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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: Today at 01:08 PM »
I didn't want to switch gears too quickly in a thread that can be really fun and happy or really sad... but I've been meaning to share for a week or two.

After what was honestly a pretty awful year or so leading up to and going through the aftermath of losing both dogs, we waited about 6 months and got a new one in December.  We knew we wanted another Boston, so we spent a lot of time looking at breeders and pet rescues and all that kind of stuff and eventually found someone we really liked and trusted and got on their waiting list.  As much as I love the idea of rescuing one, I decided that I wanted as young a dog as possible to put as much time between what we just went through and the day we'll have to do it again.

So the breeder called us in late November and said they'd had a litter... we got our pick of a couple and chose this one based on her markings and flat little face.  Our last two were Dante and Emerson after Dante Alighieri and Ralph Waldo Emerson, so we stuck with the literary theme and named our new girl Poe after Edgar Allan Poe (Star Wars tie-in is a bonus).

She's a total riot, has perfect breed standard markings, and is amazingly smart and well behaved for not even being four months old yet.  She sits, stays, is pad trained... she already fetches... she sleeps through the night, almost never whines... I'm really impressed with her.  I could post 500 photos and videos, but to avoid boring everyone, here's three.  It was 60 degrees here on Saturday, so we got to open the window and even go outside for basically the first time in her life:

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football
« on: Today at 12:28 PM »
Bit late, but congrats to Matt for his win!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: No Pick 'Em this year?
« on: Today at 10:21 AM »
Well I couldn't pick anything right in the first half of the season, things evened out a bit in the second half...

But I'm 10-0 in the playoffs so far.  Unless someone gets injured at practice or something crazy changes, I'm taking New England, and I guessed 38 to 31.

If anyone stumbles across, or has, an extra Scarif Trooper they'd like to sell for a reasonable price...

I've been overpaying for these on eBay because it takes me 30 or 40 minutes to get to Walmart from my house, but the Scarif Troopers I haven't been able to find for less than $25 each.

Rogue One / Re: What Would You Like to See for the 40th Anniversary?
« on: January 20, 2017, 10:18 AM »
I can understand lack of Rogue One product since Episode 7 was originally supposed to come out in May 2017.

As for why nothing else is coming out, Hasbro has to spend the rest of the year focusing on the Marvel properties, shipping out figures that won't hit shelves due to the 2-3 year backlog of Legends figures on the pegs. Don't expect any SW toy news until the next Force Friday.

If that's true, and I don't know that it is, to me it's an opportunity to expand your business... hire more people... sell more widgets.

Rogue One / Re: What Would You Like to See for the 40th Anniversary?
« on: January 19, 2017, 05:26 PM »
There's definitely more that I would want from E7 and Tarkin is a great choice.   I could live without the rest though, especially a young Jyn or the silly mind reading character.  We didn't get Tarkin in the vintage line, nor did we get side characters like Owen, Beru, specific Imperial Officers, Rebel Leaders, Pilots, etc.  My response was mainly to Darby's comparison of the original vintage line - I just don't think we've gone backwards since then.  Sure, there is much more they could do, but for R1, I'm feeling pretty good about what they've done thus far.

I think you could make the case that we haven't gone backwards from the vintage line... but I think you could also make the case that we've gone backwards compared to what we got used to over the last 15 years or so - not just in quantity either...

So it's more like an arc that goes up and then comes back down, than some kind of steady line from 1977 until now.

And yeah, maybe a Jedda Pilgrim or the monster thing wouldn't be for everyone, but the thing that I enjoy the most with collecting is when something obscure or weird gets made.  I've got a dozen different Tattooine Luke Skywalkers, but it's when they make something like Hermi Odle that collecting is fun to me.

Rogue One / Re: What Would You Like to See for the 40th Anniversary?
« on: January 19, 2017, 03:17 PM »
I think the release has actually been on par with the original films, if not slightly higher.  Star Wars initially launched with 12 figures, then added 8 more.  Between the single and 2-pack 5POA figures, we have 20 Rogue One dedicated figures as well.  Then add in that there's WM Black Series, 6" figures, Disney Elite figures, ships with pack-ins, etc.  I'm actually pretty happy with the assortment size per movie.  I think there's a handful of other figures announced (Galen, Raddus) and four more in the Jedha 4-pack - that feels about right.  What other figures do people really want from the movie?  Maybe a few more rebel leaders or a rebel trooper, but it's otherwise pretty well covered.

Just off the top of my heads... Tarkin for starters.  I'm shocked that they didn't do a Leia too.  Dravin and Mon Mothma would be great.  Bail Organa?  A few Rebel Troops and Pilots, General Merrick at least?  Bistan?  That weird little Ugnaught looking guy?  Young Jyn and her mom?  A beast pack of that monster that reads Bodhi's mind?  Krennic in his poncho?  They hit most of the main characters, but some stuff for collectors would be nice.  Jedda Pilgrim?  Vader's dignitary?

It's been about a year and a half since the TFA Force Friday and there's no Luke figure?  No General Organa.  No Lor San Trekka.  No Snoak.  Only one background Alien from Maz's bar.  They make one of the Kanji Club guys, but that would have been an awesome 5 pack.  Likewise, they make the Guavian Enforcer, but no Bala Tik?  No Rathtar, no beasts of any kind?

Cool and interesting characters come and go on Rebels all the time, and we're basically getting one here and one there... which is fine, but it's clearly not a priority.

Then there's still 6 movies that they seem to be basically done with.

It's not so much that there's nothing, I'm just surprised that there isn't a steady stream of new stuff coming out in the months following the initial release.  That's kind of the point.  I think the demand for more is there, and I'm missing the days when Hasbro would make some cool unmade figures that aren't main characters or troops.  And I'm missing the days when you could expect a new wave or two every month or two with figures from various films.   

Rogue One / Re: What Would You Like to See for the 40th Anniversary?
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:30 PM »
I'm getting to the point where I'm just wondering where all the product is?  TFA, Rogue One, Rebels... there's a ton going on right now and in the last four months they've basically put out two waves of figures and 4 or so figures at Walmart that are a total pain in the ass to find.

I'd have expected two to three times as many figures in that span given how front and center Star Wars is.  I hope Hasbro has a lot to unveil at Toy Fair, because I'm sort of stunned at the missed opportunities right now.  No TFA Luke still... plenty of main characters left to make from all three current properties, and collectors always want new items from the first 6 films.

I'd just like to see Hasbro actually start producing stuff again.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:35 PM »
Awesome, thanks Matt.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 17, 2017, 03:17 PM »
Is this the outfit Han is wearing when he dies?

I was thinking about picking up an extra one and drilling a hole in his chest to put a lightsaber through...

From the image search, it seems right - but I was hoping I could confirm it with you guys' help rather than waiting until I'm home to get out the blu-ray:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:31 AM »
Sorry to hear it.  I learned how awful this stuff is last year.   :-\

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: January 13, 2017, 05:01 PM »
I saw it twice, and am having a hard time liking it.  :'(

It just didn't "feel" like Star Wars.

Some guys at my work had the same impression... I didn't get it.  To me it felt as much like Star Wars as anything.  My best theory for the disconnect between me and the other gents at the office is that I read like 60 of the novels when I was younger, so my Star Wars universe is a lot larger than their's... Not that he's actually racist, but I think the new Star Wars' focus on multi-cultural characters takes him out of it, as does the idea of planets that aren't the type we're used to.  He hated the palm trees for example... I didn't care because to me the Star Wars universe is massive.  I did think that basically putting Zatoichi into the film was a bit of a stretch.

Given the imperial presence, I actually felt like it felt more like Star Wars than anything other than the OT, but that's just me I guess.  I liked it a lot.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:51 PM »
Unless I'm missing something, these were unveiled a few months ago:

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: January 10, 2017, 01:22 PM »
Seriously, with Funko getting out of this game and there being very little on the horizon, this Creepshow business was love at first sight.

I hope they make a lot of stuff like this.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: January 9, 2017, 04:25 PM »
I mean, I'm not a lawyer, but I would think that if you can get in front of a judge and demonstrate that the current 'owner' used legal delay tactics that were clearly designed to bleed you guys into submission, recouping your legal expenses in a settlement or judgement would be pretty likely.

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