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vol 99

Thuesday night i read an article about the alterations made to Superman II[1]. In the back of my head my mind rattled down a list of movies that we’re probablynever going to see redone in that way. The only thing i came up with was Rogue One – A Star Wars Story.
I’m aware that the reshoots for this movie are nothing exceptional. But how would Gareth Edward’s true vision for it looked like. Because while he is fit to illustrate Star Wars directing is not his strong suit. And with a weak story like Rogue One’s a firmer hand would have helped[2].
Enter Ron Howard.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, they were the only reason to look forward to the Han Solo movie[3]. They’re brand of sugar rush movies would have been an interesting thing to see. Reading that director Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm decided to part ways on the production of Episode IX is a move that makes me hope for a better movie. I only know him from Jurrasic World, but that movie wouldn’t have been as well received if it came out before Guardians Of The Galaxy.

No director plans to do a bad job. And with Star Wars they wouldn’t; it’s a thing you can put in your resume with the boldest font known to mankind. But i think it was Kenneth Branagh who said on the commentary for Thor:

This job is like an audiobook. You are hired to read it not to write it.

And that is something we see in video games too. The recipes are almost the same the seasoning is different. There is a rumor that Lucasfilm is not interested in working with "fresh" directors anymore. But the thing is: should there be directors cast for Marvel and Star Wars movies anymore? Could they be Lead Designers in that regard?
How come that Rian Johnson has sailed the directorial ship through the waters of Lucasfilm without any noteworthy troubles? Because he is a filmmaker with a unique sense of humor and vision. i'd rather thought he'd part over differences. The difference between him and Mr. Treverrow could be the lengths they are willing to walk (away).


[1] Sequart.org – Remembering and Celebrating Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut
[2] Recently i had a very civilized conversation with a person about how the “prequel” novel and the novelization of Rogue One helped the movie, but my opposite in that talk never even considered that there are people who’d have needed that knowledge to be conveyed in the cinema.
[3] And Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. But i’d rather see a Lando movie directed by Lord Miller. Perhaps even with the idea from the expanded universe that Lando was considered as a template for the clone army because it would have goven us the opportunity to see Billy Dee Williams alongside Donald Glover!

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Forked Friday II

vol 98

I was the third person to enter the local TRU on this Force Friday. The third of eight, we were four couples where the men were the reasons for being there.
I did not get any bonus out of my placement because it seems like they already had the stuff out for either a day or a while. Three full complements of Black Series figures were out, which is kind of amazing, and of course the 3.75″ figures that we will find caseloads of in a few years; namely Rose, ….her sister the Gunner….Paige (who could forget her), ol’ pasty face Hux, Chewbacca and 3PO. Chewbacca has a Porg (resistance is futile!) in the blister! Why does nobody buy him? I’m just glad that customers seem to dislike Hux the most, nothing like the Finn-cident from two years ago[1].
I picked up a Black Series Hera figure to complete my Rebels set and all of the 3.75″ figures. Trying to get the figures from the online presence of the local TRU wasn’t a good idea, because they were sold out of everything except Hux again. But what bummed me out is: The new gimmick of the toy line borrows from the Phantom Menace one, place the figures near an extra accessory and it plays phrases and sounds in accordance to the figure or vehicle; Hasbro calls it Force Link[2], and while every figure has the logo of the cashgrab as big as the franchise logo on the figures packaging, the thing was not available in store or online. I even saved up enough money to get the BB-8 Stardestroyer set that comes with the Force Link glove at a ridiculous high price but that wasn’t on shelves as well. Not even the new Lego sets were there. And this feeds into a discussion that came up at work a few days ago: why are local businesses struggling? Because i bought the damn Force Link set from Amazon and then went to an ebay seller from the states that from time to time helps me out with getting Star Wars related figures and bought a whole case of 3.75″ figures and the two pack sets for the price that the figures from the case would have cost at TRU with shipping and import tax.

I’m aware this is all superfluous and i’m ashamed that i spend so much energy on the topic and anger leads to hate and so on, but i don’t get it, even if kids are done with toys, i walked in there willing to spend a lot of money and all i get is “uhhhh, nobody wants this shit, go away and buy it somewhere else”.

BUT there was a highlight! When the cashier, an asian woman, picked up the Rose figure she took a closer look and said “She looks like me.” to which i answered: “isn’t it awesome?” and we both smiled and went our ways.

Sorry, i had to vent.
I wanted to look like the Lego advert guy who really digs his 800 euro Millennium Falcon. He surely thinks something like “This is it guys, i’m never using my arms for anything other than keeping this baby save.” Look at his eyes and his mouth, he’s determined but happy.

lego_millennium_love

Thank You for Your time!
Stay cosmic!


[1] the Finn-cident
[2] we call it “they took away the extra weapons to make the figures a buck cheaper but earn 29 more with this thing that we totally need because we’re afraid to miss out”

Star Wars toy report: Captain Phasma

What do we know about Captain Phasma?
She seems to hold a high position in the First Order’s military structure. She seems to be a very confident/experienced warrior and she owns one of the most iconic armors that will surely rival the high profile of Darth Vader’s.

With all the other characters we’re seeing on the shelves, i wonder how big her role will be and how much screentime she will get.

Lets start with the two figures of her i own at the time of writing this:


Hasbro 3.75 inch version

The sculpt is great like on all the other figures. The armor is a bit bulkier than that of the regular Stormtrooper and she seems more menacing than them also.

I like the helmet design in particular. The jaw reminds me of a beak which makes me think of her as a mother swan surrounded by her offspring when she is around the stormtroopers.

The cape is a great touch. It only aids in discerning her from the troops and gives her a regal aura.
I wonder if those are patches or bags. A theory of mine is that they are bags for small items, because patches would change how the cape falls more noticeable.

Phasma wields a blaster that so far i’ve only seen on the black series Snowtroopers, but in another colour.

Like with the Stormtrooper, you can clip the blaster to her upper thigh, but this time i hinders the movement of the right arm.

There are small paint errors on the cape, but one can always justify them with wear and tear (or just get off his lazy bum and paint them).


Disney Store figure set version>

The posing and paintjob of this figure is great. It reminds me of greek statues and enhances her dangerous/regal aura.
The way she holds her blaster looks so great. It screams confidence.

The cape on this version has a few handling marks, but what i’m curious about is why this version only has one patch/bag on it? Coincidence? Error? Continuity?

I tried to emphasize the posing and paint in this photo. Really dig this figure, but i’m not sure if i would buy the whole set again to get her, or try and get a single figure from a third party.

read: Star Wars: Shattered Empire no.1 (2015)

As much as new Star Wars products excite me these days, it is all just a big placeholder to keep us occupied until episode VII comes out.
It is only the first issue, introducing us to the characters through whom we’ll experience this story of "it’s not finished yet" and might be related to a character from ep.7, but it all feels a bit stale. Greg Rucka will surely deliver a solid story, i have no doubt about that, i just wish we could see more of the new movie.
Artwise it is a solid issue.
All in all not much to complain about, as always, a bit expensive for what we’re getting.

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