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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:55 PM »
One thing I cannot believe has not happened yet is the bridge of one of these characters into the new movie universe.  I am still shocked that on of the of the characters in Rogue One is not one of the Rebels.  How much more dramatic would that movie be if the end is a final duel between Vader and Ahsoka with the Rebels escaping in the background with the Death Star Plans.

Yeah, or Kanan or Ezra. 

Maybe its going to happen and they've just kept it under wraps.

I wonder if they'll ever have finality on any of the Rebels characters, or just let them fade away with no clarity as to why they weren't part of the OT rebels.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 29, 2016, 10:58 AM »
Heck, I'll take any new ship at this point.  Even if it is scaled down and slightly overpriced. 

I agree that Rebels feels shallower than Clone Wars.  It would be nice if Rebels seemed to have a mission, like it was going someplace, with larger story arcs.  A lot of these episodes seem to be disconnected from one another.  I couldn't tell you what The Ghost rebel team is even trying to accomplish other than "be rebels".

However, I do love that this is more kid oriented as my 6-8 year olds love it.  Clone Wars was way too dark for them to watch, so I'm glad we can have some weekly shared experiences with Star Wars.

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Thanks for posting Matt.  It will be nice to watch a pro do this step by step and hopefully have a forum to ask dumb questions.

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Mine should be here tomorrow.  Did you check out the directions?

Also, go to whitearmor.net they have tons of how to's, what supplies you might need and build threads.

Yeah, I looked at the directions.  I'm reasonably handy around the house, but have never done anything like this before and don't really have any experience working with plastic, unless its a drain pipe for my house. 

I get a little intimidated looking at all the stuff on whitearmor.net and all the 501st pages.  Some of those costume customizations are intense.   They need a "Stormtrooper costumes for dummies" thread.

I managed to order some white boots, but am still struggling trying to figure out where to get a kit for an E11 blaster.  I'm tempted just to buy a completed one online, but that feels like cheating.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:49 PM »
Latest HasbroToyShop Promo Code - SAVE10 gets you $10 off and free shipping on qualifying $50+ orders

Thanks Jeff.  Now if only they will get some new stuff in stock worth buying.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:47 AM »
Here's a new preview for the Rebels season 2 midseason premiere: A Princess on Lothal

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/star-wars-rebels-leia-arrives-220534651.html

We get to see a young Princess Leia 8)

My kids loved loved loved that episode.  I think they've watched it four times since it came out last week.

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Got my shipping notice for the kit for my Stormtrooper armor.  I really hope I haven't gotten in over my head on this one.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 25, 2016, 05:18 PM »
I guess I just don't see what's stale about any of these.  The characters and storylines are meant to intertwine, so it feels like one really big story with a lot of fun chapters.  I even read the comics these movies are mostly based off of and felt the stories were pretty original, but like I said earlier, maybe I'm just too much of a fanboy.

I can see it both ways.  People who loved the comics/characters are of course going to love the universe-building and the stories.  Your analogy is a good one - a big story with lots of new chapters... but that's only interesting as long as you are someone who wants new chapters.

But, there are a lot of people on the other side who are looking for a new book.  My wife for example is pretty bored of the Cap/IM/Thor centered Marvel movies now.  I'm kind of hitting a little bit of a wall too, which is why I probably enjoyed Ant-Man and GotG more than Avengers 2 at this point and why I'm looking forward to stuff like Black Panther or Dr. Strange a lot more than Cap 3 or Thor 3.

You nailed it for me Jeff.  I'm more in Rob's camp than Justin's, but I've never read any Marvel superhero comic in my life.

Loved GotG and some of the earlier Mavel stuff (Iron Man 1 & Captain America), but was thoroughly bored with Iron Man 3 and Cap 2.

I'm hopeful that the Star Wars anthology stuff largely stands on its own and doesn't try to intertwine too much.  The stuff in the works (Rogue One) and the proposals (Han Solo, and potentially Boba Fett and Kenobi movies) sound like they could be fairly independent if they wanted them to be.  Although I guess there is a danger that the Han Solo and Boba Fett movies turn in to an intertwined mess.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 23, 2016, 05:35 PM »
I believe each repack has a new pack-in.  So if you aren't buying the repacks or the carry-forwards, you're not going to get all the worthless pack ins.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:17 PM »
Nick - thanks for the breakdown of all the different offerings.  I think that is an interesting way to look at it, and certainly a collector focused viewpoint where we care about all the different flavors.

Jman - I agree with you that there are virtually no differences between any of Rey's outfits.

I think Hasbro's biggest failure is not the lack of different versions of Rey available, I think their failure is not having Rey repacked in more cases.  I think they could probably safely pack her (and a Stormtrooper) at least one per case in every case for the first four waves.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 21, 2016, 06:25 PM »
The part that I don't get is the whole Monopoly piece thing.  I'm not sure how many characters they provide as Monopoly pieces, but lets assume its only four.  Not having Rey be one of those four is nuts. 

I get it that boys buying action figures will generally be less interested in girl characters, but we're talking about board games which I assume are much closer to 50/50 in their gender share.

Maybe it was an easier call to make a year ago when Poe had a larger role and Rey's didn't seem as prominent as it is in the final cut.  But hindsight being what it is, I can't imagine not having Rey be all over everything associated with Star Wars.  As Jman pointed out, the whole movie revolves around her.  She is probably in 80% of the scenes.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 21, 2016, 03:52 PM »
Pete - I share your concern.  I know this is the 3 3/4" thread, but I'm particularly concerned about tracking down the 6" figures.  There are at least four waves (waves 3-6) expected out (via the etailers) in the next two months.  I have a feeling whole waves could be incredibly hard to track down depending on what Target (and TRU and WM) gets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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