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I found the AT-AT Driver that I ordered from Amazon on my doorstep yesterday!  Glad to knock this one off my list.  Mine was the "AT-AT Driver" version, and not the "AT-AT Pilot" variation that seems to be floating around.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: EE Exclusive: Astromech 6 Pack
« on: December 21, 2016, 09:02 AM »
Mine arrived from Amazon the other day, and I was finally able to open up the shipping box yesterday.  Either the Amazon marketplace seller or Amazon themselves did not care about the condition of the package, because it was pretty bashed up.  If I were still collecting to keep things boxed I would be pissed, but the figures were fine.

I'm glad to knock this one off my list.  Especially at a price that's lower than what EE was offering it for.  In the process of placing this order as well as tracking that 6" Black Series Order 66 on my Amazon wishlist I realized that we're probably going to continue to see EE exclusives pop up like this more frequently, and probably discounted below EE's initial asking price.  And it's no doubt because of the wholesale/distribution role that EE has taken on.  I think their affiliate sellers may be one of the ways to get better deals on EE's exclusives going forward.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:47 AM »
This article gets into the wealth of scenes that were featured in trailers that just didn't make it into the theatrical release of ROGUE ONE.  It looks like much of the battle on Scarif was significantly re-cut.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: December 20, 2016, 10:11 AM »
Coming soon to Star Wars Rebels?  A character from Rogue One!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:36 PM »
Even these days we've got cloud based data backup deployments with things being highly integrated and redundant.  The fact that they needed a physical drive that wasn't somehow connected to a network is technically silly.

For security purposes it's not that crazy for stored data to *NOT* be connected to some sort of network.

There were some technical bits in this part of the story that I appreciated from a purely professional standpoint.  I've worked in some facilities where stored media was accessed via robotic armatures like the ones in ROGUE ONE.  It's really not that far-fetched.

As for the transmission antenna?  Again, I've got some professional interest in that.  You won't always have antenna control equipment co-located at the same position as transmission and receive equipment, but each earth station facility that I've worked with is different.  From a story standpoint it did help for Jyn to have to step out onto that catwalk, though.  And at some point the viewer needs to suspend a little of their disbelief as well.

I spotted this set on Amazon for $91.99 with Prime shipping.  Not that much of a discount, but it's worth continuing to watch.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: December 19, 2016, 10:55 AM »
I was a little late in getting to the theater for my ROGUE ONE screening.  I wound up walking in during the extended clip for Dunkirk.  WHOA.

Stephen Spielberg definitely raised the bar in terms of realism in a war film with Saving Private Ryan, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line had a great deal of gravitas, too.  But I think that Christopher Nolan may have taken things a step further in his portrayal of the British retreat from France in 1940.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: EE Exclusive: Astromech 6 Pack
« on: December 19, 2016, 10:47 AM »
I bit on the Astromech 6-pack at $49.95.  And it hurt a lot less since I had some Amazon gift cards to use.

Love the visual dictionary. Requires very close reading.

This edition especially.  There's a lot more reading material in this book than in the standard Visual Dictionaries, and it does help to flesh out the story that much more.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:59 AM »
Apparently there was a Rogue One boycott, and it totally worked! Star Wars is BTFO! If you ignore the actual ticket numbers and money grossed, but don't let pesky facts get in the way.

It looks like the one guy who was such a malcontent/ne'er-do-well that he managed to get bounced out of Vice Media after helping to found that magazine was part of this, too

Yeah, $155 million in opening weekend box office receipts is a bomb if I ever saw one.  ::)

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:53 AM »
Here's a cool article about how Red Leader and Gold Leader found their way into ROGUE ONE.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2016, 08:20 PM »
I just knew that people were going to read into Vader's servant in that way.  And once again...

As for some other nuggets?  I like how the temple on Jedha involved the Ancient Order of the Whills, which in itself was the angle for the inclusion of Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, both late of the Order.  The whole concept of the Journal of the Whills is something that dates back to one of George Lucas's initial treatments for Star Wars.  And the Order of the Whills seems to link into the Church of the Force which we were introduced to in The Force Awakens.  Chirrut's faith in The Force leads you to believe that had circumstances been better for him, he may have been a Jedi.  And Baze seems to have had more of a crisis of faith in The Force following the sacking of the Temple by the Empire.  This, plus Jedha's status as a holy city, combined with this reverence for the kyber crystals is really fleshing out our concept of The Force in some interesting ways.  It's not just magic or midichlorians anymore.

And what about all of the shots from the trailer that didn't make the final cut?!?!  OMG!!!  Jyn mouthing off to General Draven?  Gone.  Krennic walking through the water?  Gone.  Saw talking to a younger Jyn (what will you do when they break you)?  Gone!  Krennic's "Power is immeasurable"?  GONE!  That is some cutthroat editing if I've ever seen it.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2016, 01:41 PM »
True.  Vader's power truly manifested itself when Palpatine told him of his role in Padme's death at the end of ROTS... even with that terrible "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" that followed.

But OMG, what about Vader taking on those Rebel Fleet troops?  That was something that I think a lot of people have been looking forward to seeing for a long time, and it did not disappoint.  Seeing him fight his way through Admiral Raddus's flagship as the Alderaan troopers were trying to get the Death Star plans away from him was one of the most thrilling moments of the film.  Especially since that melee ended with the Tantive IV undocking from the Profundity (yeah, that's really the name of the ship), and jumping into hyperspace.

Another incredible moment that I took from the space battle?  The Y-Wings making their ion torpedo run on the one Star Destroyer, essentially disabling that ship.  And THEN when Admiral Raddus ordered the Hammerhead Corvette to ram to the disabled Star Destroyer into the other, eventually taking out the shield gate?  WOW!  This may have been the best space battle I've ever seen in a Star Wars movie.

I also have to hand it to Genevieve O'Reilly who reprised her Mon Mothma role.  I think she did a great job.  And it was good seeing Jimmy Smits back as an older Bail Organa, right down to him ordering Captain Antilles around.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 06:31 PM »
Definitely Coruscant. I love all the PT callouts in the movie. Let's see, there are:

1 Jedha
2 Scarif
3 Eadu
4 Yavin 4
5 Lah'mu
6 Mustafar
7 Coruscant
8 Wobani (mining colony we first meet adult Jyn)
9 Outpost where we meet Cassian - forget the name

Any others?

Wow.  That makes 9?  The trading outpost was the Ring of Kafrene.

I guess my theory about the kneeling figure was wrong.  I know that a lot of people thought they were looking at a bacta tank, but after reading Catalyst I thought that it may have been a giant kyber crystal.  But having seen that scene now?  I was not expecting that Vader would be just hanging out in a bacta tank during his down time, nor would he be guarded by the Imperial Royal Guards.  And for him to live in a castle on Mustafar?  I can't imagine how someone would want to live at the scene where they were burned alive after having three limbs cut off.

The thing is, there's some Ralph McQuarrie concept art for that location:

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