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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Mon Calamari Officer - love the POTJ one but would love an updated version.

Bo-Katan was a great choice and nearly convinced me to add her to my list, but I went with Amidala in her Red Throne Room Dress. I just saw it at the SW costume exhibit in Times Square last week and was reminded of how iconic and powerful it is. Padme had a million looks in the PT but if we only get one in the 6 inch line this would be my pick.

I don't get some of the hysteria I've read this morning elsewhere about this. I mean, who thought it was anything other than a poll? But then I don't get the hysteria about toys in general, so... anyways. I do think it would be great for Hasbro to have a SA 3 3/4" poll and cater to that crowd a little, but I'm not sure what people want there either really.

Not too much difference from last year:

Gamorrean Guard
Wedge Antilles
Tusken Raider
Max Rebo w/ organ
Queen Amidala (Red Throne Room Dress - TPM)

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 01:08 AM »
I think - relative to the character selection - it was a situation where Hasbro was stranded between what they could and couldn't show, and there was no real '2nd tier' in this movie. There was front line main characters, defended against day one spoilers, and people who had nothing to do with anything and therefore were ok to promote, except those characters by and large either got pushed into deep background (the equivalent of Kenner leading out with say Wuher in 1978) or pushed out of the movie altogether (Zuvio, Sarco Plank). So that's one aspect that I don't think worked, especially in the wave with PZ and Hux where the majority is people not on screen.

So the combo of not enough Rey relative to the seeming avalanche of Who the F is this has made for some odd pegs at retail, but as others have pointed out, Hasbro has clearly $$$ in on TFA and isn't looking back. There will be come course corrections with Rogue One (Rey all over the place, maybe less who is this, but doubtful - that ship has largely sailed) but all in all TFA got SW back on track in the toy aisle and that matters. It's not all fun and games but then, it hasn't been for a lot of us for a long time.

Playsets - just not a factor anymore in SW. Clearly Playmates is giving it a go, but the play pattern for SW has been broken for a very long time. It's about the figures and nothing else. LEGO owns environments and until Hasbro finds some answer or counter to that, we've seen the last of anything outside of significant vehicle / playset combos (Falcon, AT-AT, etc.)

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off Rumor/Idea - Kenobi!
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:09 PM »
I'd be over the moon for a Danny Boyle Obi-Wan movie, or really any Obi-Wan movie. 30+ pitches... in a way I'm not surprised. This is probably the most pitch ready movie of all when it comes to these anthology movies.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:06 PM »
Narratively she is 'dead' to the Rebels cast - if she were literally dead, there would be a body, and as others have stated, dying is a hard thing to do for some of these people. The door has been left wide open - wide enough for her to walk through, which she did - for her to return later down the line. Fiolini has mentioned in a few interviews her story at least in relation to the Rebels series is over, but he's already thought ahead to the future. The ambiguity I suspect is to create some mystery around her next appearance (movies?), and to preserve some of Vader's mystique. We get the fabled fight between master and apprentice that people have forecasted for years as her downfall and we get at least the impression of her not walking away, though, again, she literally walks away.

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