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I picked up an FN-2187 the other day.  Bit by bit I've been filling in the holes in my 6" Black Series collection.  But I'm wondering if I should have picked up Hux and Atsy when I had the chance.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 23, 2016, 02:13 PM »
I thought that Man of Steel was an interesting way to re-launch the Superman franchise.  Especially with the Kryptonian tie-ins.  Had Warners been able to bring Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan fully on board, and able to mesh the Dark Knight storyline into this new DCCU, I think it would have been very cool.

I'm skeptical about relaunching Batman after the Nolan DK trilogy of films.  I think that doing this after the kind of success and acclaim that those films had would put any reboot under the microscope.  Especially in light of what we saw in the 1990's with a succession of three different actors as Batman.  Sorry Ben Affleck, but the screwups of Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer and George Clooney complete with Bat-nipples are yours to bear as this  character gets rebooted yet again.

As for a dark/grim reality in these films?  I don't know that modern comic genre films always requires that sort of tone.  The first Captain America film and the first couple of Iron Man films didn't really need that sort of atmosphere.  And the advanced pace at which WB is trying to establish a cohesive DC Cinematic Universe?  I think that is very much Warner Brothers trying to keep up in a comic book movie arms race, rather than taking some time to further establish their characters on their own.  Oh, and the DC comics TV show characters don't mesh with this cinematic universe?  Great!!!!!!!!!!

All of that being said, I *KIND OF* want to see the movie, but I don't know if I'm even going to check it out at a matinee.  It's probably going to be on HBO by the summer time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:44 AM »
I like "The Last Crusade", too.  I've liked it since the first time I saw it.  I never took it too seriously, and I appreciated the comic relief from Brody and Sallah.

As for Connery?  I think he played it well enough.  How do you possibly play the father of Indiana Jones?  And he showed that the way to do that was to depict him as smart, passionate about his work, and an absolute ballbuster with his son whose methods he finds questionable.  I think that having him be afraid of rats the way Indy was afraid of snakes was a little ham-handed, but at least it wasn't overdone.

I think that movie and the other Indy movies are a product of their times, along with the nostalgia that Lucas and Spielberg had for saturday matinee serials and the 1930's.  But does that 1980's meets 1930's sensibility work in the 21st century?  Obviously something was not working when KotCS came out.  Was it the story?  Or is this a type of film whose time has passed?

Uncle Leia


I nearly just did a spit take all over my monitors at work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hmmm.  When I see planogram images like this one that YF posted, it gives me the sense that this exclusive version of Rey is going to turn up VERY SOON.  In fact, based on this I am going to try hitting my local K-Mart stores this weekend.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 17, 2016, 10:58 AM »
The credit crunch is really annoying.  But cable channels like Disney XD want to squeeze every second of promos in that they possibly can.

As for who played AP-5?  That would be Stephen Stanton, who also voiced Grand Moff Tarkin on REBELS.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: March 16, 2016, 10:06 PM »
Very sorry to hear about Dante, Rob.  Things like this are never easy.  Try to focus on the good times, and know that when he was really hurting you were able to relieve that suffering with compassion and mercy.

We were just faced with a serious illness with one of our cats, George.  He developed a UT blockage and nearly died.  And it's agonizing when you're faced with these situations because you're thrust into the uncomfortable position of playing God with your pet.  After a serious surgery and a very significant vet bill, our George has come home.  But it also makes you think very seriously about getting pet insurance for when these things occur.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:38 AM »
Harrison Ford has shown that when it comes to promoting a film, he's a real pro.  He went above and beyond on the promotional tour for THE FORCE AWAKENS.  And Shia?  Ugh.  He's done some decent acting work, but I think studios are really wary of him because of his behavior issues away from the set, the plagiarism scandal and his social media antics.

My chief concern?  I just want a solid story this time around.  And I hope that Spielberg learns some of the lessons that were learned from THE FORCE AWAKENS.  Notably, the blending of effects styles.  Because one of the biggest jump the shark moments of KotCS was that ridiculous vine swinging scene.  OMG, that was so f***ing horrible!!!!  And not just because the premise was so ridiculous, but because IT LOOKED BAD!  I know that people point to the "Nuke the Fridge" scene as being beyond implausible, but I will take that over the vine swinging scene any day of the week.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:08 AM »
I picked up the WalMart exclusive Resistance X-wing yesterday.  I wish they could have made a functional droid socket with this vehicle, because the color scheme really lends itself to more pilots that just Poe Dameron.  Those markings work for pilots like Snap Wexley, Nien Nunb and Jess Pava.  And it was an X-wing just like this one that was in one of my favorite shots of the film.  It was very much like the gun camera style shot, like one out of TOP GUN, mounted on the fuselage of the fighter as it was rolling in on an attack run.

A figure like this version of Han Solo makes me wish that the CommTech chip wouldn't have been such an abject failure.  I would have LOVED getting this version of Han Solo with a CommTech chip that would say "That's now how The Force works!!!"

Phasma certainly isn't a surprise.  I think a lot of people saw through the codes on that one.  The figure looks good, even if the character was somewhat underwhelming in terms of impact to the story of Episode 7.

I can't say that I'm surprised by the Starkiller base Han Solo.  I think a 3.75" Black Series Han Solo was a near certainty, especially given Han's very central role in THE FORCE AWAKENS.  While I would've preferred a version much more like Han is his leather jacket, I can understand why Hasbro went a different way.  Just look at the release schedule!  The 3.75" basic figure has only been in reasonably wide release for the past month or so.  To announce an SA exclusive version of Han Solo in the same deco as the recently released 5POA basic figure would probably hurt sales of the general release offering.  That would probably also lead to upset retail partners.  So the logical way to go would seem to be the only other version of Han Solo from TFA that makes sense:  cold weather gear.  I feel confident that there will be a TFA SA Han Solo in the leather jacket, but I think Hasbro wants some time before they "fix" the figure that just came out 2 months ago.

I'm a little surprised that Hasbro went with this version of Leia.  But perhaps they want to offer up the Resistance General version in the main 5POA line.  As for the name?

General Leia Organa (D’Qar Celebration Gown) (TFA)

...I think I would probably refer to this as the D'Qar Mourning gown.  We've never really seen Leia in clothes so dark before, and I think the final scenes of her on D'Qar depict someone who is mourning, and not celebrating.  Han and Leia didn't seem like they were on the best of terms, but they still seemed to care for one another deeply.  As for a figure commemorating that?  It's tough.  Simply because Leia only had two different costumes.  And my belief is that General Leia is almost certainly coming in the 5 POA line this year.

All of this leaves me wondering what's next in the WalMart exclusive 3.75" SA figure line.  Where do you go from here in terms of the character selections?  The ones that immediately come to mind and make sense in the SA format are:
-Resistance uniform Poe 
-Stormtrooper Finn 
-First Order Trooper (TIE Pilot, Flametrooper, Heavy Gunner, Snowtrooper, Fleet Engineer)
-Resistance Troopers
-X-Wing pilots
-Knights of Ren
-Luke Skywalker

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 13, 2016, 10:12 AM »
I personally liked seeing Ant-Man riding Hawkeye's arrow and running up Iron Man's arm.  It looked like he was about to get a pretty good shot in on Stark!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 11, 2016, 11:50 AM »
I like how they're trying to tie General Ross into the mix.  His presentation to the Avengers about the New York incident, the fall of SHIELD and the Triskelion are a big deal.  But I think the topper for that meeting was the Ultron/Sokovia incident.  I can see Ross being really hot about that since Ultron was the creation of both Banner and Stark.  And I get the sense that the government wants to hold both of them responsible for the creation of Ultron which led directly to the Sokovia incident.  I think it is precisely because of that particular incident and it's causality that leads Tony Stark to play ball with the government regarding the registration and control of super-human activities.

And there are rumors that Hulk may very well be in the mix.

Who knows.  I do think it shows that Han is a little rough around the edges. 

The actors who were the leaders of Kanjiklub were specifically cast for the part.  They were in an Indonesian martial arts film that was something of a cult hit, called "The Raid".  And the actors are legitimately short.  It's a little disappointing that they weren't able to showcase their abilities in THE FORCE AWAKENS, but then I think that would've taken us out of the movie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:34 PM »
That looks fantastic!  But I'm left wondering how the tag scene from the end of Avengers - Age of Ultron with Cap, Falcon and the Winter Soldier plays into this story.  Or are the scenes of the Winter Soldier being in cold storage in Russia just some sort of flashback?

As a whole, I have to admit to being WRONG, SO WRONG about Chris Evans as Captain America.  I was SOOOOOOO skeptical about him playing this role, especially after that second FF movie where he played Johnny Storm.  I didn't think he was going to be capable of creating a distinct Captain America character.  But my oh my, was I wrong!  Chris Evans was able to craft such a different character, fleshing out Steve Rogers as this incredibly decent and bright guy who wanted to do the right thing.  And he exuded this humility while being this amazing fighter and a great leader. 

I know a lot of people have sung the praises of Robert Downey Jr. for getting the ball rolling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  But as the Iron Man story arc has moved forward, his stories have gotten a little more difficult to digest.  But the Cap stories have been growing in their depth, intrigue and emotional content.  Because of that I think I'm looking forward to this movie a great deal, even though I never read the Civil War comic series.  Now, maybe some of this is by design.  Tony Stark's narcissism is enough to drive any person away.  He has his redeeming moments, but Tony's ego and the notion that he knows best gets in the way of him being a truly decent person.  I guess both IM3 and A-AoU cast some doubt on Tony Stark's altruistic nature.  That, and I think the Russo brothers put together a better film in Captain America - The Winter Soldier, and have likely done so again with Civil War.

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