A not-so-long time ago, in a galaxy pretty nearby, fans lined up to buy toys of Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and other brand new characters from a movie they wouldn’t see for another three months. Only one franchise could harness that kind of blind power: Star Wars. And that’s because Star Wars and toys go together like…
The genius of The Empire Strikes Back is its simplicity. It basically takes place in only three places. The main characters spend the majority of the film apart. But within that incredibly tight structure you get a surplus of darkness, mystery and character. Welcome to our Star Wars rewatch!
Even before George Lucas created his Special Editions, the filmmaker was tinkering with Star Wars. Case in point, if you saw the 1977 original in 1977, it didn’t have an “Episode” or even a title beyond “Star Wars.” That was added in 1981 and ever since then, the changes haven’t stopped.
Start scrabbling for dimes down the backs of your sofas—the costume David Prowse wore in The Empire Strikes Back is up for auction, where it's expected to sell for anything between $250,000 - $365,000. [Pursuitist—Thanks, Christopher!]