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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:09 PM »
It will be on GMA.  Disney is trying very hard to get that whole synergy thing going between Lucasfilm and other Disney properties, like ABC television.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 7, 2016, 03:37 PM »
It was clear that there were some other blue/grey Mon Cal's in the background of the scene from the sizzle reel.  I hope we see some of them too in addition to Admiral Raddus.

That got me thinking that we've actually gotten a pretty interesting array of Mon Cal figures.  Just running down the ones we've gotten in the 3.75" line, there's a bunch:
-Admiral Ackbar (POTF2, TVC & WM Black Series)
-Mon Cal Officer (POTJ)
-Meena Tillis (ROTS)
-Ibtisam (TLC Comic 2-pack)
-Mon Calamari Warrior (TLC - Clone Wars)
-Nahdar Vebb (Clone Wars)
-Rebel Pilot (TVC)
-Admiral Raddus (Rogue One)

The Mon Cal's are definitely representing!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 09:44 PM »
Like you I'm very interested in the structures and how these guys fit in. I think the traditional roles of navy, marines, infantry etc. have lost nearly all meaning in the SW universe. Those terms are used, but without any real specificity. Stormtroopers essentially serve as marines in the OT. Especially when you watch Empire, you're watching a quasi-naval institution that deploys ground forces (Stormtroopers) as needed. Branching out from that are specializations within the ranks. That's how I see it anyways, but like I mentioned on Twitter, these guys are very interesting. They seem outliers compared to the rest of the OT era Imperial corps and that's a good thing. They are very PT and we know now Krennic is a PT era character and that even one scene in this movie (the flashback with little Jyn) takes place potentially in or adjacent to the PT era.


One of the novels that leads up to ROGUE ONE supposedly deals with Krennic's past with the Grand Army of the Republic.  And that time period may also provide a link between Krennic and Jyn's father, Galen Erso.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 08:39 PM »
I think it's a pretty good bet that the 5 POA Death Trooper Specialist will make it to retail before the WalMart exclusive version.  The same goes for the 5 POA Shoretrooper figure, whichever version it is.  I see that happening very deliberately.

I've also been wondering this:  is Admiral Raddus a conscious nod to Ibtisam from the Dark Horse ROGUE SQUADRON title?

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 04:06 PM »
Pretty cool lineup!  Definitely excited to see Admiral Raddus in the lineup.  They only revealed his name a few days ago, but I've been wondering about his character ever since we first saw him in the SWCE sizzle reel.  The color of the tunic looks slightly off from the image we saw of the character in that shot with Gareth Edwards, but it's still interesting to see this kind of diversity among the Mon Calamari, and that they appear to be such a vital group of contributors to the Rebellion.

It's funny to look at the Shoretroopers in this era of the Empire.  Simply because the markings on their armor are so reminiscent of the individuality that was expressed in armor and markings during the Clone Wars era.  But one thing that may be at work there is that these troopers are under the command of Director Krennic.  Some of the backstory of Krennic is that his military career dates back to the Clone Wars, and he may be something of a holdout from that era with some individuality that flies in the face of the uniform style of the Empire.

The Death Trooper Specialist is interesting.  But seeing how we have a version of this trooper on the way in the WalMart 3.75" Black Series?  I may pass on this version.

As for the Bodhi Rook figure?  Eh...  Something about the likeness seems off.  And that backpack looks not so good.

The 6" figure line continues to look pretty amazing.  And it's cool to see the level of attention that they've paid to this version of Darth Vader.

Chirrut looks like he comes with some sort of bowcaster.  At least the 6" version looks like that. 

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 5, 2016, 10:38 PM »
This was a nice teaser for what's going to come tomorrow.  And I think Hasbro wanted to show off the interactive features of the AT-ACT, too.  This was the right forum to do that.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 5, 2016, 06:10 PM »
There's also the Hasbro press/PR party tonight.  I've been in touch with friends who are on their way to it right now.  So there may be some tidbits popping up on social media in the next hour or two.

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 5, 2016, 10:26 AM »
I was fully prepared to disregard this set.  I already had all of the figures thanks to the two-packs.  I didn't care that much about the Stormtrooper since we've gotten so many over the years, pauldron or no pauldron.  But then someone pointed out the dirty paintjob on the Deathtrooper.  Really?  Two figures that were *SLIGHTLY* different started getting me towards a tipping point with this set.

For the record, I don't really care for buying toys at Kohls.  I think they're overpriced on almost everything, and it seems like they're perpetually running some kind of "sale" to soften the blow of their inflated pricing.  And the price?  Getting all 4 of these figures in the original 2-packs would cost you $30 + tax.  This set is $35 IIRC.  This... nickel and diming is just not cool.  So on principle I think I may avoid this set.  Especially since all of these figures are 5 POA.

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 4, 2016, 10:11 PM »
They should have called this set "Just different enough to get you mad".

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: October 3, 2016, 02:15 PM »
Toys R Us is currently running a BUY ONE, GET ONE promotion on all Star Wars 3.75" figures and vehicles.  This promotion runs now through October 8th, and is BUY ONE, GET ONE FOR 40% OFF.

There is also a sale currently on ALL lightsabers.  They are currently 20% off.  The standard Force FX lightsabers are priced around $149 each, so this sale would get those pieces for $120.  And the Kylo Ren Force FX lightsaber which sells for over $200 would see a very significant discount.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 2, 2016, 08:43 PM »

And at least one of them has markings that might be a little bit familiar to "Legends" literature fans.

The store where I found this wave a few days before Force Friday had NO SIGN of this wave after FF.  And the SW sections were terribly organized, too.  I think that there was an over-correction at these Walmarts that broke the street dates.  And when they did put stuff out?  It seemed like an afterthought.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 2, 2016, 05:58 PM »
Nothing to see here.  Move along.  Move along.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 2, 2016, 05:56 PM »
There were rumors during the summer that Dave Filoni was hoping to bring in Ewan McGregor to presumably voice Obi-Wan Kenobi for this season.  Bringing Obi-Wan into the mix might offer up a possible way to resolve the Darth Maul storyline. And I also have to wonder if that happens, would they look to incorporate some of the Visionaries storyline that involved Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker?  Because Ezra mentioned the twin suns following his holocron vision. 

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