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The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 3, 2015, 10:55 AM »
Found some 6" figure reveals on the Global Unboxing event.  Disney stores will actually have these die-cast figures that appear to be a similar scale to the 6" Black Series.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 3, 2015, 10:00 AM »
Found some stock out at a local WalMart, but nothing that I'd actually buy.  Saw the first wave of TFA Hero Series 12" figures:  Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, First Order Stormtrooper & Finn.  Also saw some Hero Mashers, Micro Machines, Role Play masks & lightsabers

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Poe's X-Wing Fighter with Poe Dameron
« on: September 3, 2015, 12:20 AM »
I watched the unboxing video that the Official Site has streaming on YouTube.  And they unboxed the X-Wing.  It was kind of funny seeing the hosts from trying to assemble the vehicle.  And it was even funnier to see them try to shoehorn Poe Dameron into the cockpit!  They did manage to get the figure all the way in, but they did that off camera.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Poe's X-Wing Fighter with Poe Dameron
« on: September 2, 2015, 01:34 PM »
Check out this thRead

Ebay Seller with all five in-hand for sale

For twice as much as you can buy them in a couple days!  Um, no thanks.

I just posted for the pictures, not as a good option to buy.   ;)

I know.  I just had to comment on that.  Just funny.  It will be interesting to see if anyone is stupid going to bite

And someone did.  The seller had two complete sets, and one sold.  Amazing, since these are going to be everywhere in less than 48 hours.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Upcoming The Force Awakens 6" figures?
« on: September 2, 2015, 01:02 PM »
Hmmmm.  I have to wonder if this is Hasbro, or perhaps a Sideshow Collectibles piece?

EDIT - Scratch that.  I think this is a custom after looking at the text of the article.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: September 2, 2015, 12:59 PM »
Surprised to see what looks like a little corroboration for that JTA post from From 4-LOM to Zuckuss, albeit with a somewhat different lineup of figures:

E7 Kylo
E7 Firs
E6 Vader
E4 Chewie
E4 Han
E4 Luke
E4 Prin
E7 Poe
E7 Finn
E7 Rey

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 2, 2015, 10:18 AM »
"Exclusive Blue Troopers"?  I saw that and had to scratch my head. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: September 2, 2015, 09:48 AM »
This is the cobbled together list as per JTA: (I removed most of the annoying editorial comments)   

1. Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise – Trash Compactor styled)
2. Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise – Trash Compactor styled)
3. Chewbacca (Death Star Prisoner)
4. Stormtrooper (with dent in helmet from hitting blast door)
5. R2-D2
6. Obi-Wan Kenobi
7. Princess Leia Organa (Ewok Gown)
8. 2-1B (Episode V version)
9. EV-9D9
10. Funeral Pyre Darth Vader
11. Princess Leia Organa (Yavin Ceremony)

Seems a bit more wishlist than anything else.  I mean, if we were going to include EVERYTHING that Hasbro has shown and not released, why not include the A-Wing pilot and second Utai that never made it to market?

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:54 AM »
Honestly?  I don't know.  I'm going to play it by ear.  I'm definitely not going to deal with the crowds for the midnight madness event.  Part of that is my work schedule, and part of it is not wanting to mix it up with people who have worked themselves into a frenzy. 

I'd rather do my shopping at a more reasoned, deliberate pace, so I'll hit the stores during the afternoon.  I won't be buying everything at once.  There's likely to be plenty of stock.  And since the plan is for there to only be the same merchandise offered on Force Friday through the release of the film, I don't feel that much need to get EVERYTHING right away.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:51 AM »
I could not see myself spending the $100+ that this Falcon is rumored to sell for.  The exclusive figures that are packed with this Falcon are kind of a kick in the shins, though.  And as playsets go, it does look interesting.  But not $135 interesting.

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai Movie Realization Samurai Star Wars
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:47 AM »
Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper Pre-Order at EE - $90 with free shipping.

Certainly a better deal than B&N.  Personally though, I'm surprised that B&N is starting to devote this much floor and shelfspace to high end collectibles.  And being able to find something like this at brick & mortar retail before you take the plunge is a welcome option.  I suspect that more people might be inclined to spend that additional $5 for a Samurai Vader simply by virture of seeing it in person, or by making a more impulsive purchase.

Found a new collector shop local to me.  And they're kind of cool!  Their pricing was reasonable and I was able to get a Commander Cody for $22 and a deluxe Han & Tauntaun for $35.  Not terrible in my book.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: More fantasy football 2015
« on: August 26, 2015, 10:36 AM »
Signed up this morning.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: August 26, 2015, 09:39 AM »
That is incredibly ambitious.  Tarkin is a crucial part of the story of the first Death Star.  But if he were left out of ROGUE ONE that would be a gaping plot point.  The younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genesys were one thing.  In Salvation all he did was fight.  I haven't seen Genesys (couldn't bring myself to buy a ticket).  Digital characters have been with us for a long time.  Like the article said, it was done in Gladiator to a limited degree after Oliver Reed died during production.

Like him or not, Jar Jar was a tremendous step forward in the evolution of digital character.  But still, you had an actor on camera providing a reference for the motion capture team.  And he also provided dialogue for the other actors to play off.  I think it's very likely that there will be an actor on set who performs the role of Tarkin for actor and mo-cap reference.  But this is definitely new territory since the actor whose performance will be presented is dead.  I wonder how much dialogue is actually going to be pulled from Hammer films, and how much is going to come from ANH?

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