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The thing is, repaints or otherwise, this what stuff costs now.  It's a like it or lump it situation.  I'm not sure what to expect at this point but I agree this is "overhype" beyond compare and IMO does a possible disservice to it, if it isn't something really special. 

In the business world the ones who let the product speak for itself are the ones the price rarely matters.  I hope this is cool, or at least cool enough, but yeah given all this build up I think that could backfire some.  Especially with collectors these days.  But I hope for something cool. :)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:53 PM »
I thought they were a different ship, actually.  But given the A-Wing's old EU reworking to be a pre-ANH ship and them taking that, I'd not be shocked to see Ints making the rounds too as they were also pre-ANH ships in the EU.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:27 PM »
They are/were, even by the EU's standards, fitting that Nazi-motif.  The EU just slipped in that Thrawn and his species have a slightly higher level of acceptance, and while most Chiss don't rise to that kind of level, Thrawn was able to because of the man he was.

If you're sticking with the Nazi thing though...  Even the Nazi's relaxed their rules as to who can be in and who can't.  There were SS regiments formed in conquered territories, there were men in the upper echelon of the Reich who didn't believe in the Nazi ideals but who were just good soldiers.  Many of them died on this very week (Operation Valkyrie), actually.  I've always viewed Thrawn as the Erwin Rommel of the Empire...  Educated, intelligent, not always an insider with the Nazi party but a valued officer, and one who saw the faults of the Nazis themselves, and that they were simply bad people.

The only thing I don't like, which I mentioned, was THrawn's place as a GA too early.  If they'd had him at a lower level like his EU story played out, I think it'd make him even more threatening because you could play his ambition card...  As a GA, Thrawn is really pretty close to Tarkin but in separate branches more or less.  I'd have liked to have seen things done differently but the show's rumored to not last as long as TCW did and so maybe they're not wanting to get too complex with names/titles and stuff.

They kept a lot of Thrawn's background though.  His studying his enemies, his art collection, etc.  They're wanting that element the Thrawn Trilogy had of Thrawn being just as deadly and threatening as anyone, but without force abilities and just a purely strategic mind.  I love that.

Yeah her pack-in doesn't even seem quite as nifty as the Stormtrooper's little book last year which was actually kinda neat.  She has like a little threat dossier type thing.  Kinda cool, but really just looks like some (albeit sweet) Stephen Hayford photography work as a pack-in.  Cool, but not cool enough to blow too much $.

I do wish Hasbro made a little more than they seem to, to share after the show.  That alone would alleviate some of the manic behavior people have after SDCC every year, but hey, it's a con and exclusive once again means something...  plus how many years did Hasbro make oodles available and get burned on it?  So **** happens I guess.

BTW am I the only one who thinks this figure looks incredible?  I saw tons of bitching about her sculpt/likeness like that Leia figure.  I don't see the correlation but some seem to think this looks bad.  Not I.  That's a kickass sculpt I thought.

I think it just boils down to a wide range of tastes...  There's a ton of people at other sites that are all jazzed about EU stuff, old EU that is, but 'round these parts we are pretty old school (Face it, most of us are old farts now), and so we gravitate to the old stuff.  While some hate to believe it though, there is a generation that grew up with the PT that have their place too, and I think the EU would resonate with them more, and thus we're seeing what we're seeing.

I've got no dog in the hunt, like I've said, and so I don't think there's a fix in here at all.  I think OT guys just aren't as many as they used to be.

I think Hasbro have ample time to get to much of the OT stuff too...  I think the more obscure OT (ICMG) is a more worthy vote.  I think Dengar will happen because I think they have this clean palette to work with and are going to do so.  I think a Gammie, or Royal Guard will happen too.  I don't think those EU guys had a shot in hell if they didn't make this poll, so to that end I see the EU guy's perspective on this.

I don't care for Talon as a character...  Lame, and Nick's right that that figure was a fan wank if I ever saw one.  But hey, if people want her, so be it.  Starkiller is as interesting in general I think.  I like my TFU figures and Hasbro sure as hell made a lot of them, but hey, he's just another EU dude too.  And that game was popular, for what it was.  Too bad they didn't do the Bounty Hunter game they'd planned because I think it would've been more popular.

Anyway, I see it as nothing to get mad about in general.  It's just supposed to be fun.  If it isn't fun, and there's anger involved, maybe it's time for those people to step back and reevaluate whether collecting is even something they should do at this point.  In the grand scheme this whole thing means nothing really.  The days of fans rallying behind one thing seem to be gone.  No more ICMG-ish fun. :(

Hmmm, that'd fit with the Tatooine theme if there is one there.  Maybe.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:59 PM »
I agree with Nick on the Ysalimirri dealio there...  Think that's the acknowledgement of their existence and that's it.  Don't think Thrawn would've passed those by Vader/Palps given their capabilities against the Force.

I love seeing Thrawn put into the show...  To me he was always going to be "around" anyway since I liked him and consider him part of Star Wars regardless of what the highest bidder has to say. :)

If those imp droids were Dark Troopers, and they sure seem like they may be, I hope they don't piss around with that story much either.  And piss on that Star Wars mobile game's attempt at rewriting anything from that storyline (I don't think they did, but freemium gaming is meh).

The chick from KotCS is already an action figure, if you had her and an extra Deena Shan from Force Unleashed handy.  The head swaps perfectly for those who want to basically make that Imperial Governor without much effort.  The KotCS girl's figure may actually have value now.

Diverse Range Of Interesting Dudes

Hmmmm...  D R O I D S...  Seems like something is trying to be said there.

I'm kinda shocked if it's THOSE kinda those though, since Disney seems to be on those like stink on poop.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 19, 2016, 09:36 PM »
I'm like spazzing waiting on SDCC to get here and find out if I'm getting the AMM Trooper!?  Ugh!

Eh, I've liked what EE has done in the past so I can't bitch about what this is without seeing it myself.

The more I look at it though, that sure as **** looks like an astromech silhouette and jawas, so I guess I'm leaning towards astromech repaints and Jawas?  I'm not disappointed in hearing this at all, if that's what it turns out as, but hey, I'm all for some new good figures is all I'm saying.  I just want cool new stuff.  Repaints are ok too, but not as great as new figures.  That said, I'm not (regardless) expecting them to have tons of new tooling around.

The Mando's didn't and that worked well IMHO, so I'm ok with this as it is...  so far...  not having actually seen anything and just knowing articulation and scale are in my wheelhouse.  Happy to have ordered up.

Made some time...  I liked the mic drop made by that one guy.  That made me lol actually.

A whole lot of EU bashing, then a whole lot of new movie/EU hating...  It seems fairly equal.  It's pretty easy to see how these final 6 came to be, and that's the way the cookie crumbles.  Nothing I'm terribly interested in on a personal level, but not much would've gotten me anyway outside Tarkin or a Rebel Soldier, so I was never the target demo there.

Oh, and I find it interesting that the official site is hosting this, and yet there's a whopping 50k votes there at this point.  Granted, a lot of time is left till Friday sure, but that's a pretty damn low voter turnout.

Cite the choices or whatever, but I think that's fairly representative of where collecting as a whole is at this point...   :-\

Lol had no idea it was that bad.  I've gotta make some time to read that mess.

Hmmmmm....  I'm thinking vintage is a good possibility.  I've liked all the EE exclusive boxed sets over the years.  I wish they'd had more of them honestly.  That TFA one was lame but the boxed sets of figures have always been nice.  The mandalorians was a great set.

Ordered mine, using the JD sponsor linky thing!  :P  hint hint hint

Ordered 2, cuz hey, whatever.

Hmmm that's a pretty low bar...  I may have to peruse those for the rage.

I mean, 6" isn't my bag at all so I can't say I'm angered over the outcome...  I wouldn't be angered at the outcome if they were 3.75" either though.  It is what it is.  If this is what most want, so be it.  I'd not want any of these, in either scale, or comparable ones in 3.75", but I'm ok if that's the outcome too.

I dunno what to vote for on that list...  Dengar I suppose represents JD the best, but I kinda think Mara and Starkiller could make cool 6" figures too. 

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