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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread — Page 459

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Is there something unique about the generation that grew up with the original trilogy? There are exceptions to everything, but for the most part I don’t see older or younger people devoting as much time and disposable income to a movie, especially in the form of plastic figures, ships, and helmets to display on a shelf.

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I have no idea. My Star Wars was the original versions of the Star Wars trilogy, plus the EU pre Phantom Menace. I’m a Gen X fan.
I like the original characters and that original world and wanted it to continue. It never did beyond Return of the Jedi. Lucas was obsessed with the idea of the prequels to the point Luke was never revisited as a character.

The books i collected were all Post ROTJ Luke centric.

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NeverarGreat said:

https://imgur.com/gallery/ViBroKV

Interesting take on the Force.

Super interesting take. I also like the idea of the “dark side” being more of a reference to a Force-user tapping into knowledge that is hidden in the “dark” rather than it being dark=evil. While it ultimately leads to evil, that dark side isn’t inherently evil, necessarily.

The idea of the Force being malevolent is a fun idea, too. You could argue that it isn’t necessarily evil, though. It could just be a living thing trying to survive the only way it knows how to. To the Force, humans might be as inconsequential as bacteria are to us. But this is a great example of why I think the Force shouldn’t be explicitly explained too much, but storytellers should allow the characters in-universe to have a myriad of beliefs and opinions on the nature of the Force, and these differing views can be what leads to narrative conflict across the franchise. They brought up KOTOR 2, which is a great example of this idea. Kreia basically believes that the Force is malevolent, and she wants to destroy the Force. The game never states the she has the correct opinion, or anyone does, really, but you as the character have to choose what you believe in.

Damn. Makes me want to go back and play KOTOR 2.

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JadedSkywalker said:

I have no idea. My Star Wars was the original versions of the Star Wars trilogy, plus the EU pre Phantom Menace. I’m a Gen X fan.
I like the original characters and that original world and wanted it to continue. It never did beyond Return of the Jedi. Lucas was obsessed with the idea of the prequels to the point Luke was never revisited as a character.

The books i collected were all Post ROTJ Luke centric.

Do you like The Mandalorian?

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I like it. Would love to be able to own the Blu-Ray. I’d buy it as soon as it was available, the same for Clone Wars season 7 or the Lego Holiday Special, or the Original Original Trilogy.

I like physical releases and even digital ones i can own. Free of a subscription service.

I like the sequel movies as well even if i wish Luke and Leia had more to do and more screen time. I’m happy i got 25 years of Luke as the hero in the EU, and the passing of the torch to Rey was well done. Maybe it wasn’t George Lucas intention but i’m okay with that.

I like both aspects of Luke in Mando and Last Jedi. It shows that he is a character of depth he can be heroic and he can also be reflective and more spiritual. I adored the novelization of the last jedi it was great.

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Rodney-2187 said:

Is there something unique about the generation that grew up with the original trilogy? There are exceptions to everything, but for the most part I don’t see older or younger people devoting as much time and disposable income to a movie, especially in the form of plastic figures, ships, and helmets to display on a shelf.

I don’t think so. Do you follow any other fandoms or film franchises? I’m as much a Godzilla fan as I am Star Wars and there’s a very strong collector base in that group and they spend every bit as much (maybe more) as the typical Star Wars collector. And I know there’s also big collecting fanbases for Doctor Who, Star Trek, James Bond, Harry Potter, comics (marvel and DC) and on and on. And many of those groups span multiple generations going back to at least the baby boomers. And prior to pop culture there were collectors of many other things (art, antiquities, fossils, naturalists, etc.)

If anything, I think what’s unique these days is the large amount as well as the incredibly high quality of the items available. And that’s all driven by the demand, which seems to grow more and more every year.

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I agree on the generations of fans thing. My dad introduced me to Star Trek and Star Wars.

I introduced my nephew to Star Wars and James Bond, and Studio Ghibli. To Samurai movies and Japanese cinema. He loves Evangelion and Godzilla. My sister introduced my nieces to Disney Star Wars. The younger one is even more crazy about Star Wars than i am. I explained to them i like the OLD stuff before Disney and the prequels and they basically said i’m a fuddy duddy and a stick in the mud.

My niece loves Jar Jar, Ewoks and any BB-8 and any other thing that people seem to dislike about these movies. I still joke with my nephew over his fear of the blue elephant guy from Return of the Jedi, Max Rebo. He was afraid of him when he was little.

I’m also a fan of all those franchises mentioned by canofhumdingers except Harry Potter. I’d add in Gi Joe, Transformers, Voltron, and He-man. Though i haven’t collected those since i was a kid. I also amassed a collection of matchbox cars in the boxes. Collected Sports Cards and non Sports cards. And every video game system from the Atari 2600 up til Xbox 360 and Playstation 4. Except for Sega Saturn, or Mega drive, or Neo Geo.

I always wondered if my Grandma owning and operating a flea market and me having had all the star wars toys made up until before the release of Return of the Jedi, had anything to do with the collecting bug.

We used to go to ames to buy the transformers in the box and go to the comic shops, my grandma seemed to think there was going to be value in these as an investment. I’m not sure she was correct. Only certain collectibles end up being worth something.

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Lightsaber Appearances per Star Wars Movie

I made the graph based on this article plus some manual calculations for the sequel trilogy, using just scenes where a saber was active. I don’t have any idea about TROS though, if anyone would like to contribute a count for that one it would be most appreciated. 😃

Incidentally, the graph inversely correlates with my opinion of the films. A lightsaber percentage of 4 indicates a classic, 5 is acceptable, 6 is perhaps salvageable via fanedit, and anything above that is unsalvageable.

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