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Rogue One / Re: Celebration Europe 2016
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:53 PM »
Cool. Appears to be a two pack with a Resistance officer and Snowtrooper (white shoulder).

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Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:51 PM »
I agree pretty much with everything Rob says - and Dave to some extent - but the only thing I'd add is that one reason Harrison is hard to ignore is the outsize influence he seems to have in the online community. The impact he's had on the dialogue between Hasbro and the fan sites at shows I mentioned earlier being the most obvious example. What had been a pretty informal and direct relationship is now pretty infrequent and corporate. Now some of that may be Disney. Could be. Things are different since the sale. But the change in behavior at the shows when it comes to access and Q&A's and how Hasbro chooses to unveil things can be traced directly back to the incident where he claimed they brushed off the idea they needed to make more female figures.

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Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 04:30 PM »
He's definitely the reason they force all Q&A's to be recorded and probably why the interactions at Toy Fair are now group and not 1-1. Couple years back he posted his infamous Q&A where he reported - not verbatim - that Hasbro said they made 'enough' female figures. This became an internet firestorm we're still seeing the after effects of (Hasbro leads all of its promotional efforts with SW with female figures nowadays). Rather than stick to his guns on the story, he changed Hasbro's answer at their request (they claimed it wasn't representative of what they said). So his integrity is shot right there and relationships with fan sites have eroded since.

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Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 04:11 PM »
I've tried, believe me. And I suppose it's my own fault for continuing to look in on the circus over there, but it would also be my fault if I ignored it and then let that type of behavior become the standard for this hobby. That's not me. If you let weeds grow you get more. I've considered leaving the hobby at various times, but I've decided it won't be because of people like him.

If it's not anyone else's fight or interest, totally get it. Had to say my 2 cents.

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Rogue One / Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:52 PM »
May not be the right place for it, if not, please move. I know I and others have complained directly or indirectly about Paul Harrison and JTA here in the past for a variety of reasons, all tied to his rampant negativity. As time has gone on it's gone from an amusing sort of 'wow did you see that?' to 'is this really happening?' Well, it is, and now it's gone too far.

I feel I have to say something about his article regarding the Jyn Erso figure reveal here: http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=18228

In the comments he says the figure should be named 'Jihad Jyn.' This is absolutely unacceptable. This man baby has turned our hobby into a platform for airing out his own personal hangups with whatever group it happens to be - women, Muslims, homosexuals (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=17413/#details) and anyone who disagrees with him. They're toys. They don't deserve the level of discord or frankly interest he assigns them and they certainly don't serve any purpose in any attack on someone's faith or sexuality. For the record, she's wearing a scarf. Women wear scarves. I accept Paul Harrison may not be familiar with such concepts. Paul Harrison is very familiar with commercializing and commodifying his brand of negativity regarding toys. Now it's mutated to people. And it's time for it stop.

Discrimination against anyone has no place in our hobby and has no place anywhere. Time for people to stand up and let him know that. Our hobby is meant to be a place of fun and escape and he has dragged it into the gutter. It's clear he won't give up these things he supposedly hates, because he's making too much money off it - he nakedly pursues reader financial support and has admitted to his obvious click baiting - so we need to be the ones to vote him off the island. He doesn't have to like what he sees but he doesn't have to spew this junk at people either. I could catalog all of his bizarre comments - from posting that Hasbro likely postponed what he thought was a lock stock and barrel exclusive Vintage styled line at TRU last fall simply to spite his website - but I think we have all seen and read enough of his shtick to know it doesn't represent us.

There is a lot of sexism, prejudice and anger in fandom right now from Star Wars to Ghostbusters and I'm here to tell Paul Harrison and whoever else needs telling that there's no place for it. Take your toys and go home.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Rogue One Black Series 6inch
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:37 PM »
I don't think Jedha is the beach planet, but could be wrong. I think the figure is great, likeness isn't exact but close. Surprised they're continuing the current red/black color scheme and numbering (apparently). Looks good, so no complaints. Looking forward to the rest.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:17 PM »
Having seen the behind the scenes look at Celebration now (a few times) it's clear this movie is going to be the Kenner gift box we all probably were wanting right after the OT era. Figure city. I was initially sort of ho hum on revisiting ground we'd already covered in the films but after seeing the SW costume exhibit a few weeks ago and now this, you know, I'm game to see this era fleshed out some. I love the droids and aliens and troops. I especially love the sort of long hair white Chewbacca alien in the clip.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:09 PM »
Re: trailer - not shown on live stream.  :( Hoping we get it later. Apparently involved Vader.

Re: Margaritaville Trooper - we were talking about this on Twitter last night, and I agree. The Shore Trooper seems an ideal place to introduce an OT era amphibious trooper given the environment they seem to be in, but he's clearly not. This will probably become more clear with the movie. I do have to say the other troops look amazing, in particular the tank driver.

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Hammerhead! Been waiting for him since they started these. And Jawas.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: July 12, 2016, 02:12 PM »
Great deal if you've been holding out. Only want the FO Officer, so I'll pass again.

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Well, the complaining is almost pathological at this point, so it's kind of expected.

The choices aren't bad, but I was hoping for a better showing for the Jawas who seemed like locks at one point. I don't think anything is a lock at this point now, and given this is supposed to be the collector line, the lack of collector minded figures (by and large) is definitely something to complain about.  ;) On the anthology films seeing less representation, I kind of think this one will, only because the initial plan was for Rogue One to hit in December, followed by VIII in May (now December '17). So Hasbro probably was far enough along in their planning window that this is going to be reflected somewhat. I think we see that a little in the plan for 6 inch figures in the fall, if rumors are true - a couple waves of Rogue One followed immediately by heavy doses of Saga characters. So with VIII being pushed back there's opportunity to backfill, but it will be interesting to see if what the offerings are in spring of 17.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 8, 2016, 12:43 PM »
Any character being straight has no bearing on the plot either, except it does factor, in almost every narrative ever. So a character being gay should also factor, even if it has no direct impact on the plot. Anyone being gay/straight/whatever also has no bearing on me seeing this movie or any other. Like Jeff said the train wreck that was Into Darkness nearly put me off these movies for good, but I'm starting to have hopes for this one. I think if Takei was that adamant about Sulu not being gay, I personally would have listened to him if I were writing the movie, but as Pegg said this morning, a new character would have been the token gay character and that's worse than retconning an existing one. Which this is not. Like I said Sulu being gay or straight is canonically open for debate. I think it's overdue for Trek, a great if unwanted tribute to Takei, and no, it shouldn't matter. But it does.

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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 8, 2016, 12:34 PM »
Unmasked Kylo is probably a safe bet. Hoping we'll see Luke and General Leia too. Love Rey and the A-Wing. That will be the first ship I buy in a long, long time. Not happy to see the silly BAW thing continuing, but I guess it is what it is.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 8, 2016, 01:12 AM »
I find Takei's perspective interesting, even if I disagree with it. Sulu's sexuality has never been established to any significance (Melora could have just as easily been the product of a gay marriage) so if there's one character it makes sense... also this is alternate timeline, and alt timelines have shown normally straight characters to be... flexible (Kira), so... it's a great step forward for Trek which has been progressive in just about every social issue but this one. It's too bad Takei feels this way.

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Pretty much in line with what others are thinking. Never really wanted the Tonnika Sisters but I would take them of course. Not quite 10 but here are the ones that jump out at me:

Bannis Keeg
Sim Aloo
Grand Moff Tarkin - like the vintage one, don't love it. The cloth skirt is terrible.
Dorme
Mon Calamari Officer - love the POTJ one but would love an updated version.
Yakface

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