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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« 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 aliens...it'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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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ Movie / Figure and Vehicle Choices - SPOILERS
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:12 PM »
It's tough to nail down who and what I'd like in the toy line, but here goes:

Lt. Connix
Caretakers (Ahch-To)
Resistance bomber pilot / bombardier
Finn (bacta suit / medical pod)
Vice Admiral Holdo
Captain Cannady  (First Order dreadnought commander)
First Order bridge officer
General Ematt
DJ (First Order disguise)
BB-8  (First Order disguise)
First Order Pilot  (Kylo Ren's shuttle)
Resistance Trooper (Crait)
Praetorian Guard (all variations, weapons) - SA
Yoda Force Spirit
Luke Skywalker (Crait apparition)

Fathier with Finn & Rose
Crystal Foxes

I really need to see the movie again AND make my way through the Visual Dictionary before I go talking about any of the Canto Bight characters.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:10 PM »
WOW....

I went to see THE LAST JEDI yesterday after I got out of work.  And I'm still trying to process it all.  Luke's line "This is not going to go the way you think" pretty much summed up the entire movie for me.

I had expectations going into this movie.  And frankly, I was glad to see that it was not predictable.  There were certainly some recurring themes that got revisited, but this was an interesting take on things.  Rian Johnson took a bit of a deeper dive on the characters as well as The Force itself.  And just what does it mean to be a Jedi?

A lot of my own expectations seem to have been tied up in the cliffhanger ending of THE FORCE AWAKENS.  I thought that perhaps Rey was going to dive right into training with Luke, and that he would welcome her, and ask her where she got that lightsaber.  And he really did anything but that.  His dismissiveness where he tossed the lightsaber aside was a big indicator of where Luke's head was at right away.  I think a lot of what went wrong with Luke's new generation of Jedi is that he looked to THE PAST.  He sought out all of this knowledge of the Jedi Order.  But if the PT taught us anything, it's that the Jedi Order was a victim of its own pride and hubris.  It became more concerned about protecting the institution of the Order rather than listening to the Force.  Maybe Qui-Gon Jinn was right?  The Force Spirit of Yoda certainly seemed more prepared to let go of the past and move forward.  And I loved his line about the ancient texts not being a great read!

I also feel like the movie helped carry the concept of the First Order forward in a significant way.  In the OT the Empire was always presented as this monolithic military presence.  We didn't really get a sense of the society that would exist under such a government.  It took the entire PT to understand how the Empire came to be, and then we still didn't get a grasp on what life was like under the Empire.  But now?  The Canto Bight scenes really helped to establish what the First Order government means to society:  a well to do upper class that indulges in an opulent life, a put upon lower class of workers/servants and corrupt police were all wrapped up to give us a sense of it all.

And it was also good to see that there WERE some Imperial holdovers in the First Order.  Captain Cannady who commanded the First Order Dreadnought was a former Imperial.  And Captain Peavey, who was aboard the Snoke's ship the Supremacy was another former Imperial.  I only learned that because I picked up the Visual Dictionary...

Overall I saw this movie as being a great transitional point for a number of characters:  Luke, Rey, Finn, Poe, Leia and Kylo Ren all developed in unexpected ways.  And again, I think we're left with more questions than answers.  On the point of Rey's parents?  That seems like it's going to continue to be a mystery, even after she went through the mirror test in the cave.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assests
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:09 AM »
Hulu sold off significant shares in the company to a number of media companies before the announcement of this deal:  Comcast, 21st Century Fox, Disney & Time Warner all had stakes in the company.  But Disney purchasing Fox and their stake in Hulu might give them a controlling interest in the platform.  Whether or not they would rebrand it is another issue.  Variety has a piece on what the merger could mean for Hulu.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assests
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:00 AM »
I don't think The Simpsons are wrapped up in this deal.  And that's because The Simpsons have been a part of the Fox broadcast network since its launch, and the broadcast network would stay with the Murdoch's/News Corp.

The stake in Hulu is interesting, too.  Especially since Bob Iger talked very openly about Disney launching their own streaming service to break into that marketplace.  Would this move scuttle that idea?  Hulu is already an established player in the streaming media market.  But Disney also has a significant presence on Netflix with all of the Defenders associated shows.  Where do they eventually land?






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Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dies At Age 62
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/13/570405135/smithereens-lead-singer-pat-dinizio-dies-at-age-62

Sad news indeed.  I would occasionally see Pat at a NJ area record shop.  And he was just a fantastic songwriter.  Gone far too soon!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assests
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:41 AM »
Check out this news:

Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets for $52.4 Billion in Historic Hollywood Merger.

So what does this mean?  Well, 21st Century Fox owns the rights to some significant Marvel properties like the X-Men and that extended universe, as well as the Fantastic Four.  With Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox, they're now positioned to incorporate the X-Men and FF into the Disney/Marvel studios developed Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And I would definitely like to see how Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will work towards incorporating those characters into the MCU at long last!

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This would have been a great addition to the new aisle shippers Walmart has been getting, but what do I know.

It would be even better if the social media ads that are showing it would actually link to a product listing on Walmart.com, but they totally botched that.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Funko Pop Bobbleheads Star Wars
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:03 PM »
Is the cloud city pack with Lobot exclusive to Walmart.com? I've never noticed these in a store and brickseek claims we have none in the Minneapolis area.

Yes, there was one at the Blaine Walmart yesterday.

But was there a sighting in the 'Dup?

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Other Collectibles / Re: Funko Pop Bobbleheads Star Wars
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:57 AM »
I took the Funko Pop plunge and picked up the Walgreens exclusive set.  Something about Vader and Luke on that Cloud City gantry was too cool to resist.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILER FREE)
« on: December 12, 2017, 09:19 AM »
I've checked out some info during the production of TLJ, but based on the initial word out of the world premiere?  I'm checking out from social media for the next few days.  Especially after I heard word of some trolls on twitter who have been tweeting spoiler hashtags and saying that they were doing it for a laugh. 

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 3
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:22 AM »
$16 works for me for Rose.

Smoke?  Or Snoke?  I got the Deluxe version, so I'm skipping the basic version.  It's funny though...  I've been shelving my packaged TBS 6" figures in preparation for a big unboxing once I can get my collecting room a little bit better organized.  And seeing the holes in my collection for basic versions of figures that were also offered in multipacks is playing with my OCD.  I see the gaps in the numbering for figures like Jyn Erso (Target multipack), unmasked Kylo Ren (SDCC '16 exclusive), Vader (40AC early bird set), Thrawn (SDCC exclusive), etc, and it just gets me a little crazy.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 3
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:33 PM »
I saw Rose at a local store today, but not Jaina or Snoke.  But considering some of the recent sales?  I'm going to play the waiting game and try to get her for a sale price. 

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The Prequel Trilogy / Fake News in the time of the PT
« on: December 11, 2017, 01:00 PM »
As we're on the verge of the theatrical release of THE LAST JEDI, Thrillist has published a look back at one of the more notorious prequel spoiler sites:  Supershadow.  It's interesting to look back at JUST HOW WRONG Supershadow was at the time, to the point of that site being the work of a pathological liar or fantasist.  They were fake news before we REALLY knew what fake news was!

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The Last Jedi / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:31 PM »
Star Wars Force Link Kylo Ren's TIE Silencer & Kylo Ren (TIE Pilot) Figure - $20.99 (Normally $49.99)

I combined buying that with the Target exclusive 6" TBS Luke Skywalker (Ahch-To), and saved and additional $10 off of the $50ish for the two items.  So I think all told the TIE Silencer and the 6" TBS Luke cost me about $43.  I'm picking up the TIE Silencer and I got free shipping on Luke.

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