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  1. Okay, so I just watched TROS again last night...this was, of course my third viewing, and I'm still seeing things I missed the first couple of times. I also realized yet another angle concerning the whole Snoke/Palpatine dynamic... One of the issues I had before concerned how all of those ships showed-up at the end...I was thinking that the weird red-nebula-looking thing prohibited any ship from jumping through hyperspace to Exogol, but then you see them all show up, and even a few more jump right up to the surface of Exogol, and I thought it was a goof. But then I paid more attention,
  2. Thank you!!! Anyone that dismisses these are really missing-out I think...I just wish they'd make these for The Rise of Skywalker...
  3. I'm kind of on the fence right now...I'm in the process of rebuilding a mint/loose vintage collection, and I've bought several mint/loose figures fairly recently, but they've either had busted o-rings, rusty screws, or cracked elbows, or sometimes all three. Then there's the hassle of cleaning the screws, because I've learned that the screws are specific to the figures, and if you don't match them, they could strip the inner threads, or even stress the plastic ...never mind the fact that the plastic itself tends to get more brittle as time passes, so the figures will only become more fragile.
  4. Okay, so I think this might be the third and final part of my review... Going back to Palpatine and Snoke, on second thought, that whole dynamic was not really satisfactorily explained or fleshed-out enough for me, and Palpatine's return ultimately felt like something done for shock value, like something you'd see in an M. Night Shyamalan movie...big, unexpected surprise that ultimately feels empty or done as just a cheap shocker. I mean, don't get me wrong...I absolutely LOVE Palpatine, but, I really wanted to know more about that whole dynamic...why he would choose that particula
  5. Yes, you guys have gotten a little ahead of me...you all are bringing up some of the same issues I had. Some stuff had me scratching my head, and other things just brought a smile to my face. Just like you said, Colt90...how did that massive cobbled-together fleet make it through to the surface of Exogol?? I pondered that also, namely after my second viewing. It was one of those "hey-wait- a-minute" moments I had... (lol) And JayC...I can't be sure, but...it seems like the notion of Rey being a Palpatine was an actual fan theory I had seen somewhere. I wasn't entirely shocked by this
  6. Okay, I don't know who all is left around here...I've been wanting to discuss The Rise of Skywalker with somebody, but I can't seem to get my regular buds to talk about it, so I thought I'd try here. And yes, I've been a traitor, I will admit it...Facebook and all of the toy groups I've discovered there has consumed my time and attention in recent months, but TNI will always be home for me online... So anyway...a good friend of mine secured me a ticket on the premier night at one of our local theaters. I'm not sure it was the premier...I think it was even a night early, like a pre-
  7. I've been thinking about this lately...I fell for the modern-style figures. I just chalked it up to the reality that Hasbro may never make figures like the vintage ones ever again due to production costs, metal components, etc. And I even used to convince myself that the newer figures were superior since they didn't sport brittle plastic or o-rings that could break and had to be replaced. You didn't have to worry about broken thumbs or crotches anymore, and the new figures had added articulation. I've come to realize, though, that none of that matters. Let me back-up a little... Ov
  8. That's awesome, brother!!! I was able to snag a Slugger still sealed in the plastic bags, unassembled, along with a mail-away Thunder still sealed to go with it. Also, I've got a Conquest X-30 coming that's also unassembled with bagged parts, new. Things fell into place and I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, luckily. I'm hoping the trend continues this new year. (lol) Phanstar, I'd love to see pics of your Flagg, bud!!!
  9. I sure hope so...I was just thinking that some Predator figure done by Lanard would be fantastic...
  10. Nice!!! I love those animated Batman figures...that's another collection I'm planning on building someday. I have yet to get any of them, but they look great!!! Makes me want them even more...
  11. That is fantastic my friend...truly impressive!!!
  12. ...and I'm calling it right now. If you don't want my prediction to muddle your viewing experience, or if you consider it a possible spoiler, the be warned: I think Rey is a clone of Luke AND Leia, and here"s why I think so: In The Force Awakens, she innately knows the Force, and throughout that sensitivity, she sees some of Luke's most heartwrenching experiences when she touches his lightsaber for the first time. And I still maintain Han knew who Rey was...he seemed to give her some knowing looks, and he implied in his actions he wanted to nudge her in the right
  13. I've been in Sandusky, OH the past few days, and I got to check out my very first Meijer store...it's as if Walmart and Target had a baby. (lol) Anyway...I scored the 80th Anniversary Thor there...they're nearly impossible to find at home, so I grabbed one. I'm not usually a fan of Thor's classic look, but they did such an amazing job on this figure, I just had to have one. I love that it seems to be based somewhat on Alex Ross's artwork...it's even on the packaging. It just looks fantastic, and I'd love to have the rest of them, especially Cap.
  14. Another excellent review, bud...I've been thinking about getting a couple of them. I'm intrigued by the animated look of them...
  15. So...if I pre-order these now, will I be charged right away, or just when they're in-stock/shipped?
  16. I bought a husk of a Defiant booster shuttle a couple of weeks ago, but I broke it all to pieces trying to take it apart for cleaning. (lol) I did however find a Version 2 Storm Shadow claw rattling around in the fuselage, along with a 3-3/4" scale blue guitar. I guess Rock & Roll left it behind... (lol)
  17. Aww...that Barbecue pic made me smile, Phanstar...he was always a favorite of mine for some reason...he wasn't decked-out in camouflage, and he didn't have the coolest weapons...and dang it, you couldn't remove his helmet (lol), but he was always a favorite nevertheless. It was official years later, when I saw him in an issue of the Marvel Comics series take his axe, jump-up on the canopy of a H.I.S.S. tank, and bury his axe in it, stopping it in its tracks, literally. (lol) It was so very bad-@$$. No, he's not Snake Eyes, but he's very cool in his own right and very underrated in my opinion..
  18. Awesome...yeah, I sold my childhood collection years ago, and sadly it wasn't in all that bad of shape, but back then I thought so, thinking I could just replace them later with "mint" examples...I had a Version 1 Stalker ('83) and a Version 1 Beachhead, both mint complete, but I sold them because their o-rings were broken...this was back in the day before I realized you could just simply buy new replacement o-rings, and for some reason it never occurred to me to simply swap-out o-rings from other figures to begin with...so I sold them. (sigh)
  19. Ahh...this brings back memories...I won the give-away years ago, back when it was $200.00, but I was away at my mother's at the time, and she didn't have internet back then, so unfortunately I didn't respond in a timely manner. Therefore they picked someone else to win...I only found out after I got back home a day or so later. That one hurt pretty bad, and I never quite got over it... (lol)
  20. That's awesome, Phanstar...good for you, bud!! That thing was on the top of my wishlist for years...never did get one, though. (Que the violin music...) (lol)
  21. Sooo...what ever happened to their Star Trek line?? I was so excited, and ever since Kirk and Picard dropped, nothing...
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