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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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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: October 4, 2016, 08:02 PM »
I've been looking at a lot of that kinda stuff lately and the "Vulture" Cargo Shuttles are also apparently part of one large logistics plan that involves modular containers, which makes sense of course since that's more or less how things work here too, but it's very streamlined for the Empire it seems.  Those orange cargo pods in the belly of the AT-ACT are the same that hang under the hull of the shuttle, etc.

It reminds me of the Imperial version of the Gallofree Yards Transports, as the Rebel Transports have basically modular containers locked into a hull shell of sorts.  It's kinda neat to see basically the Empire doing something similar if not a little more organized looking and less cobbled.

I really want the orange cargo pods on the back of the Rhino/Hover tank...  They remind me of a cargo pod in Star Trek: TNG that was kind of ubiquitous and would just turn up here and there in episodes.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: October 4, 2016, 07:58 PM »
Yeah mine came off easily...  Since it's held in with tension perhaps it was just stiff

That's what she said!

 

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Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 4, 2016, 07:25 PM »
And, just revealed... 

Doors in 6" and 3.75" scales!



Looking at the design, these appear that they'll be opening doors to boot.

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Thanks to my friends who go to WDW all the time, I got two of this set for $48. :)  Hell of a discount!  Can't wait to get them in the mix.  They all look great and R3s are my fav so I'm glad to see a new one in there.

Man I love droids.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: October 4, 2016, 03:13 PM »
Oh yeah the toy isn't anywhere near correct Tman.  It has a dual searing (at least) cockpit and the troop pod which I think must be removable on a "real" one.

Cool design.  I've really enjoyed it coming into the world of ship designs.  Very incom looking and still unique with clear design an purpose beyond a fighter.

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Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 4, 2016, 03:09 PM »
I'd forgotten about that one.  I liked him too...  X2 even.

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It's awesome Paul, and I'm glad that the out-of-the-gate numbers are spiked like that.  I hope it keeps going along and gets fulfilled.  I'm really wanting this line to be a reality, as much for you as my own greed.  I know it's been a big deal for you to get this made, and I think it's the unique kind of thing collectors are looking for.  Like HACKS touched on something different and new, I think this line's exciting because it's a new world to explore/collect, not the same old same old.

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