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  1. That's sophistry, and you know it!... 1987-1989 (heck, the entirety of the era in which it originally ran) were a completely different television landscape from what it is today. Back then, shows had far, far more leeway to overcome wonky starts and mediocre ratings -- a honeymoon period, of sorts, to find their voice, work out the kinks, and find an audience; add to that the much lesser availability of alternate entertainment choices on broadcast and cable at the time, and the fact that it was the return of Star Trek to first run television since 1969 guaranteed its survival through its teething stage. I never said they were not entertaining in their own right; but rose colored glasses of nostalgia notwithstanding, the first 3 seasons of TNG were objectively bad, just not objectionably so (which is what makes them watchable on repeat viewings).
  2. The first 3 seasons of TNG were, with the exception of a precious few notable episodes, just mediocre and hokey bad, with characters that didn't gel together, wooden performances, lame stories, terrible and jarring (amateurish, even) musical scoring, and a general sense of antiseptic post-modern elitism; however, it wasn't purposefully bad in the same vein as STD, and later STP, in the intentional deconstructionist and twisted attitude towards the franchise in an ongoing act of vandalism for shock value.
  3. That's why I qualified my personal preference as the "contemporary" standard for me. It is a foregone conclusion that how one prefers to picture a fictional character is entirely a personal choice, as is the artists's interpretation. Going by the written description, it is my opinion that Jeff Easley came closest to capturing Drizzt's racial look in the cover art to the original printing of Sojourn.
  4. They're quoting 7-14 days with the express shipping option. I suppose we're about to find out how accurate that proves...
  5. I don't know about that; and to me, cosplays and unofficial/non-published art don't count. Even as late as the Homecoming Trilogy books, his depictions on the covers have a much darker and grayer skin tone, but the quintessential contemporary image I refer to regarding the proper look for Drizzt (Dark Elves in general) and Guen comes from The Companions, not the Andorian-Vulcan hybrid Hasbro has chosen: Edit: Heck, even where a blue skin tone in concerned, this Shadow Elf figure from Mythic Legions does a more credible job of portraying a Drow: I suppose that a solution would be to just paint the figure's face to correct its complexion and give it proper lavender eyes
  6. Got the shipping notification this morning, myself... sweet!
  7. Not bad, but Hasbro made Drizzt's complexion waaaaayyyy too light; he's a Drow, for Lolth's sake. The Ranger won't be complete without Bruenor, Catty Brie, Wulfgar, Rumblebelly, Jarlaxle, and Artemis Entreri....
  8. Me neither; perhaps when it hits regular cable TV, but likely not even then... TLJ was, to me (and I watched it for free just to see what all the hubbub was about), an abhorrent abomination and testament to bad writing, bad storytelling, agenda pushing in lieu of a morality play, corporate meddling to hit woke bullet points at the expense of quality, and one man's directorial hubris, utterly devoid of merit within the universe it's supposed to inhabit; and by all accounts, JJ's attempt to put Humpty Dumpty back together after the Number 2 that was the 2nd installment resulted in an completely uninspired disjointed mediocre mess that managed to please almost no one.
  9. The Disney Trilogy, love it, hate it, or couldn't care less... wherever you fall, this (unarguably lengthy) review is hilarious. Prof Tosspot's curmudgeonly Smack Talk critiques, agree or disagree, never fail to amuse and enlighten.
  10. Looks like Connie Refit variant that either got caught in the outer wake of a Super Nova explosion or "survived" a fiery uncontrolled reentry...
  11. 30 bucks on top of the D+ subscription cost.... BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Disney must really think, in their desperation, that their dwindling customers are a bunch of blithering idiots with more disposable income than common sense.
  12. They tried a revival once before and it was cringe-y AF, and thankfully very short-lived. I shudder to think how they'll add insult to the injury of the last attempt.
  13. Wow! 5+ hours after the Amazon.jp link was posted and I was able to leisurely place a preorder, how wonderfully refreshing. This is also a testament of how much less popular MOSPEADA is compared to Macross, and how tone deaf Bandai is with their production numbers and product allotment when it comes to Macross DXs... specially the more popular variants. On the subject of the garish color choice for the AFC-01Z pilot, I don't have any real issue with it as correcting it, if one so chooses, is just a matter of a little paint, a steady hand, and a bit of patience... no big deal, an unnecessary inconvenience at most. HOWEVER!!!, Sentinel better not follow suit with that nauseating color on the 1/12 Houquet figure, because that would be a full stop NO SALE.
  14. They're there. Look for the ESTIMATE SHIPPING line in the Shopping Cart, click on it, enter the required info, and you'll get 2 choices: Express and Standard. When they included shipping with their preorders, express was always the default... sigh... Now, for me, to decide whether I should go with KC ($82.90 with Express Shipping, no tax, but pay upfront) or BBTS ($89.07 with their Flat Rate Shipping, plus tax, and only pay the initial $79.99 upon release -- which would be 1+ month after KC -- and the rest when I'm good and ready to ship)... decisions, decisions.
  15. If you were mispronouncing it wrong, wouldn't that mean that you were pronouncing it right?... ......
  16. ^That NEEDS to be made into a Hi-Metal R toy...
  17. ^It still seems to be available for purchase (as a pre-order???) from Amazon Japan, but for more than the initial pre-order price, minus tax, plus 1600? Yen DHL shipping. https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B081D3DZP8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2CH9EI32YCRAU&psc=1
  18. DHL sent me an email this morning stating that my copy is getting delivered today, instead of the original 29th.
  19. May you live in interesting, or weird, times...
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