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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Original" Star Wars Fans Thread
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:42 PM »
For sure. If I was a smart man I'd read your post and just avoid the comments.

Thatís what I do. Jayson is doing some fantastic reporting. But it seems that a lot of sites that have the Disqus comment option are having problems with people turning those comments sections into full blown dumpster fires. So I just cannot be bothered with Disqus in general.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Goodbye KB Toys
« on: May 22, 2018, 09:21 PM »
Check out this toy industry presentation with the CEO of Strategic Marks, who is reviving KB Toys.  He discussed their strategy about reviving the brand and plans for KB Toys store locations that may be opening later this year.  The projection for this holiday season is for there to be 300 - 400 pop-up stores.  KB will re-evaluate following the holiday season, and work on establishing more permanent locations for the chain.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Original" Star Wars Fans Thread
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:51 AM »
It does take an excessive amount of energy to hate something so vigorously.  Do these "originals" think they're actually going to persuade people to see things from their POV?

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:56 AM »
I was able to pick up the Wampa set over the weekend.  Packaging this in a TLJ deco box it seems a bit odd.  And let me add to the choir:  that case assortment sucks.

Conventions / Re: Star Wars Celebration 2019 - Chicago
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:31 AM »
It's nice that it's going to be in a central location in North America.  They tried that with Indianapolis, but I don't think the city or the convention center were big enough for the event.  But the McCormick Center is by all accounts the largest convention center in the country.

There seem to be some complaints about the con NOT being at a Disney Park.  It would seem that scheduling is coming into play there.  I did some research about the busy times of year for the Disney Parks, and it seems that the weeks around Easter tend to be a very busy time at the parks (except for Easter weekend itself).  Celebration is scheduled for the week before Easter 2019. 

I can kind of understand why people would want Celebration to be at one of the parks.  If it's there, Celebration can double as a vacation.  And if you've got a family and/or limited time off, it's nice to have some options.  These are considerations that an aging fan base demand.  There's also the matter of Galaxy's Edge opening next year.  But I think timing the opening of that attraction to coincide with a Star Wars Celebration might be a challenge.

Conventions / Re: Star Wars Celebration 2019 - Chicago
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:38 PM »
I was totally not expecting to hear about this in the leadup to the release of SOLO.  But this is pretty cool news!

Having seen some more imagery in the SOLO behind the scenes video that was posted on the Official Site, there are some new droids that I am REALLY hoping that either Hasbro or Disney is going to tackle.  And they look pretty awesome.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:46 AM »
I'm starting to see it appear in the Disney forums and unrelated tech forums I've read. The hate is brewing.

That seems to be the pattern, doesn't it?  Every big tentpole film is great until it isn't.  This really seems to have kicked off with Episode I, but back then it took a while.  And now in the social media age the timeframe where the love turns to hate seems to be happening much faster than it ever did before.

Pete's right.  I used the Shop Parks app when I was there to find the Disney version of Chopper.  It was only at a couple of locations on the app, like Tatooine Traders at Disney Hollywood studios.  I tried to find it before our day at that park when we went to Disney Springs, but no luck.  But like the app indicated, Chopper WAS at Tatooine Traders next to Star Tours.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 2
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:09 AM »
I wonder what happen to that tank?

Good question.  EE's preorder page for this changed.  It was originally listed as available in August.  But now the listing says Not For Sale At This Time

I went in November and there were two stores in Disney Springs that had Droid Factory sets.  I mention Disney Springs specifically because it's a shopping destination that doesn't require admission to the parks.  That was the Star Wars Galactic Outpost and the Star Wars Trading Post. 

Inside the parks are some other stores where I found Droid Factory items.  Tatooine Traders in Disney MGM studios is located alongside Star Tours.  You literally have to walk through the store after the Star Tours ride, and that one is among the best of the bunch.  There are a few shops in the Magic Kingdom that had them, too.

I saw a post from DorksideToys about this piece.  They inquired with Hasbro and were told that this Deluxe Stormtrooper is exclusive to Asia.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:24 PM »
Too bad the Vader/probe droid wasn't re-released. This assortment would have sold well for sure.

Preach.  When Gorkoracing revealed those photos?  I was stunned that Hasbro had developed something that cool and just let it die on the vine.

TV-9D9 / Re: Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Planned for 2019
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:00 PM »
I think it would have to be.  I could certainly see regular mentions of Luke Skywalker being lauded as a legendary hero, and how that legend grew over time.  And Leia is a major political player in the New Republic.

One point that I'm curious about?  Will they address Force sensitive people and their possible growth in using the Force?  Force sensitive people were either rounded up by the Empire, or likely did not have their abilities fostered to the point of being adept at using the Force.

I think links to some OT characters as well as ST characters would be in order.  I definitely would not want to see that sort of thing overdone, but some connective tissue would be nice to see.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:55 PM »
Based purely on the trailers alone?  I'm thinking that this movie will address the plot point from ANH about the length of the Kessel Run in terms of distance, and not time.

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