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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 6, 2014, 04:55 PM »
As crazy as this may sound, I think that's the best MH has looked in years.

From what I understand he's been working with a trainer for well over a year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 6, 2014, 01:52 PM »
Yeah, this thread it chocked full of spoilers.  So tread carefully.

Some great resource to check out are actually in the DVD and Blu Ray extras.  Those are the Complete Histories & Lore of Westeros.  They cover a lot of the history that's referenced throughout the show, and it helps to fill in a lot of the blanks.  If you don't want to watch them on the DVD one by one, a number of YouTube users have compiled all of those clips into full hour plus long presentations.  And those are pretty good for getting a grasp of the broader world of Westeros.  You can check out the first one HERE.  A lot of what it touches on revolves around Robert's Rebellion, the Targaryen dynasty and the histories of the great Houses of Westeros.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 5, 2014, 04:50 PM »
Qui-Gon opened Anakin's eyes to the fact that he was gifted in The Force.  That in addition to freeing him from slavery were the biggest turning points in Anakins life at that point in time.  But the more important thing to keep in mind is that Qui-Gon is part of the recurring theme of loss.

Back on topic...

I just watched Star Trek - Into Darkness via Amazon Prime.  I don't think that it's necessarily appropriate to draw parallels between this movie and Star Trek 2 - The Wrath of Khan.  This story seems to be more in line time-wise with the discovery of Khan and the Botany Bay crew from the original series.  Beyond that, I saw it as a pure popcorn movie.  It started to get into some themes we saw in the original series based films, like the war mongering elements from within the Federation and the unknowns of the Klingons.

Still, there were things that stuck out and bothered me.  The "cold fusion" bomb?  And a Federation incursion into Klingon space all the way to Kronos?  I'm also more than a little annoyed by Kirk's quick ascendance from Cadet to Captain.  From a story standpoint I'm having a problem with that.  And Kirk's revival was a little bit of a stretch in terms of suspending my disbelief.  Plus, the whole sequence leading up to that seemed more than a little unoriginal.  I can see that given where the Trek reboot has taken us would probably lead to some parallel things happening.  But again we're looking at a story that probably should have been based more on "Space Seed" than on ST2-TWOK.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 5, 2014, 09:37 AM »
Disagree.  Qui-Gon was a father figure for Anakin.  If we learned anything about Anakin's journey, it's that he suffers continued loss.  His first loss is leaving home, albeit as a freed slave.  But then he loses his mentor, Qui-Gon, when he is killed by Darth Maul.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 3, 2014, 07:33 PM »
I saw someone bringing up the topic of Dr. Strange and mentioning Johnny Depp as the possible lead.  From a purely physical standpoint I think he would fit with the bill for the character.  And since he's done all of those Pirates of the Carribean films, he does have a relationship with Disney.  Do you think they'd try casting him in this role?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 3, 2014, 06:45 PM »
It looks like a Dr. Strange movie is now in the works.  Scott Derrickson, who also directed Sinister and The Day The Earth Stood Still has been named as the director.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: June 3, 2014, 03:29 PM »
I can't say that I would blame Marvel / Disney / Marvel Studios for trying to undermine Fox and what may be another abyssmal film that's really just an attempt to cash in and hang on to movie rights.  I would be surprised if there are any clauses or conditions in Fox's film options regarding the continued publication of the books their movies are based upon.

If the past few years have shown comic fans anything, it's that Marvel has proven to be much better stewards of their content when it comes to translating those properties to film.  And in light of the previous 2 FF movies and the lackluster fan response to the Spiderman reboots, perhaps Marvel / Disney / Marvel Studios is looking to bring some of these properties home where they'll be treated with the respect they deserve.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 01:58 PM »
Indeed, along with the warthog/dewback creature.  For me, seeing an under construction Falcon makes this seem very real now.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 01:47 PM »
More set pics, featuring an under construction Millenium Falcon.  I would guess that these might be from Pinewood in the UK.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 3, 2014, 01:16 PM »
If only they had Bunny from Platoon there to comment about the outcome of the Red Viper's duel with the Mountain....

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 10:50 AM »
I agree on the over-thinking.  If they wanted to go for a different sort of desert location, I imagine they would have sought out a very different sort of landscape.  Geonosis was a desert planet too, but I think it had it's own character that was much more like some of the Southwestern deserts like you would see in places like Arizona or Utah.  But this location very much says Tatooine to me.

Some of the coloring does seem a little different.  But perhaps that's the difference between shooting in Abu Dhabi versus Tunisia?  It's certainly worth noting that JJ Abrams has some history with shooting one of the Mission Impossible films in Abu Dhabi, and it's probably a safe location.  Perhaps safer than Tunisia.  Yeah, Tunisia has been one of the historic locations for most of the Tatooine exteriors.  But following the change in the Tunisian government as a result of the revolution that began there in 2010, I imagine that film production there is more of a dicey proposition.  When you're talking about a production with the scope of Episode VII, I think that the studio wants to make sure that the shoot location is safe.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 3, 2014, 10:38 AM »
I did a comparison between the YN image and the K-Mart Imperial Officer.  They're pretty much identical.  The face sculpt and the rank badge are the real tell-tales here.  And they both matched when I compared them.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 2, 2014, 11:38 PM »
Yeah....  After Ned got beheaded, it was pretty clear that NOBODY was safe.  EVER.

That being said, do I think that George R.R. Martin has a plan for certain characters?  Yeah.  But I also think he's fully prepared to bury more than a few main characters before we get to the end.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 2, 2014, 11:15 PM »
Did the Mountain die?  Got stabbed but did he die?  I assume that would be answered next week but couldn't tell this week.

The Red Viper got in a few cuts with his spear.  And he definitely drove the spear into the Mountain's body.  The Mountain was most certainly not dead at the end of the episode, but he's definitely in bad shape.  His eventual fate is very likely going to get expanded upon down the line.  But in the interest of keeping the discussion spoiler free I'll leave it at that.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 2, 2014, 11:10 PM »
Let's fix one thing first here...

Of course you are entitled to your own opinion.  And likewise, the rest of us are I AM entitled to disagree with you

After the discussion here, and via PM, I went back and clarified the post to avoid any additional confusion. Again, FWIW, I'll state that absolutely ZERO attempt was made to deceive anyone. We posted links to YN story on May 23, RS developing story on May 28, "All of a sudden" (i.e. 2 days later) Justin posted his mockup/what if image on Facebook ONLY - not our front page. I'm clearly not understanding the vitriol about it.

That being said, I'm no journalist, nor do I pretend to be one but I am responsible for the content on our site and social media channels and stand by our method(s) of reporting as flawed as they may be.

Anyway, how 'bout those TBS figures? I'm not convinced that the Endor set is all repacks. Something about that Imperial Officer looks "just different enough to make you madô*".

*Credit Adam Pawlus, EntertaimentEarth, Galactic Hunter,

Thanks for chiming in here publically, Jay.  I know we had our private dialogue, but I think it's important that some of this is aired in an open forum.

FWIW, I hold YF in high esteem.  The site has a long history in the online SW collecting community and is one of only a few "Legacy" sites that have been consistent, reliable sources of info.  And my criticism here isn't an exercise in breaking balls.  It's really more about concern for the credibility of a site that's been around at least as long as I've been online as a collector.

Frankly, I think that we should be having MORE discussions like this in an effort to keep everyone in the community honest.  Several years ago there was a push for more sites to openly acknowledge sponsor communications that were being relayed on their front pages to readers.  The community seemed to adapt to the idea and move forward.

That being said, there is an inherent responsibility that comes along with operating and writing for a SW collecting site.  Why?  Well, we all know that Hasbro and other Star Wars licensees aren't always forthcoming with information.  And the collecting sites have served to fill in a lot of the blanks for collectors in the U.S. and internationally.  As such a lot of collectors depend on these sites for information.  Many collectors get involved in working for sites for the fun of it and their love of collecting.  But they are also taking on a responsibility to their fellow collectors.  The attention, perks and profile that a collecting site draws comes with an obligation to provide good information in a clear manner.  Sorry, but that's part of the deal.

I absolutely appreciate the effort to clarify those Facebook posts, Jay.  Thanks for doing that.  As the largest social networking site in the world, the impact of posts on Facebook should not be discounted.   Generating interest in discussion forums is a good thing.  But it should be done in such a way that's clear to the reader.

As for the Endor pack?  I think Adam is wrong on the Imperial Officer.  I think it's a straight-up reissue of the figure from the K-Mart exclusive 2-pack.

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