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What exactly is supposed to light up in a nighttime forest battle scene anyway?

This should go on a T-shirt.  :)

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Not really doing it for me, but looks cool. Rey reminds me a lot of the Unleashed line in a good way.

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Kind of a deep cut, but very cool. Han looks amazing.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: June 12, 2018, 02:25 PM »
I am very worn down, too. Just in general, but I feel like this wonderful thing I used to escape to is now as messed up as what I'm trying to get away from. Specifically on the collecting, it hasn't been fun for awhile. It has peaks and valleys. I generally enjoy what we get from Hasbro, but as others have said, it's a far cry from what it could be or maybe should be. The past is the past and it will never be the good old days again, but at the same time, it can be more. I loved Solo, it's a great movie for toys and I appreciate what we've gotten. I see what Funko or Lego is doing with this same property, and I just think Hasbro isn't capitalizing on the same potential. I know there are a lot of factors (Infinity War is probably Hasbro's priority right at the moment) and on and on, but anyways. Maybe this fall going into the winter will bring a lot more goodness.

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I'd be surprised if they did two similar figures at the same time, but I'd be up for either. The Bespin Gown Leia would be great.

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I'd love to see this. I like him, and the 5 POA figure might be the best one they've done.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:08 PM »
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Back in the old days, I'd be learning all the names of the aliens at the Vandor sabaac table (Therm Scissorpunch!) so I could put them on my JD wishlist and dream of figures for them.  These days, I don't even bother. 

Nods vigorously. I was making wishlists up until now. Which is a shame, because this is by far the most 'toyetic' film of the Disney era. If this were 2005ish, we'd be complaining about there being too many figures (but not really).

Figs like Therm, Galacus, Weazel, any number of Qu'ra's, Mud Troopers, droids, I can go on... deep sigh.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:26 PM »
I read through the guides and visual dictionaries for the new movies and I kind of just shake my head at the enormous fun and creative creatures, droids and aliens that we will never see. I know the schedule of the movies has limited Hasbro, but they aren't taking advantage of the opportunities they have. When you launch a movie line with four 3.75 figs from the film, none of which are the man himself, you have to question what in the world they're thinking. The 5 POA line seems to be slowing down, which is a shame because it's a great line that gets better all the time. I'd love to see Hasbro get back to making what made SW figures fun for so long - lots of new, weird and strange stuff.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: June 7, 2018, 06:37 PM »
I like the idea of Rey's parents being no one, at least thematically (I'd still have made them Han/Leia myself) but I agree, Kylo is almost certainly lying. He's deliberately manipulating her worst fear, and tearing down her defenses, simply to capitalize on their very tenuous relationship. I don't know what the out would be for Rey, in terms of parentage; Luke is off the table. At least I think that would be too much last minute revisionism (I suppose I bought Luke/Leia being siblings just fine...). Han and Leia make the most sense, but while Kylo may be lying, we would have to again do enormous heavy lifting now to retcon this. Bringing it back to the Solo movie - Qi'ra - maybe, but this will be a Darth Maul level HUH? for the general audience in IX. So not sure.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: June 5, 2018, 01:55 PM »
I've had the same thought myself on Qi'ra. The box office probably throws water on further development of her character on screen (which is a huge shame) but I believe there is a reason she inherited Rey's name in early drafts of TFA.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Original" Star Wars Fans Thread
« on: June 3, 2018, 07:00 PM »
I've avoided posting in this thread and any general thread on Solo for this reason. I no longer enjoy fandom, on really any level. The discourse has become so toxic, and dishonest, that it doesn't serve to risk conversations about things you enjoy or didn't turning into opportunities for people with (in some cases) a moneyed interest in twisting the conversation toward negativity or very often, outright hatred. That's not the case here, obviously, but my passion to engage has been greatly diluted.

I approach things from my own experience as a fan, going back to the Starlite Drive in in 1978. I approach from it being a writer. As a creative person, I like to engage with the conversation in regards to the story and mechanics of it. I approach it from being a human being, living in a world that is bigger than me, and in which SW is only a small (ok, big) part. It seems to me the Paul Harrison's of our community and the other malcontents referenced before approach from an angle where they are the sole propeitors of a world that is so small it fits inside their closets or garages and in which they are the gatekeepers. Any one in charge of it - Kathleen Kennedy, JJ, RJ, George Lucas - are simply imposter kings meant to be taken down.

There is nothing healthy, and nothing worthwhile, in their behavior. It has so many intersections with larger concerns in our society that probably merit conversation, but this isn't the place. I love SW. I like what I like, don't like what I don't like, like Jesse said, and I want to have fun with it. If I can't, I won't. I also won't let people like Harrison get away with his behavior when it comes at the expense of our credibility and our integrity. We're better than him and we need to show people that SW and collecting isn't a gutter where bigotry and misogyny run the shop.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:14 PM »
Kylo is a repack of the Force Link set, which I just bought at Target for $3.74. Along with Hoth Leia, who is the best version of this character they've ever done and Moloch, who is hands down the best alien figure of the Disney era. He has a very PT quality and the figure itself is weighty, intricate and very, very well done.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:38 PM »
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Sorry, only the rathtar is being rereleased.  Forever.

FOR-EV-ER.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: May 11, 2018, 04:44 PM »
Me, too. The Wampa is going to be legendary for all the reasons I think.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" The Last Jedi 5-Pack Box Set
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:10 AM »
You almost have to appreciate the novelty of how throwback it is - how many TRU holo exclusives were there? Yoda, Grievous... I'm forgetting somebody. But yeah, totally agree it's a huge pass (not that we'll ever see it, unless it goes to Ross etc.). Nothing to get worked up about. Target and Kohl's do these every year, and there's been something like this since pretty much the beginning.

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