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I totally forgot about the 6" Ahsoka until your post jogged my memory.  The prototype got shown at Celebration, right?  I changed my Ahsoka vote to one for Grievous.

Grievous is coming too according to JTA.

Given my own personal experience with the current editorial staff at JTA (and their knack for bluster), I'll take their word with a ***BIG*** grain of salt.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Wars Actor mug shots.
« on: June 23, 2015, 06:33 AM »
Poor bastard.

Fans have been pretty merciless with this kid.  And they haven't stopped to think that he's still just that:  a kid.  Even if he is 26 years old now. 

I remember watching those screen tests, too.  And actually, Jake was better.  The other kids were nothing great.  I think it's this fanboy revisionist history where it's now cool to hate on the prequels.  Funny, because when those movies came out nobody was saying how bad they were at the time.  The whole "George Lucas raped my childhood" nonsense didn't start until AFTER it had all gone down.

I hope Jake Lloyd can get his act together and move on.

I totally forgot about the 6" Ahsoka until your post jogged my memory.  The prototype got shown at Celebration, right?  I changed my Ahsoka vote to one for Grievous.

I figured that C-3PO is coming soon enough.  I wasn't going to waste a vote there.  And there are some more fringe characters that I'd like to see made, too. 

I decided to change from my previous wishlist post and went with some personal favorites:

1 - Qui-Gon Jinn
2 - Count Dooku
3 - Jango Fett
4 - Darth Sidious (Episode III)
5 - General Grievous
6 - Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode IV)
7 - Zuckuss
8 - Dengar
9 - Lando Calrissian (Episode VI Rebel General)
10 - Nien Nunb

I read that earlier this afternoon.  I think it would be interesting to explore Obi-Wan Kenobi's story after the events of Revenge Of The Sith.  And I think Ewan McGregor is a really good actor, too.  In fact, I just finished watching his documentary series "Long Way Round" that he filmed shortly after production for Revenge Of The Sith wrapped production.

I think there have been times where it's been cool to hate on Star Wars.  But I think in the case of Ewan McGregor he went into the experience of making the prequels with the expectation that it would be like the OT with these fantastic sets.  But the reality of making the PT was that a lot of the work was done in front of blue and green screens.  From the perspective of an actor I can imagine that could be a little demoralizing.  You're expecting to be able to immerse yourself in this otherworldly place that informs your performance, but then you're standing on some decorative floor with a bunch of green screens around you.

The approach that J.J. Abrams is taking with the practical effects and sets have to be a much more enticing situation for the actors.  Mark Hamill went into this saying that he would be far more interested if the sequel trilogy films incorporated physical sets and practical effects.  And now these actors get to immerse themselves in the world of Star Wars as they might have hoped to when they saw the original films.  Plus, in the case of Obi-Wan Kenobi?  There are rumors that there are echoes of his past that pop up in the new Sequel Trilogy.  And some discussions have even gone so far as to mention a resolution to the Darth Maul story arc in just such a project.  Perhaps something that even draws from that Visionaries graphic novel.  So I think a Star Wars Anthology film that follows Obi-Wan Kenobi might resonate further than the one individual film.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:12 AM »
Some pretty awesome images from THE FORCE AWAKENS in this Making Star Wars post.

Oh, and how about the return of Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb?!?!?!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: June 21, 2015, 05:19 PM »
"The Siege of Lothal" was definitely something good to get us through the summer.  Seeing Darth Vader in action in this animated series format was great, too.  The space battle was very cool, especially since we really got to see Vader's pilot skills shine as he took out the members of Phoenix squadron at will.  And the light saber fight?  Vader seemed like he was toying with Kanan and Ezra.  But the duel played out pretty well.  And when Vader deflected those blaster shots back at Sabine? That seemed a little intense for a kids show. 

I also think it was awesome that they could get James Earl Jones back to voice Darth Vader.  That really tied things together well.  As for Ahsoka and Vader?  Clearly Vader knows that Ahsoka is with the rebels. Bye said as much during his communication with the Emporer.  And I got the sense from their connection through The Force during the space battle that Ahsoka knew, too.  She seemed very rightly disturbed by the revelation.  She seems to be keeping it to herself for now.  But I think that ultimately the crew of the Ghost might be in serious danger if they continue to work closely with Ahsoka.   

Honorable mention for last night goes to Sam Witwer.  He's stepped in as the voice actor who plays Emporer Palpatine.  And he nailed it!

As for Vader continuing to appear on the series? I think he's probably going to take a step back.  The show runners and much of the audience know that nothing can really happen to Vader. It's a lot like the situation George Lucas was in with the prequels.  Certain notes had to be hit and the previously established  story points of the OT meant that the audience knew certain characters were in danger while others were not.  And that can diminish the impact of the story. 

I think it breaks down to $18 per figure plus tax.  Considering that Amazon is now pricing these at $22.99 each it's definitely a good deal.

Not a huge sale, but HTS has a 4-pack of Emporer Palpatine, Han & Luke in Stormtrooper armor and the Clone Trooper Captain in phase 1 armor for $71.99.  And at that price your order qualifies for free shipping.  Not a terrible deal by any stretch. 

It was nice of JTA to mention that the entire list is coded in an effort to prevent spoilers.

I only started to see wave 2 at Target stores within the last month.  But I'm not optimistic about the future of this line. 

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: June 17, 2015, 05:01 PM »
I just watched the new Battlefront video that features what appears to be gameplay footage.  OMG does it no justice.

Not that great of a deal when Target is clearing these out at $9.99 per figure.  I've managed to pick up almost all of wave 2 at Target stores over the past few weeks AND inspect the paint apps in the process.  Some of the paint jobs on these have been so spotty that you need to see the figures in person to avoid an outright disaster.  I was able to pick up Brienne, Drogo, Danaerys and Robb Stark all at reduced prices thanks to a little bit of patience.  The only wave 2 figure I paid full price for was Jaime Lannister.  And now I only have to find Arya Stark to finish the 2nd wave.

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