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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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

+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.

I could totally see some sort of PR backlash if Darth Talon won the poll.  The character design really did come across as some sort of fanboy eye-candy, and was not well developed in the LEGACY comic series.  And while it took the outrage police a little while, there was some uproar about Slave Leia when she was on the pegs as part of the Black Series.

If Dengar doesn't turn things around, I would be okay with either Starkiller or Captain Rex.  Rex would be my first choice there, but there are rumblings that a 6" Rex may already be in the works.  And this sentiment isn't about being against female characters.  Believe me, if Hera Syndulla or some iteration of Padme had ranked well in the poll, I would be inclined to vote for them.  But in my mind the LEGENDS status of Jaina Solo, Mara Jade and Darth Talon are some major strikes against them.  Granted, video games don't have canon status.  But I have felt for some time that gamers make up a much larger segment of the fanbase than they may be given credit for, and I think their voices do matter.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 20, 2016, 09:50 AM »
Dave Filoni spoke briefly about the Ysalamiri during the REBELS panel at SWCE.  And he specifically mentioned a conversation that he had with George Lucas on the Ysalamiri.  The conclusion they came to was that the effect that the Ysalamiri had with this "Force bubble" didn't make sense in their interpretation of The Force.  As a result the Ysalamiri wouldn't be carried forward in the way they were depicted in the Thrawn trilogy of books.

Looking through eBay (since I couldn't attend SWCE), the prices on this Kylo Ren are pretty high.  Most of the BIN's are at least $100.  The thing is... I don't know if it's worth that much to get a First Order banner.  Has anyone seen better pictures of the Black Series 6" unmasked Kylo Ren?  Because the scant images I saw of it in the package I could not see the Kylo Ren helmet or the melted Darth Vader helmet.

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