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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 22, 2015, 06:50 AM »
Prince Doran Martell is a serious player in the Seven Kingdoms.  And the Dornish part of the story is going to get pretty good.  Still, the TV series has started to diverge significantly from the novels in some significant ways and it's left me wondering what's going to happen.  Jaime Lannister didn't go to Dorne in the novels, and I'll leave it at that.  Although more Bronn is certainly a good thing on the TV show.

Speaking of diverging from the novels?  I'm surprised to see Varys continuing to travel with Tyrion.  Again, it's something that didn't happen in the books, and Tyrion actually travelled through Essos with Varys's partner in crime - Illyrio Mopatis, who we only saw in the first season.

The scenes at the Wall were pretty good.  And Jon Snow truly showed his character by turning down Stannis offer to be recognized as Jon Stark, and given the Lordship of Winterfell.  Granted, Stannis doesn't hold the North or Winterfell - Roose Bolton does.  And Stannis needs Jon's help to take control of the North.  It was also cool to see the Night's Watch election process of the 998th Lord Commander.  The process was trimmed down from the books, but it worked very well.  I was glad to see that they got Denys Mallister in there.  And it's always good to have a scene with Maester Aemon.  Sam's speech was great.  Especially when he took Janos Slynt down several pegs for being a coward during the battle for the Wall.  One interesting point?  The conversation between Shireen Baratheon and Gilly.  Notably about Shireens greyscale.  If that wasn't foreshadowing, I don't know what is.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 20, 2015, 06:46 AM »
So it's obvious that either Hera, Sabine or Ahsoka are going to star in this, right?

I don't get that impression at all.  Given the characterization of this as "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Star Wars universe, I can see Felicity Jones playing some sort of Rebel intelligence agent who is working undercover in the Empire to learn more about the Death Star.  That in turn would culminate in a military raid to secure the plans.  The inclusion of Bail Organa would be most welcome in my book.

My own hopes?  I would absolutely like to see the film incorporate some of the Wookiee slave laborers who past EU has said were forced to work on the construction of the first Death Star, and how that might play into this story.  And I certainly hope that the film would end with the Death Star plans being handed over to the crew of the Tantive IV, along with Leia, Captain Antilles and the droids.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 19, 2015, 04:51 PM »
John Knoll had a big part in pitching the project to Kathleen Kennedy almost as soon as she had taken the job as the head of Lucasfilm. The short version of the pitch?  It's like "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Star Wars universe, and it's about how the Rebel Alliance obtained the Death Star plans.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: April 19, 2015, 11:41 AM »
ROGUE ONE director Gareth Edwards speaks today at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET along with director Josh Trank, who is directing a yet-to-be named Star Wars spinoff film.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: April 19, 2015, 11:21 AM »
Great trailer!  I'm genuinely surprised that it was about 2 minutes long and featured SO MUCH of Vader.  I always got the sense that the series was going to skirt the fringes of the Empire and that the Emporer and Vader would be dealt with in passing.  As for the voices of the Emporer and Vader?  The voices were DEAD ON!  I was left wondering if REBELS actually managed to get Ian McDiarmid and James Earl Jones on board for some voiceover work.  And Vader taking on those A-Wings in his personal TIE Fighter?  That was fantastic!

It also looks like there might be at least another Inquisitor in the mix.  Because there were a number of red lightsabers featured in that trailer.

The red lightsaber staff definitely caught my attention and got the wheels spinning.  I think that may be a hint at the return of Asajj Ventress.  Her storyline never got fully resolved at the end of CLONE WARS and she went underground.  The individual with that lightsaber staff didn't seem overly hostile to someone with a blue lightsaber in one shot, and also had a hat on that looked reminiscent of something the Night Sisters wore.

Overall, the tie-ins with CLONE WARS seem substantial.  We know Ahsoka is back in the mix.  Asajj Ventress may be a factor, too.  And now we're going to see Rex and some of the 501st Clone Troopers as well?  It leaves me wondering how Filoni and company will write around Order 66 and especially Anakin's use of the 501st in the sacking of the Jedi Temple.


OMG.  That's just ******* ridiculous.

Note to Hasbro:  they're CLONES.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Celebration Anaheim 2015
« on: April 19, 2015, 07:41 AM »
[GNT] . [/GNT]

Oh, no!  Spice would've been proud of you!

The guys from the creature shop who built the new R2 said as much during the panel with JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy.

Really?  These R6 and R9 droids that are part of the theme park program are tied in to Rebel pilots from TFA?  WTF?!?!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Celebration Anaheim 2015
« on: April 17, 2015, 07:23 PM »
I would think Palpatine, personally.  The first Walgreens exclusive was a variation on a previously released figure:  Boba Fett.  Considering that Palpatine is on the way in the 6" basic figure line I can kind of understand an exclusive Force Lightning version for Walgreens.  Especially in light of the fact that the Walgreens toy buyer tweeted an image of lightning when someone asked him a direct question about the 2015 exclusive.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Celebration Anaheim 2015
« on: April 17, 2015, 06:28 PM »
Wolfpack Podcast interviewed Jeff Labovitz and another member of the Hasbro marketing team at SWCA.  Lots and lots of "Maybe.  That might be cool."  Or "We can't really talk about that much of Fall '15 right now".

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:58 PM »
I went ahead and made an imgur album of the best parts:

Thanks!  That shot of the shuttles and Star Destroyer is now on my desktop!!!

Jakku seems very reminiscent of Tatooine.  Perhaps even more desolate.  And the crashed X-Wing and Star Destroyer?  Fantastic images.  The dogfight sequence between the TIE Fighter and Falcon flying through that wrecked starship is pretty amazing stuff, too.

I really enjoyed the voiceover aspect of the trailer that echoed Lukes monologue from ROTJ.  The recovered helmet of Darth Vader from his funeral pyre seems almost like an object of worship on that pedestal.  The cloaked figure of Luke sitting beside a campfire with R2-D2 leaves you wondering about whether or not the Jedi have truly returned in this post Empire era.  And the mystery of what was once both Anakin and Luke's lightsaber?  The voiceover definitely led me to believe that was Leia who receiving the lightsaber, and the ring and clothing make me think that as well. 

And the flight of X-Wings?  The terrain almost made me think of Yavin IV.  Contrast that with that snowy First Order base that looks like something that could have been directed by Leni Riefenstahl.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:24 PM »
Will John Hollis be CGI or do you think they recast the role? 

CGI head on a body double, Paul Walker-style.

But will he say "Guilty" to an aged Valorum/Terence Stamp?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Celebration Anaheim 2015
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:03 AM »
Those aren't new... they've been showing them off since NYCC last October.

3.75" Mission Series Rebels Ahsoka and Rebels Vader are the only figures being show live for the first time...  so far.

Any links? Haven't seen those yet...

SSG has pics of the Hasbro booth.  The only reveals there are the Ahsoka prototype, a TBS 6" figure packaging mockup and packaged versions of Han in Carbonite, Commander Doom, Captain Rex, Commander Thorn and Commander Wolffe. 

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: April 16, 2015, 02:17 PM »
I am so glad that I had today off.  I would have gotten NOTHING done at work today.

It was fantastic to see the cast onstage together.  R2-D2 looks fantastic, but I am really astounded by the fact that they built a functional BB-8.  Just amazing!

And the trailer?  Whoa.  Where to start?  Crashed Star Destroyers?  The new Stormtroopers?  Leia being handed Luke's original lightsaber?  The Falcon in action?  Luke meditating and providing the voiceover?  Kylo Ren?  But the capper was clearly Han Solo and Chewbacca back aboard the Falcon.

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