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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:52 PM »
I guess the idea of making the boxes bigger to accommodate him was... a maybe? Oh well. I'll be freeing the beast.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Six?
« on: March 9, 2014, 11:18 AM »
I actually kind of enjoyed the two Jar Jar episodes, once they got into all of the Indiana Jones riffs. The Temple of Doom stuff was a lot of fun, and the market chase ala Raiders was too. What really stood out in these episodes, and all 13, was the truly outstanding art direction and cinematography. Watching them all more or less together really reinforced that. I don't think it's a stretch to say what we saw here was beyond anything before in the CW, and to a large extent, any of the movies. The zero G scenes in the Order 66 arc (amazing) and the Miyazaki weird wonder of the Yoda arc really pushed this beyond certainly a Saturday morning cartoon show.

The subject matter did as well. This was by far the heaviest and darkest territory the show entered. I enjoyed the Order 66, Sifo-Dyas and Yoda quest in general, but a lot of served to make the Jedi stupid. Before they were blind perhaps, or naive, but once it became clear that Dooku had manipulated them into taking on an army he had created, which the Jedi are now using to fight him, and choose to sit on it, that's too much. Frankly any one with any self respect in that temple would be screaming up and down that 1) we're fighting a war against one of our own with troops he created who also by the way 2) have exhibited enough behavior to question their true loyalty. Yoda is right, there is a political price in doing anything to make the truth of the clones public. It is a far less price to pay than the one they ultimately do. A more interesting story would have been Yoda exploring the idea of disbanding the clone army, and the push back from Palpatine, the Kaminoans, and the clones themselves. The subject of the clones as individuals, as property, has been a fascinating one on the show and worth more investigation. The fact that the Jedi never challenge the use of slaves speaks volumes about their point of view, and that's something the show could have gone further in.


And hell yeah, Mark Hamill!  ;D

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: March 8, 2014, 12:14 PM »

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: March 8, 2014, 10:06 AM »
Got my case from EE the other day and finally had a chance to crack these open. Very impressed again and Hasbro continues to do really great stuff with this line.

Obi-Wan: the most blah of them but a good representation of the character. Didn't have any paint job concerns on him or any of the others. The missing cloak really amplifies the blandness. He can hold the saber with both hands but barely and at this scale and this price that's something the designers have to account for. This is the only collector scale PT Obi we're ever going to get, so he'd better be lights out, and he's not. That being said he'll look pretty good rocking the cloak I ordered off ebay.

Bespin Luke: Tremendous figure. Much better in hand that the pics we've seen. I love this figure. He can do a lot of poses and will go great with Vader when he shows up later. The removable saber doesn't really stay in as well as it should, and the color is now very dull, nearly clear.

Stromtrooper: No surprise, best figure in the wave and one of the best so far. This is the Sandtrooper again with choice differences. I think the holster for his blaster is the coolest thing for me right now as I wasn't expecting it. So I have him rocking the rifle.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: March 3, 2014, 08:14 PM »
I remember being at the Q&A at Celebration 2 with Hasbro and someone asked about how do you keep doing the same figure over and over again (12 years ago!!!) and they were very adamant about wanting to see costume changes and somewhat deflated on the lack of them in the PT. Outside of Padme, these never materialized in the PT, even when they begged for it (Jedi pilots wear nothing but headsets? What?). The CW micro-series got into this somewhat, and produced probably the two most famous 'alt-modes' of the era in Clone Armor Obi-Wan and Snow Bunny Padme. I think Lucas definitely created a big cast of characters to generate toys, because that's Star Wars, but if he had his mind completely on it he would have been more deliberate about the main characters.

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:17 PM »
Found wave 2 of cap legends wrung black widow at Iowa target today. Bought widow who is an amazing figure. New cap and winter soldier are sick as well.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:47 PM »
I ordered a case. No interest in hunting for the trooper, free shipping and I can display the extra Han with his alternate gear.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:06 PM »
Definitely, I thought it was a good showing. I came away optimistic.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:05 PM »
I agree with Jesse it would seem they're playing it a little safe. I would think the window for this would be in the fall, since Fall '15 is going to be pretty much 100% Episode VII. Toy lines typically don't hang a big ticket item like this out in the spring or summer, but you never know. Maybe we will see it at SDCC. That would be cool, since I do think it would be a great toy.

I never pursued the Carbonite set, and while the dais won't stop me from collecting this line, it will stop me from buying Jabba. Until he goes on clearance after dragging down this aspect of the line and closing the door on future 6 inch deluxe pieces. I would not have attempted him at retail without the dais. I understand that they're splitting the difference, and either way it's a lose-lose for hasbro since without it he's unattractive and with it he's too expensive. But I don't see a lot of people dropping $40 on him when they can't complete the rest of the set up, and I see a lot of Jabbas backing up as a lot of speeders fly off the shelf.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 2
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:11 PM »
Chewbacca may be the most amazing figure I've ever seen in this scale. amazing. Cannot wait for him. I wonder if given what we've heard on Hasbro leaving the PT behind if these will be the last PT figures we see in this line.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:10 PM »
Jabba looks amazing. He is kind of pointless without Crumb or the dais and I can see people shrugging their shoulders, especially at $40. It's a catch 22. People would probably shrug their shoulders at $80 for the whole shebang.

The speeder bike and scout - perfect. This will be very popular. I think we can expect Taun Tauns, Wampas, Dewbacks... if someone can ride it, they'll make it. If they sell. I'd love to see things like Palpatine and his throne, Max Rebo and his organ in this scale.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 3
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:07 PM »
No one trip over my jaw. Amazing work.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:06 PM »
Ree-Yees is definitely worth the wait. Here's hoping we see Yak-Face soon. Like Jesse said, the detail is insane. That vein going down the middle of his face... wow.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:04 PM »
Doallyn is great. The droid was a complete question mark for me, too, so thanks on the background. Luke I expected. Wonder how Han will turn out... I really like what we have so far, so not sure what the take will be on him this time.

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