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The Original Trilogy / 'Revenge Of The Jedi' trailer
« on: May 29, 2016, 11:04 AM »
Check out this posting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences:

With Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) taking the world by force, 1982 was a year defined by anticipation for the third and (then) final chapter in the Star Wars saga. The film’s originally promoted title Revenge of the Jedi and its ultimate change to Return of the Jedi has always been of significance to fans. Advertising materials that bear the more aggressive Revenge title reveal how far along the film’s marketing cycle had come prior to George Lucas’ decision to dismiss it in favor of Return. From posters and trailers to merchandising tie-ins, Revenge artifacts represent a compelling period in Star Wars history.

The Academy Film Archive holds several trailers from the United States with the initial Revenge title, most of which announcing a May 25th 1983 release date which coincided with the anniversary of the original Star Wars stateside release in 1977. However, this peculiar and very brief Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer originated from a cinema in the United Kingdom, where the film was originally being considered for a Christmas 1983 release. This rare teaser, preserved by the Academy Film Archive, was apparently shown with the U.K.’s May 1982 double feature re-release of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. American audiences would not get a glimpse of the third film until Star Wars was re-released in the U.S. in August 1982, meaning that this may be the earliest Revenge trailer distributed – and fans from across the pond got the first peek!

"Revenge Of The Jedi" trailer

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:37 AM »
Interesting to see that this Imperial walker is being identified as an AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport.  So this is clearly not the same model of walker that we saw in TESB.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:44 AM »
I think it's interesting because it's at the heart of some of the most ancient conflicts in Westeros.  The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers to fight the incursion of the First Men.  From there it seems that the White Walkers became a threat to everyone:  the First Men, the Children of the Forest, and whoever else got in their way.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 23, 2016, 08:03 PM »
Hodor?  And Summer?  Along with the Children of the forest?   This is getting bleak. 

I'm also shocked by the origins of the a White Walkers. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 22, 2016, 02:41 PM »
Some more news on the cast for Thor - Ragnarok.  Marvel Studios has officially announced these cast members:

In the film, Cate Blanchett will act as Hela, Jeff Goldblum will play the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson will take the role of Valkyrie, Karl Urban will be Skurge and Mark Ruffalo will act as Bruce Banner/the Hulk.  They will be joining returning Thor actors Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Sir Anthony Hopkins.  I'm pleasantly surprised to see actors like Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum added to the mix.  This could be really, really good!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: May 21, 2016, 10:40 AM »
The paint apps on the Phasma that I picked up were not perfect.  I may keep it boxed until I can find a better one.  But these have been kind of scarce so far, so I didn't want to pass.  Especially after my blunder of passing on the 6" versions of Hux and Atsy.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:40 PM »
Picked up the Walmart exclusive Black series Captain Phasma today.  I was a little surprised by finding her and not Leia.  I really thought Leia would be the last to go. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:26 AM »
The one thing that I took from this leak?  The character name for Ben Mendelsohn's character.  Well, actually his TITLE. 

Ever since the ROGUE ONE trailer broke, people have been going crazy saying "GRAND ADMIRAL!  GRAND ADMIRAL!"  OMG, people have Thrawn on the brain!!!  But if we go purely on movie material, those Imperial uniforms with the white tunics are only seen on officers of the Imperial Security Bureau.  Wulf Yularen has that sort of uni, and he's identified as a Colonel in the ISB.  There are other ISB officers seen on the first Death Star, too.  Well, the title held by Ben Mendelsohn's character is that of Director.  So is he perhaps the Director of the Imperial Security Bureau, tasked with making certain that information about the Death Star is kept secret?  That's certainly what it's looking like to me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 19, 2016, 09:26 AM »
I don't know if Dany is really all that set to revisit her enemies in Slaver's Bay.  With the Dothraki behind her, I could see her set her eyes on Westeros instead.

There's one scene from last week that seems to have flown under the radar. That being Brienne's conversation with Davos and Melisandre. I know they're at the Wall, and it's cold there. But that conversation was ICE COLD. Especially when she was talking about how Renly was killed by blood magic while staring down Melisandre. And it was just as harsh to see her talk about executing Stannis to Davos, who had been loyal to him despite Stannis's rigidity. While it's good to see some like-minded people finally coming together around Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, it's clearly not going to be all lovey-dovey.  On top of all of that the conversation between Davos and Melisandre about Shireen? Ugh. This show can really knock the wind out of you.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 19, 2016, 09:23 AM »
I'm at least a couple of weeks behind on AoS on my DVR.  But I did see that the Kree are in play with this storyline.  I can't help but think that the show and the MCU are both moving towards involving the Kree in a bigger way.  The drug/treatment that brought Coulson back was made from research/materials from that Kree corpse.  Ronan the Accuser, from Guardians of the Galaxy was Kree as well.  They're showing up on Agents of SHIELD again, it would seem.  It leads me to think that they might be involved in GOTG2 as well, and might also be involved in the story for the Captain Marvel movie that's in development. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:49 AM »
I would expect those sorts of denials since they want to maintain some sort of control over the information.  They don't want to spoil the movie.  And behind the scenes they're probably coming down on the publisher and the retailer who leaked the material.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:44 AM »
Looking forward to seeing the Knights of Ren in action.  You get the sense that we already did see them in Rey's Force vision.  But you're left wondering if they're all Force users or not.  And do any of them utilize lightsabers aside from Kylo Ren?

I thought there was a black R5?

There was the black R2 unit in the EE exclusive Imperial multi-pack.  But I think the R5 unit you're referencing might be the one that was offered up by Sideshow.

I'm not that concerned about repaints when it comes to exclusive sets.  I get more irritated when a completely new sculpt is made into an event exclusive.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 18, 2016, 12:06 PM »
Lots of ROGUE ONE information has been spilled in THIS MAKING STAR WARS POST.  This information came from a German book listing for Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide.  Revealed in the excerpts are some character names, the appearance and name of a couple of alien characters as well as two new ship designs, and it also confirms the appearance of a major villain!

-Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
-Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
-Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
-K-250 the Enforcer Droid (Alan Tudyk)
-Baze (Jiang Wen)
-Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)
-Pao (alien creature)
-Chirrut (Donnie Yen)
-Bistan (alien creature)
-Darth Vader (Spencer Wilding/James Earl Jones)

Not so much a rumor since there are pics, but this morning I saw the post for an astromech 3-pack at Yakface.  Considering the lineup of droids?  I think this set might be linked to ROGUE ONE since at least one of them looks like it was in the hangar on Yavin IV in the first trailer.  Based on the packaging the droid lineup includes:


I just saw a post from FlyGuy that this is going to be a shared convention exclusive available at both SDCC2016 and Celebration Europe.

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