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@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.


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#421 SHIELD Agent 47

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 03:35 AM

So this week is the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. Woah, so much time has passed since then.

 

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:26 AM

I found this piece about the history of Star Wars being appropriated for political commentary (going back to the Reagan era). It is kind of distressing in some way.

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 22 May 2019 - 05:27 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2019 - 02:19 PM

So this week is the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. Woah, so much time has passed since then.

 

 

only 20 years has passed :p

 

and where are my prequel special editions??


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Posted 22 May 2019 - 03:31 PM

Weren't the prequels also edited after their original release? Like replacing the Yoda puppet with a CG model.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:12 PM

oh yeah. forgot about that. but that was only in ep 1


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:34 PM

So... I went to Star Wars: Galaxys Edge in Disneyland.

They had us queued just outside the land for about 15 minutes. While I was there I launched the Datapad App thats designed to help you interact with the land. I got notes for several quests - mostly finding and scanning details or vehicles. So I said sure, why not? And I accepted a quest to Run the diagnostics on the X-Wing. Cool.

Were let into the land on the Resistance side and low and behold, theres the full size X-Wing. So I stopped, and hacked the X-Wing which consisted of a little mini game where I connected some dots. Bading, X-Wing hacked! Yay.

Immediately the X-Wing lit up, started making engine sounds and blowing smoke out of the exhaust. My jaw dropped. I had done that.

That sets the entire tone for the land. I quickly found wandering about that I could also hack speeders and droids, intercept communication lines, or tag areas for the Resistance or First Order in an ongoing control game (Resistance won while I was there). Waking around seeing such a detailed place, with the sounds of ships flying overhead and such huge interactivity was amazing.

Which lead to the first stumbling block - my battery was low. By the end of my four hours it was almost out and I had to drastically scale back the awesome interactivity after about an hour. Have a full battery people.

The second stumbling block was unfortunate as it kinda soured my first hour there. I went to build
my own droid because A) Cheaper than a Lightsaber, B ) the lines were supposed to be short and most importantly, C) I could buy a little backpack to carry it around with me as I explored the land and could have it interact.

It took me an hour to get through the droid building experience. They sold out of several bits including the legs I wanted for the original color scheme I envisioned. But after 45 minutes of wait and 15 minutes of building, I plugged my droid into the startup (which is super cool) and had my new buddy.

And it was only then that I found out the backpacks had sold out yesterday. As that was literally the reason I wanted to build the droid first, that really soured me on the whole process.

So now having to carry this bulky droid box around, I kinda wandered around aimlessly, unable to interact with the land because my hands were full. The droid does react to stuff, but its hard to tell when youre carrying the box and cant hear him over the ambient noise.

Not knowing what else to do, I went shopping. Now if theres anything I can give top marks too, its the shopping experience. Yes, everything is expensive. But everything is amazing. You will not find a single Star Wars logo anywhere - everything you buy is in universe. And the products you get are fantastic. Even more amazing is the shopkeepers are in character. They refer to prices in credits and ask if you have any credit reduction plans. At the creature shop, they ask you to adopt the creatures and offer you cages and ask what you want to name them. At the Imperial shop when they asked about discounts, I said does my loyalty to the Emperor count and they completely played along with it (short answer: no). The cast always greets you with either Bright Suns! during the day or Rising Moons at night. Basically it was amazing. Although, while shopping I made mistake number 2: Never buy a Djarrik Gamebord until youre ready to leave. Good lord that was a pain to lug around.

So getting tired, I dropped off at the Docking Bay to eat some Shaak Shank. Basically a pot roast with pasta instead of potatoes. It was fine.

Rested up and seeing a small wait time for the Millennium Falcon ride, I went over there. The Pre Show is amazing, with a full size Hondo in all his Hondo glory, and rather hilarious too. After that, they hand you your job assignments and usher you into the Falcon waiting room which is fantastic. Be on the lookout for Porg Nests everywhere and press all the buttons. Then onto the ride itself!

The ride has a fatal flaw. You see, youre assigned the jobs - pilot, gunner and engineer - at random. But all jobs are not created equal. Or to put it another way, if your pilot is a 6 year old brat who doesnt know what he or she is doing, its going to wreck the experience for everyone else. And both of the two times I road (gunner both times), we had a 6 year old girl as a pilot. And heres the thing, piloting is hard enough as it is. Throw someone who doesnt know or care in and its a disaster. The second time we got way off track and spent a good chunk of it with nothing to shoot because we were nowhere near the target. So please parents, I dont care how much Timmy whines, stick him in the gunner or engineer spot because the experience will be better for everyone else. They can screw up without drastically affecting the others, but if you have a bad pair of pilots, youre sunk.

Otherwise the ride is pretty sweet. Particularly notable is that the screen is outside the cockpit which gives it this nice realism.

After my first falcon ride it was some more shopping, then a dinner snack at the Ronto roaster, which again was fine (but apparently didnt agree with me that night).

I went on the Falcon the second time after nightfall and then grabbed Blue Milk on the way out, and the best I can say is I didnt hate it.

Wow that review came across as much more negative than I intended it to be. But dont get me wrong, I had a great time, but its clear they need to get the kinks out of the system. But the overall experience - walking into the land and seeing everything so real, walking into Dok Ondars and seeing a cavalcade of obscure references, watching stormtroopers escort Kylo Ren down the street threatening people as they look for the Resistance Spy... its absolutely an amazing thing to see. But Id wait a year or two for the second ride and a slow day.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:47 PM

Well I guess the new viral news about Star wars is how much Tim Ross, costume actor for Admiral Akbar, felt disrespected by Rian.

 

I feel bad for the guy but as much as I dislike Rian I don't feel like what happened was done maliciously. Basically they had him reference the Akbar meme in costume declaring "It's a Wrap!" which he felt in conjunction with his character basically getting off screen killed without nary a mention of it was just too much disrespect. I also feel bad for the guy because he's getting a bunch of hate over speaking up about his emotions and how it upset him. I guess he felt like Akbar was a loved figure and people are just tweeting him about how his character was nothing but a meme and he's delusional to think he had anything else but a gag bit.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 04:23 PM

So... I went to Star Wars: Galaxys Edge in Disneyland.

They had us queued just outside the land for about 15 minutes. While I was there I launched the Datapad App thats designed to help you interact with the land. I got notes for several quests - mostly finding and scanning details or vehicles. So I said sure, why not? And I accepted a quest to Run the diagnostics on the X-Wing. Cool.

Were let into the land on the Resistance side and low and behold, theres the full size X-Wing. So I stopped, and hacked the X-Wing which consisted of a little mini game where I connected some dots. Bading, X-Wing hacked! Yay.

Immediately the X-Wing lit up, started making engine sounds and blowing smoke out of the exhaust. My jaw dropped. I had done that.

That sets the entire tone for the land. I quickly found wandering about that I could also hack speeders and droids, intercept communication lines, or tag areas for the Resistance or First Order in an ongoing control game (Resistance won while I was there). Waking around seeing such a detailed place, with the sounds of ships flying overhead and such huge interactivity was amazing.

Which lead to the first stumbling block - my battery was low. By the end of my four hours it was almost out and I had to drastically scale back the awesome interactivity after about an hour. Have a full battery people.

The second stumbling block was unfortunate as it kinda soured my first hour there. I went to build
my own droid because A) Cheaper than a Lightsaber, B ) the lines were supposed to be short and most importantly, C) I could buy a little backpack to carry it around with me as I explored the land and could have it interact.

It took me an hour to get through the droid building experience. They sold out of several bits including the legs I wanted for the original color scheme I envisioned. But after 45 minutes of wait and 15 minutes of building, I plugged my droid into the startup (which is super cool) and had my new buddy.

And it was only then that I found out the backpacks had sold out yesterday. As that was literally the reason I wanted to build the droid first, that really soured me on the whole process.

So now having to carry this bulky droid box around, I kinda wandered around aimlessly, unable to interact with the land because my hands were full. The droid does react to stuff, but its hard to tell when youre carrying the box and cant hear him over the ambient noise.

Not knowing what else to do, I went shopping. Now if theres anything I can give top marks too, its the shopping experience. Yes, everything is expensive. But everything is amazing. You will not find a single Star Wars logo anywhere - everything you buy is in universe. And the products you get are fantastic. Even more amazing is the shopkeepers are in character. They refer to prices in credits and ask if you have any credit reduction plans. At the creature shop, they ask you to adopt the creatures and offer you cages and ask what you want to name them. At the Imperial shop when they asked about discounts, I said does my loyalty to the Emperor count and they completely played along with it (short answer: no). The cast always greets you with either Bright Suns! during the day or Rising Moons at night. Basically it was amazing. Although, while shopping I made mistake number 2: Never buy a Djarrik Gamebord until youre ready to leave. Good lord that was a pain to lug around.

So getting tired, I dropped off at the Docking Bay to eat some Shaak Shank. Basically a pot roast with pasta instead of potatoes. It was fine.

Rested up and seeing a small wait time for the Millennium Falcon ride, I went over there. The Pre Show is amazing, with a full size Hondo in all his Hondo glory, and rather hilarious too. After that, they hand you your job assignments and usher you into the Falcon waiting room which is fantastic. Be on the lookout for Porg Nests everywhere and press all the buttons. Then onto the ride itself!

The ride has a fatal flaw. You see, youre assigned the jobs - pilot, gunner and engineer - at random. But all jobs are not created equal. Or to put it another way, if your pilot is a 6 year old brat who doesnt know what he or she is doing, its going to wreck the experience for everyone else. And both of the two times I road (gunner both times), we had a 6 year old girl as a pilot. And heres the thing, piloting is hard enough as it is. Throw someone who doesnt know or care in and its a disaster. The second time we got way off track and spent a good chunk of it with nothing to shoot because we were nowhere near the target. So please parents, I dont care how much Timmy whines, stick him in the gunner or engineer spot because the experience will be better for everyone else. They can screw up without drastically affecting the others, but if you have a bad pair of pilots, youre sunk.

Otherwise the ride is pretty sweet. Particularly notable is that the screen is outside the cockpit which gives it this nice realism.

After my first falcon ride it was some more shopping, then a dinner snack at the Ronto roaster, which again was fine (but apparently didnt agree with me that night).

I went on the Falcon the second time after nightfall and then grabbed Blue Milk on the way out, and the best I can say is I didnt hate it.

Wow that review came across as much more negative than I intended it to be. But dont get me wrong, I had a great time, but its clear they need to get the kinks out of the system. But the overall experience - walking into the land and seeing everything so real, walking into Dok Ondars and seeing a cavalcade of obscure references, watching stormtroopers escort Kylo Ren down the street threatening people as they look for the Resistance Spy... its absolutely an amazing thing to see. But Id wait a year or two for the second ride and a slow day.


From the sounds of the falcon ride, it's pretty much a high end gaming experience? If so seems like it needs adaptive ai that if the pilots arnt anywhere near the objective it gets more restrictive on there controls, to make it more of a rail shooter.
I finally got rid of that big white box.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:13 PM

Hey Fwiffo, how easy would you say it is to buy yellow or white kyber crystals? I've seen videos with large displays of Blue/Green and Red ones at Dok Ondar's but have yet to see white or yellow (and violet too I guess).

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:30 PM

Hey Fwiffo, how easy would you say it is to buy yellow or white kyber crystals? I've seen videos with large displays of Blue/Green and Red ones at Dok Ondar's but have yet to see white or yellow (and violet too I guess).

The colors are hidden. Theyre sold in this little opaque tube.

I dont believe those colors are available at Savvis Lightsaber Experiencd.

So... I went to Star Wars: Galaxys Edge in Disneyland.

They had us queued just outside the land for about 15 minutes. While I was there I launched the Datapad App thats designed to help you interact with the land. I got notes for several quests - mostly finding and scanning details or vehicles. So I said sure, why not? And I accepted a quest to Run the diagnostics on the X-Wing. Cool.

Were let into the land on the Resistance side and low and behold, theres the full size X-Wing. So I stopped, and hacked the X-Wing which consisted of a little mini game where I connected some dots. Bading, X-Wing hacked! Yay.

Immediately the X-Wing lit up, started making engine sounds and blowing smoke out of the exhaust. My jaw dropped. I had done that.

That sets the entire tone for the land. I quickly found wandering about that I could also hack speeders and droids, intercept communication lines, or tag areas for the Resistance or First Order in an ongoing control game (Resistance won while I was there). Waking around seeing such a detailed place, with the sounds of ships flying overhead and such huge interactivity was amazing.

Which lead to the first stumbling block - my battery was low. By the end of my four hours it was almost out and I had to drastically scale back the awesome interactivity after about an hour. Have a full battery people.

The second stumbling block was unfortunate as it kinda soured my first hour there. I went to build
my own droid because A) Cheaper than a Lightsaber, B ) the lines were supposed to be short and most importantly, C) I could buy a little backpack to carry it around with me as I explored the land and could have it interact.

It took me an hour to get through the droid building experience. They sold out of several bits including the legs I wanted for the original color scheme I envisioned. But after 45 minutes of wait and 15 minutes of building, I plugged my droid into the startup (which is super cool) and had my new buddy.

And it was only then that I found out the backpacks had sold out yesterday. As that was literally the reason I wanted to build the droid first, that really soured me on the whole process.

So now having to carry this bulky droid box around, I kinda wandered around aimlessly, unable to interact with the land because my hands were full. The droid does react to stuff, but its hard to tell when youre carrying the box and cant hear him over the ambient noise.

Not knowing what else to do, I went shopping. Now if theres anything I can give top marks too, its the shopping experience. Yes, everything is expensive. But everything is amazing. You will not find a single Star Wars logo anywhere - everything you buy is in universe. And the products you get are fantastic. Even more amazing is the shopkeepers are in character. They refer to prices in credits and ask if you have any credit reduction plans. At the creature shop, they ask you to adopt the creatures and offer you cages and ask what you want to name them. At the Imperial shop when they asked about discounts, I said does my loyalty to the Emperor count and they completely played along with it (short answer: no). The cast always greets you with either Bright Suns! during the day or Rising Moons at night. Basically it was amazing. Although, while shopping I made mistake number 2: Never buy a Djarrik Gamebord until youre ready to leave. Good lord that was a pain to lug around.

So getting tired, I dropped off at the Docking Bay to eat some Shaak Shank. Basically a pot roast with pasta instead of potatoes. It was fine.

Rested up and seeing a small wait time for the Millennium Falcon ride, I went over there. The Pre Show is amazing, with a full size Hondo in all his Hondo glory, and rather hilarious too. After that, they hand you your job assignments and usher you into the Falcon waiting room which is fantastic. Be on the lookout for Porg Nests everywhere and press all the buttons. Then onto the ride itself!

The ride has a fatal flaw. You see, youre assigned the jobs - pilot, gunner and engineer - at random. But all jobs are not created equal. Or to put it another way, if your pilot is a 6 year old brat who doesnt know what he or she is doing, its going to wreck the experience for everyone else. And both of the two times I road (gunner both times), we had a 6 year old girl as a pilot. And heres the thing, piloting is hard enough as it is. Throw someone who doesnt know or care in and its a disaster. The second time we got way off track and spent a good chunk of it with nothing to shoot because we were nowhere near the target. So please parents, I dont care how much Timmy whines, stick him in the gunner or engineer spot because the experience will be better for everyone else. They can screw up without drastically affecting the others, but if you have a bad pair of pilots, youre sunk.

Otherwise the ride is pretty sweet. Particularly notable is that the screen is outside the cockpit which gives it this nice realism.

After my first falcon ride it was some more shopping, then a dinner snack at the Ronto roaster, which again was fine (but apparently didnt agree with me that night).

I went on the Falcon the second time after nightfall and then grabbed Blue Milk on the way out, and the best I can say is I didnt hate it.

Wow that review came across as much more negative than I intended it to be. But dont get me wrong, I had a great time, but its clear they need to get the kinks out of the system. But the overall experience - walking into the land and seeing everything so real, walking into Dok Ondars and seeing a cavalcade of obscure references, watching stormtroopers escort Kylo Ren down the street threatening people as they look for the Resistance Spy... its absolutely an amazing thing to see. But Id wait a year or two for the second ride and a slow day.

From the sounds of the falcon ride, it's pretty much a high end gaming experience? If so seems like it needs adaptive ai that if the pilots arnt anywhere near the objective it gets more restrictive on there controls, to make it more of a rail shooter.
It already is on the rails.

But imagine playing star fox with your Arwing stuck in a corner.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:44 PM

So you mean like any Star Fox level that isn't All Range mode?


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:47 PM

Well I guess the new viral news about Star wars is how much Tim Ross, costume actor for Admiral Akbar, felt disrespected by Rian.

 

I feel bad for the guy but as much as I dislike Rian I don't feel like what happened was done maliciously. Basically they had him reference the Akbar meme in costume declaring "It's a Wrap!" which he felt in conjunction with his character basically getting off screen killed without nary a mention of it was just too much disrespect. I also feel bad for the guy because he's getting a bunch of hate over speaking up about his emotions and how it upset him. I guess he felt like Akbar was a loved figure and people are just tweeting him about how his character was nothing but a meme and he's delusional to think he had anything else but a gag bit.

 

That just goes to show how poorly Star Wars is being handled right now, clearly Rian Johnson wasn't fit to write the film's script on top of directing it. I feel bad for that actor, he had one of the best quotes from the original saga and then in the sequel saga, they simply shove all of the legacy characters they should be respecting out the nearest airlock in favor of their new characters that no one likes currently without a real passing of the torch story. I believe the sequel saga could of been something great, if they had handled it correctly, but sadly that is not the case.


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:26 PM

Glad you had a good time Fwiff. I hope to go myself soon.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:29 PM

Hey Fwiffo, how easy would you say it is to buy yellow or white kyber crystals? I've seen videos with large displays of Blue/Green and Red ones at Dok Ondar's but have yet to see white or yellow (and violet too I guess).

The colors are hidden. Theyre sold in this little opaque tube.

I dont believe those colors are available at Savvis Lightsaber Experiencd.

Yeah. I saw a vid where a guy brought in his own yellow crystal and they wouldn't let him use it.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:31 PM

With the Falcon ride, it does appear to have a wide berth in terms of space around the "level".  I recall that the original art was more "canonical" with only 4 seats, instead of 6.  I can't help but wonder how the ride might be retooled for Disney World, which has a LOT more space to play with.  Several of rides were enlarged or retooled when they made the transition to WDW from DL and vice versa (Splash Mountain in DL has only single rider slots, those are 4 rider seats at WDW).  I wonder if Disney Land got a 6 seat version to accommodate the higher crowds and more compact space they had to work with.

 

It will be interesting to see how the rides compare when wDW's Galaxy's Edge opens in August.  I'm personally waiting until 2021 so I can hit the Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy rides at Epcot and the Tron coaster at Magic Kingdom.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:33 PM

 

 

Hey Fwiffo, how easy would you say it is to buy yellow or white kyber crystals? I've seen videos with large displays of Blue/Green and Red ones at Dok Ondar's but have yet to see white or yellow (and violet too I guess).

The colors are hidden. Theyre sold in this little opaque tube.

I dont believe those colors are available at Savvis Lightsaber Experiencd.

Yeah. I saw a vid where a guy brought in his own yellow crystal and they wouldn't let him use it.

 

Probably related to the lightsaber elements themselves.  They probably don't have yellow or "white" blades to use with that color of crystal.

 

Which is a touch baffling because Ashoka Tano established "white" as a canonical color.


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:53 PM

Thanks for posting about your experiences!  I have been watching Youtube videos showing various parts of the park, and while I have soured on everything Star Wars, this makes me kind of want to go.  Total immersion is the key here.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:56 PM

 

 

Hey Fwiffo, how easy would you say it is to buy yellow or white kyber crystals? I've seen videos with large displays of Blue/Green and Red ones at Dok Ondar's but have yet to see white or yellow (and violet too I guess).

The colors are hidden. Theyre sold in this little opaque tube.

I dont believe those colors are available at Savvis Lightsaber Experiencd.
Yeah. I saw a vid where a guy brought in his own yellow crystal and they wouldn't let him use it.
 
Probably related to the lightsaber elements themselves.  They probably don't have yellow or "white" blades to use with that color of crystal.
 
Which is a touch baffling because Ashoka Tano established "white" as a canonical color.

The blades actually change color and sounds depending on the cristal inserted. Not sure why they wouldnt let him use his own - he can replace it later I guess.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:01 PM

I imagine it was to maintain the experience for everyone involved. But yes, the color of the inserted crystal affects the color of the blade aside from the rare black crystal ( 1 in 100 chance finding one in a Red crystal package instead, rumored to still produce a red blade)

I kinda dig the holocron compatibility with the crystals as well. It seems they have different cuts but which character is programmed into it isnt dictated by the cut of the crystal. Saw a guy test 2 white crystals with different designs but both were Maz unstead of Ahsoka like he was expecting.

EDIT: It may have been 2 yellows. And white ended up being Chirrut Imwe. Ive been binging Build a Saber vids and may have forgotten...

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 08:17 AM

The black crystal is confirmed to be a chaser that you can get in a red package, seen some videos of it it.  And yeah standard red beam, so it just does not seem worth the effort to track one down, though it does apparently have a different holocron, I heard it was Snoke, but no confirmation on that.

 

Now for people interested in white and yellow, you can buy them separately at Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities.  They likely did it this way because yellow and white are a lot more obscure as colors go, unlike the standard three, plus purple, that were visible in the films.

 

Sadly no orange kyber crystal is available at the moment.

 

For those interested in seeing what all the colors look like, watch this video, this guy managed to show all off, minus black.

 

 

I am going to be headed to Galaxy's Edge next mid May at WDW.  Really looking forward to it, and with such a big lead time, I can easily save away for all the merchandise I want.  Also helps that Hasbro is putting out such bland TF product right now I can easily allocate the money I would have spent on that for this.





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