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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: March 8, 2013, 06:25 AM »
Lucas is new Spoiler Source: Big 3 returning

If you get the entire quote from the Bloomberg article, Lucas goes from saying they were signed, to they were in final negotiations, to who knows if they would have signed.  He seemed to really backtrack on it after he initially let it slip.  I think the most interesting thing is that Lucas was actually going to go forward with the sequel trilogy on his own as a means to showing the franchise was still profitable for any potential buyers.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: February 6, 2013, 01:08 PM »
Eliminating used games would kill the system.  If you can't even borrow a game from a friend, I think that would make one shy away from the system.  They would need a bunch of exclusive games to be viable.  You even eliminate the option of renting games unless they make some sort of rental only copy that doesn't have the activation code.  I think just about every game system owner has bought a game that just didn't meet their expectations and wanted to either get rid of it or go back in time and not purchase it.  At $60/game, the option to not get any of your money back will be too much to bear for many people.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: February 6, 2013, 07:11 AM »
As long as RG3 is back at 100% by August, I will be happy.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: February 5, 2013, 07:20 AM »
I have to say the blackout hurt the Ravens.  It isn't like it happened right after the halftime show.  It happened about three minutes into the second half.  The Ravens returned the opening quick off for a touchdown and had the 49'ers at 3rd and 13.  If the 49'ers don't convert, Ravens have a ton of momentum.  While they didn't convert after the delay, they sure had a lot of time to regroup, much more so than at halftime.  You can probably chalk that one up to the delay.  Converting a 3rd and long after a delay of that amount probably isn't easy.  At halftime, yes they would have made adjustments, but they got an extra halftime to readjust again after going down by another touchdown.  The Ravens were flat on their next series and then the 49'ers went on a roll.  Without the delay, I don't think the 49'ers would have made it a close game.

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12" Figures / Re: 12" Figure Discounts and Sales
« on: February 4, 2013, 06:46 AM »
Unfortunately, any new item will not have a discount.  They do give you points for each item that you purchase that you can use to discount future prices.  However, there are a couple things to note.  First, you don't actually earn the points until about 30 days after the purchase.  Second, if you use points to purchase an item, you do not earn points on that item.  In that respect, it is better to use points on a cheaper item or to save up enough points to purchase an item for free or near free.  I believe you get one point per one dollar in item price and each point is worth a penny.

In terms of Hot Toys, if they are anything like the Marvel line, they usually sell out and hold their price on the secondary market so finding a bargain is quite tough.

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I am pretty sure HBO has already announced that book 3 would be two seasons.  I think they also said there would be a few extra minutes per episode as well.  I'm not sure if they said at what point in the book they would end season 3.

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I don't think both books 4 and 5 would be split into two seasons.  I would think you could get away with either two or three seasons between those two books and I would think those seasons would be combinations of those two books.  Since they are concurrent stories, I don't think viewers would be happy not seeing certain characters for a whole season since they would only be in one book and not the other.

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2012
« on: January 9, 2013, 06:59 AM »
I know a lot of the 2012 stuff will slowly get phased out now, but I was curious, will the Jabba's Palace set be around for a bit yet?  I know places like TRU (which I know is higher priced) and Amazon sometimes have the sets available a bit longer than Target/WM, so I was wondering if that set might be available for awhile yet.  I've just been getting more into LEGO over the past year, and I'm still learning the availability patterns a bit.  Thanks for any advice.

Generally, the brick and mortar stores phase them out after about six months.  I've been to three Walmarts in the past week and they had none of the larger Star Wars sets.  Granted, they also don't have any figures on the pegs besides the TPM from the Vintage line and some clone wars stuff.

I just ordered the Jabba set off of Walmart.com.  Shipping was only ~$4.  Lego.com generally has the sets around a year or longer after their initial release.  All of their prices are MSRP unless they are running a sale.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:06 AM »
Can you spoil the secret?  At what second the scene occurs?

It is the final scene on the Japanese trailer with the hands up against the glass.  It is probably paying homage to the end of Wraith of Khan when Spock dies right in front of Kirk.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:02 AM »
I would say the whole Mandalorians in the Clone Wars is Lucas's direct hand in the EU.  I have no idea why he went the way he did with it.  It makes little sense to me.  It would have been equivalent to the hippies taking over the US government during the Viet Nam era.  I just don't see how the non-violent Mandalorians take over the government from a warrior race.

While not Lucas directly, his daughter was responsible for the whole Dathomir arc.  While she did change some stuff from established EU the biggest crime is that absolutely zero credit was given to Dave Wolverton who wrote The Courtship of Princess Leia.  That novel created Dathomir and the Nightsisters.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: December 11, 2012, 07:23 AM »
The EU post ROTJ is just too expansive at this point for the new movie not to step on something.  You are just going to lose the general audience if you try to set this movie ~40 ABY and keep all the EU.  I think it would be a bit too much to tell someone:  Han and Leia had three kids, but two are dead and one of the dead ones became a Sith Lord.  They are now pretending to be the parents of the Sith Lord's child because the mother is a Queen in a planetary system where females are in charge and said child would be in danger of being assassinated.  Then tell them, Luke was married but his wife was killed by the above Sith Lord nephew, but they did have a kid named Ben who is named after Obi-Wan.  Then progress to all this happened after the universe was decimated by a technology hating species that could be felt in the Force.  This was followed up by a second Galactic Civil War which lead into Jedi going crazy because they were exposed to some all powerful being that links in to that crazy Mortis trilogy from the Clone Wars cartoon.  Finally, tell them that Chewbacca is dead and won't be in the new movies.  He sacrificed himself saving Han's son (not the one who became a Sith Lord) and had a moon dropped on him...then tell them that was all for nothing because that son died shortly thereafter.

I think all that is a little much for the general fan to digest.  If the new trilogy is to be the passing of the torch, it is a little weak to only have two Skywalker decendents left alive.  There are too many established Jedi in the EU for the new trilogy to be a "Luke training/resestablishing the Jedi" storyline.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 7, 2012, 01:01 PM »
That was my point.  The Eugenics Wars were in the 1990's and the original Kirk and crew found the Botany Bay in around 2267.  In Space Seed, Khan didn't seem to want to destroy Earth or Starfleet in retaliation to losing the Eugenics War and exiling himself in space.  In Star Trek II, he wanted vengeance and rightfully so since Starfleet never bothered to check up on him.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 7, 2012, 11:48 AM »
Looks cool.  Check out the Japanese version if you want confirmation of the baddie.

I wouldn't necessarily call it a confirmation.  It certainly makes an allusion to a previous movie which goes hand in hand with the rumored villain.  However, the whole vengeance plot doesn't necessarily go with TOS back story.

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2013
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:08 AM »
It looks like they have run out of set numbers since everything is five digits.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL; Announces Episode 7
« on: October 31, 2012, 01:02 PM »
I think there was a story out there that at one point that the Luke/Emperor confrontation wasn't supposed to happen in ROTJ, but sometime in the sequel trilogy.

As for Ford, Hamill, and Fisher:  I had always hoped that when the first rumbling of a "new" Star Wars trilogy started in the 90's, that they would do the sequel trilogy so they could use the original actors.  I felt the could do the prequels at any point since the nature of those movies would require new actors anyways.  After the PT was completed and Lucas denied ever wanting to make nine (or twelve) movies and Ford saying he would never play Han Solo again, I really wondered if we would see a sequel trilogy while Lucas was still living.  My thoughts are going to be controversial to many fans.  First, the simple truth is that the EU post ROTJ will have to be nuked.  While the Thrawn trilogy is a great set of books, I'm not sure how it would translate to the big screen.  If Lucas were ever to make VII thru IX, he never would have gone with an existing story.  I want something knew so I can go in not knowing the ending.  Additionally, one of your main villains in the Thrawn books is a crazy clone of a Jedi who doesn't even use a lightsaber.  You need the good versus evil lightsaber battles in a SW movie, and there isn't much of that in Thrawn.  I really think you need a Sith as a villain in a new trilogy.  It may trample on Anakin's redemption and sacrifice, but that has already been done in the EU.  As for the actors, I personally don't want to see anyone but Ford playing Han Solo.  Ford doesn't want to do it, and if Lucas was running the show, I bet Lucas could have gotten Ford to make a cameo.  I don't know if Fisher would really be up for three more movies or if we would want her to.  I think Hamill is the best bet for a tie to the OT and as many have mentioned, I think he could work in an OT Kenobi-like role.  I think the best way to move forward would be to kill off Han and Leia.  I know it sounds crazy, but you may actually be able to get Ford and Fisher to make cameos in the beginning of Episode VII and their deaths could be the driving force for the story line of the sequel trilogy.  It would give Luke a character building arc as well.

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