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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: September 24, 2015, 10:03 AM »
Hayden needs the work.  And he's been in the suit before.  It's a physical acting role, and not one where Hayden would have to voice dialogue.  That's James Earl Jones' job.

Now if he's being cast to play a Force Spirit Anakin Skywalker in Episode 8?  Then I can appreciate some of the concerns people might have.  But if Anakin as a Force Spirit is integral to the story?  You can certainly speculate however you want.  From the trailers it seems that someone in the Sequels is a devotee to Darth Vader, seeing how the melted Vader helmet & mask are set up as an object of worship.  Recasting the Anakin role would damage any sense of continuity

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" First Order Legion 7-Pack Box Set
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:54 AM »
Probably the entitlement generation. Gotta have it NOW!

I like CHEWIE's theory over at Yakface, that Hasbro miscalculated how many figures to make, so they're focusing the supplies on single carded figures.

I think it's something like that, but not that precisely.

More likely?  The number of pre-orders exceeded the expectations of both Hasbro and Amazon. And rather than have a number of customers grouse about why they didn't receive their order while others did, I think Hasbro and Amazon opted to delay the release so that they could meet expectations for the pre-orders.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" First Order Legion 7-Pack Box Set
« on: September 22, 2015, 01:00 PM »
Got the email.  It's fine by me.  Spacing out my spending on a set like this isn't really an issue.

From the EMPIRE Magazine Twitter feed:

Empire Magazine Verified account

At a Q&A tonight John Landis dropped  that Disney are finally going to re-release the theatrical cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy.

8:43 PM - 18 Sep 2015

Picked up a 6" Rey with BB-8 today.  Bit by bit I'm finding pretty much everything at brick & mortar retail.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 17, 2015, 03:26 PM »
Found all of the Universe/Mission Series 2-packs except for the set with BB-8.  I guess that's the HTF set!

Perhaps someone at Hasbro Pulse, *cough Derryl cough*, could shed some light on this.

I get the sense that this X-Wing may not be exclusive at all.  There's no branding on the images that you sometimes see on exclusives.  The featured character, Poe Dameron, is one of the key new cast members for this trilogy.  And from an assortment standpoint, what else is shipping in the assortment with that Black Leader X-Wing?  It's not the First Order TIE Fighter, which is shipping separately.

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Hot Toys 1:6 Kylo Ren
« on: September 16, 2015, 07:34 AM »
I'm with Nick - the pricing on the 12" stuff (even the sideshow stuff) drove me out of the 12" line a long, long time ago.  They look fantastic though.

When Sideshow introduced their 12" figure line at a price point around $50 / figure it was certainly manageable.  When things started creeping over $100 / figure?  I started being more selective.  But with the Hot Toys figures priced like this, at over $200 per figure?  I just enter the giveaway contests, and that's it.

The Guavian Enforcer looks like a mashup of a number of characters from other properties.  Personally?  I get Marvel comics Deadpool & Stingray crossed with the Sentry robots from The Black Hole.

I saw the ELITE SERIES Kylo Ren today at my local Disney store.  And it looks pretty cool!  Each of these figures are $24.95 each.

There was also a release schedule for more pieces that are due in the series:

SEPTEMBER 28th:  Episode I - Darth Maul
OCTOBER 12th:  Episode II - Anakin Skywalker
OCTOBER 26th:  Episode III - General Grievous
NOVEMBER 9th:  Episode IV - Stormtrooper
NOVEMBER 23rd:  Episode V - Darth Vader
DECEMBER 7th:  Episode VI - Boba Fett
DECEMBER 18th:  Episode VII - Character TBA

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Hot Toys 1:6 Kylo Ren
« on: September 11, 2015, 01:36 PM »
Very, very cool.  Hot Toys just keeps on knocking it out of the park with their offerings.  I wish the price point wasn't so high, otherwise I might get into this line.

I picked up a 6" Kylo Ren from a local collector shop.  It's nice to be supporting the independent guys with whom you can develop a personal business relationship.

I've been catching up on some rumors and news, and I'm thinking that the Knights of Ren might make some decent fodder for figures.  The concept art is pretty awesome.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: September 8, 2015, 05:09 PM »
Interesting.  The Han listing doesn't seem like it matches up to the press release, which indicated a ROTJ version of Han Solo.  And at least three of those characters weren't included in the press release at all.

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