The Force Unwrapped: Breaking Down New Inserts in Star Wars Card Trader

Over the last week, I have been really impressed with the way Topps has figured out how to run an app with no gameplay involved. Being that everything is collection based, they needed to keep people engaged with new content or lose them for good. So far, they have done very well, which is something representative of the amount of work that went into the app. Here is a breakdown of some of the new inserts.

Star Wars Vintage – Han Solo in the Millenium Falcon

5

Rarity: Insert
Card Count: 1500
Collectability: Strong
Cool Factor: Jedi Knight

Its no secret that this game will function on nostalgia, especially when it comes to the original trilogy. This set is a really cool way to capitalize on that sentiment, and should be a popular set each week. As part of the weekly insert group, im still curious to see which card ends up being the sig equivalent. Im still not sold we have seen it yet.

Connections – Darth Sidious and Darth Maul

1

Rarity: Insert
Card Count: 1000
Collectability: Strong
Cool Factor: Jedi Master

I love this design and I love the concept of this card. The movies and universe has a huge dependence on connections between characters and their stories, and a dual card will be a wonderful way to showcase some of the most important ones.

Topps’ Choice – Jek Porkins

3

Rarity: Insert
Card Count: 3000
Collectability: Good
Cool Factor: Jedi Knight

This is the SWCT equivalent of the Editor’s choice, and the pick for this week is perfect. Porkins has been a cult favorite because of his place in the XWing Squadron in the movies, as well as his rotund stature compared to the rest of the pilots. His death is pretty cool, exploding on the surface of the Death Star, and to see that he is remembered as the first Topps Choice is amazing.

Widevision – Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi!

4

Rarity: Insert
Card Count: 1500
Collectability: Strong
Cool Factor: Jedi Master

Not every card has to be of vertical orientation, and that is why I love this set. It has the look of a theater experience, and reminds me of when I got to see the films. Im sure we are going to get some great scenes in this set, and I cannot wait. Maybe Boba Fett and the Sarlaac pit? One can only dream.

Orange Parallel – Qui Gon Jinn

Rarity: Award
Card Count: ???
Collectability: Extreme
Cool Factor: Padawan Learner

This orange parallel set was available in a reward pack that was given to those who could get the golds from the Maul/Kenobi/Jinn set. Considering there are already so many parallels, I dont see a need to bring another into the mix so early on. Purples and Golds are already a task to acquire, but this is on another level. I guess there was some dissatisfaction with the way the packs were available, and the card was gone very fast. There is still no sold out tag on the card, which means it might not be done? I have literally no clue.

Galactic Moments – Ralph McQuarrie

6

Rarity: Insert
Card Count: 5000
Collectability: Good
Cool Factor: Jedi Knight

As for design, this set might be the best of the entire game so far. The concept isnt as strong as weapons or characters would be, but behind the scenes work is a big part of what made Star Wars so successful. Most people wont latch on to this card as much because it is more production based instead of the actual universe, but I think its pretty cool.

Set Review – Force Awakens Episode VII

1

When this was previewed as part of the Star Wars vintage set for physical cards, it got national attention as the first look at collectibles for the new series. I love the vintage look to the cards, and I also love that they are available at such an easy rate. To complete this set, you wont need much to trade, as they are readily available – a win for free to play collectors.

Verdict: BUY!

Set Review – Nightbrothers

2

Ill be completely honest, my understanding of Star Wars is limited mostly to the films. I wasnt familiar with the Clone Wars cartoon, where this originated, but I am going to have to check it out now. The card design looks incredible, and the rarity will make these cards very tough gets.

Verdict: BUY!

Set Review – Hoth

There is no more memorable planet than Hoth, as its icy surface and its place in the lore of the original trilogy make it ripe for love from the fans. This is also the first set where we get Creature and Vehicle cards, something that I think is a big strength for this type of app structure. I desperately hope we get lightsaber cards sometime, but in the mean time, the Hoth cards are awesome.

Verdict: BUY!

Set Review – Star Wars Rebels

My son absolutely loves this show, and from what I have seen, its pretty good. However, my only complaint is that this is another cartoon based set right from the get go, and I would much rather go deeper into the main universe at this time. Although this is something that I think is a great idea as we get going, Im not too engaged at the moment with another set based on the cartoons.

Verdict: SELL!

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