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Conventions / Re: HASCON 2017
« on: October 19, 2016, 09:19 AM »
It would be VERY odd for Hasbro to disregard those licenses for their own convention.  But it seems clear that they're trying to put the focus on their own intellectual properties, and not the licensed merch.

Conventions / Re: HASCON 2017
« on: October 19, 2016, 07:01 AM »
I finally had a chance to read through that press release, and it's startling that Star Wars was so deliberately left out of this announcement.  I know that there's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando in April, and SDCC in July.  But you have to think that there will be SOME Star Wars presence at this event.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 14, 2016, 08:52 PM »
But.... what about the Bothans?

Seriously, the ruined Jedi statue in the sands of Jedha was a great touch.  It helps establish Jedha as this ancient place that was sacred to the Jedi Order.  Funny though, the hooded figure of the Jedi bore a strong resemblance to ANH era Obi-Wan.

I was also able to find Moroff by going methodically through the trailer.  And it turns out that he's in the scene on Jedha where the AT-ST is attacking the Rebels.

Seeing some of the Rebel Starfighter corps in action was cool.  It looked like they might have been attacking some sort of orbital shipyard, along with some capital ships in support.  I'm pretty sure I saw at least one ship that resembled the ones that Leia got to the Rebels in her season 2 appearance on the REBELS animated series, along with some Nebulon cruisers like the medical frigate from TESB and ROTJ.  And I think the blue flightsuits are pretty cool, too.  The night scenes of the ground attack by the Y-Wings and X-Wings was a great visual as well.

Given the flashback scene, I have to wonder... did the Death Troopers follow in the footsteps of the Republic Commandos?  They seem like they might be an evolution from those particular Clone units.

Rogue One / Re: TRU Exclusive TFA 3.75" Battle Figure 6-Pack
« on: October 14, 2016, 08:47 PM »
This could have been pretty cool if they had the maskless version of Kylo Ren in there since that figure has been HTF for a lot of people.  Unfortunately this photo doesn't show a couple of things.  Does Rey come with the Skywalker lightsaber?  And does Poe come with his helmet?  What about Finn?  He fought FN-2199 using the lightsaber.  It would have been an appropriate accessory for him, too.

Ah.  You have to wonder why they went with this pauldron/chest accessory rather than just leaving it up to the individual if they want to pop off the troopers head and take the pauldron off that way.

It looks like the same one.  And the Stormtrooper looks very much like the one in the Kohls 4-pack. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:41 AM »
I really like the look of it.  And there are so many nice little easter eggs in there.  I'm really looking forward to this!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Sales and Discounts
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:10 PM »
The first wave of 6" Black Series figures from ROGUE ONE are on sale at for $15.99 each, including the Imperial Death Trooper.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:09 PM »
It will be on GMA.  Disney is trying very hard to get that whole synergy thing going between Lucasfilm and other Disney properties, like ABC television.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 7, 2016, 03:37 PM »
It was clear that there were some other blue/grey Mon Cal's in the background of the scene from the sizzle reel.  I hope we see some of them too in addition to Admiral Raddus.

That got me thinking that we've actually gotten a pretty interesting array of Mon Cal figures.  Just running down the ones we've gotten in the 3.75" line, there's a bunch:
-Admiral Ackbar (POTF2, TVC & WM Black Series)
-Mon Cal Officer (POTJ)
-Meena Tillis (ROTS)
-Ibtisam (TLC Comic 2-pack)
-Mon Calamari Warrior (TLC - Clone Wars)
-Nahdar Vebb (Clone Wars)
-Rebel Pilot (TVC)
-Admiral Raddus (Rogue One)

The Mon Cal's are definitely representing!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 09:44 PM »
Like you I'm very interested in the structures and how these guys fit in. I think the traditional roles of navy, marines, infantry etc. have lost nearly all meaning in the SW universe. Those terms are used, but without any real specificity. Stormtroopers essentially serve as marines in the OT. Especially when you watch Empire, you're watching a quasi-naval institution that deploys ground forces (Stormtroopers) as needed. Branching out from that are specializations within the ranks. That's how I see it anyways, but like I mentioned on Twitter, these guys are very interesting. They seem outliers compared to the rest of the OT era Imperial corps and that's a good thing. They are very PT and we know now Krennic is a PT era character and that even one scene in this movie (the flashback with little Jyn) takes place potentially in or adjacent to the PT era.


One of the novels that leads up to ROGUE ONE supposedly deals with Krennic's past with the Grand Army of the Republic.  And that time period may also provide a link between Krennic and Jyn's father, Galen Erso.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 08:39 PM »
I think it's a pretty good bet that the 5 POA Death Trooper Specialist will make it to retail before the WalMart exclusive version.  The same goes for the 5 POA Shoretrooper figure, whichever version it is.  I see that happening very deliberately.

I've also been wondering this:  is Admiral Raddus a conscious nod to Ibtisam from the Dark Horse ROGUE SQUADRON title?

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 04:06 PM »
Pretty cool lineup!  Definitely excited to see Admiral Raddus in the lineup.  They only revealed his name a few days ago, but I've been wondering about his character ever since we first saw him in the SWCE sizzle reel.  The color of the tunic looks slightly off from the image we saw of the character in that shot with Gareth Edwards, but it's still interesting to see this kind of diversity among the Mon Calamari, and that they appear to be such a vital group of contributors to the Rebellion.

It's funny to look at the Shoretroopers in this era of the Empire.  Simply because the markings on their armor are so reminiscent of the individuality that was expressed in armor and markings during the Clone Wars era.  But one thing that may be at work there is that these troopers are under the command of Director Krennic.  Some of the backstory of Krennic is that his military career dates back to the Clone Wars, and he may be something of a holdout from that era with some individuality that flies in the face of the uniform style of the Empire.

The Death Trooper Specialist is interesting.  But seeing how we have a version of this trooper on the way in the WalMart 3.75" Black Series?  I may pass on this version.

As for the Bodhi Rook figure?  Eh...  Something about the likeness seems off.  And that backpack looks not so good.

The 6" figure line continues to look pretty amazing.  And it's cool to see the level of attention that they've paid to this version of Darth Vader.

Chirrut looks like he comes with some sort of bowcaster.  At least the 6" version looks like that. 

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 5, 2016, 10:38 PM »
This was a nice teaser for what's going to come tomorrow.  And I think Hasbro wanted to show off the interactive features of the AT-ACT, too.  This was the right forum to do that.

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