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The lack of any online availability is a real kick in the pants.  Especially since these WalMart exclusive Black Series figures seem to be getting made in some quantity and they're pretty good figures.  Even though WalMart has over 4000 stores in the U.S. alone, not everyone lives close to one of them. 

I get the concept behind exclusives:  they're designed with the intention of getting people to walk into the store repeatedly.  That increased foot traffic leads to sales of other unrelated items, etc.  In this case, though, it's odd.  Because all of these figures were listed on the WalMart website at some point in time.  But the new figure offerings were never put up for sale, only the first wave which was all reissues.  I blame WalMart.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 2, 2016, 08:50 AM »
Rumors have been circulating about the possibility of Hayden Christensen reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker in the new sequel trilogy.  Check out THIS VANITY FAIR ARTICLE which offers up some possibilities about how Anakin might be portrayed as a Force spirit.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: January 2, 2016, 08:08 AM »
Check out THIS SLASH FILM POSTING.  The writer at Slash Film was able to see the screenplay for THE FORCE AWAKENS that was filed with the Writers Guild of America.  And it answers some questions regarding things seen in Rey's Force vision, the aftermath of that scene between Kylo Ren and Han Solo, Rey's state of mind at the end of her duel with Kylo Ren, and a sense of recognition between Luke Skywalker and Rey when she arrives on the planet where he has been in seclusion.  That planet is called Ahch-To.

Some of the article is speculative.  Notably, regarding who left Rey on Jakku in the custody of Unkar Plutt.  The article puts forth the theory that Han Solo may have given Unkar Plutt the Millennium Falcon in exchange for watching over Rey.  That stands in contrast with the story points about the chain of custody of the Falcon having been stolen from Solo by Ducain, and the ship then going to the Irving boys before eventually ending up with Unkar Plutt.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 1, 2016, 06:26 PM »
Just wait until Episode 8.  I get the sense that the story of the Resistance will evolve so that they become a more robust and well equipped fighting force following the destruction of the New Republic Senate.  That is probably going to mean more ships of all kinds. 

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 31, 2015, 06:08 PM »
She might be a grandchild of Obiwan but definitely not his child from the clone wars.

I definitely should have made that more clear, although I did say And other people think that she's not a Skywalker at all, but possibly the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi

I think if Rey is related to Obi-Wan, that she is his grandchild.  And one of her parents could potentially have been the offspring of Obi-Wan and Satine.  Again, if this is something that they're exploring as a possibility I would be surprised since there's been a very deliberate effort in this new era to have the films stand on their own.  But if this is the case, I'm wondering if there might be a Force sensitive parent of Rey's who might work their way into the mix.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 31, 2015, 04:33 PM »
There's been a good deal of speculation about Rey's family.  Some people think that she's a Skywalker, and possibly Luke's daughter.  And other people think that she's not a Skywalker at all, but possibly the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Also worth noting?  In Rey's Force vision, two of the voices she hears are dialogue from Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Some of it was cut together from Alec Guiness's dialogue in A NEW HOPE, and Ewan McGregor voiced the same line as well for that part of the film. 

If you go back to the CLONE WARS animated series, Obi-Wan did have a romantic link to Dutchess Satine of Mandalore.  Could that relationship have yielded a child?  Satine died in the series, but had some family members like Bo-Katan who could have fostered that child.  Or is it possible that Obi-Wan had some sort of relationship during his time on Tatooine?  I think it's all interesting fodder for discussion, because why else would the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi speak to Rey through the Force?

The one big concern I have with this theory is that the new trilogy seems so prepared to divorce itself from the EU in order to open up the story possibilities.  Will all of those CLONE WARS shows be considered canon, and something that could impact the movies?  As annoying as the whole "What's canon?  What's not canon?" issue has become, I think this is one area where it bears some examination.

Walmart probably removed those links at the request of Lucasfilm or Disney in an attempt to control the flow of information about the movie that could be some sort of spoiler. 

As for the future of this line?  It appears to be selling through at a steady pace.  The reissue figures take a bit longer to sell through, but those have sold as well.  If anything, I suspect that the increased sales volume for all things Star Wars might mean that the Black Series 3.75" figure line may shift from an exclusive offering to a general release segment of the Hasbro Star Wars line. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 31, 2015, 10:45 AM »
I was wondering the same thing.  But some of the backstory I've been reading about the Resistance leads you to believe that they're a smaller force that's working outside of the parameters of the New Republic.  And perhaps they're not as well equipped as the Rebel Alliance around the time of the Battle of Endor.  I do recall some dialogue from the movie that said the attack from Starkiller Base on Hosnian Prime likely destroyed the Republic Fleet.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 31, 2015, 10:31 AM »
I found wave 3 this morning, too.  Definitely good to finally have these in hand.  I picked up Rey, Finn and Poe.  I've got enough of those VTSC Han Solos from previous releases. 

I have to wonder when we're going to see wave 4.  At least 3 or 4 listings were put up on the WalMart site, but we've yet to see those get revealed.  I would think that with the movie out we would at least know the names of these characters or see an image.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 30, 2015, 12:25 PM »
Rey appears in that outfit as she leaves the Resistance base on D'Qan and boards the Falcon.  She is still wearing that when she arrives on the unknown planet with Chewbacca and R2-D2, and eventually meets Luke Skywalker.

As for creatures?  I would be surprised if they do the Happabore, even though it was the first creature that we saw on set.  I think more likely candidates for a creature assortment would be the Luggabeast and the Rathtar.

I think we're also not going to get a lot in the way of vehicles.  There are really only a few other vehicles in the mix that are feasible, and most are fairly big.
-Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle
-First Order Stormtrooper Transport
-First Order Standard TIE Fighter
-Resistance Transport

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:43 AM »
Mashable posted THIS ARTICLE which goes over some story points covered in the novelization of THE FORCE AWAKENS but may have left viewers of the movie wondering.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:18 AM »
I'm looking forward to finding this wave that much more after having seen the movie.  But did Lucasfilm or Hasbro think it would have been too much of a spoiler to include the Skywalker lightsaber with either Finn or Rey?  Especially since Finn was featured with the saber in multiple trailers and tv spots.

Lemmy of Motorhead  Ace of Spades!

Damn.  Lemmy was the coolest.  I still remember the first time I saw or heard Motorhead.... on The Young Ones!  See you on the other side, Lemmy.

The Original Trilogy / Re: ANH Blooper Reel
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:13 AM »
It looks like someone has reposted these.  Alec Guiness's reaction to Chewbacca's arm hair is pretty hilarious!

I saw this Yakface FB post about the 6" scale Special Forces TIE Fighter being on sale at Target stores for $49.09.  Has anyone here been able to get that deal?  I hope it's a widespread sale, and reports from numerous stores would certainly be encouraging.

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