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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 24, 2016, 12:20 AM »
USS Discovery First Look.

Ugly. What was the last decent looking ship? Voyager?

The aft section of the ship looks... Klingon!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: July 23, 2016, 12:42 AM »
OMG!  That APC is just amazing.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 06:26 PM »
It looks like there might be some kind of action/Nerf feature on the AT-ACT.  I just looked at some of the Galactic Hunter pictures that Dan Curto reposted, and there's some sort of hatch on the nose of the AT-ACT.  Hmmmmm....

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 06:07 PM »
Toy Ark has some pretty good images of the entire ROGUE ONE diorama.  And I can distinctly make out both the Shore Trooper as well as the Armor Trooper.

Glad to see that a couple of figures on my own list got confirmed by Hasbro today.  I'm looking forward to both Qui-Gon Jinn and the Emporer's Royal Guard in a big way.  And it looks like they did them pretty well.

Still, I am very surprised to see that Jaina Solo won the poll.  She really got that much support?  Perhaps I personally underestimated the popularity of an NJO character like hers.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:48 PM »
Looking interesting so far, albeit all of the figures look like they're 5 POA.  From what I can see it looks like these are the figures on tap:

-Imperial Stormtrooper
-Imperial Death Trooper
-Imperial Shore Trooper

-Jyn Erso
-Imperial Astromech droid
-Imperial Armor Trooper (not sure of the exact name here.  But this looks like the same type of trooper that's in that Hover Tank in the Jedah scenes from the trailer)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:46 PM »
Yoda brings it up, too.  He said in the PT "Hard to see the Dark Side is".  And Palpatine was able to hide in plain sight from the Jedi as well.   But that seemed more like an active attempt to deceive the Jedi.

Other things over the years have come into question.  Like in KOTOR with both Revan and the Jedi Exile.  Both of them were supposedly cut off from The Force by the Jedi.  I don't think the story group has said at this point if either of those stories are canon or not.  But those plot points from the games do make you wonder a bit about The Force.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:33 PM »
The AT-ACT is now on display in the Hasbro booth as part of a pretty extensive diorama.  I think we'll probably see some close-up images when the collecting site reporters wrap up the sessions that they're sitting in currently.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:24 PM »
That's a pretty cool lineup for the Black Series 6" figure line.  I'm happy with pretty much all of those.  I'm a little puzzled/disappointed that Jaina Solo won the poll, but whatever.

The AT-ACT looks pretty cool.  And I'm actually a little tempted to get one because the smartphone control and walking feature are things we've just never seen in a 3.75" figure system vehicle before.  The removable bunker and 3 x pack in figures are a nice feature, too.

Disappointed by the small 3.75" figure showing.  But it seems like they are very clearly holding back for the ROGUE ONE line.

The guy who advocated the end of obscure super-articulated figures because they BORED him, promotes the set as SA figures of characters available for the first time.

Ugh.  I still remember some of that, and the crazed rationalizations that "5POA figures make me feel nostalgic for the Kenner vintage line!"

...Because progress was such a bad thing.   ::)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 21, 2016, 03:17 PM »
Filoni said it in that clip.  All living beings help to create The Force.  Qui-Gon helped describe some of the basics of The Force when he was speaking with Anakin in Episode I, and Yoda did with Luke in TESB as well.  Plus, between George Lucas and Dave Filoni, they both agreed that a being like the Ysalamiri that could negate The Force would go against the overall concept of The Force being generated by all living things. 

I'm not trying to crap all over Timothy Zahn's work.  But I think that plot points like this Ysalamiri one are indicative of a weakness that Lucasfilm had with the old EU.  Because it really seemed like there was not a guiding force back in the 90's when the Thrawn trilogy was written to guide story points like this one.  But in the current era we have the Lucasfilm story group looking at the big picture and steering things in a cohesive fashion.

These use the VC25 baR2-D2 sculpt which had the pop-out arm R2 used to zap crumb.  Probably why they are claiming "vintage collection" levels of articulation because this r2 came from that line.

I figured that would probably be the rationale for using that kind of language in describing the droids in this set.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 21, 2016, 02:24 PM »
The Hasbro panel is tomorrow.  If there isn't a TFA Luke Skywalker & Leia reveal then there is something really wrong with this line.

2 Shoulders, 2 Ankles, 1 Head = 5.  Unless there is a retractable third leg (which would be awesome) to get us to 6. 

Articulated center foot gets you to 7.  And the actuator arm/computer link gets you to 8.

I am fully expecting some sort of damage control response that cites some sort of feature that was on a Vintage Collection R2-D2 or R5-D4, like the extendable computer interface tool.  But even with a feature like that, what sort of articulation does that mean on an astromech droid?  Perhaps 8 POA?

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