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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 22, 2016, 10:01 AM »
Agreed!  The battle damage on that Stormtrooper was pretty poorly done.  As for the lineup of Clone Troopers from ROTS?  I know that they're going to want to put that phase II Clone Trooper sculpt to work.  But getting 4 repaints of those Clones would be kind of lame considering how diverse the ROTS Clone Troopers were compared to their appearances in AOTC.  Here's my own personal wishlist:

-501st Clone Trooper
-Shock Trooper
-327th Star Corps trooper with kama (Felucia / Commander Bly's troops)
-Galactic Marines

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Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 21, 2016, 12:58 PM »
Yeah, for that added Children of the Corn effect.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:28 AM »
We have a new rumor about a 6" Black Series online exclusive.  It's reportedly going to be a REVENGE OF THE SITH Clone Trooper 4-pack, and will retail for $99.99.

Please pardon the quote for the smarmy commentary from JTA:

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(We know who the vendor is rumored to be, but we're deciding to keep it anonymous at the moment as to not steal their thunder should this rumor pan out.) Apparently this set will be packaged the same way as Amazon's Trooper 4-Pack with and will include "battle damage" paint applications. What's more, this set looks to be based on clones from Revenge Of The Sith and this might be called out on the packaging. (Could this be a set that includes a Shock Trooper, 501st Legion Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Trooper and a 41st Elite Corps Trooper?) The set is also rumored to be $99.99. We've also learned that orders will go up for pre-sale in October and supposedly be shipped out late October thru the holidays. As with any rumor we post, please take with a grain of salt until never confirmed by Hasbro.

IIRC, when Adam Pawlus was making the rounds to pump up anticipation of EE's astromech 6-pack exclusive, he also teased another upcoming exclusive multipack.  I get the sense that this may be just what Adam was talking about.  As for the specific Clone unit markings?  I think JTA is speculating, although those particular Clone units are some of the most high profile to choose from.

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Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:20 AM »
On a related note, has anyone bought the Star Wars Blueprints Classic Deathstar Deluxe Pack Building Kit?  I've seen it on Amazon and I saw it in TRU yesterday.  And since I'm now in the process of working on my collection room I'm thinking of possibly getting this piece for a ROTJ Throne Room duel diorama.

....Just without the ridiculous looking cardboard figures.   ;D


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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:15 AM »
Looks like BBTS has the new 3.75" Falcon from CIVIL WAR up for pre-order.  And it looks pretty cool!



I picked this up at TRU yesterday.  It's priced at $19.99 there and I had some rewards $$$, so it only cost me $16 after tax.  It looks pretty cool in person.  Much better than the WINTER SOLDIER version of Falcon, definitely.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:11 PM »
Oh, yes!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:10 PM »
...Hence the eye rolling smiley.

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Some of the first wave of ROGUE ONE themed BLACK SERIES 6" figures have leaked and there are some video reviews of those figures which have been posted to YouTube.  Check them out at the links below:
TFA22 - Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
TFA23 - Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
TFA24 - K-2SO
TFA25 - Imperial Death Trooperr


The (Eadu) notation with Cassian Andor makes me think that we have a third planet in the mix for ROGUE ONE.  We've already seen a good deal about Jedha, along with the tropical planet Scarif.  I think that Eadu is probably the name for the planet that was a location shoot in Iceland, with the volcanic rock surface.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 06:26 AM »
Does protection from radiation fall under life support?

Yes, but I was going the wee need to eat and breathe route.  In my project, I was able to counter radiation with shielding...even magnetic shields would work well.

The trick with increased shielding is the increased mass of the spacecraft.  Launch operations and general propulsion are intrinsically tied to the mass of the spacecraft.  A magnetic shield may be less massive than shield plating with a traditional material like lead, but could potentially interfere with onboard instrumentation. 

However, when you're talking about crew exposure to radiation and possible survival issues, the shielding becomes a very significant consideration.  Here's more on the study regarding the Apollo astronauts and their potentially unique health issues.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 06:10 AM »
Radiation is a very big consideration.  We're some 40 years on from the Apollo program, but something that has come to light with the Apollo astronauts is an increased incidence of heart disease.  And one of the major factors that researchers are pointing to is the cosmic radiation that the Apollo astronauts were exposed to since their flights to the moon took them beyond the Earth's magnetic field, which largely shields the planet from most of this radiation.

Cosmic radiation?  So then these guys are just starting to develop their super powers?  About time.



I'm sure people like Buzz Aldrin and Gene Cernan would much rather be able to burst into flames and fly rather than suffer from heart disease as a result of their space flights.  ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:55 AM »
This is actually Alex Morgan, who plays midfield for the US Soccer WNT










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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: August 19, 2016, 07:20 PM »
A whole bunch of ROGUE ONE items got listed for pre-order on Amazon earlier today.  But several of them were listed using some of the code names that we've previously seen on some ROGUE ONE rumor lists.  And sure enough, word got back to somebody at either Hasbro or Lucasfilm, because the listings got pulled.  Per SWAN, these were some of the items that got listed (and summarily pulled):

Black Series 6-inch Figures
◦Princess Leia
◦Shark Leader
◦Shark Trooper (Yellow)
◦Tertiary Hero Droid
◦Seal Seer
◦AT-ACT Driver
◦Seal Weaponizer
◦Sabine
◦Obi-Wan Kenobi (From A New Hope confirmation the SDCC figure will be released regularly, without the extra accessories)
◦and, the best, Darth Vader


Also up for order is the new, big, AT-ACT vehicle!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 19, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Right now the biggest problem getting to Mars is radiation.  Second biggest is protection from random debris.  Neither insurmountable, but both very difficult.  A space elevator would solve both pretty quickly.

Radiation is a very big consideration.  We're some 40 years on from the Apollo program, but something that has come to light with the Apollo astronauts is an increased incidence of heart disease.  And one of the major factors that researchers are pointing to is the cosmic radiation that the Apollo astronauts were exposed to since their flights to the moon took them beyond the Earth's magnetic field, which largely shields the planet from most of this radiation. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 19, 2016, 10:35 AM »
A spacecraft capable of travelling at 20% of lightspeed would have to be generations away.  Voyager I is about 11 billion miles out, and that's still in the Kuiper belt.  But a manned mission to another system?  Just being able to provision a spacecraft for that voyage would be an incredible feat.  And would it be possible to put a crew in some form of stasis/hibernation for the journey?  I would also think that navigating through interstellar space to a nearby system would be an unprecedented challenge, too.

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Jared Leto held a Q&A session recently and basically stated that he felt like he was tricked into playing the Joker in Suicide Squad.  He also went on to state that he shot enough footage for an entire movie, but the reality is that the Joker was only in Suicide Squad for some 15 minutes.

Just WTF is Warner Brothers/DC doing?  As much as I'd like some diversity in the realm of comic book films, I think that my strong feelings in favor of the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to be validated by the missteps of these other studios.  There's some really strong source material with DC, just as there is with X-Men and Fantastic Four.  But when it comes to translating these properties into film franchises, what the hell are these studios thinking?

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