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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 02:51 AM »
Yeah I think there are maybe several people who know...  Tarkin appears quite familiar with Vader as well, and they spent time together in The Clone Wars, and seem almost friendly by the time of ANH.  It's a weird dynamic in ANH where Tarkin almost seems to hold rank over Vader in some capacity, and some officers seem to feel they're on his level or above him (Motti).  Then by ESB, people are just generally afraid of him, haha.

Tarkin also discusses Kenobi with Vader seemingly being well aware of the entire story there, aside from him having kids of course.

In a recent video the Jedi and people's general unfamiliarity with them is explained away as the lack of numbers for them, so most people never met one.  Tarkin emphasizes that in the last story arc of Rebs saying he knew the Jedi, not from stories, but in person.  He was there to see them die too, so he knows they're not all-powerful and omnipotent like lil Annie felt they were even in TPM.

I figure not many knew, but some important people still left in the galaxy did, ultimately.  I wonder if his identity never really mattered too...  Like, why hide who he was?  What's it matter?  It's good for the story, of course, but was there any logical reason to keep who he was from the public anyway?  Even if you propaganda spin the Jedi as trying to overthrow the Republic and stuff, you can always play up Ani/Vader as a hero in stopping it from happening.  The Jedi instill anything from fear, to respect, to people being star-struck, to people thinking they're full of **** scammers.  It'd be easy to manipulate that against them, and not need to hide who Vader is for any real reason at all.

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On 8 I'm probably going to just get a case and deal with it whatever it may be.

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The case was hurting as it was...  I wound up going with 2x each individuals on the Clones and Dutch.  I'm splitting the order with a local buddy.  Free shipping, and Rex was only $11.99, so it worked out for us to do it that way.  We'll save over buying a whole case and eating the stormtroopers, the Hoth Luke, etc.

I'm not a big fan of that Chewbacca for the price, ultimately.  I wanted it to put with the Leia but not for $13.  I'll play the waiting game there.

I love the Clones for what they are...  All are interesting armor, unique decos, and besides Doom, I think they're decent choices.  I would've preferred a SA Phase I Bly to Doom, but that's me.  I'm all about Phase I versions of guys like him, or Cody even.  Cody would be absolutely awesome with a Phase I sculpt, especially since the early episodes made you think he and Rex were going to be best buds.

Dutch, I'll buy any Rebel Pilot...  His preorder sold out on BBTS, despite "Rebel Pilots don't sell well" mantra, so I'm glad I got my order in on him at Entertainment Earth.  He is, like so many others, a needed upgrade.

I'm not a fan of the pricehike but dealing with it...  It is what it is, and if I still like figures I'm still into them regardless of the cost.  I'll just be more particular on things like that Chewbacca, for sure.

Leia getting pushed back...  Any theories why?  I'm thinking it was a case costing issue, and she's bumped to the next assortment (since it's the last TBS one), but I'm not really sure why they'd go that route either.  Perhaps they think a Stormtrooper makes more sense right now?  With the toon and all, I mean.  Leia maybe will balance out the next wave's cost to some degree perhaps.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 4, 2015, 06:14 PM »
I'd dig seeing some Rebels we know, but not all...  Not sure on Madine since I kinda like his backstory as it is...  Would almost rather see Dodonna and the Yavin guys since a lot of their story is kind of vague.  Capt. Antilles would be neat, especially since the ROTS and ANH Antilles are very different dudes, so I'd kinda dig seeing them explain that.  Some of the pilots would be cool to see too.

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Pics I caught online are the crummy one, basically.  The one with the rifle and such.  I thought it came out in TBS earlier?  I seem to recall it being out anyway.

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Ceremony Leia bumped to the next wave, according to Hasbro, via BBTS.

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It appears an extra Stormtrooper may be in the case now.  There are doubles of Rex, Stormtrooper, and Wolfe.  I can't recall the original case breakdown to confirm if one of those is a new addition or not.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2015, 05:29 PM »
Yeah I tended to avoid my twitter feed because I knew Jayson at Yakface someone would inevitably say stuff I didn't want to read. :P  (j/k Jayson, you only got me once this season!)

I DVR it and watch it at my gf's generally because Mondays are bad for me to focus on a TV show and I want to watch it on my big screen there anyway.  I caved and watched the finale though because I wanted to join in the conversation afterwards, haha.  It's fun too.  I haven't felt like talking Star Wars this much in a while.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2015, 05:26 PM »
I didn't mind Ahsoka as an apprentice, personally...  For me, his training her was something the war kind of was pushing (lack of Masters, and need for more apprentices).  I also think it's likely everyone had many masters in their upbringing.  Almost like sub-apprentices.  I think it was a complex thing.

Regarding A-Wings, when I got into SW at first I always viewed them as a Rebellion-only kind of a ship, ala the B-Wing, and something (since we didn't see them anywhere in the movies) that was new to the universe around the time of ROTJ...  It wasn't till I played X-Wing that my thought on that was challenged somewhat, and they were placed a good deal earlier (Pre-ANH era).  Then ultimately the ICS ran with that as well, sneaking some of the earlier model A-Wings into the Yavin Temple Hangar cutaway and stuff, and I thought it was neat that they possibly DID have more.

Likewise Vader's TIE wasn't as unique as it seemed, and that model sans hyperdrive existed to elite pilots.  It's another challenge to the scenario the movies set up.

I've said it before regarding what Disney's doing...  To me, they're no different than EU authors, and I'm sure people will like or hate a lot of what they do.  I don't personally view them as an authority.  It's like someone writing new LOTR fiction and saying it's on a level with what Tolkien wrote...  As much as Lucas can be annoying, he still is the universe's creator so I tend to view this Disney stuff as secondary to him, ultimately.  I've never quite understood why people were bent outta shape on the EU situation because of that.  Enjoy it.  They can't make it disappear from your mind, so just have fun with what you like, and how you enjoy Star Wars.

Anyway, I dig seeing Ahsoka and I'm under the assumption she will be offed at some point by Vader.  I'd be shocked if this didn't happen, actually, and possibly before ANH, to better help seal up the whole Jedi being extinct thing.  Maybe not, I don't know.  She may have left the order but she was still a Jedi.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: March 3, 2015, 05:08 PM »
I was assuming it'll be an exclusive of sorts?  Maybe not.

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Are these to be sold in stores?  Or was that not really known yet?

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2015, 01:15 AM »
Actually, depends on your POV, but A-Wings were possibly even at Yavin in a prototype "spearhead" form (See the ICS books, and X-Wing. :P), so I'm not sure...  I'm ok with it maybe...  I've always viewed them as pre-ANH vehicles, but barely pre-ANH.  The XW and YW fighters were the backbone till the battle of Yavin....  and I've always envisioned like dozens of other fighter types used, by any number of cells and outposts. 

I even have toyed with a repaint (and some reworking) of the V-19 to a Rebel deco, but taking it a step further and stripping it down in some ways, and armoring it up in others, to make it look like it fits in with another TCW era ship that's seeing new life in the Alliance...  I figure the V-19's were AW's when AW's weren't widespread or even designed yet.  I figure the V-19's were early "intereceptors" for the Alliance...  no Hyperdrive, but shields and a lot of them in surplus around the galaxy...  Kinda like the YW.

Anyway, that all always kinda tied to the AW in my mind, and lineage in a way...  Or at least if not lineage, necessity for the AW to come into being so the Alliance had fast nimble craft capable of interception since their fleets wouldn't want to engage if possible to avoid it.

Yeah I can talk about this stuff all night.  :-[

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And upon watching, YES, those appear to be prototype A-Wings, which I believe were called Spearheads or Arrowheads, I forget.  It's in the ICS for Yavin Base...  And they're using the McConcept Art for the early A-Wing too!  Or so it seems anyway.  I love it!  Another thing I've had on my custom "to-do list" for a long, long time.  One can only hope they crank out some of that stuff.

I love that Corellian ship design for Phoenix Squad too (assuming that's part of it).  A Corellian variant of a CR90?  Or a whole other designation?  Is that where they launch attacks from?  There was a CR-type vessel in Mysteries of the Sith that had hangar bars aboard instead of traditional cargo holds and carried a squad of X-Wings.  I love that stuff.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2015, 01:07 AM »
The article has nice S2 Tidbits too, like Vader and Ahsoka won't be used heavily because it doesn't make sense to show Vader losing all the time and stuff.  Good to hear.


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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: March 3, 2015, 01:05 AM »
Ahsoka looks pretty bitchin', and if that's a 2-pack, I even like the Vader's McQuarrie-ish look enough to want it for my desk.  Ahsoka looks pretty great though, for a 5POA.  Not QUITE as animated looking as Sabine's figure looks, for instance.  I'm maybe tempted there again.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2015, 12:26 AM »
I really REALLY liked that Ahsoka "grew up" too.  I was worried they'd ignore the Togruta physiological changes for fear of her not being recognizable enough.  I liked what they did though.

I didn't like that apparently she's like Nancy and Sluggo and her wardrobe is that same outfit she left the Jedi Order in.

As a sort of fallen Jedi, are people aware of her status?  Has Bail (who was sorta friendly with OWK) let Obi know she's made contact and is helping?  Or does everyone basically ignore Yoda and OWK at this point?

People think OT cameos are cool, and I liked the Lando one (it wasn't too bad at all), but I personally hate them.  I hate the thought that they'll cross paths with Han and Chewie (I just know they're going to), or maybe a young Luke, or Boba Fart & his cronies...  that stuff gets to me.

However, I'd kinda dig seeing them cross paths with TCW characters more.  Some Mandalorians (especially with Sabine's armor and assumed background with them), maybe a surviving Clone or two?  I'd kinda dig seeing some stuff like that, over OT cameos that just feel forced and unnecessary.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 2, 2015, 09:34 PM »
OK, so I'm digging how things are shaping up...  the group was just one of many cells, being manipulated by the people who formed the early Alliance's leadership basically.  That is neat, establishes a lot.  Pretty simple.

In the episode, not a snowball's chance this many people fit in a fighter's cockpit like that.  It was a plot thing, even brought up in context, but I didn't care for it.

Bit of melodrama to it all, the dialogue and things were a little over the top at times (George sneak in there and do some writing?), but overall the episode was pretty neat, interesting...  And to off someone, or seemingly do so, was kind of bold on the show's part.

So, some little technical nitpicks aside, I thought they did a nice little story overall to wrap up the Season One.  :)  It opens the galaxy up a good deal for Season Two...  Hopefully off friggin' Lothal, which has been overused at this point!

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