When is too much, too much?

About a week ago, we were alerted to a new Star Wars Digital Release Commemorative Collection from Hasbro by @greybear on Instagram (follow us here). The collection, which carries four 3.75-inch figurines each, features six box sets spanning across all the episodes in the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Digital Release collection. Photo: starwars.hasbro.com

The four key figurines are crucial in advancing the plot so Episode I: The Phantom Menace focused on Padme Amidala, R2D2, a battle droid (with bells and whistles) and Darth Maul. While we’re glad Jar Jar wasn’t included, it’s hard not to shed a tear for the fallen Gungans in the Battle of Naboo.

Our favourite Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back features Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, And bounty hunters Bossk and IG-88.   

Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and bounty hunters Bossk and IG-88. What? No Lando? Photo: Starwars.Hasbro.com

We were surprised there was no sign of Princess Leia — neither bossy Leia nor Slave Leia — in the entire collection while featuring two bounty hunters, that in our opinion, weren’t central to the plot. Also missing were Qui-Gon Jinn, Count Dooku and Emperor Palpatine. Perhaps we will see another release with left-out key characters with a premium.

The individual boxsets are available at starwars.hasbro.com for US$17.99 and they are available at ToysRUs in Singapore for about S$240 for all six boxsets.

Wait, what Star Wars Digital Release?  Did we miss an announcement? We’ve heard of Digital Remastering releases but not a Digital Release of the Star Wars saga.

Left confused and in self-doubt, the truth dawned yesterday morning with the announcement of the Star Wars Digital Release for global release on April 10.

In anticipation for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie release in December, Disney, LucasFilm and 20th Century Fox have unleashed all six films on Digital HD so fans can watch them on-the-go with their digital devices. We’re tempted to get A New Hope just so we can hear the whine of a TIE fighter mowing down an X-Wing. And, of course, to relive the first time we’d seen the lightsaber.

New Star Wars Digital Release in anticipation of The Force Awakens. Now all Star Wars episodes are available for digital devices, including the Xbox!

As excited as we are about the hubbub, are the studios cramming too much down our throats? When does too much become too much? When do we collectively put up our hands and say, just wire our salaries directly into your coffers because we want it all?

Well, we’re putting our feet down. Living in a Star Wars museum is all fun and games until the cat and dog have to squeeze around mint-in-box toys to get to the toilet. We’ve recently made the switch to digital comics to save space, and will be letting go of some of our toys to get some breathing room. Of course, we will keep some of our treasures but from now on, Star Wars purchases need to be conscientiously considered.

Maybe after we get the Digital Release Collection.


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