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If you thought Jar Jar was bad... seriously, I wasn't pumped up for the TLJ after TFA, but this kind of stuff really makes me doubt the Lucasfilm to Disney move.
Is anybody else Star Wars tired, and especially merchandise? Everywhere you go, in every store there is at least something Star Wars around... drives me nut. I would love to go back to the early 90s, where the only way you could find star wars was a comic book store, garage sale. Maybe I'm getting old :) But I see my stores full of crap Star Wars. Many different scales of figures, from miniature to superlarge (who collects Jakk's size, what place do you need???), Star Wars on every possible game/food/bathroom stuff...

This post made me laugh. It's so true. I can go back to the late 80's and there was even less SW Stuff anywhere. It really hasn't let up for more than a few weeks since 1995. Ughhhhh!!!
 
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I feel the same way. It's come to the point where I've started to purge my collection and only keep what I absolutely want too. I have a variety of other interests that I haven't been able to really explore more of ever since I got into SW. As for the Last Jedi merch, nothing really interests me but I'll probably pick up the Luke and Rey figures.
 
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If you thought Jar Jar was bad... seriously, I wasn't pumped up for the TLJ after TFA, but this kind of stuff really makes me doubt the Lucasfilm to Disney move.
Is anybody else Star Wars tired, and especially merchandise? Everywhere you go, in every store there is at least something Star Wars around... drives me nut. I would love to go back to the early 90s, where the only way you could find star wars was a comic book store, garage sale. Maybe I'm getting old :) But I see my stores full of crap Star Wars. Many different scales of figures, from miniature to superlarge (who collects Jakk's size, what place do you need???), Star Wars on every possible game/food/bathroom stuff...
It really started with the Ewoks. SW essentially started film commercialism as we know it, now any and every summer blockbuster pretty much gets an action figure line. But the difference was that A New Hope and Empire, while having heavy marketed merchandise, the script to those films didn't include elements clearly included just to SHOWCASE up coming products. That began with Ewoks, where it's very clear they were introduced firstly to sell toys and only secondly to serve the story. That was the beginnings of tainting a script for sell-out levels of financial gain...

Then you cut to 1999, TPM's ideology was like Ewoks on steroids. The commercial levels of EP1 made Ewoks look almost tame. I remember not being able to escape the gaze of Darth Maul, from every department store to vending machine, his ugly visage was painted on it all. Then you saw the movie and he's in it for...what? 10 minutes, two lines of dialogue, and prematurely killed? I remember feeling robbed. The prequel ideology seemed to be less about scripting a good plot and more about shoving as many marketable prospects into the film as possible. Take Grievous: to me he's always been a blatant and shameless walking action figure concept. Someone came to Lucas, said "Hey, Darth Maul had a double-bladed lightsaber and everyone loved that! Well kids love giant robot cyborgs, give him four arms and FOUR lightsabers! We'll make a fortune on action figure royalties!" The very idea of four lightsabers, four arms, and robot just sounds like super deluxe action figure NOW available at Wal-Mart for ONLY $29.99! Then there's the obvious Jar Jar, Pod Racers, cartoony aspects...

For my money, I don't actually think Disney has been as bad as the prequels were. TFA was certainly beyond the originals as far as marketing campaign, but I do believe nothing in the script was blatantly sacrificed for the sake of sell, sell, sell! Rogue One was downright modest compared to TFA and especially the prequels. Nothing in there (IMO) reeked of obvious toy commercial ploy being included. I guess it's kind of harder to super merch. promote a film when every single character dies horribly though.

BB-8 was TFA's gimmick for toys, but I felt he was acceptable enough and served enough purpose to the plot to be forgiven for the "cute" factor. Then Disney pulled out the "P" card. The Porg is their Ewok. I'd say it's worse, but I haven't seen them in context yet so just going off of design. It's like they saw Pokemon Go is popular and decided to throw in some lost Pokemon. That's literally what it looks like to me. It makes me very...concerned. It's just shameless, there's just no denying its creation wasn't for the plot...it was to sell, sell, sell. The dreaded (as Joel Schumacher called it) "toyetics" of big-budget film-making. I'm fine with merchandising films, when I take issue is when it's done at the expense of telling a superior story and making what would or could have been a superior film.
 
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The Porg is their Ewok.
The Ewoks were more pivotal to the film whereas the Porg (as well as 'evil' BB-8) are not (IMO) since they fall into a category of characters that is strictly intended for emotional highlighting and/or balancing, something that very common in Disney's films. I may change judgment on that until I see the film, but until then...
 
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The Ewoks were more pivotal to the film whereas the Porg (as well as 'evil' BB-8) are not (IMO) since they fall into a category of characters that is strictly intended for emotional highlighting and/or balancing, something that very common in Disney's films. I may change judgment on that until I see the film, but until then...

Yeah you're absolutely right, the Ewoks were way better than this. They may have started the hardcore "toyetics" in SW, but like I said, they look downright subtle compared to some stuff they've done in the PT and ST. I'm in the same boat, I'm going to give the Porgs a chance...but I'm not hopeful. =P
 
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More to the point, the Ewoks were developed to convey a specific theme by Lucas including the look which was an anti-thesis to the original Wookiees form and made to look like the underdogs as he himself coined it. Characters like the Porg, BB-8 and even Chopper to some extent are designed to convey simple emotional responses not effecting the overall outcome of the film. As with Disney-type concepts, there is an highly inherent (though not entirely intended) kind of commercialism stemming out of that as well. :)
 
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Saw the little Porg and Chewie figure tonight at Walmart-(unopened case on the floor). Polly don't like that cracker!
 
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I'll wait for the movie regarding the creature, but the interactive toy does appear to be cheaply made.
 
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I tapped the belly of one of these at TRU yesterday. The extremely cutsey noise it makes leaves me feeling uneasy.
 
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My kids like this thing. Picked one up at FFII

Tapped by a Pixel XL
 
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I've come to refer to them as "Pamsters", I.e Penguin Hampsters.
 
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