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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: January 5, 2017, 11:23 AM »
I might bite on this at the Target clearance price of $89.98.  I just can't believe that they would clearance this already.  It's only been on the shelves for about a month!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: January 5, 2017, 11:21 AM »
Check out this piece that ran on ABC's Nightline.  ILM's John Knoll sat down with ABC News to talk about bringing Grand Moff Tarkin and other characters back for ROGUE ONE.

BTW, in the Nightline package Tarkin has a key piece of dialogue where he says "The original plans for this station are kept there, are they not?"  So it seems that destroying the entire Scarif Citadel facility is precisely what Tarkin intends to do when he fires on the planet.

Excellent comparison shot, Jayson!  I never opened my TVC AT-ST, but the deco on that one looks to be one of the best of the bunch.

But now that I know I have at least 3 AT-ST's?  I don't know about buying a 4th.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: January 4, 2017, 09:28 PM »
It's very cool that they got Forest Whitaker to voice Saw Gerrera for the show.  And from the sound of things, I'm pretty sure they also got Genevieve O'Reilly to play Mon Mothma again.

The Mando arc seems like it's going to get interesting, and Sabine will get some serious character development.  But the best part here?  Obi-Wan Kenobi facing off with Darth Maul again!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: January 4, 2017, 09:26 PM »
I'm glad to see someone else noticed the single reactor mentions (by both Krennic as well as Tarkin) regarding the Death Star firing sequence.  And it makes it seem quite clear that the Death Star was not firing at full power.  Which also ties in with Tarkin's ANH dialogue when he tells Leia that the Alderaan demonstration would show off the battle station in a fully operational capacity.

During the operation at Jedha the Death Star seems to be in a relatively low orbit when it fired on Jedha city.  The same goes for Scarif.  I think that the Death Star was probably not completely ready for a full power firing of the super laser, but single reactor firing sequences were possible. 

But in ANH it appeared that the Death Star was at a considerable distance from Alderaan, as well as from Yavin IV.  That seems like it was intended to be a safe distance for complete planetary destruction.  And from looking at the viewscreen image of Alderaan from the Death Star overbridge, they appear to be at a distance that's at least comparable to the orbit of our moon.

And I think that the Empire very likely wanted word to get out following the destruction at Jedha.  It was a message to the galaxy.  The destruction of Alderaan?  Tarkin intended for that to be an even bigger message.

So far I've only seen ROGUE ONE one time.  I didn't notice that the top of the Citadel was taken out when Tarkin fired on Scarif.  But I think that the intent was to take out the entire facility in an effort to conceal some of the Death Star's secrets that were stored there. 

So this is what, the 5th release of this version of the AT-ST?  The previous ones that come to mind are:

-LEGACY COLLECTION (Red phase) - WalMart exclusive
-SOTDS Attack On Hoth multipack - Target exclusive
-VINTAGE COLLECTION - K-Mart exclusive
-BLACK SERIES - Battle on Endor - TRU exclusive

I'm pretty sure I picked up all of these except for the Black Series one.  I think the paint apps have varied on some.  I think RS has some comparison shots between the first couple.

Well, this is certainly a surprise, albeit kind of welcome.  This is probably one of the best vehicles that Hasbro has released in the past 10 years.  I don't know if anyone was really expecting this.  But with the AT-ST showing up in ROGUE ONE I guess that might have been reason enough for Hasbro to do so.  And since Hasbro has held off on making the tank from Jedha, I guess this takes its place.

The $60 price tag sucks.  But then the price on ALL vehicles seem to have been significantly inflated since Disney took over the SW property.  If this were a Target offering I'd wait until it went on clearance.

From HBO:

In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut SATURDAY, JAN. 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The story of a family’s complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.

BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS has already received audience and critical acclaim at many prestigious film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

In addition, as previously announced, the 2010 special WISHFUL DRINKING will receive an encore presentation this Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. This feature-length adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s hit autobiographical stage production tells the intoxicating tale of her life, combining her raucous one-woman stage performance, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: December 31, 2016, 08:47 AM »
Glad to see that the Scarif strike team is already getting some representation in the line.  Malshi is probably the most prominent of the bunch.  And I do recall seeing Sefla, too.  There's one more that comes to mind, and he's played by the actor who played Yoren on Game of Thrones. 

That is more than any family should be asked to bear.  Carrie Fisher's passing was tragic.  And it is unnatural for a parent to outlive their children.  I think the prospect of that proved too much for Debbie Reynolds.

But in true Carrie Fisher style, the fan who started the Twitter account for Gary Fisher, Carrie's beloved French bulldog, captured some of the complicated dynamics between these two extremely talented women:

If Carrie was here I bet she would make a joke that it was just like her mom to upstage her even in death. #FindingHumorInTragedy

I got word about Carrie Fisher passing from my wife while I was on my way home from work early this afternoon.  And while I was well aware that her condition was grave following the medical emergency on her flight from London to LA, I had hope that she might pull though.  But this news has gutted me.

It's not just about Star Wars.  It's about CARRIE FISHER.  A tough lady who was whip-smart and able to cut to the quick better than most.  The first time I met her in 2002 at Star Wars Celebration I thought I would catch her off guard.  I had seen her play herself on the HBO show "Sex & The City" and really enjoyed her scene.  When I finally got in the room to meet her after waiting on line for hours and told her this, her response was "Yeah, it was a real stretch playing Carrie Fisher!"  I've been laughing over that for YEARS.  It was witty and in the moment and honest, and that's what I loved about her.  You weren't going to pull one over on her.  And she just kept up with that direct honesty when she went out to promote The Force Awakens last year, and it was fantastic.

I applaud her for being so open about her own trials with substance issues as well as mental illness.  And I'm sad because the mentally ill have lost one of their most articulate advocates in Carrie Fisher.

I think that in some ways we may have taken Carrie Fisher's portrayal of Leia for granted.  Even though George Lucas's concept for Star Wars was rooted in the Saturday matinees of Flash Gordon, Princess Leia was *NOT* your average damsel in distress.  She was tough.  She could navigate tough circumstances and be a leader of MEN.  In 1977 that was a significant concept.  What's funnier is that as Star Wars has moved through the prequel trilogy and on to the Disney era we have had a succession of strong female characters:  Padme, Rey and now Jyn Erso.  Those newer heroines seem to have drawn some criticism from some segments of our society.  And that's completely bizarre to me, because it was Leia that led the way thanks in large part to Carrie Fisher's tremendous portrayal of that character.

The Force Will Be With You, Always, Carrie Fisher.

Comparing this to the two previous offerings of R-3PO  (Saga Gold & the Droid Factory 2-pack), the paint apps look kind of weak.  The sculpt looks okay, though.  But I do get a little disappointed when we continue to revisit previously made droids instead of doing something new.  We've got multiple versions of a few protocol droids including C-3PO, R-3PO and K-3PO.  How about mixing it up?

There was E-3PO from TESB, although some argue that the different finishes for the U-3PO B-A-D may have already covered this.  And what about the gaggle of protocol droids from REVENGE OF THE SITH?  There were at least 3 x Threepio units and at least a couple of BD-3000 droids, too.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 27, 2016, 06:27 AM »
The return of a certain character in ROGUE ONE was deemed so significant that the New York Times has written a report on the subject, complete with interviews with members of the Lucasfilm story group, ILM personnel and even the actor who aided in the motion capture process.

Scored Leia on Amazon and found the Snowtrooper at Gamestop.  It was also very cool to see some new figures in the wild at last.

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