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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:23 PM »
Good to see as expected the Snowtrooper is a carry forward as I will be buying scads of him.

I've started to think about it recently since vintage collecting has really become my primary focus over the last few years. Really since things have slowed with Hasbro, it's been nearly exclusive. My toy room is about half vintage / half modern, and more and more I look at the modern stuff as potentially expendable. I will be collecting sequel stuff for sure, but how much I won't now until we get there. Safe to say it won't be all in. I'll definitely want figures of the main characters and if there's cool aliens I'll buy them too. If there are 6 inch (of course there will be) I'll want a Jedi Master Luke. So we'll see. In any case I need to liquidate. I have scads of toys from here and there and I need to clean house a little. I mean a lot.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:59 AM »
Just read JTA's rumored list of the wave of 18 for this fall and... I guess not what I was expecting, or I should say, I don't need new underwear.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:55 PM »
The 18 figures will be interesting, especially if the individual cases pans out. It's way too many figures for a single wave, and seems aimed at an online market which is better able to manage this kind of inventory as opposed to retail. I'd love to speculate on the figures but can't think of much that would truly excite me. This recent group with Toryn Farr and the Snowtrooper Commander kind of cleans house for me personally. I imagine this group of 18 will heavily favor ROTJ, or lean that way, as Hasbro gears up for EPVII.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:08 PM »
I take it the last post is meant to be ironic.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:27 PM »
The concert was AMAZING!!! You're going to love it Dale. One of the best shows I've ever been to. Couple first night glitches but it was like seeing Queen reborn!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:11 PM »
So excited for Queen!

I wonder if when Hasbro planned this they were thinking 'these early Black Series figures will be scarce when fall 2014 comes around.' Ah, no. If it's anything other than that, I have no idea what the idea is here.

Wave 5 is probably a recognition more of the fact that Wave 4 will not see mass distribution since the line is changing in the fall. Already we're not seeing the Jedi Luke wave of Saga Legends even get solicited here. I imagine we'll see the Luke/Snowtrooper/Maul group in the fall as well. It's also connected to the Rebels launch it seems, so they're leaning a little heavier on the main characters. I don't think it's all that bad, but we'll see. Nothing distribution wise seems to work for anyone.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 4, 2014, 07:17 PM »
They absolutely worked backwards from their ending, or really a list of things they felt they had to have. Acccording to interviews with Orci and others it boiled down to: 1) Earth in jeporady because box office 2) Khan because Khan 3) Klingons 4) heavy focus on character development of Kirk. Nothing inherently wrong with any of those things but when you try to force them all together into a cohesive whole you get things like the Klingons being a threat you can forget about as soon as they show up, and Khan turning into a super bad guy because the plot requires him to be one. That in turn leads to very, very dubious choices like reprising Nimoy, who is always worth seeing but serves no purpose in what is almost certainly his last turn as Spock, and the reprise of the end of WOK.

They had a very promising and challenging movie in their hands. It deals with serious themes. Its reach exceeds its grasp ultimately. Using the Botany Bay as a point of divergence is a brilliant idea that doesn't require Khan. Harrison as a character, a super soldier experiment from the study of the B.B. is a great idea and Harrison doesn't have to be Khan. He also can be a more nuanced character, ala Magneto, then the maniac he ultimately becomes for the sake of some trailer bait. The silliness around is he/isn't he Khan diminishes him and the story. Him being Khan is pointless - Marcus (the real bad guy) takes him off ice to what design starships? Because Khan is the expert there? - and the obvious Federation response to the destruction of Vulcan by forgetting itself for a moment and creating super soldiers to defend against threats real and perceived goes out the window. Another missed opportunity is Marcus. He's ultimately a paper character. Why isn't this character Pike? He's the one who suffers directly in the first film, and would understandably respond the way Marcus does given the events that take place.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 01:33 PM »
I agree doesn't have to be Tatooine. More than likely it is, but could be somewhere else.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 16, 2014, 05:23 PM »
I own a lot of things now I never expected to, so yeah, never say never. A set of 12 backs has always been a goal of mine. I really should have finished them off a few years ago but my focus has always been loose and on Jawas, so I've passed up some 12 backs time and again in favor of some pretty great Jawa related pieces.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:13 AM »
Sadly I paid a little over sticker price...  :)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 15, 2014, 07:24 PM »
Because I have no self control:

Made a mistake not finishing off my 12 backs a few years ago when prices were cheap. Now i"m paying for it. Still I'm committed to trying to get the last remaining ones I need - just four now: Obi-Wan, DS Commander, Sand People and Vader - under $500 each. We'll see. But off to a great start with a great deal on a really good Chewie. He's got a dent on the top of the bubble but he's all right with me.

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