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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Cancelled The Clone Wars Toys :(
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:27 PM »
I like the fact that some late Clone Wars offerings appear to be making their way into the Saga Legends line.  Especially the Jedi Temple Guardian. 

I get the sense that some of these figures may have already been in development before the plug was pulled on the Clone Wars animated series.  I hope that was the case because it might mean a little more articulation for those characters.

I think we're only going to know for certain about these figures when SDCC rolls around and we see some hard copies.  The poster only gave us a rundown of the characters.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:48 PM »
The new trailer has gotten me that much more interested in checking out this movie.  I have zero knowledge of the comic going into this, but the film definitely looks worth checking out.  I'm guessing that the shadowy figure was Ronan the Accuser.  No sign of Thanos, though.  Hmmmm.

I picked up a Ned Stark a few weeks back.  The likeness was better than I expected.  Ned is in his King's Landing gear.  I would've liked him to have his cloak.  Especially since Ned comes with both his regular sword as well as Ice, his great sword.

LOL!  It's almost three years since A Dance with Dragons was released.  Before that, it had been six years since A Feast for Crows was published.  And there was a five year gap between AFFC and the third book in the series, A Storm of Swords.

I think we may still be waiting a little while for The Winds of Winter.  Although I do get the sense that the HBO series may have lit a fire under George R.R. Martin's ass.  I do get the sense that TWoW is going to be released before the HBO series catches up with the books.  But I'm not as optimistic about that happening with A Dream of Spring.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 16, 2014, 02:15 PM »
He's either a twin or a clone.  Because Ward killed Eric Koenig at the first secret facility.  Skye discovered him because his blood was dripping down from the drop ceiling where Ward had hidden his body.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman/Batman
« on: May 15, 2014, 05:24 PM »
The new costume actually makes me think of Batman circa Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.  As for the Batmobile?  I had actually grown pretty fond of the Tumbler from the Nolan/Bale trilogy.  But a new car is fine.

The Original Trilogy / Re: 'From Star Wars to Jedi' Documentary
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:57 PM »
The Star Wars YouTube channel has posted two segments of From Star Wars to Jedi:  The Making of a Saga.  It's nice to see material like this coming officially from Lucasfilm. 



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:32 PM »
Pretty good resolution to the whole Garrett / Deathlok storyline.  Paxton was great in the role, both as the seasoned agent as well as that of the turncoat.  And when he took the drug?  He played the crazed angle well, too.

There was definitely something about Coulson when he was with Fury that was great.  It seemed to bring him back to that vibe he had in the MCU movies prior to the launch of the series.  And when he had the Destroyer gun?  That was just awesome!

There are definitely some significant hanging storylines.  The gravitonium, Ian Quinn and Rena are all still at large.  Ward's captivity is probably going to be an ongoing storyline as SHIELD interrogates him about Garrett and Hydra.  Skye's story is clearly something they want to explore.  And it seems as though May is going to need to continue to keep tabs on Coulson.  Oh, and all the while they need to focus on rebuilding SHIELD.

There are definitely some interesting places for the series to go.  And with Hydra set to be a factor in the upcoming Avengers - Age of Ultron?  I think that we're very likely to see another tie-in between Agents of SHIELD and that movie.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:45 PM »
Some characters that are links back to the OT would definitely be welcome.  The Mon Calamari were a big part of the Rebel fleet in ROTJ, and seeing that plot point continue would be interesting to see.  The thing that I'm concerned about?  Incorporating these elements so that they're present and relevant, but not shoehorning them in, thereby bogging down the movie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:35 PM »
It was great to finally see Braavos.  And the scene at the Iron Bank was fantastic for expanding on both Davos and Stannis.  Davos may have been a smuggler, but he's now representing himself well as the Hand of the King to a bank that's essentially the Goldman Sachs of it's time.  And he convinced them to bankroll Stannis.  It was cool to see Saladhor Saan again, too.  But I suspected that he would make his way back into the mix at some point.

The Meereen scenes are making more and more sense.  When I read the books I had a far more difficult time getting into the intrigue in Meereen, but the show is handling it pretty well.  Clearly, the dragons seem to be beyond Dany's control.  And that's almost certainly going to come into play later on.  As for Hizdhar Zo Loraq?  I think that scene played out well, but it seems as though he's trying to play on Dany's emotions and sense of justice.

The small council meeting was great.  The Red Viper's disdain for formality and kissing Tywin Lannister's ass was readily apparent.  And contrasting that against Mace Tyrell basically being Tywin's lapdog was pretty funny.  But I think the more important scene was clearly Jaime meeting with Tywin to bargain for Tyrion's life.  Jaime's path of redemption has been a great storyline.  And his loyalty to Tyrion is one of the only true and honest relationships in the entire series.  His willingness to leave the Kings Guard and agree to Tywin's demands in order to save Tyrion was a fantastic moment.

And then there was Shae.  The trial was absolutely a farce.  Especially Meryn Trant and Pycelle's testimony.  But Tyrion seemed prepared to go along with Jaime's plan until Shae took the stand.  And I could not blame him for letting loose on the sham that it was, and Cersei's clear attempts to draw him out with Shae.

Next week is going to be great!

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: May 11, 2014, 07:20 PM »
The standalone Wolverine movies had at least something in terms of figure offerings.  The first Wolverine movie's figure line was more wide ranging.  The second one, not so much.

Even the third X-Men movie, The Last Stand, didn't have much of a toy line.  But I do seem to recall a Juggernaut and Jean Grey from that movie that made their way into the Marvel Legends line.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: May 11, 2014, 03:38 PM »
Looks like there may be an (as of yet) unannounced wave of Legends on the way, with an X-Men theme:

The scan shows Stryfe, Magneto, Cyclops (Marvel NOW), Storm (Marvel NOW) and an unmasked Wolverine, with a Build a Figure Jubilee (which was shown earlier with a different wave, that was never released).

This post actually made me realize that there's no figure line based on the upcoming X-Men movie.  That's actually something of a big deal.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 9, 2014, 12:08 PM »
I've seen the one-shot.  I know that the Ben Kingsley character was a red herring.  I'm actually referring to the terrorist leader from the first Iron Man movie.  I've thought that HE would eventually become the real Mandarin.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 9, 2014, 10:36 AM »
The only Chinese monster that comes to mind is Fin Fang Foom.  And the Mandarin would be the other tie-in, there.  But based on the Iron Man story arc in the MCU and the Ten Rings, that doesn't seem quite as likely.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: May 8, 2014, 12:06 AM »
I don't know that it was really so random.  Over the past several years the output of Dark Horse and Del Rey publishing had been focused on certain projects, and deliberate cross-promotion was absolutely going on.  Comics and books were tying in to where film and television projects left off.  Video games were spun off into comic series and novels.  And post ROTJ EU had been somewhat scattershot at first.  But then it got more focused with novel series like the NJO.

I think that what's going to be coming up in print and video games will probably have a similar kind of focus that builds from tv and film projects.  I think that Disney is probably going to be more ruthlessly focused on cross-promotion.  But I don't think we should kid ourselves that it wasn't going on before.

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