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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 15, 2016, 12:12 AM »
Yeah I don't see this changing either...  Like I said, Rebels doesn't seem like it's that big a deal to Hasbro, and I suppose Disney either...  It's there, it's filler, and it does a job, but it's not an event carrying the franchise like TCW was.

Wonder what ratings have been like for SWR compared to TCW now that we're a little deeper into Rebels for the comparison to be made.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:48 PM »
Yeah I don't give 2 poos on Rebels stuff, so she's not on my list, but making her hard to find out of the gate is just gonna be a complain-a-palooza and Hasbro is already sneaking a repack in...  I get it, Kylo is the new Darth Maul (or so goes the hope) and he does seem to sell.  Even his deluxe figure sold better than the others did, and for all intents and purposes, Poe was a pretty unique figure.  Ren was just no hood up, but still harder to find than the others if you were looking it seemed.

That said, I say don't kick off this group on Force Friday with 2 Kylo...  1 wouldn't have hurt anything.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:09 PM »
Dunno if I agree with that...  I would've much rather seen Kylo go 1 per case as the repack.  I think K2SO could be a pretty popular character/figure from this movie though.  I'm thinking along the lines of HK47's popularity that seemed to transcend him being a character in a video game (albeit a popular one).

Either way I have to admit this is the first time 5POA figures have me kinda at least interested in owning a couple of them right out of the gate.  I'm not sure I'll pick up a lot yet, and I'm gonna look for sales anywhere I can.  I hope Dollar General gets in wave 1 like last year.  They've often got a $ amount off coupon on their app.

Sabine as a 1x on launch day does kinda blow though.  Kid-focused character supposedly...  Rebels is very off Hasbro's radar at times, in a weird way.  It's become like the opening act for the movie every year really, and Hasbro's out on the concourse getting beer with the rest of the crowd.  :-\

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:06 PM »
That's good news...  I'm still interested in seeing it in person before I commit to buying one.  I think it's possibly off enough I won't want one, even though I've wanted a "McQuarrie A-Wing" for eons now in my collection.  I need something pretty cool though and I'm not sure this is gonna hack it.

Yeah I couldn't imagine this being THAT different.  I was thinking though it may all be accessories and deco that's different too...  Her pants, shirt, etc. may all be the same under there.  There weren't many unique Rey outfits.  Jyn seems to change clothes more. :P

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2016-17
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:55 PM »
I really thought the Skins would have a better showing McMetal but it's a long season too...  We're short 2 pretty big weapons on offense and that's without including our TE situation since Miller retired somewhat unexpectedly.  Jesse James (heh, and he's local) is filling in ok but he'll never fill in that spot completely I don't think.  Nice dude though (my kids met him at a concert).

Defensively I was shocked at the kinda crazy scheme going on but it worked.  Our secondary has one hell of a long season ahead of it though.  ::)

Cousins is a better QB than RG3 was...  I think he's stable and can only get better (and he's already pretty good).  You've got a good future with him.  That could've gone Cleveland on you and you'd be looking to fix that pick and pissing away seasons doing it.  I feel like Cousins just needs some better receiving weapons maybe, and some maturity/growth to adapt.

Well it looks like K-Mart has another exclusive for this year...  I saw Yakface tweet about this earlier, but a picture has turned up of a 6" Sgt. Jyn Erso like the title says.

She appears to have at least an exclusive base going for her...  Not sure what else is unique to be honest.  I know it's wildly different than the SDCC Jyn Erso, but will there be a general release version of her in this specific set of accessories or is the base and maybe the deco be all that's exclusive like last year's K-Mart figures?

If it's all the gear though, this will be a much more popular figure I'd imagine.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:37 PM »
Except an AT-ST can be crushed by a couple of logs....maybe the armor could help a little.  :D

To be fair, watch the Mythbusters episode on this Matt.  It's interesting...  Plus "scout" denotes they're not the meatiest of weapons to hit the battlefield.  They're the TIE Fighter of land forces it seems.  :-[

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:35 PM »
That might be a bigger issue if Stormtroopers were riding around in WW2 tanks versus their own hover tank.  There's no reason why the imperial tanks couldn't have larger hatches.

Except like, they really don't have that. ;)  They're pretty typical looking of WW2 armor hatches in their design in many respects...  The AT-ST's as well, but also this new tank.

My friend I was talking about this with isn't a SW fan as much a history guy, but we felt they're very similarly styled to a WW2 German tank destroyer/mobile gun...  At least the profile from the front is similar.  Very low, very cramped (looking anyway, without any inside details).  The Commander's cupola is the most spacious looking hatch that can be seen (as most commander's cupolas are larger), and very WW2 German-ish looking itself actually, but still tight and made more-so by someone wearing armor obviously.  I wouldn't be surprised at them pulling from WW2 weapons to design it since Star Wars has a history of that anyway in its look for the Empire.

The driver's hatch, which only the driver's head is visible, is insanely tight and I'd dare say almost impossible for him to remove himself if he's wearing armor besides a helmet and perhaps a tight/thin or flexible body piece.  You only see his  bucket though, so it's possible he's in a jumpsuit and no body armor.

Hatches are small for structural purposes more than anything, or they'd have larger hatches on actual tanks.  Modern armor the shapes have changed, but they're still fairly tight squeezes to get into/out of, and are still largely rounded.  Larger hatches mean larger weak points that can be targeted though.  The top of the tank is generally weak (in real life anyway), so you try to minimize that...  The size of the hatches on Star Wars vehicles like this (or the AT-ST) make you think that's possibly true in Star Wars too, and they want to minimize weak points on it.

This tank's real purpose is seemingly mixed...  But the hatches are are tight for someone in armor to deal with it, whether they want inside it, out of it, or whatever.  In an emergency it's REALLY bad if you're wearing armor and in something you have to get out of pretty fast.  :-X  I can't buy into these guys then being soldiers who have a need to exit fast, fight, get back in quickly again, fight some more...  It's just not looking designed for that.  Hell it's tough to say if there are even more than 3 or 4 people able to fit in that, actually.

Real armor DOES have the purpose of throwing men into combat though, actually...  Tanks don't specifically, but Armored Fighting Vehicles like the Bradley, that's half their purpose generally (or acting as an ambulance, or command vehicle, whatever).  They're formidably armed too, but are also a transport.  This SW tank though, doesn't have a compartment in the rear for troops from anything I've seen, and like the pictures show the hatches are not large enough for more than a man at a time to deploy.  It wouldn't be practical then even if it could.

Add in that hatches are often focal targets for snipers in combat zones (logical), and having the armor on making it slower to get in/out, strikes me as a position nobody would want to be in.  :-\

I still absolutely love seeing, for the first time, an Imperial vehicle other than a walker in action...  It's just cool that they're looking at the broader scope.  I wish we'd gotten that Rebel armor piece from Hoth made...  It's obscure but not a large vehicle it seems.  Be neat to have that in the collection.  Rogue One is a visual treasure trove when they put out trailers...  I love seeing new OT era "stuff".  Especially now that isn't in some obscure RPG book's pages or video games.

EDIT: Yikes that pic was definitely not shrunk down by the site that posted it.

All ya need is one good caster.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« on: September 12, 2016, 02:21 PM »
Working on it for u...  Should know tonight.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2016-17
« on: September 9, 2016, 09:27 PM »
Go Steelers!

I'm working late so I'll have it on the radio in my shop.  I spend most of my Sundays playing catch up since my Saturdays are busy with college games.  Haven't focused much on nfl ball then for a while.  Since Cheech&Chong are out and our secondary eats the green weenie I think the skins have a good chance. 

Between Bryant/Bell out so much and again the secondary, I don't see why there is so much national love for the Steelers to achieve this year.  *shrugs*

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Recent Purchases
« on: September 9, 2016, 09:21 PM »
That's a lot of work, but a quarter is a quarter I guess.

A crashed AWing with an ejected seat might be an easier custom than trying to fix it though.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 5
« on: September 9, 2016, 09:19 PM »
Ackbar n Lando were at 5Below in some bulk but I don't recall seeing a ton of either in stores otherwise.  Some but not pegwarming status...  Yeah those other two, tougher gets.  I forget what else was in that wave besides CW Kenobi which is pretty slick imo. 

I know people love that ERG and I did too, but there is always a spot on my shelves for the ROTs guards too.  Good figures in their own right.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 5
« on: September 9, 2016, 02:35 PM »
The ERG and Ahsoka were both part of that last exclusive TVC wave.  The other two I still wonder why they were chosen ultimately.

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