She really loved Yoda in this one! This all started with me wanting to watch Return of the Jedi which she got into, then she wanted to watch ROTS because a friend of ours showed it to his daughter who is now scared of senior citizens because of Palpatine's face getting warped. Then we ended up watching A New Hope, Episode 1, Episode 2, and, finally, ESB. My daughter really liked TFA when it came out but hasn't seen it in a few years so we'll probably watch it soon. I guess we'll make our way through the Sequel Trilogy next.
More after the break...
I received Star Wars: Unlock! for Christmas and immediately after watching ESB we decided to play the mission "Escape from Hoth." This is a card and app based room escape game with three different scenarios and this one basically takes you through the events of the first act of The Empire Strikes Back. It's quite fun with good art, clever but not obtuse puzzles, and an interesting play mechanic where you actually pick 3 skill cards from a set of six options which give you some hints or guidance in the game. A knowledge of Star Wars is definitely helpful, though probably not required, but it absolutely made things easier for us as you'll have an idea what is expected of you in each scenario.
Of course, after finishing the book we watched the movie. While it's not as sprawling as most of the others (it's the second shortest film after The Deathly Hallows pt 2), Order of the Phoenix is quite well done. It feels more coherent as a movie than the two previous films, which felt like you really needed to read the books to make sense of everything. Order of the Phoenix just has a simpler story than the previous few books and director David Yates does a good job of staying on one theme and following it. Yates' vision for the films definitely begins to lose some of the charm of the early movies (magical creatures, ghosts, and bizarre wizarding world elements get left behind) but the performances are all top notch and there is definitely a sense of anxiety captured that makes the audience feel that there are real stakes involved.
I received the complete Blackadder for Christmas and, of course, I had to watch Blackadder's A Christmas Carol. Rowan Atkinson plays Ebenezer Blackadder, one of the nicest men in England. He's kind, generous, patient, and played by Rowan Atkinson, so you know you're in for some hilarity. When visited by the Spirit of Christmas on Christmas Eve (played by Robbie Coltrane looking just like a younger Hagrid) who just wants to check in on him and thank him for being so wonderful, Blackadder learns that his relatives, both past and future, were terrible people who got ahead by being awful. In a reverse Scrooge, Ebenezer Blackadder ends up becoming a terrible person himself, missing out on a reward from Queen Victoria. It's one of the best alternate versions of a Christmas Carol and it's well worth tracking down if you're a fan of a Christmas Carol or Rowan Atkinson.
Let's kick of 2021 with a look at the most popular reviews and articles on Action Figure Barbecue, shall we?
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) from Star Wars: The Black Series is a review from a year ago that jumped to the top on it's second week. Gee, I wonder what could have got folks excited to check out this older review again, huh? Man, Luke's appearance in The Mandalorian season 2 finale was amazing. I bet this guy's going to be hot again. How long until you think Hasbro releases a version of Luke Skywalker from The Mandalorian?
Snake Mountain from Masters of the Universe Classics
is on it's second week and I'm glad folks are reading this one as it was
a beast of a review. Super7 really capped this line off with an
impressive piece. Even though I have some quibbles with it, I'm sure
glad to have it on my shelf.
IG-11 from Star Wars: The Credit Collection is on his third week and standing strong. The Credit Collection is a series of repaints based on the excellent concept art shown during the end credits of each episode of The Mandalorian. This is a series of repaints with a new roleplay credit accessory but since they look fantastic and nearly everything based on The Mandalorian sells like nerf nuggets at a podrace, these are hot, hot, hot!
Barbecue's Ramblings: 10 Star Wars: The Black Series Figures We Need From The Sequel Trilogy Era is the first of what is planned to be a series of top 10 lists and stuff just giving me a place to ramble on. It's proven to be quite popular and is here for it's third week. Jump over there and let me know what you think! Who has Hasbro neglected from the first 5 Disney Star Wars films.
Luke Skywalker & Yoda (Jedi Training) from Star Wars: The Black Series is the only new debut this week. Hey, it's a good time to be Luke Skywalker right now, you know? This was a great 2-pack from 2020 and captured a classic scene from the greatest of the Star Wars films!
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight) from Star Wars: The Black Series
shows us that people still love the Prequels and, especially, Obi-Wan
Kenobi. He's on his second week here. Who else is ready for
the Kenobi series?
That's it for this week. I'm going to be trying to catch up on 2020 releases before my best of 2020 awards in February so stay tuned!