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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 14, 2014, 07:17 AM »
Well, it is pretty crappy to cut out paint details to the boots and especially those kneepads. Still feel the sculpt itself is nice and sharp.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:10 PM »
Sorry - but this figure looks like junk.

The company that makes The Corps makes better looking, more detailed figures than this.

Looks to me to be pretty faithful to the pictures we've seen this week. Enjoy your Corps collection, I guess. The animation style here is really starting to please me in a way that the Clone wars stuff never did.

I'm not going to bellyache about 5POA because the business decision has been made and is simply that. And if my 4 year old likes the show and wants some toys from it, I would rather this style than the "black series" style for him. A month ago he was playing with a Vintage series Wedge and before I knew it he had unintentionally dismantled him at the neck wrists and elbows.

As for my collection, they just stand there. The value makes them more appealing than "expensive articulation" these days. And these guys are probably not destined for my collection anyway.

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I would also speculate that with the possibility of her being erased from Star Wars history by episode VII, she is no longer a priority to many.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:16 PM »
He's very PlaySkool. Not in a bad way. The attempt at cleverness in the naming is kind of a stretch, but as long as I don't have to pay attention to it I will ignore it. Artoo was my childhood favorite, so I like that they are acknowledging the importance of a droid character for that real Star Wars feel.

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If we're reissuing hard to find ESB figures from Vintage, I would have greatly preferred Bespin Han to Dack. I too smell a Snowspeeder on the way. Otherwise kind of hard to believe I will be out looking for new stuff...it's been awhile.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:58 PM »
Foul Moudama was in Saga2.

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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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