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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:33 PM »
"Fighter Flight" is now available for viewing via the Disney XD app.  And in this week's episode we get a good look at the modern take on the Imperial Troop Transport.

I really like the sound and music on the show so far.  The sound effects draw heavily on sound library from the OT.  The sound of the TIE Fighters is so dead on right.

The relationship between Ezra and Zeb seems to be developing, albeit it is a bit cliché.  And the one merchant who knows Ezra?  That at least helps to flesh his character out a little bit.  But what I'm really wondering is when we're going to see Kanan training Ezra.

I found some of wave 2 today at a B&N. I saw the whole wave except for Arya and Robb Stark. Khal Drogo and Brienne both looked pretty cool, but I left those. Blue dress Dany was alright, too. But I decided to get the King slayer. Jaime Lannister translates pretty well as an action figure, and especially in the Kings Guard armor. I'll pick up the rest of the wave a little bit at a time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:20 AM »
I didn't read the Civil War series, but I understand the gyst of it.  Still,in the MCU, secret identities seem to have gotten thrown out the window.  Thor seems to be Thor all the time.  Cap's identity isn't secret and he hasn't really made a point of keeping the mask on at all times.  Tony Stark made his own public declaration at the end of the first Iron Man.  And Black Widow was outed publically at the end of "Winter Soldier".

I can see that there's the potential for the US government to want to get these super powered individuals under their control.  It looks like the first bits of that are already beginning to play out on Agents of SHIELD with the conflict between SHIELD and General Talbot's unit.  Factions like Talbot's within the military seem to be seeking to fill the void left by the destruction of SHIELD as an organization.

The thing is...  I don't know if I can see either Cap or Iron Man in the MCU taking sides against one another.  Their relationship has certainly been tense, but seems to have grown.  And both of them have encountered government forces in MCU films that would leave them skeptical about some sort of government registration.  But then we do have the events of Avengers - Age of Ultron set to take place, and no doubt that's going to shape the big picture storyline heading into Captain America 3.

Seeing how we got Merumeru at long last, I can finally knock him off of my ROTS list, thereby opening up a new slot.

#1 - V-Wing Clone Pilot

#2 - Senator Padme Amidala (bun hairdo)

#3 - Coleman Kcaj - Jedi Council Member

#4 - Darth Vader - Jedi Temple Attack (hologram)
#5 - Cin Drallig - Jedi Swordmaster (hologram)

#6 - Sors Bandeam - Jedi youngling "Master Skywalker, what are we going to do?  There are too many of them."

#7 - Palpatine - Office Duel

#8 - Sistros - Bronzium statue (Palpatine's office)

#9 - Imperial Naval Officer

#10  - Darth Vader - Medical capsule

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Spark of Rebellion"
« on: October 12, 2014, 04:40 PM »
That DVD is a CASH GRAB if I ever saw one.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Iron Man (Movie and Sequels)
« on: October 12, 2014, 04:37 PM »
Robert Downey Jr has been making the rounds promoting his new movie, The Judge.  Sure enough, the subject of Iron Man came up in interviews.  Notably, with both David Letterman and Ellen.  On Letterman he said that it wasn't happening, but he would be appearing in other Marvel Cinematic Universe projects.  But on Ellen he said that he's in negotiations with Marvel Studios.  So who knows what to believe?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: October 12, 2014, 04:30 PM »
So do we know if the phase II Shock Trooper commander that was shown at NYCC is Commander Thire or Commander Thorn?

Just looked over my 2013 list for TESB.  It looks like I finally have some open slots for some new characters!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Spark of Rebellion"
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:34 PM »
Vader's back - with the voice

Why do I get the sneaking feeling that this special scene that's only going to be on the ABC showing of "Spark of Rebellion" wasn't included on that DVD that's on sale at WalMart?   ::)

Part of me was really skeptical about that DVD release.  First of all, because the format is DVD and not BluRay.  That was actually the reason why I didn't by it when I saw it at WalMart last week.  And then this additional Vader scene gets tagged on, too?

The Bullpen / Re: Avengers Infinite
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:29 AM »
Finally found the Wasp.  And at a couple of stores, no less.  Still no sign of Ant Man yet, but he'll probably turn up at some point.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:58 AM »
I picked up the wave 5 Vader as well as Snowspeeder Wedge.  It's really startling to see how many of the Vader heads look like they're ready to pop off of the bodies inside of the blisters.  This was a major screwup on the part of Hasbro.  How did they NOT catch this defect?  And what gets me is that this is a FANTASTIC version of Vader, only to be marred by this stupid defect.

Still, I'm very glad to see Hasbro get Snowspeeder Wedge out there.  And hopefully I'll find Doallyn and Ree Yees soon.  Also, was anyone else under the impression that R5-G19 was going to be a part of this wave?

I get the feeling that there's one of two things going on with the REBELS basic figures.

1 - There's a holdup in the distribution chain.  And it could be anywhere in the chain:  shipping from HK to North America, or from Hasbro's warehouses on the West coast to the retail chains.

2 - There's a street date on the REBELS figures.

As for the limited nature of the REBELS line so far?  I get the sense that Hasbro is playing things more conservatively.  THE CLONE WARS animated series started out with great ratings as well as a feature film.  But ratings and interest tapered off with time.  As did sales of the 3.75" figure system.

What does Hasbro have to gain by holding things back?  Interest.  By delaying the release Hasbro might be trying to ramp up the level of interest in the line, albeit artificially.  There's also the nature of the way this new series will play out.  There are about 8 central characters, plus troopers.  That's very different from the broad scope of THE CLONE WARS.  In CW you had LOTS of Jedi, LOTS of Clones, and LOTS of Seperatists.  And that had the potential to generate a figure line that might have some 40+ figures per year.  But REBELS is different.  It focuses on the crew of The Ghost, who are 5 people plus a droid.  The Imperials in the series will generate some characters for the line, but we're not likely to see the widespread individualization with troopers that was a big part of CLONE WARS.

I think we'll see more REBELS offerings at Toy Fair '15.  But with Episode VII some 14+ months off from release now, I think we're likely to see a rampup from Hasbro that leads towards the new movie.  And REBELS is likely to be an interesting sub-line.  Kind of the way the late ear POTF2 CommTechs were in the EPISODE I days.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:31 AM »
I read the Q&A session from Imperial Shipyards, and Hasbro said that the 6" C-3PO was being delayed by some challenges with the paint apps. It won't be vac metallized, but it will feature gold paint.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: October 9, 2014, 12:23 PM »
Picked up a Reveal the Rebels set at TRU this morning. They still seem to be a little scarce for some reason.  I would think they would be out in quantities in time for the premiere of the show, but aside from the Command stock, 20" and 31" figures, Rebels toys aren't super abundant.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: October 9, 2014, 12:18 PM »
I picked up the TBS ROTS Vader and Snowspeeder Wedge this morning, as well as the ROTS Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter.  The BOGO deal at TRU certainly was a help.

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