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Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 19, 2016, 02:20 PM »
I've seen the Batcave here in Iowa. It's very large, about the size of the Turtles sewer playset. I think its great they're trying it out. There is a market for playsets. I think part of the problem for Hasbro is that outside of the Falcon, there is no static setting in the films. Death Star, Cantina, Jabba's Palace, they're all great but they're here and gone. The Batcave, the Sewer, or Main St. for the Simpsons, these are places kids and collectors can mine play out of indefinitely. The Falcon fits that mold, but she had been absent for 30 years until TFA. The Nerf Falcon didn't really work the same as the BMF did in terms of a playset, but that's too expensive...

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:07 AM »
Funny how Steve Evans reacts as if this is the first time he's ever seen the AT-ACT toy.  :)

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:07 AM »
I'm sure everyone is wondering now if Imperial Disguise Jyn's helmet comes with the open visor.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:04 AM »
I can never be as excited as I was for TFA and seeing Han, Luke and Leia again, but - MAN. Am I excited for this movie.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 07:52 PM »
Like you I'm very interested in the structures and how these guys fit in. I think the traditional roles of navy, marines, infantry etc. have lost nearly all meaning in the SW universe. Those terms are used, but without any real specificity. Stormtroopers essentially serve as marines in the OT. Especially when you watch Empire, you're watching a quasi-naval institution that deploys ground forces (Stormtroopers) as needed. Branching out from that are specializations within the ranks. That's how I see it anyways, but like I mentioned on Twitter, these guys are very interesting. They seem outliers compared to the rest of the OT era Imperial corps and that's a good thing. They are very PT and we know now Krennic is a PT era character and that even one scene in this movie (the flashback with little Jyn) takes place potentially in or adjacent to the PT era.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 05:12 PM »
Loved Admiral Raddus from the second I saw him (like most of what I've seen of RO) so glad to see him. I'm a huge fan of the aliens in this film and even more so, a fan that Hasbro has covered them pretty well so far. The only exception to this point is Bistan, who I have to think is coming soon. I expect he'll be in a two pack with some giant gun accessory as he's the gunner. More than likely he'll come with the Scarif Stormtrooper Captain who we saw for the first time today.

Speaking of Scarif Stormtroopers - Jesse mentioned on Twitter also how unique these guys are. I find them very PTish too and there seems to be some real possibility we will see some real PT nods here which is great. I like the idea of Krennic not being a renegade so much as a loose cannon who has sort of ensconced himself in the hierarchy of the Empire without ever relinquishing the pomp and circumstance of the late Republic (his cape, his personal retinue of Death Troopers, the Shore Troopers).

Love the 6 inch stuff. Vader looks great.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: October 4, 2016, 04:54 PM »
I agree I think the U-Wing troop compartment is most likely modular. The trailers may have confused this (that never happens!) but it seems the ship is a somewhat standard fighter that has been augmented for particular assignments (stealing DS plans).

I love the U Wing. My favorite new ship from the new movies so far. It fits right in with the established ships. I do wish the toy was more authentic but what are you going to do. I'll be buying this one eventually.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 2, 2016, 01:57 AM »
Really wanting the ships, especially the Striker. I love the TIE pilot and hope we see more of him later single carded. I'm holding off for now on the ships but must buys. Didn't buy any TFA ships except for Rey's speeder.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: October 1, 2016, 10:37 PM »
Early look on YouTube of the walker (and LOTS of other stuff, stick around for all of it):

I'll say the walking feature is pretty cool. The Nerf thing is pretty cool. All that combined with the reviewer's enthusiasm really warmed me up to this thing. I would love to have one just to play with all the stuff and then put it away forever. That said, it's tiny and SO OVERPRICED as to be beyond belief. This is at best a $150 toy. $200 is stretching reason. If I can get it for below $200, I'll definitely consider it.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 1, 2016, 09:08 PM »
Loving all of these so far. I appreciate how articulation is creeping back into the line on figures like K2, who likely doesn't need an SA counterpart at this point, or Jyn. I'd love to see it applied where we feel it makes the most sense, like the Stormtrooper. That would interfere with the SA line though, which is why I wish it would just go away and we get a mainline compromise.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 1, 2016, 11:38 AM »
Glad to see they're doing him, but I'd have done it the other way around and made the red arm exclusive. Or just thrown in the other arm, because you know. Logic. That figure will suffer for this one.

So I'm buying the you know what out of these. Great looking figures. The Scarif trooper is listed as the Squad Leader but this is the grunt version (fine by me). The leader has the blue markings.

Same here. Glad to see we're getting him in addition to the Squad Leader, who is distinguished by the blue stripe he has and the kama it seems. This one also has an ammo pouch or something on his hip. Very cool.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Target Exclusive Rogue One 3-pk
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:31 AM »
Jyn is a straight repack, which I don't quite get. The Death Trooper is the specialist version with the Sandtrooper like gear. He's different than the mainline release.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:27 AM »
Haven't seen any wave 2 or sightings on Twitter.

The Speeder was stocked very heavy at our TRU. Very cool piece. Will definitely have to pick it up down the road. The pilot appears to be all new, a little slimmer than the original and with a ball jointed head.

Didn't see: the U-Wing, though Ben saw some folks with them. A-Wing. Micro Machines. Titanium. The WM exclusive app enabled R2. Every WM had epic amounts of 6 inch, Hot Wheels and Lego. Only one of them had any 4 inch figures of any flavor.

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