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And to all who voted for Jango, lolz.

I can get why they voted though... never assume anything.  I mean, we had pictures of the second Utai displayed... maybe even the actual figure on display and we never got him.

I voted for Jango. And like P- Siddy said, nothing is guaranteed.  And that second Utai is definitely a sore point. It's one of the few instances where Hasbro showed a product to the public and it was never released. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 04:04 PM »
And just like that the collector focused Star Wars 3.75" figure line died with a whimper.

Conventions / Re: SDCC 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:36 PM »
If you've ever been to Comic Con, then you might know that the line to get into Hall H can be pretty massive.  Check out THIS EW.COM ARTICLE to get a sense of just how crazy the line is to get into the hall where the Star Wars Presentation will be.

Sold out for remainder of SDCC. :o

THAT I don't buy.  Having been to SDCC on a couple of occassions, I know from firsthand experience that Hasbro rations out their exclusives in a very deliberate fashion for each day of the con.  That's something they've been doing for years.  I suspect that message indicates that today's allotment of First Order Stormtroopers is sold out, but there are likely to be more for Saturday and Sunday.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:15 PM »
I actually just saw some comments elsewhere where people are now angry they've just realized that it's 1:30 PST. Sigh. Not even kidding.

Really?  I guess people don't have enough real-world problems to deal with.

Nerd Rage about time zone differences just takes the cake.  I may have to tap out based on that alone.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:45 PM »
I thought I saw a blurb about the Jabba's Rancor Pit set being offered by HTS (possibly another vendor) at Comic Con this week. 

Omar Sharif was the man!  His role in Lawrence of Arabia alone was phenomenal.  But I have to love him for being in one of my favorite bad movies of all time:  The Thirteenth Warrior.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 10:21 AM »
Agree.  I can't fault the people for being angry... but I do dislike the trend some websites have of catering to those angry folks, whipping them into frenzies to the point that their very vocal minority is treated like a majority opinion... or at least presented to Hasbro as such.

That bothers me a great deal, too.  It's one thing to provide news and imagery for interested readers.  But the pot stirring and muckraking has been bad.  And I think that the ethical tradeoff that some sites have made has not been a positive for the collecting community.  Getting people into a fever pitch of complaining and anger draws traffic which benefits a website.  But it gets some people crazy and drives away others that just want to know what's going on with the Star Wars brand.

The Sequel Trilogy / Star Wars Episode IX
« on: July 10, 2015, 10:06 AM »
Heroic Hollywood is reporting that a director has been named for Episode IX, and it will be Colin Trevorrow.  He's coming off of the very successful Jurassic World, and his role as director of Episode IX is set to be announced at SDCC 2015 today during the Star Wars presentation in Hall H.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 09:23 AM »
I think a lot of the anxiety among the collecting community and Star Wars fans in general is that we're in somewhat uncharted territory.  And that's attributable to a few factors.

-It's the Post-George era.  We knew what to expect before from both Lucasfilm as well as Hasbro ever since Episode I rolled out in 1999.  With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney that has changed.  There seems to have been a change in the corporate culture and how they do things.  They're certainly being far more secretive about the production process than Lucasfilm was during the PT era.  J.J. Abrams has been very tight lipped about the process on the filmmaking front, and I think that air of secrecy has made it's way through the broader Star Wars brand.  The leaks of the past (at least in the toy line) have really dried up, too.

-We've been accustomed to a certain schedule for news in the leadup to movie releases.  The Christmas release of THE FORCE AWAKENS has thrown that schedule out the window.  That's have everyone guessing about when we're going to see ANYTHING.  And it's not like we've seen any sort of statement from Hasbro about when they're going to make an announcement or presentation.  All we know is that there's a merchandise release date of September 4th, there's the 6" First Order Stormtrooper and there were those 6" figure prototype images that leaked.  We're still dealing with a lot of unknowns.

-Then there's the uncertainty about the future of the 3.75" figure line.  That's led to a lot of speculation and worry about the future of an action figure format that's been with us since 1978.  And when you have a history like that it's easy for a group like collectors to get anxious.

As for any sense of anger in the collecting community?  I get that some people get really wrapped up in things.  I've got my own stuff going on in my personal life that takes priority over collecting.  Getting angry about the unknowns of the Hasbro Star Wars line is something I can't afford to do in terms of time or energy.  Do I get a little anxious about it?  A little bit, yes.  And I probably would get a good deal more anxious if I was regularly travelling the convention circuit doing reporting on the Hasbro Star Wars line like I used to do.  That's my own perspective though, and I understand that YMMV.

I imagine that after 1:30 PT today a lot of people may change their tune.  We'll just have to wait and see how it goes!

I think there's the possibility that Obi-Wan knows of Vader because he knows that Darth Vader has been hunting the Jedi.  Yes, Obi-Wan came across the security recordings of Vader attacking the Jedi Temple as part of Order 66, complete with Vader killing Jedi.  But Obi-Wan spoke to Luke in his hut about Vader as if he knew more:

A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct. Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force.

So has Obi-Wan learned of Vader's hunt from other Jedi in hiding?  Or is it more publically known?  Does the Empire have some sort of standing bounty on the Jedi?  And is Darth Vader the face of this galactic manhunt?

I think Ewan was a great PT Obi-Wan.  He captured the essence of what Alec Guiness made of the character in the OT.  As for what he does during his exile?

-He seems to know a lot about Mos Eisley.  He said as much to Luke in ANH, that "You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy".  And when it came to the Cantina?  He offered up "Most of the best star pilots can be found here.  But watch your step.  This place can be a little rough".  So has Obi-Wan actually travelled off of Tatooine between the events of Episodes 3 and 4?  His knowledge of the pilots who frequent the Cantina seems to indicate that he may have employed their services at some point in time.

-There's a rumor related to Obi-Wan Kenobi that's emerged in spoilers for THE FORCE AWAKENS.  And some backstory for that rumor might be in order to flesh out that story.

-Obi-Wan seems to have been watching out for Luke during his exile.  What has that entailed?  Has he been on the lookout for any Imperials that might be searching?  An Inquisitor?  Tusken Raiders?  And Obi-Wan has definitely earned the disdain of Owen Lars.  Just handing off a newborn to a couple doesn't necessarily earn you the title of "crazy old man" without some backstory.

-Yoda said that he had training for Obi-Wan during his exile on Tatooine.  So will we see Obi-Wan in his hut, meditating, learning the secrets of becoming One with The Force?  Or even communicating with Yoda via The Force?  It doesn't seem to be the stuff of an sci-fi/fantasy adventure, but it's a plot point worth exploring.

-There's also the dangling Darth Maul survival plot point that's carried over from THE CLONE WARS.  The comic limited series didn't bring that storyline to a complete close.

I think there's the material there to make a film.  But it's in a somewhat unenviable position of having to touch on what may be some very specific plot points.  And I think that was one of the pitfalls of the prequels, where all of these very particular events needed to be addressed.

There is certainly the possibility that the graphic could be bogus.  But with the rumors of Ewan McGregor returning for an Obi-Wan film and previous rumors of Boba Fett being involved in an anthology film?  It gives you the sense that this could be legit.

This is the first I've heard of a Kenobi film.  Is that just someone trolling, informed speculation, or confirmed?

I'd love to see some Ewan as Kenobi, interacting with Yoda, and taking out an Inquisitor or two.  Heck, maybe even interacting with Ashoka.

Ewan McGregor has expressed on multiple occasions his interest in doing an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film.  He said as much recently in a Hollywood Reporter article that ran on June 22nd.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 09:48 AM »
I saw the loose Rebels Vader and Ahsoka and they both looked terrific as expected. I could swear the little card says "$14.99" though, which would be ludicrous for this line.

Yeah.  It looks like the price on those Mission Series 2-packs is going up.  I have to wonder if Hasbro is going to add any more articulation in this line.  But that price jump from $9.99 to $14.99 isn't exactly welcome.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 8, 2015, 11:28 AM »
There is certainly the possibility that the graphic could be bogus.  But with the rumors of Ewan McGregor returning for an Obi-Wan film and previous rumors of Boba Fett being involved in an anthology film?  It gives you the sense that this could be legit.

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