Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series book review

Revisit the Star Wars Topps Trading Card series with these two great books

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Between 1993 and 1995, Topps published over 200 trading cards depicting scenes both drawn from and inspired by classic scenes and characters from the Star Wars original trilogy.

Pulling together images from some of the most talented and acclaimed artists around, like Jack Davis, Steve Ditko, Mike Mignola, Moebius, Jon J Muth and Boris Vallejo, Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series harps back to a more civilised age, where Boba Fett could face off against Han Solo while riding an ice dragon and Jacen and Jaina Solo were still Leia and Han’s canonical children.

Coupled with an introduction and commentary from original Topps editor Gary Gerani and an afterword from the legendary Drew Struzan, as well as a colossal amount of posters, puzzle cards and other rarely seen promotional material, and you have something for every Star Wars lover.Topps_ESB_CoverAlso on the way is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume Two, a bumper-sized collection that reprints the entire 1980 original Topps trading card series, collating all three sets of collectable cards and stickers.

The collection encompasses the fronts and backs of all 352 cards and 88 stickers, all of which feature facts, quotes, trivia, story digests, character profiles and puzzle cards inspired all your favourite scenes from arguably the greatest film in the saga.

But that’s not all – also inside are all 30 of the Giant Photocards, reprinted here for the first time, accompanied by a introduction and commentary from Gary Gerani once more. For a nostalgia trip like no other, you should really add these to your bookshelf.

Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series is available to buy now, while Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume Two is out on 19 April, both published by Abrams & Chronicle Books. For all the latest Star Wars news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.