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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:18 PM »
My take on that has been that ObiWan waited to train Luke in a bid to prove that Anakin's late training was not the cause of his fall...it was something about him personally. Basically if Luke became a successful Jedi, then Ben wouldn't have to feel like he created Vader anymore.

And Yoda did not want to train Luke. I take his ESB speech at face value on that. He only agreed after it became evident Luke was already on his way and was thus probably a bigger danger half-trained.

I imagine Yoda and Ben communing with Qui-Gon in the Force between ROTS and ANH and having serious debates about what to do with the twins. Yoda thought that hiding them saved them and so that was enough. Ben wanted to use them as weapons against the Emperor. Qui-Gon was probably playing the long game waiting for Anakin to fix everything, and nudging the other two as needed.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:58 PM »
Why would they need "a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black" to play Ben's daughter/granddaughter? Could the rumor be in place to throw folks off of the more obvious Lando's daughter or more controversial Mace Windu's progeny?  ???

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:56 AM »
So it goes. I loved the Thrawn stuff and jumped right in when the post ROTJ stuff started. Then just as quickly I was appalled by the Jedi Academy storyline and realized I would have to pick and choose what stories I followed.

But none of this stuff has ever matched up...going back to Splinter of the Mind's Eye which predates everything except Ep IV. I spent 15 years believing Owen was ObiWan's brother (Because I read it in the ROTJ novelization in 83) before it became evident that the prequels were negating that...and that stuff just kept happening all through the PT. I still wonder why Leia remembers her real mother.

So a purge is coming. As has been said, it's not gonna change my affection for the Thrawn books.  I guess I can kiss the chances of a retcon "Vader meets the Noghri" novel goodbye. But maybe it will open the door for a spinoff Thrawn movie to modify the story to fit in with the details of the sequel trilogy. I could get excited for that sort of project (especially in animated form.)

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1.Kitster/Wald
2.TPM Threepio
3.Cliegg Lars
4.Mosep
5.Solomahal
6.Bannis Keeg
7.Reegesk
8.Treva Horme
9.Wiorkettle
10.Sgt. Doallyn
11.Ishi Tib (Jabba's Palace)
12.Joruus C'baoth
13.Noghri
14.Lumpawarump
15.Admiral Pellaeon

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:40 PM »
I'm game for 5. What, set it in the 60s and do a little NASA stuff? Maybe this will be the one where Indy loses his eye! It's gotta happen soon!

And I'll poke out my own eyes if they put Mutt back in after all the issues with Shia last time. You could've been set up pal, but you blew it.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: 16 Most Useless SW Figures
« on: November 20, 2013, 12:18 AM »
Hmph. Except for that last Star Tours guy all his picks were unique sculpts. Those are always worthy in my mind.

My list of the 16 most useless figures would all be clone trooper repaints. Oh, and Pax Bonkik. He ruined Star Wars collecting for me. It hasn't been the same thing since they made him.

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You're absolutely right...when they went back to basics with the Avengers line it still didn't explode off the shelf. Another line I would have said was perfectly executed was the Star Trek 3 3/4 line...and it tanked horribly. So all I speak from is arm-chair toymaking and looking back on a line as far as its overall kid/collector appeal.

We do approach this through the prism of 1977 Star Wars, where it was the biggest movie ever in an age when movies didn't come home with you except in the form of something else. Oh, and those toys didn't even make it to the shelf until a year after the movie hit. When Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica tried to repeat the success the next year with the same bunch of non-video gaming kids, their toy lines failed too. So maybe its a historical truth that big movies/TV shows have toy lines that bomb, and we are just blinded by the solitary exception.

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If you look at how previous Marvel movie figure lines have performed, it seems very likely that Hasbro over-produced product for Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America - The First Avenger.  Even though those movies did very well at the box office, their action figure lines didn't really follow suit.  Witness Hasbro scaling back on the figure line for The Avengers, which had some of the biggest box office numbers of all time.

I would argue the point that Hasbro went too far afield in the IM2 and Cap film lines...there was far too much non-movie product too early. They need to get a grip on the established play patterns. You need the bad guy available on the shelf to help sell the hero. You need a line that lends itself to collecting them all. 50 versions of one character available on day one or 50 characters available for a movie that only highlighted six of them show Hasbro has forgotten the formula. 10-20 figures as the movie necessitates. When the line is a success you come back to the table to add depth. Repeat until you can't sell anymore.

Part of the reason the Skylanders have been successful thus far is they have been comparatively less expansive and reward the kid who collects them all. Hasbro can compete on that level.

I do wonder what Star Wars will morph into, Skylander-wise, to survive. Will Hasbro retain their license? Or will the action figure line be killed by Disney in favor of phasing the characters into Infinity? It will be interesting to watch.

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I really think the happiest spot we could be in, the ideal situation Big H should be aspiring to create, is one in which there are about 52 unique figures a year that ship in multiple waves and in quantities that would allow the dedicated collector to pick up one new figure a week.

The closest I've come to being able to pull this off was in 2007, and even then I had to cheat by banking figure purchases on weeks I couldn't find anything new for the day I would find a whole new wave. Wouldn't it blow your mind to be able to count on a figure being available the next time you go to the store instead of having to grab them all the first time you see 'em for fear of never finding them again?

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The Wookiee Arcade / Tiny Death Star app
« on: November 9, 2013, 04:17 PM »
Loaded this app on my phone when it popped up a few days ago.I couldn't resist the name.

Very goofy and tongue in cheek. I am up to ten levels now, and enjoying the EU character name shout-outs and the random tweets by the "bitzens."

A fun distraction. Anyone else download it?

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: October 24, 2013, 06:57 PM »
Honestly I just want to smash my head through a sheet of glass thinking about the fact that folks would have lined up like this to script the prequels for George too. Frank Darabont was supposed to ghost write at one point...why couldn't George have retired before 2012? (Oh yeah, it was 2012 that made it happen.)

Kind of amazing that we don't have a script but we're confident it'll be ready in 2015. Star Wars movies are supposed to take 3 years to make, period. Maybe I'm just too used to the Lucas house style of making the movie in the editing booth.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:20 PM »
Trading up Arndt for Kasdan and the director is fine by me.

I look forward to seeing their movie and later reading the comic based on Arndt's script.  :-*

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My 4-year old son has been a big Angry Birds fan ever since he started getting rewarded for good jobs with time on the iPad. He calls the Star Wars version "Space Birds" and loves them almost as much. It's been my way of getting him into the movies...he knows the droids, Chewie and Vader on sight now thanks to the Birds versions. Neither the standard toys nor the Clone Wars stuff ever really caught his interest. The other day at Wal*Mart he found a clearanced Early Bird set that he really wanted to take home, it's the first time he ever picked out a Star Wars toy. He looks at TelePods in the aisle, and has asked for the ABGo! Toys.

That being said, we've only ever downloaded the free apps and there's really no way I can justify bringing home any of the TelePod stuff with his 15-month old brother running around ready to eat/choke on them.

All in all, I can see how this could be the driving force of the Hasbro toy line right now. Certainly the action figure lines are not kid-friendly in their current formats.

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Time Flies
« on: October 15, 2013, 09:44 AM »
What's the hands down worst

There are so many candidates to choose from, that whole first wave or four was mostly stinkers. Only Threepio and the Jawas made it out alive.

Obviously the R5D4 and Fleet Trooper...even the day I got him I thought he looked like a mid 80s Fisher Price Adventure People toy.

Uncle Owen is a drunken disheveled mess with a tiny useless fist.

The "best" dancing figure has got to be the Death Star Trooper.

It even ended badly. Bouushh's Prisoner Chewbacca was one of the turdiest Chewies ever, almost as bad as Snoova disguise.

But let's show some love, too. We got some really good figures in the mix, articulation be damned. I never passed up a POTF2 Jawa 2 pack. The 1997 Bossk figure still holds up, and was 100% accurate. Pote Snitkin fits right in today. Max Rebo and his organ is all kinds of awesome...even with the diaper. No, especially because of the diaper.

And think of all the characters that only came out as POTF2 figures. Pote, Ishi Tib, Lak Sivrak, Muftak. No vintage versions, and nothing in modern times, not even a reissue. I tell ya, the most complete line ever.

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Time Flies
« on: October 13, 2013, 05:09 PM »
Wow. Hadn't made that connection yet.

Looking back at them, POTF2 really does show its age, much the same as vintage did in 95. That being said, it would be real hard for me to feel the same kind of nostalgia for these as I do the vintage guys I played with as a kid...I was a college-age toy collector for POTF2 and that was a whole different beast.

I love the line though. As far as character selection, the run from 1995-99 has never been surpassed, even if some of the figures were comically bad out of the gate (R5D4 and Rebel Fleet Trooper pop right off the top of my head.) It really started cranking them out in 97, too, that has got to be the high-water mark for ease of collecting. It seemed like every week I found something new back then, and with the primitive Internet there were so few resources to go to, every new find was a pleasant suprise.

Maybe Hasbro will commemorate it with a four pack of repros...lets say Monkey-Face Leia, He-Man Luke, Goofy Short Chewie, and the funky Stormtrooper.

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