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I think Ewan was a great PT Obi-Wan.  He captured the essence of what Alec Guiness made of the character in the OT.  As for what he does during his exile?

-He seems to know a lot about Mos Eisley.  He said as much to Luke in ANH, that "You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy".  And when it came to the Cantina?  He offered up "Most of the best star pilots can be found here.  But watch your step.  This place can be a little rough".  So has Obi-Wan actually travelled off of Tatooine between the events of Episodes 3 and 4?  His knowledge of the pilots who frequent the Cantina seems to indicate that he may have employed their services at some point in time.

-There's a rumor related to Obi-Wan Kenobi that's emerged in spoilers for THE FORCE AWAKENS.  And some backstory for that rumor might be in order to flesh out that story.

-Obi-Wan seems to have been watching out for Luke during his exile.  What has that entailed?  Has he been on the lookout for any Imperials that might be searching?  An Inquisitor?  Tusken Raiders?  And Obi-Wan has definitely earned the disdain of Owen Lars.  Just handing off a newborn to a couple doesn't necessarily earn you the title of "crazy old man" without some backstory.

-Yoda said that he had training for Obi-Wan during his exile on Tatooine.  So will we see Obi-Wan in his hut, meditating, learning the secrets of becoming One with The Force?  Or even communicating with Yoda via The Force?  It doesn't seem to be the stuff of an sci-fi/fantasy adventure, but it's a plot point worth exploring.

-There's also the dangling Darth Maul survival plot point that's carried over from THE CLONE WARS.  The comic limited series didn't bring that storyline to a complete close.


I think there's the material there to make a film.  But it's in a somewhat unenviable position of having to touch on what may be some very specific plot points.  And I think that was one of the pitfalls of the prequels, where all of these very particular events needed to be addressed.

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There is certainly the possibility that the graphic could be bogus.  But with the rumors of Ewan McGregor returning for an Obi-Wan film and previous rumors of Boba Fett being involved in an anthology film?  It gives you the sense that this could be legit.

This is the first I've heard of a Kenobi film.  Is that just someone trolling, informed speculation, or confirmed?

I'd love to see some Ewan as Kenobi, interacting with Yoda, and taking out an Inquisitor or two.  Heck, maybe even interacting with Ashoka.

Ewan McGregor has expressed on multiple occasions his interest in doing an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film.  He said as much recently in a Hollywood Reporter article that ran on June 22nd.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 09:48 AM »
I saw the loose Rebels Vader and Ahsoka and they both looked terrific as expected. I could swear the little card says "$14.99" though, which would be ludicrous for this line.

Yeah.  It looks like the price on those Mission Series 2-packs is going up.  I have to wonder if Hasbro is going to add any more articulation in this line.  But that price jump from $9.99 to $14.99 isn't exactly welcome.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 8, 2015, 11:28 AM »
There is certainly the possibility that the graphic could be bogus.  But with the rumors of Ewan McGregor returning for an Obi-Wan film and previous rumors of Boba Fett being involved in an anthology film?  It gives you the sense that this could be legit.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 8, 2015, 11:14 AM »
Yeah, I think that aside from the bet between Han and Lando for the Falcon, everything else falls into that Legends category.  Although the relationship between Han and Chewbacca is something that seems very worthy of exploring if you're going to make a movie about a young Han Solo.

And then there's this graphic that got leaked this morning that revealed the working title of FETT/SOLO - Anthology.  So will we wind up with Temuera Morrison stepping in to play Boba Fett if this is legit?



****EDIT - Info is surfacing that this graphic may be bogus.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 8, 2015, 10:31 AM »
I'm not feeling terribly optimistic at the moment.  But I think it's a wait and see thing right now.  I'm hopeful, but the trend we've seen in Saga Legends and the REBELS line has been telling. 

Still, looking back the EPISODE I line, the figures in that line did not have a lot of articulation.  Perhaps 6 to 8 POA at best.  That was a BIG line.  And I think that the current crop of 5 POA figures have far superior sculpts to the EPISODE I line.  I think I've been pretty clear that I'm not a fan of 5 POA.  At the very least I'd like to see 8 POA if possible, but every point of articulation that's added means increased costs.  And we all know that will lead to costs getting passed onto the consumer.

Here is something that I suspect we may see.  A less articulated line of basic figures for TFA.  And down the line, perhaps in 2017 (40th anniversary of ANH), we may see the return of The Vintage Collection and some premium level of articulation.  Hasbro has talked about shelving TVC with the ultimate plan of bringing it back later.  And 2017 would give Hasbro and LFL licensing some time to evaluated the profitability of the action figure line in the new movie era, and if there's enough sales volume to support a collector focused figure line in that 3.75" scale.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 8, 2015, 07:41 AM »
Han being in the Imperial Academy is something that has been fodder for the EU but never made it into the films.  I'm not sure if the life debt got mentioned in the OT, but it was certainly implied.  But the Lando story about the Falcon is canon from TESB.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: July 8, 2015, 07:31 AM »
If the Vader rumor is true I hope we get to see a scene of him Force choking some Imperial Officer who let the Rebels escape with the Death Star plans.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 7, 2015, 05:08 PM »
There was a rumor last year about Aaron Paul being in contention for a Han Solo anthology project role.  But I think if that was happening we might have heard something official about that in this news posting.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 7, 2015, 04:45 PM »
There are definitely some very big casting shoes to fill with this project.  I mean, who wants to follow Harrison Ford in this role?  And thinking about the timing of this news?  It's seriously got me wondering if there's going to be a casting announcement this Friday at the SDCC Star Wars panel.

There are also a couple of things that I'd really like to see in this project, but I also don't want to have Chris Miller and Phil Lord painted into a corner.
-How Han Solo earns the life debt from Chewbacca
-Han winning the Millenium Falcon from Lando in the Sabacc game

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DAMN.  Just...  DAMN.

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Here are the standings as of this evening:

Darth Revan - 40 %
Sabine Wren - 24%
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - 11%
General Grievous - 9 %
Lando Calrissian - 6%
Snowtrooper - 6%
Gamorrean Guard - 4%

It looks like Revan is running away with this one.  And I think that the inclusion of Sabine as an administrative add by SW.com or Hasbro is fine.  Lots of people in forums want something to gripe about, and no doubt the inclusion of Sabine will be their issue here.  But I think that keeping things current with a character who's fairly popular in the current entertainment offerings is a positive thing for the Star Wars license overall.  As for Revan?  He's not so current, except for how the character was incorporated into the online game THE OLD REPUBLIC

I said back around the previous Fan's Choice Poll where Revan won and was made in the 30AC line that Darth Revan has a lot of support from the gaming generation.  They're not as well represented in online collecting communities like JD or RS, but they are out there and that community has greater numbers than the OT generation realizes.  And this may be coming into play again now in the current poll.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2015
« on: July 6, 2015, 08:49 PM »
Are these the five sets that just got released, or are there more?

75016 - Imperial Assault Carrier
75094 - Imperial Shuttle Tydirium
75093 - Death Star Final Duel
75092 - Naboo Starfighter
75091 - Flash Speeder

Also, has anyone seen reviews of these?  The last four have already been done before and I'm curious if anyone thinks they're interesting enough to rebuy.

I saw all of those sets except for the Death Star Final Duel set today.  I really liked the look of the Imperial Assault Carrier, too.  LEGO just has this cool way of going places where Hasbro is just unable to, because I doubt they're ever going to touch upon a vehicle like the Imperial Assault Carrier from REBELS.

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Check out this EW article about the Star Wars presentation at SDCC 2015.  The panel happens this Friday:


Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Comic-Con: What you'll see … and what you won't

No trailer, but Lucasfilm has other surprises planned for San Diego's geekstravaganza

by Anthony Breznican • @Breznican


Posted July 6 2015 — 4:07 PM EDT


“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” So says Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Entertainment Weekly has learned some details about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic-Con that you can count on.

'Star Wars: Uprising' gives first look at post-'Return of the Jedi' period
First of all, the presentation this Friday afternoon will not include a trailer or any new clips of the movie. The next trailer will be coming in the fall, according to sources with knowledge of the project.

But don’t go hurling your cup of blue milk at the wall just yet. There will be other surprises.

Roughly six months before the Dec. 18 release, the Comic-Con panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the highly secretive film, which was completely locked down to press during production. (It’s still locked down. Lucasfilm and parent company Disney declined requests for comment.)

Director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are already confirmed as part of the panel, which will be moderated by Nerdist impresario and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.

Although EW hasn’t learned just which of the cast members will be joining them, our spies say there will be several actors who haven’t yet spoken publicly about their roles venturing onstage in Hall H.

In advance of The Force Awakens panel, there will be two publishing presentations Friday morning about upcoming Star Wars books, but those will also be somewhat restricted in what they can reveal.

Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds, Under the Empyrean Sky), author of the novel Star Wars: Aftermath, will be discussing his personal history with the galaxy far, far away during a Friday morning panel, but won’t be able to dive too deeply into the plot of his book, which explores the battles between the Empire and the Rebellion following the events of Return of the Jedi. Much of that will remain under wraps until closer to the book’s Sept. 4 debut.

A panel for middle-grade books will have more to reveal, since most of their stories are retellings of the original trilogy. Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), will discuss The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy—a is series of first-person perspectives from Leia, Luke, and Han about the events from the original Star Wars.

Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), will explore retelling The Empire Strikes Back from Luke’s perspective in So You Want To Be a Jedi, and Tom Angleberger (The Star Wars Origami books), will share his quest to bring humor to Return of the Jedi with Beware the Power of the Dark Side.

Finally, Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) will showcase his picture book retelling of the original trilogy, illustrated with artwork by the late Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist who devised the look for much of George Lucas’s universe.

Before The Force Awakens trailer hits this fall, there will be even more Star Wars at Disney’s D23 fan convention in Anaheim this August. Until then, remember these words of wisdom from The Emperor …






Not really surprised that there won't be another trailer shown at SDCC2015.  We've had the teaser and the first real trailer at SWCA.  The speculation about a trailer being shown at D23 in August is worth noting, though.  I think there's also the possibility that they're holding that final trailer for PERHAPS the fall season premiere of REBELS or something else on the ABC tv network.

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It looks like Sideshow will be revisiting a 1/6th scale Darth Maul.  The likeness on this new version looks pretty amazing.  Check out the preview for this new version that will be unveiled at SDCC2015 later this week:  http://www.sideshowtoy.com/whats-new/darth-maul-sixth-scale-figure/


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