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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: April 5, 2015, 10:22 AM »
The Kohls near me had a good number of Mission Series sets.  And it was the wave with Bossk & IG-88, Wicket & Biker Scout, Sabine & Stormtrooper, the Wookiees, and Vizago & IG-RM.  But at $14.99 I can understand why all of the sets were still here.

Personally, I was hoping to find the first wave of REBELS basic figures, but no luck.  I may have to cave and buy Chopper on eBay.

George R.R. Martin has released another excerpt from The Winds of Winter.  Check out this Alayne chapter.

According to GRRM's blog, this will almost certainly be the last excerpt to be posted before The Winds of Winter gets published.  Still, it's disappointing that we're almost certainly not going to see the new book published in 2015.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: April 1, 2015, 04:47 PM »
Most of the recent Marvel movies have offered up decent versions of the characters in Avengers - Age of Ultron in their respective figure lines.  There are versions of Black Widow, Nick Fury, Thor and War Machine (provided he plays a role in the film) that would all be reasonable figures to reissue if Hasbro had moved forward with a fully articulated 3.75" figure line.  And this new version of Iron Man is a good representation of the new Mark 43 armor.

So who does that leave?  Hawkeye (new look), Captain America (new uniform), Hulk (not done well previously), the twins, Ultron and the Vision.  All told, it wouldn't have been that crazy of a line to build had Hasbro pursued it.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: March 31, 2015, 08:47 PM »
So it turns out that TRU has a pair of exclusive 2-packs for Avengers - Age of Ultron.  And they're in line with the Avengers Infinite line, since the figures are 3.75" scale with good articulation.  One set features Cap and Black Widow.  Cap is a reissue from the Winter Soldier line, but with the regular deco shield.  And the Black Widow seems to be a re-decoed version of the figure offered in the first Avengers line.  The winner in these sets though, is the Iron Man and Nick Fury 2-pack.  Iron Man is a new figure, depicting the Mark 43 armor.  Fury appears to be similar to the version offered in the first Avengers movie figure line.

These are selling for $19.99 each.  And right now TRU has a BOGO 40% off sale.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 29, 2015, 08:45 PM »
I saw the Thanos wave today.  And the new Avengers movie figures look pretty good.  It's tough for me to accept the current  pricing though. I know that the Star Wars 6" figures sell for $19.99 each. But when I was collecting Marvel Legends figures sold for about $12 or $13 per figure.  I guess that history with the line makes that pricing a little difficult to swallow.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:52 PM »
Picked up the Vizago/IG-RM and Wookiee Mission series 2-packs at a comic shop of all places. And for only $9 each!  Nice score in my book. And the Wookiee 3-pack is up for grabs if anyone has an extra Hera Mission Series 2-pack.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 29, 2015, 10:25 AM »
Scored 3 Jedi Temple Guards and an AT-DP Driver this morning. One of the JTG's is up for trade to anyone who might have an extra Chopper from the REBELS line.


TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Anime
« on: March 28, 2015, 07:50 AM »
That is absolutely fantastic!  And this video has been racking up the views in a really big way.  When I checked it out the video had nearly 1 million hits.  Since then I think they've topped 2 million views.  There's something in there for EVERYONE.  From the Probe Droid, to the Y-Wings making an attack run on a Star Destroyer, to the Interdictor class Star Destroyer, to the sound effects, this was an amazingly put together video.  Major props to the team that put this together...even if the Imperials did win this engagement.

A video like this one really leaves you wondering.  Was this just a fan project?  Or was this perhaps some sort of sizzle reel where the producers are trying to pitch this sort of project to Lucasfilm/Disney?  Despite the fact that it's a really impressive short animation film, it is still incomplete.  The dialogue tracks haven't been recorded yet.  Which makes me wondering what more we may see from this particular project.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 28, 2015, 07:09 AM »
I picked up Cadet Ezra w/ Kanan and the Rebels TIE Pilot w/ Stormtrooper yesterday.  I also saw some of the newer Mission series sets, like Leia with Stormtrooper Luke and Hoth Han Solo and Luke.  Yes, the coat on Han is blue.  Tried to find Hera with the Stormtrooper Commander, but that set seems to be rather... elusive.

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 Anthology / 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.

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