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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:47 AM »
I bet RS may get a call from the lawyers.  But this close to the line launch they have to be prepared for some leaks to occur.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 26, 2016, 10:22 AM »
Damned Nerf features.  Especially when they eat up real estate in a vehicle that could have been devoted to space for figures.

It's a little funny though.  I've been doing some work on my collection room, clearing some space so that I can put up some shelving, with the goal of displaying a lot of my collection.  And in the process I came across my CLONE WARS Y-wing.  I hadn't really done anything with that Y-wing in a while.  But in the process of moving it a few of the missiles and bombs fired off.  And I was surprised by how many action features are on that ship!  But then again, that Y-wing did have space for 2 pilots plus a droid socket.  I really would have liked to see something similar in this new U-wing.

I noticed that BBTS has full sets of the WM figures available for sale.  Does this mean the "exclusive" set is being sold through other outlets or did they just buy these at WM and resell them?

Considering how long it took this wave to get to retail, I would not be surprised if WalMart is farming out some stock to third parties.  Especially since they're going to need the peg/shelf space for the ROGUE ONE line rollout next month.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:39 PM »
It would definitely be nice if there was some sort of troop space in the belly of the U-wing.  But since they didn't highlight the ventral side of the ship, I don't think it's going to happen.

Moroff looks very cool, and was definitely one of the cooler little gems from the Celebration sizzle reel.  And his general appearance along with a photo that leaked out during production has me wondering if the Wookiees factor in to the construction of the Death Star.

I definitely want to see some more images of the TIE Striker.  The crew compartment looks big enough that I think it's manned by a crew of two.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:48 AM »
The pieces look fantastic.  I'm very interested in these, but I'll be even MORE interested if/when they can find some way of connecting the pieces together with some sort of built in fasteners.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 22, 2016, 10:01 AM »
Agreed!  The battle damage on that Stormtrooper was pretty poorly done.  As for the lineup of Clone Troopers from ROTS?  I know that they're going to want to put that phase II Clone Trooper sculpt to work.  But getting 4 repaints of those Clones would be kind of lame considering how diverse the ROTS Clone Troopers were compared to their appearances in AOTC.  Here's my own personal wishlist:

-501st Clone Trooper
-Shock Trooper
-327th Star Corps trooper with kama (Felucia / Commander Bly's troops)
-Galactic Marines

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 21, 2016, 12:58 PM »
Yeah, for that added Children of the Corn effect.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:28 AM »
We have a new rumor about a 6" Black Series online exclusive.  It's reportedly going to be a REVENGE OF THE SITH Clone Trooper 4-pack, and will retail for $99.99.

Please pardon the quote for the smarmy commentary from JTA:

(We know who the vendor is rumored to be, but we're deciding to keep it anonymous at the moment as to not steal their thunder should this rumor pan out.) Apparently this set will be packaged the same way as Amazon's Trooper 4-Pack with and will include "battle damage" paint applications. What's more, this set looks to be based on clones from Revenge Of The Sith and this might be called out on the packaging. (Could this be a set that includes a Shock Trooper, 501st Legion Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Trooper and a 41st Elite Corps Trooper?) The set is also rumored to be $99.99. We've also learned that orders will go up for pre-sale in October and supposedly be shipped out late October thru the holidays. As with any rumor we post, please take with a grain of salt until never confirmed by Hasbro.

IIRC, when Adam Pawlus was making the rounds to pump up anticipation of EE's astromech 6-pack exclusive, he also teased another upcoming exclusive multipack.  I get the sense that this may be just what Adam was talking about.  As for the specific Clone unit markings?  I think JTA is speculating, although those particular Clone units are some of the most high profile to choose from.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:20 AM »
On a related note, has anyone bought the Star Wars Blueprints Classic Deathstar Deluxe Pack Building Kit?  I've seen it on Amazon and I saw it in TRU yesterday.  And since I'm now in the process of working on my collection room I'm thinking of possibly getting this piece for a ROTJ Throne Room duel diorama.

....Just without the ridiculous looking cardboard figures.   ;D

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:15 AM »
Looks like BBTS has the new 3.75" Falcon from CIVIL WAR up for pre-order.  And it looks pretty cool!

I picked this up at TRU yesterday.  It's priced at $19.99 there and I had some rewards $$$, so it only cost me $16 after tax.  It looks pretty cool in person.  Much better than the WINTER SOLDIER version of Falcon, definitely.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:11 PM »
Oh, yes!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:10 PM »
...Hence the eye rolling smiley.

Some of the first wave of ROGUE ONE themed BLACK SERIES 6" figures have leaked and there are some video reviews of those figures which have been posted to YouTube.  Check them out at the links below:
TFA22 - Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
TFA23 - Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
TFA24 - K-2SO
TFA25 - Imperial Death Trooperr

The (Eadu) notation with Cassian Andor makes me think that we have a third planet in the mix for ROGUE ONE.  We've already seen a good deal about Jedha, along with the tropical planet Scarif.  I think that Eadu is probably the name for the planet that was a location shoot in Iceland, with the volcanic rock surface.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 06:26 AM »
Does protection from radiation fall under life support?

Yes, but I was going the wee need to eat and breathe route.  In my project, I was able to counter radiation with shielding...even magnetic shields would work well.

The trick with increased shielding is the increased mass of the spacecraft.  Launch operations and general propulsion are intrinsically tied to the mass of the spacecraft.  A magnetic shield may be less massive than shield plating with a traditional material like lead, but could potentially interfere with onboard instrumentation. 

However, when you're talking about crew exposure to radiation and possible survival issues, the shielding becomes a very significant consideration.  Here's more on the study regarding the Apollo astronauts and their potentially unique health issues.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 06:10 AM »
Radiation is a very big consideration.  We're some 40 years on from the Apollo program, but something that has come to light with the Apollo astronauts is an increased incidence of heart disease.  And one of the major factors that researchers are pointing to is the cosmic radiation that the Apollo astronauts were exposed to since their flights to the moon took them beyond the Earth's magnetic field, which largely shields the planet from most of this radiation.

Cosmic radiation?  So then these guys are just starting to develop their super powers?  About time.

I'm sure people like Buzz Aldrin and Gene Cernan would much rather be able to burst into flames and fly rather than suffer from heart disease as a result of their space flights.  ::)

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