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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:40 AM »
This wave might be the only reason why I try going to any stores tomorrow, because there are more indicators that this wave will be showing up everywhere soon. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:36 AM »
Excellent episode last night!  I think it completely captured a lot of the aesthetic of A NEW HOPE in terms of the design of the Interdictor Star Destroyer.  The reactor space was incredibly reminiscent of the Death Star tractor beam control area.  And the Admiral?  He looked almost exactly like Lt Shann Childsen, the Death Star detention block officer. 

Good stuff all the way around.  I hope that the tone that's been set by episodes like this one continue through the series. 

I did catch a little hint from Pablo Hidalgo on Twitter.  Notably, that the Interdictor Star Destroyer in this episode will likely be the last big nod to the EU derived from the West End Games source material. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:35 AM »
Nice!  I should talk.  I probably have a half a dozen bottles of different types of bourbon in my liquor cabinet right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:44 PM »
So yeah, I pretty much stopped collecting toys.  But the disease is strong in this one...


The Force Awakens / Re: LE Empire Magazine with Kylo Ren Figure
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:43 PM »
Reminds me of the ROTS press kit with Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walmart 6" Imperial Shock Trooper
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:41 PM »
I ran into a Hasbro rep at a local Walmart store who is also a collector.  In all my years of collecting and running into reps, this was the first one I met who also collected.  He actually filled me in regarding a few things.  Like?  Only 2 Walmart stores in my county out of about 6 or 7 stores actually got the WM exclusive Battlefront Imperial Shocktrooper.   And both stores only received 1 case each, which sold out extremely fast.  The rep was actually assigned with putting these out, but the deliveries didn't match up with his schedule, so he missed his opportunity to get one in store.  And when they did get stocked, they sold out almost immediately.  He actually had to trade with someone on the west coast to get his own Battlefront Shocktrooper. 

He also mentioned the 3.75" Black Series.  The new assortment seems to be filtering out slowly, but should be out for Black Friday. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:24 PM »
Great score!  I've been anxiously waiting for this wave since the pictures were released. 

I would expect to see SOME degree of price inflation from 2005 to 2015.  That's perfectly natural.  When you also factor in the economic growth in China, along with the accompanying wage growth in that country, as well as increased safety considerations following the whole lead paint in toys scandal, production costs are definitely higher.  All of those increased costs have in turn been passed along to consumers.

However, we are also looking at movie year production numbers.  The increased production and sales volume of a movie year has historically had the effect of driving prices down.  That is something we're not seeing in 2015.  If anything, we're seeing the opposite:  charge consumers a premium to get merchandise for the new movies.

Given what we're seeing, what would Hasbro & retailers want to charge for something like the ARC-170 or the upgraded X-Wings today?  $100?  The pricing on this vehicle line is looking much more like a cash grab, especially considering the way the designs have been dumbed down.

Both this and the Black Leader X-Wing are WAY overpriced.  It seems to be something of an issue for this vehicle line, because both Hasbro and the retailers want way more money for these ships that we've seen in other movie years.  How much did the ARC-170 retail for, $39.99?  And that's a lot more vehicle than we're getting with this shoddy excuse for an X-Wing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: November 23, 2015, 08:45 AM »
It looks like Mustafar may be a reality!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: November 20, 2015, 09:11 PM »
I think the show has to go there eventually.  And with this possible threat from the alien planet, plus the Powers Boothe faction of Hydra?  I think the show runners have somewhere to go if they kill off Ward. 

Great photo, Jesse.  Still, I don't know if that even does it justice.  I was just at the launch of ThinkGeek's new brick & mortar location, and they had the 6" scale TIE Fighter on display.  OMG, is it big!  It looked like the solar panel wings were actually bending somewhat because of the weight of the vehicle.  And considering TODAY was the launch day for this store, that TIE Fighter couldn't have been on display for all that long.  I have to wonder how those wings are going to hold up in the long run.

Picked up a Captain Phasma today at the launch of the new brick & mortar store for ThinkGeek.  It's nice to actually see this figure in a store at long last!

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:11 AM »
It sure sounds like George Lucas has no interest in working with Disney on Star Wars.

George Lucas on his decision to "break up" with "Star Wars"

George Lucas, the mastermind behind the Star Wars franchise, says no more.

Lucas told Vanity Fair that he didn't want to be a part of the long-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga, "The Force Awakens," because "it's not much fun" when you "go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized."

He spoke to "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose about his decision to never direct another "Star Wars" picture.

"The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas said. "People don't actually realize it's actually a soap opera and it's all about family problems - it's not about spaceships. So they decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, 'fine.... I'll go my way and I let them go their way.'"

This marks the first time Lucas is not intimately involved, which Lucas compared to a breakup.

"When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don't go over to their house and drive by to see what they're doing," he said laughing. "The third one is you don't show up at their coffee shop and say you are going to burn it... You just say 'Nope, gone, history, I'm moving forward.'"

The full interview will air on "CBS This Morning" in December, as part of our Kennedy center Honors coverage. Lucas is among this year's recipients.

I've got to say, I feel for the guy.  He is the reason why Star Wars exists at all.  He created it.  He brought it to us all with a supreme amount of effort and creativity.  The movies.  The characters.   All of the stories and toys.  Movie blockbusters as we know them today.  EVERYTHING. 

But the audience turned on him.  The audience did not share George Lucas's view that these were kids movies.  And when he went on to create the PT he lost a lot of the original audience.  I have repeatedly chalked that up to an unreasonable level of expectations on the part of the audience, compounded by the fact that their perception of the OT as an integral part of their childhood made it nearly impossible for George Lucas to please them.  And a lot of the hate that's been leveled at George Lucas for the PT really comes across as ingratitude. 

I don't really count myself as a PT hater.  Can I be critical of those films?  Sure.  But I don't have anywhere near the level of invective for GL that some people do.  My criticisms tend to be a bit more broad.  I think that the CGI advances were amazing, but perhaps striking more of a balance with practical effects could have served the story better.  And I think a comparable working situation to the OT where George Lucas would serve as writer / executive producer while another filmmaker stepped in as director might have helped as well.  When George Lucas collaborates with people, like Spielberg or Irvin Kershner, there have been some great results.  But I think at the heart of it all, George's stories are what made Star Wars great.  And that absence from Star Wars moving forward is something that has me wondering where things are going in terms of the big picture.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:43 AM »
New TV Spot featuring Finn.

Some new footage...the more I see, the more excited I get!

I'm liking Finn more and more.  This TV spot made him a lot more accessible than what we've seen in the previous trailers.  And him facing off against that Stormtrooper?  Great stuff!

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