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TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: August 4, 2016, 08:10 PM »
The budget does seem to be a very significant concern.  Back when Rick McCallum was working on developing the first attempt at a Star Wars tv series he said just as much.  It was going to be very expensive to make this show.  A show like Game of Thrones has some very significant budget challenges, and up through the most recent season they were only producing 10 episodes a year.

It's funny though, because Forest Whitaker's character in ROGUE ONE, Saw Gerrera, was supposed to be a central figure in the live action series.  And now we're here talking live action series.  Again.

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: August 4, 2016, 03:19 PM »

ABC has set its targeting computer on Star Wars.

Entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday whether she wants a prime-time series based on the franchise that's owned by parent company Disney. Not only is she interested in such an idea, but she revealed there are ongoing talks to make it a reality.

"Ohh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say 'Yes,'" she said. "The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming."

After the panel, she confirmed again that talks are ongoing.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 4, 2016, 06:41 AM »
There's a nice look at the U-wing fighter / gunship in this week's episode of The Star Wars show.  And it turns out that the U-wing was featured in the concept artwork that we saw at last year's Star Wars Celebration:

The ship designation is the Incom UT-60D.  It seems to have more in common with the Y-Wing, but that information regarding Incom as the manufacturer is cool to learn.  And the sweepable wings are definitely a callback to the X-wing fighter.

Going into this whole conversation I've got to be upfront about having been much more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy when I was actively reading/collecting comics.  I did read some DC titles back around the time when they had the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline running, but it was a short run for me.  I just found Marvel characters to be a bit more accessible.

While I did go to see Batman V Superman in the theater, the general feeling coming out of that film was just kind of a downer.  And mind you, I thought that Man of Steel was an interesting reboot of Superman following Superman Returns.  But I had very mixed feelings about rebooting Batman after we had such a solid trilogy of films in the Nolan-Bale movies.  As for the Suicide Squad team?  I barely knew who any of them were, to be honest.  Yes, the Joker is in there.  I thought that I knew who Deadshot was, but I think I actually mistook him for Deathstroke.  I never really had any experience reading books with Harley Quinn.  And I always saw Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang as third tier villains.  I really don't know any of the other characters. 

The general concept of the story seemed interesting.  A team of bad guys that the government can use for the purposes, and if they die so what?  Conceptually it sounds interesting.  But I just don't feel into spending the money to see this in a theater now after these reviews.  Now, in the case of an MCU film like Ant-Man?  I barely knew anything about Scott Lang as Ant-Man, and very little about Hank Pym in that role.  I knew a bit more about the Wasp.  But generally speaking, when I went into that movie I had concerns that Ant-Man might have been the movie where the Marvel Cinematic Universe jumped the shark and things fell off.  Especially considering director Edgar Wright getting fired from the project.  But I knew that up until that point Disney/Marvel studios under Kevin Feige's guidance have been good stewards of the Marvel material.  So I took a chance even though I was a little skeptical about the character, and I went to see Ant-Man.  I turned out being pleasantly surprised because the story, characters and actors won me over.  And the MCU has just built on Ant-Man in a cool way with Captain America - Civil War.  I just don't get the sense based on everything I'm reading that Warner Brothers and the DCCU is going to win me over.  I'm not really interested in the Wonder Woman movie.  Maybe I'll check out Justice League.  But it's telling to me that I'm far more interested in the production images that have been released from Thor - Ragnarok, which won't be released for quite a while than a project that's in theaters now.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: August 4, 2016, 06:00 AM »
I picked up another Phasma yesterday along with a First Order Stormtrooper.  It was a genuine surprise to see these turn up after all this time.

I can't believe that after all this time I spotted this wave in the wild yesterday.  I actually had to stop and look at the packaging since I had bought both Han and Leia from Tunghori, and I had never seen either figure boxed.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: August 3, 2016, 04:12 PM »
Solid interview, Anton.  You touched on some good points.  And the playset bit at the end was nice, especially since the Hasbro Star Wars team member brought it up himself.  It's always good to hear that sort of perspective since a lot of the Star Wars team are fans themselves.  Many of them do come to this with ideas about what they would want in the line, and sometimes they work towards making something they would like for their own collections if it can be slotted appropriately into the line.

Not sure if Suicide Squad belongs in this thread, but here it goes...

I've been hearing that Warner Brothers has been hoping that Suicide Squad could really help to bolster the DC Cinematic Universe.  But it seems that the initial reviews for Suicide Squad are not that good.

So how are fans responding?  They've started a petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes.  Seriously?!?!?  The concept behind Rotten Tomatoes is to bring together a wide range of reviews to provide an average score from a range of reviewers.  The very notion of this petition is beyond ridiculous.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: August 2, 2016, 08:01 PM »
Most of all, this passage was interesting:

...they plan to make a big announcement in the near future regarding the super-articulated 4-inch figures that are currently exclusive to Walmart.

I hope we're going to get some good news on this front.  Time will tell, I suppose.

I missed that part... I'd be happy enough if they just made them non-exclusive - more frequent releases would be nice too.  I'd rather pay $13 for a really nice figure than $9 for a not-so-nice one.

I was also really shocked to learn that the Hasbro team never saw any production imagery of Luke Skywalker from THE FORCE AWAKENS until the movie was released.  Lucasfilm really kept the lid on Luke that tight?!?!?  I do remember and image of Luke surfacing before the movie was released, but seriously?  I guess we probably won't see a TFA Luke figure until at least December if not later.

I personally like the theme of some Imperial Officers.  Notably, the TESB officers like Ozzel, Veers and Piett if they could be re-done using the Needa body.  Captain Lennox and Lieutenant Sheckil would be cool additions.  And I've personally been wanting to get the Asteroid Victim Imperial Officer hologram, too.  The great thing is that they all fall under the theme of the Imperial Death Squadron under Vader.

And I've been hoping that Hasbro would follow through with that Funeral Pyre Vader ever since I saw the mockup at SDCC.  I can't believe they showed that as far back as 2009!!!  But now with the whole Kylo Ren fixation on Vader's burnt helmet?  I think there might be a place for this set.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: August 2, 2016, 06:13 AM »
Here's an interesting article from Forbes where Hasbro says TFA Luke is coming, and they also admit that the Force Friday mishaps last year were their fault.

I finally got around to reading this.  And I find it astounding that the so-called "Mystery Box" was so all-encompassing that the people at Hasbro only saw Luke when the film was released!

The news about the Ghost is a little disappointing, but not totally unexpected.  REBELS is a cool show, but I don't think there's enough interest in the marketplace to support a Ghost vehicle that's even as big as the TFA Falcon.

Most of all, this passage was interesting:

...they plan to make a big announcement in the near future regarding the super-articulated 4-inch figures that are currently exclusive to Walmart.

I hope we're going to get some good news on this front.  Time will tell, I suppose.

Has anyone seen better pictures of the Black Series 6" unmasked Kylo Ren?  Because the scant images I saw of it in the package I could not see the Kylo Ren helmet or the melted Darth Vader helmet.

I have one of these in-hand now. (Thanks again, Hasbro!)

The Kylo helmet is an alternate head (may be the same as the first Kylo basic 6" release head? I don't have a 6" Kylo to compare, sorry) and not a true "removable helmet" for the figure.  Here's a pic of melty Vader helm -

Thanks, Jeff.  I probably should have been more specific in my initial post, because I was curious about the general release version.  It was on display in the package at SWCE in London, but I don't think that version was on display at SDCC.

Basically, I was just curious if the general release version of Kylo Ren includes either helmet.  I figured the banner would not be included, but I really wanted to know mostly about the Vader helmet.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 27, 2016, 12:58 AM »
I have to look at the whole "3 picture deal" thing with a degree of skepticism.  I mean, isn't it pretty standard at this point for studios to sign talent to multi-picture deals in the event that one is a tremendous success?  That way they secure the actors... just in case.  Lots of the actors involved in the Marvel cinematic universe were signed to multi-picture contracts.  I think that the executives at Disney probably pushed for these sort of contracts since the MCU now has some 11 films under it's umbrella, and they seem to have similar plans for the Star Wars universe.

As for this being a trilogy?  I think that might be wishful thinking on the part of the writer.  But what about other projects?  I could see Han Solo being worked into a Boba Fett film if that project makes it's way out of development.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:22 PM »
Interesting read.  It doesn't sound like it's set in stone at the moment, but an interesting prospect.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: July 24, 2016, 10:13 AM »
Enjoy whilst possible:

Fan trailer.  ):

BTW, the Official Star Wars channel on YouTube has posted THE ROGUE ONE PANEL from Star Wars Celebration Europe in London.

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