Tuesday, August 03, 2010

2010 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 3D

Topps Widevision.
The ultimate in non-sports cards.

They're back.

In 3D.

And there isn't any half-thought-out garbage to junk it all up. These hearken back to a time before we referred to these as "episodes."

Let's tear in.

Top to Bottom:
46 "Plans for His Son"
With a Darth Vader-centric card, this pack is already a win.

31 "Magnificent Cloud City"
No crime, great schools, and an unbeatable public transportation system put Cloud City at fifth place on Forbes' annual "Most Livable Cities" list.

8 "Back From the Brink"
The Bacta, the weird underwear, the uncomfortable jostling... it's all as I remembered it.

Speaking of which, why don't we have Bacta available to cure our illnesses? Sure, there's Bactine, but that's the light version. We still need something for more than minor scrapes and burns. Why is the scientific community keeping this from us?

Overall, these are great cards. They don't quite work as 3D, since they use the old lenticular technology. It's more like a very subtle Sportflic with less movement. Images in the foreground are kept more or less in place, but the backgrounds move from side to side. The effect does create some illusion of depth, but it's not perfect. I might consider picking up the entire set on eBay at some point in the future, but who knows.

Han shot first.


Jason said...

So, basically, these are sort of Kellogg's Widevision?

David Strohmenger said...

The Empire Strikes Back has always been "Episode V". The films have had episode numbers since release of Empire in 1980. There seems to be this misconception that the episode numbers began with the Special Editions or the prequels, but they have been used for 30 years.