Topps Cards has uploaded a list on their site that features all kinds of new decks and cards part of their upcoming Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases. Of course, the most interesting section is directly related to the actual movie directed by Rian Johnson. I am still not sure what to think of this, since the list is freely accessible by anyone on Topps’ site, although the content could be considered spoilerific for a general outline of the movie…
BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!
The listing that you can find here has all kinds of different decks, but the most interesting one is The Last Jedi Base Cards. They include the following cards (final warning, the following info pretty much reveals the basic plot outline of TLJ):
91 Rey’s Solitude
92 General Leia Organa
93 Rey and her Lightsaber
94 On Crait
95 Rushing to Attack
96 Finn’s Recovery
97 Poe Responds
98 The Fury of Kylo Ren
99 Shards of the Past
100 Luke’s Grim Perspective
101 Ski Speeder Assault
102 Walkers Incoming
103 The Resistance
104 The Resistance X-wing
105 The Resistance A-wing
106 The Battle Commences
107 Frigates Under Fire
108 The Resistance Vs. The First Order
109 The Millennium Falcon Flees
110 Heroes United
As you can see some of the outline is pretty close to what we all guessed based on the teaser trailer and the behind the scenes footage, but there are also several interesting points. For example we all thought that the battle on the planet Crait will happen at the end of the movie, but here it is in the middle.
First I thought that this list might not be in chronological order but then I looked at The Force Awakens cards in the same listing which are in perfect chronological order, making me to conclude that The Last Jedi deck should also be in chronological order. Here are TFA cards:
71 Invasion of the First Order
72 Poe’s Interrogation
73 Fast Friends
74 Rey, the desert scavenger
75 Escaping Jakku
76 Kylo Ren’s Rage
77 An Unexpected Encounter
78 Off to Takodana
79 Outside Maz’s Castle
80 Maz’s band plays on!
81 The First Order Rallies!
82 Finn Steps Up
83 Rey alone!
84 The Resistance Takes Flight
85 Formulating the Plan
86 Infiltrating Starkiller Base
87 Reunion with Rey
88 Dueling the Dark Side
89 Rey’s Victory
90 Meeting Luke Skywalker
The most interesting 2 cards for me are Shards of the Past and Luke’s Grim Perspective. I assume that these will take place at the end of Rey’s training on Ahch-To. This probably will be connected with the Journal that we’ve seen in the teaser trailer and Luke’ words that the Jedi are no more. But are we going to see Luke leaving Ahch-To? This remains the biggest mystery to me. We are yet to see any proof that the Master Jedi will leave the island. Also, according to the last card, the heroes will be united at the end of the movie. From the BTS reel we had the impression that this would happen during the battle on Crait.
So as you can see there are some things that look off in this list, and at this point we shouldn’t jump to any big conclusions. After all, they may not be in a chronological order – the placement of a card talking about the Resistance arriving on Crait before Finn wakes up seems to go against what we’ve been led to believe about the plot so far, but that might just be the exception to the rule. It’s curious that Cantonica and the city of Canto Bight is not mentioned anywhere in the cards, and the final sequence appears to be taking place in space. There are also some character cards in the list, but there are no surprises there.
Again, we’re not sure if this is a real leak or this is supposed to be revealed for Force Friday II. But if we are to believe Rian Johnson’s words from earlier today, we should be safe and not spoiled by TLJ merchandise.
Nah, unless seeing what characters & ships look like count, we were careful to make sure the toys & toy marketing don’t spoil anything.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 31, 2017
Special thanks to Rieekan for sending the link.
Pablo Hidalgo was asked to share his opinion on the list. According to him the list is very misguided:
I don’t know what’s out there, but that seems pretty unlikely.
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) September 1, 2017
Yeah, that story seems as misguided and wrong as anything “movieweb” would be.
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) September 1, 2017
It’s unclear what exactly he means by misguided. Perhaps the list is not in chronological order, because I doubt that a company like Topps will include official cards that are intentionally misguided and wrong on their site. Still, it’s a good thing that this list does not actually give us a better idea about the plot, it’s better this way. We all hope for the best experience in December.
Also Topps clarified themselves that the cards are not in chronological order:
Just noticed you quoted my tweet.
You may be interested to see Topps responded too pic.twitter.com/n6pJzHx50v
— John Bear Mackay (@johnbearmackay) September 1, 2017
Thanks to John Bear Mackay for the heads up.