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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 12:50 PM »
I initially dreaded last week's episode.  I wouldn't count Zeb among my favorite characters in the series, even if Steve Blum has had a pretty illustrious career in voice over.  I think a lot of it has to do with the character design.  But I have to say that he grew on me a little bit.  Having Zeb working with Chopper and AP-5 made for a fun dynamic, and helped develop Zeb's character a bit more.

Every time I hear AP-5, I have flashbacks to the depressed robot in "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".  I hope the showrunners can pair AP-5 and Chopper more frequently.

The Imperial Recon droid was interesting.  When the Star Destroyer was launching the probe ships I definitely saw that as a callback to the beginning of TESB.  And the Recon droid's protocol mode was an almost direct callback to the original McQuarrie illustration of C-3PO.  I appreciate how much that sort of thing keeps popping up in the post-George era of Star Wars.

As for sending the droid back to the Imperials?  A smart move, but Thrawn does seem to be playing chess while the Rebels are playing checkers.  Thrawn was initially looking at thousands of star systems for the Rebel base.  And now he's narrowed that down to 94 systems (Ahem, "Docking Bay 94" anyone?).  And I think he's also working at flushing out Fulcrum/Kallus.  I get the sense that by season's end Thrawn will probably attack the Rebels at Chopper base.  And I think Kallus may need to work towards some sort of exit from the Imperial Security Bureau.  So do the Rebels eventually end up at the base on Dantooine?  That one gets referenced by Leia when she was trying to save Alderaan, but was deserted according to Officer Cass when he reported to Tarkin.

This week's episode had a lot more depth.  I think we finally got a sense why Sabine has been so closed off about her past.  And her character went through some major development.  Fenn Rau certainly helped things along in terms of being able to give some of the backstory about the Mandalorians and the Dark Saber.  But seeing Sabine go through training with Kanan and Ezra was really enlightening.  I'm looking forward to seeing how this part of the Rebels story continues to unfold, because I think there's a good amount to come.

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Hey Jayson, just looking through the initial Yakface post on this.  Can you verify that SKU number?  I'm pretty sure most SKU numbers are 8 digits, but the one you posted is 9 digits. 

UPC 630509536498 / walmart.com 133811432 / #556511747

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: January 18, 2017, 11:40 AM »
There is also a rumor of a 6 inch Early Bird Set to commemorate the 40th Anniversary.

6" Early Bird set?

And possible die-cast figures, too?  It's shades of the Titanium series figures all over again.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: January 17, 2017, 01:54 PM »
Sorry to hear that, Diddly.  Duke looked like a pretty awesome dog.  And that's a great picture.  Duke kind of reminds me of my old lab mix Pepper who we had when I was a kid.  And if Duke was as good a dog as Pepper, then you had a pretty awesome dog.

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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

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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....

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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. 

EDIT:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We'll see. 

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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.

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