The new Star Wars game is neither a multiplayer game with a token campaign mode, nor made of Lego. It is a single-player game with a (hopefully) compelling story. I just hope it is as good as it looks.
Rogue One excels in doing what it was meant to do: expand the Star Wars universe by telling the same story from a different angle, adding context to give more meaning to later events in the timeline. While it is a powerful film in its own right, it doesn't overshadow the saga films, but I would argue that it wasn't meant to and while it was basically free from the shackles of the saga films, it doesn't wander too far.
The Star Wars needs a compelling villain, not just Vader and Sidious wannabes. Someone who's not a Jedi or Sith, but is brilliant enough to outwit the good guys, while being decisive in his strategies. That villain has come.
Hasbro's been really trying to improve their offerings lately. Putting out the first Rogue One action figure ever is a good opportunity to gain ground lost to Figuarts and MAFEX. Unless those decide to release as well.
Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars spin-off films, and this early you can see that it is aiming to be the most un-Star Wars of all Star Wars movies. Darker than Revenge of the Sith? Check. More death and destruction? Check. No Jedi? Check. Darth Vader kills every one of them in the end? A big maybe.
The Star Wars line of SH Figuarts is taking its sweet time with their releases. Which is a good thing, because it allows my wallet to recover in time for the next one.
Notwithstanding the current criticisms on how it currently handles the Star Wars license especially in the face of fierce competition by SH Figuarts and MAFEX, Hasbro still deserves the credit for keeping Star Wars toy collecting alive. Now, all they need to do is get their shit together....