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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 19, 2016, 03:00 PM »
Even these days we've got cloud based data backup deployments with things being highly integrated and redundant.  The fact that they needed a physical drive that wasn't somehow connected to a network is technically silly.

If you over think it you'll just be annoyed that they have to physically retrieve (even with robot hands) data from a fancy data tape tower and then plug it in to a terminal to read it (without a security code).   The fact that data backups aren't 100 miles underground in a protected vault but a kyber processing facility is built in to the side of mountain is kind of dumb.  Its also kind of hard to believe there aren't multiple copies located around the universe.  Heck, you could argue that they built the second Death Star pretty quick, even though all of the plans for the first one were destroyed.

Its all just a plot device to move the movie forward and build tension, and I thought it was a tremendously enjoyable movie.


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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: December 17, 2016, 08:15 PM »
Watched it with the kids and it was probably the most scary episode Rebels has ever done.

I'd love to see Obi-Wan off Maul once and for all.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 17, 2016, 02:50 PM »
So I just cracked this baby open and have been playing with it with the kids.  Overall I would say its pretty solid and not a bad value for the $165 I paid for it.

My all time favorite kid vehicle is still the Clone Turbo Tank with the launching speeder bike, but this is pretty nice too.

The app controls are good.  It seems solidly built.  The walking action is decent (I'm using it on a hard wood floor).  Sure it would be great if you could turn it to some degree, and I would like more control of the head, but its really not too bad.

And I really like the play features and the detacheable orangeish "cargo bed".  The zip line and missile launcher are cool, and I really like all the sockets they've placed in the toy where you can attach them.  Big points for having weapons storage compartments that seal up well too.

It was a little too hard for my nine year old to set up - getting the legs attached, the chin guns in place, and the battery compartment re-sealed were even a little tricky for me.  But once set up its held together well.

I had fairly tempered expectations with this and I would say they have been met or exceeded.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 02:40 PM »
Just cracked open my AT-ACT.  In it is everyone's favorite all black Imperial Astromech from the movie - C2-B5.  Um, er.  I've seen the movie twice and don't recall seeing any astromech or protocol droids in any of the scenes with Imperials.  Did I blink and miss him?

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:27 PM »
I was fine with the Galen Erso story line and them trying to kill him.

To me the only part of this movie that seemed unnecessary was the Saw story line.  I liked the fight scenes on Jedha, but didn't feel the Saw story line was necessary.  Especially the octopus brain reading creature.  That part of the store line wasn't overly distracting, but they could have easily had Cassian track down Bodie who had the message and the connection with Jyn.

Agreed the Evazan / Ponda Baba cameo was forced and stupid.  Highly coincidental that they were on Jedha and a day later were in the Mos Eisley cantina right in the thick of essentially the same story line.

Ultimately those are small nitpicks in an overall tight movie.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 16, 2016, 06:15 PM »
Just got done with a second watching. 

A few extra thoughts:
- I couldn't spot Moroff on Scarif, but the U-Wings dropped off more troops.  Maybe he was in one that wasn't highlighted.
- The rebel ship that crashed in to Vader's Star Destroyer was a transport, not The Ghost.
- 2D is better than 3D.  I thought 3D washed out a lot of the background and awesome scenery.
- The Tarkin scenes were awesome.  I would love to read more about how they did those.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:39 AM »
Did anyone notice Moroff on Scarif? This video implies he may have appeared there. I recall him on Yavin, but not on the Beach.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2N0Mn4i4Dw

I thought I recall him running through the palms briefly in one scene.  Not sure if he was on that second U-wing that was taking down the AT-ACTs...

I'm a little bummed that 99% of the rebels attacking Scarif on the ground were all human.  It would have been great to see a bunch of different creatures all in the fight.  Not sure if that was just for budget reasons or not.

We got some great figures of Moroff and Pao, and they were barely in the movie.  Its better than TFA where we had a bunch of figures of guys you couldn't really even spot.  But I was really looking forward to the Moroff character and was hoping he would be a Wookiee like character throwing Stormtroopers around.

Small gripes from an overall awesome flick.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:01 AM »
Anybody see it in 3D and have comments on the 3D effects?  Is it worth seeing?

I was going to go see the movie again today (saw it in standard 2D last night) and was debating about seeing it in 3D.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 15, 2016, 10:31 PM »
Totally awesome!

Was that The Ghost that crashed in to a star destroyer and broke up when the rebel fleet was dispersing?

I haven't read much about the movie so as to avoid spoilers.  I'd love to hear how they did the tarkin and leia scenes. Loved the ANH pilots, although it would have been great to see porkins and Biggs and wedge.

Didn't care much for the ponda baba and dr evazan cameo, but loved all the rest.

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This seems amazingly stupid that they would both release the same droid with such a wacky paint job.  They're different sculpts of the same droid with similar paint jobs.

Is it too hard to come up with a unique paint job, or coordinate between the handful of vendors that have their own exclusives?  Hard to tell if this is intentional, laziness, or just incompetence.

I'll end up buying the set for the other three, but its unnecessarily painful to have to re-buy this droid we already have.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:42 PM »
How does this work?  Do you need a gold live account thing?  How do you download these?

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 14, 2016, 07:27 PM »
Just got back from Target and I'm the proud (buyers remorse hasn't set in yet) owner of an AT-ACT price matched/couponed/red carded for $165. 

The Target manager was fairly incredulous that WM was selling the same thing for $100 less, but he matched it without any trouble.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 14, 2016, 04:01 PM »
Wow.  That is a lot of angry words strung together in not always coherent sentences.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 14, 2016, 02:48 PM »
Do you think Target would accept that $25 off coupon on top of price matching?  Very tempting.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 14, 2016, 02:46 PM »
Oh yeah.  I forgot about that. That was kind of dumb that we heard a silenced pistol, through closed windows, at a half mile out.

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