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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" TIE Silencer w/Kylo Ren
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:40 PM »
Well, the new TLJ trailer does show Kylo in his TIE Silencer without a helmet, so the figure that comes with the Hasbro ship is likely accurate 8)

Other Collectibles / Re: Revell Star Wars Vehicle Models
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:44 PM »
I got the Revell A-Wing and TIE Silencer a few days ago.  The A-Wing is fantastic and with some simple weathering and detailing can be made to look really good!  Here are some pics of the unmodified TIE Silencer kit:

And here are some pics of my modified A-Wing with painted figure, weathering, and other detailing: 

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai Star Wars Vehicle Model Kits
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:34 PM »
I've been seeing these Bandai kits at my local Hobbytown and Hobby Lobby stores...  And they are already pre-painted?  If that's the case, I need to jump on these!

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ Force Link Gauntlet (aka CommTech 2.0?)
« on: September 4, 2017, 11:32 PM »
I decided to pick up a Force Link device as, if anything, I wanted to see my TIE Silencer ship light up.  It took a few minutes to get used to how it works, but the device is rather fun!  You have to hold it close to the figure and it will first make a beeping sound followed by the figure's dialogue or a ship's sound effects.  All the action figures seem to have 1-2 lines of dialogue and one can make somewhat funny conversations between the figures.  The Force Link Device can work through the package on a figure, so one doesn't need to open a figure to hear its dialogue.  I think I prefer my lights and sounds on a ship to be independent from a remote system, though it is rather neat for the figures and adds a unique element to them.

TV-9D9 / Re: Forces of Destiny
« on: September 3, 2017, 02:48 PM »
I've see a few of these episodes which tend to pop up on my Facebook feed (via from time to time.  These are good for what they are, but unlike Rebels or the Clone Wars shows, just aren't my cup of tea... They seem to stand apart from the Saga in a way, while still a part of it.  The shows are definitely oriented towards a younger female audience - the female characters take center stage, typically solve the episode's conflict themselves without much assistance from their male counterparts, and even the series title gives a sense of building empowerment.  But really, that is OK with me in this case.  The Star Wars Universe has so often been a male-dominated universe that the strong heroines need to be highlighted.  If I had kids and they were girls, this would definitely be on their watch list.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: September 3, 2017, 02:38 PM »
I picked up the Rebels Season 3 on DVD a couple days ago and am just about finished with the season (it's amazing how short these episodes really are w/o 10 minutes of commercial interruptions!) To date, I had hardly watched Season 3 on account of a busier weekend schedule plus the fact I really can't stand the Disney Channel.  Overall, Season 3 strikes me as one of the best seasons of Rebels yet.  I enjoyed the Rogue One and ANH tie-ins and Admiral Thrawn was awesome.  The Obiwan/Darth Maul showdown was perfect.  In some ways having Ezra track Kenobi down seemed a little shoe-horned into the wider Rebels story, but it was good to see a classic character and I loved the way they ended that particular episode with Kenobi watching over Luke...  Now to await Season 4!

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Resistance Ski Speeder w/Poe Dameron
« on: September 2, 2017, 09:10 PM »
I picked one of these up on Friday, but still have yet to open it...  I kind of want to see how they function in the movie.  The box description gives a little blurb about the speeder, saying they predate the Rebellion (so they're old) and that the ski helps provide stability.  But with repulsorlift technology seeming to have been in common use in the SW universe for thousands of years, I wonder why a stabilizing ski would be needed for anything other than an interesting Hollywood effect.  Still, the toy looks neat and has some fun features like a "blow off" wing section, so I think I'll be happy with it. 

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Resistance A-Wing Fighter with Tallie
« on: September 1, 2017, 05:22 PM »
I picked up the new A-Wing this morning and just opened it.  Overall, I really like it!  The design is very much McQuarrie-inspired and looks almost exactly like his concept art for the A-Wing (so this may wind up being used as an R-22 Spearhead instead ;) ).  Lengthwise, the ship is actually slightly longer than the vintage A-Wing tooling, although the new ship is much more slender top to bottom.  I suspect it is under-scaled compared to the "actual" ship in the films, but it still looks with figures standing next to it.  Canopy opens to reveal a reasonably-detailed cockpit, the nose landing gear is retractable, and the missile launching feature easily hidden as the guns.  The Tallie figure has a nice sculpt to it, but I am not a fan of the 5-POA figure style and non-removable helmets.  I also purchased the Paige figure this morning, which looks quite nice with removable helmet and oxygen mask, and am thinking about using that in the A-Wing instead of Tallie.  The TLJ A-Wing is superior to the Rebels one we got last year, but still falls short of the classic vintage tooling - nevertheless I am happy with it  :) 

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" TIE Silencer w/Kylo Ren
« on: September 1, 2017, 05:09 PM »
Just opened the TIE Silencer I got this morning a few minutes ago.  Overall this is a nice toy!  I suspect it is undersized, but the toy is still rather large and sizes in well-enough with the "properly" scaled TIE Interceptor and big-wing TIE Fighter from a few years ago.  The model has some heft to it.  The cockpit is rather detailed (compared with other new ships since the Disney takeover) with the seat, control counsels, foot pedals, and other controls shown.  I really like the pop-out missile launchers in that they are standard spring-loaded missiles (NOT Nerf darts!) and conceal well within the wings.  I do not have the Force Link system yet, so cannot operate the lights and sounds.  My only gripes?  Yet again the wings are somewhat rubbery and splay a little out of shape...  I can see warpage being a factor over the long term.  It also would be great if the lights and sounds could be operated without the Force Link system.  Otherwise, this is a decent Star Wars ship and quite a bit better, IMHO, than the 3.75" First Order Special Forces TIE that was released for the TFA film. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rey with Speeder
« on: September 1, 2017, 01:46 PM »
Picked up Rey's Speeder Friday morning at Target and opened it that evening.  This is a fantastic vehicle!  Lots of opening and removable panels on the speeder to expose the engine details.  The fit pedals and control sticks move, the flaps by the exhaust nacelles are adjustable.  Lots of small details and weathering too.  The real cargo net is a nice touch and the junk piece secures nicely to the side of the vehicle with some pegs.  A little better painting on the junk would have made the parts stand out more, but it's still ok.  The Rey figure is nice as well, but unfortunately the headgear is not completely removable...  But as I have the other 6" Rey figures w/o headgear, it is no big deal.  Thanks to the figure's articulation, it can be made to sit realistically on the vehicle.  While this was a relatively minor vehicle in TFA, this speeder is a beautiful display piece and definitely worth getting!

Picked this up this morning at Target...  Well, not the SDCC exclusive release, but the general Black Series version (labeled as vehicle #02, behind the FO TIE Fighter from a couple years ago).  I decided I couldn't wait any longer and opened it.  Lots of opening engine panels and detail features on the speeder and in a nice touch, no wheels underneath!  The front "hood" and two rear panels open.  The windshield is easily removable to insert figures and there is a little hole on the rear deck to better secure R2D2.  Unfortunantly, given the confines of the vehicle, it will be difficult to insert the Obi Wan Kenobi figure due to that figure's rubberized robes. The Luke figure is basically the same as the ANH version released last year in Wave 6 but comes with a different head sculpt.  The poncho, binoculars, hat, light saber, and rifle accessories are nice and accurate inclusions.  My only real gripe is that the vehicle seems a tad underscaled, particularly the rear deck.  I've seen the full-sized Prop and the little 1/6 scale model used for filming ANH which both seem a little larger...

Overall, it's a great vehicle and sensible addition to the Black Series vehicle lineup.  It is definitely worth getting!

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 1, 2017, 12:15 PM »
I actually had a rather good experience this morning...  After doing the midnight toy-run thing at Toys R Us for the TFA toy releases two years ago (and winding up being rather disappointed) I instead opted to hit a Target store right when they opened this morning (Friday) and was able to score everything I had wanted and then some. 

I was one of about 8 people awaiting the doors to open at Target this morning...  A big teenage kid got his monthly exercise running to the toy aisle to grab just about every 6" Black Series figure he could, but I was able to get the A-Wing, TIE Silencer, Ski-Speeder, the 3.75" Luke, plus a few other 3.75" figures that looked pretty neat.  Then I went to the other display at the rear of the store and scored some more of the 6" Black Series figures that the teenage kid didn't get, including TFA Luke (who looks like he could substitute for a Moses action figure :P ) as well as the 6" scale vehicles including Rey's tractor and Luke's land speeder.

I am not a completist collector by any means, so it doesn't matter if I need to get an entire wave or something, and just have specific items that I target for my collection.  I'm just happy I was able to get everything I wanted in one swoop, though I'm not sure my credit card was ;)

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Resistance Ski Speeder w/Poe Dameron
« on: August 25, 2017, 02:54 PM »
Here's a YouTube review of the actual product (not mine)...  It looks cooler than I thought - sort of a cross between a B-Wing and a Podracer :P  Definitely looks to be worth getting!

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Resistance A-Wing Fighter with Tallie
« on: August 25, 2017, 02:50 PM »
Here's a YouTube video of someone that has the TLJ A-Wing...  While not as intricate as the old tooling, it looks FAR better than the Rebels A-Wing from last year, and even many of the  TFA vehicles...  Then again, I've long been a fan of the A-Wing going back to the old X-Wing games in the 1990s, so I have some bias  ;)

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: April 7, 2017, 07:05 PM »
I just got the standard Blu-Ray & DVD combo pack (I still use a DVD player, but eventually plan to get a Blu Ray...)  I still greatly enjoyed the movie even on the small screen. 

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