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As an aside, it would be nice if Scott would update the freakin' Who Is Left Master Archive before we move on to the other movies.  It's only been 2 1/2 years since it's last edit...  ::)

What's sad is maybe 3 figures have been done in that time.

Hasbro's progress on that front has been at something of a glacial pace.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:44 PM »
Saw both of the Target exclusive Rebels vehicles today.  I had already gotten Kanan in the TRU exclusive pack with Ezra and Holocron Obi-Wan, and the Phantom in separate purchases.  I really didn't feel the need to double down and get more of the same Kanan figure with this Target exclusive.

I held off for now on the Inquisitor and his TIE.  I get the feeling these might be around for a little while.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:12 AM »
I got these from HTS.  Mostly because I wanted to bundle them with the 6" TBS Anakin and AOTC Clone Trooper and get free shipping.

Actually, I'm a little surprised and disappointed that Hasbro used the B-A-F droid parts for R5-G-19.  The R5-D4 mold was fine, and I would've been happy with that.  The BAF seems like a copout with those extra holes in the droid body.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jar Jar in the Senate
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:09 PM »
Given all of Palpatine's masterful manipulation in the leadup to the declaration of the Empire?  I wouldn't put it past him to influence the political situation on his own homeworld in order to put a fool in the Naboo Senate delegation.  Then the plots of AOTC drive away Senator Amidala, leaving Jar Jar with the keys to the castle.  That in turn leads to Palpatine manipulating Jar Jar into proposing the Military Creation Act.

As for Boss Nass?  Please.  That guy is already susceptible to being influenced by Jedi Mind Tricks.  And he was also dumb enough to name Jar Jar as General.  I'm not putting any stock in a guy with such poor decision making skills.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:43 PM »
I picked up a Rebels Stormtrooper today.  And cnce again, pretty much ALL of the Rebels figures have sold through before the other Saga Legends at the store where I made this find.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:40 AM »
Picked up the Mission Series 2-pack with C-3PO and R2-D2.  They look okay. 

I also saw the new wave of Rebels/Saga Legends basic figures.  Pretty much all of the Rebels figures sold through except for a lone Ezra which was left over.  As for the other new Saga Legends?  The Jedi Luke looks pretty good, truth be told.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:39 PM »
The Tauntaun horns are fine by me.  As for the Wampa's horns?  That seems a bit more egregious.

As for the coat?  I have to think that Hasbro is playing a little game here.  The blue coat appeals to the fan/collector who has some nostalgia for the vintage line.  And then later on Hasbro will offer a corrected brown coat version of Hoth Han Solo in some other form... and we'll buy it again!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 13, 2014, 04:28 PM »
10HTSDISC is the current coupon code available.

10% off.

That code didn't work for me.  I ordered the 2 new figures from this wave plus a couple of TBS 6" figures (ROTS Anakin & Episode II Clone).  Placing an order over $50 automatically qualifies for free shipping.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:02 AM »
It's not about promotional tie-ins with the comics in an effort to generate book sales.  The arguments that I've seen laid out are about the focus of stories surrounding Marvel comics as a whole, as well as characters.  The stories and characters are proving to be far more valuable when translated into a feature film than the sales of any comic book title.  Concepts like the ownership and control of characters and stories have far more reach.  Those go into the books, movies, cartoons, licensed merchandise, video games and more.  To that end I can see Marvel taking the standpoint that the characters they own completely should be the focus of their businesses across a wide front.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:01 PM »
You have to wonder if FOX is trying to have this film bomb so they can try to sell the rights back to Marvel and just concentrate on X-Men.

Marvel seems to be laying the groundwork for Sony and Fox to want to relinquish those rights.  Case in point?  They cancelled the Fantastic Four comic.  And they also killed Wolverine.  Those are two VERY big properties in the Marvel Universe.  And the movie rights rest in the case of those properties with Fox.  I think I get Marvel's angle here.  Why provide the competition with any more story lines for Marvel characters that could turn up in Fox movies? 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:36 AM »
"Lost on the river" by The New Basement Tapes.

This project has a cool backstory.  Bob Dylan's music publisher came into possession of a collection of Dylan's lyrics from the time when he was recovering from a motorcycle accident.  Dylan wrote very prolifically during this period.  And he recorded a fair amount of those with The Band that went on the become known as "The Basement Tapes".  But some of those songs were only ever conceived as lyrics.

Enter producer T-Bone Burnett.  He was given those lyrics and assembled some amazing talents to record the material:  Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.  The project wound up being a collaboration on many fronts.  Dylan provided the lyrics, but generally speaking the artist who sang lead wrote the music for that particular song.  All in all it's a pretty cool take on some Dylan songs that hadn't seen the light of day since about 1967.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:58 PM »
Sabine and Hera both come as part of the Mission Series 2-packs.  And each of them is packed with a Stormtrooper.  Sabine and a Stormtrooper are in Mission Series wave 5.  Hera and the Stormtrooper with pauldron are probably in the following wave, but I haven't seen any retail solicitation for that wave yet.

So it's been a few weeks since the Breaking Bad figures were pulled.  But what other adult figures are hanging in the same general space?  How about Sons of Anarchy figures!  Yeah, characters who are involved in organized crime, meth dealing and murder.  Such a step up in socially acceptable action figures!  ::)

I saw some of wave 2 in a TRU store today.  It's nice to see that Funko is keeping things current across a number of retail chains.  Robb and Arya Stark both look pretty good.

What didn't look good?  The $21.99 price tag at this particular TRU store.  Especially since I saw some wave 1 figures at another TRU store for $17.99.  That kind of pricing inconsistency is beyond annoying.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: November 9, 2014, 08:18 PM »
I finally found the Prototype Boba Fett.  Although I was expecting to see JUST Proto Fetts when I came across my own find.  I was very surprised to see that it was the full wave that hit Walgreens stores already.  In my prior searches I had already found Vader, Chewbacca and the Sandtrooper.  And today I was able to get the Proto Fett as well as Jedi Luke.

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