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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 12:13 PM »
In the case of this movie I have to wonder about that whole canon navigation aspect.  Because we do have some OT characters popping back up.  Vader is the biggest of them all, clearly.  And there were the reports that they were going to have a digital version of Grand Moff Tarkin in this movie.

There's also the matter of what Jimmy Smits is calling his "cameo" as Bail Organa.  Mon Mothma is in the mix, albeit played by the actor who played her in Episode III.  And it looks like there's one Rebel officer who bears a striking resemblance to General Jan Dodonna.  Plus, with the movie ending some 10 or 15 minutes before the opening of A NEW HOPE, I wonder if we can expect to see the plans "beamed" to the Tantive IV by the Rebel spies that Vader described during his interrogation of Leia.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:12 AM »
Rumors are circulating around the Han Solo movie.  Notably, that a young version of an old smoothy might be joining the cast of the second Anthology film/Star Wars story.  One actor who's name is popping up for the role is Donald Glover.  I wonder if the lore of a card game where the Millennium Falcon was among the stakes will be explored?

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:09 AM »
I like what I've seen so far.  Gareth Edwards seems to be hitting the right notes in terms of capturing the classic OT aesthetic of the Imperials, but the filmmaking techniques are obviously far more up to date.  And it's attention to those details like

I also like the covert ops nature in which these Rebels are conducting themselves.  That really seems to be the way they would need to conduct themselves in order to operate under the noses of an oppressive force like the Empire.

Jedah is very interesting.  I've seen some writers describe the locale like something out of the Ottoman Empire.  And seeing that walled city atop that butte/hill?  It made me think of Masada in Israel!  I'm liking the concept of broadening our knowledge of The Force, and that it serves as something of a galactic faith.  The high temple at the one end of the city looks intriguing!

Having seen that wide shot of the Jedah city, it definitely looks like those 4 winged shuttles are some sort of heavy cargo carriers.  And given some of the backstory about Riz Ahmed's character, Bodie Rook?  I'm thinking that his ship, which I think is called the Raven Deluxe, may actually be one of these 4 winged shuttles.  You also can't help but think that both Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe are a couple of badasses!

And that final shot? Yes!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 11, 2016, 05:17 PM »
The showrunner for Star Trek Discovery has been releasing some info about the show.  Time-wise, this series will be set 10 years before TOS.  And the central focus may be on a character other than the captain of the ship.  The initial run of the series is set to be 13 episodes that are about one hour long.  There may be some standalone stories, but the overall feel of the season may be something like that of a novel.  There's more in this Collider news brief.

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The TIE Fighter has routinely been getting down to about $80 with Prime shipping on Amazon.  If we can get at least another $20 or more below that?  I'll probably bite.


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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: August 10, 2016, 07:55 PM »
I could not give a toss about Zuvio. 

I WANNA SEE CHEWIE RIP SOMEONE'S ARM OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 10, 2016, 06:06 PM »
"Kids like it better" was pure marketing speak, nothing else.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 10, 2016, 03:04 PM »
The Takodana Encounter multipack is now on clearance at Target.  I saw one yesterday for $17.48.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 10, 2016, 05:25 AM »
I can't say that I care for the price, either.  But we've seen this sort of price creep happening for a little while now with both the Marvel and Star Wars Hasbro lines.  It leaves me wondering if Hasbro might shift manufacturing from China to another locale that can offer less expensive labor costs.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 10, 2016, 05:24 AM »
Check out this EW article that discusses one of the key locations of ROGUE ONE, the planet Jedha.

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Ah!  Thanks for the reminder.  So we've got a little while to go before the TIE Fighter gets down to it's lowest price.

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I was shocked to see the TBS 6" figures on clearance at Target.  Especially relatively HTF figures like Han Solo along with the relatively new ANH Luke and Kanan. 

I also saw the 6" scale FO TIE Fighter on clearance for $118.98.  And I honestly thought that Target might clear it out the at a lower price.  Isn't the Target clearance policy that the lowest price will end in the number 8?


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From the time I placed my order to the time I got my confirmation email?  Over 2 hours. I wasn't really panicked. I had gotten a confirmation from PayPal, and the order showed up with a confirmation number in my HTS account. But seriously... get those emails out faster.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: August 9, 2016, 12:10 PM »
I got the two figures that I wanted the most, and that was the exclusive versions of Ben Kenobi and Kylo Ren.  The Jyn Erso figure is cool, but she's essentially a sneak preview figure with some exclusive packaging.  The other two figures have a bit more going for them with all of the added accessories.  I suspect that HTS might have disabled the ADD TO CART feature on the individual pages so that people wouldn't park themselves on those pages and scoop up EVERYTHING.  It was tough enough for me to get one each of Obi-Wan and Kylo Ren.

FWIW, I haven't gotten an email confirmation from HTS yet.  But I did get confirmation via my method of payment.  I suspect HTS is busy running all of these orders and they'll get processed in turn.  But you've got to imagine that the servers were flooded with traffic.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: August 9, 2016, 11:25 AM »
That was a bit frantic.  The individual product listing pages didn't have the ADD TO CART button, but the other pages did.  I was able to get both Ben Kenobi and Kylo Ren.  But for whatever reason I could not get Jyn Erso added to my shopping cart before she sold out.

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