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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: April 22, 2016, 04:06 PM »
+1

Nice to get a discount like that on a new item that's sure to be kind of hot.  And glad that I won't have to run around looking for it.

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To further compound this situation, and with future K-Mart exclusives, news came out today that Sears & K-Mart are closing another 78 stores.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: April 22, 2016, 08:11 AM »
WTF?!?!  I seriously hope this is not legit.  Because the alarmist bull**** that is the current stock & trade of JTA got old quite a while ago.

The only positive news out of that is that the Hux & Atsy wave would re-ship.  I only ever saw it at TRU, and foolishly passed on picking those up at the time because I thought they would be plentiful.  But that was a major miscalculation on my part.

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And I think a lot of that has to do with the self medicating a lot of the wrestlers are doing, along with the lack of any sort of substance abuse testing programs.

That's because it's not a sport - it's acting.  Broadway and Hollywood don't typically have substance abuse testing programs either.

Agreed.  But while the outcomes may be predetermined, the injuries that wrestlers suffer are just as real as what professional athletes endure.  And they see many of the same sports medicine doctors for treatment.

Numerous reporters have tried confronting Vince McMahon about this disturbing trend with performers at the WWE, but it remains an issue.

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It's both a sacrifice AND a murder. 

...from a certain point of view.

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It is getting tougher and tougher for so many wrestlers to live past their 40's.  That industry has just been a gristmill that's grinding up so many of their performers who won't live to any sort of old age.  It seems almost worse for them that it does for former NFL players.  And I think a lot of that has to do with the self medicating a lot of the wrestlers are doing, along with the lack of any sort of substance abuse testing programs.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: April 21, 2016, 10:49 AM »
So with the recent Black Series rumors from JediNews breaking down the Force Friday lineups, it looks like figures like Leia, Revan, Snowtrooper, etc. are being held until then. Does that mean that we are on a break with this line until then? I just got shipping notice for the Luke, Ahsoka, Kanan wave, so are things on a four month break now?

Really?  Care to share a link?

Rumored Rogue One Wave 1

Rumored Rogue One Wave 2

Rumored Rogue One Wave 3

Thanks!

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: April 21, 2016, 07:03 AM »
So with the recent Black Series rumors from JediNews breaking down the Force Friday lineups, it looks like figures like Leia, Revan, Snowtrooper, etc. are being held until then. Does that mean that we are on a break with this line until then? I just got shipping notice for the Luke, Ahsoka, Kanan wave, so are things on a four month break now?

Really?  Care to share a link?

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I think it's a cool bit of trivia.  And frankly, had things happened as they were originally written, would we really consider Darth Vader to be anywhere near as threatening of a villain had he just let Obi-Wan escape?  Clearly this was an instance where the re-write improved the story dramatically.

I'd play devil's advocate and really sink my teeth into the scene, here...because I think it could have used another rewrite if the point was to add menace to Darth Vader and the whole Death Star encounter as Lucas explained it.

Vader doesn't win the duel. Ben stands there in a non-defensive position while Vader swings his lightsaber to cut him down. But, before he connects, Ben Kenobi "disappears." Then we hear Ben's disembodied voice instructing Luke to run 2 seconds later. It is clear to the audience Ben didn't die in the commonly understood sense.

The last we see of Vader during the escape he is stomping on Ben's empty clothes cluelessly. He clearly has no idea what is going on, and certainly doesn't feel victorious. He looks like a chump.

Ben sacrifices his corporeal body in a tactic to keep Vader and the stormtroopers occupied while the kids escape. More weight could have been given to his death had it been written so he was trying to win the duel and had been overwhelmed by the stormtroopers joining the fight. But that's not what happened. He pulled a Jedi magic trick that never even looked like he got cut down (except to Luke, who grieves for him on the Falcon for a couple seconds before the TIE battle.)

It is a better story point than Ben making it back to the Falcon as if he had just been toying with Vader. It does take care of his uselessness for the rest of the movie (and led to the introduction of Yoda in ESB, which was a great character and great concept in and of itself.) But I can't honestly say I ever felt Vader won the duel.

The way you've analyzed this is very much from a standpoint of hindsight.  But put yourself in that theater seeing the film for the first time.  Because the scene plays out quite differently when you look at it from the standpoint of a fresh viewer who doesn't know that Obi-Wan has been studying the Force, and how to maintain his identity.

As for the duel?  Ben is having a hard time holding his own.  Both he and Vader are not in top dueling form, and Ben has largely been on the defensive while Vader has been the aggressor.  The only indication we have that the duel is taking a toll on Vader is that his rate of breathing has increased.  Then he sees Luke and the others trying to escape.  He knows that giving himself up and the distraction that may cause Vader might be the only way to ensure that Luke and Leia can escape.

When Vader strikes Ben down?  To the audience it comes across as a cold-blooded murder.  Ben stands there defenseless, having given himself up.  It makes Vader seem that much more sinister to the audience to have killed an opponent who has effectively surrendered.  While there's clearly more to the story, we're talking about audience perception in the moment.  We don't know until much later that Vader played into Obi-Wan's hands, and that Obi-Wan had been preparing himself for a moment like that for nearly 20 years.

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Obi-Wan not dying in original versions of the Star Wars script is not new news.

I recall at least reading it here http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-The-Annotated-Screenplays/dp/0345409817 nearly 20 years ago...and something tells me it wasn't new information even then.

Funny to read the replying tweets to Mayhew's "shocking" revelation though.

Boy am I a bitter old man.

I think it's a cool bit of trivia.  And frankly, had things happened as they were originally written, would we really consider Darth Vader to be anywhere near as threatening of a villain had he just let Obi-Wan escape?  Clearly this was an instance where the re-write improved the story dramatically.  And seeing how that took shape is an interesting glimpse into how the creative process evolves through editing the script.

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Just scored the Kmart exclusive Starkiller base Rey. Glad to see this was relatively easy to get. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: April 19, 2016, 10:48 AM »
I just saw some of the BBC pool material of Prince William and Prince Harry touring the Episode 8 set at Pinewood studios.  WOW!  The A-Wing starfighter is back, and there's even one in the classic blue and white color scheme like the original Ralph McQuarrie design.  And it looked like they were on some sort of Resistance hangar set, which was cool in and of itself.  There were a total of 3 fighters on set:  one Resistance X-wing in the grey and blue markings like we saw in The Force Awakens, the aforementioned blue & white A-Wing and a second A-Wing that was in the more recognizable red & white markings that we saw in ROTJ.

On hand for the meet & greet were director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, BB-8 and Chewbacca (pretty sure it was Joonas Suotamo in the costume).


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Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo caught wind of the Peter Mayhew tweet and expanded upon the issue.  Obi-Wan's survival was something that was in the early drafts, but left a number of things hanging.  It had the effect of diminishing the power of both the Empire as well as Darth Vader.   Check out his tweet here which shows some excerpts from the J.W. Rinzler book "Making Star Wars":

https://twitter.com/pablohidalgo/status/721241149915013126

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Veteran Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, the man behind Chewbacca, has tweeted some pages from the original script for Star Wars.  Those pages depict a very different version of Obi-Wan Kenobi's confrontation with Darth Vader on the Death Star.  It's very difficult to imagine Obi-Wan escaping from his duel with Vader, and escaping aboard the Millennium Falcon.  His survival would have reshaped much of the saga without him becoming one with The Force, and he likely would have served in the capacity of Luke's Jedi Master in TESB had the script not been changed to what we saw in ANH.

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I think they have to go with a removable helmet for the new Kylo Ren.  What else is there to do with the character in figure form?

The other offerings seem pretty cool.  As for a "Medical Droid"?  FX-7 would make for an amazing figure in that scale with the articulated arms.  The POTJ version alone was an amazing figure.  I'm wondering if that may actually be a code name for the so-called Enforcer Droid from ROGUE ONE that's being played as a motion capture character by Alan Tudyk.

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