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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 6, 2015, 06:22 AM »
That's some scary ****.  I hope he's going to be alright.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: March 4, 2015, 10:33 AM »
Even though these figures feature 5 POA, these figures look pretty cool.  I actually like some of the stylization on Vader.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 4, 2015, 09:59 AM »
I was finally able to watch the episode yesterday.  As stories go, that final 3 episode arc was strong.  Even though the Inquisitor and Agent Kallus are not to be trifled with, the introduction of Tarkin to the series brought something far more sinister to the Empire.  The Imperial Forces seemed to be that much more of a threat with Tarkin's presence.  And even the Inquisitor was that much more brutal as well.

It seems like this crisis served to do more for Kanan in terms of deepening his connection with the Force.  And he's becoming a far better teacher to Ezra in the process.  And his lightsaber duel with the Inquisitor?  The setting absolutely brought you back to the Theed duel from EPISODE I.  But there the similarities ended.  Ezra is more youngling than a proper Padawan, and I think he was very much out of his depth and couldn't match up with the Inquisitor.  But Kanan did some things in that duel that were very much remarkable.  When Ezra fell I almost thought that Kanan was going to tap into the Dark Side.  But seeing him use that to center himself in the Force also seemed to help him get past the demons he had associated with the loss of his master, Depa Billaba.  And his use of Ezra's lightsaber / blaster in the duel was actually really clever.

I think the Inquisitor HAD to die.  And I think he's going to stay dead.  He seemed resigned to his death with his final words.  And I suspect that was directly related to his own fear of both Darth Vader and the Emporer.  Plus, I don't know how long a series like REBELS could hang onto an actor like Jason Isaacs.  Hell, I'm still surprised that they've got David Oyelowo for the part of Agent Kallus.  As for the return of Vader?  His appearance was a nice bookend to the series.  The series launch had that special scene with Vader communicating with the Inquisitor, and to cap things off with the arrival of Vader brings things to a place that we're all familiar with.

The revelation of Ahsoka as Fulcrum was kind of expected.  The leaks have been hinting at that for a few weeks now.  From a story standpoint I think it makes sense.  When we last saw Ahsoka in CLONE WARS we saw her as disaffected with both the Jedi and the Republic.  So I can understand her taking part in the Rebellion.  It makes sense for her as a character.  Part of me is wondering if the show might explore any sort of long standing connection between Ahsoka and Hera or her family.  It certainly makes me want to re-watch the CLONE WARS Ryloth story arc to see if there was any interaction between Ahsoka and Hera's father, Cham Syndulla.  I was also glad to see Bail Organa in the mix again along with those Blockade Runners.  One curious point?  The troopers who were awaiting the crew of the Ghost after they docked with the captured Imperial ship.  They were actually reminiscent of some Rebel troopers that were in THE FORCE UNLEASHED as part of Rahm Kota's militia.

Going forward?  I think we're going to see the crew of the Ghost much more involved in coordinated Rebel Alliance operations.  They're probably still going to be involved in some similar ops on Lothal that we saw in Season 1, but those will likely tie-in with broader Alliance missions and other Rebel cells.  I hope we get to see some more of Ahsoka and Bail Organa as the second season develops.  Will we see Leia?  That seems questionable since Leia was relatively young in ANH.

As for the Empire?  Bringing Vader into the mix will step things up with the Empire on Lothal.  I don't know how much Vader will be directly involved.  You would think that as soon as Vader becomes aware of any surviving Jedi that he would personally hunt them down.  Could Vader's arrival on Lothal be the catalyst for the crew of the Ghost to become more mobile in their operations?  I think that's a real possibility.  Especially if Kanan has heard about Vader in the years following Order 66. 

One thing that's been a point of contention for me is about how Imperial Inquisitors are Force users.  Dave Filoni has talked about this a little bit.  And he's specifically said that they are not Sith.  I know that the Inquisitors had a role in what is now "Legends" EU, but the only place I recall them popping up was in the Dark Empire storyline.  So, can we expect a new Inquisitor to come into the mix following the death of the Pau'an Inquisitor?  I'm interested to see what another different  Inquisitor might bring to the table for the second season.

Other series notes?  I like that we've seen something of a blend between PT era tech and OT tech in the REBELS series.  The AT-DP seems like a clear blend between the PT AT-RT and the OT's AT-ST.  And there was also the Gunships that we saw in the episode where Kanan was captured.  Those were the same class of Gunships that Anakin used on Coruscant as he and the Shock Troopers were trying to track down Ahsoka towards the end of the CLONE WARS series.  Things like that do help to establish some continuity that grounds things.

I think the movie characters stand the best chance of being made. Albeit without dead Padme.  Clearly it's going to take some time for Hasbro to get through the list with all of the new movies coming from Disney.  As for the EU figures?  Given their new "legends" status and the possibility for characters like Anakin Solo or Darth Caedus to cause some confusion between them and characters from the new films, I think it's very unlikely that Hasbro is going to go in that direction at all.

As for Doallyn?  I consider him done given last years Skiff Guard figure.  And I think Hasbro is actually pretty well primed to get to characters like Sim Aloo and the vintage deco Death Squad Commander.

And if we're REALLY looking all the way back through all of the Fan's Choice Polls?  There are still a couple of holdout from the original polls that Hasbro conducted that didn't make the cut for the Toyfare polls:
-Captain Nym (Starfighter video game)
-Ann & Tan Gella (TPM Twi'lek masseuses)

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:42 AM »
Nice to hear Chopper is still showing up... I still haven't seen one.

Same here. 

And related to the Chopper issue, I would trade a carded Inquisitor for Chopper if anyone wants to make that deal. I just scored the Target exclusive version of the Inquisitor with his TIE Advanced prototype, so my carded Inquisitor is up for grabs to anyone that might have a spare Chopper.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 8
« on: February 27, 2015, 10:25 AM »
...In Marvel comics.  I had the comic adaptation of TESB, but never for STAR WARS.  So I missed out on that.  So with Mosep I get about as excited for that as I would for the actor in the furry costume who was the stand-in for the Docking Bay 94 scene.  Both of them are notable because of their interesting footnote status in the whole saga, but that obscurity doesn't do it for me.  When it comes to a Tatooine / Cantina denizen I'm more interested in someone who gets more screen time.  Like a Baniss Keeg or Danz Borin.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 8
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:27 AM »
Han in Carbonite is the star of this wave for me.  Mosep is okay, but I personally don't find the character all that interesting.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:02 PM »
Wonderful. You get the sense from things like this that Target has deliberately dumbed down the DPCI numbers to mess with collectors who were using the system to their advantage.

Be that as it may, I pic up an Imperial Transport at TRU this afternoon.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:17 PM »
My bad.  Numa got a fair amount of screen time during that Ryloth story arc.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:08 PM »
Well, they have been promoting the hell out of the second half of this season of Agents of SHIELD.  I'm hoping that the show picks up in the second half like we saw last year.  And I'm especially hoping that we're going to see some sort of tie-in with Avengers - Age of Ultron.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:43 PM »
I was surprised to read that so far ABC has yet to renew Agent Carter for a second season.  But in the ratings it actually did slightly better than Agents of SHIELD.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:15 PM »
No, the Target exclusive AT-DP with the pack-in driver is not in circulation yet. The counts you are seeing are for the first wave of vehicles most likely. And yeah, the AT-DP seems to sell out fast.

I've seen indications that the AT-DP with Driver is actually in some of my area Target stores.  I was able to come by that info from the Target website and searched for the exclusive AT-DP in my area.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:59 PM »
More craziness I'm finding out just now...

Gull Trayvis, the traitorous plant by the Empire to lure out cells of resistance, is voiced by none other than Lt. Commander Data, Brent Spiner!  Friggin' neat there.

I had to search back when I watched the Gull Trayvis episode to confirm that Brent Spiner did the voice acting there.  That was a pleasant surprise, even if the character was being used by the Empire to ferret out Rebel cells.

I had a sneaking suspicion that Hera was related in some way Cham Syndulla from the Ryloth story arc in CLONE WARS.  It just seems a little odd for the show to not explore that at all in the context of the storyline, and we got confirmation of that fact by watching a Q&A with Pablo Hidalgo on Rebels Recon.

I watched the Supply Lines episode with Cham and the little twi'lek, didn't really look like Hera. Skin color and head tail markings were different, but I suppose it could be explained away by the difference in animation or they retcon twi'lek physiology and say their colors and markings change as they age.

The young Twilek's name who Obi-Wan, Waxer and Boil dealt with on Ryloth was named Numa. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:30 PM »
Glad to see the way Agent Carter has wrapped up.  A short season like this really does play well.  I think the British have it right in keeping their television seasons short and sweet,  A 20+ episode season can get somewhat bloated.

Hayley Atwell is fantastic as Peggy Carter.  She reminds you of some of the best aspects of Captain America - The First Avenger and keeps things grounded in that world.  Dominic Cooper has also been great in expanding the realization of Howard Stark.  He was an interesting character in the first Cap film and we got to see some small snippets of him in the Iron Man films.  But here he seems like the Howard Hughes genius inventor/business tycoon sort of character that I think he was intended to be.  And Jarvis?  I think he's been very well realized.  I almost didn't recognize the actor until I IMDB'd him and found that he was also in Master & Commander.  But I think the character gives some great insight into the personality of Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. artificial intelligence.

The way the season has run it looks like we're building more and more towards the official founding of SHIELD.  The SSR seems like it was more of a classic government intel/law enforcement agency, and far less sophisticated than the SHIELD we came to know in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It also seems like we got some keen insight into some of the background of the Black Widow project with Dottie and her "classmates".  And now with her on the run and Doctor Faustus in custody?  And Zola as his cellmate?  That's another interesting tie-in to the Cap films and the eventual infiltration of Hydra into SHIELD.

I'm hopeful that another season of Agent Carter will be coming to spell us while Agents of SHIELD is on hiatus.  Because we're essentially getting a great look at two distinct eras of SHIELD.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Wave 9 (2015 Wave 3)
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:08 PM »
IG-88 will be the highlight of this wave for me.

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