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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:24 PM »
That's a pretty cool lineup for the Black Series 6" figure line.  I'm happy with pretty much all of those.  I'm a little puzzled/disappointed that Jaina Solo won the poll, but whatever.

The AT-ACT looks pretty cool.  And I'm actually a little tempted to get one because the smartphone control and walking feature are things we've just never seen in a 3.75" figure system vehicle before.  The removable bunker and 3 x pack in figures are a nice feature, too.

Disappointed by the small 3.75" figure showing.  But it seems like they are very clearly holding back for the ROGUE ONE line.

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The guy who advocated the end of obscure super-articulated figures because they BORED him, promotes the set as SA figures of characters available for the first time.



Ugh.  I still remember some of that, and the crazed rationalizations that "5POA figures make me feel nostalgic for the Kenner vintage line!"

...Because progress was such a bad thing.   ::)


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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 21, 2016, 03:17 PM »
Filoni said it in that clip.  All living beings help to create The Force.  Qui-Gon helped describe some of the basics of The Force when he was speaking with Anakin in Episode I, and Yoda did with Luke in TESB as well.  Plus, between George Lucas and Dave Filoni, they both agreed that a being like the Ysalamiri that could negate The Force would go against the overall concept of The Force being generated by all living things. 

I'm not trying to crap all over Timothy Zahn's work.  But I think that plot points like this Ysalamiri one are indicative of a weakness that Lucasfilm had with the old EU.  Because it really seemed like there was not a guiding force back in the 90's when the Thrawn trilogy was written to guide story points like this one.  But in the current era we have the Lucasfilm story group looking at the big picture and steering things in a cohesive fashion.

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These use the VC25 baR2-D2 sculpt which had the pop-out arm R2 used to zap crumb.  Probably why they are claiming "vintage collection" levels of articulation because this r2 came from that line.

I figured that would probably be the rationale for using that kind of language in describing the droids in this set.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 21, 2016, 02:24 PM »
The Hasbro panel is tomorrow.  If there isn't a TFA Luke Skywalker & Leia reveal then there is something really wrong with this line.

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2 Shoulders, 2 Ankles, 1 Head = 5.  Unless there is a retractable third leg (which would be awesome) to get us to 6. 

Articulated center foot gets you to 7.  And the actuator arm/computer link gets you to 8.

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I am fully expecting some sort of damage control response that cites some sort of feature that was on a Vintage Collection R2-D2 or R5-D4, like the extendable computer interface tool.  But even with a feature like that, what sort of articulation does that mean on an astromech droid?  Perhaps 8 POA?

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Just placed my order.  And I'm okay with 3 x 6" scale figures for $55.  The free shipping is nice, too.

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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:08 AM »
From this GH photo it looks like there's a new 3.75" Stormtrooper on the way.  This seems to have flown in under the radar at Preview Night last night.

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Hey, Indysolo, do you mean these droids?



After looking through some screencaps of THE FORCE AWAKENS, it looks like the droid on the left is the one that's in Poe's X-Wing during the battle on Takodana.

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I like droids, too.  And like I said, the price point stings.  But after almost NOTHING but 5 POA figures for the past year or so, even something like these droids begin to look pretty good.

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I'm always happy to get more astromechs.  The price per figure stings a little bit, but I think an offering like this is the only way we would get these particular droids.  It's definitely cool to get R2-A5 at last.  That droid is a great addition to a Mos Eisley street scene.  And the white & red bartender droid is a good addition for either Jabba's Palace or a Sail Barge diorama.

But I am genuinely surprised that four of these droids are source from the Clone Wars movie and series.  I do appreciate KT-QT and the nod to the "D Squad" arc.  But seriously, have we run out of astromechs from all of the other films?

EDIT:  I had to do some serious searching to figure out that the Plo Koon droid was in the the SOTDS phase of the animated Clone Wars line.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:37 PM »
While we're on the topic of Thrawn and tactics, did the portion of the trailer dealing with him manage to squeeze some TIE Interceptors in there?

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:03 PM »
I think that aspect of Thrawn's story may be an interesting plot point in how he gets developed in REBELS.  That Imperial governor went to Tarkin requesting assistance.  And it seems that Tarkin in turn assigned Thrawn to deal with the Spectre cell.  Tarkin is a major player in the Empire.  So is he using an ace up his sleeve in Thrawn?  Or does he see Thrawn as a rival, and is trying to set him up to fail?

As for the xenophobia of the Empire, it seems that Mas Amedda was still an incredibly highly placed individual in the Imperial apparatus.  But individuals like Thrawn and Mas Amedda may be more the exception than the rule.

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+1.  An exclusive packaging version is probably the least offensive of exclusives.

I have a friend who's attending SDCC that is trying to score an exclusive Obi-Wan for me.  But I'm not going to ask them to get me the exclusive Jyn Erso.  I can wait for the general release version.

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