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The Force Awakens / Re: LE Empire Magazine with Kylo Ren Figure
« on: November 24, 2015, 04:06 PM »
Meh - guess I'm losing my collector "drive" - maybe if this had been the Walmart SA version or something different altogether, but since this is just the Jungle/Space assortment version of the figure, this is just an unnecessary packaging variant of a moderately nice figure that I already have 2x in packaging and 5x open. In other words - easy pass.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:39 AM »
I'll go you one better, Pete. The portrayal of C-3PO in AotC makes Jar Jar look like genius. How they totally got that character so wrong is mind boggling.

That whole droid factory scene is garbage.  It looks like a video game level idea that they decided to put into the movie: jumping, ducking, timing a run with mechanical arms, molders, smashers, cutters, etc.

I'd like to see a Rebels episode where Artoo's rockets get damaged beyond repair.

100% Agreed. The funny thing about that scene is that it was a last-minute addition. It's one of AOTC's best examples of how having some more "no men" on the team would have really helped.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: November 21, 2015, 09:42 AM »
There are great aspects of the PT and there are horrible aspects of the PT. I hate to sound like a "PT Hater Broken Record" but there were plenty of laughs in the OT and none of it was in-your-face silly slapstick. It was things that happened ORGANICALLY to the story that allowed for a laugh.

The best example I can think of off the top of my head is when Han, Leia, Chewie and C-3PO are running through Echo Base to evade the incoming Snowtroopers and get to the Falcon. At one point C-3PO finds himself on the opposite side of a door from the rest of the group, C-3PO stands there banging on the door repeating "Captain Solo, Captain Solo" and then gives up and says defeated "Typical" - the door then opens, Han grabs the droid and says "come on!". I'm sure we're all familiar with that scene. It works because of the well established characters and how we know they are to behave. Solo - the scoundrel with a heart of gold and the invaluable droid waaay to prissy to have somehow survived this long in this galaxy. The combination organically makes for good humor.

Flash forward 19 years from ESB and in comes Jar Jar - a character that Lucas many times has said was put into the movie "for the kids". We had no such bumbling idiot character in the OT, not even C-3PO came close. So with the introduction of this character came the sight gags - him stepping in poop, smelling farts, stumbling and bumbling his way through a battle, etc... None of that spoke to the core audience who grew up on the OT and made the OT an event to pass down to their children. Speaking as someone who had a young son when TPM came out who was 10 at the time, not even he enjoyed that ridiculous nonsense. Star Wars movies should appeal to "kids of all ages" not just five year old kids who have spent the first five years of their lives drooling on themselves watching horrible cartoons on Nickelodian (sp?).

I have had many discussions with my friends who are varying ages of 20-50 and we all agree if instead of trying to force (no pun intended) humor into the PT and instead let it come naturally through the interaction of well defined and acted characters the PT wouldn't be as maligned as it is today.

Think about this - what would TPM have been like if Jar Jar had been a noble warrior and former leader of the Gungans, exiled when Boss Nass came into power and when we first see him, with only a staff he is adeptly taking on several battle droids at once and only due to overwhelming odds needed Qui Gon to help him and because Qui Gon helped, he pledges a life debt to Qui Gon for standing next to him in the fight and turning the tide.

Cut out all the ridiculous nonsense and then when you go to Tatooine, allow for some of the humor to come naturally because he could be the proverbial "fish (or in this case amphibian) out of water" in a land with no water or moisture whatsoever. Add that you meet up with Anakin at the SAME AGE as Luke Skywalker, completely avoiding bad child actors and you find a GOOD actor who can actually show other emotions beside "spoiled jerk".

When it comes time for the end with the battle, Jar Jar goes to the Gungan people with the group to ask for help in fighting the battle droid army and finds them oppressed by the rule of Nass and his corrupt council, he challanges Nass for leadership of the Gungans, he is reminded of what happened last time, but this time Jar Jar defeats Nass, liberates the Gungans and they are happy to follow him into battle. Anakin gladly jumps into a fighter and is a great asset in space because of his skills in a cockpit, not because of how many times he can say "wizard" and "oops".

Lastly, you give control of the movies over to directors who can actually direct, not directors who provide direction by saying "okay that was good, but let's do it again, only this time do it better" - what the heck does that mean.

These are all simple things that could have made TPM at least modestly GOOD and watchable. Like Matt said in the previous post, Lucas surrounded himself with "yes men" who were so thrilled to be working on Star Wars they didn't care whether or not the Star Wars they were making was crap - and that is where the team behind the PT lost their way.

I find it awfully petty for Lucas to make that remark about how they wanted Star Wars to be about spaceships and not family drama. Unless Kasdan and Abrams totally throw us a curve-ball, I'm willing to bet that a HUGE part of The Force Awakens will be about family and who your family is. It's just that it will also be about spaceships and explosions, instead of humanoid amphibians doing a Jamaican Stepin Fetchit impersonation and stepping in crap for laughs.

That's CaptainYoda. I'm on my way there now. You and I should meet up at DL sometime.

Good luck Paul! Fingers crossed!

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:42 PM »
I get the focus on the new movie but they are letting the current media die on the vine as a result. Those new figures should have been in the latest TFA waves instead of repack swag like Kanan and the Inquisitor.

I said pretty much the same thing over on the TFA Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert thread - there was absolutely ZERO reason to subject us to more Kanan and Inquisitor figures. Instead of getting them, that's where the "Old Man" Rex and Seventh Sister figures should have been slotted in - would have made for MUCH MORE compelling assortments.

I get the need to repackage Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper - but the remaining 5 figures in each assortment should have been 100% new - these are supposedly "cheaper" and more "cost effective" there should be ZERO need for them to have carry-forwards beyond wanting them out to meet demand.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:04 AM »
Got my shipment from HTS. Just wanted to comment that these "build-a-weapon" things are total junk. I would much rather see the figures $1 cheaper w/o the pack-in piece. I think the ONLY reason why these pieces are in there are so that collectors will buy the figures that they don't want just to build the "new" weapon/droid item.

I can totally understand having the First Order Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren carrying forward into the Wave 2 assortments, but why the heck did we need the Rebels Inquisitor figure to be released again? And if you're going to put Kylo Ren out on a card again, why not the Armor-up version instead of the Wave 1 version?

If they wanted to put a Rebels figure in the Jungle/Space Wave 2 assortment would it have killed them to make it Sabine w/o her helmet? Yes, I know that would have meant a new head sculpt, but the body would have been exactly the same as the release from last year. That would mean out of the Ghost crew, the ONLY character left to get a re-release would have been Hera since we've already gotten Kanan (twice), Ezra, Zeb & Chopper in the TFA packaging - but I certainly DIDN'T need the Inquisitor again, and with him dead on the show, I doubt very many kids need/want him either at this point.

Here's hoping that the Wave 3 assortments are light on the carry-forwards across both of the sub-lines - the three in Desert/Snow wave 2 was a bit much. At least the Jungle/Space wave 2 set only had two repacks - and if there are any Rebels figures, they are at least somewhat new (like a helmet-less Sabine) or completely new (like a Seventh Sister).

Has there been any announcement as to what the figures are going to be on those Wave 3 assortments?

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:28 PM »
Did some online shopping today... -
2x of the Jungle Mission 5-pack
2x Guavian Enforcers

Hasbro Toy Shop -
2x of each of the other Jungle/Space Wave 2 figures

I'm SO tired of not finding this wave, the 20% off sale at HTS got me all but the Guavians for $65 - I'm totally fine with paying $6.50 each for the 5POA figures.

The Guavians I figure are going to be much harder so I didn't mind paying the Kohl's $10 price for each of them, I had $10 in Kohl's cash to use or loose so I applied that to the order and the way I see it, if I apply that to the two carded figures only, that brought them down to $5 each. The $40 pricetag for the 5-pack was a bit high considering it's all repaints/repacks, but not horrible.

With these purchases, I'm down to just future WalMart Black Series releases and the Wave 3 Jungle/Space/Desert/Snow figures...

Have there been any other regular release vehicles announced yet? I already have the WalMart White/Blue X-Wing and the EE Desert Scout Walker thing, so beyond those, the Nerf Falcon and the Force Friday vehicles, is there anything else on the vehicle side of things that's coming?

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:21 PM »
While the Toys R Us sale is still in effect, I picked up a 2nd one of these to open today. Glad to have this item off "the list" of 3.75" TFA product. I'm reserving judgement on it until I actually take it out of the box and fiddle with it. My expectations are REALLY low, so I'm hoping it surprises me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disneyland!
« on: November 10, 2015, 07:20 PM »
I am excited for all of the new Star Wars attractions, but I am SO glad we went last year!

Ditto! I'm glad I got to see at least ONE Star Wars weekend before they ended doing them...

Man, Disney finally figured out how to milk this exclusive droid thing. 

This is what, the 4th carded droid this year?  Plus the 4-pack box set that came out...  Plus all the new BAD parts/hats they debuted at Celebration and SW Weekends...

*sigh* YES....

Stopped at a 24 hour WalMart on the way home from work tonight. They had four cases of TFA 6" Wave 2 on the pallets, so I was finally able to score the 6" Captain Phasma for my 6" First Order Collection.... Based on McMetal's post below, I guess the next figure I'll be getting is the TIE Pilot in Wave 3. Not sure if I'm going to pick up the "regular" First Order Snowtrooper or not since I already have the TRU exclusive version...

Scored the White & Blue X-Wing at WalMart on my way home from work this evening. They had a couple cases of them on the nightly pallets.

The laser canons do not have the same problem on this release that the initial release has/had, so the fully assembled ship looks great w/o the need for "adjustments".

The helmet on the Poe figure is NOT removeable - which I found odd, considering that they did that for the other version. But then I remembered that the same base figure is going to be a armor-up exclusive release at Toys R Us so that's why they did that - cause they were going to be able to double-dip on releasing that sculpt.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: October 31, 2015, 02:56 PM »
Hit that same 24hr Walmart I referenced in my last post on the way home from work last night.

They were still sitting on a mountain of WM Black Series wave 1 figs, those aren't going anywhere - good luck getting Wave 2 at this store!

Anyway, among WAY too much Jurassic World toy boxes on a pallet was a lone Snow/Desert Wave 2 case - grabbed all of them so I could complete what I needed from that wave.

I keep thinking to myself "this is a movie year, this shouldn't be this hard..."

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Captain Phasma's voice?
« on: October 30, 2015, 09:09 PM »
I wonder if she takes off her helmet in the movie? If she does, will she be a CG alien or look like she does in GOT.

I've been wondering the same thing. One theory I had could be this...

In the now "gone but not forgotten" EU, there was a character named Winter who was a childhood friend of Leia and at one point, she was caring and providing protection for the children of Leia & Han.

So what if, in the years following RotJ, Han & Leia still did have fraternal twins, one a boy and one a girl. Leia and Han still very much in the thick of things dealing with the remnants of the Empire put the kids into hiding with a new version of the Winter character.

Then, at some point, someone on the First Order side of things, perhaps Andy Serkis' character, wants to get a hold of those kids having figured out the Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker-to-Luke & Leia connection and an attack is launched to kidnap the kids and replace the kids with burnt corpses. This new version of Winter has to make a quick "in the moment" choice - stay with the kids to watch after them or go down fighting overwhelming odds and the First Order takes the kids anyway.

The First Order allows new Winter to continue to care for the kids, perhaps they even tell the children that their parents are dead and that the First Order is the group that "Saved" them. At some point, new Winter still trying to do the right thing, tries to get free with the kids but due to that attempt being thwarted only the daughter gets "away" which results in her becoming "lost"/"missing" - new Winter is tortured and scarred for letting the daughter escape and given the opportunity to "repent" by staying with the son as his protector.

Daughter is Rey, son is Kylo. Kylo grows up and puts his pseudo-Mom in charge of his troops because she has been this bad-ass female role-model he's looked up to for as long as he can remember.

So when Phasma finally takes off her helmet, Han and/or Leia are present and immediately realize that the woman they had trusted to protect the kids didn't die when the kids did AND that their kids are both alive and well.

While I know this reads like fan-fic b.s. - I think something along these lines could work and allow Phasma to have a "redemption" arc that is very prevalent in movies these days... It also still fits in with the idea of Leia & Han having twins, something that surely at SOME POINT, Lucas must have approved, so there's no reason to totally throw out all aspects of the post-RotJ EU, just the stuff that doesn't allow for this new flow of events to occur...

So my vote is that she will be just like in GOT, but with part of her face scarred - like from a force lightning strike.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: October 29, 2015, 03:50 AM »
Hit up a 24-hour WalMart on my way home tonight (was around 2am) - came across THREE cases of the WalMart Black Series figures - of course it was all Wave 1 product - if it had been Wave 2 that would have been awesome...

I have NO IDEA how this store is going to get through 12 each of Luke, Chewie and Vader repacks... Here's hoping that a horrible Wave 1 doesn't "stock block" future waves...

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