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I was able to get a second Hovertank Trooper this morning.  And I think 2 x 6" figures like that will do when it comes to any kind of army building for me.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 27, 2016, 09:26 AM »
Seriously?  They're already taking a break this season?

Managed to find a single TRU exclusive Hovertank Trooper just now.  I get the feeling that some more are going to turn up in significant numbers, but these really seem to be scarce right now. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 25, 2016, 08:15 PM »
I agree that there's been a lot of divergences with both movie universes.  With the Avengers, the bones of the original team were largely there with the original members:  Cap, Thor, Hulk & Iron Man.  The SHIELD angle is something that came from the Ultimate universe, so I kind of can deal with that take on the story.  As for Ultron, Vision, Pym, et al?  I can see the concerns.

The X-Men films started with something of a hodge-podge team that was more of a composite of the team over the years rather than something that was true to the books.  Cyclops and Jean Grey were the only original members on the team.  Storm was with the 3rd wave that came in during Giant Sized X-Men, as was Wolverine.  Iceman was a younger student at the school and not a member of the team, and there was no presence of Angel or Beast until the 3rd film.  Say what you will, but the original X-Men team actually had some decent stories.  And they also began to incorporate characters like Banshee, Polaris, Havok and Magneto well before Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Colossus ever made it into any books.  Could that original team have carried a movie or two before introducing the Giant Sized X-Men team?  It all would have depended on multiple factors:  the director, script and cast.  But if you did that I could imagine the fan outcry:  where's Wolverine?  And I think that Fox wanted to make sure that he was in the mix from the get-go purely from a marketing standpoint.

But what about the possibility of building a universe?  I don't think that Fox really had the foresight to see it through.  But imagine two 'First Class' sort of films that might have led up to a third movie that would finally introduce the Storm/Wolverine/Colossus/Nightcrawler, etc team?  That could have been something great.  And then you could potentially get another few films after that with the Phoenix saga, DoFP, and maybe eventually Apocalypse without it being such a ******* mess.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:11 AM »
I almost think that this past week's episode was a little bit of an exercise in tying up some loose ends.  I remember towards the end of the CLONE WARS run when Dooku introduced the Super Tactical Droid Kalani.  But I don't think the series was ever able to delve into the character at all.  Seeing Rex back in action with the Jedi against a droid army?  It seemed just like old times for him.

But looking ahead to the next episode?  Check out this clip from this coming Saturday's  episode:  "Imperial Supercommandos".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 24, 2016, 08:08 PM »
Hopefully no time travel. Curious how the X-Men died...yes, every comic reader has said how it happened there, but this isn't a direct adaptation.

Engineered virus maybe?

What in the Fox X-verse actually has been a direct adaptation?  The Phoenix story?  Nope.  Days of Future Past?  Uh, no.  Wolverine limited series (4 issue Japan story arc)/ The Wolverine?  Again, no. 

Granted, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn't been completely faithful to all of their source material.  But the guidelines have been there in a lot of the origin stories.  Iron Man's story was adapted to the present day.  The Captain America origin was very faithful.  But the way Bryan Singer has steered a lot of these stories has been a huge stretch.  And I've had a very tough time with how these X-Men films have diverged from some amazing source material.

JTA reports that this set has been found at multiple stores on the east coast.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 2
« on: October 23, 2016, 06:42 PM »
Today I found ALMOST all of wave 2 in a Target store, except for Director Krennic.  I only picked up Jyn Erso (Jedha), Chirrut Imwe and Cassian Andor (Eadu) for the time being.  I just was not enthused about Vader.  And I've got some Amazon credit that I wanted to use towards the other figures in the wave.

The paint apps on Jyn's hairline seemed to be a bit of a thing, at least with the 3 that I saw hanging on the pegs.

Rogue One / Re: TRU Exclusive TFA 3.75" Battle Figure 6-Pack
« on: October 23, 2016, 06:39 PM »
I saw the set in the store today.  And yeah, I just cannot justify this set considering I have everything in it already.  It's still curious about why they went with the Armor-Up version of Kylo Ren.  There's no way to tell (without ripping the pack open) if Poe Dameron comes with his helmet.  And again the Riot Control Stormtrooper gets packed in with a bunch of figures that you already own.


Gamestop (and ThinkGeek storefronts) have the First Order TIE Fighter for $49.97.  I saw one at the ThinkGeek location near me.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 22, 2016, 01:57 PM »
I found some Japanese model sets that look like they might make for a good non-Imperial starship interior:

hanger arm mounts
Mechanical Chain Base A
Machanical Chain Base B
System Base
H Hanger Octagon (Gray)

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: October 21, 2016, 05:15 PM »
Hello, what have we here?

Why, it's Donald Glover, who has been cast as the young version of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Anthology film!

Films // OCTOBER 21, 2016

Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian in Upcoming Han Solo Star Wars Stand-Alone Film

The smooth-talking smuggler is coming back to the big screen.

Hello, what have we here?

Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the show Community, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.

I picked up a second 6" Black Series Death Trooper from Amazon.  At the $15.99 price it was tough to pass up.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 21, 2016, 08:50 AM »
I've seen some reports that this exclusive version of C-3PO is already showing up in Canada, but at EB Games stores.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 21, 2016, 07:49 AM »
Yeah seriously, the Rebel Command Center?  Hmmm...  ok.  To each their own on that one I guess. :)

I probably had the most fun with the Ewok set when I was young, or the Imperial Attack Base.  Those were pretty good.  But GI Joe had the best.  The Terror Drome and Joe Base were the knockers.


I never got the Rebel Command Center, or the Hoth Ice Planet set that used the same base.  I did have the Land of the Jawas playset which had the original incarnation of this base.  and I always liked the cardboard Sandcrawler along with the escape pod accessories.  The Imperial Attack Base was pretty awesome.  That one holds up really well. 

GI Joe really did have some of the best playsets, though.  I had the Joe base as well as the Tactical battle platform.  I wasn't lucky enough to get the Flagg, the Terror Drome or the Defiant Shuttle launch base.  And those pieces were probably the ultimate playsets!

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