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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 8, 2015, 06:58 PM »
Wonder if those slots will be repacks or if we'll see 6 more figures soon to be revealed?

I think there are two possibilities:

1) The three Space figures are army builders - the person who found the Hassk Thug, Han and 2nd Ren picked up the left-overs and someone beat them to all six of the Space figures from the case, but only bought 1 each of the Han, Thug and Ren figures; OR

2) The person who found the figures left the Space figures behind because they were all repacks

While the "hater of repacks" in me hopes that it's scenario #1 where the three Space figures are all new army builders worthy of getting multiples of, I know that is highly unlikely, especially combined with the fact that no 3-figure grouping yet has been 100% army-builders - the closest were Snow Wave 2 Asty/Stormtrooper/Snowtrooper and Space Wave 1 Poe/Resistance Trooper/TIE Pilot.


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The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: December 8, 2015, 10:46 AM »
Picked up the Toys R Us Exclusive Armor-up Captain Phasma and Poe Dameron figures this morning. Just opened each of them up at my desk - the Poe Dameron "armor" is pretty neat, the life-support box on the front of his flight-suit detaches and then plugs into a slot on the armor, so at least they made the effort to have these two armor options for him fully integrate with the figure.

The Phasma clip-on armors are okay, but I don't really understand the point of these - someone in armor, putting on more armor.  :-\

I don't have one of the regular carded versions of Phasma with me to compare, but I want to say that these two figures of her might be slightly different from each other, later tonight when I'm home I'll compare the two...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: December 3, 2015, 05:56 PM »
I had read rumors about Lex taking the corpse of Zod and turning him into Doomsday and I had genuinely hoped that was not what they were going to end up doing. Well, turns out that IS what they are doing. Turns out that when Michael Shannon slipped about being in the movie and then they had to back-peddle, it was really the truth - the "flippers" he said he had for hands were probably appendages they put on his arms for the motion capture process, to track more accurately where the longer arms of Doomsday would/should be... *sigh*

The trailer did nothing to change my opinion that this movie will be a whole lotta "meh".

In stark contrast when I saw the Captain America: Civil War trailer, I was blown away - that moment near the end when Steve says "I'm sorry Tony, but he's my friend" and then Tony says "But so was I..." and then the two-on-one fight with Steve, Bucky and Iron Man summed up everything we needed to know about the movie and conveyed the dramatic weight of the conflict between Cap and Iron Man perfectly.

When it comes to Batman v. Superman, I still just think to myself "who cares?" - we have never seen these two guys work together so why couldn't they start off hating each other initially. There was the brief Iron Man/Cap/Thor fight in the first Avengers movie but emphasis on BRIEF. So if the "versus" part of Batman v. Superman is really only a small part near the beginning with the majority of the film centered around the heroes having to put their differences aside, team up with Wonder Woman and fight Doomsday, I think a lot of people are going to feel mislead considering the name of the movie implies it would be about Batman versus Superman.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 3, 2015, 11:45 AM »
Boring yes - but most definitely a smart move. That puts the entire carded 5POA line out for people to buy right as the movie is coming out. From a "I don't have anything yet" standpoint - it also makes a lot of sense allowing someone to get "caught up".

Not a bad deal IMHO since this is what you'd end up with for $200:
  • 22 Unique Figures
  • 1 Extra First Order Stormtrooper
  • 1 Extra Kylo Ren
  • 8 Unique Build-a-Weapons


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 1, 2015, 11:32 AM »
I agree with a lot of you have said - stopping and getting out of the truck was ridiculous. There's something to be said for putting your foot on the gas and mowing them over. Truck vs. men & motorcycles, gee, I can't possibly think of which would "win". The guys with the motorcycles would be too busy getting out of your way to get a good clean shot off.

It's almost like the writers said "well Darryl is going to stop the truck because he'd be worried about one of their gunshots making the gas truck explode". I'm SO sick of the bull**** Hollywood myth that shooting a gas tank causes instant explosion. Every writer that falls for that cliche, needs to be sat down and forced to watch the Myth Busters episode (shame on the Discovery channel for the spelling error of "Expoding" instead of "Exploding") where they proved that shooting a car's gas tank with a gun caused nothing other than the bullet to go in one side and out the other. So yeah, maybe the gun shots would have punctured the tank, but it would have just meant that they were leaking gas, nothing more.

Jessie's older son getting the jump on Carl? Holy cow, how ridiculous - something that happened solely to move the plot along because having this group bunker-down in Jessie's house is "boring".

And Jessie's younger son? He must have a learning disorder or something. What makes that kid think "this would be a great time for me to call to my mom" and where the hell is Jessie's brain not to just squeeze his hand to give him a signal to shut the hell up? Maybe Jessie did think of doing that and realized that her precious little moron wouldn't have gotten the hint.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: December 1, 2015, 11:10 AM »
Or they read the script and said, "good Lord I'm not having my name on that!"

+1

While I can respect Ron Howard for "having George's back" - I think this is far more likely - poor script which bore very little resemblance to the story telling of the OT combined with the fact that Lucas probably had grand visions of shooting the entire movie on a green sound stage and having ILM digitally add all of the backgrounds and digital characters.

Keep in mind Lucas and Lucasfilm would have still been the PRODUCER of the film, and if your producer is trying to sell you on a 100% computer generated set, as a director you may not be inclined to say "Yes".

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 30, 2015, 05:46 PM »
Hit up a few WalMarts on the way into work and I was able to score everything I wanted plus a full set for another local collector/member of this site.

I have only opened up the First Order Stormtrooper so far and it is a fantastic figure. It really is a shame that more figures can't be like this.

Two things bother me about how Wave 2 has been "handled" so far...
1) There should have been NO carry-forward figures from Wave 1. Will Wave 1 & 2 figures be carried forward into the Wave 3 case? That seems like a huge mistake.
2) The online ordering option, contrary to the original press release, was never made available. Why not?



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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.

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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.

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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.


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

Good luck Paul! Fingers crossed!

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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.

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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?

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:28 PM »
Did some online shopping today...

Kohls.com -
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?

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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.


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