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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.

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...

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.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 10:23 AM »
- Pretty sure Rey is Rey Skywalker - that flashback (and her crazy force powers) seemed to confirm it for me. I'm surprised anyone is debating it.

All signs point to it, but you'll still get folks assuming/arguing it's red herring.  I'm sure someone will want her to be Rey Kenobi somehow.  And if it is true she's a Skywalker too, there is still lots to debate... like the giant "who is Rey's mom" question.

I'm really hoping she is not a Skywalker.  Maybe I'm the only one that is bugged by the whole "small universe" thing, but I'm hoping she has her own backstory that isn't intertwined with everyone else. 

But if we're keeping with the pattern, then I'm guess Max von Sydow is the Ben Kenobi watching Rey, and Luke is the unknowing father.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:12 AM »
I liked the Parkman from Heroes and Miles from LOST cameos. :)

Yes!  Hasn't Matt Parkman had either a real role or a cameo in every single JJ Abrams TV show and movie? 

I don't recall if he got killed in TFA, but I recall he was one of the pilots in the first episode of Lost and was the first person to die/get "eaten" by the smoke monster

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.

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