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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 1, 2016, 07:15 PM »
I think a trailer being attached to Captain America- Civil War is a near certainty.  There was that one teaser trailer at Celebration, but that's really been one of the only official  things we've gotten so far.  I think Disney has put a lot of effort into security and leak prevention.  But I also think all of the discussion of THE FORCE AWAKENS has allowed ROGUE ONE to fly under the radar for a while.  Things will probably pick up once the teaser comes out.

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: April 1, 2016, 07:06 PM »
Not badly done, but such a blatant prank on fanboys.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:05 PM »
There was something odd in today's Rebel's Recon.  Notably, with the real life Chopper droid crating himself up, and that crate having a UK flag stamp on it.  It certainly makes you think that there may be some REBELS related cameos in ROGUE ONE.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Battle Pack
« on: March 31, 2016, 01:46 PM »
I saw this up now just for pre-order on for $26.99

Please don't buy from them.  They have their so-called "buyers" regularly scouring the stores near their store in the NYC suburbs in an effort to bolster their own stock.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:45 AM »
I will have to go back and re-watch but I thought they clearly showed Ahsoka after the shot of Vader...she was going back down into the depths of the Temple or something. Either way, yeah, I am sure she is alive.

I thought I saw that too, but it was such a brief shot that it left me wondering.

The Padawan braid is one of the big distinguishing markers on that Obi-Wan Kenobi figure.  The color of the pants is the second.  Those are some of the indicators that seperate this particular Obi-Wan from the EPISODE I Obi-Wan that had the softgoods Padawan braid.  And the figure this most closely resembles is that 2006 TSC version.  But this one is missing the lightsaber and the softgoods Jedi cloak.

But the plastic baggie is the real head scratcher here.  Is it possible that you bought this from one of the Asian eBay sellers?

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 31, 2016, 10:45 AM »
I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting last night's season finale to be an hour long.  But I'm glad it was, because getting all of that story into a half hour would have been a major disservice to the story.

Maul proved that he was far more than the feeble "Old Master" in short order.  And I like the fact that the 8th Brother Inquisitor had been tasked with finding Maul, aka "The Shadow".  It shows that the Inquisitors were not merely focused on Ezra and Kanan, and gave the Inquisitors a broader sense of purpose.  I would still very much like to know what happened to Maul in the time between his duel with Sidious on Malachor in CLONE WARS and his reappearance now.  But perhaps that's a story for another medium.

Regardless, I really like that Maul started to teach Ezra the Sith Code as they worked their way into the Temple.  That alone was one of the numerous story points that made it into this episode that I really appreciated.  The fact that they were on Malachor was a big deal, too.  Especially if you played the KOTOR games.  And the process of lifting the doors with The Force seemed like something straight out of the games.  And when Ezra placed the holocron in the Sith obelisk?  Call me crazy, but the voice really reminded me of Darth Traya from KOTOR II.

The one thing that drove me crazy?  The Inquisitors using their lightsabers to fly like helicopters.  That was just too much to swallow.  All of that aside?  The Inquisitors seemed like a big threat to Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka.  They also served to show just what novices Kanan and Ezra are in their Force powers.  When Ahsoka fought both the 5th Brother and 7th Sister, she showed just how powerful she was in comparison to them.  But the Inquisitors seem more evenly matched with our relatively untrained Jedi like Kanan and Ezra.  And when Maul took them on?  He completely outclassed the Inquisitors!  His fighting abilities and ruthlessness were so brutal.

I have to say, when Vader turned up it got scary.  Because there seemed to be a whole new level of menacing darkness introduced to the situation.  I thought that Ezra might not make it out.  And it was even more concerning when Kanan got blinded.  But when Ahsoka faced off against Vader in the full knowledge of who he really was?  That was emotional.  I thought that this might be Ahsoka's end.  But seeing how we didn't really see that happen on screen?  Something tells me that she made it out somehow.

But now Ezra has that Sith holocron.  And that seems like it could open a whole new can of worms.  With his master, Kanan blinded?  I'm wondering how that will play into things.  I saw a tweet from Pablo Hidalgo this morning that drew some comparisons between Kanan, Rahm Kota and Zatoichi, a blind wandering Samurai.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: March 27, 2016, 11:07 AM »
The displays are really nothing special.  Some current figures in both the 3.75" and 6" scales are shipping in them.  And just like on the pegs in the action figure aisle, the newer stock sells through faster than the older refresh figures.

Nice start!  I've planned out my own shelf displays, and I'm on the verge of buying the materials.  So you're ahead of me.

I picked up an FN-2187 the other day.  Bit by bit I've been filling in the holes in my 6" Black Series collection.  But I'm wondering if I should have picked up Hux and Atsy when I had the chance.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 23, 2016, 02:13 PM »
I thought that Man of Steel was an interesting way to re-launch the Superman franchise.  Especially with the Kryptonian tie-ins.  Had Warners been able to bring Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan fully on board, and able to mesh the Dark Knight storyline into this new DCCU, I think it would have been very cool.

I'm skeptical about relaunching Batman after the Nolan DK trilogy of films.  I think that doing this after the kind of success and acclaim that those films had would put any reboot under the microscope.  Especially in light of what we saw in the 1990's with a succession of three different actors as Batman.  Sorry Ben Affleck, but the screwups of Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer and George Clooney complete with Bat-nipples are yours to bear as this  character gets rebooted yet again.

As for a dark/grim reality in these films?  I don't know that modern comic genre films always requires that sort of tone.  The first Captain America film and the first couple of Iron Man films didn't really need that sort of atmosphere.  And the advanced pace at which WB is trying to establish a cohesive DC Cinematic Universe?  I think that is very much Warner Brothers trying to keep up in a comic book movie arms race, rather than taking some time to further establish their characters on their own.  Oh, and the DC comics TV show characters don't mesh with this cinematic universe?  Great!!!!!!!!!!

All of that being said, I *KIND OF* want to see the movie, but I don't know if I'm even going to check it out at a matinee.  It's probably going to be on HBO by the summer time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:44 AM »
I like "The Last Crusade", too.  I've liked it since the first time I saw it.  I never took it too seriously, and I appreciated the comic relief from Brody and Sallah.

As for Connery?  I think he played it well enough.  How do you possibly play the father of Indiana Jones?  And he showed that the way to do that was to depict him as smart, passionate about his work, and an absolute ballbuster with his son whose methods he finds questionable.  I think that having him be afraid of rats the way Indy was afraid of snakes was a little ham-handed, but at least it wasn't overdone.

I think that movie and the other Indy movies are a product of their times, along with the nostalgia that Lucas and Spielberg had for saturday matinee serials and the 1930's.  But does that 1980's meets 1930's sensibility work in the 21st century?  Obviously something was not working when KotCS came out.  Was it the story?  Or is this a type of film whose time has passed?

Uncle Leia


I nearly just did a spit take all over my monitors at work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hmmm.  When I see planogram images like this one that YF posted, it gives me the sense that this exclusive version of Rey is going to turn up VERY SOON.  In fact, based on this I am going to try hitting my local K-Mart stores this weekend.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 17, 2016, 10:58 AM »
The credit crunch is really annoying.  But cable channels like Disney XD want to squeeze every second of promos in that they possibly can.

As for who played AP-5?  That would be Stephen Stanton, who also voiced Grand Moff Tarkin on REBELS.

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