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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 10, 2016, 05:25 AM »
I can't say that I care for the price, either.  But we've seen this sort of price creep happening for a little while now with both the Marvel and Star Wars Hasbro lines.  It leaves me wondering if Hasbro might shift manufacturing from China to another locale that can offer less expensive labor costs.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 10, 2016, 05:24 AM »
Check out this EW article that discusses one of the key locations of ROGUE ONE, the planet Jedha.

Ah!  Thanks for the reminder.  So we've got a little while to go before the TIE Fighter gets down to it's lowest price.

I was shocked to see the TBS 6" figures on clearance at Target.  Especially relatively HTF figures like Han Solo along with the relatively new ANH Luke and Kanan. 

I also saw the 6" scale FO TIE Fighter on clearance for $118.98.  And I honestly thought that Target might clear it out the at a lower price.  Isn't the Target clearance policy that the lowest price will end in the number 8?

From the time I placed my order to the time I got my confirmation email?  Over 2 hours. I wasn't really panicked. I had gotten a confirmation from PayPal, and the order showed up with a confirmation number in my HTS account. But seriously... get those emails out faster.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: August 9, 2016, 12:10 PM »
I got the two figures that I wanted the most, and that was the exclusive versions of Ben Kenobi and Kylo Ren.  The Jyn Erso figure is cool, but she's essentially a sneak preview figure with some exclusive packaging.  The other two figures have a bit more going for them with all of the added accessories.  I suspect that HTS might have disabled the ADD TO CART feature on the individual pages so that people wouldn't park themselves on those pages and scoop up EVERYTHING.  It was tough enough for me to get one each of Obi-Wan and Kylo Ren.

FWIW, I haven't gotten an email confirmation from HTS yet.  But I did get confirmation via my method of payment.  I suspect HTS is busy running all of these orders and they'll get processed in turn.  But you've got to imagine that the servers were flooded with traffic.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2016 SDCC Deluxe ANH Ben Kenobi
« on: August 9, 2016, 11:25 AM »
That was a bit frantic.  The individual product listing pages didn't have the ADD TO CART button, but the other pages did.  I was able to get both Ben Kenobi and Kylo Ren.  But for whatever reason I could not get Jyn Erso added to my shopping cart before she sold out.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: August 8, 2016, 07:41 AM »
The Olympics do huge numbers in terms of the size of the audience.  I think that's the reason why they're doing this. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: August 7, 2016, 08:45 PM »
A new trailer for ROGUE ONE will debut this week during television coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio on NBC.  Check it out this coming Thursday, August 11th on your local NBC station.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 5, 2016, 07:38 PM »
Looks like BBTS has the new 3.75" Falcon from CIVIL WAR up for pre-order.  And it looks pretty cool!

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: August 4, 2016, 08:10 PM »
The budget does seem to be a very significant concern.  Back when Rick McCallum was working on developing the first attempt at a Star Wars tv series he said just as much.  It was going to be very expensive to make this show.  A show like Game of Thrones has some very significant budget challenges, and up through the most recent season they were only producing 10 episodes a year.

It's funny though, because Forest Whitaker's character in ROGUE ONE, Saw Gerrera, was supposed to be a central figure in the live action series.  And now we're here talking live action series.  Again.

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: August 4, 2016, 03:19 PM »

ABC has set its targeting computer on Star Wars.

Entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday whether she wants a prime-time series based on the franchise that's owned by parent company Disney. Not only is she interested in such an idea, but she revealed there are ongoing talks to make it a reality.

"Ohh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say 'Yes,'" she said. "The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming."

After the panel, she confirmed again that talks are ongoing.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 4, 2016, 06:41 AM »
There's a nice look at the U-wing fighter / gunship in this week's episode of The Star Wars show.  And it turns out that the U-wing was featured in the concept artwork that we saw at last year's Star Wars Celebration:

The ship designation is the Incom UT-60D.  It seems to have more in common with the Y-Wing, but that information regarding Incom as the manufacturer is cool to learn.  And the sweepable wings are definitely a callback to the X-wing fighter.

Going into this whole conversation I've got to be upfront about having been much more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy when I was actively reading/collecting comics.  I did read some DC titles back around the time when they had the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline running, but it was a short run for me.  I just found Marvel characters to be a bit more accessible.

While I did go to see Batman V Superman in the theater, the general feeling coming out of that film was just kind of a downer.  And mind you, I thought that Man of Steel was an interesting reboot of Superman following Superman Returns.  But I had very mixed feelings about rebooting Batman after we had such a solid trilogy of films in the Nolan-Bale movies.  As for the Suicide Squad team?  I barely knew who any of them were, to be honest.  Yes, the Joker is in there.  I thought that I knew who Deadshot was, but I think I actually mistook him for Deathstroke.  I never really had any experience reading books with Harley Quinn.  And I always saw Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang as third tier villains.  I really don't know any of the other characters. 

The general concept of the story seemed interesting.  A team of bad guys that the government can use for the purposes, and if they die so what?  Conceptually it sounds interesting.  But I just don't feel into spending the money to see this in a theater now after these reviews.  Now, in the case of an MCU film like Ant-Man?  I barely knew anything about Scott Lang as Ant-Man, and very little about Hank Pym in that role.  I knew a bit more about the Wasp.  But generally speaking, when I went into that movie I had concerns that Ant-Man might have been the movie where the Marvel Cinematic Universe jumped the shark and things fell off.  Especially considering director Edgar Wright getting fired from the project.  But I knew that up until that point Disney/Marvel studios under Kevin Feige's guidance have been good stewards of the Marvel material.  So I took a chance even though I was a little skeptical about the character, and I went to see Ant-Man.  I turned out being pleasantly surprised because the story, characters and actors won me over.  And the MCU has just built on Ant-Man in a cool way with Captain America - Civil War.  I just don't get the sense based on everything I'm reading that Warner Brothers and the DCCU is going to win me over.  I'm not really interested in the Wonder Woman movie.  Maybe I'll check out Justice League.  But it's telling to me that I'm far more interested in the production images that have been released from Thor - Ragnarok, which won't be released for quite a while than a project that's in theaters now.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: August 4, 2016, 06:00 AM »
I picked up another Phasma yesterday along with a First Order Stormtrooper.  It was a genuine surprise to see these turn up after all this time.

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