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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. 

Pros:
- 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.

Cons:
- 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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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: December 25, 2015, 12:58 PM »
Who is writing 8 and 9?  Is it up to the directors to do what they want, or is there a fairly set script that they're allowed to tweak slightly, but not significantly?

I know JJ is an executive producer, but I hope there is someone who is overseeing the overall continuity of these movies. 

I think its mostly okay for the anthology movies to get a little weird, but I'm hoping there is a clear vision for main Star Wars movies.

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Is this TIE Pilot significantly different from the OT one released a year ago?

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: December 23, 2015, 12:24 PM »
I'm looking forward to picking up that giant TIE for $50 sometime in the next few months.

This does appear to be collecting some dust at retail.  I've been thinking about at what price point I might be interested in pulling the trigger.

I think its cool.  I just have no idea where I would put such a giant item, so I'm not sure I would even be interested at $50.  Although I sure would be tempted at that price.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TeeFury
« on: December 23, 2015, 11:04 AM »
What has your experience been with TeeFury?  I ordered stuff from them weeks ago and still haven't received it.  Looking at their web site it appears there are customers that have been waiting over a month for their items to be shipped.  Is this normal?

Cool designs, but I'm not sure I've got the appetite to wait 6 weeks for a freaking t-shirt to be delivered.  Its not rocket science...

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:08 PM »
That's a definite possibility.  On the flip side, how does Kylo survive that shot and go on to fight both Finn and Rey?  He took that shot right in the gut, correct?  Single shots knocked out troopers left and right, and they're wearing full body armor.  Chewie himself takes a shot to the arm and is mostly out of commission.  Is Kylo wearing some kind of body armor or could he have minimized the impact using the force?  That's a bit of a plot hole for me.

Agreed.  Looked like a solid shot to the hip that would have left him unable to run or move well.  And it did look like Rey got a solid stab to the shoulder and a slice across the chest that resulted in minimal damage.  Lightsaber kevlar?

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: December 22, 2015, 12:53 PM »
I thought I remember reading somewhere that Lego was having manufacturing problems during the fall (labor contract?) that was going to impact stock for Christmas.  I wonder if some of that is why the shelves are empty.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 21, 2015, 06:50 PM »
I've been reading a lot of stuff I agree with. Did however want to whole heartedly disagree with Justin's thoughts on Driver. I thought he very much fit the part of "fighting off the light side" when he was helmetless. I didn't take it as whiny but as torn.

I thought casting across the board was brilliant

Agreed.  And I liked the fact that as a villain he wasn't a super villain.  He was young, torn about his morals, and imperfect in skill and purpose.

When I first heard the casting of Driver I kind of questioned it, but I really like how they wrote the character and how he acted like a powerful, confused, moody teenager. 

I completely agree with the comments that this is the kind of casting / acting / writing that would have been perfect for a young Anakin.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 21, 2015, 12:47 PM »
How did Poe manage to take his jacket off before the TIE crashed into Jakku? Apparently both Finn and Poe and Finn were launched out of ejector seats.

It would make more "sense" that he became a force ghost and the jacket was just laying there. The loose jacket works well on Finn needing normal clothes, but makes no sense.

Maybe it was one of the cut scenes.  Poe gets hot and sweaty.  Takes off coat, has a cool drink.  TIE crashes in to the desert.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 21, 2015, 11:04 AM »
I'm with you Jeff.  I just (pre)ordered the novelization to see if there will be more details in there. 

It seems odd that the book isn't being released until Jan 5.  I wonder if they re-edited the book to only have what was in the movie, or if it will have a good amount of the cut scenes etc. to help fill in some of the holes.

Maybe not the right thread, but how the heck did Constable Zuvio get a figure when he is on the screen for 0.3 seconds?  It seems like some of the figure choices were a bit odd, but maybe Hasbro was just given a handful of stills and did their best.  Has anyone had a chance to talk with Hasbro about how that all went down?

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 20, 2015, 11:52 AM »
So far then, we've got:

Snow/Desert Wave 3 =
snow - 7, 8, 9
desert - Captain Rex, Unkar, and FN-2187

Forest/Space Wave 3 =
forest - Rey #2, Han, Hassk
space - 7, 8, 9

Wonder if those slots will be repacks or if we'll see 6 more figures soon to be revealed?

So do we know what wave 3 is going to be yet?

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:50 PM »
Be patient...they will turn up at some point.

I dunno.  Normally I would say yes, but the teaser posters never turned up anywhere other than DisneyMovieRewards.com. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:34 PM »
I too was surprised at the lack of new vehicles and beasts in this movie.  The cynical side of me thought that it seemed at times GL went out of his way to have new vehicles in a movie just so there could be new toys.

Other than Rey's speeder, Kylo Ren's shuttle, and the First Order landing craft, there really weren't any new vehicles in the movie.  Did we even see more than a flash of the exterior of the freighter thing that Han/Chewie were on?

And of those vehicles, we've already got Rey's speeder.  I'm not sure Kylo Ren's shuttle would make a good toy.  Maybe the only one that could be turned in to a toy would be the First Order landing craft, and that didn't seem all that neat.

About the only even minor beast is the scavenger that grabbed BB-8 (sorry I don't have everyone's names memorized yet) and that hippo/pig/dog thing that was at the watering hole on Jakku.  I can't see them making the hippo/pig/dog thing.

I guess maybe it doesn't matter with the rapid fire nature of these movies.  We don't need a movie to last us for three years from a merchandising perspective.  Probably only 12 months with all the new stuff coming.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:25 PM »
Bah.  I went to pick up one of these today and its only a half size, one sided poster.  Its not a double-sided one sheet movie poster.

I can't tell you how much time I've wasted trying to get my hands on this poster...

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:58 AM »
What character did Simon Pegg play?  I've been avoiding spoiler news for so long that I'm sure there are all sorts of interesting nuggets I'm not aware of.

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