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  1. Last month, I put together this Star Wars top-ten list for my blog, ranking each iteration of the franchise* and my response to it. Since this thread seems to be expanding into how The Last Jedi fits within the mythological framework of the saga, it seems relevant to this discussion: Despite some terrific world-building, epic visuals and ground-breaking new special effects work, neither Episode II nor III is any good, really. There are some terrific action sequences, sure, and the John Williams music has never been better, but the dialogue and acting are so distractingly bad that it’s hard to appreciate the stories. I’ve lumped them together because they’re equally weak (albeit for different reasons). Attack of the Clones is generally considered worse, although it's easier to ignore; Revenge of the Sith does far more damage to the overall mythology by establishing that the heroic Anakin Skywalker suddenly becomes a Sith Lord and starts slaughtering children because... he had a bad dream. Inexcusable. Liam Neeson’s miraculously fine performance -- and the classic pod race sequence -- save an otherwise preposterous film, one that at least benefits greatly from improved editing and special effects for its current Blu-ray release. Spanning six years and 120 episodes, this entirely computer-generated TV show started weak but got better and better as the series progressed, eventually surpassing the prequel trilogy in its epic scope, thematic depth, and occasionally unconventional narrative style. Depressingly derivative of every other sci-fi fantasy film made over the last 30 years, this nonetheless provides some engaging new characters and exciting potential for the future of the franchise (much of which was unfortunately squandered by Rian Johnson's follow-up). Schizophrenic as hell, this divisive new entry is in equal parts brilliant and banal, thrilling and tedious, satisfying yet infuriating. Lots of wasted potential, but some genuine surprises as well... and for what it lacks in narrative logic, it makes up for in thematic resonance. After six years honing their craft on The Clone Wars, the staff now responsible for Rebels has provided consistently entertaining stories, dynamic and evolving characters, and a rich backstory to the original trilogy that deftly incorporates elements from every facet of the mythology. Despite all expectations, Rebels has turned out to be better than any of us could've hoped for. The original Star Wars would place higher on this list if it weren’t for all the awkward changes made for the 20th anniversary “Special Edition,” still the only version available in high-definition. Controversial editing decisions and twenty year-old CGI have unfortunately damaged the film irrevocably. Eschewing the childish humor and mystical elements of most films in the series (but maintaining a strict adherence to the editing style, costume and production design, and the overall aesthetic of the original trilogy), this stand-alone feature is a more hard-edged sci-fi war story intended for a more sophisticated audience. J.J. Abrams may claim to be a huge Star Wars fan, but Gareth Edwards proves it; Rogue One provides so much fanservice that it's impossible to be disappointed. An action-packed thrill-ride that defined the blockbuster tradition of the ‘80s, this classic combines epic mythos and high drama with masterful editing and pacing, weakened only by those few character moments between the action sequences (and again, some regrettable Special Edition "enhancements"). Everything the series aspires to be, this timeless sequel manages to be poignant and thrilling, fresh and unique, richer and more imaginative than its famous predecessor, and boasts the finest performances of the whole saga... and best of all, isn't ruined by the newly-added elements, either. * Note that I’ve ignored the Ewok movies, the Ewoks and Droids cartoons, and everything else Disney has rendered non-canon because... it’s crap.
  2. Star Trek: Discovery

    I certainly hope he is. I actually really like the character, and I've loved Wilson Cruz since My So-Called Life, but...
  3. Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Much sooner. The Macross 35th anniversary event "Blue Moon Showcase" opens today.
  4. Ko/3rd party Regult?

    I imagine Astralith finds Taobao as confusing as I do... Are the heavy missiles included? How much will the total cost be? When will it ship? How much will international shipping cost? When will my credit card be charged? Can I pay via PayPal?
  5. Why do you collect MISB?

    If you didn't know that you own it, do you really own it?
  6. Hi-Metal R

    They're awesome. I've been putting them to all sorts of use. I expect them to last as long as I need them to, but I'd advise against installing them permanently (just in case they need to be replaced). They're sold in sets of ten for $30, so replacements are easily procured... for as long as the product remains on the market, at least. Nearly $200, yeah... but I think it'll prove its worth. One thing for digital photographers to consider is the electromagnetic field interference generated by the base unit. I had to keep the ISO real low to get decent pics; under automatic ISO settings, there was significant banding evident in the images: So, try and keep your LEDs in the EM field, but your camera out of it.
  7. Wave 1/72 Phalanx

    Glorious! Do you have any toys to photograph with it? I'm curious how it scales with 1:60 Valkyries or Hi-Metal R figures.
  8. Hi-Metal R

    So, I drilled a hole under Hikaru's VF-1S to install panel lights in the cockpit.
  9. MOSPEADA

    Hey, anybody know what the hell this is? I found the auction here, but the seller apparently doesn't know anything about its origin. It's clearly the old Gakken Legioss -- in Japanese packaging, with a Tatsunoko copyright, no less -- but there's no Mospeada (or Robotech) logo anywhere on the box. What's more, the character adorning the top left corner looks more like something from Southern Cross, pictured above a signature that couldn't possibly be Japanese. (The seller maintains it's printed on the box, and not an autograph.) Oh, and despite the packaging, the toy inside is actually a red Zeta... https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B075YX2CCD/ https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B0764CPB1B
  10. MOSPEADA

    Amazon maintains January 31st for the VR-052F, and February 28th for the VR-052T.
  11. Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    I think they did a great job on the face. Looks just like the cartoon to me!
  12. It's also likely that Disney wants to lock down the edit before releasing trailers, so we don't end up with another Rogue One trailer fiasco: https://www.inverse.com/article/25246-rogue-one-trailer-scenes-missing-from-final-film-star-wars
  13. MOSPEADA INBIT KIT REVIVAL IV: EAGER?

    If you've already received your kits, then your order was among those that made this revival possible to begin with. Thanks for helping to make it happen; without our initial support, none of us would have these in-hand now. Be proud of what you contributed toward, and enjoy having those Invid in your collection!
  14. Obi-Wan took his boots with him, and Yoda's robes disappeared when he did; if articles of clothing are fair game, why not an artificial limb? I think the far bigger sin is granting Luke that ability to begin with. As Revenge of the Sith established (and Liam Neeson's appearance in The Clone Wars confirmed), Qui-Jinn was the only Jedi Master to have discovered the key to life after death. ROTS wiped out the entire Jedi Order, and none of them faded away or survived as Force ghosts; only Yoda was shown this ability, who then imparted the wisdom to Obi-Wan. How is it that Luke, with his incomplete (and ridiculously limited) training, managed to do what even Darth Sidious couldn't?
  15. Hi-Metal R

    I preordered mine back in November... https://www.amazon.co.jp/HI-METAL-超時空要塞マクロス-スーパーバルキリー-約140mm-塗装済み可動フィギュア/dp/B077P66PDZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514622405&sr=8-1&keywords=VF-1A
  16. STAR WARS Merchandise Episode - 2

    No vulptex figure on the horizon, I'm afraid... but making my own might present an interesting challenge. Sometimes significantly smaller, sometimes substantially larger, depending on the character: More scale-accurate, basically. Sure, if they're properly articulated. Unfortunately, most of the sequel trilogy figures are very poorly articulated. I've just watched it (thanks for the heads-up, Black Valkyrie!), and it's fascinating. I especially liked seeing the original wooden patterns for the Kenner Falcon: The photo collages they put together representing different eras are fun, too. Although hardly accurate... Isn't that a Yamato v.2 Valkyrie?
  17. Arcadia 1/60 Super VF-1J Max & Millia Release

    Bummer. I already had a blue and white one. Of course, the FAST packs add a little more distinction... However, attaching the larger missiles to the right wing turned out to be an impossibility: Arcadia still can't get the hard points right. You can see where the outer missile mount just fell out, and how the plastic is all mashed up on the front of the inner hard point because the tolerances aren't quite accurate enough to successfully attach the missile mount... so I'll have to file down some plastic and try again. Take care, guys.
  18. Arcadia 1/60 Super VF-1J Max & Millia Release

    Am I first? What do I win? Nice clean paint work, especially on the figure... Crisp tampography, as good as Yamato's... ...and even some details absent from my Yammie, like the numbers on the back.
  19. VOTOMS

    See, this is what I meant by "a common vocabulary." In Votoms, the mechs (including their cockpits) are clearly Seen: I don't even know what "weight-scale" is, but it obviously doesn't apply to the Scopedog. It turns out we won't be able to communicate after all.
  20. VOTOMS

    Communication requires a common vocabulary; we have to agree on what words mean. Either you're confused as to the concept of "scale," or you confused as to the meaning of "fine." Ah, just as I figured. You have no concept of "scale."
  21. STAR WARS Merchandise Episode - 2

    "New, from Kenner's Star Wars: The Last Jedi toy line, it's the Crait Resistance Base playset!" "Featuring a retractable shield door..." "Working elevators for transporting personnel to the Ski Speeder hangar..." "...and an emergency exit through the crystal foxhole." "Desperate to defend the base from the First Order, General Leia confers with her Resistance fighters." "At the last minute, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker arrives to save the day!" "Action figures sold separately." Looks like something the old guard at Kenner might've produced back in the day, eh?
  22. MOSPEADA

    Sorry, it never occurred to me that a Bubblegum Crisis fan such as yourself wouldn't already have them... It's not like there's a lot of competing BGC product, after all. It's a glass table I bought from a second-hand furniture shop a few years back: The background is just a large sheet of "Ultra White" photography studio paper. Crap factory, just like Toynami's.
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