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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: July 26, 2015, 12:10 PM »
Wow!  Calling that car gorgeous is an understatement. 

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:17 PM »
I've been trying to avoid getting back into Marvel Legends.  But this MCU Avengers - Age of Ultron multipack looks pretty cool.  And I'm glad to see them finally recognizing Banner, too.

Dribs and drabs of info like this are definitely fodder for some conversation and plenty of speculation.  The 5 POA info is not unexpected.  I think that we saw that coming.

I just wonder when or how info about the line is going to be publicized.  Is Hasbro going to come up with some collector media event some time late next month?  Are they going to use  Hasbro Pulse for the release?  Or are they maybe going to go through USA Today?  That's been a pretty regular source of articles about Hasbro releases at Toy Fair.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: July 15, 2015, 08:21 PM »
I scored most of the new wave of TBS 3.75" figures from Amazon, minus C-3PO.  I came close to getting Threepio through an Amazon Lightning Deal, but the wait list didn't pan out.

The age rating is much more about safety than being age appropriate.  So maybe Hasbro should re-think the age on the package. 

Beyond that?  This is a classic case of lazy parenting.  *SPOILER ALERT * The imagery of Leia in the slave outfit has been around since 1983.  The guy who complained to this station in Philadelphia is probably more concerned that this action figure might lead to him having what he perceives to be an uncomfortable conversation with his kids.  And in the grand scheme of things, this one is pretty easy compared to what real life has in store for most people. 

There are some Lightning Deals going on as part of Prime Day.  The following two are waitlists at this time:

TBS 3.75" Leia in Boussh disguise - $9.99
TBS 3.75" C-3PO - $9.99

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:42 AM »
The mathematical computations, orbital mechanics and astrophysics involved in this mission are impressive all on their own.  Especially since it took close to a decade for the spacecraft to travel from Earth to Pluto, and at a measly speed of 30,800 mph.  And in spite of that the imagery is really impressive!

I saw this posted on the SWAN Facebook page.  Pardon me for copying and pasting my comments from there, but here are my thoughts on this "controversy":

When I bought the 6" Slave Leia figure at Target for myself LAST YEAR, I had my daughter with me. Mind you, she's a toddler. But I felt kind of self concious. And the cashier (female, btw) actually said something to me about the figure like "Ooooh, Leia's looking pretty powerful". I didn't quite know how to take that, personally. And frankly, I was a little surprised that Hasbro went with Slave Leia as their first 6" figure depiction of the character, but it's a look that is very much an accepted part of pop culture. I mean, the costume was the basis for a subplot point on the sitcom Friends after all!  And there have been Slave Leia costume contests going on at conventions for years.

As for this article? It came out yesterday on the heels of SDCC. Star Wars was a VERY BIG story coming out of Comic Con, with lots of positive articles running about the panel which featured guess who: Carrie Fisher. If you pay attention to the news, you'll generally find a trend where there are usually some negative articles about some tangential aspect of a given big news story. The negative pieces generally aren't breaking any sort of hard-hitting news, but they do generate website hits and it might fill 2 minutes in a local newscast, like for this Fox 29 station in Philly. And if Fox 29 in Philadelphia is fishing for a story like this, it's probably an effort on the part of that station's News Director to pump up their ratings and social media profile.

The fact that this figure has been out for well over a year, or that the likeness of Leia is something that's been in pop culture for well over 30 years, very likely does not mean a thing to the News Director of Fox 29 in Philly or the reporter who put this piece together. Have they run pieces about the Funko action figures that depict Danaerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, who is featured in even more brutal scenes than Leia in the slave outfit? Not likely, since Fox 29's reporting is pretty superficial. And they almost certainly wouldn't get a comment from Hasbro because when they ran this piece since all of Hasbro's people were probably travelling back from SDCC. But if they can run a negative piece about a hot topic like Star Wars that leads to a ratings bump? Then they're probably all for it. The journalism and related facts don't matter to the people at Fox 29. And this is the kind of crap that I've come to expect from local news...even if Philly is among the top 10 TV markets in the country.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:30 AM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:16 AM »
I guess the news of trailers/clips for comic projects like Suicide Squad, Dawn of Justice and Deadpool totally overshadowed this news:

Green Lantern Corps Joins the DC Cinematic Universe Schedule

There have been rumors circulating about Tyrese Gibson being in the running to play Green Lantern John Stewart, and now Chris Pine is rumored to play one of the other Green Lanterns.  It's not clear if he would play Hal Jordan, but I have seen the word "reboot" used in reference to Green Lantern as Warner Brothers works towards establishing a more cohesive DC Cinematic Universe.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:59 AM »
The 25th James Bond film wasn't titled "James Bond 25" though, right?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:57 AM »
Yes, but the people in question have a fear of people and crowds, preventing them from attending conventions where you might actually be able to do ACTUAL REPORTING.  Hence their absence from pretty much any con where Hasbro is in attendance.  Besides, it's easy to just stir **** up, right?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:40 AM »
Again it looks like the release schedule for THE FORCE AWAKENS and Disney's strategy is the big sticking point for EVERYTHING.  Disney appears to be committed to not over-hyping the film and avoiding the over-saturation of the market with product.  That NY Times article about the lack of Star Wars presence at SDCC 2015 stated that Disney is projecting ticket sales that may reach $2 billion.  That kind of money trumps everything else, including toy lines.

The next significant event on the calender before that September 4th street date is the Disney D23 expo in Anaheim.  That kicks off on Friday, August 14th.  And I imagine if Disney/LFL licensing/Hasbro is going to reveal anything else, they would do it at that event since it's only 3 weeks before the street date.  I suspect we may see something from the Asian eBay sellers around that time, unless there's a significant clampdown on their activities, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 13, 2015, 08:53 AM »
The premise of Batman taking on Superman is a tough sell, simply because Superman is so powerful.  But I definitely liked how the beginning of the trailer established why Batman would find Superman to be a threat to the world.  And who is positioned to take on someone whose powers are so god-like?  Using the crazy destruction that happened at the end of Man of Steel seems like an organic way to establish the fact that the people of Earth aren't so prepared to embrace Superman and might approach him with a sense of fear.

The Lex Luthor character seems to have been updated into a snarky 20 something billionaire/genius/d-bag.  And sure enough he's come up with some Kryptonite, too.  How?  As for General Zod's corpse in the bodybag?  I'm curious to see where that goes. 

Wonder Woman looks pretty striking.  Gal Gadot is certainly easy on the eyes, and it'll be interesting to see how her character gets developed into this conflict.

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