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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« Last post by Darby on January 13, 2017, 06:11 PM »
Disney is denying it as of today:

I seriously doubt anyone is bothering her family over something like this now. IX starts filming a year from now so they have plenty of time to work out what to do with Leia. If that involves some kind of digital anything, then there is enormous amounts of time to work that out. There is no need for them to even go there now without any understanding of what they would be using or if they would be using it, especially with a script that is likely nowhere near complete.

As for what I'd like to see done with Leia personally, I really don't know. There are no good options. One is to recast her, which I think is a non-starter. Another is the digital route, which depending on how necessary Leia is to the resolution - I'd think very - may be the only option. The last would be to simply kill her offscreen (cheap and unfulfilling) or let her disappear out of the narrative (on a mission to such and such) also cheap and unfulfilling. It's going to be a tough decision for them to make.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« Last post by Matt_Fury on January 13, 2017, 06:05 PM »
I saw a story that she cried when she saw her likeness in Rogue One.  I hope they are able to do her legacy with star wars justice.

I can see then using her likeness to give her a valiant death early in Episode IX...if she were in the entire movie, that would be a bit much imho.
Vintage Kenner / Re: Plastic Galaxy
« Last post by Matt_Fury on January 13, 2017, 06:01 PM »
Thanks for sharing this Paul!  Definitely worth a look. to be a part of it!  Hope you are recognized in there!
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« Last post by Nicklab on January 13, 2017, 05:34 PM »
Check out this Star Wars News Net article that touches on some of the possibilities of how Lucasfilm and Disney may deal with the passing of Carrie Fisher.  It even goes so far to say that Disney may be in contact with Carrie Fisher's estate in order to secure her likeness rights.

I take this as half rumor/half Disney making a play to secure these rights in the event that Lucasfilm decides to go in this direction.  I don't take this as confirmation that Lucasfilm wants to make a CGI Carrie Fisher for Episode IX, but that they want to have that option open to them.  All of that being said, the idea doesn't sit too well with me since it's only been a short time since Carrie Fisher passed.
Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Nicklab on January 13, 2017, 05:30 PM »
I finally got a second screening in yesterday.  And this time around I was able to pick up on more of the easter eggs.  Spotting the Ghost on Yavin IV as well as during the space battle was great.  I missed Chopper making his way around the base, but that's not a major tragedy.  It was also good to hear that page for GENERAL Syndulla.

The lack of the crawl wasn't quite as jarring this time around.  I noticed it a good deal more on my first screening, but maybe since I was better prepared for there being no crawl or the opening fanfare I was ready to get right into the prologue.

I was also able to pay more attention to the score, too.  There were plenty of nods to John Williams work in there.  Some of the music during Jyn and Cassian's fight with the Stormtroopers on Jedha sounded like it could have been from an OT movie and probably would have worked in one of the Indiana Jones movies, too.  I also noticed the one theme that was similar to "Across the Stars".  It was not just your impression, Scott, because it hit me very much the same way.

I was also able to pay attention to the moment when the transmission tower on Scarif got vaporized.  Based on where the beam struck in the water, I get the sense that the tower was not specifically targetted.  That shot just had to be within a reasonable proximity of the Scarif base and would have annihilated it either way.

I definitely liked seeing OT Vader in action on Admiral Raddus's ship.  Some of his fighting style actually looks like some of the Vader vs Rebels videos that were used to demo Battlefront.  It made me wonder if the Battlefront developers got a look at ROGUE ONE in the process of developing Vader for the game.  One thing that surprised/confused me?  The interior of Raddus's ship looked strikingly like that of the Tantive IV.  While the interior of almost any Imperial facility looks similarly stylized, I always thought that Rebel Alliance craft might not be quite as standardized.  So when the Rebel troopers made their way from the Profundity into the Tantive IV, there really was no indication that they had gone from one ship into another.  At least until after that hatch had been closed and Gareth Edwards (in his role as a Rebel Fleet Trooper) disengaged the docking clamp and the Tantive IV broke away.  My one quibble with this situation?  Vader enters that docking bay just in time to see the Tantive IV breaking away, and his cape is billowing.  In space.

My only other continuity question?  C-3PO and R2-D2 are on Yavin IV as the Rebel fleet is scrambling for Scarif.  The Profundity had presumably already left, since that one Rebel technician reports to Mon Mothma, General Merrick and Bail Organa that Raddus has left for his ship.  Maybe I'm just getting too tied up in the process, and the Rebel fleet had sometime to assemble in Yavin orbit before making the jump to hyperspace, but all in all I think that might be minor stuff.
Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Rob on January 13, 2017, 05:01 PM »
I saw it twice, and am having a hard time liking it.  :'(

It just didn't "feel" like Star Wars.

Some guys at my work had the same impression... I didn't get it.  To me it felt as much like Star Wars as anything.  My best theory for the disconnect between me and the other gents at the office is that I read like 60 of the novels when I was younger, so my Star Wars universe is a lot larger than their's... Not that he's actually racist, but I think the new Star Wars' focus on multi-cultural characters takes him out of it, as does the idea of planets that aren't the type we're used to.  He hated the palm trees for example... I didn't care because to me the Star Wars universe is massive.  I did think that basically putting Zatoichi into the film was a bit of a stretch.

Given the imperial presence, I actually felt like it felt more like Star Wars than anything other than the OT, but that's just me I guess.  I liked it a lot.
Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« Last post by EdSolo on January 13, 2017, 03:37 PM »
I keep hearing the Vader complaint on him cutting down the Rebel Troopers.  First of all, isn't this what we haven't wanted for years?  We finally get to see Vader kicking butt on screen.  As for practicality, in Rogue One the Rebels have just stolen the Death Star plans, but have not had to analyze them.  If Vader manages to get them back, the Alliance gains nothing.  Time is of the essence, hence why Vader is doing it himself.  If the Rebels escape, they can get the plans to Alliance leadership.  In ANH, Vader has captured the Tantive IV and has disabled it.  It isn't going anywhere.  The Rebels are not going to escape.  He can take his time so he sends in the Stormtroopers to pick off the Rebels.
Vintage Kenner / Re: Plastic Galaxy
« Last post by Brian on January 13, 2017, 02:37 PM »
I remember hearing about this awhile back and was always interested in seeing it....then found that it was on Hulu so I gave it a watch this week. Lots of fun to watch, and very nostalgic. Sometimes when I see something like this I wonder why I just don't focus on vintage, so much fun stuff and really where this all stems from.
Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« Last post by Jeff on January 13, 2017, 02:18 PM »
Unless I'm missing something, these were unveiled a few months ago:

Yeah, I guess I didn't word that very well.  I should have said "still working".

There was a rumor circulating that ReAction was dead as of 2017, but Super7 recently confirmed that the line/brand is not dead.  The Hellboy stuff is still coming (hitting soon) and the Mega Man stuff is still coming.

There should be some unrevealed stuff to be shown at Toy Fair in Feb as well.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« Last post by stormie on January 13, 2017, 02:09 PM »
I saw it twice, and am having a hard time liking it.  :'(

It just didn't "feel" like Star Wars. I sorely missed the opening crawl and music. The way the planets were labeled on the screen was weird. The cameos seemed forced (e.g., Evazan, Threepio and Artoo). Vader looked weird and walked differently, like he almost had a hop in his step. Vader's "castle" seemed like something from Batman, complete with butler. The score was underwhelming and forgettable. Leia was completely wrong at the end and unnecessary. She seemed too gleeful when she answered that the plans were "hope." Plus, she looked too CGI. I would have preferred just showing her silhouette from behind, since we ALL know what ship that is and who's on it. When Vader starts cutting up the rebels, I found that also unnecessary. He would just have his troopers board the ship ahead of him and shoot the rebels, like at the beginning of ANH. The characters were okay, but forgettable. Cassian was hard to understand and seemed kind of like a jerk. He and Jyn embracing and almost kissing at the end was dumb and forced. I wanted more Galen Erso. He seemed like the most interesting character. What's the big deal about the Death Troopers? Black with different helmets, but still inept.

But I did like some things. Even though he was CGI, Tarkin was great. He is so integral to the first Death Star, that he was necessary for this movie. I like also that he essentially just steals the DS from Crennic. The battle in space at the end was excellent. I really enjoyed that part. Jedha was cool, but I wanted SO much more of it. The ships were great; TIE Strikers, U-Wings, etc.
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