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The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:54 AM »
Honestly?  I don't know.  I'm going to play it by ear.  I'm definitely not going to deal with the crowds for the midnight madness event.  Part of that is my work schedule, and part of it is not wanting to mix it up with people who have worked themselves into a frenzy. 

I'd rather do my shopping at a more reasoned, deliberate pace, so I'll hit the stores during the afternoon.  I won't be buying everything at once.  There's likely to be plenty of stock.  And since the plan is for there to only be the same merchandise offered on Force Friday through the release of the film, I don't feel that much need to get EVERYTHING right away.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:51 AM »
I could not see myself spending the $100+ that this Falcon is rumored to sell for.  The exclusive figures that are packed with this Falcon are kind of a kick in the shins, though.  And as playsets go, it does look interesting.  But not $135 interesting.

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai Movie Realization Samurai Star Wars
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:47 AM »
Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper Pre-Order at EE - $90 with free shipping.

Certainly a better deal than B&N.  Personally though, I'm surprised that B&N is starting to devote this much floor and shelfspace to high end collectibles.  And being able to find something like this at brick & mortar retail before you take the plunge is a welcome option.  I suspect that more people might be inclined to spend that additional $5 for a Samurai Vader simply by virture of seeing it in person, or by making a more impulsive purchase.

Found a new collector shop local to me.  And they're kind of cool!  Their pricing was reasonable and I was able to get a Commander Cody for $22 and a deluxe Han & Tauntaun for $35.  Not terrible in my book.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: More fantasy football 2015
« on: August 26, 2015, 10:36 AM »
Signed up this morning.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: August 26, 2015, 09:39 AM »
That is incredibly ambitious.  Tarkin is a crucial part of the story of the first Death Star.  But if he were left out of ROGUE ONE that would be a gaping plot point.  The younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genesys were one thing.  In Salvation all he did was fight.  I haven't seen Genesys (couldn't bring myself to buy a ticket).  Digital characters have been with us for a long time.  Like the article said, it was done in Gladiator to a limited degree after Oliver Reed died during production.

Like him or not, Jar Jar was a tremendous step forward in the evolution of digital character.  But still, you had an actor on camera providing a reference for the motion capture team.  And he also provided dialogue for the other actors to play off.  I think it's very likely that there will be an actor on set who performs the role of Tarkin for actor and mo-cap reference.  But this is definitely new territory since the actor whose performance will be presented is dead.  I wonder how much dialogue is actually going to be pulled from Hammer films, and how much is going to come from ANH?

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai Movie Realization Samurai Star Wars
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:53 PM »
I saw the Ashigaru Stormtrooper and Samurai Taisho Darth Vader at my local Barnes & Noble today.  The price tag was $95.95 for each of them.  Still, it's nice to see high end merch like this actually turning up at a store.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:16 AM »
Crazy clearance sales at Walgreens stores. They were priced pretty high before, but phase 2 TBS 3.75" figures are being clearanced out for $1.38 each.  I picked up another of the ROTJ R5 units. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:39 PM »
Hmmm.  This Chrome Series name has some possibilities.  Especially since Captain Phasma is the new "It" trooper with the Chrome Helmet. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: August 17, 2015, 09:46 AM »
The image is pretty cool.  And there are subtle little details in there that bring you back to the OT.  The stonework is in there subtly, but it looks like that could be the Massassi Temple on Yavin IV.  And then there's a couple of the coats and jackets.  They're very reminiscent of jackets we saw in the OT (Captain Antilles, Biggs cut scene, Luke ceremony), some of which were based on 1970's motorcycle jackets.  The coat that Diego Luna has on is very reminiscent of Han's coat from Hoth...but in BLUE!  And the headgear worn by one of the background characters looks very similar to headgear we saw in TESB.

It's also interesting to see Mads Mikkelson added to the cast.  That guy seems like he was born to play a villain!  And I could totally see him play an Imperial after having seen him in Casino Royale.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: August 17, 2015, 09:39 AM »
Silly me.  Still, that scene where Plo Koon, Wolffe and the Wolffe Pack troops find the shuttle and lightsaber of Syfo Dyas was one of the coolest moments of the Clone Wars Lost Missions.  And making that TBS Commander Wolffe into a more generic Wolffe Pack member would be a fun customizing project.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:29 PM »
I've seen a few of the final black series wave in WalMart clearance aisles, but not at clearance prices. The only one of the troops that I want is another Commander Wolffe in his sandstorm armor from the lost missions episodes.  Oddly enough I see all of the other troopers but not Wolffe. 

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:16 PM »
I think that all depends on how well the new trilogy is received. And that means with fans, the mainstream movie audience, and overall profits. 

Something about this vehicle design screams "mini-rig"... just not so 'mini'.

The specific nature of both Finn and Rey as Jakku versions leads you to conclude that there are more versions in the works.  Finn in his First Order Stormtrooper armor seems very likely.  As for Rey?  Who knows.

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