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Ceremony Leia bumped to the next wave, according to Hasbro, via BBTS.

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It appears an extra Stormtrooper may be in the case now.  There are doubles of Rex, Stormtrooper, and Wolfe.  I can't recall the original case breakdown to confirm if one of those is a new addition or not.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 05:29 PM »
Yeah I tended to avoid my twitter feed because I knew Jayson at Yakface someone would inevitably say stuff I didn't want to read. :P  (j/k Jayson, you only got me once this season!)

I DVR it and watch it at my gf's generally because Mondays are bad for me to focus on a TV show and I want to watch it on my big screen there anyway.  I caved and watched the finale though because I wanted to join in the conversation afterwards, haha.  It's fun too.  I haven't felt like talking Star Wars this much in a while.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 05:26 PM »
I didn't mind Ahsoka as an apprentice, personally...  For me, his training her was something the war kind of was pushing (lack of Masters, and need for more apprentices).  I also think it's likely everyone had many masters in their upbringing.  Almost like sub-apprentices.  I think it was a complex thing.

Regarding A-Wings, when I got into SW at first I always viewed them as a Rebellion-only kind of a ship, ala the B-Wing, and something (since we didn't see them anywhere in the movies) that was new to the universe around the time of ROTJ...  It wasn't till I played X-Wing that my thought on that was challenged somewhat, and they were placed a good deal earlier (Pre-ANH era).  Then ultimately the ICS ran with that as well, sneaking some of the earlier model A-Wings into the Yavin Temple Hangar cutaway and stuff, and I thought it was neat that they possibly DID have more.

Likewise Vader's TIE wasn't as unique as it seemed, and that model sans hyperdrive existed to elite pilots.  It's another challenge to the scenario the movies set up.

I've said it before regarding what Disney's doing...  To me, they're no different than EU authors, and I'm sure people will like or hate a lot of what they do.  I don't personally view them as an authority.  It's like someone writing new LOTR fiction and saying it's on a level with what Tolkien wrote...  As much as Lucas can be annoying, he still is the universe's creator so I tend to view this Disney stuff as secondary to him, ultimately.  I've never quite understood why people were bent outta shape on the EU situation because of that.  Enjoy it.  They can't make it disappear from your mind, so just have fun with what you like, and how you enjoy Star Wars.

Anyway, I dig seeing Ahsoka and I'm under the assumption she will be offed at some point by Vader.  I'd be shocked if this didn't happen, actually, and possibly before ANH, to better help seal up the whole Jedi being extinct thing.  Maybe not, I don't know.  She may have left the order but she was still a Jedi.

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I was assuming it'll be an exclusive of sorts?  Maybe not.

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Are these to be sold in stores?  Or was that not really known yet?

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 01:15 AM »
Actually, depends on your POV, but A-Wings were possibly even at Yavin in a prototype "spearhead" form (See the ICS books, and X-Wing. :P), so I'm not sure...  I'm ok with it maybe...  I've always viewed them as pre-ANH vehicles, but barely pre-ANH.  The XW and YW fighters were the backbone till the battle of Yavin....  and I've always envisioned like dozens of other fighter types used, by any number of cells and outposts. 

I even have toyed with a repaint (and some reworking) of the V-19 to a Rebel deco, but taking it a step further and stripping it down in some ways, and armoring it up in others, to make it look like it fits in with another TCW era ship that's seeing new life in the Alliance...  I figure the V-19's were AW's when AW's weren't widespread or even designed yet.  I figure the V-19's were early "intereceptors" for the Alliance...  no Hyperdrive, but shields and a lot of them in surplus around the galaxy...  Kinda like the YW.

Anyway, that all always kinda tied to the AW in my mind, and lineage in a way...  Or at least if not lineage, necessity for the AW to come into being so the Alliance had fast nimble craft capable of interception since their fleets wouldn't want to engage if possible to avoid it.

Yeah I can talk about this stuff all night.  :-[

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And upon watching, YES, those appear to be prototype A-Wings, which I believe were called Spearheads or Arrowheads, I forget.  It's in the ICS for Yavin Base...  And they're using the McConcept Art for the early A-Wing too!  Or so it seems anyway.  I love it!  Another thing I've had on my custom "to-do list" for a long, long time.  One can only hope they crank out some of that stuff.

I love that Corellian ship design for Phoenix Squad too (assuming that's part of it).  A Corellian variant of a CR90?  Or a whole other designation?  Is that where they launch attacks from?  There was a CR-type vessel in Mysteries of the Sith that had hangar bars aboard instead of traditional cargo holds and carried a squad of X-Wings.  I love that stuff.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 01:07 AM »
The article has nice S2 Tidbits too, like Vader and Ahsoka won't be used heavily because it doesn't make sense to show Vader losing all the time and stuff.  Good to hear.


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Ahsoka looks pretty bitchin', and if that's a 2-pack, I even like the Vader's McQuarrie-ish look enough to want it for my desk.  Ahsoka looks pretty great though, for a 5POA.  Not QUITE as animated looking as Sabine's figure looks, for instance.  I'm maybe tempted there again.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: Today at 12:26 AM »
I really REALLY liked that Ahsoka "grew up" too.  I was worried they'd ignore the Togruta physiological changes for fear of her not being recognizable enough.  I liked what they did though.

I didn't like that apparently she's like Nancy and Sluggo and her wardrobe is that same outfit she left the Jedi Order in.

As a sort of fallen Jedi, are people aware of her status?  Has Bail (who was sorta friendly with OWK) let Obi know she's made contact and is helping?  Or does everyone basically ignore Yoda and OWK at this point?

People think OT cameos are cool, and I liked the Lando one (it wasn't too bad at all), but I personally hate them.  I hate the thought that they'll cross paths with Han and Chewie (I just know they're going to), or maybe a young Luke, or Boba Fart & his cronies...  that stuff gets to me.

However, I'd kinda dig seeing them cross paths with TCW characters more.  Some Mandalorians (especially with Sabine's armor and assumed background with them), maybe a surviving Clone or two?  I'd kinda dig seeing some stuff like that, over OT cameos that just feel forced and unnecessary.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 2, 2015, 09:34 PM »
OK, so I'm digging how things are shaping up...  the group was just one of many cells, being manipulated by the people who formed the early Alliance's leadership basically.  That is neat, establishes a lot.  Pretty simple.

In the episode, not a snowball's chance this many people fit in a fighter's cockpit like that.  It was a plot thing, even brought up in context, but I didn't care for it.

Bit of melodrama to it all, the dialogue and things were a little over the top at times (George sneak in there and do some writing?), but overall the episode was pretty neat, interesting...  And to off someone, or seemingly do so, was kind of bold on the show's part.

So, some little technical nitpicks aside, I thought they did a nice little story overall to wrap up the Season One.  :)  It opens the galaxy up a good deal for Season Two...  Hopefully off friggin' Lothal, which has been overused at this point!

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 2, 2015, 09:29 PM »
Good call on Fulcrum.

Vader looks McQuarrie Mask angry.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 2, 2015, 08:22 PM »
Season One is wrapping up soon...  about 40 mins or so?  I'm kind of surprised how little chatter is going on among the collecting world.  There are either a lot less folks around than in 2008, or it's just not caught on quite the same TCW did.  Remember the grand debates of that year?  People loved it, hated it, and there was tons of talk about it.

I'm finding Rebels to be slower, in general, but still interesting.  I'm actually watching tonight's episode live rather than DVR'ing it which I usually do.  I hate the Monday time slot, personally.  But I am intrigued about who they'll reveal, if anyone, and what way they'll wrap the Season One up.  I'm almost expecting them to do something actually dramatic.  Maybe not...  maybe just wishful thinking on my part?  I'm hoping for something cool tonight though!

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: March 2, 2015, 07:04 PM »
Pens did more than I thought they would and ultimately went away from hitting and more for speed and passing, which is the way Rutherford's taken the team since supplanting Bylsma.  I don't think we made any big splashes but Winnik was a nice addition to our 3rd line since our bottom 6 were lacking.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 2, 2015, 07:01 PM »
TG is the one I haven't seen.  I'm looking for one for me and one for a local buddy ultimately, if I see them anywhere.

AT-DP Pilots I think have some potential appeal that goes beyond kids and even beyond the anti-5POA folks too.  I know I bought one, and I barely am buying any 5 POA.  I wanted it for customizing at some point.

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Sounds like he knew things were ending and he was working hard to say goodbye while he had the time.  It's sad, but nice at the same time.  Everything I ever heard about him, from fans or otherwise, was always that he was a nice guy.  I think that's everything ultimately.

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