Taking a cue from Russian hackers in last year’s U.S. presidential election, Kieron Gillen has successfully used the internet to rally voters to make Doctor Aphra the next action figure in the Hasbro’s Star Wars Vintage Collection. While fake news and stolen emails were the hackers’ tools of choice, Gillen took to Twitter to ask fans to vote for the character he created with Salvador Larroca:
It has been brought to my attention there's a vote for the next 3.75" Star Wars figure. Aphra's on it. Go democracy! https://t.co/SF2XP6hwdj
— Kieron Gillen (@kierongillen) April 29, 2017
At the time, Aphra was running neck and neck with Ahsoka, but after Bleeding Cool have Gillen’s tweet a signal boost, it looks like Aphra came out on top, though Gillen is playing it coy:
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 4, 2017
Pretty astounding. https://t.co/eJkMvRwcQo
— Kieron Gillen (@kierongillen) May 4, 2017
It’s a good weekend for Kieron Gillen. Not only is his character getting made into an action figure, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he reprises his role as Nebula, is off to a great start at the box office. It looks like everything’s coming up Gillen.