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The figures look a bit pre-posed.  Remember the BARC speeder with BARC Trooper from the ROTS line?  I'm thinking these figures might be similarly articulated to that figure.

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" Armored/Deluxe Line
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:13 PM »
The Poe Dameron figure looks significantly different from the Finn figure.  The jacket looks the same, but the resemblance ends there.  And this take on Poe looks like how we saw him in the behind the scenes video from SDCC. 

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: August 13, 2015, 02:17 PM »
I'm just shocked to see people paying $100+ for figures that will sell for less than $10 in the space of three weeks.  This frenzy effect is frightening to witness

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:11 AM »
Photos have leaked of the Black Panther from the set of Captain America - Civil War in Berlin, Germany.  Also on hand?  Chris Evans in his Cap uniform and Sebastian Stan.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:43 AM »
Poor 3PO. No one can ever find replacement parts that match the rest of his body. He always has to look like some beater car. How hard is it to find gold parts or at least a spray can?

You'd think one of the heroes of the Republic would get some decent parts.  I mean Artoo gets blasted by Vader during the Battle of Yavin and he's all pristine for the awards ceremony.  Who knows what's up with Threepio in the thirty years that he loses an arm and can't get the matching part.  You'd think the Solo/Organa/Skywalker clan would take better care of their family heirloom.

I think C-3PO's status as a walking pile of spare parts shows just how busted ass "The Resistance" is 30 years after the Battle of Endor. 

Call it a theory.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: The KOTOR II information thread
« on: August 11, 2015, 11:03 AM »
I like the fact that KOTOR got re-released for iOS.  But I was never able to get any audio from the game when playing it on my iPad.  Did anyone else encounter that issue?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:46 AM »
The Galactus costume is a product of it's times.  And regarding costumes over a range of comics there was a perfect line from Cyclops in that first X-Men film: "What, do you expect us to run around in yellow spandex?"

But to think that lifeforms should be limited to a size that's similar to that of humankind is, pardon the pun, small thinking.  Especially when some of the discoveries of the Kepler telescope have revealed exoplanets in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" around distant stars that might support life yet are far larger than the Earth.  Exobiologists have theorized the possibility that some alien species could be far larger than humans.  Are they likely to look exactly like humans but stand over 100 feet tall?  Probably not.  But that possibility of life existing at a far larger scale than humans is an interesting concept.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:05 PM »
Another Biker Scout and speeder bike might be attractive at that price!

With all the talk of discounts and clearance I was surprised to see that WalMart is holding at full price on TBS 3.75" figures.  I saw the last wave at a local store, but the figures were all $12.83 each.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 10, 2015, 06:05 PM »
Yeah, Reed should be older than the rest of them too, except for maybe Ben. He's a tweed jacket pipe smoking guy with grey sideburns the first time you ever even see him. There's a reason Ben always calls him "high pockets". He's conservative, older and uptight...the Mr Ward Cleaver of super heroes.

I think Reed Richards early characterization was more of a charicature of a college professor / PhD / research scientist circa the early 1960's.  Basically an even brainier and work obsessed version of the archetype played by the Professor on Gilligan's Island.  But that particular take on uber genius is pretty dated.

I think the first FF films for Fox captured some of the character essence, but I think that they probably could have benefitted from some star power for the Reed Richards role, and perhaps one of the other roles.  I won't even get into the nonsense of Galactus being realized as a giant cloud since that was just ridiculous, and that second FF film could have been better with a different script.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:34 AM »
The shiny helmet?  Mostly likely that's Captain Phasma, the Stormtrooper with the chrome armor.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:31 AM »
or to use a better tested director.

I think that's the key here.  The source material is rich, without a doubt.  But I think this was a case of the studio not doing it's due dilligence when they sought out a director.  It's one thing to believe in the talent of young filmmakers and to give them a chance to do something great.  But when you're talking about a film with a budget of over $100 million, there's something to be said for experience and a proven track record.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:21 AM »
Possible Kylo Ren Figure Leaked?


I'm a tiny bit skeptical because I ran a search on eBay for any leaks last night.  Most of what came up were the SDCC exclusive First Order Stormtroopers and some Hot Wheels.  But one item that came up was a custom Kylo Ren.

The guy who posted this on Twitter seems to think that it might be a 6" Black Series Kylo Ren.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:04 AM »
Looks like a shot straight out of Nuremburg in the 1930's.  And that really is at the heart of what George Lucas was going for with the stylization of the Empire.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 8, 2015, 10:21 PM »
It will always fail as long as these dopes keep trying to drag the story into present day. It is at its essence a period piece, a Cold War fable that is out of place in any other time. I have always said this should be done like Cap America 1, true to its roots. Like Mad Men meets the Avengers.

It's funny that you say that.  A friend of mine said very much the same thing about doing the FF in a 1960's setting.  And he even thought that Jon Hamm might make a good Reed Richards.  I think that throwback sensibility worked for X-Men: First Class as well as Captain America - The First Avenger.  The only possible point of confusion with doing the FF that way might be if it eventually got included in the broader MCU, and how you might explain something like that away.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 8, 2015, 11:47 AM »
In this case it seems like director Josh Trank may have been in over his head.  Word is that the studio stepped in to salvage the movie because they lost confidence in Trank and his vision.  Trank was characterized as "eratic", "isolated" and "uncommunicative".  Multiple sources on the project got the sense that Trank was not offering them clear direction, despite their impressions that he is a very talented filmmaker.  Josh Trank, or perhaps his dogs, was also accused of $100,000 in damages to the rental property where he was living while FF was in it's principal photography stages.

That THR article also states that producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker had to step in to help pull the film together.  And it's very likely that given Kinberg's close association with the new Star Wars regime and his experience with Josh Trank on this Fantastic Four project, that is why Josh Trank was pulled off of the second Star Wars anthology film.

In the meantime, Josh Trank is being petulant.  He posted to Twitter that he had a fantastic vision for the FF film, but unfortunately people won't see that.  He quickly deleted that tweet, but basically accused Fox of meddling in the process.  But looking at this from an outside perspective it seems as though Josh Trank wasn't prepared to step up to direct as big of a project as this FF reboot with a clear, defined vision.

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