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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:51 AM »
It's an interesting design, FWIW.  I'd actually been seeing rumblings that the new Stormtrooper design might actually be more in line with the original McQuarrie design.  Tom's sketch seems like it has hints of that as well as being a sleeker evolution of the OT Stormtrooper helmet.

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Anyone have a handy list of how many times they've done the Snowtrooper Commander/Officer over the years?  I know there's been...

- 2003 Saga 03-19
- 2006 Saga-011
- 2007 30AC ESB Tin (Saga 03-19 with removable helmet)
- 2014 Black Series Wave 5

Am I forgetting any?

There was one in the Target Exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack (second from the right)

Damn.  I never realized there were quite so many variations to those particular figures.  Thanks for the comparison shot, Jay.

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Robin Williams was a brilliant comedian and a great actor.  His comedy came across as a total stream of consciousness thing, as if he had done too much blow and everything just came spilling out of him.  And it was only later on that I learned that he was Julliard trained.  His work with Jonathan Winters was beyond brilliant.

It seems that some of these guys who are so filled with joy and brilliance are also filled with equal amounts of darkness.  And it seems really sad that his peaks and valleys were so extreme.  Rest in peace.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Shark Thread
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:57 AM »
I definitely enjoy some Shark Week.  But the fake documentaries get to be a bit much.  I expect shows on Discovery to be about something REAL.  When they ran the fake documentary about Megalodon last year I was a bit put off.  This year's doc on the "Submarine" shark from South Africa could've been totally interesting if it had just been based completely in reality.  But again they went with another fake documentary.  Not cool.

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Strange.  Amazon is listing these as arriving the 2nd week of September.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:19 AM »
So I saw the Hero Series X-Wing yesterday.  And true to form, it is absolutely ENORMOUS.  Personally, I'd like it better if it integrated with the 3.75" figure system, but that would probably drive up the price significantly.  Seeing it in person left me thinking that something like this would look good suspended from the ceiling, and that was the extent of it.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 9, 2014, 04:33 PM »
Picked up the Biker Scout deluxe set today. It looks really sharp, and I'm genuinely impressed by how good it looks. As for unboxing it ?  That's probably going to have to wait a little while.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: August 9, 2014, 08:43 AM »
I saw a photo of this X-Wing on the shelf at a Target store, and OMG!!!  This thing takes up an enormous amount of shelf space, and goes about 2 feet up the pegboard wall.  Translation?  It's eating up peg-space for figures.  To which I say...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: August 9, 2014, 08:38 AM »
I mentioned as much in the GotG thread.  And for a while I've thought that the dead alien was a Kree.  The cincher for me?  In GotG I saw some writing on walls of Ronan's ship that resembled some of the glyphs that Coulson was inscribing on that wall at the end of season 1.

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Another thought regarding this year's polls.  The Tournament of Champions is cool, but given the way a lot of the site leans we tend to see the ToC somewhat skewed.  So how about this?

Have 3 x separate Tournaments of Champions:
-Prequel Trilogy ToC
-Original Trilogy ToC
-Clone Wars / Rebels / Legends ToC

I think that might make things a little more interesting in terms of the results that get presented.

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I'd be okay with a price range of $50 - $60.  The AT-ST really drives up the price of this set since it makes the box that much bigger.  But as it stands?  I'm not touching this set.  Not at $100.

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Han Solo
« on: August 7, 2014, 09:35 AM »
I'm totally on board with this.  For YEARS I've been wanting an updated Carbonite block.  And I also want Han Solo from the carbon freeze chamber as a companion to that piece.  The only versions we've had that represents Han prior to going in dates back to the POTF2 days.

I also want a basic figure of Mynock Hunt Han Solo.  I think he merits the figure.  It's such a classic scene.

Also?  I think an update to Endor Han Solo might be in order.  The body and face sculpt on the version that's in the new multipack just seem a little... off.  How about taking another shot at that one, Hasbro?

And while we're on ROTJ?  An update to the post Carbonite Han would be good, too.  I'm not down with all of those angle cut joints circa 2006, and I think Hasbro can do better.  Especially to represent Han better for the battle of the Sarlacc pit!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: August 7, 2014, 09:08 AM »
I enjoyed the movie.  And like a lot of other people I didn't have any previous exposure to the GotG comic.  But the movie stood well on it's own and the characters were interesting.  I may go back and see it again.

Seeing some of the big cosmic players in the Marvel Universe on screen like this was great.  Without getting into spoiler details there were so many civilizations and individuals that got touched upon:  Thanos, Ronan the Accuser, the Kree, Xandar and the Nova Corps, the Celestials, the Infinity Stones and the Collector. WHOA.  That's a lot of Marvel cosmic territory to cover, but it got done without shoe-horning.

I really liked getting to see the Collector's museum.  Obviously, there were the two characters that were seen in the post credits scene.  But in the initial scenes I also noticed some other beings in the collection that we'd seen in previous movies, like a Chitauri as well as a Dark Elf.

And another thing that I noticed?  On one of the ships there seemed to be some glyphs that resembled something we saw on television.  Hmmm...

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Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: August 5, 2014, 10:57 PM »
Thanks to Jeff for splitting a case of TBS wave 4 with me.  My half of the case arrived in great shape and with excellent packing, too.!

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: August 5, 2014, 09:00 AM »
Fantastic clip.  It absolutely evoked an OT vibe.  From the smug nature of the Imperial Officers, to the blaster sounds, to the designs.  It was very much a callback to some of the things that drew people in to the original films.

I've actually picked up the REBELS - The Visual Guide.  And it gives some great insights into the designs of some of the weapons and vehicles from the series.  And it turns out that the speeder bikes and AT-DP were both Joe Johnston designs from the OT.

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