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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The new TIE Fighters
« on: December 22, 2015, 07:59 PM »
I've not gotten the new Star Wars TFA Incredible Cross Sections book in hand yet, but looking at some previews on,  you can "read" the section regarding the new TIE Fighters.  It appears the FO uses something more like the classic standard TIE (called the TIE/fo) as well as the Special Forces TIE Fighter (called the TIE/sf).  The TIE SF is what all the toys represent from the Revell model kits to the 3.75" toy to the giant 6" scale version.  It is also the type of TIE that Finn and Poe make their escape from the Star Destroyer in during the first act of the movie.  In short, its a beefed up version of the standard TIE/fo, with increased armaments, the two crew, a hyperdrive, and shields.

See all the details on the Special Forces TIE Fighter here: 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:24 PM »
Found partials of this wave recently, so now I have a nice articulated Finn and Poe Dameron.  Too bad the 3.75" modern X-Wing was such a letdown...  The Poe figure is quite nice, but I hate to put it into a sub-par vehicle :P

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:21 PM »
I love my BMF from 2008/2009 and have zero intention on getting the new TFA Falcon...  I've seen it in various places, but have only given it a passing glance.  If one wants a 3.75" BB-8, there's a figure pack that has a couple of Unkar's thugs from Jakku and a BB-8 figure ;)

I also found the new TIE Pilot and Resistance Trooper and picked up an extra Rey figure.  Didn't see the Kylo Ren that's part of this wave 

I rather like the Resistance Trooper, but sadly, its helmet isn't removable... Or rather, you can pull it off but it's not designed to come off as the figure has only a partial head sculpted beneath the helmet.  The facemask on the helmet does lift up, though.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walmart 6" Imperial Shock Trooper
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:13 PM »
Stopped into a Wal Mart on a whim this afternoon and they had 2-3 of the Shock trooper figure plus the new wave of TFA 6" figures.  Got the Shock trooper and some of the others.  Was sort of tickled to find an exclusive figure as it usually doesn't happen to me that often ;)

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)
« on: December 18, 2015, 02:47 AM »
Very good ;D  Been a long time since I walked out of a movie as excited and exuberant as I was tonight.  Fits nicely with the OT in a way the PT never quite achieved and really has that more "familiar" feel to it.  Long-time Star Wars fans, plus new ones, will enjoy it.  I'm going to see this one again, and again, and again ;) 

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2015, 02:43 AM »
Saw the first 7:00pm showing in my area.  Even waiting in line for a few hours beforehand was fun.  Everyone from the cosplay nerds, young kids, teens, young adults and older people were nice to one another, just having a great time.  Not uncommon for strangers to be sharing a pizza and softdrinks even.  Really, it was very much like a big tailgate party!

But then the movie...  Loved it.  Period ;D

This was the sort of Star Wars movie I had been waiting for since 1983...  It felt like the Star Wars films I grew up with, the fun, the exuberance combined with the dread and terror.  Yeah, the plot was overall similar to ANH but it was still fund and exciting.  It was also very respectful to the original cast and characters.  While aged, Han didn't skip a beat.  Can't believe they killed him off (and I'm sort of left with a sad feeling about that) but that he was killed by his son, Kylo Ren, face to face, really adds a dimension of evil to that character...  Not even Vader stooped that low.  The new characters were great.  I loved Poe, Finn, and especially Rey.  I can't say I liked Kylo Ren in the positive sense like the others, but he will turn out to be a great character.  Captain Phasma seems to be the new Boba Fett, a badass that meets a comically inglorious end getting put down the garbage chute.  In such a hallowed franchise, its difficult to engineer new characters - George Lucas largely failed at that in the prequels - but it was pulled off quite well in TFA and I look forward to seeing how both the good and the bad develop.

But I am left with some questions...  I guess I'm coming from the POV that I grew up with the original SW movies, source materials, EU, etc. so had a since of the history and how everything connected and fit together.   Since Disney has now wiped the slate clean post ROTJ, there's a void to fill.  I'm curious to know more about the how the First Order came about; how the Republic and the Resistance fit together.  Was the First Order born out of the (New) Republic by those seeking a return to order from chaos or was it founded on the remnants of the Empire?  What caused Kylo Ren, son of Han and Leia, and student of Luke, to turn bad (other than simply the seduction of the dark side)?  Lots of those sort of questions...  But I guess over the ensuing years and decades, those will eventually be answered.

Nevertheless, its been a long time since I went to a movie where I walked away with such a sense of enjoyment and desire to see it again and again.  The Force Awakens lived up to the hype in my opinion, and I'm elated to have a new and worthy addition to the Star Wars saga ;D   

Found a complete set of Wave 2 at TRU this morning.  I already had that complete set from an Entertainment Earth order, but wanted an extra Captain Phasma and Stormtrooper to unbox and didn't want to pay premium prices on eBay or  It was kind of nice to find a complete wave of figures in one place for the first time since Force Friday  8)

I've been seeing partials of Wave 2 at Walgreens (Constable Zuvio and that Gauvian Enforcer figure) and have likely been missing it from Target since all I usually see is a lone Finn.  But I'm not going crazy, going to ever store first thing in the morning or anything, so what I'm finding is to be expected...  That said, I ordered the 2nd wave from Entertainment Earth, paid only a little more per figure than I would have at retail (covering what I would have spent on gas running around town) and now I have Captain Phasma  ;)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: November 12, 2015, 06:30 PM »
I enjoyed seeing the B-Wing prototype in last night's episode.  Fun to see that fighter going through its maneuvers, including the gyro-stabilized cockpit  ;)  Its firepower seemed a bit overrated with that "Death Star" type laser gun - at least compared to what I was used to when "flying" the ship in the X-Wing games...  The episode had some nods to ROTJ and possibly even Top Gun and it was nice to see focus on some of the other characters in the gang besides Kanan and Ezra. 

But, now I have questions...  In ANH, the Rebel Alliance is clearly equipped mostly with X-Wings and Y-Wings.  No B-Wings and no A-Wings, if anything because they hadn't been created yet.  I know that later mediums and source materials retconned at least the A-Wing into the Alliance inventory prior to the Battle of Yavin in the form of the R-22 Spearhead.  That at least makes sense for the fighter used by the Rebel fleet in the "Rebels" cartoon.  That said, I'm actually surprised we haven't seen Y-Wings yet, or even Z-95s.  We know they've been around since the Clone Wars and were depicted frequently in that cartoon.  Would make sense they would be around in number and in use by the Rebels or other groups after being ditched by the Empire, but not a sight of them yet...

However, back on the B-Wing, I thought that ship came about via Admiral Ackbar and the Sullustans post Battle of Yavin, not some random engineer on some backwater planet years before the events of the ANH film.  Guess those elements got trashed with the Disney takeover, are now legends, and Dave Filoni and crew are creating the new timeline ::)     

Saw one yesterday at Target for $169.99.  Takes up a lot of shelf space there!

Found the new Riot Stormtrooper/Poe Dameron dual-figure pack at Target this morning for the $39.99 price.  Nice set.

Found this set today (Oct. 30) while shopping at Target this morning.  Almost overlooked it as I was looking for the single-packed 6" figures and the set was hanging below the one Finn figure from the first TFA wave.  It was not part of any display, just hanging with all the other items.  At first, I got a bit of sticker shock, but then $39.99 is about the price of two of the single-boxed figures (and this set has two figures) so it made sense. 

The Poe Dameron figure is nice whereas the Stormtrooper is the same as the single version, just with a couple extra accessories.  I can't help thinking the Stormtrooper with riot gear looks like one of those "Peacekeepers" from the Hunger Games books and films :) 

I think that I've sort of caved in on driving all over for these 6" figures...  I recently ordered the Wave 2 and subsequent cases of TFA figures on Entertainment Earth.  While it means I may wait a little longer and pay about $1-$2 more per figure, at least I'll get them in the end - and the extra cost is really covered (if not exceeded) by what I spent on gas driving all over town.  If I happen to come across something in a store, then I'll get it, but its nice having that piece of mind that in the end, I'll get what I want :)

Since finding the one I bought, I've not seen anymore at the two Toys R Us stores in my immediate area.  When I purchased it, there was only the one there, meaning that was the one they put out or people had already snagged the others.  A friend of mine in Pennsylvania told me yesterday his local TRU has three of them, so obviously they are getting distribution.  I would suspect each store would get 4-6 of them.  However, its hard to say how rare or common the TIEs will turn out to be.  If they're not out all over just yet, I suspect we'll see more as the movie - and holiday season - approach.  And I really hope to see more full-sized ships and vehicles in the 6" line.  The "01" on the TIE fighter's box had better not stand for the "one and only" full-size ship ever made in that scale! 

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