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Wow!  It wasn't until the thread went up that I realized a whopping 4 figures got knocked off of my 2013 TESB list!  So bye-bye to Snowspeeder Wedge, Han Solo in Carbonite, Yoda and Toryn Farr.  So who are the replacements?


-Force Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi - Hoth



-Treva Horme



-Wiorkettle



-IG-88 (Cloud City junk room)



-Bespin Guard (Wing Guard from Kenner vintage card)



-Lt. Sheckil



-Asteroid Victim Imperial Officer



-Princess Leia Organa - Cloud City Escape (resculpt)



-Hoth Rebel Commander (Kenner Vintage Figure)



-Hoth Rebel Hangar Tech

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:30 AM »
Not a purchase, but an interesting find related to the Black Series 6" figures.  One Amazon seller is offering a 6" scale softgoods Jedi robe.  Thus far the only figures that it's appropriate for are the ROTS versions of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.  But with the potential for more Jedi figures in the near future, this could be a cool accessory.


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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 12, 2014, 09:30 AM »
Very cool way to reveal the character names.  I certainly appreciated it!  The article stated that the card numbering is actually done in a very deliberate way.

Personally, I'm thinking that Kylo Ren may be Adam Driver's character.

I agree...Kylo "The Graverobber" Ren.


Rumors were circulating that Driver's character was searching for Sith artifacts and tombs.  The jagged nature of that lightsaber blade does make it seem like it could be ancient in origin, as if it were taken from the tomb of some long dead Sith.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:24 PM »
Very cool way to reveal the character names.  I certainly appreciated it!  The article stated that the card numbering is actually done in a very deliberate way.

Personally, I'm thinking that Kylo Ren may be Adam Driver's character.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:33 AM »
Also curious what happened to Raina at the end there.

If you pause the footage you can make out her face in the shadows, but it's definitely hard to see what she/it is now.  Definitely not the woman in the flower dress any longer though...

Just looking at what happened in that chamber with Skye and Tripp?  It looked like Raina was affected much in the same way that Skye was.  Skye wound up in a cocoon, it would seem.  If the same thing happened to Raina it makes sense since we already know that she can hold the Diviner without being killed.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:16 AM »
Agent Carter looks like it's going to be pretty good.  I thought that Hayley Atwell was fantastic in Captain America - The First Avenger.  I'm hoping that for the sake of continuity Howard Stark also gets included in the mix.  He seemed to be an integral part of the first Cap movie.  And if they can get Tommy Lee Jones, too?  That would be fantastic.

As for last night's episode?  It still seems like there's a whole lot bubbling under the surface.  Just WHAT is Skye's father?  It looked like he was about to transform into something but it stopped.  Whitehall got taken out, although it did seem a little anti-climactic.  And then the events down below?  Well, some of the showrunners seem to know how to leave the audience wanting more.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: December 9, 2014, 07:49 PM »
The series has me wondering more and more if the crew of the Ghost is going to become more deeply involved with the Alliance.  They're basically passing themselves off as a freighter crew that regularly gets involved in "Imperial entanglements".  But from the episode with the droids to their rendezvous with the blockade runner, it looks as though "Fulcrum" may actually be Bail Organa.  He was overtly shown in the episode with Threepio and R2.  And when the crew of the Ghost handed over Seebo, the ship they docked with looked like the same blockade runner from the episode with the droids. 

As for where things go?  I guess the season needs to progress and we'll see how the showrunners direct the series.  Will they get as many seasons as Clone Wars?  Who knows.  I've actually seen a rumor about ANOTHER Star Wars animated series in the past couple of weeks.

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Power of the Jedi / Re: Best POTJ Fig?
« on: December 9, 2014, 07:37 PM »
Glad to see a thread like this bumped up.  POTJ really was one of those very cool lines.  Great sculpting and cool character selections.

I still think that FX-7 is one of the best figures of this line.  That figure really stands the test of time very well some 12+ years later.  And with some hindsight there are a few other POTJ figures that I kind of like.  Amanaman was pretty awesome.  And Bacta Tank Luke was, too, if we're talking about the Deluxe line.  As for basic figures?  The sculpts on Ellors Madak, Tessek and Zutton hold up pretty well for me.  And I definitely appreciated the astromechs like R2-Q5 and R4-M9.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2014
« on: December 8, 2014, 10:04 PM »
This week certainly was a squeaker, Brent.  Winning by .37 points?  I'd be surprised if there was a tighter score in the league over the entire season.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: December 8, 2014, 05:29 PM »
Taran Killam was fantastic as Han. And the Lando bit was hilarious!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: December 6, 2014, 10:44 AM »
Sounds like NASA needs to get some MPEG4 compression encoders.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: December 6, 2014, 08:44 AM »
The Malgus and Starkiller situation is beyond odd.  I've been seeing a fair amount of wave 6 at retail over the past few weeks, too.  And what's selling through fastest of all?  The Malgus and Starkiller reissues!!!!!!  You would think that *MAYBE* the first figures to sell through would be the new Hoth Luke and R5-G19 since they're new figures, but no.  It's Malgus and Starkiller!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: December 5, 2014, 09:42 PM »
It boils down to bandwidth.  There's a fuckton of telemetry coming down from the spacecraft.  You should see some hi res stuff in a few days.

Actually, it's probably a combination of factors.  No doubt, the telemetry package for Orion has to be massive.  Especially since NASA stated that they have as many as 1000 separate instrumentation readouts to relay.

But I work with technology on a daily basis that can compress a 1080i HD video signal down to 6 MHz for transmission via Ku or C band satellite uplink.  Hell, with the right encoding I can even stream live HD video by bundling together streaming data from 3 or 4 smartphones.  And considering the size of the antennae at the NASA tracking stations, they should have been more than capable of bringing in that signal even when the spacecraft was at it's apogee.

Bandwidth probably wasn't so much the issue.  More likely, it's one of the classic challenges of spaceflight:  weight.  The weight of the gear that would be needed for that type of HD video encoding was probably the deciding factor for NASA.  HD cameras, like GoPros, are really light.  But the transmission gear?  That's another story.  NASA has been using Standard Def video transmission gear on manned spaceflight for years and probably has some very light gear at their disposal.  As for cameras?  NASA very well may have had something like a GoPro onboard Orion.  I'd definitely like to see that footage.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: December 5, 2014, 01:06 PM »
Very beautiful flight.  I watched a good portion of it live on NASA TV. 

My one gripe?  There have been MASSIVE technological improvements in this type of spacecraft since the Apollo program.  Especially in terms of computing power.  A Commodore 64 had more computing power than Apollo 11's onboard computer.  But we seriously can't figure out live HD video from the Orion spacecraft?

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 5, 2014, 10:52 AM »
Is this a GIF shot from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser?

Nope!

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Lots of new (potential?) spoilers in this Reddit thread.

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Max Von Sydow’s character is not Boba Fett, Darth Maul, or Mace Windu.

While Sydow’s identity is a surprise, it’s not necessarily earth-shattering. It’s the sort of thing that hardcore fans would be excited about, but overly casual fans likely won’t realize the significance of. Sydow’s identity does have meaning, but you need to know the context.

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[–]midoriiro 1 point 17 hours ago

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Max Von Sydow’s Identity is this guy: http://goo.gl/I1TmVV (Lobot from Cloud City)

He is a cyborg from the original trilogy. He was located in Cloud City where Luke lost his lightsaber, and Luke's lightsaber is apparently what causes a massive turn of events. If it is found by Kira and Sydow's character is with Kira then it would make sense for him to be the same person/cyborg/robot or whatever.

Ohhhhhhhhhh ****, y'all.

THIS POST is the very reason why this site needs a LIKE button.  Like, RIGHT NOW. 

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