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Wampa Cave / Re: JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:18:50 PM »
Agreed. Han's death for me is the best possible death for the character. Here is my explanation.

Han is the father of Kylo Ren, the butcher of Jedi Padawans and leader within the First Order.

Would it make sense that Han would not try to get his son back? That he waits for the "savior" Luke to do the job he should do as a father? Leia's words have a very deep meaning: Luke is not the one who is best placed to save Kylo Ren. His father is. If there's anyone who should try to redeem this maniac, it's Han Solo. Not Luke.

Han is one of the most courageous hero of the Rebel Alliance. He helped defeat the Empire. Not facing his son and trying to reason with him and get him back would have been felt an act of cowardice. Come on! Leaving to Luke the task to confront this evil son? And Han would do what? Sit there and watch? Not do anything? Not trying anything? Leaving the hard stuff to his pal Luke just because Luke is a Jedi??

I've read many times people would have preferred Han Solo dying in his ship, the Falcon. Well, for me, it would have been a pointless stupid death. Come on! Dying flying his ship? For what? Being destroyed by a Tie Fighter? Exploding in the Starkiller Base explosion? Nah, that would have been the most stupid death for such a major character.

No, when I saw Han Solo walk that passerelle to face his evil son, I told myself: damn, that's what a courageous father would do! That's what I would do if I had a son that went on a crazy maniac frenzy all over the Galaxy! He's no Jedi. He has no Force power. He's just an ordinary guy who was forced to realize that the Force really exists. He's powerless in front of the tyrant of a son who hates him above all, yet he still walks towards him to try to reason with him. Knowing this evil child will probably kill him in an instant with his lightsaber, or choke him to death with the Force. Now if that's not being courageous, I honestly don't know what courage is.

Yet, Han is so honest when he talks to his son, so naive, that he fails to understand the meaning of what he's being told. Kylo tells him about his great conflict, about the thing he knows he must do to free himself, and Han Solo naively thinks his son is talking about getting rid of the darkness in himself to try to get back to the good. Han simply didn't get it: Kylo was merely saying that the only thing that prevents him from really embracing the Dark Side is him, his father. That in order to truly become a Knight of Ren, a truly master of the Dark Side, that he must cut this link he has with his past. That he must kill his father.

So when Han is asked if he's willing to help his son, he obviously agrees. And Kylo Ren takes these words and kill his father.

For me, the scene was horrifying. We knew it was gonna come to this. We sense it. And yet we feel powerless and watch Han being killed. Powerless like Han really is in front of this madman of a son. It was honestly one of the best made scenes of the entire SW sage. The aesthetics, the visuals are impeccable. The light fading away by the Starkiller Base just as we sense the struggle between father and son, the resolve in Kylo Ren as the darkness finally takes over, both figuratively and literally, the colors and the setting reminding that of the Bespin duel between Luke and Vader. Everything in this scene was so well planned it's almost a masterpiece in itself. I simply don't understand why so many people fail to see this.

So for me, Han Solo couldn't have faced a better death. He deserved way more than being blown to bits in the Falcon. He deserved to die as a father would do, trying to save son through an heroic act.

And the fact that Chewie and the Falcon survive Han Solo contributes to add to the sadness of his death. We feel the void. We see it. The Falcon will never be the same without Han. Nor Chewbacca. They will always be marked by his absence. Their existence now are tribute to the character Han Solo was...

All of this!  :D

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Wampa Cave / Re: JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:15:11 PM »
Darth McAdam - I am sure we can get along - but I did not even know we had a problem?   Unless, are you Chad?  If so, I am sure we can get along, in fact you can join my uber secret club: It called lets make fun of jjreason.

Well I figured that my being on the Rebelscum team would put me in the same category as Chad. I'm not Chad, but he's a good guy and a close friend.

I am honoured to be invited to join your secret club, but having been on the receiving end of much ridicule in the past, I feel it would be hypocritical for me to do the same to jjreason ;)

Nevertheless, I would very much like for us to get along even though I do contribute to a site with a largely U.S. audience.

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Wampa Cave / Re: JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:46:53 AM »
I'm totally with sinkie on Han's death. It gets me every time, particularly when he puts his hand on Kylo's cheek. Given what we know of Han's character traits, this is such a tender moment, I'm almost welling up thinking about it now.

And CJ, I know we've had our differences in the past, but I hope we can bury the hatchet moving forward. We're all Star Wars fans and collectors at the end of the day, after all...

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: May 06, 2016, 11:14:25 PM »
I wasn't able to visit the Disney Store until today, by which time, unsurprisingly, they'd sold out of the proto Boba Fett elite figures. The other two stores in the area are also sold out. If anyone sees one, would you please let me know which store? I can then call to see if they will transfer to one of my local stores. Thanks!

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: April 27, 2016, 11:14:56 PM »
Remind me again in which province your local Walmart is please? Just trying to work out when these are likely to start hitting BC ;)

Hey - I'm in Ontario... I hope they show up for you soon!

Thanks Ookk. I'll keep my eyes peeled, both in-store and at Walmart.ca.

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: April 26, 2016, 12:14:44 AM »
Remind me again in which province your local Walmart is please? Just trying to work out when these are likely to start hitting BC ;)

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Wampa Cave / Re: Topps Trading Card App
« on: February 08, 2016, 12:58:26 AM »
ADAMIRALACKBAR - sent you both trades

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I think it may have been mentioned in Aftermath. I also thought it was Coruscant to begin with, but then read a few things on Twitter as well as being told by a friend that it was Hosnian Prime. My feeling is that since casual fans wouldn't be all that familiar with Coruscant, it wouldn't be necessary to clarify which planet it was, and simply the presence of the Republic motif (if I recall correctly) on the various senators' clothing, would indicate that it was the seat of the Republic.

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The Black Series (2013-???) / Re: Now that you've watched TFA..
« on: December 20, 2015, 12:40:26 PM »
Not all of the vehicles are in the movie. If you look at the packaging for the Jakku speeder, it doesn't mention The Force Awakens, whereas the Snowspeeder does, and it was in the movie, albeit just behind Rey and Finn when they enter Starkiller base. I'm pretty sure Sarco Plank was shown briefly, lining up behind Rey and while it looks like Constable Zuvio in Rey's vision, to me it doesn't make sense given that the place doesn't look like Jakku. I think I saw PZ in the base and also helping with Snap Wexley's (Greg Grunberg's character) X-wing.

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I think JediPatrick has nailed many of the plot points and so there's very little more for me to say. His and jjreason's thoughts on Han's death pretty much echo my own. I understand the desire to see him go out in a blaze of glory, but I find it just as heroic, if not more so, that the guy that never really cared about anything or anybody, would venture out onto the bridge to try and turn his son back to the light. I'm choking-up now, just thinking about it. I saw the movie twice on Thursday with friends, and again on Friday with my kids and I wasn't able to hold back the tears that third time.

As far as Rey is concerned, I also picked up on the Skywalker theme being played when Rey called the lightsaber to her hands. I'd originally thought that the first place in Rey's dream was the FO Star Destroyer, but after my brother said he thought that it was Bespin, I'm inclined to agree. Given it was Anakin's lightsaber, I think it might have been cool to also have included one of his memories from the prequels, but that's just me.

One last thing for now; I believe that Phasma will be back. I think JJ Abrams said recently that he was blown away by the reaction to her and Gwendoline Christie, who plays her, has hinted that she will be returning.

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I read Lost Stars and enjoyed it, even though it's considered a YA novel. It's very much Romeo & Juliet meets Star Wars and there are references to characters and events in the OT, plus it does tie-into something we saw in the second trailer. I also read Moving Target, which was OK, but I've heard good things about both Smuggler's Run and Weapon of a Jedi.

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Wampa Cave / TOPPS Star Wars Card Trader App
« on: September 10, 2015, 03:09:49 AM »
i couldn't see a previous thread about this, but if one has already been started, then please let me know.

I finally got around to downloading this app a couple of weeks ago and I am seriously addicted! I know Darth Chadus has been using it for a while, but if anyone else wants to trade, my username is ADAMIRALACKBAR.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Force Friday Midnight Madness
« on: September 07, 2015, 02:48:28 AM »
I'd agree, though Rey's joints are a little unsightly, and I haven't been able to attach the strap to her backpack.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Force Friday Midnight Madness
« on: September 05, 2015, 10:53:34 PM »
In case anyone lined up and didn't get what they wanted, an article that will help you feel like you weren't alone:

http://io9.com/force-friday-was-a-disaster-for-many-star-wars-fans-1728765957

Ha! It is my photo at the top of the article! :)

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Wampa Cave / Re: Hot Toys Darth Vader & Obi Wan set
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:46:14 PM »
I posted a story about this on CTR a couple of weeks ago. Here's the link: http://cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Hot_Toys_Featured_on_CNN_161256.asp

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