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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:00 PM »
I'm also struck by one point that I read about before the show aired.  That being what had been this Gene Roddenberry "golden rule" that TOS and syndicated shows had never really broken.  Evidently, there was never any sort of open conflict between starfleet personnel in those shows.  I recognize the philosophy behind it, and that Roddenberry had this idealized vision of how humanity might be unified in a 23rd century world.

This 'rule' was only imposed by Roddenberry on the TNG staff, which they promptly circumvented and DS9 ignored. I've also seen some of the discussion you're referring to about it, and it's odd that this would be the sticking point for some people. At the time, the rule as rightly considered prohibiting by the fans and creatives alike. Like you said, it isn't realistic. Drama is inherently conflict, and utopian values aside, you've got to have something happening.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2017 Droid Factory TLJ BB-unit 4-Pack
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:18 PM »
Posted in the wrong thread before, but got these today.

Took over an hour, but ordered mine (with 25% off). Thanks Jeff!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:53 AM »

I watched both episodes, and I am surprised at my own lack of enthusiasm for this. For a lot of reasons. One, this was a fantastic 90 minutes of sci-fi on TV with production values beyond probably anything we've ever seen in this particular genre, for this particular medium. They spared no expense, except when it came to the story.

Burnham is a fascinating character, and Martin is an outstanding actress, but they fumbled her introduction. A human raised Vulcan is a unique take, and would have provided a lot of interesting conflict. They sped right through it. The show does make bold choices with Burnham, and with the series itself, so all due credit. I feel like they sacrificed character for spectacle in these two hours.

Having written a sci-fi pilot that was consciously a response/reaction to Star Trek, I think I can say a couple things: 1) it's not a good idea to not introduce your primary setting and cast in the first TWO episodes (I tried to be cute with this in my pilot and received pretty universal feedback that it wasn't successful) and 2) you don't spend one or two hours building up characters you then kill. This is a non-starter generally in fiction as in TV and never works (see Doyle on Angel).

Michelle Yeah is as always a treat. Doug Jones and Saru are lots of fun; I liked his 'I really rather wouldn't' attitude. The actor playing Sarek is terrible. Lots of neat details and cinematography. The dialogue was very wooden sometimes, especially in part two.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 3
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:17 AM »
Jania is still Legends, as in no longer canon. I'd say Mara is inevitable in some way shape or form, given her popularity, but that probably also hinges a lot on who Rey's parents turn out to be.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 22, 2017, 12:16 PM »
This would have been a good opportunity for a Shore Trooper or even a Death Trooper. This line so far has a deficit of army builders (and aliens... and droids...) and if they needed to show some RO love, I would have done it there. Unless like I said, there was a different Jyn they could have done. Like the Imperial Disguise version. Which I still don't have.  ::)

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 22, 2017, 10:37 AM »
I see Jayson posted a pic of the Jyn Erso from Wave 2 on Twitter - man. I know they plan these things in advance, but I would have held one of the Jyn variant costumes if they were going to revisit her in this line.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2017 HASCON 6" Captain Rex
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:40 AM »
I'll be waiting for the regular release which seems to have the better face print.  I think the last 6 inch con exclusive I got - well the only - was Jabba. Which I'm planning to sell since I'm moving.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:28 PM »
This could last years and lead to TRU coming out just fine. Or, a long, slow death spiral like K-Mart. Too soon to tell, but retail in general is suffering and I think the more dedicated you are to a specific niche, the more vulnerable you are to cannibalization by Amazon.

The Last Jedi / Re: Jedi Master Luke in Stormtrooper disguise?
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:07 AM »
I sure haven't. News to me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 04:12 PM »
I no longer read them, but I keep up on the news for some reason. And I read Saga in trades.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:44 PM »
JTA's post on commentary -

My open field tackle of same -

The Jyn comment what triggered this thread last year. Others have also thrown this back at him, at his own site.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:46 PM »
When he brought the Nazis and alt-right into it, his agenda became pretty clear.

Thankfully I missed this, though I'm not surprised. His issues are well known, and I pointed out some examples in this thread earlier. But his behavior extends much further than that, into conduct that's detrimental to the hobby and his peers. This is a guy who has touted for the return of SA / TVC 3.75 figures, railed against collectors for letting the format fail, as he routinely links to eBay auctions selling these figures out the back door. He huffs and puffs about other sites 'leaking' while he rarely gives proper attribution for scoops or discoveries other people made. His infamous Q&A where Hasbro 'felt they had made enough girl figures' resulted in every Q&A going forward being recorded. He never stood on his reporting, amending it to preserve his relationship with Hasbro, even as he benefited from the controversy that followed in terms of traffic and exposure.

I'm sure others have many other examples that speak to this, and maybe they'll share them.

Wow. Very nice.

The Last Jedi / Re: Toys R Us Exclusive TLJ Force Link Starter Set
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:16 PM »
Kind of sucks folks who buy the playset will end up with two of these Force Link things. But then maybe your dudes can talk to each other if you wear the links on both wrists. Actually if I were Hasbro, I'd be selling that hard.

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