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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« Last post by EpicGon on December 17, 2017, 10:27 PM »
Picked up today 40 anniversary 6 inches Death Squad Commander and Tusken Raider.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by I Am Sith on December 17, 2017, 09:56 PM »
I've seen it twice now and I did like it.  There are the serious plot holes and WTF parts of the movie, but overall I was more engaged in this movie than any of the prequels.  In the second viewing several things are more clear.  I'm sure there will be even more enlightening moments the more I see it.

Couple things I caught the second time through I hadn't seen mentioned previously:

The kid on Canto Blight at the end with the broom, his shadow makes it look like he's holding a lightsaber.  Thought that was a nice addition to his use of the force to grab the broom.

Yoda's statement about there being nothing in the tree that Rey doesn't already possess was lost on me in the first viewing but made perfect sense the second time through.

Really looking forward to IX now and hoping that 'Solo' isn't a big let-down between now and then.

George Lucas would have never put out SFX that looked that shoddy.
Did you miss the entire prequel trilogy?

+1  :)
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Rob on December 17, 2017, 06:08 PM »
Almost a day later... I did enjoy the movie.  I hesitate to judge it too harshly until we see how it fits, or doesn't, with Episode 9, but I do think it had some pretty serious flaws.   I probably won't see it again for another week, but I think this review sums up what I've been thinking today...

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delights And Disappoints

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Rey (Jedi Training) with Crait Base
« Last post by Dave on December 17, 2017, 05:59 PM »
Cracked mine open today.  The figure and accessories are very, very good.  The Crait base is really, really stupid.

Without spoiling the movie, they could have picked a more relevant base to the movie for Rey, or just skipped the base and charged less.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Darby on December 17, 2017, 04:05 PM »
I can see people wanting something more subtle from the Leia moment, to each their own, but I loved it. I actually thought of Glinda from Wizard of Oz; it's an amazing, wonderful moment that's made even more so considering the circumstances.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Jedi Idej on December 17, 2017, 03:51 PM »
Yoda was a physical puppet in this one.

Interesting. I wasn't sure if it was a physical puppet or CG made to look like a puppet. Not a biggie, and I'm all for homage, but I prefer those be more subtle or reminiscent. (Loved the Hardware Wars reference.)

Super Leia in space was done before in Guardians of the Galaxy when Star Lord rescued Gamora. He lived. Leia has the Force and used it to save herself.

I thought about that, too, when Leia's fingers moved. I think a labored drift back would have been more effective. Even in a fantasy with force speed and force jump, the Mary Poppins flight was too much of a WTF.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Pete_Fett on December 17, 2017, 01:05 PM »
- And I'm mixed about how they off'd Snoke.  On one hand, didn't see that coming until a few seconds before, so that's great, on the other hand - who the **** was he, we learned pretty much nothing about him whatsoever.

Personally, I don't think we're done with Snoke just because he's dead.

There is a theory floating around that Snoke is The First Jedi - the mosaic on the floor where the drops of water had formed a pool and Luke tells Rey about the hubris of the Jedi Order, is a depiction of "the Prime Jedi, the first of the Order, in a state of meditation and balance" - that's from the Visual Guide of The Last Jedi. The prime jedi looks a lot like Snoke.

In The Force Awakens, Han Solo says about Luke - "People who knew him best think he went looking for the first Jedi Temple"

And then finally in the visual guide of the The Force Awakens, in a description of Snoke it says "Snoke disguises his true nature"

If the Jedi Temple on Ahch-to is indeed the first Jedi Temple, and the mosaic is a depiction of Snoke, the first Jedi, one who could balance both the Light and the Dark, there is definitely more that we'll learn about Snoke in the future.

Heck, what if Rian Johnson's new trilogy is about the start of the Jedi Order itself and we'll get confirmation of all of this in that saga?
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Darby on December 17, 2017, 12:50 PM »
These are definitely two parts of the same movie, which is a very TV episode structure that JJ imposed on it with the cliffhanger end to TFA. It's different, but it's limiting, compared to previous films.

We definitely need to have some time pass between 8 and 9. Especially in light of Carrie Fisher; I think the only thing they can do is have Leia pass between the films. She died perhaps of her injuries in this movie, or something else. And then we see her and Luke together at the end of the film as Force ghosts. Otherwise a CGI Leia or recast Leia would be too much of a distraction.

The story is broken. Leia won't be picking up where Luke left off and become perhaps the matriarch of a new Jedi circle. She won't be achieving any closure with her son. There's nothing to be done about it. It sucks.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Rob on December 17, 2017, 12:44 PM »
I think we did - Luke tells Rey that Kylo burned the temple and 'vanished with a handful of students.' Didn't kill them. He took them. Why? For a minute I thought one of these kids was Rey, but apparently not. The vision of the Knights Rey sees in TFA in the rain was clearly not the past or the attack on the temple, but likely the future.

I think the end will be definitely Rey vs. Kylo, and Knights of Ren vs. Rey's New School Jedi.

Yeah, but it's thin.  All we learned about them was what we'd pretty much figured out before.  No idea where they are, if they survived, if Kylo Ren has disciples of his own right now? 

Ultimately to me this movie felt more like Episode 7 Part 2... it picks up exactly where the old one left off and takes place over the course of basically one day.

I suppose it's an important day, and big stuff happens on it, but to me this entire conflict feels to localized.  If Episode 9 is going to revolve around Ren's knights and Rey's Jedi, then they're going to have to let some time actually pass between those two episodes... which I'd prefer.
The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« Last post by Nicklab on December 17, 2017, 12:15 PM »
BTW did Fox still have all of the rights to A New Hope Aliens?  I understand Abrams Edwards and Johnson all want to make their own new freaky designs but NOT including Rodians or Aquilish just seems weird...Canto Bight would have resonated a little more for me with some familiar "faces" in the crowd
I picked up the Art of TLJ yesterday and noted all of Canto Bight concept art scene paintings DO contain Rodians Twi'lek and Gran etc. So, they made an obvious choice or due to rights (again much like Abrams) decided to exclude any OT's just sort of weird especially after Lucas did that in the PT all over the place

There seems to have been a concious choice to include some different aliens in places like Jakku, Canto Bight and Takodana in the ST so far.  Part of me has written it off as this being a different part of the galaxy from the OT and PT.  And for the most part these might be aliens from systems that are associated with the First Order.

It's also worth noting that we DID see some familiar aliens turn up in ROGUE ONE.  There were Aqualish (Ponda Baba), at least one Twi'lek (Beezer Fortuna), Mon Calamari, etc.

I suspect that with the Resistance making their way to the Outer Rim for Episode IX, maybe we're going to see some more familiar alien species moving forward.  I think this may have been a story driven decision.
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