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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 30, 2016, 04:39 PM »
I just could not do Midnight Madness.  First of all, there are blue laws in my county that don't permit stores to be open at midnight.  I could certainly travel out of the county and hit a Midnight Madness event, but I just didn't feel like braving the crowds.  And some of the events that I did go to back around 2002 and 2005 had people attending that just could not act like decent human beings.

I ventured out today in the afternoon.  I hit one TRU, one Walmart and one Target.  Not a single exclusive was on hand, but I got a few things that I've had my eye on.  But man, those 6" Black Series Death Troopers were a hot commodity!

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Nice set!  But this version of Jyn Erso winding up in this set as well as a 6" Black Series basic figure is just bizarre.  I had that preordered through Amazon, but I just cancelled that. 

I thought that there might be an exclusive version of the Death Troopers once that Hot Toys one was revealed.  And sure enough, here it is!

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This is a very nice option if you don't want to plunk down $300 for the AT-ACT and the pack-in figures.  I also have to wonder if the back panels on this R5 unit will be red or white.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 26, 2016, 04:01 PM »
I think if it was something as cool as the AT-TE, I would've probably been in the same kind of mindset as you, CHEWIE.  But for 5 POA figure 2-packs?  There's a distinct dropoff in enthusiasm that directly correlates to the quality of the figures & toys that we're getting now.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 25, 2016, 10:25 PM »
I fully expected the possibility of getting shut down. I didn't even bother to argue, because it wasn't worth it.  I can just go back to the same store on Friday. 

I just found it annoying that they put that much new stock out without heeding the street date instructions on the cases. 

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:50 PM »
From looking at a scan from the special edition as the Rebel fighters are flying past Yavin, there were at least 8 Y-wings in the strike force.  I like the mention of General Dodonna in the show, and that the fighters that Ezra's unit stole were headed off to Dodonna's cell.  I think that it may have come across as too convenient if Ezra, Sabine and Zeb had been able to make off with a dozen Y-wings.  If anything, Rebel units probably managed to equip themselves in a piece-meal fashion.  Y-wings were a standard part of the Republic military during the Clone Wars, so there are probably plenty more in surplus elsewhere that are ripe for the Rebellion to... acquire.

I liked the episode.  Kanan's quest made it interesting, since he's clearly suffered a tremendous personal setback, but in trying to come to grips with that he explores other facets of The Force with the help of the Bendu. 

Ezra seems like he's headed down a path that's dangerous.  The mind trick on the AT-DP driver was probably one of the darker things we've seen a character do on this show.  But he also seems to have had a moment of clarity as he nearly got killed when he set out to bring that station down.

The Sith holocron seems like it's going to come back at some point, and soon.  Should Kanan have entrusted it to the Bendu?  I'm really curious to see how that works out.

I don't count myself among the biggest Thrawn fans.  But I think that our introduction to the character is being done at a very deliberate pace.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:19 PM »
A store near me had the whole assortment of 2-packs out today.  I definitely liked the sets with Pao & the Deathtrooper and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader with Moroff.  As for the Poe Dameron & FO Snowtrooper Officer?  Man, that likeness on Poe is just bad.

Well, I got the sets with Pao & the Deathtrooper and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader with Moroff to the registers.  I even tried self-checkout on those plus a 3.75" Black Series Emporer's Royal Guard.  But when I scanned them there was an error message.  And the clerk who helped me took them and said "These have been recalled".

Also erroneously on the pegs?  6" Black Series Jyn Erso, Hera's A-Wing, and whole bunch of R1 Hot Wheels.

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The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: September 25, 2016, 08:34 AM »
Also the TIE Pilot is a special forces pilot iirc, basic is just basic black.

+1

There is another Special Forces TIE Pilot that's packed with the TRU Exclusive First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter (battle damaged).  But that pack-in figure has a removable helmet.  The Armor Up version doesn't have that removable helmet and like Jesse said it's the same sculpt as the 3.75" basic figure line offering.

The Armor Up Kylo Ren mixes things up a bit.  But I was a little put off that they would offering that figure up that way and charge more for the un-hooded Kylo Ren and an accessory that had no presence on screen.  And some of the other figures in the line?  I passed on almost all of them except for Kylo Ren and Chewbacca.

The TRU exclusive Armor Up Poe Dameron is basically the same figure as the Black Leader X-Wing pack-in figure, which has a removable helmet.  The only difference is the Armor Up accessories. Overall, I thought those TRU exclusive Armor Up figures were kind of a waste, and I passed on both of them.  It really did remind me of something out of the POTF2 line.

I was definitely surprised by the absence of the droids from the Basic Figure line.  TFA C-3PO is only available in that 2-pack with R2-D2.  And BB-8 was packed in with Teedo and Unkar Plutt's henchman.

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Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Twelfth Parsec "Space Base"
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:13 AM »
The guys at Twelfth Parsec have unveiled their new "Space Base".




This looks like it might be a prototype.  If they can refine this, it's going to look amazing.  And each room is available for sale separately as well as being available as a complete set.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 6
« on: September 23, 2016, 04:14 PM »
MSW listed him as the Communicator.  But this code name makes much more sense.  And Seal Seer is pretty obviously Chirrut Imwe.

I haven't been able to find any sort of cross reference for the communicator at this point.  By process of elimination it could be either Cassian Andor or Bodhi Rook.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 6
« on: September 23, 2016, 03:37 PM »
Have we had any sort of cross check between the codenames that are available via Brickseek and the actual figures?  Because the code names that come out of Brickseek are as follows:

54767067 Shark Trooper Yellow
54767069 Seal Leader Green
54767070 Shark Trooper Deluxe
54767072 Seal Communicator

EDIT:  I did a little searching. "Seal Leader Green" comes up as Jyn Erso.  But Seal Communicator may actually be Baze Malbus.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - Rogue One Wave 1
« on: September 22, 2016, 02:19 PM »
Flyguy posted a R1 find from a Target in California on Instagram earlier today.  All of the 3.75" figures based on the photo.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: September 22, 2016, 06:27 AM »
I do get the sense that the stories of the Ghost crew need to resolve in some way, shape or form.  Does that happen before the events of A NEW HOPE?  I don't know if it has to be.  But having two Jedi plus a fallen Sith running around when we were supposed to be operating under the premise that all of the Jedi are gone is something that I've been having a tough time accepting.  Granted, the Star Wars universe is big and it does seem plausible that a few individuals could have gone into hiding.  But now that Vader, the Inquisitors and the Emporer might be aware of Kanan and Ezra?  I think their days are numbered.

This is not directed at anyone person, Scott.  But I think that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson topped all of the Snoke speculation that came out of Episode VII perfectly: “Your Snoke Theory Sucks.”  I think I want to see where this goes.  I want to be a little surprised by the revelation when it comes. 

Everyone has been theorizing about who Snoke is, or where he came from.  Maybe the real explanation is that we have just never seen him in any form before.  Maybe there is something for Luke Skywalker to reveal about Snoke, much in the same way that Obi-Wan explained Vader's origins to Luke.  Because all of this theorizing about Snoke being some previously established character makes me think of what happened in Dark Horse's LEGACY title with Darth Krayt.  Granted, A'sharad Hett wasn't a major player in the Dark Horse REPUBLIC title, but it seemed a little bit like shoe-horning the characters into that new situation.

A theme that keeps getting reiterated by the people at Lucasfilm is that they're looking to make the universe bigger, and not smaller.  And I think that tying Snoke to any other previously established character absolutely makes the universe smaller.

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This design evokes a bunch of things.  In the SW universe the helmet seems like a cross between the Scout Trooper helmet and the First Order Flametrooper helmet.  The body armor seems very much like the Scout Trooper. And it also has something going on that reminds me of armor that some troops wear in the second volume of the Robotech series (Southern Cross).

I'm glad this is going to be a TRU exclusive.  The FO Snowtrooper Officer wasn't too difficult to find, thankfully. 

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:26 PM »
I'm so glad I got my notice from Hasbro it was back in stock. *sarcasm*

HTS's stock alert email system is so slow that it's effectively worthless.  I tried using it for some late wave TFA items like unmasked Kylo Ren and the FO Stormtrooper Squad Leader.  But by the time the system sent my notification they were already out of stock.  Some of the guys at the RS forums have been talking about some shopping apps that will constantly poll an item's stock status and alert you very quickly to a change in stock status.  Has anyone else here tried one of these apps?

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