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Phasma certainly isn't a surprise.  I think a lot of people saw through the codes on that one.  The figure looks good, even if the character was somewhat underwhelming in terms of impact to the story of Episode 7.

I can't say that I'm surprised by the Starkiller base Han Solo.  I think a 3.75" Black Series Han Solo was a near certainty, especially given Han's very central role in THE FORCE AWAKENS.  While I would've preferred a version much more like Han is his leather jacket, I can understand why Hasbro went a different way.  Just look at the release schedule!  The 3.75" basic figure has only been in reasonably wide release for the past month or so.  To announce an SA exclusive version of Han Solo in the same deco as the recently released 5POA basic figure would probably hurt sales of the general release offering.  That would probably also lead to upset retail partners.  So the logical way to go would seem to be the only other version of Han Solo from TFA that makes sense:  cold weather gear.  I feel confident that there will be a TFA SA Han Solo in the leather jacket, but I think Hasbro wants some time before they "fix" the figure that just came out 2 months ago.

I'm a little surprised that Hasbro went with this version of Leia.  But perhaps they want to offer up the Resistance General version in the main 5POA line.  As for the name?

General Leia Organa (D’Qar Celebration Gown) (TFA)

...I think I would probably refer to this as the D'Qar Mourning gown.  We've never really seen Leia in clothes so dark before, and I think the final scenes of her on D'Qar depict someone who is mourning, and not celebrating.  Han and Leia didn't seem like they were on the best of terms, but they still seemed to care for one another deeply.  As for a figure commemorating that?  It's tough.  Simply because Leia only had two different costumes.  And my belief is that General Leia is almost certainly coming in the 5 POA line this year.

All of this leaves me wondering what's next in the WalMart exclusive 3.75" SA figure line.  Where do you go from here in terms of the character selections?  The ones that immediately come to mind and make sense in the SA format are:
-Resistance uniform Poe 
-Stormtrooper Finn 
-First Order Trooper (TIE Pilot, Flametrooper, Heavy Gunner, Snowtrooper, Fleet Engineer)
-Resistance Troopers
-X-Wing pilots
-Knights of Ren
-Luke Skywalker

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 13, 2016, 10:12 AM »
I personally liked seeing Ant-Man riding Hawkeye's arrow and running up Iron Man's arm.  It looked like he was about to get a pretty good shot in on Stark!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 11, 2016, 11:50 AM »
I like how they're trying to tie General Ross into the mix.  His presentation to the Avengers about the New York incident, the fall of SHIELD and the Triskelion are a big deal.  But I think the topper for that meeting was the Ultron/Sokovia incident.  I can see Ross being really hot about that since Ultron was the creation of both Banner and Stark.  And I get the sense that the government wants to hold both of them responsible for the creation of Ultron which led directly to the Sokovia incident.  I think it is precisely because of that particular incident and it's causality that leads Tony Stark to play ball with the government regarding the registration and control of super-human activities.

And there are rumors that Hulk may very well be in the mix.

Who knows.  I do think it shows that Han is a little rough around the edges. 

The actors who were the leaders of Kanjiklub were specifically cast for the part.  They were in an Indonesian martial arts film that was something of a cult hit, called "The Raid".  And the actors are legitimately short.  It's a little disappointing that they weren't able to showcase their abilities in THE FORCE AWAKENS, but then I think that would've taken us out of the movie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:34 PM »
That looks fantastic!  But I'm left wondering how the tag scene from the end of Avengers - Age of Ultron with Cap, Falcon and the Winter Soldier plays into this story.  Or are the scenes of the Winter Soldier being in cold storage in Russia just some sort of flashback?

As a whole, I have to admit to being WRONG, SO WRONG about Chris Evans as Captain America.  I was SOOOOOOO skeptical about him playing this role, especially after that second FF movie where he played Johnny Storm.  I didn't think he was going to be capable of creating a distinct Captain America character.  But my oh my, was I wrong!  Chris Evans was able to craft such a different character, fleshing out Steve Rogers as this incredibly decent and bright guy who wanted to do the right thing.  And he exuded this humility while being this amazing fighter and a great leader. 

I know a lot of people have sung the praises of Robert Downey Jr. for getting the ball rolling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  But as the Iron Man story arc has moved forward, his stories have gotten a little more difficult to digest.  But the Cap stories have been growing in their depth, intrigue and emotional content.  Because of that I think I'm looking forward to this movie a great deal, even though I never read the Civil War comic series.  Now, maybe some of this is by design.  Tony Stark's narcissism is enough to drive any person away.  He has his redeeming moments, but Tony's ego and the notion that he knows best gets in the way of him being a truly decent person.  I guess both IM3 and A-AoU cast some doubt on Tony Stark's altruistic nature.  That, and I think the Russo brothers put together a better film in Captain America - The Winter Soldier, and have likely done so again with Civil War.

I picked up a 6" TFA Han Solo online today, and a 6" Jango Fett in the store.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 9, 2016, 04:43 PM »
Malachor dates back to the KOTOR days.  And it's also been referenced in the most recent edition of the Visual Dictionary, specifically regarding the backstory of Kylo Ren's lightsaber.

So, what's the deal? Did this wave get swapped with 5? I've seen no hint of it around.

I've seen Hux and Atsy in store, but to a limited degree.  Mostly at TRU.

I finally picked up the First Order TIE Pilot the other day.  I had some TRU rewards, so I cashed those in with the purchase of the TIE Pilot.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: March 4, 2016, 05:49 PM »
Disney CEO Bob Iger showed some of the first footage of ROGUE ONE at the Disney shareholders meeting in Chicago.  Check out this /Film report for the details.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2016, 01:46 PM »
In two weeks.  Rebels Recon covered that.  Not sure why they're taking next week off, but for some reason they are.  I think Malachor will probably get explored around the time of the season finale.

I heard that he was trying to one-up Paul Newman, but tragically choked while trying to eat that 51st hard boiled egg in the space of one hour.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: March 3, 2016, 10:30 AM »
That BB-8 cover looks nice!  But I think the bonus content on the Target version might be the way to go.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 3, 2016, 10:15 AM »
Excellent episode, without a doubt!  From beginning to end it was solid.  The duel with the Inquisitors was pretty intense.  And the revelations in the Jedi Temple on Lothal were major game changers in terms of developing Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka. 

I also like the continuity that's being explored from the movies as well as the CLONE WARS series.  Frank Oz was great as Yoda.  I was left wondering if he did it because it was a one-off, or what?  James Earl Jones voicing Vader is always impressive.  And bringing back Matt Lanter to voice Anakin was excellent, too.

One of the biggest reveals clearly came from Kanan's vision.  Ever since Dave Filoni said that we had seen the Grand Inquisitor in an episode of CLONE WARS, I had been wracking my brain trying to figure out where, when or who he was.  Was he one of the Force sensitive children kidnapped by Darth Sidious?  Was he perhaps one of the Utapauans who was featured in the incomplete episodes that were only realized as storyboards?  Or was he someone else?  The realization that he had been a Temple guard was a big deal.  There had been talk that some Jedi had gone to the Dark side following Order 66.  This confirms that story point.  And it was good to have Jason Isaacs back in his role as the Grand Inquisitor, too.

And then there's the bit that goes WAY BACK to the events of the Knights Of The Old Republic games.  When Yoda tells Ezra to go find Malachor!  For those who didn't play the game, Malachor 5 was the final location of KOTOR 2, where the Jedi Outcast faced off against Darth Traya and Darth Sion.  IIRC, Malachor 5 was destroyed at the end of the game.  But the backstory for that system is incredibly forbidding.  And I have to wonder how this will play out in REBELS.

And here I thought the companion piece to Kylo Ren was going to be Finn.  Shows what I know!

Glad to see this piece coming.  I like the KMart exclusive Kylo, although looking at it now it's not really screen accurate.  But I guess that gives Hasbro the opportunity to offer up an unmasked version of Kylo in the general release Black Series.

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