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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: Today at 11:40 AM »
Feature films are a directors medium.  Directors have the biggest say of anyone in the process.  I would take Ron Howard at his word.  Star Wars probably seemed like too daunting of an undertaking, and he recognized that the expectations of fans were going to be exceptionally high.  I would think that both Spielberg and Zemeckis had similar feelings about the situation because Star Wars is a world unto itself.  And very likely all three of these directors wanted to see Lucas get back in the director's chair again. 

I certainly don't think that Spielberg had any misgivings about collaborating with Lucas, especially given their track record of working together on the Indiana Jones films.  They've been partners before.  And Lucas has handed over the directing reins before to people like Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand.  I've never seen anything written or reported where either of them felt that Lucas was meddling in the process.

I've got to say, I'm a little annoyed by the different head sculpt on Kanan in the Class I vehicle set.  I think the Y-Wing Scout Bomber was one of the cooler offerings at the tail end of the Clone Wars era.  But if we're going to see it reissued, how about some new deco?  Or a different pack-in figure?  And to do Kanan with a headset?  It just comes across a little weak.

This set also hints at something else.  That being that we're probably unlikely to get a Ghost vehicle in the 3.75" line.  If Hasbro is offering up a previously made vehicle with REBELS characters that has had NOTHING AT ALL to do with that TV series?  It makes me think that they feel a need to offer up more vehicles for hero characters in addition to the Phantom.  All told, the Phantom can hold two figures, maybe three.  So where does the rest of the Ghost's crew go?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: Today at 10:44 AM »
Check out more about this Ron Howard news in this Hollywood Reporter article.  Director Ron Howard is in the process of doing press for his new film In The Heart Of The Sea, but in the process another topic has come up:  STAR WARS.

There's been a good deal of press lately regarding George Lucas lack of involvement with the new Star Wars films following the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney.  Lucas has equated it to a divorce.  George had ideas about the direction for new chapters in the saga, and Disney had other ideas and wanted to go in another direction.  And it seems likely that Disney's fear of Lucas involvement stems from much of the criticism that was leveled at George for the way that PT films turned out with Lucas as writer and director.

Well, this new article reveals that George Lucas didn't want to direct the Prequels!  No doubt Ron Howard has seen some of the negative press about George Lucas recently, and I can see why he would feel some loyalty to George.  Lucas gave Howard opportunities as a director early in his career with projects like Willow.  So I can certainly see why he would feel compelled to step in and stop some of the George bashing.  Read on:

Ron Howard on Turning Down ‘Star Wars’ Prequel: "Too Daunting"

by Arlene Washington

11/29/2015 12:12am PST

“He didn’t necessarily want to direct them," said Howard of George Lucas. “He told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg.”

Director Ron Howard revealed that his résumé of blockbuster films could have included Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. In a podcast interview on Happy Sad Confused with Josh Horowitz, the director said that he along with Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg passed on golden offers from Lucas to direct the franchise prequels.

“He didn’t necessarily want to direct them,”said Howard. “He told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the same thing: ‘George, you should just do it. This is your baby.' Nobody wanted to follow that act I don’t think at that point. That was an honor, but it would’ve been just too daunting."

Lucas ended up directing the trilogy including, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Episode II — Attack of the Clones and Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. Howard lauded Lucas as his "directorial mentor" whom he worked with on Willow (1988) and American Graffiti (1973) and shared Lucas' impact on his latest film, In the Heart of the Sea.

“There are some subtle, contemporary themes in the story and it surprised me when I read it. And yet, there’s also this bedrock classic story of going to sea and nature turning on the whalers," said Howard. "This is what attracted Herman Melville to the story of The Essex when he wrote Moby Dick. I think those elements attracted me, but I wanted to present them in as modern of a way as I possibly could. I was borrowing a little bit from George’s inspiration, about how do you tell classic story, preserve that, but make it a modern movie experience for audiences.”

WOW.  Spielberg said no.  Robert Zemeckis said no.  Ron Howard said no.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: November 30, 2015, 10:45 PM »
In light of the criticism of George Lucas as a director for the prequel films, some interesting quotes have come to light.  Notably, regarding directors that Lucas approached to take on the prequels, and they turned him down.  Like?  Spielberg.  Zemeckis.  And Ron Howard.  They all turned down the job.

Pshaw!  That's another figure entirely!!!  Because you know we're going to get a possible third Finn, that one being a Starkiller Base version with the lightsaber.

A new case assortment just got posted by FlyGuy.  I'm wondering if it might be this assortment?  The case is lining up like this:

    Captain Phasma x1
    Jango Fett x1
    Flame Trooper x2
    Finnn 2 x1
    Chewbacca 2 x1

The "Finnn 2" is making me think this might be Finn in Stormtrooper armor.  Per the FlyGuy posting, this case was originally listed with a "Lead Hero Battler White".  Sounds like it's probably going to be Finn in his armor to me.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 29, 2015, 09:09 AM »
Jesse, what do you think of the FO Stormtrooper so far?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 29, 2015, 09:08 AM »
This Disney Channel behind the scenes video focuses on actress Daisy Ridley and also shows an alien that may be Simon Pegg's character.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2016 (possible TFA spoilers)
« on: November 29, 2015, 08:50 AM »
Some clearer images of the starship mentioned above in THIS POSTING FROM FLYGUY.  It shows two upcoming sets from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

SET # 75140 - Resistance Troop Transporter - includes 4 mini-figures

SET # 75139 - Battle on Takodana - includes 5 mini-figures


The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:40 AM »
This wave might be the only reason why I try going to any stores tomorrow, because there are more indicators that this wave will be showing up everywhere soon. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:36 AM »
Excellent episode last night!  I think it completely captured a lot of the aesthetic of A NEW HOPE in terms of the design of the Interdictor Star Destroyer.  The reactor space was incredibly reminiscent of the Death Star tractor beam control area.  And the Admiral?  He looked almost exactly like Lt Shann Childsen, the Death Star detention block officer. 

Good stuff all the way around.  I hope that the tone that's been set by episodes like this one continue through the series. 

I did catch a little hint from Pablo Hidalgo on Twitter.  Notably, that the Interdictor Star Destroyer in this episode will likely be the last big nod to the EU derived from the West End Games source material. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:35 AM »
Nice!  I should talk.  I probably have a half a dozen bottles of different types of bourbon in my liquor cabinet right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:44 PM »
So yeah, I pretty much stopped collecting toys.  But the disease is strong in this one...


The Force Awakens / Re: LE Empire Magazine with Kylo Ren Figure
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:43 PM »
Reminds me of the ROTS press kit with Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walmart 6" Imperial Shock Trooper
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:41 PM »
I ran into a Hasbro rep at a local Walmart store who is also a collector.  In all my years of collecting and running into reps, this was the first one I met who also collected.  He actually filled me in regarding a few things.  Like?  Only 2 Walmart stores in my county out of about 6 or 7 stores actually got the WM exclusive Battlefront Imperial Shocktrooper.   And both stores only received 1 case each, which sold out extremely fast.  The rep was actually assigned with putting these out, but the deliveries didn't match up with his schedule, so he missed his opportunity to get one in store.  And when they did get stocked, they sold out almost immediately.  He actually had to trade with someone on the west coast to get his own Battlefront Shocktrooper. 

He also mentioned the 3.75" Black Series.  The new assortment seems to be filtering out slowly, but should be out for Black Friday. 

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