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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 20, 2016, 03:31 PM »
From a movie perspective I really don't care when they release it, so long as its done well.

From a toy perspective I would much prefer to have them release it in May, or any time other than December.  With Disney/JJ's desire for secrecy and the close proximity with Christmas, it turned out that the toy release time frame was way too compressed.  I'm sure Hasbro did their best, but you're asking for trouble if you're trying to hold half of your movie based toys for the week before Christmas.

Collector's Tips / Re: Cases for carded figures?
« on: January 18, 2016, 05:22 PM »
I'm getting ready to display one version of each card design created and was trying to figure out what sizes to buy.  Does anyone know of a guide that lists which "style" of case fits each card back?  I know there are "A", and "B", and "C", and so on styles.  Just trying to figure it all out and can't seem to match up the card backs with the cases.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:22 PM »
Don't really care how it happens (abortion, miscarriage, whatever), just don't want to have watch Maggie go full-term with this thing. Aside from the purely selfish reason of not wanting to see Lauren Cohan made up to look all fat and gross, the show already has a baby. It doesn't need another one.

My wife and I joke about Judith.  It seems like they use a new baby actor every show, and she is really more a prop than anything.

I'm not a reader of the comics to know her importance in the comics, but she seems like a complete waste of space in the show.  She is never in jeopardy, she hasn't been important to any of the plot points since they had to go on runs for formula, so why bother?  You would think they would have just killed her off when the prison fell.

I read that and most of the US stores closing are their Walmart Express line, an experiment that seems to have failed.

What is "Walmart Express"?  Is that where they have enough cashiers staffed to check you out in less than 10 minutes.  Epic fail.   ;)

NO!  Not Hans, Hans Bubby!!!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: January 14, 2016, 11:21 AM »
I'm completely on board with not making this in to a movie.  For some reason a movie seems like too big of a deal, and I see a lot or risk around casting for this role.

But I'm 100% behind having a "Smugglers" TV/Netflix series featuring young Han, Chewie, Lando, etc.  I think a TV show would have a lot more room to develop the character, create a backstory, find its footing, have a larger supporting cast, etc.

Not sure if they ever got serious about having Ewan do some Kenobi anthology movies, but I would love to see Ewan reprise his role a couple of times.  He was well cast and I think there is plenty of room to tell some Kenobi stories in the 20ish years between ROTS and ANH.

Feedback / Re: Master_Phruby's feedback
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:05 PM »
Thanks Paul for hooking me up with another Disney exclusive that I couldn't otherwise get outside of eBay.  Thanks for always helping out the JD community!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:23 PM »
[Original Trilogy Character] Set to Appear on Rebels on 1/20

I know this is a spoiler thread, but I protected it in case there are some folks out there looking to be surprised... ;)

Didn't click through on the link, but is this supposed to be the next new episode?  The kids keep bugging me for when the next new episode will air and I haven't been able to find any info on that.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: January 8, 2016, 12:04 AM »
Aren't there only like four of those that are certified legit?  I didn't realize any of them were carded.

I agree with pretty much everything stated.  Walmart is trying to drive foot traffic, and Walmart sucks big time.

My biggest gripe with Walmart getting Star Wars exclusives is the randomness of how they run their stores.  A good example is the Battlefront Stormtrooper and the rumors that only 25% (or whatever) of the stores received this.  If it weren't for the good karma of Star Wars traders (thanks JediJman), I wouldn't have this.  I've never seen this in stores.

You don't get this randomness with Target, TRU, or even Kmart.  Every store gets at least one case of an exclusive, and are rarely all that hard to track down with a little bit of persistence.

I'm fine with Walmart not offering their exclusives online, although its annoying when they say they will and they don't.  I just wish that with a reasonable amount of effort I could track down their exclusives.  There really shouldn't be an excuse for getting an exclusive without enough stock to satisfy demand.

I stopped at dozens of Walgreens in December and never saw these at retail.

Cool!  Thanks!  I don't remember seeing that one or the Kanan one.

Have we seen the Luke?  Is he in his Tatooine desert garb, or is this a repack of something previously released (X-wing pilot, or Luke Trooper)?

Picked up the First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper / Poe Dameron 2-pack at Target - not sure what I'm going to do with the Poe figure. Maybe if I see a Rey, I'll pick her up along with one of the many Finn figures that are hanging around to have the set of the three new heroes....

After seeing TFA, I found this pack a little inaccurate to what transpired in the movie...  The Riot Control Stormtrooper is accurate, his weapons are accurate, save that Poe didn't fight a Riot Control stormtrooper...  Finn did, while wearing Poe's jacket ;)

I think there must have been a whole bunch of stuff on Jakku that got cut out.   There must be more scenes with a Riot Control Stormtrooper than the one at Maz's, and there must have been a bunch of stuff with Constable Zuvio.

Agreed this two pack seems very odd considering what was actually released in the theaters. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: December 27, 2015, 03:20 PM »
Cracked open the new MF with the kids last night.  Overall a very fun toy. 

- The kids and I really like the Nerf bullet thing.  Its really well done and easy to use.  It uses standard Nerf bullets, so they will be easy to replace if necessary.  I also like that it can retract nicely in to the MF so it is completely hidden.
- The electronics are really nice.  I like how it has sensors to know when you lift it up, set it down, and bank it.  Different sounds for each part of flight that it automatically senses.
- Its a really solid toy.  Lots of solid plastic well put together.  I don't see anything that is likely to snap off without abuse.
- I really like the cockpit with the movable steering column.  It makes it easy to put in and remove the figures.
- Storage compartments galore.  Lots of places to stick weapons, Nerf bullets, etc. so you don't lose Chewie's bowcaster, etc.
- I like the many options for putting the portable cannon in all different spots.  I haven't tried to see if the BAW fit in here, or if there are other things that could plug in to the ports.  It would have been nice to have a few other basic things like the cannon that you could move around.

- The only thing that I find out of place on this is the price.  $140 seems outrageous.  Granted I got mine on sale for about $95.  It still feels like it should be more like $80 MSRP.  I know the X-Wing and TIE Fighter really went up in price too, so by comparison maybe its not terrible, but $140 seems way too high.

This is obviously not collector focused, but I think its a really fun toy.  As I type this the kids have loaded up the MF with the crew of The Ghost (and BB-8) and are having adventures.  I'd love to see Hasbro do something in this scale with The Ghost that The Phantom could plug in to.  A Nerf shooter would be perfect for that age group as well.

Overall well done, just drop the price by 40%.

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