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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:50 PM »
The new 6" offerings seem like a little bit of a mixed bag.

Stormtrooper - Looks strong.  I've yet to see one at retail, but I have one incoming via trade soon.  It looks significantly different from the Sandtrooper, which is cool.  I've been concerned that Hasbro was going to be looking to do a lot of cost savings by reusing parts/molds, etc.

Sandtrooper - A cool companion to the trooper with the orange pauldron.  I just hope that Hasbro doesn't overdo it by offering a whole squad worth of different Sandtroopers at the expense of new characters in the 6" figure line.

Chewbacca - Looking good, and pretty action oriented.  Funny though, the way they posed the loose figure in the case at SDCC makes Chewie look a lot like the Unleashed figure.  As for the snarling expression?  I think that fits in with the overall gyst of what the line is going for.

Anakin Skywalker (ROTS) - I like that they're doing the two varying portraits.  The one on the figure is clearly Anakin as Vader on Mustafar.  Most likely I'm going to put the other portrait on mine because I like the way it looks better.

Darth Vader - This one looks interesting, but a little difficult for Hasbro to execute.  The undercloak seems a little tough to nail down.  And the codpiece looks a little odd and bent.

Clone Trooper (AOTC) - So far, so good.  It would be nice if the helmet came off to reveal a clone portrait.  But I think this rendition reveals something about the design for the phase I clone trooper armor.  Since that armor was never actually realized as a practical costume, but as a CGI design, would it function practically?  From looking at this figure I get the sense that it might not.  Anyhow, the figure looks cool.

Luke Skywalker (ROTJ) - I think the figure looks alright.  And the interchangeable part of the tunic is a nice feature.  But the face portrait?  Hmmm.  I don't know about that.

Yoda - This one is interesting.  I think here Hasbro is clearly trying to bridge the PT and the OT with the one figure.  He's got accessories that are in line with both eras.  I'm just wondering about the articulation levels.

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I think the Vader may be a little different, since they're passing this one off as a ROTS version.

It's a repack of the ROTS Vader from Wave 5.  Easy to forget since everyone was so much more excited for SnowSpeeder Wedge, NOT Doallyn Skiff Guard, and Ree-Yees.  ;) 

Ah.  The one that has barely hit anywhere other than online retail?  Figures.

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No doubt we're going to see more revealed at the Hasbro panel.  So far this is a lot of the same stuff we saw at Toy Fair, no?  Although I think the Vader may be a little different, since they're passing this one off as a ROTS version.  It's definitely not the TESB version that came in TBS wave 1.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:03 PM »
A not so discreet hint from Rebelscum tonight.  Evidently they were able to get access to the floor at SDCC this evening and photographed a lot of the Hasbro exhibit.  But they were asked not to photograph a 6" Black Series TIE Fighter Pilot.  I guess we'll get a look at that tomorrow night when preview night kicks off.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:01 PM »
That was the least discreet hint I think I've ever seen.  The only person who couldn't figure that out would be that guy who horrendously failed at Wheel of Fortune a few months back.

I'm looking forward to how the Imperial Troop Transport might get integrated into the series.  And I hope the tool for the vehicle has been at least slightly updated.   That's one vintage vehicle I was never able to get for myself, so the opportunity to finally get one is pretty nice.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero / Comic Book TV Development
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:51 PM »
She really has been one of the best things about 'True Blood' on HBO.  Her and Kristen Van Straten.

One very oddly coincidental thing about Deborah Ann Woll and this new role?  Her boyfriend is blind.  And she's been using some of her celebrity to raising awareness about the disease that took his sight.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:33 PM »
Simon Pegg mentioned on his Twitter page that it's actually very much in line with Ralph McQuarrie's original X-Wing designs.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:39 AM »
It's got to be because the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought this all into the mainstream since the movies have been wildly successful.  The new issue of EW has an Avengers - Age of Ultron cover story, and that movie doesn't come out for another 10 months!  That article touted the box office for the MCU as being somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 billion.  So while Marvel Comics may go in different directions story-wise, news about those characters that are part of the MCU can mean big business.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:08 AM »
It's the whole "Force for Change" charity drive.  There's a week remaining for people to donate to UNICEF and enter.  The prize is a trip for 2 to the set of Episode VII.  And you'll also win access to an advanced screening of Episode VII.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:21 AM »
JJ Abrams was on GMA this morning.  In front of something pretty f***king cool.


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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: July 19, 2014, 07:30 AM »
Meet The Inquisitor, and voice actor Jason Isaacs.  Glad to see Isaacs on board with the series.  I've always thought that he would work very well within the Star Wars universe.  And way back when I thought that he might even be the right actor to play Tarkin in the PT if he would've had anything approaching a speaking role.  Definitely looking forward to seeing what he brings to the Inquisitor.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:25 PM »
A number of these things do seem like blatant marketing gimmicks.  But then the landscape for SO MUCH media has changed over the last 10 years.  It is so difficult to grab the attention of an audience, let alone maintain it.  I think Marvel is proactively trying to engage the audience with these changes.  They've done big things like this before, like when they launched the Ultimates Universe.  And you know what?  The Thor news was such a big deal that it made the papers and major news casts.  I think the marketing execs would take that as a WIN in their book.

And comics fans are well aware that this isn't the first time we've seen Marvel do things like this with their iconic characters.  Steve Rogers has handed off the Cap mantle before.  I remember when he got fired as Captain America, and was replaced by the guy who would later become the US Agent.  Then there was the assassination of Cap, too.  Plus, the powers of Thor have been passed on to Beta Ray Bill, as well as the Thor Frog before.  So why not a woman now?  Those things alone show us that the characters aren't necessarily sacred even to Marvel.  And at some point they'll probably come around with the re-birth or re-launch of the classic character as everyone knows them.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:32 AM »
I think they're bundling the REBELS figures and SAGA LEGENDS together in the same line in order to minimize/simplify the number of lines that are shipping to retail.  That way the retailers are only ordering TWO 3.75" basic figures lines:  The Black Series and REBELS/SAGA LEGENDS.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Regional Pop (Soda) You Love?
« on: July 16, 2014, 09:39 AM »
I can still remember going to college and coming across people from Rochester and Buffalo who said "Pop" instead of soda.  At first I thought they were violent, asking "Hey, do you wanna pop?"  After that, it just got annoying.

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