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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jar Jar in the Senate
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:09 PM »
Given all of Palpatine's masterful manipulation in the leadup to the declaration of the Empire?  I wouldn't put it past him to influence the political situation on his own homeworld in order to put a fool in the Naboo Senate delegation.  Then the plots of AOTC drive away Senator Amidala, leaving Jar Jar with the keys to the castle.  That in turn leads to Palpatine manipulating Jar Jar into proposing the Military Creation Act.

As for Boss Nass?  Please.  That guy is already susceptible to being influenced by Jedi Mind Tricks.  And he was also dumb enough to name Jar Jar as General.  I'm not putting any stock in a guy with such poor decision making skills.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:43 PM »
I picked up a Rebels Stormtrooper today.  And cnce again, pretty much ALL of the Rebels figures have sold through before the other Saga Legends at the store where I made this find.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:40 AM »
Picked up the Mission Series 2-pack with C-3PO and R2-D2.  They look okay. 

I also saw the new wave of Rebels/Saga Legends basic figures.  Pretty much all of the Rebels figures sold through except for a lone Ezra which was left over.  As for the other new Saga Legends?  The Jedi Luke looks pretty good, truth be told.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:39 PM »
The Tauntaun horns are fine by me.  As for the Wampa's horns?  That seems a bit more egregious.

As for the coat?  I have to think that Hasbro is playing a little game here.  The blue coat appeals to the fan/collector who has some nostalgia for the vintage line.  And then later on Hasbro will offer a corrected brown coat version of Hoth Han Solo in some other form... and we'll buy it again!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 13, 2014, 04:28 PM »
10HTSDISC is the current coupon code available.

10% off.

That code didn't work for me.  I ordered the 2 new figures from this wave plus a couple of TBS 6" figures (ROTS Anakin & Episode II Clone).  Placing an order over $50 automatically qualifies for free shipping.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:02 AM »
It's not about promotional tie-ins with the comics in an effort to generate book sales.  The arguments that I've seen laid out are about the focus of stories surrounding Marvel comics as a whole, as well as characters.  The stories and characters are proving to be far more valuable when translated into a feature film than the sales of any comic book title.  Concepts like the ownership and control of characters and stories have far more reach.  Those go into the books, movies, cartoons, licensed merchandise, video games and more.  To that end I can see Marvel taking the standpoint that the characters they own completely should be the focus of their businesses across a wide front.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:01 PM »
You have to wonder if FOX is trying to have this film bomb so they can try to sell the rights back to Marvel and just concentrate on X-Men.

Marvel seems to be laying the groundwork for Sony and Fox to want to relinquish those rights.  Case in point?  They cancelled the Fantastic Four comic.  And they also killed Wolverine.  Those are two VERY big properties in the Marvel Universe.  And the movie rights rest in the case of those properties with Fox.  I think I get Marvel's angle here.  Why provide the competition with any more story lines for Marvel characters that could turn up in Fox movies? 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:36 AM »
"Lost on the river" by The New Basement Tapes.

This project has a cool backstory.  Bob Dylan's music publisher came into possession of a collection of Dylan's lyrics from the time when he was recovering from a motorcycle accident.  Dylan wrote very prolifically during this period.  And he recorded a fair amount of those with The Band that went on the become known as "The Basement Tapes".  But some of those songs were only ever conceived as lyrics.

Enter producer T-Bone Burnett.  He was given those lyrics and assembled some amazing talents to record the material:  Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.  The project wound up being a collaboration on many fronts.  Dylan provided the lyrics, but generally speaking the artist who sang lead wrote the music for that particular song.  All in all it's a pretty cool take on some Dylan songs that hadn't seen the light of day since about 1967.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:58 PM »
Sabine and Hera both come as part of the Mission Series 2-packs.  And each of them is packed with a Stormtrooper.  Sabine and a Stormtrooper are in Mission Series wave 5.  Hera and the Stormtrooper with pauldron are probably in the following wave, but I haven't seen any retail solicitation for that wave yet.

So it's been a few weeks since the Breaking Bad figures were pulled.  But what other adult figures are hanging in the same general space?  How about Sons of Anarchy figures!  Yeah, characters who are involved in organized crime, meth dealing and murder.  Such a step up in socially acceptable action figures!  ::)

I saw some of wave 2 in a TRU store today.  It's nice to see that Funko is keeping things current across a number of retail chains.  Robb and Arya Stark both look pretty good.

What didn't look good?  The $21.99 price tag at this particular TRU store.  Especially since I saw some wave 1 figures at another TRU store for $17.99.  That kind of pricing inconsistency is beyond annoying.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: November 9, 2014, 08:18 PM »
I finally found the Prototype Boba Fett.  Although I was expecting to see JUST Proto Fetts when I came across my own find.  I was very surprised to see that it was the full wave that hit Walgreens stores already.  In my prior searches I had already found Vader, Chewbacca and the Sandtrooper.  And today I was able to get the Proto Fett as well as Jedi Luke.

Crossing Lt Shan Childsen off from my 2013 list since the Imperial Officer in the K-Mart exclusive Death Star Scanning Crew set seems to represent him.  So there's one new

Commander Praji

Yerka Mig

Arleil Schous


Baniss Keeg


Imperial Security Bureau Officer

General Bob Hudsol

Theron Nett - Red 10

Owen Lars

Rickon Stark comes from a prestigious family, yet his role is so small that does he warrant a figure?  Bran?  Well, it would make sense if he came with Hodor. 

Rickon is one character that's questionable at best for the Funko line.  I could really only see Funko making a Rickon figure if and ONLY IF  Rickon comes back into the fold later in the series.  Most likely being played by an older actor.

And I agree on Bran.  If Funko does something similar to what Dark Horse did, and offers Bran with Hodor, then I could see that offering working.

Then there are so many other characters to consider.  Does Gendry merit a figure?  What about Pycelle?  Would Varys make for an interesting action figure?  These are characters that are really important in the scope of the series.  But do they translate for the purposes of an action figure line?

As for characters that I DO think make sense?  Others include Ser Barristan Selmy, Bronn, and Lord Commander Mormont.

I think action figure manufacturers are just being somewhat risk averse.  Sales across that sector are down.  Plus, when you look at all of the licensed figure lines that have flopped or been executed poorly in recent years?  You begin to understand why there's a slow pace on these releases.

But back to Game of Thrones...

I just saw this on Twitter.  Dark Horse is releasing more of their own GoT figures (which seem more like maquettes).  And I think these just wound up in the new Diamond Previews.  It's an interesting lineup.  And some of the sculpts on the Dark Horse GoT line look cool, but the lack of posability has kept me away from these.

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