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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

Cool looking figure and it will be great spending $20 or less on him (Amazon @ Christmas).

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:03 AM »
That's amazing. Congrats!

As cool as the aliens are, I don't expect any of them to be the main attraction or even noticeable in the film. I remember the rollout for TPM was somewhat similar in that we saw a lot of background stuff like Tatooine street aliens before anything substantial and this is somewhat similar. So I expect A LOT more volume and variety. Though I have to say what I really wanted with this movie was some 'new' and the pirates are giving that.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: April 22, 2015, 09:06 PM »
Best part about that shot (and so many others) is the only CGI in that shot are the TIE fighters.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: April 19, 2015, 11:28 PM »
I'd put odds on Barris being the female Inquisitor before I would Ventress, but it's hard to say at this point. I do think we'll see Ventress again in some form somewhere.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:22 PM »

This. The HD version just reinforced my perception of this. I'll go see it too but I was waiting for a reason to be excited about this and the more I see / read the more I think they're on the wrong path.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:19 PM »
I know I'm still on a SW high, but meh. I don't particularly care for the direction they seem to be going in and this doesn't do anything to help. I think it's interesting they seem to be addressing the ridiculous mass destruction that made MOS utterly forgettable, by making Superman something of a pariah, but it seems to be doubling down on a bad bet.

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