"This is almost like…"
"…making our own Star Wars movie."
―Artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt[2]

The 1996 Topps Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire set is a collectible series of trading cards produced by Topps in 1996, as part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project. The set, comprising 100 cards, features original color illustrations by artists Greg Hildebrandt and Tim Hildebrandt and was designed by Becky Foote.[3]

Each card features a color illustration on the front and detailed narrative text on the back, relating the entire Shadows of the Empire novelized story, written by Steve Perry. Linda Siegal and Greg Hildrebrandt's daughter Mary were among the models who posed for the card illustrations.

Cards 73-82 of the set were special character foil cards. Cards 83-88 highlighted starships and vehicles from Shadows of the Empire. Cards 89-94 featured artwork inspired from the Shadows of the Empire comic series by Dark Horse. Cards 95-100 featured artwork inspired by the LucasArts Shadows of the Empire video game.

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Promotional spread from Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 8

1. Xizor is Lurking
2. Leia's Recurring Nightmare
3. Luke Feels the Dark Side
4. Leia Defends Herself
5. Reunion on Tatooine
6. Xizor Greets Vader
7. Xizor's Dirty Handiwork
8. Ferreting Out a Traitor
9. Beautiful... and Lethal
10. Xizor Summons Jabba
11. Leia Meets Dash Rendar
12. Vader Stays Sharp
13. Xizor Relishes the Good Life
14. Fancy Flying
15. Luke Scores a TIE
16. "Help Me, Obi-Wan..."
17. Boba Fett Escapes From Gall
18. Narrow Escape
19. Dealing with Dash
20. Vader Grows Wary of Xizor
21. Xizor Wants it All
22. The Emperor Insists
23. It'th Greedo'th Uncle
24. The Waiting Game
25. Luke Hones His Lightsaber Skills
26. Swoop Troop Attack
27. Luke Axes a Swooper
28. Good Ol' Beggar's Canyon
29. Vader Destroys the Rebel Base
30. Guri Does Xizor's Dirty Work
31. Luke and Dash's Bothan Mission
32. Dash's Persuasive Charm
33. Attack on the Suprosa
34. Leia Meets Guri
35. Luke and Melan Are Ambushed
36. Luke's Taken Prisoner
37. Guri Turns the Tables
38. Boarding Guri's Stinger
39. Chewbacca in Disguise
40. Leia and Chewie Go Underground
41. Leia Visits Spero's Plant Shop
42. Vader Seethes Over Luke's Escape
43. Leia Arrives at Xizor's Palace
44. Leia Finally Meets Xizor
45. Leia is Smitten
46. Vader Senses His Son
47. Leia Prepares for Xizor
48. Hyperspace... At Last!
49. Xizor Prepares for Leia
50. The Kiss
51. Take That, Xizor!
52. Xizor Sharpens His Claws
53. Dash Does it Again
54. Luke Becomes One with the Force
55. Xizor's Troubled World
56. Vader Uncovers Xizor's Secret Past
57. Same Beast, Different Sewer
58. Dash Fires the Guide
59. Artoo and Threepio Helm the Falcon
60. Luke Blocks Xizor's Fire
61. Will Xizor Call Luke's Bluff?
62. Five Minutes Until Impact
63. Guri Goes Toe-to-Toe with Luke
64. Xizor Narrowly Escapes
65. Xizor's Castle Blows Up
66. Battle Over Coruscant: Part I
67. Battle Over Coruscant: Part II
68. Battle Over Coruscant: Part III
69. Good Riddance, Xizor!
70. Watch Out, Dash!
71. Dash's Secret Getaway
72. Luke Plans Han's Rescue
73. Luke Skywalker
74. Leia and Chewbacca
75. Lando Calrissian
76. R2-D2 and C-3PO
77. Dash and Leebo
78. Xizor
79. Guri
80. Darth Vader
81. Jix and Big Gizz
82. Boba Fett
83. Millennium Falcon
84. Outrider
85. Virago
86. Stinger
87. Swoop
88. Slave I
89. IG-88's Bold Attack on Boba Fett (Dark Horse 1 of 6)
90. Fett Fends Off Fellow Bounty Hunters (Dark Horse 2 of 6)
91. 4-LOM Tries His Luck Against Fett (Dark Horse 3 of 6)
92. Another Narrow Escape for Boba Fett (Dark Horse 4 of 6)
93. Fett Deals with Zuckuss (Dark Horse 5 of 6)
94. At Last, Fett Delivers Han to Jabba (Dark Horse 6 of 6)
95. Dash Battles AT-ATs on Hoth (LucasArts 1 of 6)
96. Dash Uncovers the Swoopers' Plot (LucasArts 2 of 6)
97. Dash Aboard the Suprosa (LucasArts 3 of 6)
98. Dash Attacks Xizor's Skyhook (LucasArts 4 of 6)
99. Dash Rides Ord Mantell Hovertrain (LucasArts 5 of 6)
100. Dash Battles IG-88 on Ord Mantell (LucasArts 6 of 6)


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