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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:27 AM »
A ROGUE ONE/A NEW HOPE version of Vader is in the pipeline for the 6" figure line, and that got announced a while back complete with an official image of the figure.  This seems like it's something else, especially with all of the TESB mentions in the posting

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: January 13, 2017, 08:55 PM »
Check out this somewhat cryptic rumor from Yakface:

Rumor Report: Intercepted Transmission from Hoth

Itís a cold and blustery Friday here in Minnesota/Hoth, and a new rumor has risen over the frozen horizon. The exact details are coded and the source had a self-destruct, but itís a good bet that the Empire (Hasbro) knows itís coming and Darth Vader is seeing to it personally (as a pack-in).

I'm getting Imperial Probe Droid and Vader from this.  The optimist in me wants this to be a Star Destroyer or Hoth playset.  Or is this going to be a 2-pack?  Hmmm....

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: January 13, 2017, 06:58 PM »
I would expect Disney to deny the story.  From a PR/fan relations standpoint it would look insensitive.  But I think there's the possibility that the Disney brass having seen ROGUE ONE might consider a digital Leia an option. 

I would also think that the Episode IX crew is trying to get a final script together so that preproduction can get underway.  These movies take a while to make, and having to work around a major character like this is a big deal. Part of me has been wondering if they're going to rework Episode 8, but I don't know if that's even a reasonable option. 

To say that this situation is complicated is a tremendous understatement. 


I'm relieved to see that The Official Site has posted the following statement:

JANUARY 13, 2017
A Statement Regarding New Rumors

We donít normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisherís performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.

Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: January 13, 2017, 05:34 PM »
Check out this Star Wars News Net article that touches on some of the possibilities of how Lucasfilm and Disney may deal with the passing of Carrie Fisher.  It even goes so far to say that Disney may be in contact with Carrie Fisher's estate in order to secure her likeness rights.

I take this as half rumor/half Disney making a play to secure these rights in the event that Lucasfilm decides to go in this direction.  I don't take this as confirmation that Lucasfilm wants to make a CGI Carrie Fisher for Episode IX, but that they want to have that option open to them.  All of that being said, the idea doesn't sit too well with me since it's only been a short time since Carrie Fisher passed.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: January 13, 2017, 05:30 PM »
I finally got a second screening in yesterday.  And this time around I was able to pick up on more of the easter eggs.  Spotting the Ghost on Yavin IV as well as during the space battle was great.  I missed Chopper making his way around the base, but that's not a major tragedy.  It was also good to hear that page for GENERAL Syndulla.

The lack of the crawl wasn't quite as jarring this time around.  I noticed it a good deal more on my first screening, but maybe since I was better prepared for there being no crawl or the opening fanfare I was ready to get right into the prologue.

I was also able to pay more attention to the score, too.  There were plenty of nods to John Williams work in there.  Some of the music during Jyn and Cassian's fight with the Stormtroopers on Jedha sounded like it could have been from an OT movie and probably would have worked in one of the Indiana Jones movies, too.  I also noticed the one theme that was similar to "Across the Stars".  It was not just your impression, Scott, because it hit me very much the same way.

I was also able to pay attention to the moment when the transmission tower on Scarif got vaporized.  Based on where the beam struck in the water, I get the sense that the tower was not specifically targetted.  That shot just had to be within a reasonable proximity of the Scarif base and would have annihilated it either way.

I definitely liked seeing OT Vader in action on Admiral Raddus's ship.  Some of his fighting style actually looks like some of the Vader vs Rebels videos that were used to demo Battlefront.  It made me wonder if the Battlefront developers got a look at ROGUE ONE in the process of developing Vader for the game.  One thing that surprised/confused me?  The interior of Raddus's ship looked strikingly like that of the Tantive IV.  While the interior of almost any Imperial facility looks similarly stylized, I always thought that Rebel Alliance craft might not be quite as standardized.  So when the Rebel troopers made their way from the Profundity into the Tantive IV, there really was no indication that they had gone from one ship into another.  At least until after that hatch had been closed and Gareth Edwards (in his role as a Rebel Fleet Trooper) disengaged the docking clamp and the Tantive IV broke away.  My one quibble with this situation?  Vader enters that docking bay just in time to see the Tantive IV breaking away, and his cape is billowing.  In space.

My only other continuity question?  C-3PO and R2-D2 are on Yavin IV as the Rebel fleet is scrambling for Scarif.  The Profundity had presumably already left, since that one Rebel technician reports to Mon Mothma, General Merrick and Bail Organa that Raddus has left for his ship.  Maybe I'm just getting too tied up in the process, and the Rebel fleet had sometime to assemble in Yavin orbit before making the jump to hyperspace, but all in all I think that might be minor stuff.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: January 12, 2017, 02:59 PM »
It looks like the clearances are here for TFA 3.75" basic figures.  At a local TRU these are now marked down to $4.99 each.  I was tempted to pick up some FO Snowtroopers, but I'm going to wait and see if we might get an SA version at some point. 

Target was a little weird though.  I saw some Atsy figures marked down to $2.90 each.  I wanted to pick up another Resistance Rey, so I scanned that on the price check station.  Lo and behold, the Jungle/Space assortment scans at $7.96 each.  It all came across as a bit random. 

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:51 AM »
Glad to see this new image of the upcoming Galen Erso (Eadu) figure.  Thanks for posting it, Jayson!  And I'm glad to see a Mouse Droid thrown in there, too.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: January 11, 2017, 11:42 PM »
I like a lot of what Woody Harrelson has been doing over his career.  His role on True Detective alone was fantastic.  I'm interested to see what he's going to bring to this project.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art - Chicago, IL
« on: January 11, 2017, 10:39 PM »
So there was a big fight in Chicago about where to put the Lucas Museum.  And it got so bad that George decided to go elsewhere.  So the new host city will be....

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA!  Read all about it in the New York Times.

We'll see. 

Ideally?  The return of a Vintage Collection style line, with at least two waves that focus on A NEW HOPE.  And I would hope that such a line would touch on some long requested characters.  In the case of ANH the grey/olive uniform Death Star Trooper, and at least a couple of Cantina aliens. 

I do get the sense that it might all be wishful thinking.  But I think this is one of the last big anniversaries that Hasbro and Star Wars can celebrate with the original generation of fans.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: January 8, 2017, 10:03 AM »
It was nice to have a double shot of REBELS to kick off the second half of season 3.  And even better having Forest Whitaker on board to reprise his role as Saw Gerrera.

These episodes served as a nice bridge between the CATALYST novel and the ROGUE ONE movie, giving a little more background about the workforce that was used to build much of the first Death Star, and what became of them when the Empire deemed that they had outlived their usefulness.  And Hera's callback to the episode where the Ghost had previously been in Geonosis orbit and seen the manufacturing stations helped flesh things out, too.

There were a couple of details that I really appreciated.  First?  The language barrier.  All too often characters seem to be able to understand one another perfectly, despite speaking different languages.  Or there's a protocol droid that can translate everything.  This was different.  And when Click-Clack drew what appeared to be the Death Star the message was lost on the Rebels.  When they found the toxic gas cannisters they quickly assumed THAT was what the Geonosian was referring to. 

It's insidious that the Empire would kill all of the Geonosians in order to cover their tracks with the Death Star project.  But having seen ROGUE ONE and how quickly the Empire destroyed Jedha City and their own base on Scarif?  It makes it very clear that the Empire has become far more ruthless than some of the hapless Imperials we saw on Lothal in season 1.

I also appreciated getting some more background about Saw.  He's clearly lost a lot.  And because of that he's willing to do a lot more than the crew of the Ghost in pursuit of the cause of the Rebellion.

Seriously?!?!  I think I'm more upset about the Craftsman news than with Kmart/Sears closing stores.  I've had a lot of my Craftsman tools for about 20 years, and they all still work really well.  I might have to stock up.


More K-Mart & Sears stores are closing.  Check out THIS CNBC ARTICLE for details.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: January 5, 2017, 11:23 AM »
I might bite on this at the Target clearance price of $89.98.  I just can't believe that they would clearance this already.  It's only been on the shelves for about a month!

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