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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: February 5, 2016, 04:02 PM »
Kind of a weird (and not great) episode this week. 

In the past few months they've been dealing with episodes more focused on people other than Ezra/Kanan, and this week's was Zeb's turn.  I thought we were going to get some good character development, etc. on Zeb's history, motivations, etc. 

Things seemed to be going okay (I usually like the Hondo episodes of CW and Rebels), but then things go weirdly mystical, and then the episode just ended with them finding the long lost home of the Lasats without us even really seeing what went down.  It seems like this could have easily have been a couple of episode story arc where the rebels manage to get some allies against the empire, Zeb's character gets more development, etc. 

Just weird how abruptly everything just came to a conclusion.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2016 (possible TFA & Rogue One spoilers)
« on: February 2, 2016, 03:54 PM »
Can't wait for the Luggabeast!

Collections / Re: Insurance?
« on: February 1, 2016, 12:11 PM »
I'm no insurance expert, but this is my understanding after doing a bunch of research on it about 10 years ago.  It all depends on what insurance you have, the value of your collection, and how much of it has "collectible" value above and beyond normal retail.

I determined that I do not need extra insurance as your normal household insurance default assigns something like 40% of the home's value to your possessions.   You can always increase this if necessary.  Let's just round numbers.  Assuming your house replacement value is $400k, your possessions are insured for $160k.  I know my couches, chairs, beds, and SW stuff probably wouldn't exceed that value.  However I don't have anything particularly rare in my collection.  I'm fairly convinced I could replace most of my collection for less than what I originally bought it for.

The one challenge is that when you have "rare/collectible" items - like all your vintage stuff  - that was originally $2 in the store and is now worth $125, your insurance won't generally cover that "collectible" value.  I know you've got a ton of nice stuff that falls in to that category.

As I recall you would need to get your collection documented/appraised and generally get a rider on your insurance that would cover these collectible items.  Depending on the coverage, it may or may not be all that much. 

Give your insurance agent a call.  They'll walk you through the whole thing.  As I recall it can vary from company to company and it may be worth your while to change insurance providers based on what collectibles coverage you need.

If you haven't already purchased a backup battery for your sump pump, I would do that first.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: January 29, 2016, 03:48 PM »
Yeah, that's a pretty weak excuse.  There really isn't a story to this game to conflict with any canon.  You just go and shoot stuff in different OT-like environments.

Heck, Disney Infinities 3.0 lets you mash whatever players you want together without fear of "screwing with the canon".  My kids love to play the ToyBox setting and keep swapping in characters Anakin to Kylo Ren to Sabine to Yoda to Tinkerbell to Olaf to Chewie.  Maybe Disney should have made the different trilogy characters incompatible with each other...   ::)

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.

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.

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.

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

Also, go to 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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