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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:54 AM »
http://m.hitfix.com/comedy/8-tiny-universe-changes-you-didnt-notice-in-the-star-wars-episode-vii-trailer

That little piece has some stuff wrong, and is speculating on plenty.  New Republic?  No confirmation that it even exists in the new Disney-owned-EU-doesn't-exist Star Wars.

Tatooine?  Maybe, but maybe it's some other planet.

Agreed.  That article makes A LOT of assumptions that seem to be based in some of the EU that is now in that Star Wars Legends category.  The short version is that going into this movie you need to divorce yourself from all of that established post ROTJ expanded universe and go into this completely fresh.  To me?  That means no New Republic.  It wasn't established in ROTJ, and I think we have to take that as our jumping off point.

Regarding my "cautious optimism"?  I think that a lot of my uncertainty is entirely about the fact that George Lucas is no longer at the helm.  What will Disney do with Star Wars?  And what will JJ Abrams do with Star Wars?  I guess until I see more there's going to be a lingering sense of uncertainty.  At least for me.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:23 PM »
There's an interesting article about the trailer on the NY Times site.  It talks about some of the love/hate relationship of fans with Star Wars as it exists now, and the reactions to the trailer.

Even with the appearance of OT elements like Stormtroopers, the Falcon, X-Wings and TIE Fighters, this trailer *FEELS* different.  And I chalk some of my own reaction to the general sense of cynicism that seems pervasive among fans of my own generation.  I was just 5 years old when I saw the first film in the theater.  And that was after it had been in the theaters for the whole summer of 1977!  That experience shaped my perception of Star Wars up through 1983 or so.  I continued to watch the OT on pirated video tapes through the 80's and eventually knew the films backwards and forwards.

I was genuinely excited for the PT.  And at the time of the release of those films I didn't have so much of a problem with them.  At least not like some other fans seem to.  But that sense of cynicism from fans who grew up with the OT has spread.  My stance has been that NOBODY, not even George Lucas, was going to be able to live up to the expectations of this generation of fans.  You know this crowd.  The ones who say 'George Lucas raped my childhood'.  Blech. 

But unfortunately for everyone involved, when you're talking about a story like the fall of the Jedi Order and the origins of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, George Lucas was painted into a corner from a storytelling standpoint.  When a story is boxed in with those sorts of parameters it makes it hard for anyone to get really invested in the process.  At least when we knew from the OT that Luke & Leia's mother dies, Anakin gets dismembered and burned, the Jedi are slaughtered and Obi-Wan Kenobi & Yoda go into hiding.

And then there's been the monetization of Star Wars.  It's one of the biggest, most lucrative licensed properties of all time.  So there's been a financial interest in keeping the Star Wars machine rolling.  And then enter Disney:  GL decides he's done with Star Wars and ready to move on. So what will Disney do?  Make more movies, of course!  The financial motivation on the parts of GL, Lucasfilm, Fox, Disney et al does make you question the purity of things.  At least I do.

Clearly, the arc of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is over.  What we're left with now is a great unknown.  I think it's that unknown factor that leaves me feeling uncertain after seeing this trailer.  Maybe some of the PT critic cynicism has worn off on me, too.  And I know for certain that I have mixed feelings about Disney and their stewardship of Star Wars.  But I'm also left thinking that Disney has actually done a good job with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  So I guess I also have a degree of that cautious optimism.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:24 PM »
Interesting.  The voiceover at the beginning was reminiscent of a PT character.

Some of the shots look like a significant departure from the cinematography of the PT and the OT.  Especially the dynamic camera moves with the Millenium Falcon.

The glimpse of that Dark Sider was intriguing.  And that lightsaber was new and different in a cool way.  But part of me thinks that it might be getting gimmicky with all of these different dark side lightsabers.

The new X-Wings looked pretty awesome skimming the water's surface like that.  It looks like the pilots are sporting a new kind of helmet, too.

As for the actors?  Clearly, John Boyega is in that first shot.  Daisy Ridley appears to be on that new speeder.  And I think that was Oscar Isaac as the X-Wing pilot.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:38 AM »
Although it was cool to see that Mon Cal pilot in the mix.

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As an aside, it would be nice if Scott would update the freakin' Who Is Left Master Archive before we move on to the other movies.  It's only been 2 1/2 years since it's last edit...  ::)

What's sad is maybe 3 figures have been done in that time.

Hasbro's progress on that front has been at something of a glacial pace.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:44 PM »
Saw both of the Target exclusive Rebels vehicles today.  I had already gotten Kanan in the TRU exclusive pack with Ezra and Holocron Obi-Wan, and the Phantom in separate purchases.  I really didn't feel the need to double down and get more of the same Kanan figure with this Target exclusive.

I held off for now on the Inquisitor and his TIE.  I get the feeling these might be around for a little while.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:12 AM »
I got these from HTS.  Mostly because I wanted to bundle them with the 6" TBS Anakin and AOTC Clone Trooper and get free shipping.

Actually, I'm a little surprised and disappointed that Hasbro used the B-A-F droid parts for R5-G-19.  The R5-D4 mold was fine, and I would've been happy with that.  The BAF seems like a copout with those extra holes in the droid body.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jar Jar in the Senate
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:09 PM »
Given all of Palpatine's masterful manipulation in the leadup to the declaration of the Empire?  I wouldn't put it past him to influence the political situation on his own homeworld in order to put a fool in the Naboo Senate delegation.  Then the plots of AOTC drive away Senator Amidala, leaving Jar Jar with the keys to the castle.  That in turn leads to Palpatine manipulating Jar Jar into proposing the Military Creation Act.

As for Boss Nass?  Please.  That guy is already susceptible to being influenced by Jedi Mind Tricks.  And he was also dumb enough to name Jar Jar as General.  I'm not putting any stock in a guy with such poor decision making skills.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:43 PM »
I picked up a Rebels Stormtrooper today.  And cnce again, pretty much ALL of the Rebels figures have sold through before the other Saga Legends at the store where I made this find.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:40 AM »
Picked up the Mission Series 2-pack with C-3PO and R2-D2.  They look okay. 

I also saw the new wave of Rebels/Saga Legends basic figures.  Pretty much all of the Rebels figures sold through except for a lone Ezra which was left over.  As for the other new Saga Legends?  The Jedi Luke looks pretty good, truth be told.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:39 PM »
The Tauntaun horns are fine by me.  As for the Wampa's horns?  That seems a bit more egregious.

As for the coat?  I have to think that Hasbro is playing a little game here.  The blue coat appeals to the fan/collector who has some nostalgia for the vintage line.  And then later on Hasbro will offer a corrected brown coat version of Hoth Han Solo in some other form... and we'll buy it again!

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 13, 2014, 04:28 PM »
10HTSDISC is the current coupon code available.

10% off.


That code didn't work for me.  I ordered the 2 new figures from this wave plus a couple of TBS 6" figures (ROTS Anakin & Episode II Clone).  Placing an order over $50 automatically qualifies for free shipping.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:02 AM »
It's not about promotional tie-ins with the comics in an effort to generate book sales.  The arguments that I've seen laid out are about the focus of stories surrounding Marvel comics as a whole, as well as characters.  The stories and characters are proving to be far more valuable when translated into a feature film than the sales of any comic book title.  Concepts like the ownership and control of characters and stories have far more reach.  Those go into the books, movies, cartoons, licensed merchandise, video games and more.  To that end I can see Marvel taking the standpoint that the characters they own completely should be the focus of their businesses across a wide front.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:01 PM »
You have to wonder if FOX is trying to have this film bomb so they can try to sell the rights back to Marvel and just concentrate on X-Men.

Marvel seems to be laying the groundwork for Sony and Fox to want to relinquish those rights.  Case in point?  They cancelled the Fantastic Four comic.  And they also killed Wolverine.  Those are two VERY big properties in the Marvel Universe.  And the movie rights rest in the case of those properties with Fox.  I think I get Marvel's angle here.  Why provide the competition with any more story lines for Marvel characters that could turn up in Fox movies? 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:36 AM »
"Lost on the river" by The New Basement Tapes.

This project has a cool backstory.  Bob Dylan's music publisher came into possession of a collection of Dylan's lyrics from the time when he was recovering from a motorcycle accident.  Dylan wrote very prolifically during this period.  And he recorded a fair amount of those with The Band that went on the become known as "The Basement Tapes".  But some of those songs were only ever conceived as lyrics.

Enter producer T-Bone Burnett.  He was given those lyrics and assembled some amazing talents to record the material:  Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.  The project wound up being a collaboration on many fronts.  Dylan provided the lyrics, but generally speaking the artist who sang lead wrote the music for that particular song.  All in all it's a pretty cool take on some Dylan songs that hadn't seen the light of day since about 1967.

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