No, the New Topps Star Wars Trading Cards Didn’t Spoil The Last Jedi

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September 1st brought a massive wave of new merchandise for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Among the products is the set of 2017 Topps Star Wars Journey to The Last Jedi trading cards.

With the movie not scheduled to hit the big screen until December 15, not a lot is known about the movie other than a couple of trailers, some very general merchandise and a few encyclopedias worth of speculation.

But several websites started sounding the alarm that the Journey to The Last Jedi trading cards spoiled the story and how things will play out.

They don’t.

Taking a look at the captions from the checklist, one could assume that the 20 cards dedicated to The Last Jedi tell a potentially complete story:


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


In actuality, they don’t any more than the official previews put out by Disney. Much like the similar 2015 Topps Journey to The Force Awakens and 2016 Topps Road to Rogue One sets, these cards simply take images from already released trailers.

And that #110, which alludes to a reunion, it’s more like the kind of artwork you’d expect to find on a poster or action figure packaging.

Topps Responds

Topps also responded to the spoiler rumors on Twitter by noting that the 20-card subset isn’t necessarily arranged in chronological order based on the final cut of the film.

 

 

2017 Topps Star Wars Journey to The Last Jedi is a primer of sorts for the new movie. The reality is, the vast majority of the checklist features recaps from the previous eight films as well as the cartoons. So there are spoilers to be found, just not for The Last Jedi.

Trading cards go through an approvals process before they’re released. That means that every image and word of text is scrutinized by both card manufacturers and the licensors, in this case Lucasfilm and Disney.

Video Evidence

Here’s the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer.

Now here’s a gallery of the majority of the cards in question. The images should be very familiar, particularly as most come from the latter part of the two-minute clip.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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