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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.

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?

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 17, 2016, 05:17 AM »
I like the swing-wing feature.  And the design of the cockpit is somewhat like that of a Y-wing.  As for it being underscaled?  That's definitely disappointing.  And so is the Nerf feature.  But I have to wonder how much it would have cost if it were more appropriately scaled.  Would it be sized somewhere between the ARC-170 and Republic Gunship?  How much would a new vehicle tool cost consumers?

Rogue One / Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 15, 2016, 07:44 PM »
Check out this posting at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss.  They've got our first glimpse of what look like official Hasbro images of the 3.75" U-Wing Starfighter.  This vehicle also includes a 3.75" Captain Cassian Andor figure ..... and Nerf action features. 

These images appear to have leaked from a French product listing that was posted a little early.  The vehicle definitely looks scaled down.  And the original article stated that they think the price point will be around $50.


A new vehicle on the scene with the NERF strike force! A magnificent ship to ship your figurines and launch missiles.Nerve! Vehicle up figurines 10 cm.MEGA compatible with Nerf darts.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 13, 2016, 06:00 PM »
What I've read is that Netflix will carry the show internationally, but in the US and Canada  the show will be exclusive to CBS All Access.  And the Sony service Crackle may carry it, too, per that article.  That's the one point of hope that I have, because I have a Sony smart TV, and Crackle will stream on it in the app/streaming menu.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 13, 2016, 04:49 PM »
It won't.  The new show is only going to be available via CBS's streaming service in the U.S.

I met Kenny at a few cons.  He was such a nice guy, and genuinely funny.  We even had a good chat about Time Bandits.  I'm sad to hear the news.  MTFBWY, Kenny!

My order arrived yesterday.  Definitely pleased with the speed with which HTS got these out.  When I did a little quick research I was surprised to find that the fulfillment center for HTS is so close that I could actually drive there in a little over an hour from my house.  Hopeuflly I'll get a chance to open these up in the next few days.  I've tasked myself with cleaning up my collection room and getting some proper shelving installed at long last.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 03:55 PM »
I just watched the trailer again because I've had a theory about Alistair Petrie's Rebel Officer character.  People seem to be wondering if his character has some measure of significance.  His jacket in particular has made me wonder... is this Captain Antilles?  But I made a point of freeze-framing the trailer and making some comparisons from Antilles to Petrie's officer.  The jackets are different, and so is the rank insignia.  Both of them seem to have 5 dot rank insignia, but on Petrie's coat they're red in color, and on Antilles' jacket they're blue.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: August 12, 2016, 12:22 PM »
One actor who's name is popping up for the role is Donald Glover. 

Donald Glover would be perfect.  Here's a random picture of him on the street for reference.

Well, look what we have here!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 12:13 PM »
In the case of this movie I have to wonder about that whole canon navigation aspect.  Because we do have some OT characters popping back up.  Vader is the biggest of them all, clearly.  And there were the reports that they were going to have a digital version of Grand Moff Tarkin in this movie.

There's also the matter of what Jimmy Smits is calling his "cameo" as Bail Organa.  Mon Mothma is in the mix, albeit played by the actor who played her in Episode III.  And it looks like there's one Rebel officer who bears a striking resemblance to General Jan Dodonna.  Plus, with the movie ending some 10 or 15 minutes before the opening of A NEW HOPE, I wonder if we can expect to see the plans "beamed" to the Tantive IV by the Rebel spies that Vader described during his interrogation of Leia.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:12 AM »
Rumors are circulating around the Han Solo movie.  Notably, that a young version of an old smoothy might be joining the cast of the second Anthology film/Star Wars story.  One actor who's name is popping up for the role is Donald Glover.  I wonder if the lore of a card game where the Millennium Falcon was among the stakes will be explored?

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:09 AM »
I like what I've seen so far.  Gareth Edwards seems to be hitting the right notes in terms of capturing the classic OT aesthetic of the Imperials, but the filmmaking techniques are obviously far more up to date.  And it's attention to those details like

I also like the covert ops nature in which these Rebels are conducting themselves.  That really seems to be the way they would need to conduct themselves in order to operate under the noses of an oppressive force like the Empire.

Jedah is very interesting.  I've seen some writers describe the locale like something out of the Ottoman Empire.  And seeing that walled city atop that butte/hill?  It made me think of Masada in Israel!  I'm liking the concept of broadening our knowledge of The Force, and that it serves as something of a galactic faith.  The high temple at the one end of the city looks intriguing!

Having seen that wide shot of the Jedah city, it definitely looks like those 4 winged shuttles are some sort of heavy cargo carriers.  And given some of the backstory about Riz Ahmed's character, Bodie Rook?  I'm thinking that his ship, which I think is called the Raven Deluxe, may actually be one of these 4 winged shuttles.  You also can't help but think that both Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe are a couple of badasses!

And that final shot? Yes!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 11, 2016, 05:17 PM »
The showrunner for Star Trek Discovery has been releasing some info about the show.  Time-wise, this series will be set 10 years before TOS.  And the central focus may be on a character other than the captain of the ship.  The initial run of the series is set to be 13 episodes that are about one hour long.  There may be some standalone stories, but the overall feel of the season may be something like that of a novel.  There's more in this Collider news brief.

The TIE Fighter has routinely been getting down to about $80 with Prime shipping on Amazon.  If we can get at least another $20 or more below that?  I'll probably bite.

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