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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 1, 2014, 08:47 AM »
Well this rumor puts the other developments lately in perspective. If Iger and Abrams are going at it already, it's no wonder they've already lined up a different director for 8 and 9. If Abrams gets his way (because as the director, he could slow it down to the point that it just can't recover) he may force Disney to hold off until 2016.

But with so many teams working on these movies (especially the first stand-alone and Ep 8 ) they can keep their December openings for the franchise going forward. If they left Abrams to do all the sequels, then they'd be locked in to him starting 8 only after he finishes 7, but they have sidestepped that by potentially getting 8 up and running before 7 is completed. A shrewd business move, and one that is lending weight to this new rumor for me.

That means 2 movies in 2016, with the standalone landing only six months after episode 7, further "punishing" Abrams by giving his film the least amount of promotional time. Of course that also punishes the profits for everyone, but there is not much that can be done about that if Abrams is determined to see a summer release.

As for changing the script to work around Ford? Yikes. That doesn't sound like good storytelling.


I hope they plan on making a hell of a lot more of these than they did of the Fett w/ Carbonite.

Wait, isn't this the same set everyone was just saying was pointless and uninspired? Making it hard to get is its only selling point, don't take that away!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros and Bootlegs
« on: June 26, 2014, 07:55 PM »

"vintage" Grand Moff Tarkin. Imperial Commander's body painted to the correct color scheme, rank, etc. with a vintage Battlestar Galactica guy's head. I really like it.

Yes, I think that was established.

EDIT: And I believe this was the Slave Leia in question:

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: June 23, 2014, 04:02 PM »
I liked Looper quite a bit more than I expected to. I am ok with this so far.

This will give the ST a chance to have a different feel from episode to episode. That is good, it gives us another chance at a really wowing experience like ESB turned out to be. Not to make too many undue comparisons, but the two Trek movies were very similar, and the second couldn have used a fresh approach IMHO.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:53 PM »
 ;D Way too much articulation to be a 2015 figure. >:D

Saw the design for the Darth Vader car in the new Insider.  Not where I was expecting this line to go,  but if I see one around it is definitely something I would pick up for the boys to add to their car bin.

Hoping to see more authentic designs from the movies, but I'm sure they will follow up with Fetts,  Stormies and Clones...

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 11:17 AM »

You're definitely overthinking this.


Too true. I'm just saying a Tatooine without Jawas would be such a misstep my confidence in the rest of the decisions being made by this production would be horribly shattered.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 2, 2014, 10:54 PM »
I'm not even sold on it being Tatooine yet. All those extras and no Jawas?  Not even one little person? All it would take is a bit of color-tweaking of the sand in post and this could easily be a brand new world.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Angry Birds II
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:34 PM »
My four and a half year old loves the telepod concept. He has been collecting the birds since he got some for Christmas and a big part of it for him is "telepoding" new ones into his game. He keeps them in a Darth Vader case and everything. He went nuts when he saw the Lando Series 2 gift set the first time. It has been so pervasive with him that now he notices QR codes everywhere and wonders how they relate to the Angry Birds game.

Meh...still not sold on Yoda's bulky robe and lack of belt. But yeah, those elbows of Luke's are out of control!

I had to really reel myself in and not order that Torryn Farr figure. I need to wait for retail on that, just because it's been so long since something was coming to retail that I wanted. (That being said, thanks for pointing out those auctions, I found a couple of real deals tucked away in that guy's listings!)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:06 AM »
Lando on Rebels:

What role do you think Lando will play on the show? I'm sure he'll just guest star at first, but that kind of thing starting from the get-go could tempt the writers real easily into finding more and more for him to do. And since Billy D. isn't going to be busy with the movie...

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: May 2, 2014, 07:33 PM »
The Jedi Temple Guard is clearly not a Rebels figure as they would have been long gone by the time that series starts...

My take upon seeing the Temple Guard and OWK was that Rebels either starts with a pretty hefty prologue set in ROTS time period or flashes back there for an episode early on. Still cool figures to see.

Believe me, it was more fun than I expected and enough to recharge my batteries for the week so far.

We live just south of Cleveland so it's basically a straight 2 hour shot on 76 to visit Pittsburgh. You have the closest Ikea so this wasn't even our first day trip out.

And I didn't announce the intention to come because my wife was going round and round about leaving the kids 2 hours away. I was ready to cancel at any point and ready to leave at a moment's notice, so I didn't want to ditch on you or leave you hanging. As it turned out she loved it and had a great time too.

I'm the same way on food though, I was pushing for Primanti Bros but we were pretty beat afterward and settled for the Olive Garden that was right outside the convention center.  Left me with a good excuse to go back.

Keep forgetting to post about my trip to PA last weekend to hit this con. Thanks Jesse for getting the word out here about it. My wife and I had been looking for a fun day trip minus the kids, and she has a huge crush on Brent Spiner so this worked out great for me.

We came our on Saturday and unfortunately missed the TNG Q&A due to the huuuuuuuuuge line out front, haven't seen anything like that at a con before! Wow! It was nice of the cosplayers to work the line though, kept things fun.

Once inside we had a good time. I didn't find anything on my short list, but I did see some Gentle Giant jumbo vintage figures for the first time in person...specifically rocket firing Boba and the Gam Guard. I didn't "get" these things before holding em in my hand, but that Fett is really a piece of art and I may be picking these up in the future. The show was a great place to see stuff like that, and stuff I hadn't seen for years. As a loose collector, seeing all those 90s and 00s packages really took me back. Never mind all the vintage...

It was just a good fun day. I hadn't been to any cons for 10 years and it was nice to be back, and the bonus was my wife had a fun time too. I didn't have to feel guilty that she was humoring me!

Thanks again Jesse for pointing out the show!

Yoda is a real letdown after earlier pics of the hardcopy from Toyfair. Happy to stick with OTC I guess. I will have to get Torryn Farr, though, she was always one of those "that'll never happen" figures on my checklist.

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