25 February 2009
American trading card institution TOPPS gets radical with the new STAR WARS GALAXY 4.
Since the release of the original STAR WARS movie in 1977, Topps has brought the magic of the big screen to the tiny trading card, inspiring millions of kids worldwide and defining a genre. In the following 30 plus years, Topps has continued to push the boundaries with such innovations as widescreen cards, foil stamps, and motion cards, evolving far beyond the old wax paper and crappy gum packets of yesteryear.
Enter the Sketchcard. With the release of 2004's Clone Wars series, Topps once again raised the bar by introducing 1 of 1 artist interpretations drawn directly onto blank cards. Short packed in with the regular cards, these are very rare, highly sought after mini works of fine art. Sketchcards have become a collecting category unto themselves, with websites and fan groups obsessively trying to find and catalogue each one as their value continues to increase. Traditionally, these sketchcards have been produced by Comic book artists, animators and fantasy illustrators, all known artists within the Star Wars community. Until now.
Reaching out to the vast world of street artists, toy designers, and underground pop mutants, Topps has pushed the limits once again. With the debut of the first die-cut sketch card, artists outside the traditional realm of Star Wars illustration have put their own stamp on these little canvases in the shape of Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets. STAR WARS Galaxy is a radical, art-oriented collection that showcases rare and offbeat imaginings of the Star Wars cannon. It is the perfect venue from which to unleash this new experiment in Star Wars collecting. Star Wars Galaxy 4 is available now in most comic and hobby shops or from Topps.com
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