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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: February 22, 2016, 01:03 PM »
I enjoyed last week's episode as well, if anything because it had more space battle action and that Star Wars feel to it.  Something this season of Rebels has seemed to lack, save a few notable exceptions.  I Liked the backstory development for Hera and the connection to the CW show characters.  Also fun to see the TIE Bombers make an appearance.  I guess the ship the Rebels were in was the TIE Shuttle variant of the TIE Bomber as there sure was a lot of room in that thing!

Overall, I'm just not as into SW Rebels as much as I was into the Clone Wars series.  With Clone Wars, I did everything in my power to ensure I was able to catch the new episode, however, with Rebels, if I miss one, I don't really care...  Actually, I missed the entire first season, only getting into the show after I purchased the first season on DVD on a whim.  I guess its the more kid-like feel to Rebels and the really fast pace of the episodes (conflict to resolution in around 22 minutes) and the overall lack of fighting a war in the stars that turns me off more so than Clone Wars did...

Hmm, that's a bit disconcerting with the differences in quality noted between the in-store finds and the online items...  I just ordered the few 3.75" Black Series figures I was missing and hadn't found at stores (Rey, Kylo Ren, FO Stormtroopers) since they were in stock on Walmart's site and nowhere to be found in my area.   

Even though I stopped buying everything except for Hot Toys stuff I still look at the pegs when i am at the store just to see whats new. This was an interesting sight.

That is interesting.  Really, the Finn figure should have been exclusive to just Wave 1 of the 6" figures back in September on Force Friday instead of being a fixture in each wave or revision since.  Would rather they included the FO Stormtrooper as the steady figure in each wave as at least one can "army build" with that one.  Maybe give the figure a new gun or Luke's lightsaber or something to change things up a bit.     

Makes me feel sorry for John Boyega in a way...  I mean, his character in TFA was cool, but he's definitely not popular as an action figure. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:48 PM »
I collect the 6" line.  They're all around excellent figures, even if they are pretty much upscaled versions of the highly articulated 3 3/4" figures Hasbro was making in quantity until just recently.  But given their size and price, I collect sporadically, usually not getting entire waves, but just specific figures I like.  Still, they seem to sell well as the pegs are almost always empty of them, so collectors must be getting them - except for Finn in his Jakku jacket.   

As for the Toy Fair stuff, I'm glad to see a classic ANH Leia in the 6" scale...  But have to agree with the others that her face sucks.  I was also hoping to see a 6" scale modern T-70 X-Wing to go with the giant TIE Fighter, but guess I'll keep dreaming to that end :-\

TV-9D9 / Cool Indie Star Wars Film: Rebel Scum
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:58 PM »
Not sure if anyone has already posted about this or seen it, but I came across this 9-minute independent Star Wars film tonight and was actually rather impressed: 

It uses real locations, accurate props, and stop-motion animation giving it that realistic feel the OT films had.  Plus Gustav Holst's classical scores from "The Planets" work surprisingly well with Star Wars, giving us a taste of what might have been, musically, had Spielberg not connected Lucas with John Williams...

Enjoy :)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:56 PM »
Here's a new preview for the Rebels season 2 midseason premiere: A Princess on Lothal

We get to see a young Princess Leia 8)

Picked up the First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper / Poe Dameron 2-pack at Target - not sure what I'm going to do with the Poe figure. Maybe if I see a Rey, I'll pick her up along with one of the many Finn figures that are hanging around to have the set of the three new heroes....

After seeing TFA, I found this pack a little inaccurate to what transpired in the movie...  The Riot Control Stormtrooper is accurate, his weapons are accurate, save that Poe didn't fight a Riot Control stormtrooper...  Finn did, while wearing Poe's jacket ;) 

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The new TIE Fighters
« on: December 22, 2015, 07:59 PM »
I've not gotten the new Star Wars TFA Incredible Cross Sections book in hand yet, but looking at some previews on,  you can "read" the section regarding the new TIE Fighters.  It appears the FO uses something more like the classic standard TIE (called the TIE/fo) as well as the Special Forces TIE Fighter (called the TIE/sf).  The TIE SF is what all the toys represent from the Revell model kits to the 3.75" toy to the giant 6" scale version.  It is also the type of TIE that Finn and Poe make their escape from the Star Destroyer in during the first act of the movie.  In short, its a beefed up version of the standard TIE/fo, with increased armaments, the two crew, a hyperdrive, and shields.

See all the details on the Special Forces TIE Fighter here: 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:24 PM »
Found partials of this wave recently, so now I have a nice articulated Finn and Poe Dameron.  Too bad the 3.75" modern X-Wing was such a letdown...  The Poe figure is quite nice, but I hate to put it into a sub-par vehicle :P

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:21 PM »
I love my BMF from 2008/2009 and have zero intention on getting the new TFA Falcon...  I've seen it in various places, but have only given it a passing glance.  If one wants a 3.75" BB-8, there's a figure pack that has a couple of Unkar's thugs from Jakku and a BB-8 figure ;)

I also found the new TIE Pilot and Resistance Trooper and picked up an extra Rey figure.  Didn't see the Kylo Ren that's part of this wave 

I rather like the Resistance Trooper, but sadly, its helmet isn't removable... Or rather, you can pull it off but it's not designed to come off as the figure has only a partial head sculpted beneath the helmet.  The facemask on the helmet does lift up, though.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walmart 6" Imperial Shock Trooper
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:13 PM »
Stopped into a Wal Mart on a whim this afternoon and they had 2-3 of the Shock trooper figure plus the new wave of TFA 6" figures.  Got the Shock trooper and some of the others.  Was sort of tickled to find an exclusive figure as it usually doesn't happen to me that often ;)

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)
« on: December 18, 2015, 02:47 AM »
Very good ;D  Been a long time since I walked out of a movie as excited and exuberant as I was tonight.  Fits nicely with the OT in a way the PT never quite achieved and really has that more "familiar" feel to it.  Long-time Star Wars fans, plus new ones, will enjoy it.  I'm going to see this one again, and again, and again ;) 

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 02:43 AM »
Saw the first 7:00pm showing in my area.  Even waiting in line for a few hours beforehand was fun.  Everyone from the cosplay nerds, young kids, teens, young adults and older people were nice to one another, just having a great time.  Not uncommon for strangers to be sharing a pizza and softdrinks even.  Really, it was very much like a big tailgate party!

But then the movie...  Loved it.  Period ;D

This was the sort of Star Wars movie I had been waiting for since 1983...  It felt like the Star Wars films I grew up with, the fun, the exuberance combined with the dread and terror.  Yeah, the plot was overall similar to ANH but it was still fund and exciting.  It was also very respectful to the original cast and characters.  While aged, Han didn't skip a beat.  Can't believe they killed him off (and I'm sort of left with a sad feeling about that) but that he was killed by his son, Kylo Ren, face to face, really adds a dimension of evil to that character...  Not even Vader stooped that low.  The new characters were great.  I loved Poe, Finn, and especially Rey.  I can't say I liked Kylo Ren in the positive sense like the others, but he will turn out to be a great character.  Captain Phasma seems to be the new Boba Fett, a badass that meets a comically inglorious end getting put down the garbage chute.  In such a hallowed franchise, its difficult to engineer new characters - George Lucas largely failed at that in the prequels - but it was pulled off quite well in TFA and I look forward to seeing how both the good and the bad develop.

But I am left with some questions...  I guess I'm coming from the POV that I grew up with the original SW movies, source materials, EU, etc. so had a since of the history and how everything connected and fit together.   Since Disney has now wiped the slate clean post ROTJ, there's a void to fill.  I'm curious to know more about the how the First Order came about; how the Republic and the Resistance fit together.  Was the First Order born out of the (New) Republic by those seeking a return to order from chaos or was it founded on the remnants of the Empire?  What caused Kylo Ren, son of Han and Leia, and student of Luke, to turn bad (other than simply the seduction of the dark side)?  Lots of those sort of questions...  But I guess over the ensuing years and decades, those will eventually be answered.

Nevertheless, its been a long time since I went to a movie where I walked away with such a sense of enjoyment and desire to see it again and again.  The Force Awakens lived up to the hype in my opinion, and I'm elated to have a new and worthy addition to the Star Wars saga ;D   

Found a complete set of Wave 2 at TRU this morning.  I already had that complete set from an Entertainment Earth order, but wanted an extra Captain Phasma and Stormtrooper to unbox and didn't want to pay premium prices on eBay or  It was kind of nice to find a complete wave of figures in one place for the first time since Force Friday  8)

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