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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 1, 2016, 03:48 PM »
From today's deals on Amazon:

Y-Wing Scout Bomber with Kanan Jarrus - $9.74 w/ free Prime Shipping

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 1, 2016, 02:16 PM »
Thanks for fixing the link.  Fun stuff!

They also launched their own WHIH Twitter account.  It's some good stuff!

I've seen signs of Wave 3 shipping, but not any of Wave 4 in the New Jersey area.

I did however see a retail shopping segment on one of the morning shows that was touting May The 4th Be With You, and they specifically showed some 3.75" Black Series figures.  But they only had Finn and Poe.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix's Marvel Comics Shows
« on: April 29, 2016, 09:31 AM »
Straight off his appearance in the 2nd season of the Netflix Daredevil series, the streaming television service has ordered a Punisher series as well.  Check out the news at Entertainment Weekly

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:59 AM »
If you didn't pick up on "Marvel" and "GIANT", I'm just not going to spoon feed it to you.

Managed to pick up Kanan and ANH Luke from HasbroToyShop this morning.  No luck on Ahsoka, though.  And considering the rumors that have been circulating about this wave being in short supply I didn't want to hesitate on these.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 26, 2016, 05:11 PM »
I agree that it sucks if this sort of casting decision was made based purely because of direction from the studio.  Marvel has had a good track record of honoring the source material pretty well. 

There's also Tilda Swinton.  The woman is an amazing actor!  And I think people will probably be impressed by her portrayal of the character.  She has put together so many consistently strong performances, and I don't have any reason to doubt her in this case. 

As for Asian actors in key roles?  I think if there's a fairly positive role for an Asian actor to play, and they can find the right actor?  I can see them going in that direction.  Funny thing though about one Marvel related film that featured a lot of Asian actors - The Wolverine. Granted, that story took place in Japan, and it called for a largely Japanese cast. But one of the key villains, Viper, had her ethnicity changed for the movie. Viper was an Asian woman in the comics, but depicted as a Russian in the movie. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 26, 2016, 04:27 PM »
The New York Times picked this up, too.  And their article also cited the concerns about stereotypes and tensions regarding China and Tibet.  Tibet is a very touchy subject in China.  Just look at how the Chinese government regards the Dalai Lama, one of the most peaceful men in the world, as an enemy of the state because of his advocacy for a free Tibet.   

Having the Ancient One be Tibetan does run the risk of alienating the Chinese market.  And from a business standpoint, the international box office has proven to be incredibly important in making a big budget film a financial success.  And you'll probably also notice how two Iron Man films very deliberately avoided the casting of a Chinese actor in the role of the Mandarin.  Disney/Marvel probably wants to play nice with such a huge marketplace. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 26, 2016, 11:16 AM »
The whole concept of the unknown made Sunday night's episode a whole lot more intriguing.  There was a sense of legitimate danger in not knowing how most of the plot was going to proceed.

The events in Dorne were some of the most interesting.  I wasn't surprised about Trystane at all, since he met a gruesome fate in A Dance With Dragons.  Having the Sand Snakes involved in that definitely made them seem much more threatening than I have ever perceived them in the books.  As did the events in the Water Gardens, and THAT was a big surprise.

Castle Black seemed like a far more dangerous place than it did last season.  Even with the battle for the gate.  Thorne seems intent on leading the Night's Watch.  But he doesn't seem like he has the full support of the men.  On the flipside, I'm glad to see that it's Davos who is helping Dolorous Ed and the others.  And the Melisandre revelation?  WHOA.  But it also put a major damper on my crush for Carice Van Houten.  I think we're in store for a lot more once Dolorous Ed gets back to Castle Black with whomever he's bringing.

It looks like things may be coming to a head soon in the North.  The Boltons seem legitimately concerned about holding the North.  Roose seems intent on expanding his power base.  That seems to include making sure that Ramsay is kept in check and unsure of his own future.  Theon seems to have stepped up significantly since he killed Ramsey Bolton's girlfriend and rescued Sansa.  And seeing Brienne step in with Pod to take out those Bolton men was fantastic.  That scene alone was infinitely better than everything Gwendoline Christie did in her role as Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens.  But I think the best part of the scene was actually when Brienne took her vows to protect Sansa.  She was so earnest in offering her service.  And likewise, it was great seeing the realness of Podrick helping Sansa recite her part of the vows.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 26, 2016, 10:41 AM »
Could you provide a link; this ones not working, Nick.  Thanks.

Fixed the link.  Try it now.

BTW, I saw one of the LEGO sets for this movie.  And it features a GIANT spoiler!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 26, 2016, 09:02 AM »
This is just great!  Marvel Studios launched their own mock cable news channel to debate the issues at the heart of the story of Civil War.  They've got one actress to reprise her reporter role from Iron Man and Iron Man 2 for these spots, in addition to Daily Show veteran Al Madrigal.  And these videos have been getting produced and released for months with mock news stories that revolve around MCU characters.

The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: April 26, 2016, 08:44 AM »
I saw one of the Captain America - Civil War LEGO sets at a local mom & pop toy store yesterday.  And boy was there a GIANT spoiler that came from that particular set!

For those of you who found the new wave, what other 3.75" Black series figures did you find?  Because I found a lot of Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren today at the stores that actually had some in stock. 

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:47 PM »
AT-AT "Signature Set" I believe all of the above are case prices, not pack-out prices (i.e. the AT-AT is 2 per case - so half the above price).

Pardon my prior skepticism.  The price seemed significantly higher than what one might expect a BAT-AT reissue to sell for.  Or a Nerf AT-AT, for that matter. 

Rogue One / Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:01 PM »
Saw this via the Yakface twitter feed.  I translated the text (thanks, Google!).  The YF post mentioned an AT-AT, but there's nothing in this Swiss retail product list that gets anywhere near that descriptive.  Other mentions of this "Signature Set" seem very much focused on this 454.91 priced  offering being an AT-AT.  I've seen similar inclinations over at the RS forums.  Given the story of ROGUE ONE and the price, I'm leaning more towards a Death Star set. 

This ROGUE ONE product list was originally posted by Star Wars  Here's the translated text.  The prices that are listed in both Swiss Francs and Euros.

In our daily research news from the Star Wars collector world, we are on the Swiss online wholesale "yesterday Bazar Herscher encountered" were uploaded in which already the first Hasbro Rogue One article with some information.

Below we bring you all found Hasbro Rogue One Collectibles on the information contained to date. Of course, it must be noted that it is all the name is code-name and therefore also no pictures are of course available.

Please note: Prices are quoted in Swiss francs respectively. We have supplemented the converted -Prices for orientation. The recommended retail price in Germany and Austria could differ, however, as the prices in Switzerland are higher.

12 "highlight 1  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code:  5010994978624
SKU:  B7098100
Price: CHF 74.90 (approx 68.28)

12 "Highlight 2  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994978648
SKU: B7098101
Price: CHF 74.90 (approx 68.28)

12 "highlight 3  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994978587
SKU: B7098103
Price: CHF 74.90 (approx 68.28)

12 "Ultimate figures elect. (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994962241
SKU: B7077EU4
Price: CHF 49.90 (approx 45.49)

Battle Action Basicfigures (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994962203
SKU: B7072EU4
Price: CHF 15.90 (approx 14.49)

Battle Action Figure Set  (Star Wars Rogue 1 with two figures)

EAN code: 5010994961411
SKU: B7073EU4
Price: CHF 29.90 (approx 27.26)

SWU 3.75 Signature Set  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994965112
SKU: B7076EU4
Price: CHF 499.00 (approx 454.91)

Class D vehicle  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010993317196
SKU: B7105EU4
Price: CHF 79.90 (approx 72.84)

Class E vehicle  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994961473
SKU: B7101EU4
Price: CHF 99.00 (approx 90.25)

Class I Lead Hero Droid  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994958718
SKU: B7102EU4
Price: CHF 57.90 (approx 52.78)

Blaster Power Lightsaber  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010993302376
SKU: B8264EU4
Price: CHF 74.90 (approx 68.28)

Eddy Action Lightsaber  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010993302390
SKU: B8263EU4
Price: CHF 85.00 (approx 77.49)

Communicator Green Blaster  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010993307494
SKU: B7764EU4
Price: CHF 44.90 (approx 40.93)

Dolphin Blue Trooper Blaster  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010993307470
SKU: B7763EU4
Price: CHF 99.00 (approx 90.25)

Shark Trooper Deluxe Blaster  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010993307517
SKU: B7765EU4
Price: CHF 74.90 (approx 68.28)

Star Wars Blaster Sidekick  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994933173
SKU: B4439EU4
Price: CHF 27.90 (approx 25.43)

Star Wars Trooper Blaster  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994933043
SKU: B4441EU4
Price: CHF 39.90 (approx 36.37)

14er Darts Refill Pack  (Star Wars Rogue 1, Glow in the Dark)

EAN code: 5010993308118
SKU: B7865EU4
Price: CHF 19.90 (approx 18.14)

Super Soaker Alien Sidekick  (Star Wars Rogue 1)

EAN code: 5010994932947
SKU: B4446EU4
Price: CHF 42.90 (approx 39.11)
Some item titles you can already guess pretty well to what products could be doing. In some other again, it is the more difficult. Plenty of room for the usual speculation indicated.

Once we learn more about the new Hasbro Rogue One Collectibles, we will tell you about course.

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