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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:53 PM »
It's a cool list.  But really, until we start to actually see something from SDCC?  I have to reserve my judgement.  There's nothing that pops out and says "WOW"!  Mosep is a nice point on the list.  But it seems like this list covers a lot of ground that's already been covered numerous times before.

I'll be taking a wait and see stance.  I'm in the midst of trying to get my collection room as well as the whole collection somewhat under control and organized.  The thought of adding a whole new trilogy worth of toys to that?  OMG.  It starts to get a little overwhelming.

I might start to get more excited for the Sequel Trilogy and spinoff movies as the filmmakers start to reveal more.  But I think I have to be far more judicious about how I spend than I was during to PT movie days.

Star Wars Universe / Anime OT Space Battle
« on: July 3, 2014, 09:58 PM »
This just popped up in my Facebook news feed.  It's an anime style Star Wars space battle between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.  Truth be told, it looks pretty amazing!  The Imperial Forces include Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, TIE Bombers and TIE Interceptors.  That force faces off against a Rebel fleet with a Nebulon B Frigate, X-Wings and Y-Wing fighters.

Evidently there was something of a bidding war among cities that wanted to be the home of George Lucas's museum.  The results are in, and the winner is:  CHICAGO!  Here's the article:

The Force Be With You: George Lucas Picks Chicago for Museum
By Amy Langfield

Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, Alfred E. Neuman and Kim Novak may all be headed to Chicago to live under the same roof.

The Windy City this week was tapped as the future home of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the dream project of director George Lucas, whose credits include "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and other blockbusters.

"LMNA will be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of the visual image — from illustration to cinema to digital arts," reads a statement from the museum.

"I'm actually super excited about the Lucas museum because there hasn't been anything that looks at quite what they're going to look at," said Brooks Peck, a curator at the EMP Museum in Seattle, which focuses on music, sci-fi and pop culture. The Lucas project, which is still somewhat under wraps, looks like it will be "highlighting very American art forms" including the work of Norman Rockwell, special effects and sci-fi blockbusters, Peck said. "These are all American inventions."

The website for the planned museum includes a neo-classical painting from Maxfield Parrish, a 1963 cover of MAD magazine, a pinup-style drawing of actress Kim Novak by Alberto Vargas and a still from the movie "Rango."

Peck said he's hoping the museum includes a lot of behind-the-scenes items, such as storyboards and technical equipment that is gaining in popularity at other museums.

The Lucas museum will "be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images—from illustration to cinema to the digital mediums of the future. The museum's seed collection—a gift from founder George Lucas — spans a century-and-a-half and features the images and the mediums that have profoundly shaped our cultural heritage," according to the website.

Seattle's EMP museum, co-founded by Microsoft's Paul Allen, has had some experience in this realm, including "Icons of Science Fiction, Battlestar Galactica" and "Avatar: The Exhibition." The Avatar exhibition was a technical behind-the-scenes exhibition while the Battlestar Galactica show focused more on the story and themes, said Peck, who worked on both shows. "Sci-fi allows you to explore different social problems a little bit removed because it makes it easier to talk about," he said.

Indeed, this won't be the first time Lucas' work has found its way into a museum. In 1997, the hugely popular "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth" exhibition made its debut at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and toured internationally for several years after.

That exhibition drew heavily on Joseph Campbell's view of the "hero's journey" drawing on mythical themes such as a young hero with faithful companions, an endangered maiden, a wise guide, monster combat, sacrifice and resurrection. And of course it included scale models of the Imperial Star Destroyer and the Millennium Falcon and costumes from the likes of R2-D2, C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Maul and Jabba the Hutt.

"George was a good friend of Joseph Campbell, and has been a good friend to the Foundation," the not-for-profit Joseph Campbell Foundation said in a statement to CNBC. "We admire and respect George's decision to share his extensive art collection with the public, and wish him success in finding an appropriate venue."

Chicago this week was chosen as the winning city for the museum, which is planned to open by 2018. On Wednesday, the location was approved by Lucas' museum board members; their names have not yet been made public, a spokeswoman for the museum said.

"Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the Museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area," said Lucas, who set "American Graffiti" in his hometown of Modesto, California.

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's enthusiastic about the museum's plans, the Chicago Tribune warns there will likely be a legal challenge from open space advocates who will argue the plan for the 17-acre site violates Chicago's landmark Lakefront Protection Ordinance. The Lucas group plans to submit architectural renderings for the site to the City of Chicago in the fall.

"No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists," Emanuel said.
Indeed Chicago could use the boost as its share of the international tourist market has grown more slowly than other major U.S. cities, according to data from the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Office. International tourists are much sought after as they tend to stay longer and spend more, according to industry surveys.

The Lucas project should help provide a strong boost to Chicago's already strong museum scene, said Ford Bell the president of the American Alliance of Museums.

While the Alliance's database includes more than 22,000 U.S. museums, there is no other narrative art museum.

"I think it's unique, which is what you'd expect from George Lucas," Bell said.

(The EMP Museum exhibition on "Battlestar Galactica" included items from the archives of NBCUniversal. CNBC is a division of NBCUniversal.)

The prototype armor makes sense for this kind of exclusive.  I think the ROTJ armor might be better suited to some sort of a multipack.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: July 1, 2014, 09:57 AM »
She certainly looks the part.  But then I remember all of the speculation about this one actress who was in Iron Man 3.  People were saying "Oh yeah, she's going to be the Wasp!"

Clearly, Evangeline Lilly is a more established actor.  And Wasp is a significant player in the Pym character arc.  Do I think this is a strong possibility?  Sure.  And I'm interested to see if Wasp would potentially carry forward into the broader MCU and the Avengers.  I think we'll probably know things with a greater level of certainty following SDCC2014.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 29, 2014, 02:07 PM »
Evangeline Lilly is on the cast list for the movie's IMDB listing.  But there's no character name associated with her entry.  In fact, the only character names on the list are for Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pacific Rim
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:35 PM »
Awesome news!  Pacific Rim has grown on me since it's come to cable.  And I think it's going to take on a cult status.  I would definitely check out the sequel in the theater after having seen the first movie on tv.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros and Bootlegs
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:43 PM »
Here you go:

Looks pretty good overall.  Probably a little shiny for my tastes, but a cool piece.

Is the auction for the Slave Leia you bid on still around?  I'd be curious to see what they look like.

Is it me, or is that a Battlestar Galactica Adama head on that Imperial Officer body?

Saw that on SWAN.  I'm thinking that this version is going to be Boba Fett in ROTJ deco.

Stopped in a Barnes & Noble today, and saw the new George R.R. Martin collection, ROGUES which came out last week.  It's a collection of short stories penned by GRRM, Neil Gaiman, and a few other authors.  There's one story penned by Martin that deals with some of the earlier Targaryens.  I was genuinely tempted to buy it.  But then I thought better of it, and I'll probably download it for my iPad.  I can't fathom buying such a cumbersome hardcover book.  Especially if I'm really only interested in one particular story.

Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dead at the age of 98.  His role in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" alone was enough to give him legendary status in cinema.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Pacific Rim Toys
« on: June 24, 2014, 09:43 PM »
I saw the 18" Gypsy Danger today at TRU.  OMG, is that thing HUGE!!!!  And if they make a Kaiju in the same scale?  It's going to be absolutely massive!

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:52 PM »
Finally scored the 3.75" Falcon.  Turns out that the Disney store may be an untapped resource, at least near me.  The prices are $1 or so higher, but that's a reasonable tradeoff for not having to run all over town trying to score a couple of figures.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:58 AM »
Bounty Hunters seem to be a safe direction for this line.  I would expect that Hasbro might want to space them out for a couple of reasons:  keeping the Bounty Hunters hot in the minds of collectors, and prolonging the longevity of the line.

As for Han Solo in the Stormtrooper disguise?  That just smacks of Hasbro trying to make good use of the Stormtrooper tooling.  Hasbro has already shown that they want to put their tooling to good use by repainting the Sandtrooper for future waves.  Why would this be any different?  What I'm wondering is this: would they scale down the Luke to make him appropriately sized as being "a little short for a Stormtrooper"?

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