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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Flyguy posted a R1 find from a Target in California on Instagram earlier today.  All of the 3.75" figures based on the photo.

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.

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. 

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?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 6
« on: September 19, 2016, 07:46 PM »
I would be perfectly happy if Hasbro reissued the Stormtrooper that came in the Kmart Scanning Crew 2-pack.  There have been enough SA Stormtroopers at this point that I'd be okay with the reissue.  Especially if they can put the saved tooling dollars into a new SA figure of a character we haven't gotten before.

I don't think any CEO of a retail chain would micro-manage to that degree.  But I do think that in light of the recent Moody's report on Kmart/Sears' solvency, there may have been a corporate directive to maximize sales by any means necessary in the hopes of saving the company.  And whoever is running the toy group probably thought this could at least help their Q3 numbers. 

Where does an exclusive toy offering fit in?  Just like any other exclusive, it's designed to drive foot traffic into the stores.  I know that I don't venture into Kmart without an exclusive to draw me in.  Because the exclusive is not just about the single sale.  It's about getting you to buy that PLUS other merchandise. 

I just picked up the Kmart exclusive Jyn Erso, too. 

I wonder if Hasbro and Disney are giving Kmart a pass since the chain is in significant financial trouble?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 6
« on: September 18, 2016, 08:12 PM »
I think it's pretty likely that we're going to get a Jyn Erso in this line.  But in this wave?  Based on what Hasbro did last year, they only had Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper as the first SA offerings from THE FORCE AWAKENS.  And that leaves me wondering if there will be a similar pattern this year.

I think we're probably going to get at least one version of Jyn Erso in this line.  She has at least three costume changes that we know of in the movie.  But I'm going to be a little pissed if the version of Jyn that we do get is in the Imperial Ground Crew disguise.

The same goes for Cassian Andor.  I think we've seen four costume changes for him:  Yavin, Eadu, Imperial Officer disguise and Scarif.  So far we've seen 3.75" versions of Cassian Andor from Yavin and Eadu.  I'm thinking that we might get him in the Scarif costume in this line.

Aside from those obvious choices?  I think the Scarif Stormtrooper seems likely.  And I think Hasbro's going to make us wait a little while on an SA Deathtrooper until at least the wave after this one.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 17, 2016, 07:14 PM »
Well, Hasbro does seem to be hoping that we're going to be buying this $300 AT-ACT.  And that's just not happening for me.

But there is this possible 6" vehicle rumor that's been circulating.  That one has me a little curious.

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