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The Marauder Kickstarter ended with a bit over $244000 from around 1200 backers. Crazy how such a small market was willing to shell out so much.

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Did you see the mobile base-lookign vehicle with extending wall pieces? It isn't up for pre-order yet, but I'm screwed whenever that happens. 

This thing:


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I can't wait to see (and buy) the Hiya Colonial Marines. For the time being the green armored troopers provided by Marauder will be stand-ins in my collection, but once the real deal becomes available I will upgrade.

As for Acid Rain I sorta want to get on board but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. The designs really lend themselves to army building, but unfortunately the prices don't. I'll still probably cave on the statue set and most recent trooper figure before too long.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:10 PM »
BTW on the Tartakovsky thing, it was made to fit to the events of ROTS...  I don't see how the 2D cartoon doesn't fit within the storyline, so for my money it's something I enjoyed so I still consider it a major part of Star Wars.  I don't think the show conflicting with the release of the 3D one had any issue though. 

I thought the Tartakovsky cartoon ended simply because it was done.  They closed with the "end" of the Clone Wars, more or less right into ROTS.  I could be wrong as I don't recall when it even came out though.  I thought 3D came out a good while after 2D was out.  There's 3 years for the Clone Wars to take place though, and plenty of time for those short toons to squeeze into that timeline easily, to me.

Based only on what we ended up with from the 6 seasons of The Clone Wars, I think in terms of in-universe timelines and such it could be made to work with the micro series. The only big issues that stand out to me at the moment are Grievous' cough, which he has throughout the TCW series yet it is caused in the final episode of the micro series, and possibly the two Battles of Mon Calamari. We really needed to see what TCW would have done for the Battle of Coruscant/pre-ROTS to know for sure if it would have contradicted the micro series.

Neither cartoon series really jived with the other EU (comics and novels), so in that regard it might be nice if The Clone Wars is the only super-duper official canon for that time period. No worrying about Alpha, Durge, Ventress' origins, Labyrinth of Evil/micro series Battle of Coruscant, Mandalorians, 2 Kamino or Mon Calamari battles, or Barriss Offee issues.

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It fills a space that is apparently not profitable enough for Hasbro, but worthwhile for the little guys. Honestly I'd rather pour my money into something fresh and new from Marauder, Boss Fight, and Hiya rather than similarly priced exclusives from the GI Joe Club. I'm glad other people apparently feel the same.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:38 PM »
Also as a "real world" explanation they took the Tartakovsky series out of production at some point prior to TCW 2008 hitting the air. That could have been to avoid confusion or a disowning or a mix of both.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:07 PM »
We have a cast!

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Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

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I am not a fan of blind packed items, especially when they don't have some sort of identifying codes, so I personally would not be in favor of concept for figures. I have had a hard enough time finding decent paint apps on most of the Legends and Mission Series figures. Blind packs probably would have kept me from collecting the figures altogether.

That being said... I bet an OT-themed series would do well here in the States. Stormie, Luke, Vader, 3PO, Fett, etc. If Hasbro got them out for $4 or $5, either in boxes like the Japanese figures or bagged, they could be a lot of fun.

Expanding upon Jesse's droid idea, what would you guys think about blind packed Build-A-Droid parts? Imagine the parts for an astro split across four separate bags, at maybe $2-$3 per bag. That could be a solid way to expand the Disney concept to everyone.

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So uh... 36 hours left for this super-cool Kickstarter from Marauder Gun Runners:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1732159183/marauder-task-force-gaming-figures

Obviously getting it funded is not a problem at this point. Some of the "rewards" are great deals though, especially with the added stretch-goal freebies. I pre-ordered way too much, but I couldn't resist supplementing my Joe collection with a bunch of figures and accessories.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:25 PM »
Checked again this morning and much to my relief, at least at this point, none of the books on my book shelf of well over 100 SW EU books have spontaneously combusted yet.

The combustion is schedules to occur on May the 4th.  ;D

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:18 AM »
Okay, can someone clarify something for me - is ALL EU considered out?

I took StarWars.com's press release to mean that anything post-ROTJ was out. However, I'm seeing on different sites (especially JTA's reports) and from different interpretations people saying that all EU is dead. So I'm not sure exactly what's going on.

I would say that all EU is on the chopping block, but some eras might not be in imminent "danger" of being changed. Obviously post-ROTJ is getting thrown out, but Rebels might also trample over some pre-existing comics, games and novels. KOTOR and Prequel era stuff is probably "safe" for the time being, but only until Disney/LFL turns their attention to those time periods with spinoff movies or TV shows. That's just my thinking on the announcement.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:10 PM »
I am excited to see how this new continuity lines-up across the movies, novels, comics, etc. I may be more encouraged to read a novel if it links directly to one of the movies.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:32 PM »
This move seems to be the best course of action. It gives Disney/LFL a clean slate for the new movies, while not totally ignoring what has come before. It's especially nice that at least some of the old works will be kept around in print as the "Legends" series. That is better treatment than what the 2003 Clone Wars cartoon received back 2008.

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12" Figures / Re: Disney Exclusive 12" Electronic Figures
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:53 PM »
I am surprised by the generally positive reaction to these figures. They strike me as realistic styled versions of those Force Battler gimmicky figures... great for kids no doubt, but extremely toy-ish. I have yet to cave on any Hasbro 12" soap bottles or Jakks 31" figures, so I doubt I'll get any of these either.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:28 PM »
Definitely one of the best characters IMO.

Who doesn't have a lot of friends in King's Landing...

Whose patron was just accused of poisoning the king...

That's what I was thinking, though he doesn't have a ton of enemies either...  He's just there.  Tyrion getting arrested doesn't help him though, for sure.  :-\

With Tyrion arrested who will pay poor Bronn?

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