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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 08:34 AM »
Anyone else have a small stroke before they realized Snoke was a hologram and not a giant?

That was pretty cool.  Well done special effects.

I'm kinda hoping that Snoke turns out to be the size of Yoda.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 08:33 AM »
Do you guys thing Phasma is done or did she make it out?

Probably makes it out, but who cares?  Other than shiny armor, there wasn't anything interesting about that character.  She had as few lines as Boba Fett, and didn't really have any mistyque about her.

Instead of having a riot control Stormtrooper with electroblade thinger battle Finn, they should have had it be Phasma.  That would have at least made for something unique.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:44 AM »
Agreed on all points.  Solid movie.  Very enjoyable.

Phasma was a waste, and I'm just annoyed at how difficult it is to find toys of her when her character is meaningless.  I'm not going to rant here about all the TFA toys released that have nothing to do with the movie.

A couple other things that bug me about the movie:
- The "small universe" issue.  Why does everyone have to be related to everyone and in the same spot in the galaxy?  I'm mostly okay with the Kylo ren relationship, but it really bugged me that Rey and Finn just stumble on the Falcon, that is then just stumbled on by Han and Chewie, who have nothing to do with the Resistance, but Leia happened to have sent Poe/BB-8 on a mission that they all get tangled up in.  Really???
- Han's use of Chewie's bowcaster.  After 40 years together, you think he would have shot it a couple of times, or maybe his humor was just a little too dry.
- Superweapons as a plot device.  I'm soooo tired of all the super weapons / super villains.  Maybe that is why TESB is enjoyable.  No superweapons you've got to destroy.  Why did it have to be Death Star 3?
- Kylo Ren inconsistencies with the Force.  He has the ability to stop a laser blast (very cool), but seems to be fairly weak in battle.  I would have liked it that he was still a novice with the force, but powerful enough to mess with normal people.  Stopping a laser blast seems fairly advanced.

All of those are really nitpicks in an overall really enjoyable movie though. 

Probably my favorite part was the Rey story.  I'll be interested to see what they do with that and how/if Luke gets pulled back in.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Phantom Menace: Was it That Bad?
« on: December 15, 2015, 05:26 PM »
I think there was some shoe-horning that was just over the top.  One thing that REALLY got me on that front?  The fact that Anakin built C-3PO.  It's one of those moments that really took me out of the film.  I get that the droids are central to the overall arc of the story.  But I think there would have been a very viable way to incorporate C-3PO into the story without this ham-handed way of making Anakin the person who built C-3PO.

I never understood this either.  If Anakin is going to build a droid, you would think he would have something custom like his pod racer.  Why would he build a protocol droid that looks like every other one out there?

Has there been some cosmic explanation on why Anakin had to build C-3PO?

I like the way R2 was introduced to the story.  Just some random droid on some random ship that ended up getting pulled in to the story.  3PO could have been the exact same way as you described, just some random protocol droid that got pulled along.

Watto's Junk Yard / Hits a little too close to home...
« on: December 14, 2015, 05:30 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 14, 2015, 01:02 PM »
Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Beastie Boys and Star Trek are two things that do not go well together

What?!?!  Blasphemer!

The Beastie Boys go extremely well with just about everything.  "Sense and Sensibility" might have even been barely watchable if it had a Beastie Boys soundtrack.

It does seem like an interesting choice to use an older rock song, although I assume its mostly just for the trailer though.   Probably didn't have time to hire a composer to score anything new.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Phantom Menace: Was it That Bad?
« on: December 14, 2015, 12:14 PM »
Read some commentary the other day about the "machete version" of Star Wars and really liked the thought process.  The guy stated you should watch  the movies in the following order - Episodes 4, 5, 2, 3, 6.  He stated Episode 1 was completely irrelevant, which I agree.  Its not so much a "bad" movie as it is completely lacking in important plot points. 

Look around eBay if you want...just be patient and don't over pay.

A lot of people talk about purchasing a doopydoos kit...the full kit is about $90.

Yeah, I looked around for that kit and couldn't seem to find a place that had them in stock.  Do you know if there is a place to buy these, or is eBay the place to get these kits as well?

Anybody check in to or buy a kit for a Stormtrooper blaster to go with their Anovos Stormtrooper armor kit?  I've checked out the 501st and other costuming web sites, but am struggling to find an option.  They're speaking in their costuming code and way beyond my simple knowledge of their craft.

Looks like there are some wood options, but I can't seem to find a place that has them in stock.

Anybody figure this out yet?

I can't be an unarmed Stormtrooper...

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: December 11, 2015, 12:41 PM »
Thanks Jeff!  $15 would be a lot cheaper than buying a handful of cheap DVDs to redeem on the Disney Movie Rewards page.  I just hope the theaters have enough stock to last until I can get there.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: December 11, 2015, 12:09 PM »
Also available at select theaters for purchase

Anybody try and get one of these yet?  I tried calling the local theater and they wouldn't answer.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 8, 2015, 11:54 AM »
If any MN guys are planning to buy some of these, please let me know and maybe we can group order to save on shipping or something.

I'm interested Justin, but I'll be patient.  I'll be interested to see if they offer any bundles/deals once these are out on the market.

My oldest just read all of the Percy Jackson books and would dig a Medusa and some of the other mythological stuff.

I personally think the Spartans look cool.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 7, 2015, 03:47 PM »
Remember these?  They have finally opened non-kickstarter pre-orders for the Wave 1 stuff.

These look awesome.  Stiff price point for just one figure though.  Any chance of a group/large order to bring down the cost?  Maybe a JD promotion will pop up...  ;)

I was bummed I missed out on the kickstarter for this.  Almost dropped a large amount for one of their higher investor levels.  I can't believe how long its taken to release these.

I too am still interested in these, but will have to be really selective at that price point.  Hopefully once they're released there will be better deals.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: December 5, 2015, 08:54 AM »
Good to see Ahsoka mixing it up a little bit, and kicking some butt.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: December 4, 2015, 02:12 PM »
The new Disney era has quickly shown us that in their licensed merchandise model they are all about keeping costs down and maximizing their profits. 

Do we know its Disney, and not Hasbro?  Is anyone aware of the contract and how its structured (flat license fee, % or cost, % of retail), and if the contract is any different than what Lucasfilm had negotiated last?  I'm guessing Disney is paid a flat license fee plus a small % of the cost Hasbro charges retailers. 

I would be more likely to blame Hasbro than anyone as I'm guessing they're making most of the decisions on POA, cost to retailers, price points, mix, etc.  Retailers are just marking it up accordingly, and TRU marks it up more than most. 

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