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12" Figures / SS 1/6 TIE Pilot
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:15 PM »
And another 1/6 Imperial Trooper teased today...  Now the TIE Pilot, which is must-have to me, is being teased.  I may order this fellow out of the gate.  :)

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12" Figures / SS 1/6 Biker Scout & Speederbike
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:15 PM »
Frankly, unless the SS one is vastly superior, I love the Hasbro one and I'd be going that option.  It's cheap, but was scaled pretty spot-on (despite for years the 4" one being way too large).

I've told myself I'd only buy Bossk and "Militaries" figures from Sideshow, and then barely any PT stuff...  all OT.

Sideshow is making me think I need to reconsider that because I can't afford even all the OT stuff they're putting out, as great as it looks.  There's just tons of it! 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:04 PM »
Yeah the curve on the blasters was what tipped me that the wings definitely separate but that's a good graphic Jayson...  Really shows how the wings probably do fold into one another ultimately.  Cuts down on the bulk of the old ship's wing style.

Still wondering where those landing gear are supposed to go, lol.  Then again they didn't make a lot of sense in the old design either.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:55 PM »
Lots of goodness in there...

Seems a certain Jedi Master's been workin' to help move things along.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:47 PM »
I learned to shoot by shooting little plastic army men...  Had a lot of good men die that way.

I've said this before about Angry Birds, and the same applies here.  People complain, but that line probably netted you a figure you otherwise wouldn't have gotten, like Plagueis or something.  Angry Birds were on clearance?  That means little without you having a sales sheet to know what was paid, what sold, what it sold for, how fast it sold, how much overall sold, etc.

Angry Birds, and this command line of figures, are cheap...  That's the bottom line (no pun intended), and cheap can take a hit like a clearance, so long as an acceptable number of them sell, ultimately. 

Given how many kids I see with Angry Bird Star Wars t-shirts on just anywhere you go, I'm not surprised Hasbro tried toys tied to the game.  They seem (according to Hasbro) to have done ok too.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:41 PM »
I know man, I was just saying that to someone tonight...  These have to be at least as good as 1-3 at this point...  I can't see them being worse somehow.  I'm trying to aim low but it's hard because the stuff they do reveal, it's pretty damn neat.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:12 PM »
Some interesting thoughts on the new ship...

-It's shorter than the OT ship.  Snubbier in the nose.  Or so it seems anyway, but it definitely looks a little stumpier with a possibly elongated nosecone.  I don't know what level of effort they're putting into this but in the EU the nosecone housed a lot of the sensors for the OT ship so a larger one is kind of neat to see from a techno babble POV.

-The Landing gear on the wing has as little place to go as on the OT ship, haha.

-The ladder has a door for it to swing into the hull somehow it appears (the ladders on the old one have always been a mystery).  There are also hand holds on the hull now, replacing the need for a "full" ladder up to the cockpit.

-The cockpit itself looked incredibly identical...  That's pretty neat.

-No Astromech can be seen, but the shot doesn't pan backwards enough to see if a port exists even.

-The rear of the hull slopes backward...  Sleeker looking for sure, and pretty different from the bulky hexagonal shape of the original ship's rear hull.

-The wing mechanism still looks confusing but the guns at the wing tips show that the top gun fits inside the lower gun's wing mount somehow.  There's a curve there...  It'd limit the thickness of the wings presumably.  Interesting.  It looks more now like it splits at the engine too, but it's still hard to see.

-I love it. :)  I really do...  I'd buy a scale version of that in a heartbeat.  Not to mention that, and I pray this occurs, but that Pilot's suit over the boots is so much cooler looking and I hope that sticks.  Reminds me of pilots in flight suits in our modern military...  I hope that remains, and we get a nice, awesome, cool figure of a pilot.

But yeah, I love it...  I love the updates.  I love the McQuarrie-ish stylings.  I love it all.  Taking what's old and making it what's actually new and improved.  Pretty shrewd and smart of Abrams IMO.

Oh yeah, and the cargo hold under (and behind?) the cockpit seating area is still there ala the OT.  Very cool.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:50 PM »
The Z-95 basically looks a lot like that tho Paul so the confusion is understandable.  It just doesn't have "S-Foils" swing-wings...  The Z-95 is based on the concepts for the X-Wing though, which feature the bulky(ier) engines and such.  There's a good Titanium Z-95, and Clone Wars had a different model of Z-95 featured in it as well.  I'm hoping to see some of those in Rebels, repurposed.

I'm just now home and anxious to examine the evolution of the X-Wing in some detail. :)  I love this thing.  I know the pilot sure looked to have a new style helmet on. 

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My brother got in on it...  I don't know what but all I know is he said I can have some skeletons, and I like skeletons so that's cool.

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See how much this thing made?  They hit that $90k and then some. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Regional Pop (Soda) You Love?
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:04 AM »
Hmmm, I wonder if you can get 1919 shipped?  I'm intrigued by this root beer now.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Hero Series Millennium Falcon
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:53 PM »
That Falcon, just from a "detail" POV, actually sports some nice intricacy to it...  I'm actually somewhat impressed.  I don't know what scale it is at 2' long though.  I could see people sprucing it up possibly for smaller scale comparison.  It may be in the 1/32-ish range, or smaller.  I still won't buy one.  Space and all.  I could see that getting touched up by modelers though.

I'm still curious about the X-Wing myself...  It's pretty damn close to figure scale.  It'll take work, but if it's as detailed as this Falcon is, I can see the work being well worth the effort.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Regional Pop (Soda) You Love?
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:31 PM »
Damn.  I may need to travel to MN.  That's pretty awesome stuff, especially that you can get it by the keg.  Can you get that stuff anywhere, or just particular places?  That Killebrew seems to have a baseball theme going on.  Figured maybe it was sold only at the Twins park or soemthing.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Hero Series Millennium Falcon
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:50 PM »
Yeah I don't know many kids anymore to know if that Jakks thing is "cool" or not...  It's big.  Kids like big crap I guess, but I dunno.  It's not something I'd want, even when I was younger.  I think I liked small scale stuff like trains and models and things.  Probably the only reason I don't get more into 1/6 figures now.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Hero Series Millennium Falcon
« on: July 16, 2014, 09:31 PM »
Different manufacturing process...  these are rotocast toys, and the BMF's a multi-part injection molded toy.  Rotocasting's cheap but simplified...  Like a pink flamingo is rotocast generally.  The BMF's complex, electronic, labor-intensive, etc.

I'd assume they see this as something they can roll out again for the films as well... It's of an iconic (a true use of that word, not a "collector" use of it where we think everything's iconic, haha) ship, simple to make, large and "impressive" to look at, not absurdly heavy.

$60 isn't cheap to me either and I'd be picky on what I spent that on...  But compared to the ever-inflating price of the BMF?  If I had to guess why they didn't go smaller, it's that they want something visually impressive but still moderately affordable and more likely to sell than something $100 and well beyond.  *shrugs*

That's my guess anyway.  I'm sure many of these choices are to meet demands from retailers as well.  We suffer from that stuff too.

I wouldn't doubt that we'll see these ships, or at least the Falcon, again soon...  Same as that giant Vader from Jakks Pacific.  I can't imagine that won't be returning despite collector's opinions on it.  It's a big, goofy, "wow fact" thing, at a lower price.

I'm not personally interested in this Falcon, but I am pretty sure they don't care if I am either.

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