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We'll almost certainly see both, given how carry forwards are a huge part of the line. A running change ala the sand trooper is likely I think.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: July 10, 2015, 06:24 PM »
But hey, a random female character will probably die in a long, ridiculous, and overexaggerated manner, so we'll have that.


The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 05:03 PM »
The TIE is just insane. I seriously wonder how many people will buy this thing. Love the pilot as well. Not bothered by the lack of reveals as I'm actually enjoying the prospect of walking into 9/4 without a clue of what I'll find. Don't like the soft goods on Farmboy Luke. Strange choice honestly and reminds a little too much of the VOTC one from 2004 which I disliked.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:32 PM »
Yeah that is sadly evident. I keep seeing words like 'tragedy' and 'disaster' and the like from some of these sites when describing the hobby and it's manifest these people have never experienced true tragedy or disaster. God forbid they ever do, but again I'll just button this up by saying, all this makes my skin crawl. #notwiththatguy

In high school a kid in one of my classes changed his name to Omar because Sharif was his favorite actor.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:18 PM »
I actually just saw some comments elsewhere where people are now angry they've just realized that it's 1:30 PST. Sigh. Not even kidding.

Not sure what all we'll see today, but I find the expectation that SA 3.75 is dead from so many people very odd. There's no evidence to support it. Hasbro has said it will continue; we see it continuing with the Marvel line into the fall at least, so why continue that and not SW, especially with the support of what will be one of the biggest movies of all time? Hasbro has been coasting the line for YEARS on nothing, and they're going to stop now? Say they do, and I'm wrong, ok. Bring out your pitch forks. I'd be ok personally with something more in the middle articulation wise as others have said. But that aside, let's see what happens. Like Jeff said the uncertainty about all of this has probably fed some of this, but I would never in a million years associate myself with some of the embarrassing commentary going on around some of the sites right now. There is so much more to life than this.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:58 AM »
I like Trevorrow, and loved Safety Not Guaranteed, but JW didn't really do it for me. That being said he knows his way around a big budget blockbuster and his name has been in circulation since the beginning, so it would be no surprise at all.

Received my order from HTS this morning. Very happy how these turned out. All caught up with the line now and I guess it's on to the future.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 07:30 PM »
I've been reading the same things Jesse and I have the same reaction as you.

The anger is embarrassing, frankly. It speaks to a complete lack of perspective and objectivity not just on the hobby, but maybe said person's life. I mean - they're toys. Toys. Hasbro owes us nothing. Hasbro has given us 20 years now of everything we've ever wanted and more, and ok, the last couple years it's gone sideways depending on your perspective, but there are numerous factors feeding into the last few years that these same folks simply can't or won't acknowledge. The internet in general has turned into simply a giant pool for people to cannonball into without any considerations; I don't know if that is simply what's happening with out little corner of it when it comes to the hobby. I know I've spoken to this a few times before, so I won't belabor the point, but it takes  the fun out of for me. I have been collecting since before I can remember. 1978. I love SW. I love hanging out here on JD and talking toys and getting excited at my advanced age over toys. What I don't like is when people (not here obviously) start screaming about what it is they don't have or aren't getting or are skipping meals in favor of buying toys they ultimately hate. When you see that, you just become the dude whose drunk friend starts taking their clothes off in the middle of the bar.

You're like, 'I'm not with that guy.'

Fair points. I don't know - and it could be my memory failing me here - how 'known' Vader is to the general public. That being said, it's conceivable Obi-Wan in his seclusion would be unaware of a lot of what is going on out there in the galaxy. And your earlier point about Ahsoka - that's fair with her being in play now as far as the Rebels era. With Ahsoka having learned the truth (apparently) about Anakin, it's a hop skip and a jump to her relaying this to Obi-Wan, though one must assume she doesn't know where he is.

As far as Vader being diminished by another bout with Obi-Wan, I understand where you're coming from with that for sure, but I think a fight in which Obi escapes with his life just barely only reinforces Vader. After seeing a cartoon glimpse of Vader demolishing the Rebels crew, I'd be thrilled to watch the real deal demolish a little past his prime Obi-Wan who may think he's got a step on an older, damaged Anakin. It would be fan service for sure (or heresy for some) but it's one of those questions hanging between films begging for an answer. Obi-Wan finding out is huge; him finding out without the two of them locking horns again would be disappointing and unrealistic. Though not without pitfalls for sure.

Taking he knows vader=anakin as a given he still doesn't know he's alive.  You can't let a narrative goldmine like his finding out go to a phone call. Especially with Disney looking to mine the franchise for all its worth.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 12:01 PM »
I agree. I'd think for that, no repacks (outside of army builders) wouldn't be something you could stomach. I'd rather see a fairly deep line of background characters bundled in with more visible ones in this line anyways. I know most people disagree, but a figure like Mosep Bineed - for me, I don't need him to be super articulated. He will never do anything. Now a stormtrooper or Jedi or Sith Lord, they need some extra articulation. That's counter to a collector based line so I know we'll likely never see obscure characters anywhere other than a premium line, but my two cents.

There's enormous potential for an Obi-Wan movie (or movies). It's unrealistic he stayed in his hut for 20 years and did nothing, especially with him being a foundational member of the nascent rebellion. As others have mentioned, we know from the films that Obi has a somewhat active history on Tatooine: he has familiarity with Mos Eisley (a spaceport, what's he doing there if he's not going anywhere?), he has a contentious relationship with Uncle Owen, and he has some experience with Tusken Raiders. There could be a little or a lot there for a movie depending on how you approach it.

Most importantly, there are two outstanding items I think make for potential stories. Darth Maul is one, as has been mentioned; with his resurrection being canon and his story unresolved at the end of CW, there's some possibility there.

Most of all, Vader. At the end of ROTS, Obi-Wan leaves Anakin for dead. He has no reason to believe he survived. In ANH, Obi-Wan knows who Vader is. How? If he sat in his hut for 20 years and did nothing, there's no way he could know. Clearly they had a subsequent encounter between films that explains this. How you navigate that and maintain Luke's secrecy is the story. Obviously, Obi-Wan leaves Tatooine for some reason at some point, and in the course of that runs into Vader.

I loved Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan. Definitely the best thing about the PT. I'd love to see him again.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 11:33 AM »
I know there's a lot of hysteria around the web right now about what the figures will or won't be, but I think the real story is the price hike. I expected a cash grab for the movie, but the price point on the 5 POA has been it's most attractive feature. The MS series at $10 has been the best deal in toys for its run and by going to $15 becomes much less. Now there may be something more to it (added articulation/pack ins) so we'll see, but I doubt it and if not, that will be a huge factor in the line's success I think.

My top 10:

Gamorrean Guard
Wedge Antilles
Tusken Raider
Max Rebo w/ organ

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