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Is this just a packaging variation of what will be available at retail later this fall?

Adam loves astromechs, so I wouldn't be surprised if this assortment was astromech (or at least droid) heavy.

Nice!  Looking forward to some new stuff.  EE (and Adam Pawlus) have done well with their original exclusives (not just repaints) in the past.  I'm looking forward to this sight unseen.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 18, 2016, 10:27 AM »
I never saw those last couple of waves at retail.  I got half through and half through EE by having to buy a case.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 04:49 PM »
Paul who?

Seriously, never heard of the guy.  I suppose as a show of solidarity, I'll continue to never visit JTA or know who he is.

The internet is a cesspool with good and bad apples floating around in it.  Collecting communities on the internet are no different.  I'm not trying to be dismissive of your point or request or observations, but best thing you could do is just not use sites like that and eventually all that'll be left there is people who do tolerate, or approve of that kind of behavior, and then they can have each other.

Nailed it.

There are probably hundreds of web sites, podcasts, etc. devoted to Star Wars and I frequent a very small handful of them.  JTA is not one of the sites I visit.

I know I'm not likely to be the first to know anything with that attitude, but so far I'm managed to avoid most of the narcissistic morons in the collecting community and still feel reasonably well informed.

Sure he makes us look bad, but I'm sure there are another dozen morons waiting to take his place.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: July 15, 2016, 02:07 PM »
I especially love the sort of long hair white Chewbacca alien in the clip.

We'll get a 3.75" and 6" figure of this guy, his backstory in magazines, but he won't actually be in the movie...   :P

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: July 15, 2016, 02:06 PM »
Re: trailer - not shown on live stream.  :( Hoping we get it later. Apparently involved Vader.

After they showed the "sizzle reel" a second time I started to wonder if they were showing different things online vs. local in the UK.  After they showed the sizzle reel a third time, I was all but sure they were withholding certain footage from the online feed.

That sizzle reel was cool though. 

I loved the behind the scenes look at a bunch of the scenes, especially with the one where Jyn is in the rain and they blast her with that air concussion cannon thing.  The shockwave on her poncho is cool as hell.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: July 12, 2016, 02:37 PM »
Great deal if you've been holding out. Only want the FO Officer, so I'll pass again.

I want the FO Officer and the Clone Commander, but I still can't pull the trigger.  I wish they hadn't included all the repacks, or maybe made some more interesting variations.

I can see both viewpoints, but if we've had the same lists for two years and virtually none of the "obvious" candidates have been made, then I'm not sure I can fully back that idea.

Sure Darth Revan might be kind of cool and all (full disclosure - I have no idea what EU story line or video game he is from), but I would much rather have a cool mainstream character (the JD top six) that we've been lacking since the line came out.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 8, 2016, 03:47 PM »
I got excited and then %$^&*( ITS ANOTHER NERF TOY!  >:(


I shall only buy two!  :D

I know some people hate the Nerf element, but my kids loved the new Mil Falcon with the Nerf shooter.  I thought it was really well done as well.

We've already got enough collector focused A-wings, and since Rebels is supposed to be kid oriented, I think this is a perfect fit.

I really hope this means we'll see a more robust line supporting Rebels this year.

Rogue One / Re: SDCC Hera Syndulla's A–Wing
« on: July 8, 2016, 01:29 PM »
Has anyone done a comparison yet to see if this Hera is any different than the one previously released?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 8, 2016, 11:52 AM »
Maybe its just a PR stunt, or pandering, but I don't really get why someone's sexuality is even all that important unless its relevant to the plot. 

I can honestly say I've never thought about Sulu, or Chekov's, or Scotty, or Bones' sexuality as it hasn't been all that relevant.  Maybe I'm forgetting an episode or two from the '60s, or a scene from one of the movies, but for the most part the only main characters that seemed to have any sexuality as part of their core character were Kirk, Uhura, and Spock.

If Sulu has a kid that is at risk in the new movie and its relevant to the plot, fine.  But why should it matter if he is hetero, homo, bi, or asexual.  And if the kid was born in a hetero relationship, born through a surrogate mother (in any kind of relationship), or adopted in to any kind of family. 

Why should it matter???

I'm sure people would argue that gay people need to seen as role models in movies to feel accepted in society, etc, but where does it stop?  Do we need all sub-segments of society represented in blockbuster films?

I've probably answered my own question as I'm guessing this is just PR or pandering.  They should have just left Sulu be an Asian dude that pilots a starship without having his sexuality be part of the discussion.

If this were a Target exclusive I would think we would see this from $40-$50.  But I agree with TRU that all bets are off.  Logic would put it at $50, but TRU seems to like to mark things up unnecessarily and create dusty shelf warming exclusives. 

I might bite at $50.  $60 would be hard to swallow.  Anything above that would be just stupid (but not unlikely).

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 8, 2016, 11:21 AM »
I'm glad to see that Hasbro isn't constraining themselves to just Rogue One figures on the Rogue One cards.  Hopefully this means we can get some Rebels, a few more TFA, and maybe a few OT/PT/EU figures mixed in as well.

My list for OT and PT would be pretty short.  I think they've covered nearly everything and done a really good job.  To me there are only two obvious gaps:
  • Tonnika Sisters
  • Sim Aloo

If you expand it to EU stuff I would have a lot more items on the wish list.  Just a few:
  • Ewoks and Droids figures
  • More Rebels characters
  • Pong Krell and other interesting Clone Wars characters
  • Jaxxon and other intersting Marvel / Dark Horse characters

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