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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: January 7, 2017, 07:08 PM »
Haven't seen much mention of the score here but I thought the theme presented which is "Jyn Erso" according to the Soundtrack sounds really similar to Across the Stars from AOTC.  In fact I kept waiting for the melody to come each time the Jyn theme played during RO...I really liked the score though to this and Giacchino is more than ready to take the torch if/when Williams decides to pass it on

I have to agree with you about the quality of Giacchhino's work with the musical score for Rogue One  :). I've been enjoying listening to the soundtrack over the past few weeks.  His main themes (Hope, Imperial March, etc.) are great additions to the Star Wars musical compendium but He also showed a lot of skill intertwining John William's classical Star Wars themes into the new score.  Williams used the Wagnerian leitmotif technique with his scores - basically using a certain musical theme to represent a character, idea, or action - and Giacchino used the same technique to quite good effect.  I mean, it just wouldn't be right if the classic Darth Vader/Imperial March theme did not play when Darth Vader entered the room during his confrontation with Krennic, for example.  But the use of certain Star Wars musical themes was even more subtle in the Rogue One score such as the flare of the Rebel Fanfare when R2D2 and C3PO make their cameo and you even hear the original theme for Vader from the ANH score and even some of the same string instrumentation heard onboard the Tantive IV from ANH.  Overall, I am just well-pleased with the Rogue One soundtrack- as well as the entire movie overall  ;D

Other Collectibles / Re: Revell Star Wars Vehicle Models
« on: January 5, 2017, 03:50 PM »
I didn't see any recent thread about this, so does anyone build/collect the Revell Star Wars models? 

Over the past couple years, I've gotten more and more into these models and find them a great way to get correctly-scaled and detailed Star Wars vehicles for relatively low cost. Some of the models are definitely kid-oriented and basically toys with lights and sounds that require minimal construction.  Others are more formal kits with multiple parts that need to be removed from plastic trees and assembled.  There are a lot of pre-painted snap-tite options that make decent-looking models when built straight out of the box or which could provide a good base for customization.  My only gripe is that scales can be inconsistent between different ships (i.e. they'll make an X-Wing in 1/48 scale and then the complimentary TIE fighter in 1/35 scale or something like that).

One of my most recent purchases was the massive 1/30 scale X-Wing.  I built it straight from the box (no paint mods) and have been very happy with it.  The model is wonderfully detailed and functional.  It looks like a proper X-Wing and has different display options with removable panels, etc.  The model is reasonably scaled to the Unleashed figures from 10 years ago, so it can potentially be used in diorama displays.  It also shows just how underscaled many of the classic 3.75" vehicles are!

Comparison shot with a Hasbro X-Wing:

I recently got this wave from a small retailer as I wasn't having any luck finding a trace of it at mass retail.  Fantastic wave with all new/original figures and no repacks.  Glad to finally have an ANH Leia and Obi Wan to add to the collection - with the bonuses being the AT-AT Driver and Snowtrooper.  Nice to see Sabine looking more realistic than the cartoon version.  I'm debating whether or not to open some of the figures or leave them alone for now and order another case. 

Wow!  Interesting development with the re-release of one of Hasbro's best vehicles...  Glad to see it, though, as it could bode well for future releases.  Hasbro must see there is still popularity with the 3.75" Black Series line to expand to doing vehicles...  I have a couple of the original Walmart AT-STs, one still sealed in its box and the other where the legs cracked apart.  I also have the Kmart one, but eventually glued the legs in place as the rubbery plastic lost its strength...  That one is my display piece.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:41 PM »
Saw the movie first thing this morning (couldn't make it for the first showing last night - and then it was pouring rain so I was glad I wasn't standing in line).  I'm still trying to digest it all at this point, but it was definitely awesome and is the Star Wars prequel that George Lucas never delivered.  Lots of action and a gritty feel.  It was different than any of the other Star Wars films, yet very much the same.  It felt like Star Wars from the classic ships to the locations, just the scale was bigger.  I loved all the cameos - Tarkin, Leia, Vader, Gold Leader, Red Leader, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, R2D2 & C3P0...  Was great to see all those characters in their classic forms on the screen once again.  The transition to ANH was done very well...  Really you could play this movie and then go right into ANH almost as one long film.

I need to see this again soon  ;D   

I'm in California.  The Scarif Stormtroopers were found in the small community of Kerman, CA, about 20 miles outside of where I live in Fresno in the central part of the state. 

Sorry for the double post, but I went out today to one last Walmart in a neighboring rural community and found 10 of the exclusive Scarif Stormtroopoer figures and took home a couple of them.  I've had better luck these past two days checking Walmarts and other stores in more rural, isolated communities than I have in more urban areas.  Possibly a good strategy to employ if you are looking for these figures and can't find them in your area.   

Update to my previous post - today I decided to head out to one of the more distant Walmarts in my area (the Kerman, CA store).  Turned out to be worth the trip as they had at least 10 of the Scarif Stormtrooper figures for the $16.82 price!  There was only one figure on the pegs and the rest were in a Star Wars end cap display.  A number of the boxes had dust on them, so they may have been there a while...  Either way, I'm glad to have finally come across them ;D 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: December 6, 2016, 06:29 PM »
I have not come across this anywhere in my area yet, and it is annoying.  I keep thinking Walgreens will get a bunch in and they'll stick around, but at the same time I'm also not holding my breath...  However, I did find the TFA "red arm" C3PO at a Walmart in a rural area today, so at least my R2D2 finally has his companion  ;)

Was out on a business trip this morning and decided to hit a few Walmarts and Targets on my way back to see what I could find.  At the Walmart in Patterson, CA, I found some Director Krennic and TFA C3PO figures.  At the Target in Los Banos, CA, I found some Ashoka Tano and Kannan Jarus figures as well.  I did not see any sign of the Walmart exclusive Scariff Storm Trooper or the Scariff Storm Trooper squad leader figures.  Nevertheless, I had been looking for all of the figures I found, so it was a really good haul  :)   

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: December 6, 2016, 06:16 PM »
Was out on a road trip for business in Central CA today and decided to hit up a few Walmarts in some rural areas on my way back home...  Proved to be worth the effort as I came across the 3.75" Black Series Scariff Storm Trooper and Cassian Andor figures at two stores in Patterson and Los Banos, CA.  Plenty more left.  They also had plenty of the Jyn Erso, Death Trooper, Admiral Ackbar, Lando, Rey, Han Solo (ROTJ), and General Leia (TFA) figures, as well as a smattering of those left from earlier waves like Finn, Poe Dameron, etc.  Was elated to find the Rouge One 3.75" figures and got multiples of them.  One of the best Star Wars hauls I've had in a while actually  ;D 

The whole WM exclusive thing is an utter and complete disaster here in SoCal's San Fernando Valley. We have four stores. In Woodland Hills, employees are stealing the stock. Just today their system shows they have a case of these and no one can find them. Same store has not had 3.75 Black series at all since before Sept 30th because their system shows they have two cases on hand and no one can find them. In Burbank, a Hot Wheels guy has claimed ownership to the store. He tells anyone looking for Hot Wheels, Star Wars or Marvel Legends to "Find another store, this one's mine." He physically blocks people from getting product and none of the employees care. In fact, I've seen them bring him a fresh case of 6 inch Wave 2 on Monday. Panorama City is a joke. They're clogged with old product and refuse to make room for new stock. I had a conversation with their toy people and management and they just don't grasp the concept that the are sacrificing the sale of 100 pieces to move 10. Porter Ranch, the final store, is just too far out of my way and they have a very small and empty SW section. On-Line, we all know the deal there. So in one of the Largest cities in the US, WM can't figure out how to supply their stores.

Likely the same story a little ways north of you in my area in Fresno...  I hit several Walmarts over the weekend to little avail.  I did manage to find some of the new 3.75" Rogue One figures (so not a complete bust) but none of the new Wave 2 and exclusive 6" figures.  There are still Finn and Constable Zuvio figures en masse at some locations!  However in my area there are 6 Walmarts in about a 10 mile radius with that number increasing to 11-12 if I go further afield, so somewhere there has to be something.  I have found previous exclusives (like that Shocktrooper figure from last year) typically at stores in lower-income areas of town where the general populace doesn't want to pay $20 for an action figure...

A local TRU had at least six of the Hovertank pilots on the pegs for the $19.99 price, so I picked one up.  Have not seen the Wave 2 stuff around my area in central CA at mass retail, but likely it has arrived, been snagged by others, and I've just not come across any of it yet.  I did get the Scariff beach trooper and Krennic figures at a specialty retailer a couple weeks ago, but paid a bit more for them.  They were too awesome-looking to leave behind. 

Visited a small retailer called "Ryan's Toy Connection" in Bakersfield, CA over the weekend where I picked up part of the Rogue One Black Series Wave 2 assortment, including Krennic and Scarif Stormtrooper.  Both are awesome figures and Krennic has to be one of my most favorites in the 6" Black Series line to date.  He looks menacing and stunning in his white uniform and cape 8) 

For anyone on the west coast traveling through California, Ryan's Toy Connection is worth the stop if you come by on a day when they're open...  It is a small store filled floor to ceiling with just about every action figure you can imagine, including a room with hundreds of Star Wars figures and vehicles.  Prices can be high, but then that is expected for a mom-and-pop type establishment...  Here is their Facebook page:

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: November 1, 2016, 08:14 AM »
I already found the TFA C3PO at a small retailer, but held off in favor of eventually coming across the OT version at a local Walgreens...  My Black Series R2D2 has been lonely for quite some time ;)

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