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Stuff I’m excited about from San Diego Comic Con

So I disappeared for over two months…. I got sick, went on vacation, did some other fun stuff and a bunch of boring stuff. But mainly I just got out of the habit of writing.

So let me ease back into it by sharing a few of the things I’m excited about from San Diego Comic Con.

Thor: Ragnarok

How awesome does Thor: Ragnarok look?

We get Hulk and Thor teaming up, and it even looks like Loki is going to throw in with our heroes to try to stop Hel from remaking Asgard in her own image. It should be epic.

We’re the same, you and I, just a couple of hot-headed fools.

Yes. Same. Hulk like fire, Thor like water.

Oh, we’re kinda both like fire.

Hulk like raging fire. Thor like smoldering fire.

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Posted in Musings & Rants, Star Wars

Star Wars Rebels

How awesome was last week’s season finale of Star Wars Rebels? Ever since I read Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, I’ve wanted to see Grand Admiral Thrawn lead a space battle on screen and “Zero Hour” did not disappoint.

My friend Anne recently passed along a box of Star Wars Lego sets that her daughter didn’t want anymore. (I’m still working on getting them put back together, though the transport from the Stormtrooper battlepack of a couple of years ago turned up in one of my photos this week.)

I was surprised to find several Hasbro Star Wars action figures in the box along with the Lego sets, though. Most were from the first series of the Star Wars Rebels line from 2014. And they helped me fill in some holes in my own collection. Continue reading “Star Wars Rebels”

Posted in Funko Pops, Musings & Rants, Star Wars

Rogue Monday?

I mentioned last week that my “Rogue Friday” experience on September 30th was kinda hit and miss…Target and Toys ‘R’ Us had new merchandise from Rogue One, A Star Wars Story; Walmart did not.

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Well, at some point between Friday morning and Monday afternoon, Walmart finally put out their new display and merchandise. Now at this stage, I was only looking for an exclusive that could only be found at Walmart: Funko’s Pop! vinyl figure of rebel reactionary Saw Gererra.

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Rogue Friday

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September 30th, 2016 was #RogueFriday, the official product launch day for the new toys for Rogue One, A Star Wars Story.

Only somebody forgot to tell whoever runs the toy department at the WalMart store I visited…they had no Rogue One product on their shelves at all. But I did end up with a nice consolation prize that unintentionally fit the theme: I finally found a Marvel Legends Rogue figure to finish off as much of the Juggernaut Build-A-Figure series as I intend to complete.

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Going Rogue

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We’re about two weeks away from Rogue Friday, when the first round of toys for the new Star Wars movie will be officially released. Earlier this week, I spotted an Imperial Death Trooper hanging out on the pegs at WalMart with various other figures from the 6″ Black Series.

Last year, I would have tried to buy the Death Trooper & been excited (or disappointed) about seeing it in person a couple of weeks before most other people. I was still trying to collect both the 6″ and 3.75″ lines back then. Midway through The Force Awakens line, I realized I can’t afford to keep doing that…the 3.75″ figures have been around for almost all my life and that’s where my loyalties lie.

So, I looked at him for a minute… put him back on the peg to snap a photo and left him there to thrill or disappoint another Star Wars fan. (Last year, WalMart put stuff out early but the registers wouldn’t allow the cashiers to sell it ahead of the street date.)

I’ll wait for Sept. 30 to arrive. Maybe I’ll try to get to continue the tradition that dates back to 1999 of lining up at midnight outside Toys R Us, maybe I’ll skip it. I’m just looking for six single-carded 3.75″ figures and a couple of two-packs, if my understanding of what’s going to be available in the first wave is accurate… and a couple of those are not even from the movie.

I kinda wish I could wait until the movie comes out to decide if I wanted the figures… I really don’t need any more Constable Zuvios. But I don’t need Jyn Erso becoming the next Rey on me, disappearing off store shelves by the time I’ve had a chance to find out who she is beyond the glimpses offered in the trailers.

I’ve lost a little bit of that sense of wonder that I had when I got Ree-Yees and an Emperor’s Royal Guard before I saw Return of the Jedi, or when I bought all of the Phantom Menace stuff at the first midnight toy sale event… or even last year, when I first say Zuvio, Sarco Plank and their friends.

Here’s hoping the movie brings some of it back.

Posted in Musings & Rants, Star Trek

Remembering Mr. Spock

The past week has been kind of hectic, between starting a new job, celebrating a birthday and keeping up with other responsibilities. But I didn’t want to overlook the passing of Leonard Nimoy, known to many as Star Trek’s Mister Spock, some as Galvatron (and a host of other roles in a career that began in 1951.)

I grew up as a Star Wars fan, but with no new movies coming out after 1983 I was willing to give the Enterprise crew a chance when they undertook “The Search for Spock” in 1984. At the time, I didn’t really have a clue who Spock was and I remember being much more impressed by the Klingons.

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