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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:42 AM »
The mathematical computations, orbital mechanics and astrophysics involved in this mission are impressive all on their own.  Especially since it took close to a decade for the spacecraft to travel from Earth to Pluto, and at a measly speed of 30,800 mph.  And in spite of that the imagery is really impressive!


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I saw this posted on the SWAN Facebook page.  Pardon me for copying and pasting my comments from there, but here are my thoughts on this "controversy":

When I bought the 6" Slave Leia figure at Target for myself LAST YEAR, I had my daughter with me. Mind you, she's a toddler. But I felt kind of self concious. And the cashier (female, btw) actually said something to me about the figure like "Ooooh, Leia's looking pretty powerful". I didn't quite know how to take that, personally. And frankly, I was a little surprised that Hasbro went with Slave Leia as their first 6" figure depiction of the character, but it's a look that is very much an accepted part of pop culture. I mean, the costume was the basis for a subplot point on the sitcom Friends after all!  And there have been Slave Leia costume contests going on at conventions for years.

As for this article? It came out yesterday on the heels of SDCC. Star Wars was a VERY BIG story coming out of Comic Con, with lots of positive articles running about the panel which featured guess who: Carrie Fisher. If you pay attention to the news, you'll generally find a trend where there are usually some negative articles about some tangential aspect of a given big news story. The negative pieces generally aren't breaking any sort of hard-hitting news, but they do generate website hits and it might fill 2 minutes in a local newscast, like for this Fox 29 station in Philly. And if Fox 29 in Philadelphia is fishing for a story like this, it's probably an effort on the part of that station's News Director to pump up their ratings and social media profile.

The fact that this figure has been out for well over a year, or that the likeness of Leia is something that's been in pop culture for well over 30 years, very likely does not mean a thing to the News Director of Fox 29 in Philly or the reporter who put this piece together. Have they run pieces about the Funko action figures that depict Danaerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, who is featured in even more brutal scenes than Leia in the slave outfit? Not likely, since Fox 29's reporting is pretty superficial. And they almost certainly wouldn't get a comment from Hasbro because when they ran this piece since all of Hasbro's people were probably travelling back from SDCC. But if they can run a negative piece about a hot topic like Star Wars that leads to a ratings bump? Then they're probably all for it. The journalism and related facts don't matter to the people at Fox 29. And this is the kind of crap that I've come to expect from local news...even if Philly is among the top 10 TV markets in the country.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:30 AM »

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:16 AM »
I guess the news of trailers/clips for comic projects like Suicide Squad, Dawn of Justice and Deadpool totally overshadowed this news:

Green Lantern Corps Joins the DC Cinematic Universe Schedule

There have been rumors circulating about Tyrese Gibson being in the running to play Green Lantern John Stewart, and now Chris Pine is rumored to play one of the other Green Lanterns.  It's not clear if he would play Hal Jordan, but I have seen the word "reboot" used in reference to Green Lantern as Warner Brothers works towards establishing a more cohesive DC Cinematic Universe.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:59 AM »
The 25th James Bond film wasn't titled "James Bond 25" though, right?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:57 AM »
Yes, but the people in question have a fear of people and crowds, preventing them from attending conventions where you might actually be able to do ACTUAL REPORTING.  Hence their absence from pretty much any con where Hasbro is in attendance.  Besides, it's easy to just stir **** up, right?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:40 AM »
Again it looks like the release schedule for THE FORCE AWAKENS and Disney's strategy is the big sticking point for EVERYTHING.  Disney appears to be committed to not over-hyping the film and avoiding the over-saturation of the market with product.  That NY Times article about the lack of Star Wars presence at SDCC 2015 stated that Disney is projecting ticket sales that may reach $2 billion.  That kind of money trumps everything else, including toy lines.

The next significant event on the calender before that September 4th street date is the Disney D23 expo in Anaheim.  That kicks off on Friday, August 14th.  And I imagine if Disney/LFL licensing/Hasbro is going to reveal anything else, they would do it at that event since it's only 3 weeks before the street date.  I suspect we may see something from the Asian eBay sellers around that time, unless there's a significant clampdown on their activities, too.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 13, 2015, 08:53 AM »
The premise of Batman taking on Superman is a tough sell, simply because Superman is so powerful.  But I definitely liked how the beginning of the trailer established why Batman would find Superman to be a threat to the world.  And who is positioned to take on someone whose powers are so god-like?  Using the crazy destruction that happened at the end of Man of Steel seems like an organic way to establish the fact that the people of Earth aren't so prepared to embrace Superman and might approach him with a sense of fear.

The Lex Luthor character seems to have been updated into a snarky 20 something billionaire/genius/d-bag.  And sure enough he's come up with some Kryptonite, too.  How?  As for General Zod's corpse in the bodybag?  I'm curious to see where that goes. 

Wonder Woman looks pretty striking.  Gal Gadot is certainly easy on the eyes, and it'll be interesting to see how her character gets developed into this conflict.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 13, 2015, 06:18 AM »
Well, after they spent $4 billion on the whole franchise, I can see why they might want to execute a very controlled rollout for Star Wars under the Disney banner.  They want to make sure they recoup the investment for the Star Wars intellectual property.  And that's not just about THE FORCE AWAKENS, but the whole plan of a new trilogy as well as the Anthology films, theme park updates and licensed merchandise.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 12, 2015, 09:41 AM »
It seems like this uncertainty and information blackout that we're dealing with is not limited to Hasbro.  Check out this NY Times article about the Star Wars presence at SDCC 2015 and what seems to be a concerted effort to not overhype THE FORCE AWAKENS film release and very likely all of the associated licensed merchandise:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/business/promoters-of-coming-star-wars-film-have-a-delicate-dance-at-comic-con.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1&referrer=

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: July 11, 2015, 09:47 AM »
I think we're probably going to see some of the REBELS figures from the Season 1 line carried forward into the Star Wars Universe line.  Hasbro had the entire REBELS 3.75" figure line on display at their booth. And it makes sense to keep the crew members of the Ghost in circulation.  And Chopper was so scarce that it makes sense to get him reissued.

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Look at the size of that thing!


Someone had to say it.

It's really impressive to look at.  And I appreciate that Hasbro is trying to keep the vehicle tradition going in the 6" figure scale.  As for how this thing will get rolled out to retail, I imagine the wings are going to have to come off.  Otherwise it's going to take up an enormous amount of shelf space at retail.  And the pilot is being offered exclusively as a pack-in figure?   Aaaarrggghhh

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And to all who voted for Jango, lolz.

I can get why they voted though... never assume anything.  I mean, we had pictures of the second Utai displayed... maybe even the actual figure on display and we never got him.

I voted for Jango. And like P- Siddy said, nothing is guaranteed.  And that second Utai is definitely a sore point. It's one of the few instances where Hasbro showed a product to the public and it was never released. 

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 04:04 PM »
And just like that the collector focused Star Wars 3.75" figure line died with a whimper.

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Conventions / Re: SDCC 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:36 PM »
If you've ever been to Comic Con, then you might know that the line to get into Hall H can be pretty massive.  Check out THIS EW.COM ARTICLE to get a sense of just how crazy the line is to get into the hall where the Star Wars Presentation will be.

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