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Darth Vader EpVII Lightsaber. Interesting.

There's also a listing for a Yoda lightsaber. All things considered, I'm not reading too much into these relatively vague product listings.

The info was passed along to me from someone I know/trust.  Some of the DPCI numbers lacked descriptions.  That could mean any of a number of things, and isn't necessarily indicative of the scope of the line.  I would look at this as more of a first glimpse rather than anything else.

So, the future of Star Wars collecting?  Here's some info based on some recently uncovered Target store DPCI numbers.  At this time there are only DPCI numbers, rough descriptions and price points:


087-06-3658 SW E7 3.75 Single Fig                             7.99$

087-06-3662 E7 Class 1 Vehicle                                   9.99$
087-06-3663 E7 Class 1 Dlx Vehicle                             24.99$
087-06-3664 Class II Vehicle                                       29.99$

087-06-3670 Black Series 6"                                        19.99$
087-06-3696 SW Black series 6in Fig 2.                         39.99$

087-06-3681 SW EP 7 Hero Series fig.                      9.99$
087-06-3694 SW E7 Hero Series Fig 6.                    49.99$

087-06-3675 SW Hero Mashers.                              9.99$
087-06-3676 SW Hero Mashers Dlx.                        14.99$

087-06-3644 SW Extendable Lightsaber                      9.99$
087-06-3645 SW E7 Mask asst                                   9.99$
087-06-3646 SW Villain Extendable Lightsaber           12.99$
087-06-3647 SW Nerf Foam Lightsaber                      14.99$
087-06-3648 SW Electronic Lightsaber                       19.99$
087-06-3649 SW Villain Electronic (mask)                  34.99$
087-06-3650 SW Villain Dlx Lightsaber                       29.99$
087-06-3651 SW Alien Electronic Mask                       29.99$
087-06-3652 SW Darth Vader Voice changing Helmet  34.99$
087-06-3653 SW Signature Lightsaber                       49.99$
087-06-3654 SW E7 Ammo Refill                                9.99$
087-06-3655 SW Villain Trooper Whit                         12.99$
087-06-3656 SW Sidekick Alien Blaster                      24.99$
087-06-3657 SW Villain Trooper Whit                         39.99$
087-06-3672  Toy constrc SW 2                                149.99$
087-06-3674 SW EP II Yoda Lightsaber.                     199.99$
087-06-3695 SW choose yr destiny lightsaber.             49.99$
087-06-3697 SW E7 Darth Vader Lightsaber.                44.99$

087-06-3684 SW vehicle blind bag.                          2.49$
087-06-3685 SW vehicle 3 pack.                                4.99$
087-06-3686 SW MM Dlx vehicle asst.                         9.99$
087-06-3688 SW E7 MM Battle Set.                            19.99$

3659 - 3661 had no information, only prices.
3677-3680 no info
087-06-3668 Black Series Die Cast                               4.99$
087-06-3689 SW Collectable                                      19.99$
087-06-3692 SW E7 RC Lead Hero Droid.                    79.99$
087-06-3693 Furby E7 Sidekick Alien.                          79.99$

I saw some of these at TRU this weekend.  At $19.99 per set I am just not interested.  Especially since they're all the 5 poa figures. 

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: March 17, 2015, 02:15 PM »
This bit of news is pretty significant:  John Williams Will Not Score Star Wars: Rogue One.

Composer Alexandre Desplat has been tapped to score ROGUE ONE.  Here's the text:

Few things are as synonymous with Star Wars as the music of John Williams. It’s hard to even think about the franchise, original trilogy or prequels, without the composer’s rousing tunes coming to mind. When the first spinoff movie drops on December 16, 2016, however, you may be in for a shock, as John Williams will not score Star Wars: Rogue One.

 Williams’ music has a massive impact on the films he’s involved with. Just think what Star Wars, the Indiana Jones movies, and Jurassic Park would be without his work. But as revealed on an episode of French radio program, Radio Classique’s Culture Club, Alexandre Desplat will handle the score for director Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) upcoming turn around that far, far away galaxy.

 This makes Rogue One the first Star Wars movie to arrive in theaters without Williams, and though it’s shocking to think of at first, it isn’t a huge surprise. There has been talk for a while that the 83-year-old composer will continue to score the Episode movies, like The Force Awakens, but leave the standalone movies to franchise newcomers. If nothing else, this will be one way to truly establish these films as their own unique entity, as something different within the larger Star Wars framework.

 For his part, Desplat is slouch at all, and you can do a whole lot worse on this front. He’s very, very talented in his own right, and has worked on tons of high profile films, including both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Zero Dark Thirty, and Unbroken, among many others. Just recently, he won an Academy Award for his work on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, in a category where he actually competed against himself. His score for the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring The Imitation Game was also nominated. The guy had a solid year.

 He’s obviously no stranger to big, epic movies, and Rogue One marks the second collaboration between Desplat and Edwards, who worked together on Godzilla last year. It will be interesting to see what he brings to Star Wars, and if he puts his own unique stamp on the film or tries to pay homage to Williams.

 For as much talk as there’s been, we don’t know a ton about Rogue One. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is reportedly the female star, the story comes from an idea by longtime Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor John Knoll, and Chris Weitz is handling the latest incarnation of the script after Gary Whitta left. Everything else is unsubstantiated rumor and hearsay at this point.

 The title, Rogue One, presumably refers to Rogue Leader, the commander of Rogue Squadron, the most elite flying force in all of the Rebel Alliance. This moniker has, at various times, been bestowed on Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, and Luke Skywalker, a name you probably recognize. We’ve also heard that this first standalone film involves bounty hunters, Boba Fett, and a heist, possibly of the plans for the first Death Star. At this stage, we have no idea how all of these elements, if they are indeed true, come together in the story, but we’re damn excited to find out.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:21 PM »
It's interesting that they're going to be returning to a May film release schedule.  When Disney first announced that they would be releasing THE FORCE AWAKENS in December, I got the sense that it was a play by Disney to own two distinct movie release periods.  Star Wars would give Disney ownership of the December box office, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe would take the leading role in owning that big May movie.

But I think that the way the movie industry is so intertwined with it's associated merchandising partners, Disney has come to realize that a December release doesn't work as well for a major merchandising oriented film.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 8, 2015, 09:47 AM »
One funny thing about the Inquisitors death in the Season 1 finale.  I got a sneaking feeling that the Inquisitor might die about a week before the episode aired.  And you know what clued me in on that?  Toys R Us put those 31" Jakks Pacific Inquisitor figures on clearance!

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 7, 2015, 03:32 PM »
I picked up a pair of AT-DP Drivers and a TIE Pilot this morning.  Nice to see TRU getting this wave. Wasn't able to find a Jedi Temple Guard though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: March 6, 2015, 09:14 PM »
Thankfully, Ang Lee's Hulk isn't considered a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I get what he tried to do with that film.  And it was an artistic take on the Hulk's story.  But I don't think it was something that comic fans were prepared to embrace.

I just don't know how anyone could manage to sit through all of that.  And I think that if anyone is going to nap through any of the films in the marathon, it would probably be during Iron Man 3.

So I finally saw the Saga Legends Commander Gree as well as the SL AT-AT Driver in the wild yesterday.  And it was kind of a disappointing situation.  We already had a Clone Wars Gree in the same armor deco, and there have been some pretty cool AT-AT Drivers offered since about 2009.  So when I saw these figures (with 5 POA) this sense of 'MEH' just washed over me.  I can get behind a figure like the Jedi Temple Guard since that's an all new character that has never made into a figure before.  But these 5 POA offerings of characters that have been previously offered in versions with super articulation and great sculpting really fall flat for me.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 6, 2015, 11:01 AM »
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda both saw the security recordings of Anakin taking part in the massacre at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. 

ANAKIN: The traitors have been taken care of, Lord Sidious.

DARTH SlDIOUS: Good . . . good . . . You have done well, my new apprentice. Do you feel your power growing?

ANAKIN: Yes, My Master.

DARTH SlDIOUS: Now, Lord Vader, now go and bring peace to the Empire.

OBI-WAN watches in horror. Tears well up in his eyes.

OBI-WAN: I can't watch any more.

OBI-WAN switches off the hologram. The TWO JEDI stand in silence for a few moments.

YODA: Destroy the Sith, we must.

OBI-WAN: Send me to kill the Emperor. I will not kill Anakin.

YODA: To fight this Lord Sidious, strong enough, you are not.

OBI-WAN: He is like my brother ... I cannot do it.

YODA: Twisted by the dark side, young Skywalker has become. The boy you trained, gone he is . . . Consumed by Darth Vader.

OBI-WAN: How could it have come to this?

YODA: To question, no time there is.

OBI-WAN: I do not know where the Emperor has sent him. I don't know where to look.

YODA: Use your feelings, Obi-Wan, and find him, you will. Visit the new Emperor, my task is. May the Force be with you.

OBI-WAN: May the Force be with you, Master Yoda.

That's from the script, and not necessarily the dialogue from the theatrical release.  But in ROTS Yoda does call Anakin 'Darth Vader'.  After the duel on Mustafar I think that Obi-Wan truly thought Anakin was dead.  But he and Yoda also knew that he had taken on this mantle of Darth Vader.  It stands to reason that following his exile Obi-Wan likely came across some sort of information about the Emporer's apprentice, Darth Vader.  Especially since he was hunting down Jedi.  Obi-Wan alluded to that much during the conversation in his hut with Luke in ANH.  Still, I think there was a sense of shock on Obi-Wan's face when he finally saw Vader on the Death Star in ANH.  More because of Vader's menacing appearance than by the revelation of his survival.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 6, 2015, 10:39 AM »
More reports are coming in about the circumstances around his forced landing.  It seems that he glided the plane down onto the golf course rather than making for the Santa Monica airport.  Trying to make for the airport may have led to the plane going down in a residential area, as Ford assessed that he didn't have enough altitude to be able to glide the distance from where he lost power to the runway at the airport.  If that's really the case, that's an incredibly gutsy bit of flying on the part of Harrison Ford!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 6, 2015, 07:49 AM »
I think that within the Empire Darth Vader is regarded as the Emporer's enforcer.  He is to be respected and feared.  As for who may know that Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker?  I suspect that list of people is REALLY short.  As for who that includes following the events of Episode III?
-Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Bail Organa

People who may or may not know?  I suspect that Tarkin's previous familiarity with Anakin during the Clone Wars and subsequent relationship with him as Vader has keyed him in on that secret in the time between ROTS and ANH.  And Tarkin's dialogue with Vader during ANH makes it clear that he knows of Vader's past.  As for Uncle Owen?  Clearly he knows Anakin and that he was a Jedi from their time on the homestead in AOTC.  But I suspect that for the safety of Luke it's very likely that Obi-Wan did not share the whole truth about Padme and Anakin's fates in an effort to protect Owen, Beru and Luke.  Owen knew that Anakin was a Jedi.  But based on the what Obi-Wan initially told Luke about how Vader betrayed and murdered his father, I suspect that he told something similar to Owen as well.

So, will Ahsoka come to know this too if her character gets a more substantial role in the show?  Based on her contact with Bail Organa that's entirely possible.  But would Bail risk telling Anakin's former padawan?  He never told his own adopted daughter about her true parentage.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 6, 2015, 06:22 AM »
That's some scary ****.  I hope he's going to be alright.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: March 4, 2015, 10:33 AM »
Even though these figures feature 5 POA, these figures look pretty cool.  I actually like some of the stylization on Vader.

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