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Six weeks to New York Comic Con

Alesandra TorresaniWe’re about six weeks away from New York Comic Con, which bills itself as the biggest pop culture gathering on the east coast. I find it hard to argue – I used to go every year, but as the show grew I found myself less willing to put up with the crowds. My last show was in 2011, when I took this photo with Caprica star Alessandra Torresani, who was there to promote Jane Espenson‘s web series Husbands.

Until this year. I kinda miss the fun of conventions – seeing all of the cosplayers, getting to talk to other people who are fans of whatever you’re a fan of  (no matter how niche it might be) and getting new autographs from people who make your favorite shows/movies/games/comics.

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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”

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Star Wars Rebels AT-DP Driver (Hasbro, 2014)

I was surprised to find an AT-DP Driver hanging on the pegs in Target last weekend, but I tried not to question my good fortune too much – they must have wanted to give me a birthday present. (Really, finding any 3.75″ scale Star Wars figures on the pegs is a victory these days.)

The packaging has gotten a bit smaller over the years, I think, but the cardbacks do a better job of presenting useful information now than they did when I was more actively collecting Star Wars figures. You get an image of the character and a brief explanation of who he is along with a checklist of other figures supposedly available.

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Star Wars Rebels: Agent Kallus (Hasbro, 2014)

It took me a while to really get into Star Wars Rebels, a computer-animated television series set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope that airs on Disney X D. There have been cameos from Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Bail Organa and even Lando Calrissian, but the series tells the story of Ezra Bridger, Kanan Bridger and the rest of the crew of the Ghost, a cell in the still-forming rebellion against the Galactic Empire.

Hasbro has put out a handful of 3.75 inch scale figures, but they really didn’t put much support behind the show. They still haven’t released all of the main cast (Hera Syndulla is supposed to get a figure in one of the next Mission Series assortments), and good luck finding most of the ones that have come out.

But I did manage to get a couple of the Imperials this week. Agent Kallus is in charge of suppressing rebel activity on the Outer Rim world Lothal, and as you might imagine, he’s pretty bad at it.

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