you’re happy to settle with this new book featuring detailed scans of every last one.
It’s no exaggeration to say Disney has been very careful with content released from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Trailers, footage and toys have all been calculated in what’s revealed and while there’s more coming soon, there’s also stuff out there you may have missed.
Would you spend almost $225 for a single digital image of Han Solo from the original Star Wars? For most people, the answer is obviously “No.” But many of us who are using the app Star Wars: Card Trader, from Topps, would kill to have that singular image in our collections. And some people will pay dearly for it.
Ah, trading cards. We all amassed piles of them when we were younger, be it Pokémon, Star Wars, sports or whatever. Now, at least for their Star Wars line, Topps are bringing the cards back... as part of a digital app that is literally nothing other than buying pictures on your phone.
In 1962, Topps released a controversial trading card series that depicted the gruesome annihilation of "much of Earth's population" by Martian forces. The set was called "Mars Attacks." Many parents, unsurprisingly, hated it. Some three decades later, it inspired the Tim Burton film of the same name.
In 1988, Topps released its Dinosaurs Attack! trading cards — an extraordinarily graphic and brutal collection of artwork, featuring all the horrible things that could go wrong in the unfortunate event that dinosaurs (inexplicably) made their way to the present day. The series, which consisted of 55 cards and 11…