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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 06:24 PM »
I was thinking the same thing about an Episode VIII teaser.  But then I gave it a little thought from a whole messenging/PR standpoint.  This whole anthology film concept is still a somewhat new concept, and there were some considerable experiments in the mix, too.  I think that Lucasfilm and Disney want THAT to be the story coming out of this opening weekend.  Give this movie a chance to stand on it's own to show that it's not a fluke.

I think the first Episode VIII teaser will probably come out at one of two times:  the REBELS season 3 finale or Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.

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Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hidalgo

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  The essential, comprehensive guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story™.
This exciting reference format accompanies the eagerly anticipated, first-ever standalone Star Wars™ movie: Rogue One. This beautifully detailed title features in-depth character profiles, plus 5 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations. With clear and authoritative text, this book is packed with essential information—and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie.












My copy was waiting for me at home last night.  I pre-ordered it from Amazon, and they delivered on the release date, true to their word!

This book is interesting because it's a little bit of a departure from previous DK reference books.  They seem to have folded multiple reference books into one single volume.  Whereas we used to get a Visual Dictionary plus an Incredible Cross-Sections book, and perhaps a locations book, this is a single book that appears to cover most of those bases.

I think this book provided some excellent background material on the organization of the Rebel Alliance.  That in itself made this a great read.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 02:51 PM »
As Imperial droids go, I saw at least one Viper probe droid, some other KX droids, some RA-7 droids and I heard at least one mouse droid.  But I didn't spot any Imperial astromechs.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 02:34 PM »
I just got back from my first screening.  Thankfully, our Rogue SUV got me to the theater through all of the snow!  I couldn't help but see the irony in that.

Gut feeling?  I liked it a lot.  I knew a good deal of the story going in, but that didn't dampen my feelings about the movie at all.  I think the characters were different from what we've seen in the past, but I also think that's a good thing.  I would rather see different sorts of characters navigating their way through the Star Wars universe than for the films to keep on regurgitating some of the same old archetypes.

One notable thing?  I don't think we've seen quite so many planets in a single Star Wars film before. I counted at least 7 myself.  One of which was a complete surprise!  The one where Cassian made contact with his source actually reminded me of one location in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that was probably just my impression.

This was definitely a war movie.  And I think it highlighted that the war between the Rebellion and the Empire was going more from covert actions to all-out war.  The space battle was probably one of the best ones we've ever seen.  And I like the inclusion of some pilots that we've seen before in that context.

I'm going to try getting to another screening during the week.  I saw it in IMAX 3D and I think I'd like to check it out in the 2D format, and sitting dead center in the middle of the theater.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:56 PM »
So does anyone have a solid grasp on TRU's price-matching policy?  Because I was in a TRU today and saw at least two AT-ACT's on the shelves.  And I'm pretty sure they're running their BOGO 40% off sale right now, too, although I have seen a number of instances when those sale peg tags get left up after a sale has ended. 

That being said, if TRU will price match to $199.97, and THEN apply the BOGO 40 % off?  You should be able to get the two for a combined $320-ish.  I can't bring myself to buy two of these, but if you could find a partner to split the two?  Then conceivably you might be able to get one for about $160 plus tax.

When I was at customer service getting the two I purchased price matched, I asked, I figured "why not?" - so I politely asked and the woman at customer service informed me that it's a "one or the other" type of thing. You can get the BOGO 40% off offer OR you can get the price match. So basically, I chose price match cause that was $400 plus tax vs. $480 plus tax.

Hope that helps...

I guess TRU doesn't want to take a total bath on this, huh?


JTA - somebody stop me - is just really at this point about perpetuating their own brand. That brand is negativity. Pot stirrers attract a lot of attention. It's why they stir the pot. There are legit gripes about the hobby JTA has exploited to a theatrical level that has also now bled into attacks against collectors and segments of fandom for - what exactly? You'd think someone with such hostility toward 5 POA figures would be able to articulate their real issues with collecting, powerful female leads and insert topic of the week here.

The sad thing is that it's really just ONE GUY who is generating all of this negativity.  But he has attracted a lot of like-minded people who are equally negative about it.  And that negativity just feeds on itself. 

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 14, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Yeah.  Someone is spending way too much time in their own head.

I'm also fascinated by how his displeasure with the AT-ACT is the direct result of collectors getting into the 6" Black Series line.  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 14, 2016, 03:49 PM »
So does anyone have a solid grasp on TRU's price-matching policy?  Because I was in a TRU today and saw at least two AT-ACT's on the shelves.  And I'm pretty sure they're running their BOGO 40% off sale right now, too, although I have seen a number of instances when those sale peg tags get left up after a sale has ended. 

That being said, if TRU will price match to $199.97, and THEN apply the BOGO 40 % off?  You should be able to get the two for a combined $320-ish.  I can't bring myself to buy two of these, but if you could find a partner to split the two?  Then conceivably you might be able to get one for about $160 plus tax.


And this is just if you want to get mad at whiny fanboys with anger issues:  JTA Rogue One AT-ACT review.

I am SO glad I quit working on that hell-hole of a site.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 12, 2016, 07:25 PM »
It's definitely something to keep an eye out for.  At least until the official product images come out.  Oh, how I miss getting REAL info from Hasbro via the Q&A process.

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I checked out a nearby Gamestop and actually found a couple of 6" TFA General Hux figures.  It's really odd that I saw that wave ONCE at TRU, and it only ever turned up again at Gamestop.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: December 11, 2016, 09:17 PM »
Sucks they don't know it's Tattooine they need to find. Maul should be there in about twenty minutes, and we all know in SW you always immediately find the person you are looking for no matter where you land on the planet. That should be some throw down.


The way Maul talked about it seems like he knows where to go.  It sounded like he recalled Tatooine from the time of Episode I.

I'm personally wondering if this might play out in a similar fashion to the way the Visionaries comic did back in the Dark Horse comics days. 

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We're going in the Fall.  Can't swing this Celebration.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 9, 2016, 06:05 PM »
Yep.

Rogue One - Bohdi Rook
Rogue One - Sergeant Jyn Erso (Imperial Ground Crew Disguise)
Rogue One - Death Trooper (Specialist)
Rogue One - Scarif Shore Trooper
Rebels - Grand Admiral Thrawn

Rogue One - Admiral Raddus - bumped to Wave 4?
Rebels - Fenn Rau - bumped to Wave 4?


So was there any indication about which Jyn Erso was in this wave?  Clearly the Leia is a carry-forward from wave 2.  If Admiral Raddus isn't in this wave, and neither is Fenn Rau, then are we so sure about this Jyn Erso being the version in the Ground Crew disguise?  I could definitely see the potential for a carry-forward of the Jedha version.

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One question that I got regarding the 6" figure line was based on which value-added feature would I want, and rank those from 1 - 3 in terms of priority.  I ranked them as follows:

1 - Environment / base
2 - Large prop / accessory
3 - Electronics

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Rogue One / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: December 9, 2016, 03:31 PM »
There's a HTS coupon code in effect through December 17th:

HOLIDAY16  will get you:

$5 off of a $25 purchase
$10 off of a $50 purchase
$20 off of a $100 purchase

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