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Scout Report / Re: Gold Wal-Mart exclusive figures
« on: January 04, 2020, 12:39:59 PM »
All of the figures are also available on walmart.com for $9.99 US except for the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper and Han and Leia which are $14.92 US.   

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:24:05 AM »
We definitely need 3.75" figures for this show. I am in for as many as they can pump out.

The Black Series Baby Yoda on Amazon for pre-order - is that for the 6" line or 3.75" line?

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Glad you liked it, OMB. Sorry to hear your son hated it, CJ, but your daughter does make a valid point. My biggest beef with the trilogy is the treatment of Luke, so if he was just some random Jedi, instead, maybe I would have felt differently.

Wedge’s comments reflect what I see with younger fans - and many of them are pre-teen. Teenagers of this era seem too old to get into much of anything like this. Glad you and your family enjoyed it.

While the love it or hate it is unfortunate, I was just thinking that there are some people who hated the OT as well. My brother-in-law, for one, who would have been about 9 years old when ANH came out, hates Star Wars. I can’t understand it, but it is what it is. It is a bit more of a tragedy when a long time fan of SW hates a Star Wars movie, but with different story tellers, it’s bound to happen. I wish they had stuck with one storyteller for all 3 films to make a more cohesive trilogy, but I do feel, personally, that TROS wrapped it up quite nicely.

I think my son needs to watch it a second time.  I was surprised at how much more I liked it after the second viewing.  I am pretty sure that during the first viewing I was really tired - it is a pretty fast pace movie changing scenes a lot so I was probably not in the right frame of mind when I saw it.  My son had only gotten 5 hours sleep, was up to 3 am and woke up by construction workers at 8 am at a friends house just before he saw it - so he may have had the same problem I did.   

I too wish Luke and Han Solo were treated differently as characters.  I did not like how Han left Leia and how he died.  I did not like how they portrayed Luke in the second movie or how Leia floated through space.

I did like how they handled Leia's Death .   

If the Skywalkers are done - I am OK.  If Luke had a baby boy who is Rey's age and they hook up and make more baby Skywalkers who come back and dig up those light sabers - I am good with that also. 

I love the Mandalorian - we will be watching it as a family tonight.  I will take what Disney gives us and hope it is more good than bad.   

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I just came back and saw it for a second time with my 17 year old son.  He hated it and thought it was the worse of the 3 movies.   I liked it a lot better after the second viewing.I watched some of the last 2 Disney movies in part on TV over the last couple days.  And I think if I watch all 3 Disney movies together I will be OK with the trilogy .  My favourite part that I missed the first time and was when Chewbacca got his medal !!!!!! And both my son and I loved Babu Frik.   Clearly Babu Frik and Baby Yoda will be making a movie together.

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I thought this was a cute comment from Ian McDiarmid about being a band member:

Ian McDiarmid doubts George Lucas would have brought back Emperor Palpatine

Ian McDiarmid doubts George Lucas would have brought back Emperor Palpatine in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.

The 75-year-old actor plays the iconic character in the money-spinning sci-fi franchise - but he doubts whether Lucas - who created the 'Star Wars' movies - would have brought Palpatine back from the dead, were he still at the helm.

He told IndieWire: "I thought I was dead!

"I thought he was dead. Because when we did 'Return of the Jedi', and I was thrown down that chute to Galactic Hell, he was dead. And I said, 'Oh, does he come back?' And [George] said, 'No, he's dead.'

"So I just accepted that. But then, of course, I didn't know I was going to be doing the prequels, so in a sense he wasn't dead, because we went back to revisit him when he was a young man. But I was totally surprised by this."

Meanwhile, McDiarmid previously admitted he felt like a band member in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.

The veteran actor - who plays the main antagonist of the 'Star Wars' franchise - thinks his character and his team of "galactic nurses" resemble a band in the new movie.

He explained: "At the moment, the character is physically reliant on a number of small people, who act as galactic nurses - they are called the Heretics.

"They feel like a band, Palpatine and the Heretics. That's my abiding image of the movie."

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Had an interesting conversation with my 19 year old daughter about the Star Wars movies.My 17 year old son hates the recent movies and my 19 year old daughter likes them.   But I think the difference is how she looks at the movies.  She said there are only 6 Star Wars movies.  The ones created by George Lucas.   She compared it to Harry Potter.  She said there are only 8 Harry Potter movies.  She said the Fantastic Beast are not the Harry Potter movies and she looks at the Disney Star Wars movies in the same way.  They are not real Star Wars movies but spin off movies just like Fantastic Beast.   My son on the other hand is comparing and trying to make the new movies fit in with characters and stories he grew up knowing as a kid and he is not happy with them.   He has not seen The Rise of Skywalker yet but him and I are going today.  He did have a Star Wars movie marathon with his friends where they watched every Star Wars movies over a 22 hour period.  So he is excited to see the new movie.  And I am excited to see it with him. Only thing making me sad is Cineplex did not have any good seats left and Landmark had amazing seats in the big theatre - so we are going to Landmark which means I can't use my R2D2 and get my free popcorn and pop - this makes me sad.  I love my R2D2.

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Off Topic / Re: Merry Christmas, troopers.
« on: December 25, 2019, 08:00:53 PM »
Merry Christmas jj , old man ben and the rest of the snowtroopers.   Certainly a few Star Wars presents under the tree for my son, daughter and I.   Gotta admit the Barbie Collector Star Wars dolls my daughter got for Christmas are amazing - really amazing.   My son got access to Disney Plus and we have all been watching The Mandalorian and we finished Christmas Day.  This is a really good show - and now I get why everyone is baby Yoda crazy.   He is pretty cute.     I think they should build the characters on the TV show and then make a movie about characters we care about.   

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From Variety:

But with “Rise of Skywalker’s” arrival, it’s impossible not to feel as if the film’s release is unfolding at another moment of transition for the movie business and for one of its most influential franchises. Its $176 million debut, though massive, ranks as the lowest opening of the most recent three films in the saga, falling far below 2015’s “The Force Awakens” ($248 million) and 2017’s “The Last Jedi” ($220 million). Enthusiasm for the series is beginning to flag (2019’s spin-off “Solo: A Star Wars Story” did the impossible, becoming the first Star Wars movie to lose money). Reviews were lackluster and it’s unclear what Star Wars’ future will be on the big screen. A planned trilogy from “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson is in a nebulous “development” stage and another series from “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss atomized when the pair left due to creative differences. J.J. Abrams, the director of “The Force Awakens” and “Rise of Skywalker,” won’t be available for future Star Wars movies, having moved on to a mega-deal with WarnerMedia. This is a series that lacks a unifying creative vision.

Disney, the company that bought the rights to the space opera with its $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm, once envisioned something different for “Star Wars.” It believed that the mythology of virtuous Jedi warriors and evil Sith lords was so rich it could spawn a movie a year, making it analogous to Marvel, another in-house purveyor of global blockbusters. Faced with diminishing box office returns, it has been forced to acknowledge that it may have done too much, too fast. Even its ambitious Disneyland theme park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has been a disappointment, with attendance far lower than expected.

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Don't hate Star Wars - hate Disney and Bob Iger - and just start reading all the old Star Wars books before Disney took over.  They will make you happy with what happen to Leia, Han Solo, Luke and the rest of the gang.   

All we need to do is a GROUP force hug and all will be good in the universe once again. :artoo: :artoo: :artoo: :artoo: :artoo:

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Since my viewing I have only gotten more & more upset, to the point now where I'm not sleeping well as a result of dwelling on the movie.

This makes me sad for jj ...... here goes my best force hug going out to you.

I plan on going back to see it with my son and taking my R2D2 to fill him up with popcorn and pop - some how having him in my lap and drinking pop from his head and pulling out popcorn from his butt makes me feel like a kid again and with this new found power - maybe I will like the movie more the second time around.   

The new Galaxy World at Disney is the new Star Wars way of thinking - how do we make money from the people who love Star Wars - not how do we make them love the new Star Wars we are creating.   The Empire is real and The Emperor is real ..Disney is the Empire and Bob Iger is the Emperor - who gets 65 million dollars a year in pay to figure out how to get you to give him your money so me can justify his supreme rule over the Star Wars Universe.  Here is what a Disney heir thinks about Bob's salary:

"Over the past two weeks, Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, has made headlines not for Disney’s Avengers box office performance or for his completion of the Disney-Fox merger, but for something more personal: his $65.6 million salary—an amount that Disney heir Abigail Disney recently called “insane.”

Both on Twitter and in a Washington Post op-ed, she lamented the salary gap between Iger and his employees—Iger makes 1,424 times what the median Disney worker does—and called out the fact that pay practices like Disney’s have led to a shrinking middle class, with more people in poverty and a few super rich."

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So I can confirmed if you buy a R2D2 - you get a free refilled with a large popcorn and large pop - and you can get one free every day until January 31st. You don't even have to be seeing a movie and they will refill it. 

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I think if you google cineplex Star Wars Merchandise - you will be able to see all of the items.   I am headed off to anther movie tonight at Cineplex and will be taking R2D2 with me to get my free popcorn. I think I get a free pop also.

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The introduction of the new force powers was awful. hated that completely.

Is this the scene switch - 2 places at once - that you are referring to ?

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jjreason before we have the Star Wars meal on Sunday can I serve an appetizer today ?

Positives:

We have an ending to the Saga - not as well done as Return of the Jedi - the redone version - but I think that has a lot to do with nap seekers comments. We just don't care about these characters as much as we did the OT ones. Character development or lack of understanding or caring about how to treat the original characters is at the core of why I do not love the Disney series.  And I should add to my comments - I like the prequels and I like Jar Jar - there I said it - I like Jar Jar, I like Jar Jar. I also would of liked to see the Happy Ending - Girl gets Guy, Guy gets Girl and other Guy gets Girl - it was all there, easy to do.

Princess Leia - they saved and used the footage they had.  Part of the problem - the choppiness at the beginning that if you are an adult it could not be missed was the need to make the movie play out around the footage they had of her.  ie we have her saying and doing this from The Force Awaken's - let's write a scene around this.


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 Just saw it .  I agree with napseeker .  I think it is the best movie out of the 3 Disney triology arc.   But it had the most ties to the OT .  Still wish George had written these 3 movies and Disney just worked on improving the dialogue .  They would of been very satisfying for the OT generation. Definitely cash grab .  But in the end, my showing was easily half empty. So the audience will vote with their wallets this Christmas.  Still will hit $ 1 billion - biggest movie of all time no -  and that should be the yard stick of success because had Peter Jackson directed the 3 movies and George and him written them - the triology would have been the biggest of all time . 

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