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Rogue One / Re: Celebration Europe 2016
« on: July 16, 2016, 02:46 PM »
I saw something to the effect that this Leia is not a final product.  The facial portrait wasn't the final version, and there's additional stitching that's to be added to the hood.  I have to try to track down the source of those comments.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:38 PM »
Paul Harrison (not his real name, btw) is a clown.  I was surprised to see the article about the rumored Poe & Finn thing, but in a way I wasn't surprised to see that FROM HIM.  Mostly because it always seems that certain people exercise an extreme amount of disdain or loathing from that which they *MAY* see within themselves, and that's usually accompanied by this horrendous sort of overreaction.

Having worked on covering a couple of Toy Fairs with the aforementioned person, I got that vibe.  I've also heard tales of someone who *MAY HAVE* overheard PH commenting at another toy industry event about how tight another gentleman's trousers happened to be in the crotch area.  The term "package" may have even been used in that exchange, as the gentleman who was the object of this conversation was being objectified.  Hmmmm????  I am not one to judge homosexuals.  I count several gays and lesbians among some of my closest friends.  But if you're going on some social commentary tear about gay people, maybe you need to take a look in the mirror first.

As for the Jyn figure?  If it offends you SO MUCH little man-child, then GET THE **** OUT OF THE HOBBY.  She had that scarf in the trailer.  Where were your xenophobic comments then?  Don't try to turn a website about toys into the collecting equivalent of Fox News. 

This is the ROGUE ONE - Black Series 6" Jyn Erso figure that was shown during the ROGUE ONE panel.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:13 PM »
Perhaps the trailer will be aired tonight on ABC with the behind the scenes special from The Force Awakens?

But I would bet on the sizzle reel being shown on television tonight, and the trailer being released closer to Force Friday.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: July 15, 2016, 11:05 AM »
The ROGUE ONE panel will be streamed live on YouTube and begins momentarily.

TV-9D9 / Re: First Rebels Season 3 Clip
« on: July 13, 2016, 08:44 PM »
The green lightsaber threw me a little bit.  As did... THE HAIR!

And yeah, Hondo is all kinds of awesome.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: July 13, 2016, 07:57 AM »
Great deal if you've been holding out. Only want the FO Officer, so I'll pass again.

I want the FO Officer and the Clone Commander, but I still can't pull the trigger.  I wish they hadn't included all the repacks, or maybe made some more interesting variations.

That set is the first time they've offered up the ROTS Phase II Clone Trooper.  The only other Phase II Clone that's been offered in the line thus far was Commander Cody, but his armor is substantially different from the standard trooper armor.

I'd like the EE one at that price.

Same here.  I held off on that set, and getting that one on sale would be nice.  Especially considering that one is only repaints.

Eh, speaking of just collectors, they are a fairly entitled group who like to pitch a fit...  :)

Me included at times, but there's a lot of kind of "armchair executives" in the hobby, and personally I think most of them are nuts.  Then again how do you argue with people who think Hasbro owes them something. 

The entitlement is absolutely annoying.  Just because you have bought in to the line in a very enthusiastic manner does not mean that Hasbro or the Star Wars brand owe you anything.  It has never been and will never be any sort of a quid pro quo type of situation.  Once you can dial back your expectations in that respect, you'll probably be a lot happier in this hobby.

I get the idea of the Fan's Choice Poll as a vehicle for characters who might not have a chance otherwise.  I think Darth Revan is a prime example of the type of character who benefitted from the poll.  But Sabine?  I get the sense that Hasbro would have gotten around to her as they're already taking on REBELS characters in the 6" figure line.  I am glad to see Hera get some recognition in the current poll, but I'm left wondering WHERE IS EZRA?

But with the Legends EU being represented in the current toy line?  Personally, I think that with the new canon definitions, I would prefer to have the toy line focus on canon material.

That's an interesting take on things.  That sort of trend is actually a little startling to see.  I think we'll get a better picture of how Hasbro will be able to integrate characters from sources other than the current movie cycle once we get past the whole ROGUE ONE release.  I suspect that the ANTHOLOGY/STAR WARS STORY films may have fewer offerings than the Saga/Numbered Episode films, but that's just speculation on my part.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: July 11, 2016, 12:50 PM »
Sounds like there is going to be a new trailer released on July 15.

When you mentioned this I had to look it up.  ABC must really want some ratings on a Friday night, because the trailer is going to air during a broadcast where they'll be showing one of the documentaries from THE FORCE AWAKENS BluRay release.  Really?  BTS docs are suitable for a network primetime slot?

The holdup with C-3PO has definitely been curious.  The TFA version will be released later this year, but how many years has is been since the Black Series 6" line began?  It has to have been well before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney and TFA went into production.  But I have been hearing bits and pieces of information related to vac-metalized figures (like Threepio and Phasma) and how Hasbro has been searching for alternative finishes.  So I suspect that issue may have something to do with the delays there.

And regarding Darth Revan?  He came from the Bioware video game title Knights Of The Old Republic, which was probably one of the most popular Star Wars games of all time.

That's a nice list of figures I would buy.  Already one site's members are complaining about results, such as why (waste a) vote for obvious candidates.  Vote for X Obscure/EU character.

There's going to be plenty of griping and grousing about this process.  There always has been and always will be whenever there's a Fan's Choice Figure Poll.

When I was making the rounds at the participating sites yesterday I was beyond shocked to see one site where people were voting like crazy for Jaina Solo.  Seriously?  After all of that material got wiped out in the great EU/Legends purge so that the new Sequel Trilogy could start fresh, you go with Jaina Solo? Wow.

As for the 4-LOM/Zuckuss results?  I would definitely welcome either of them.  The TESB bounty hunters are still fertile ground.

A little disappointed by how many sites only want you to submit one character.  Given those conditions , I opted for Count Dooku as my entry.  For me it boiled down to either him or Qui-Gon Jinn.  But in the end I thought that a new Sith Lord would be more interesting than another Jedi. 

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