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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.

I saw that, too.  The thing is, Adam has been making the rounds in the comments sections of several sites.  And damn, is he stirring the pot!  He admitted himself that "it's marketing".  But he's getting people talking and placing orders without even having seen a single image of this new offering.

Now that I've thought about it a little more, and read some of Adam's comments, I have a different theory.  That being this exclusive may be the way to release the last few remaining characters from the Kenner line (up through POTF) who have yet to be re-made in modern renditions.

Adam has also mentioned in some comments at a couple of other sites that this set will be unveiled before the weekend, and will not include characters from either ROGUE ONE or REBELS.

The Sandcrawler graphics do seem to hint at something Jawa/droid related. My guess is that it's a Jawa with 5 new droids.  Especially since EE got those exclusive astromech multipacks a few years back. 

Dengar for me, too.  Gotta love the comments on the SW site.

They're on par with the comments section of any news site.

Wow.  Just looking at the current results, and Darth Talon is leading with Jaina Solo in a close second place.

Seriously?  Well, GO DENGAR!!!!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:51 AM »
Check out some highlights from the Future Filmmakers panel at SWCE regarding the Han Solo anthology film with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.  And they also bring out the officially announced lead in the project, actor Alden Ehrenreich.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:01 AM »
Check out this this Flicks And The City video from the 'Future Filmmakers' panel at SWCE.  Episode VIII director Rian Johnson sat down with LFL head Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm story group members Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidaldo to discuss the next installment in the Sequel Trilogy.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 18, 2016, 10:29 AM »
I'm hoping to pick up another unmasked Kylo Ren.  I just picked up another 3.75" Black Series Kylo for the express purposes of a head swap to depict him during the duel on Starkiller base.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 17, 2016, 03:58 PM »
That behemoth said he was one of the Bendu.  And that goes right back to the original Star Wars script, where the Jedi were known as the Jedi Bendu knights.  I get the sense that this part of the story might involve Force users who are neither Jedi nor Sith, which certainly seems to open things up a bit.  Especially since the Knights of Ren appear to be Force users who are Dark Siders, but not affiliate with the Sith.

Not to go too off topic, but I wonder if Maz Kanata is one of them.  She said she's no Jedi, but she knows the Force, and apparently there is a deleted scene where she could wield the Force.  I wonder if that is something that will be explored further in the movies.

I think characters like Maz, the Bendu, Snoke and the Knights of Ren are all being used to show that the Force has many practitioners.  And things like the Church of the Force, of which Lor San Tekka was a  practitioner, are meant to show how the Force is a pretty universal concept.  And the rumors surrounding Jehda in ROGUE ONE seem like they might reinforce the concept.  All of that does serve to broaden out our perception of The Force, instead of it being this binary situation with the Jedi representing the light side and the Sith on the dark side.

No ysalamiri. (somehow the outight no to Mara Jade led to that without exposition as to why no Mara Jade)

There was this image of Thrawn from the trailer that seems like a very overt nod to the Ysalamiri:

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 17, 2016, 03:43 PM »
I've seen Rey get down to about $12 or $13 recently on Amazon.  But the wave with unmasked Kylo Ren and the FO Stormtrooper Commander?  I don't think I ever saw it at retail.  I bought mine through Amazon or HTS when they were available at MSRP, and those went very quickly.

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