Star Wars: The Last Jedi Divides + Hot Toys 1/6th scale The Force Awakens Rey action figure

This article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 31, 2017.

There is a disturbance in the Force – and it is caused by the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, possibly the most divisive instalment in the intergalactic franchise. Basically, hardcore Star Wars fans hate it. And the reviewers love it. And so the lightsabers are out. Some viewers are so riled up that more than 50,000 of them signed an online petition to Disney to strike “the travesty” entirely from the Star Wars canon.

But critics are raving about the film. Some reviewers, such as those from news sites Vox and eFilmCritic.com, are even calling it one of the best Star Wars movies of all time. The backlash has received such a high profile that the people behind the film have also weighed in on the issue.

The movie’s director, Rian Johnson (Looper, 2012), saw the chatter as a good way to talk about where Star Wars would go in the future. He tweeted: “The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if Star Wars is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.”

Who has the last word on The Last Jedi? The box office, of course. The movie, despite controversy, has been dominating box offices worldwide since its release in cinemas two weeks ago. It is on track to cross the coveted US$1-billion (S$1.34-billion) mark in time for the new year, say analysts.

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Many fans are taking issue with how hero Luke Skywalker is portrayed in The Last Jedi, saying that everything he does in the new film feels so out of character compared with previous depictions, he could not possibly be the same person.

Another issue that fans have with the movie is the myriad holes in the storyline. Things that director J.J. Abrams set up in The Force Awakens (2015), such as the truth behind heroine Rey’s parentage or the identity of supervillain Snoke – the one responsible for turning Kylo Ren to the Dark Side – have simply been thrown out in one fell swoop. Rey’s parents turn out to be just “nobodies”, while Snoke, supposedly one of the most powerful villains around, is killed too easily and with little fuss and drama.

Actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, is a tad confused by the obsession over her character’s family ties. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she was quoted as saying: “For me, this whole thing is not necessarily about where any of us come from. It’s about where we’re going.”

Personally, I enjoyed the movie and like where it’s heading. J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens (2015) was mostly a rehash of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope (1977) so I applaud director Rian Johnson for daring to take the franchise and make it go in a new direction, a fresh approach. Let’s see what happens in two years’ time when the last episode in the trilogy is shown.

This toy blog post also shows off the Hot Toys MMS337 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1:6 scale REY collectible figure which I got in November 2016 (see my haul post HERE). Due tot he big move to my new place, I never did do a review post of Hot Toys Rey and BB-8.

I really like the choice of Daisy Ridley as Rey and how positive she is in the Star Wars films. I certainly enjoyed her performance and where the new movies are going with her on board. I still prefer this head sculpt to the newer one Hot Toys previewed for The Last Jedi (you can see the preview pics HERE)

When it comes to the action genre, women usually get short-changed. For the longest time, female characters are usually there in service to the male protagonists in some way — whether a lover interest, victim, etc. So it’s refreshing to see a female lead in a Star Wars film and Daisy Ridley as Rey certainly carried the show on her shoulders very well.

The full article can be viewed HERE

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Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Finn 12-inch Collectible Figure Review posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE
Action Figure Review of Hot Toys “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 1/6th scale Kylo Ren Collectible Figure HERE and HERE
Evolution of the Star Wars Stormtrooper: Episode II (Phase 1 armor) to Episode VII First Order posted HERE

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Soldier Story 1/6th scale NYPD ESU “TACTICAL ENTRY TEAM” 12-inch action figure Preview

Let’s not forget all the police officers out there performing their duties and keeping the world safe while we celebrate and party this New Year’s Eve :)

The New York City Police Department Emergency Service Unit is a component of the NYPD Citywide Operations Bureau’s Special Operations Division. The unit is uniquely trained and equipped to perform tactical (Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT) and technical rescue duty for other department elements. Members of ESU are cross-trained in multiple disciplines for police and rescue work.

The personnel selected for ESU become highly trained, elite members of the NYPD who perform rescue, SWAT and other high risk tactical, counter-narcotic and counter-terror operations. There are minimum time-in-grade requirements before an NYPD officer can apply to transfer to ESU. Police Officers must have a minimum of 5 years on the job with a minimum annual rating of 3.5. Supervisors in the rank of sergeants and lieutenants must have 2 years in rank before being assigned to ESU. In addition, all ESU candidates must be approved by a group of current ESU members to ensure that they will integrate into the unit successfully.

Soldier Story #SS100 1/6th scale NYPD ESU “TACTICAL ENTRY TEAM” 12-inch figure will come with HEADSCULPT: Modern NYPD officer life-like head sculpt (with a strong resemblance to Jake Gyllenhaal). HEADGEAR: MICH 2000 Helmet (with US Flag printed at the back), ACH 4-point chin straps, ESS tactical goggles, ESS ballistic glasses (clear version), Black balaclava, NYPD ESU officer cap. BODY: S2.5 BODY, Bare Hand (1 Pair), Bare Feet (1 Pair). UNIFORM: ESU tactical shirt (long sleeve with NYPD ESU patches), ESU logo blue T-shirt, ESU tactical pants, Inner short pants, Danner tactical boots (sewing / nylon & leather version)

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DUTY GEAR: Paraclete RAV tactical armor vest, Paraclete RAV cummerbund (1 pair), Paraclete shoulder armor (1 pair), Paraclete groin armor, Paraclete collar and throat armor, Paraclete shoulder pad (1 pair), Double MP5 9mm molle pouch, Paraclete double M4 magazine molle pouch, Paraclete radio molle pouch, Gerber multi-tools pocket, Blackhawk admin molle pouch, Blackhawk utility molle pouch, North American rescue medic pouch, NYPD leather double 9mm magazine pouch, NYPD leather radio pouch (detachable / rotated feature), Radio pouch adaptor belt loop, NYPD handcuffs pouch, Handcuffs key (metal), Handcuffs (metal), Tactical belt, Cable tie x 4, EMT Scissors (blue), Carabiner, Multi-tools, Combat knee pad (1 pair), Retractable Key holder, Key set, Leather belt loop keychain, Female side release buckle belt loop, D-ring belt loop, Ball pen (red), Expendable baton, Rotated baton holder, Blackhawk hallagan tool, Blackhawk bolt cutter, Blackhawk thundersledge, Blackhawk entry tools backpack panel, Weapon gloved hand (1 pair), Suunto watch (yellow)

SHIELD: INTRUDER tactical shield (with LED dual lighting feature), AG10 button cell x 2
COMMUNICATION: Motorola SSE5000 radio, Motorola radio antenna, Thales speaker mic (with motorola radio connector), Speaker mic earphone
WEAPON: Glock19 9mm pistol, Glock19 9mm magazine x 3, Model 6004 ESU exclusive tactical holster (with magnetic flap cover), MP5A5 9mm sub-machine gun, Surefire MP5 fore grip tactical light, Aimpoint comp M4 red dot sight, MP5 9mm magazine x 4, MP5 3 point sling
PATCH SET: US flag embroidered velcro patch (subdued) x 2, “POLICE” embroidered velcro patch x 2, O POS NKDA embroidered flag velcro patch, “NYPD POLICE” embroidered velcro patch + Exclusive NYPD logo figure stand & name plate

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DID 1/6th scale ’90s LAPD SWAT “Kenny” 12-inch figure aka Keanu Reeves as Jack Traven in Speed posted HERE and HERE.
Full Action Figure Review of NYPD ESU “Bill Smith” 12-inch figure released by Dragon Models Limited (DML) in 1999 posted HERE
Dragon Models Limited (DML) 1/6th scale NYPD ESU “Winona” female action figure posted HERE

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Boutique Les Escaliers 2017-12-29 18:55:00

un bon bout d’an et une belle année 2018 à vous !
que je vous souhaite juste légère !!
Merci à vous pour votre “fidélité”..
Vivement le mois de Mars avec les jolies petites robes…
La boutique sera bien entendu fermée le dimanche 31 décembre, 
le lundi 1er janvier (attention pas de marché)
et le mardi 2
RDV donc le 3 janvier pour les ventes privées !

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Iron Man Mark 42 Life-Size Figure (2.1m / 7 ft) from Iron Man 3

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“I’ll be damned. The prodigal son returns.”

Are you ready to activate House Party Protocol in your collection? Sideshow is proud to present the Iron Man Mark 42 Life-Size Figure, based on Tony Stark’s sleek and vibrant suit from Iron Man 3.

Also known as the Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit or the Prodigal Son, the Mark XLII stands over 7 feet tall on an illuminated base, in a display worthy of the Hall of Armors. The fiberglass and plastic suit also includes light-up features in the eyes, palms, and arc reactor chest piece, allowing you to display the armor with an activated look.

The suit features a predominantly gold-colored design, with the trademark red and silver accents Iron Man is known for. With incredible, screen-accurate detailing and intricate armor construction, this collectible commands attention as one of Tony Stark’s more advanced and ambitious creations.

Upgrade your armor with the Iron Man Mark 42 Life-Size Figure, sure to be the centerpiece of any Marvel collection.

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