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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 13, 2016, 01:16 AM »
Surely someone who directs traffic has an exciting part to play.  It is Star Wars after all, where everyone is tied to everything important in some secret way.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 12, 2016, 08:47 PM »
That is a quite well done poster.  The graphics over Jyn and things...  Vader's ghostly image there.  Pretty cool stuff.

And the trailer is kinda out of the blue...  Good Morning America I assume, though internet dissection will be my viewing of choice I think.

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Bandai's 1/12 model kits for Rogue One look insanely cool.  Very glad I skipped the Hasbro Death Trooper and K2S0 as I was very tempted...  but knowing they're doing the model kits?  I'm in!

The troopers include the necessities to make officers, grunts, squad leaders...  Lots of hardware too. 

Also they're doing Striker and U-Wing models.  Looks like the small models of these ships also include the hovertank as a mini-kit or base of some sort kind of like the ships coming with Death Star tiles.

http://bandai-hobby.net/sw/jp/special/rogue1.html

It's not a huge roll-out of models but the troopers and K2S0 will be must-haves.

While they're usually easy snap-together builds, and nothing you have to go bonkers with, the more complex deco characters like Boba Fett tend to look a tad too clean and benefit greatly from a good painter.  A figure like a Stormtrooper or Death Trooper appear to just look great out of the gate, as does the Shoretrooper.  Their astromechs are, IMHO, unmatched in the scale...  for poseability/articulation, accessories, customizability, features (opening panels, etc.), and more. 

These are a good way to get into models for kids too.  I don't find them to be something an 8-10 year old couldn't handle without a little help/supervision from the big kid in the house.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2016 - 2017
« on: October 10, 2016, 09:51 PM »
Yeah I'm amped.  Pens coming off their cup win, team stayed largely intact, Crosby is firing on all cylinders and health..... AAAWWW FFFFFUUUUU!!!!


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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:45 PM »
 :-X

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I'd agree, if someone were making injection molded display pieces for a lesser price... 

Since your other options are resin, 3D printing, cardboard/stock, and hand made, I think $200 is reasonable since the figures do cost a lot already and most who are collecting them wouldn't want something chincy as a display.

I know that sounds snarky and that's not my intent.  But these aren't "toys" and are also not some guy making them in his garage with resin or with a home 3D printing setup.  The price is warranted, when you think about it.  Though I totally get it not being in everyone's budget or justifiable.  I've paid that much for a car I used for quite a while.  I get it.  But the "these cost too much" crowd really don't seem to be thinkibg about what goes into this and what you actually get.  I'm not diving into 1/6 even though I would love that for my SS Vader.  I can't afford it really, or I might.  I am all into the 3.75" ones though.

Now, if Sideshow were making these and selling them for less...  but they're not.  Plus most of their large display items (Cantina, Yoda hut) aren't plastic.  They're like polystone casts or something iirc...  These, they're professionally done items, by a start-up that's a fraction the size of Sideshow which isn't a big outfit itself.  They're still getting these done in a professional manner from design to final production and shipment.  That's sorely missing, but these are definitely not in everyone's budget.  I think though, if you're a 1/6 guy diehard, this is the kind of thing you'd be hard pressed not to sink $ into.  Stormtroopers with that behind them?  That's a beautiful thing!

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:03 PM »
This movies gonna blow my sox off!  Emphasis on blow, if those dumbass pack ins are real things. :)

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 10:40 PM »
Hmm so I wonder if those guys in blue-ish outfits on DS2 are also just cargo shuttle pilots?

I can buy the Shories being nothing more than just Stormies in specialized duds too.

On the real world vs SW world terminology, I don't think things jive all that badly really...  Stormtroopers are, to me, the wild card...  They're a branch of military that seems to transcend army/navy.  I view the Star Wars world as fairly clear on those two...  Or at least with the EU mixed in they seemed to be.  Thus the Navy has their Naval Troopers for defense/work, the army has their "Imperial Army Regulars" (essentially AT-ST Drivers make up that uniform...  infantry just wear body armor ala Veers).  The Stormtroopers are somewhere in between, and are the main fighting body of the Empire it appears, but I can see the army backing them up... 

I'm just seeing how these "Shoretroopers" fit into it all...  Like Jeff says, just stormtroopers in "Marine Warfare" gear perhaps...  Or who knows.

I feel like the terminology works though (Army, Navy, etc) ...  Even within the Alliance there's the "fleet" guys and then the commandos who may or may not make up the army end of the Alliance's military units.  I feel like it's possible it's that simple with them as well.  I think we just don't see much of the "army" save for perhaps units on Endor, which could have a heavy mix (like any large military base/installation on a planet may have)?

That is not to say there aren't scads of uniform variations too, I mean this is only going to get more complex as things roll along I believe. :)

Hmm does this make Bodie an army builder?

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Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 09:47 PM »
Not to be confused with Imperial Navy Commandos.

Ah, I hadn't forgotten them I just kinda ignored them since they're EU, but you're right, and I always wondered if maybe that's a DST in "combat armor" or something...

2 of the figures (them and their officer) I never got...  Didn't have a ton of interest in TFU 2 so I skipped those packs.  Kinda wish I hadn't now.  Those held their value pretty strong.

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Haven't picked up any new Titaniums till this past weekend.  I got the "Vulture" Shuttle (The big Imperial Cargo Transport), and it's cool as hell to be honest.  Very nice detail, the folding wings, the orange cargo pods below on its belly, deploy-able landing gear...  Very neat toy.  $5 strikes me as slightly high priced for diecast stuff but it's still really nice overall.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 06:58 PM »
This trooper type's become pretty interesting...  The coloring, the style of armor... 

I read they're "Marines" basically, so while the "shore trooper" is still kind of stupid as names go, they at least have something specialized to them besides being at a beach (IE: Jungle warfare, amphibious specialties, etc.), and that's cool.

That said, the "Naval Trooper" is more or less a marine...  Operating for defense aboard ships, aboard space stations, etc.  They perform various tasks but also act as armed force aboard these places too.  And that makes sense since you see them operating in very much a Marine's capacity abord the DS, Destroyers, and even on Endor at the shield generator which for all intents and purposes would be a "naval" installation.

So what's the deal with these new guys being Marines?

I've always envisioned Stormtroopers being their own branch of military forces...  Could these be the Stormtrooper's specialists then?  Or are these guys separate of Stormtroopers and are armored versions of the "Death Star Trooper" as we know him?  Just a different set of clothes.  Kind of like the 41st Elite's armor changing depending on the need (camo scout-like armor on Kashyyyk, grey marking regular armor on Coruscant).

Of course it's easy to say it's cool to sell new toys with something neat looking that's different but still an armored trooper, blah blah blah.

The colors, I can view them as something easy to see in dense jungle environments to identify your hierarchy of rank...  Quick recognition of who's in charge (or not).  That's basically what the rank pauldrons on troopers are (BTW, Loving that the pauldrons have become standard, not "specialized", as the troopers on Tatooine I still maintain are just regular soldiers and a "sandtrooper" isn't really a thing at all, just my opinion).

In a jungle environment the reds and blues may be readily recognizable...  Plus red/blue being the rank colors of the standard military it seems, perhaps that lends credence to these guys not being within the Stormtrooper ranks (otherwise why not just wear pauldrons of bright colors right?).

That said I can see them being just the Marines of the Stormtrooper legions, easy peasy, but still fun to think about.

All these new trooper and armor types give me new things to ponder with the military structure of both sides...  I enjoy that kinda stuff when it comes up.  I'm curious if we'll see anything from the AT-ST type uniforms...

And Bodie's outfit, it's blue seemingly...  what is his role?  Is he representing those guys on the Death Star II in blue jumpsuits we've never been able to identify as anyone in particular since there's never been any mention of them in any source material?  He doesn't appear to have a grey uniform on like the landing crew people, another new trooper type, so is this just something completely separate?  Are there more colors indicating job/station ala the crew on a flight deck of an aircraft carrier?  The original movies certainly didn't seem to indicate anything that intricate, but they also didn't branch out to how Imperial occupation looked too.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 6, 2016, 06:34 PM »
I bailed again.  I may catch up on it out of simple curiosity but yeah, it really sucks.  For whatever reason the people are terribly uninteresting compared to the original.  Guess you can't catch lightning in a bottle twice.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 6, 2016, 06:32 PM »
Post some pics if you can, I'd like to check it out.

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Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 06:31 PM »
Can always articulate it yourself if you're feeling saucy.

I'm planning to do that with a few figures just because.  I'll grab that Stormtrooper officer for that actually.  I'm going to do up the one DT I have here that way too.

Like Jeff, I can't count on Wal-Mart to get me the numbers (even minimum) I want so I have a backup plan as crummy as it may be.   :-\

On the Scarrif/Shore/whatever troopers I find it interesting that they're the Empire's Marine Corps more or less...  Kinda makes you look at the "Imperial Naval Trooper" with a question mark...  Though, are they one in the same, just in a combat armor?  Questions for another section of the forums.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 5, 2016, 09:03 PM »
This is pretty interesting man...  It's making that figure appealing actually, something I can't say I considered at all before.

Does the hood pop off easy?

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