Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back is a Topps card set that illustrates the original 1983 radio adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back. The set was released on April 29, 2015 as the follow up to Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope.
Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back comprises 100 base cards and three insert subsets: One Year Earlier, Movie Poster Reinterpretations, and The Mission: Capture Skywalker. The 100 base cards also come in purple, bronze, or gold parallels. Additional hits include The Empire Strikes Back Film Cel Relics, Sketch Cards, Panorama Sketch Cards, Artist Autographs, Sketchagraphs, and Printing Plates.
Artists Matt Busch and Randy Martinez illustrated the base set, Grant Gould illustrated the One Year Earlier subset, while Jerry Vanderstelt, Tony Harris, Mike Mayhew, Chad McGowan, Mike Allred, Tom Hodges, Jason Crosby, Chris Trevas, Doug Cowan, and Kevin Graham contributed the Movie Poster Reinterpretations.
See 'The Empire Strikes Back' drama like never before with Topps Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back. Each base card uses brand new artwork to re-tells the radio drama from unique and interesting vantage point. This set adds new background and expands on key scenes from the film. Insert cards include One Year Earlier, Movie Poster Reinterpretations, and The Mission: Capture Skywalker.
Topps previewed the Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back card set at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim from April 16–19, 2015. Fans attending the four-day convention were given the opportunity to purchase a Celebration-exclusive Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back ten-card mini-set as well as collect autographs from the set's contributing artists on show-exclusive cards.
The full factory set went on sale beginning April 29, 2015. The Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back official checklist on the Topps website includes noticeable numerical gaps in listing the set's Film Cel Relics cards. However, rather than an incomplete checklist, these gaps represent cards that were not produced, whereas other cards could not have their numbering changed.
1. Renegade Flight
One Year Earlier
OY-1 Luke Skywalker (South Ridge, Hoth)
Movie Poster Reinterpretations
MP-1 Jerry Vanderstelt
The Mission: Capture Skywalker
1. Darth Vader
Film Cel Relics
FR-1 On the Frozen Wastelands
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Topps Star Wars. Topps Star Wars (April 29, 2015, 5:20 pm). "Topps Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back trading cards are out in Hobby shops now! Featuring all new art, this set brings the radio drama to life. Hits include film cels, sketch cards, panorama sketch cards, artist autographs, sketchagraphs, and print plates!" (screenshot)
- ↑ Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back (2015) — Topps.com
- ↑ Topps Star Wars. Topps Star Wars (April 16, 2015, 9:30 am). "Check out our booth at Star Wars Celebration! Come visit Topps Booth #1105 for exclusive merchandise, free giveaways, signings from sketch artists, and more!" (screenshot)
- ↑ Topps Star Wars. Topps Star Wars (April 17, 2015, 8:09 pm). "Come to Topps Booth #1105 right now at Star Wars Celebration to meet artist Matt Busch signing copies of his Topps 'Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strikes Back' show-exclusive cards." (screenshot)
- ↑ Topps Star Wars. Topps Star Wars (April 19, 2015, 11:06 am). "It's the final day of Star Wars Celebration! Swing by Topps Booth #1105 to pick up our exclusive Star Wars Celebration Illustrated card set featuring 10 character cards all together. Here's Jedi Master Yoda. See you there!" (screenshot)
- ↑ Topps Star Wars. Topps Star Wars (April 30, 2015, 5:28 pm). "Some cards didn't get produced but then we couldn't change the numbering so there are gaps. Apologies about that. But the checklist is comprehensive" (screenshot)