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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 12:29 AM »
I also loved it for a lot of the same reasons Jesse did. This is a straight up war movie and so far, judging from what little we've seen, is more or less what people seem to have been wanting in the PT - more of the same, but better/darker. We'll see. The cinematography so far is outstanding - the shot of the the DS eclipsing the sun on what I believe is Jedha is one of the best shots in SW ever. The shot of the ship going to hyperspace appears to have been shot in camera - the expanding stars projected on a screen - though I can't be sure. Dramatically different than what we've seen and the odd lack of focus in it makes it seem practical. Also classic shot - Jyn Erso Vs. TIE. The prospect of big, big battles - something TFA didn't really deliver on - has me excited, as does some possible cameos.

I've been on record how I didn't think prequels were necessarily a good idea with these anthology films but RO so far actually seems to be delivering a lot of new for how fixed to continuity it is. The U-Wing is the new best ship ever.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: August 3, 2016, 02:20 PM »
Good interview. Kind of reinforces some other comments Steve made pertaining to Vintage/SA type figures. The playset comment is interesting. TMNT clearly has a lot of success with playsets in their line and as mentioned elsewhere, there's a lot of playset love in smaller scales like Imaginext. I think if Hasbro integrated this app feature with the AT-ACT into a larger playset, that would pay dividends. I don't know what the playset would be. SW is more about environments really than a specific location that lends itself to say a Batcave or Turtle Lair type realization. You might say, well the Death Star or Echo Base or Jabba's Palace, but those are all HUGE environments from entertainment that is not current... with the exception of one. So it will be interesting to see if there's any Death Star love for RO. For a lot of us who have been clamoring for some serious DS joy for a long time, this is probably the best shot we've had since 1997. I think a convertible DS playset where the exterior is a big giant model of the station that opens to reveal some split level features and various locations within, with some app integration, would be pretty cool.

Well, there's always been a divide between critics and audiences in general when it comes to blockbusters. That goes back a very long time. For example, Roger Ebert - not exactly a fan of the big dumb action movie - once famously dismantled a French film critic who dismissed Star Wars on Nightline in 1983. I think the discourse now has become intwined with this concept of fan ownership that manifests in both positive (getting a show renewed i.e. Star Trek) and negative (Ghostbros).

Here you have a very sizable block of fandom that has not seen a movie invalidating the opinions of people who have. Judgement as always should be reserved and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the facts on the ground seem to indicate WB does not have the same handle on making their own movies that Marvel does. This is a huge bummer for a lot of reasons. Chief among them is that WB has had the rights to the entire DC universe forever and done nothing with them. They watch Marvel scrap together a box office dynasty and now they run to try and catch up, throwing whatever will stick to the wall. That said, I am looking forward to Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. I hope they work and they're enjoyable and they lead to more, better movies.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 24, 2016, 11:11 AM »
I'm all about the new show.

Recognizing that the Discovery was the McQuarrie Enterprise while watching the teaser was about the most geek moment I've had in a long time. I love the ship and also think there is some Klingonish elements to it. Another clue is the music in the teaser which is reminiscent of past Klingon cues. That's one reason I think the show could take place in the post TNG era. The registry would indicate otherwise but I don't know I would put much stock in that, as the registries during the TNG era were not always simpatico with what was understood. Another example is Star Trek Beyond. MILD SPOILERS - The USS Franklin is apparently a ship that predates Archer's Enterprise, the NX-01. The Franklin is stated as being the first Warp 4 ship; the Enterprise was the first warp 5 ship, yet the Franklin's registry is NX-324. What is very likely with the Franklin given the circumstantial evidence in the movie is that she was refit and/or reclassed at some point in her service life and given an incongruous registry.

The Discovery registry is an apparent nod to the space shuttle Discovery's registry - OV-103 - and that may be all there is to it. That said there were some rumors at one point that the show was taking place in The Undiscovered Country timeframe and maybe there's something to that. Myself I'd prefer going forward, but I'm up for whatever this show has got.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:47 PM »
Holy ****.

I love the NECA Aliens stuff. I'd buy all of it but I've limited myself to SW. Amazing though.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:43 PM »
Love the new 6 inch reveals. Glad to see Lando, Hera, Tusken Raider and the Royal Guard. Gives me hope we will see the Jawas eventually and probably the Gamorrean Guard. For a minute there I was thinking probably not.

I like the AT-ACT, would like to see it up close and personal. I think the app feature is a brilliant idea. This kind of interactivity is really where toys in general need to be to compete with iPads, video games, etc.

I like the figs shown. Love the troopers. SA versions will certainly come through Wally World though I actually have more 5 POA TFA troops than the SA mostly on account of bad paint apps and availability. Hopefully that gets better. Was hoping for more RO reveals today but you know this is way better than last year and I kind of like surprises anyways.

Could care less about this poll or suggested shenanigans. If Jania is in the Jedi outfit she had when they made her in TLC back when I'd be inclined to buy her. Glad to see a lot of notables among the voting at various sites (Lando, Royal Guard) make it regardless.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:39 PM »
3.75" Death Trooper is on display now.

Diorama with RO Stormtrooper and Shore Trooper with AT-ACT - the trooper that comes with the walker appears to be different than standard issue Shore Trooper. Likely the Driver.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:49 PM »
My guess on Luke (we'll find out tomorrow) is that since 8 was originally slated for May of '17, they decided to hold on him due to the reasons Jeff mentioned. The first Episode 8 figures would have dropped anywhere from January-May. So unless they decided to hold him completely for 8 now that it's coming in December, we'll see him probably next spring. Or not.

+1 Jesse.

OT astromechs (no expert) are largely accounted for. There are some PT stragglers, the most prominent of which is R5-X2 who ideally should have featured here as it was planned as one of the BAD's during the cancelled BAD run in 2013ish. There were no astromechs of note in TFA (outside of Poe's stop gap black/orange droid that did get a BAD figure in the park I think). Hopefully Rogue One supplies with lots of droids we'll struggle to remember years from now.

LOVE the packaging, though not a packaging guy. But still. Very cool. R2-A5 - wanted him for so long I totally forgot about him. CW love - I loved all the CW droids so this is nice. Jabba's bartender - super obscure but welcome. The price stings a bit but reality bites.

Totally called the commentary going on right now. The snake is eating its own tail with this stuff. I don't know what people want or expect and really who cares. We want, we want, we want and we get, we get, we get and still it's not enough.  ???

Yeah, I'm already imaging the comments tomorrow (or Friday) of how this is yet another Hasbro let down to collectors and blah, blah, blah. I'm up for whatever. Hoping there's something really unexpected in there but thinking whatever it is probably repaints or kit bashes. Which isn't really a bad thing.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: July 20, 2016, 05:15 PM »
Some of these were part of the exhibit I saw in Paris a few years back. Amazing stuff. My only regret is you couldn't take pics so the ones I got were few and not very good. At least three Palitoy vinyl cape Jawas. Sigh.

I think the sculpt is great. I don't know it 100% looks like the actress, but it's light years beyond whatever is going on with Leia right now. I think the packaging on this is fun but like the TFA trooper last year, non essential. I like the green though. I actually thought they'd be changing up the look this fall as they typically do, and green would probably be the color choice due to the Death Trooper's apparent greenish accents.

Great catch on the droids... wondering if it's possibly from the Droids cartoon, or someone is, because he did say in one of his many pot stirring posts somewhere that one of the figures had appeared previously in a non realistic form. Took that to mean from CW as he DQ'd Rebels, but who knows. Maybe from Droids. I'd love it. Doubt it. This is definitely one of the highlights of the year so far. Looking forward to seeing the final product and hoping to be wowed by the choices.

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