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Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:57 PM »
I think back to him obnoxiously taking credit for the Vintage Collection returning in 2018.  As if all of his whinging and complaining were solely responsible for swaying Hasbro's decision making process to bring the line back.  It's that over the top bull**** that makes him unbearable purely in the realm of collecting. 

But when you add in all of the politics and his own personal issues that get trudged up in the followup to his articles?  Calling the comments section at JTA a dumpster fire would be an insult to dumpster fires everywhere.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:25 AM »
I could see the Yoda being either an Episode 2 or Episode 3 version. 

But the R2-D2 is another thing entirely.  From a story standpoint it seems odd to have R2 doing that again in the Sequels when the flying feature had not been seen since ROTS.  But I guess we have to wait until December to know more.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:34 PM »
Based on the artwork and the jets, you have to think this is an AOTC R2-D2.  The same goes for the new Yoda.  I got the sense that it's an AOTC Yoda purely based on the stance and the lightsaber.  That seemed like it was straight out of Episode II.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:21 PM »
At some point he's going to be seen as more of a liability than an asset.  Seeing how his rhetoric is in direct conflict with what Lucasfilm wants to do when it comes to developing new entertainment and characters?  I don't see him winning that argument.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:38 PM »
I would have been more forgiving if he had said, I've participated in this in the past and I regret it. He didn't do that. He started calling people liars and his usual shtick. I know not everyone pays attention and like Rob said, it's great just to have this little corner of fandom that's quiet and considered, but some days it feels like this bro flake stuff is pushing us into a corner. This is our hobby. It's big, diverse, fun and it's about toys. It's not about anybody's political stances or personal insecurities.

If you want your tweet to get a little more attention?  Copy @kelsey_wojdyla from Litzky PR.  They handle Hasbro's public relations.

Enough is enough.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:12 PM »
You are blessed.

I wouldn't have known about anything today if not for Twitter. In a nutshell, Paul Harrison posted a lengthy post asking people not to post derogatory comments - like the ones he routinely does. It's laudable, except he is the primary instigator in the toxic atmosphere at that site. It's his brand. So people came with receipts and he's getting called out for his hypocrisy.

You pointing out his Jyn Erso comments was a perfect illustration of his twisted double standards.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:21 PM »
Merchandising is no doubt a consideration for Disney/Lucasfilm at the corporate level since they receive royalties from all of their licensees.  But I don't think it steers the decision making process regarding film releases.  A theatrical release will gross the studio over $1 billion in ticket sales these days.  That's much bigger money than the merchandise will ever yield. 

We've seen product/figure lines that didn't necessarily line up with their entertainment releases...  The Force Unleashed anyone?  But I fully expect any new movie product to be linked with the release of that movie.  In the case of the Han Solo movie?  You're probably not going to be getting a figure of that Paul Bettany character any time soon, since he just replaced Michael K Williams in reshoots.

As for Episode IX?  I'm glad to see that they have a writer like Chris Terrio on board.  Argo was really good, and frankly a significant challenge to adapt into a feature film.  The process of adapting a true story for film can sometimes be even tougher than a work of fiction.  Especially when you think about the crazy circumstances surrounding the story of those Americans that hid out in the Canadian ambassadors house.  And when you also take into account that Terrio had to write for actors like Alan Arkin and John Goodman?  This guy can write for good performers.  So I am very interested to see how Terrio might exert some influence on E9.

I found this today thanks to Brickseek.  It's strange, I had not seen a single one of the Executioner Stormtroopers at numerous Target stores.  But this one today had over a dozen of the Executioners... just no other TLJ 6" TBS figures.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:54 PM »
Bumping this as it, um, became relevant again today. Glad to see some folks pointing out JTA's hypocrisy and disgusting rhetoric on Twitter. You reap what you sow.

It's astonishing that this guy refuses to acknowledge his role in bringing the level of discourse in the hobby down to such a vile level.

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:14 PM »
I just cleaned out my storage unit.  And in that was my vintage GI Joe ARAH collection.  Over the next few months I'm going to be prepping it for sale.  But damn, is there a lot of stuff!

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:55 PM »
I can't say that I'm surprised by this news.  JJ already had an Executive Producer title on the production and didn't have any current directing projects in the pipeline, so we knew he was likely to be available.

I know there have been some criticisms of THE FORCE AWAKENS, many of which seem to revolve around how it strikes some similar notes to A NEW HOPE.  But I think that given how Lucas was such a student of Joseph Campbell and the concept of the hero's journey, I think that establishing a new hero in TFA would be likely to hit some of the same story points as ANH.  Episode 7 was a place setter that initiated a number of questions.  Now we have to see how Episode 8 answers some of those questions, and continues a journey towards Episode 9.

I've seen some reports of this set turning up at TRU stores.  Anybody spot this one in person yet?

The Last Jedi / Re: Target TLJ 3.75" Era of the Force 8-Pack
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:18 AM »
And here the term "cake toppers" came to mind for me.

The Last Jedi / Re: Target TLJ 3.75" Return of the Jedi 3-Pack
« on: September 9, 2017, 07:59 PM »
I think the Royal Guard may have been initially shown on a poster for REBELS figures, but has not been released until now.  I don't know if the Luke is new.  But the Emporer certainly is, and he's the draw in this set for me.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: September 8, 2017, 08:26 AM »
They snuck the pilot in there, I see! 

I wonder if the Tank legitimately has that many interlocking parts?  Because that's a lot that's going on there.  I'm also glad to see the kyber crystal cargo pods. 

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