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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Sidehow 12" X-Wing Luke
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:39 PM »
Sideshow's 12" figure pricing has gone up exponentially.  I remember when they first introduced the line.  You could get figures for somewhere in the neighborhood of $45.  But now this Luke is $240?!!?  I got priced out of the market a while ago.

Check out THIS VIDEO FROM THE OFFICIAL SITE.  It's a trailer for the new reference book Star Wars Costumes - The Original Trilogy which was released yesterday.  This volume has photographed many of the OT costumes in painstaking detail.  There are Rebel pilot helmets that have never been seen with such detail.  The tiny intricacies of Vader's costume.  And I'm sure there's probably a little bit about the infamous brown or blue coat worn by Han Solo in TESB. currently has this book on sale for $37.95.  And it looks impressive.

Most impressive.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:24 PM »
Fitz is totally in the friend zone when it comes to Simmons.  And it also seems like with his Simmons hallucinations that he might actually have some latent tendencies.  Not that there's anything wrong with that....

I like the addition of Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird.  She looks like she's got the fighting style right with the batons.  It also helps that she's easy on the eyes.

The fight choreography has actually been pretty awesome.  I saw what looked like some Wu Shu moves during May's fight sequence with the Hydra merc in the Belgian safe house.

The Ward storyline has been weird and manipulative.  Especially the scenes between him and Skye.  But seriously, how has it been kept under wraps for all this time that Ward's brother is a United States Senator?  Really?!?!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:09 PM »
I'd love to see a solo Hawkeye film.  He's got a number of solo books to pull from and the current comic focusing on what Hawkeye does when he's not an avenger is excellent source material.  As a guy without crazy super powers, there's a lot more opportunity to character build versus the non-stop action we get from most of the Avengers.  Truth be told though, I'd love to see Phase 4 be a "West Coast Avengers" storyline where Hawk creates a sister team out in California. 

A West Coast Avengers spinoff might be the right vehicle for Hawkeye to grow as a character in the MCU.  There are also his roots in SHIELD to consider, and he was mentioned in passing during last night's Agents of SHIELD.  But seeing the cosmic/global nature of the threats that the Avengers are facing, I don't know if the whole West Coast team concept makes as much sense in the context of the MCU as it did in the comics back in the 80's and 90's.

I thought I heard mention of Mockingbird, so maybe they're already going this route. 

Mockingbird has actually been featured in the past couple of episodes of Agents of SHIELD.  So far she's been interesting, and I think they're working to develop her into more than just a featured character.  I hope they do.  Because Adrianne Palicki is HOT!!!!

In the comic, Stark handed the IM gig over to Rhodey, so Black-Iron-Man and later War Machine were a big part of that team. Would be a cool way to keep the Avengers going if RDJ and the other big names want a break or just limit their involvement to cameos akin to Sam Jackson's Fury.

This would be a cool way to utilize someone who's as strong of an actor as Don Cheadle.  And expanding on his independent role as War Machine/Iron Patriot would be worth examining.  To that end, I also have to wonder if he's also going to be a factor in the Captain America 3 story line.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:09 AM »
Wow.  They're going with an Inhumans project?!?!  SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  Marvel Studios is definitely getting ambitious.  But I think after the success they had with Guardians of the Galaxy they're more inclined to take some risks with some lesser known characters.

There definitely seems to have been a trail leading up to a Black Panther movie.  Pretty much from the time they introduced Vibranium.  And now with Andy Serkis seemingly cast as Ulysees Klaw and being featured in the Avengers - Age of Ultron trailer?  Top that off with a story line in A-AoU that looks like Ultron will be seeking out Vibranium for his own use?  Black Panther seems like a natural fit for that story.  And I wouldn't be surprised if he pops up in some capacity in Age of Ultron.

But I'm also surprised by what was NOT announced.  Like?  No Black Widow solo film.  No Hulk solo film.  And no mention of Iron Man 4.  I know that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said that Black Widow will be a major player in the upcoming Avengers projects.  And that may be why there won't be a Black Widow film in the immediate future. 

I'm personally disappointed that there was no Hulk film announced.  Banner & Hulk were just AMAZING in the first Avengers film.  Joss Whedon figured out how to make use of the character so well.  But still, the first two Hulk movies proved to be a challenge.  And I think that Marvel Studios is probably still trying to find the right story and script for a Hulk solo film.  Maybe if someone like say, Joss Whedon, takes on the project, then maybe this movie would work!

I'm still a little bummed that RDJ is only up for doing the Cap 3 movie and Avengers films.  He's been awesome as Tony Stark.  And he can totally carry one of these movies on his own.  I would just hate for Iron Man 3 to be the last of the Iron Man solo films.  But I can't say that I was disappointed that there wasn't a Hawkeye film announcement.  I think the character needs some more development in future Avengers films before he can anchor a film of his own.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:58 PM »
NICE!  Benedict Cumberbatch is very cool casting for this.  Especially in light of Joaquin Phoenix being a flake about the whole process.  And in total contrast, Cumberbatch really seemed to get into the whole mo-cap process for playing Smaug in The Hobbit.  So I can see him getting into Dr. Strange in a big way, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: October 22, 2014, 10:32 PM »
Way to go Marvel.  So someone leaks the trailer?  Marvel says screw them and they release the trailer for real!  Smart move on their part.  And the leakers are left hanging while Marvel gets a lot of attention for a huge project.

Oh, and the trailer looks awesome!  The stakes clearly appear to have been raised.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:13 PM »
WHOA.  Seriously?!?!?!?!

When I saw the report on the news that someone was protesting over "Breaking Bad" action figures being on the pegs at TRU I just had to shake my head.  Because the moral outrage police are at it once again. 

I get it that they (concerned parents) may have objections to figures from "Breaking Bad" because Walter White was a meth dealer / gangster.  I think we can universally agree that drug dealers are bad.  But the packages are clearly labeled with the appropriate age recommendations.  So what happens if TRU actually DOES pull Breaking Bad figures?  Where will the line be drawn next?  I'm worried about the slippery slope that would follow if TRU relents here. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:56 PM »
I thought I had heard something about this wave turning up at Disney stores. I'm actually on my way to one to check that out right now.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:44 PM »
Found a Skiff Guard/Doallyn today.  YAY!  I'm now done with this wave.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: October 17, 2014, 03:58 PM »
There was a post on someone's front page complete with a shot of a receipt.  Someone scored all three of the new REBELS vehicles for about $25 due to some pricing weirdness in the Target computer system.  I think they caught the glitch.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:38 PM »
Picked up a Ree Yees this morning.  It looks pretty awesome.  Now if I can only find Doallyn.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:36 PM »
I picked up the Phantom Shuttle today.  I saw at least 2 of each of the new Rebels vehicles when I was in the store.  Unfortunately there wasn't the sweetheart deal of $7 and change that was reported on YF.  :(

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:33 PM »
"Fighter Flight" is now available for viewing via the Disney XD app.  And in this week's episode we get a good look at the modern take on the Imperial Troop Transport.

I really like the sound and music on the show so far.  The sound effects draw heavily on sound library from the OT.  The sound of the TIE Fighters is so dead on right.

The relationship between Ezra and Zeb seems to be developing, albeit it is a bit cliché.  And the one merchant who knows Ezra?  That at least helps to flesh his character out a little bit.  But what I'm really wondering is when we're going to see Kanan training Ezra.

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