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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 19, 2016, 03:14 PM »
As soon as we hit the singularity, AI will figure out all the solutions in a matter of hours.   ;D

As soon as we hit the singularity, we'll be able to upload our minds into space-exploring robots and leave the meatbags behind...

...which makes the possibility of finding and colonizing an Earth-like planet out there kind of moot.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 16, 2016, 06:22 PM »
If five different companies can do 6" figures I don't see why another company can't step up and make properly scaled "SW vehicle collectibles" that are actually representative of the onscreen source material.

Hasbro can keep making their ****** under scaled Nerf toys, and we collectors can get stuff like The Ghost and Kylo Ren's shuttle that actually go with the figures we buy. WIN WIN!

I'm just spitballing here, I know all the factors that would combine to make this highly improbable. But I would be more than happy to shell out $100 or more for a quality Ghost, even if I had to have it shipped from Japan.

I don't like being Mr. Wet Blanket, but I don't think $100 would even get you the Galactic Heroes version of the Ghost if it was coming from a smaller company doing a more limited run. If you were looking at a figure-sized Ghost with some kind of playset-like features on the inside to interact with figures and the existing Phantom, near the size of the TFA Falcon, I feel like a far more realistic price would be somewhere more in the ballpark of $600-$800.

As for the U-Wing, I like it and am tempted to get this toy. The TFA TIEs, X-Wings, and Speeders had no pull on me at all, so this is a step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned.

Exciting news! I'm even (especially?) intrigued about the box, given how Pawlus has pushed in the past for diorama-style packaging.

If the "previously released" character is an update of the Lars Family Power Droid, I'll eat my hat!

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 12, 2016, 03:11 PM »
Didn't have time to post these in here yesterday, and yes I know they are not technically ReAction, but I saw that Super7 has another wave of He-Man figures coming to SDCC!

I want to like this line...I really want to get into this line...

I was holding out to see what Wave 2 looked like before I decided on Wave 1. I'm slipping more to the "no" side now. Something here just I don't know what it is.

And why Sorceress in Wave 2 and not Teela? I'm disappointed. I should be all over a 3 3/4" MOTU line. I wish I was.  :-\

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: July 6, 2016, 12:02 PM »
Has anyone seen a teaser poster for this, or know if there is going to be one?

Pretty bland stuff...

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 23, 2016, 07:47 AM »
What were those grey action figure displays that were stackable and space themed. IIRC, they had swappable foot pegs. Can't remember the name of them.

Those were the Ultarama...

I had some of those back in 2000! They weren't expensive, but  they were extremely generic. Still, I was glad to have something figure-specific in the days before I was brave enough to build my own...

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:29 PM »
I know there have been a few marginal attempts at this over the years, but as I recall the price points were crazy high (someone refresh my memory on the company and price point - I think they were $100+ and not modular - sort of like nice reproductions of some of the classic mail away displays).

There were Action Figure Display Dioramas made by a company called Pride displays back in 2006...

They were officially licensed and sold for $60. They made 3000 in their initial run and couldn't sell through.

They didn't market them well IMHO. Clearly these were designed to hold the two waves of vintage ANH figures, but they didn't want to spell that out and alienate modern figure collectors. People poo-pooed them (myself included at the time) as too retro and too pricey for being "just a stand."

The company went out of business before they could release designs intended for ESB and ROTJ vintage lines... well as planning to finally throw modern collectors a genuine bone with a ROTS themed display...

Definitely not playsets. Nor marketed as such.

Definitely a failure, business-wise. And the last thing tried in the Star Wars realm that was a display or a playset.

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:24 PM »
While I loved the playsets that came out with Vintage (the Death Star was one of my favorite toys as a kid), I honestly wonder how seomething like that would be received today.

Today a Death Star playset would look a lot like this:

...and collectors would love loathe it.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:17 PM »
As a loose figure collector, I have bought several figures from Tunghori in the past and had only one minor issue with quality--a glob of paint on a figure's face that kind of looked like a large mole. (I performed a minor Xacto surgery and solved the problem.)

Without the benefit of side-by-side comparison to "acceptable" figures as you say, I have not had an issue with any of the others.

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 19, 2016, 05:53 PM »
Sincerely, I jumped the gun there. Twelfth parsec did do that to a close friend of mine, so it chaps my hide to see them promoted.

No worries.  ;D

If that's true then my esteem for their work has dropped considerably. This hobby is hollow without its ability to build ties between fellow collectors.

Karma will get them theirs.  >:D

Back on topic, I believe a lot of what Nicklab wrote is true, but I don't think Hasbro feels they had too many "misses" with the last Force Friday offerings. I expect more of the same from them this time out.

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 19, 2016, 10:43 AM »
Hey, didn't you develop these with a member of this forum and then cut him out so you didn't have to share your profits?

Wrong guy I think.

I have no hand in the Twelfth Parsec stuff and no knowledge of their history.

My "boutique brand" is Cardboard Galaxy. And there's no profit in CBG, just fun.

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 18, 2016, 05:37 PM »
Twelfth Parsec makes "Space Trees" and "Desert Dens."

And as for Rogue One playsets...

(That's not real though, just a mock-up featuring my Yavin IV playset design.)

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: May 7, 2016, 12:06 AM »
Got Unkar Plutt today. Did I leave the film with an inaccurate impression of his size or is this figure way too small??

He stands on a platform in his booth to give the impression of height. Like Louie DePalma in Taxi. Simon Pegg is 5' 10".

Here's Unkar next to Rey and JJ at Maz's castle with no platform:

So the figure is correct height-wise. I just wish the sculpt of the face was movie-accurate, as opposed to based on the costume (see above) that got heavily CG'ed.

EDIT: The more I look at that picture, is it JJ Abrams or Louis Tully from Ghostbusters?

I'll continue to play along in devil's advocate role. To be perfectly clear though, I am not arguing with you at all, Nicklab. Having fun geeking out over Star Wars trivia and analyzing these movies we like enough to be talking about 40 years after the fact. I appreciate the conversation!

The way you've analyzed this is very much from a standpoint of hindsight.  But put yourself in that theater seeing the film for the first time.  Because the scene plays out quite differently when you look at it from the standpoint of a fresh viewer who doesn't know that Obi-Wan has been studying the Force, and how to maintain his identity.

Except for the fact that it is Ben's disembodied voice that Luke reacts to when giving up his "revenge shooting" of the Stormtroopers (and I assume, attempting to hit Vader.) Once the viewer hears Ben's ghost voice, they know Ben isn't "dead." When he comes back during the Trench Run, it's nowhere near as powerful as when Han Solo does. Because we already know he's there, he even told us he would be just before he disappeared: "If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." So I don't think its hindsight helped along by the shoe-horned explanation from ROTS. To me even at four years old when I first saw it, there was never that thought that Ben had been killed by Vader.

As for the duel?  Ben is having a hard time holding his own.  Both he and Vader are not in top dueling form, and Ben has largely been on the defensive while Vader has been the aggressor.  The only indication we have that the duel is taking a toll on Vader is that his rate of breathing has increased.  Then he sees Luke and the others trying to escape.  He knows that giving himself up and the distraction that may cause Vader might be the only way to ensure that Luke and Leia can escape.

Agree on all points here. He is losing the duel in that he never has the advantage (no high ground on the Death Star...) He turns the duel into a distraction to get the kids out of the Death Star.

I do think there's the potential to make it a heroic sacrifice, Ben redoubling his efforts to actually finish Vader while knowing full well he may be struck down in the bargain, as opposed to how it plays out now (which is essentially Ben pulling out a large pair of spectacles and saying "Look Darth, bet you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, wouldja?")

When Vader strikes Ben down?  To the audience it comes across as a cold-blooded murder.  Ben stands there defenseless, having given himself up.  It makes Vader seem that much more sinister to the audience to have killed an opponent who has effectively surrendered.  While there's clearly more to the story, we're talking about audience perception in the moment.  We don't know until much later that Vader played into Obi-Wan's hands, and that Obi-Wan had been preparing himself for a moment like that for nearly 20 years.

Again, this is not done to the effect they wanted. First off, Vader's first on screen action is the brutal strangulation murder of a prisoner who is absolutely no threat to him. Vader is established right away as the most sinister, remorseless, unscrupulous villain we might ever meet. That's why we **** a brick when Ben turns the corner to the hangar and sees Vader looming there. We know the guy is going to pull no punches, he's been yammering to Tarkin for the last half hour how much he wants to kill Kenobi. And by God we know he's got it in him to do it.

If they wanted Vader to come across more threatening because of Ben's sacrifice, then instead of him poking around to see where Ben Kenobi went, he should have crossed his arms and sneered something like "Foolish old man!" or something to that effect. His reaction to the duel's end is that he has been tricked. He does not appear satisfied, and I think that actually lessens his villainy.

I think it's a cool bit of trivia.  And frankly, had things happened as they were originally written, would we really consider Darth Vader to be anywhere near as threatening of a villain had he just let Obi-Wan escape?  Clearly this was an instance where the re-write improved the story dramatically.

I'd play devil's advocate and really sink my teeth into the scene, here...because I think it could have used another rewrite if the point was to add menace to Darth Vader and the whole Death Star encounter as Lucas explained it.

Vader doesn't win the duel. Ben stands there in a non-defensive position while Vader swings his lightsaber to cut him down. But, before he connects, Ben Kenobi "disappears." Then we hear Ben's disembodied voice instructing Luke to run 2 seconds later. It is clear to the audience Ben didn't die in the commonly understood sense.

The last we see of Vader during the escape he is stomping on Ben's empty clothes cluelessly. He clearly has no idea what is going on, and certainly doesn't feel victorious. He looks like a chump.

Ben sacrifices his corporeal body in a tactic to keep Vader and the stormtroopers occupied while the kids escape. More weight could have been given to his death had it been written so he was trying to win the duel and had been overwhelmed by the stormtroopers joining the fight. But that's not what happened. He pulled a Jedi magic trick that never even looked like he got cut down (except to Luke, who grieves for him on the Falcon for a couple seconds before the TIE battle.)

It is a better story point than Ben making it back to the Falcon as if he had just been toying with Vader. It does take care of his uselessness for the rest of the movie (and led to the introduction of Yoda in ESB, which was a great character and great concept in and of itself.) But I can't honestly say I ever felt Vader won the duel.

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