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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: January 3, 2017, 07:53 PM »
I think the shot was close enough to wipe the tower out anyway, just like how Saw bought it on Jedha.  Perhaps Tarkin didn't have an angle to directly hit the tower but take out the array?

This has been my theory...  The DS comes outta hyper space, they likely aren't in the exact position to make the shot and the DS doesn't appear to zip along at sublight, so  it takes them a certain amount of time to set up their shot.  Time appears to be of the essence in some way too.  Tarkin wants the leak sealed, orders the "quicker" (assuming) shot of just firing one reactor at the base as soon as they can.  The angle comes in view, they take it, it isn't "direct" but it is the first shot they can take to destroy it, and it does...  but it was too late anyway, and the plans were already up and on their way out basically.  The Devastator (assuming) arrives, blockades what it can, but the final sequence takes place and they're off and running to ANH's timeline.


I like the notion that the DS's firing can go faster if you use less reactors to do it, but that in general the entire process is relatively slow.  Even at Endor, they're not pew pew pew picking off capital ships, and I'm betting those aren't full power shots like at Alderaan, but rather single reactor shots on smaller-ish targets.  One that can hit a slow moving target like a capital ship but can't pick off anything with great pinpoint accuracy either.  I'd think that factors in.  This isn't a scalpel after all.

Jedha they're directly above the city, just turn the dish down on it, badaboom...  they had all day basically, but they also probably left quite a few people to escape who saw the writing on the wall I'd bet.

I appreciate that Jayson has them correctly posed as well. :P

Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: January 3, 2017, 03:58 AM »
And up for pre-order on EE is the APC! 

Aliens 1/18 APC (Hiya Toys)

When your jaw comes up off the floor from the price, realize this thing is what collectors want basically, and it's an import, and it's totally badass, and cool **** costs money these days.  As much a model as it is a toy.  Can't wait.  Only wish the Power Loader light lit up now that I see they're incorporating lights into this so much.

They're hinting they are working on feasibility of the Dropship that dumps the APC off...  Fly the friendly skies! :)

Not everyone's cup of tea at $250, but at this point and given what building your own would require, this is pretty awesome really.  I've paid as much or more for some things, but not many really.  At least not in the toy realm anyway.  Some 1/16 armor but that's been about it.  :-X  That said, pre-order is in from me.  I'm gonna eyeball it for a 2nd one too, but probably not a full priced one unless they go near sell-out.

First time around, joints snapped...  plastic was too weak.

Second time around, plastic was too flexible, joints themselves too loose to hold up the bulbous noggin of an AT-ST.

Third time's the charm?

Though IIRC, the Hoth version in the ultimate battlepack stands better....  I think.

Regardless though, I find this to be one of the coolest vehicles Hasbro cranked out.  If it's too weak, I'll redo the "fix" tutorial I had, but simply put, it's an external lock washer wedged in the "hip" joint for sturdiness.

I went ape**** on the K-Mart walker during their clearance glut...  I went ape**** on the Wal-Mart one too, for that matter.  This?  At $60, I'll bide my time I think.  I have plenty.  But if it's nicely fixed to "perfection" I'd buy one I think.  It was cool seeing it tear up the streets of Jedha.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: December 30, 2016, 05:09 PM »
Yeah I remember him and the helmet style.  Kinda like Aliens without the neck protector. 

I'm disappointed we'll get him but he's not going to be poseable.   :-\

Sucks but such is life.  Put him on the customizing list, I guess.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 29, 2016, 03:15 PM »

Such a tragic time for their family, and I hope they're able to find the strength emotionally to get through it all.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 29, 2016, 01:34 AM »
See I'd lump that in with the haste...  The shot wasn't so much clumsy as that's the first shot they could make that would hit and do the job they're wanting done.  And I figure the single reactor shot itself could be a faster shot taken by the DS...  less destructive, but also far quicker than the "full" shot the DS takes on Alderaan ultimately.  I was figuring that angle was just their immediate shot that would do what they wanted, as quickly as they wanted, sans getting the DS into a better position of course.  I figure it's all just time/timing and them wanting it to end fast because clearly Vader/Palpatine viewed that (the Rebels getting any info on it, the leaks, the open attacks, etc.) as one giant cluster-F of sorts.  ;D

The fact it offed Krennic in a fun way and gave the survivors trapped there a chance to have intimate moments of reflection, hey, great. :P

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 28, 2016, 05:31 PM »
I thought about that too, and maybe it's just rationalizing it too much or something, but my thought was they come out of hyper space, and wanted to fire on the planet as soon as they could, and ultimately they wound up getting it at the best angle they could to immediately fire and destroy, but not an angle that allowed a top-down shot like on Jedha.

Just a thought...  or the one that helps me rationalize that anyway.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 27, 2016, 11:31 PM »
God forbid!  :P

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 26, 2016, 11:57 PM »
Everyone seems pretty able to nab it for $200.  And many seem to get it in the ballpark of $150-ish too, and I think that's probably where it was sort of expected to end up with all the "Hey look it's ____ off" sales and stuff...  just like the giant battlepacks of yore that used to get slashed right when they were supposed to hit the shelves at Target and things (but usually were sold out long before if they were any good).

The $300 price is definitely too much to my mind, but if I had a kid into Star Wars, the $200 price would've been enough for me to cave for that.

That said, I waited on the BFATAT and got it cheap so I wouldn't have plunked $200 down for this even, or $150 for that matter...  just not my bag.  Like I said though, that Aliens APC is $250 pre-order, and I won't be batting an eye at getting that.  :-X

The value is there, to me, for that.  Something I've wanted for quite some time and it looks better than I'd imagined it could.

Caught this on social media myself and wow...  I love the hand too, which is kind of unique. 

I don't see the interest in mixing/matching colors being as high with protocol droids, as it is with astromechs, but I can see wanting cmplete solid colored ones sure.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 7
« on: December 22, 2016, 07:43 PM »
We just got a pile of Leia Han Phasma...  ::)  One case of Jyn's wave too, but otherwise, ****.   ::)

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: December 20, 2016, 06:29 PM »
That's the funny thing about waiting for clearance and people who consistently tell you that you shouldn't...  For me, something's only worth what I'm willing to pay, so sometimes I wait.  I waited on most of the BF vehicles and got most.  I bought an AT-TE full price as I wanted to show support for that, but on the others, they're not really my cup of tea for the full price so I got most at steep discounts.  That said, if it's something I'm in love with I'm willing to shell out big $.

It's funny how the AT-ACT has brought out the odd perceptions of collectors and value too...  They cite the price, say it's too much, etc., and for me it is too though not because I think the value isn't there.  I feel it's just not in my personal wheelhouse.  Comparatively speaking though, this week a pre-order went up for an Aliens APC for a whopping $250.  It's 1/18 scaled perfectly, it has features spot-on to the movie and the actual plans for the vehicle, just shrunk down into a "toy".  Now this is very much in my wheelhouse of something I want, but it's a whopping $250!  :o  Now, I'm going to get two...  one full price for sure, and I'll keep an eye on the second one, but may bite before any price drops.  It's a fraction the size of the AT-ACT though, and has basically 0 electronics (some interior lighting, but nothing more than simple LED work).  But it's more a model than a toy, and man I love me some Aliens.

I look at the AT-ACT and I know people rag on it because it shoots NERF darts and stuff, but it friggin' walks...  When I was a kid I'd have given almost anything for my AT-AT to have walked, much less remotely.  I wish it was a little more controllable, but that's a whole other level of complexity adding in different servos and such.  So I get what Hasbro did here, and I kinda get the price, not to mention it's basically been pretty easy to get for much closer to $200 than $300, and is $200 REALLY bad for this?  I don't think so at all. 

To each their own though...  I say if you're not that into it, definitely gamble on the waiting game.  It's not like people don't know chance they take.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 20, 2016, 01:25 AM »
On the Blue Squadron thing, that was the original color of Red Squadron, but because of the blue screen filming, blue didn't do too well with the effects shots and red replaced it and all that stuff...  Thus some Rebel Pilots still sport the blue logos on the buckets and stuff, but were only filmed hopping into lifesize props and didn't have the starfield background and stuff.

Anyway, I just found it neat that Blue Squad was who basically got wiped out at Scarrif...  it felt like some kind of homage to include them but not seemingly have many, if any, of them make it back to Yavin and be at the Death Star battle there.

I really enjoyed the entire fighter combat...  They did a superb job with that.  The fighters skipping off the shields (something that should've happened at Endor, and was in the radio dramas and I believe the novel), the sound of the Imperial fighter spiraling and crashing, the U-Wing being a sort of fighter transport that could pull multiple duties, the X-Wings darting into the shield around the transport before it could close off, the formation flying (lots of OT nods with it, but with a good deal more maneuvering and such), Red 5 "explanation"...  I loved the Hammerhead corvette making itself useful... 

And I really want to watch it again now and just confirm but I swear those Rebel Transports are firing...  They actually are doing something!  Hooray!  Finally answering the question WTF were they doing at the battle of Endor?  I always thought maybe they're there to pick up ejected pilots or just act as clutter, floating bombs (didn't do much to the devastator when that one crashed into it though).  Just all around, the space combat was epic.  Best battle in any Star Wars film, for me, and I thought TFA's were pretty epic and well done.

Gareth Edwards gets a lot of the OT...  I have to hand it to him.  You can tell he was living those battles with his action figures too, when he was young...  not now that he's old like the rest of us, and we call it "posing" of course...  right? right?  ??? :-X :-[

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