Preview the Darth Vader Operative Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“What is thy bidding, my master?”

   –Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

The dark side of the Force corrupts all that it touches, twisting those who practice it into shells of their former selves. Such is the case with Anakin Skywalker. Once known as one of the strongest Jedi in the entire galaxy, Skywalker was seduced by the dark side and became an agent of evil determined to eliminate the last vestiges of his former order.

Now known as Darth Vader, Skywalker has become more machine than man as he scours the galaxy in an attempt to snuff out the embers of Rebellion. Soon, you’ll be able to harness his dark power on the battlefields of Star Wars™: Legion with the Darth Vader Operative Expansion!

Featuring a finely detailed soft plastic Darth Vader miniature in a different pose than the Darth Vader miniature found in the Core Set, this expansion contains everything you need to field Darth Vader as an Operative in your Imperial armies.

Highly skilled with both a lightsaber and the Force, this miniature’s unit card is accompanied by three new command cards that can be used interchangeably with the command cards found in the Core Set, giving you even more ways to use both versions of this unit. Finally, four upgrade cards help you tap into Vader’s full potential with the Force and grant him even more battle training. Read on for a full look at the Darth Vader Operative Expansion!

The Emperor’s Apprentice

Despite Darth Vader’s great power, he is merely an apprentice to the true power in the galaxy: Emperor Palpatine. Dispatched to do the Emperor’s bidding across the galaxy, Vader will not rest until his master’s will has been carried out. Rather than command Imperial troops on the battlefield, then, this version of Darth Vader is more focused on personally eliminating any who would question the Emperor’s authority.

A central tenet of this plan is the eradication of any remaining Jedi Knights, a task Darth Vader particularly relishes. Relentlessly pursuing Force users to the far corners of the galaxy, Vader uses his hatred of the Jedi to make even deadlier strikes against them. While Vader’s lightsaber attacks don’t have quite the same damage potential as his counterpart in the Core Set, a combatant of Darth Vader’s stature is sure to draw enemy fire and, with a little Tenacity, this gap can be easily bridged.

But Darth Vader does not rely on his lightsaber alone. To him, the Force itself is a weapon. When his opponents are out of reach of his lightsaber, he can simply throw them with the Force as a ranged attack. Such an attack can deal damage, of course, but it has other advantages as well. Rather than randomly slamming his opponents to the ground, Vader can strategically place all the non-leader minis in a small base trooper unit after performing a Force throw, potentially pulling them out of cover and leaving them vulnerable to further attack.

A Force throw is just one example of how Darth Vader can benefit your entire army without directly commanding troops. With three new command cards to enhance his already prodigious skills, he can unleash the power of the dark side. Darth Vader’s mere presence on a battlefield is enough to fill enemy troops with Fear, but as this Darkness Descends upon a combat zone, Vader becomes even more prepared to fight. If it’s the opening stages of the battle, he can make his presence felt even more strongly, quickly advancing on enemy positions and forcing them into a confrontation with the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Not one to shy away from the front lines, Vader can always spur himself forward into the fray and with sufficient Endurance, he has little to worry from suppression tokens. If such an assault isn’t enough to demoralize opposing forces, perhaps witnessing the extent of Vader’s Might will be. With this card, Darth Vader can use his power to displace an entire unit, potentially putting a friendly unit in a more advantageous position—or pulling in an enemy so he can finish them off.

Even if the enemy thinks they have gained the upper hand on Vader, they will quickly discover that he is only surrounded by Fear and Dead Men.  This card gives him an even better chance of dealing damage as he deflects incoming blaster fire, making enemy units carefully consider whether they want to target him.

The Power of the Dark Side

Everywhere that Darth Vader goes, fear is sure to follow. Harness the power of this fear on the battlefield with the Darth Vader Operative Expansion for Star Wars: Legion!

Look for the Darth Vader Operative Expansion (SWL57) at your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copies at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental U.S.—here

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Preview the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be.”

   —Yoda, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The path of a Jedi is difficult. One must sacrifice much if they hope to become a master of the Force and fully commit themself to peace and tranquility if they are to resist the sway of the dark side. This is especially true of Luke Skywalker, who not only endeavored to become a Jedi during an era when the order had been all but exterminated, but who also had to confront the legacy of evil granted by his father, the infamous Darth Vader. 

Despite these obstacles, Skywalker became one of the most renowned Jedi Knights in the galaxy, using the Force at pivotal moments throughout the Galactic Civil War to secure crucial victories for the Rebel Alliance. After using the Force in battles from Hoth to Endor, Luke Skywalker is ready to lend his power to your Rebel armies with the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion!

This expansion contains one unpainted, finely detailed soft plastic Luke Skywalker miniature wielding his iconic lightsaber along with a unit card and all the tokens you need to deploy him into battle. Already a highly skilled combatant, three command cards that can be used interchangeably with Luke Skywalker’s command cards from the Star Wars: Legion Core Set allow Luke Skywalker to augment his prodigious abilities, giving you even more options for using him in the midst of a heated battle.

Finally, four upgrade cards invite you to unlock Luke Skywalker’s full potential, giving you access to even more Force powers and training. Read on for a closer look at everything included in the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion!

Legacy of the Force

Over the course of the Star Wars saga, Luke Skywalker has evolved from a farmboy on the backwater planet of Tatooine to hero of the Rebellion and, finally, powerful Jedi Knight. As he has made this progression, he has also transitioned from field commander leading Rebel attacks to a solitary figured focused on developing his skills with the Force. It should be no surprise, then, that the more experienced Luke Skywalker found in this Operative Expansion takes a different approach to combat than the plucky blossoming Force user found in the Star Wars: Legion Core Set.

Once wielding both his father’s lightsaber and his own DL-44 blaster pistol, the new version of Luke Skywalker now focuses solely on melee combat with a lightsaber. But Skywalker has honed his skills with this weapon, becoming a true force to be reckoned with. Not only has he shown his worthiness of the title of Jedi Knight by constructing his own lightsaber, this version of Luke Skywalker is also more proficient with the weapon and has even greater potential for dealing damage.

A lightsaber is a powerful weapon capable of dealing devastating damage to almost any target, but a true Jedi only uses their skills to defend themselves from agressive foes. As a result, the Operative version of Luke Skywalker continues to be able to use their blade to deflect incoming blaster fire that would otherwise pierce through his defenses. But a trained Jedi also knows when to break off a fight and Luke Skywalker can now disengage from a single enemy unit that may be stalling his progress or blocking his escape. 

Beyond its obvious benefits in combat, Skywalker’s deepening understanding of the Force has not only broadened the potential ways he can use the Force during a battle, it also means that he can use these abilities more frequently. Far from simply enhancing himself, Luke Skywalker can call upon the power of the Force to aid the entire Rebel army. If he lets the Force flow through him into his fellow troops, he can help  guide  the actions of others, even those who do not share his Force sensitivity.

This isn’t the only way that Luke Skywalker can contribute to your overall strategy, of course. In addition to growing more powerful in the Force, the rigors of Jedi training have toughened him and made him all the more courageous. When they meet on the battlefield, then, enemies often find that Skywalker is  Full of Surprises  and can escape seemingly impossible situations. 

At the same time, a Jed Knight like Luke Skywalker can use the Force to influence the weak-minded, bending them to his will. While this power can be used on Skywalker’s fellow Rebels to grant them extra moves and attacks, he can also use it to give the enemy army a new master to serve,  potentially convincing them to attack members of their own army. Similarly, a Jedi must learn to control their aggression, and if Luke Skywalker resists the urge to give into ange r, he can prevent nearby enemy troopers from attacking as well.

Use the Force

As the first Jedi Knight in a generation, Luke Skywalker has brought hope to countless beings who yearn for the return of peace and justice to galaxy. With the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion, you can deploy him to your Star Wars: Legion battles at the height of his powers.

Look for the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion (SWL56) at your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!  

Announcing Two New Operative Expansions for Star Wars: Legion

“The Force is strong in my family.”
   –Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Order your own copy of these Star Wars: Legion Operative Expansions at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental U.S.—today!

The Force binds the Star Wars galaxy together, connecting all living things and granting those sensitive to its presence extraordinary abilities. Sometimes, this mysterious energy field flows from one generation to the next, bestowing its gifts on multiple members of the same family. Soon, two Force users sharing this legacy can join the battles that will determine the fate of the galaxy. Continue reading →

Shipping Now: Sabine, Bossk, and the Down AT-ST

The Sabine and Bossk Operative Expansions along with the Down AT-ST status have been switched to “Shipping Now” on the Fantasy Flight Games USA website.

Though the US status page is notoriously unreliable, usually once the status has be changed to “Shipping Now” that means the items will be on store shelves in two weeks time.

So it looks like the US will finally be getting their shipment of Down AT-STs along side Sabine and Bossk on June 27th.