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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: October 3, 2014, 12:36 PM »
Picked up the TBS 6" Sandtrooper with the black pauldron while hunting for the Proto Fett.

I just picked up that exclusive armored Tyrion at Target.  But when I did I also saw versions of Jon Snow and Danaerys Targaryen that had exclusive tags on the packages.  I'm not completely sure what the differences are between the original offerings.  But I think I have an idea.

I'm thinking that in the case of Jon Snow his sword is different.  I think this exclusive version is supposed to be with Longclaw, the Valyrian steel sword given to him by Lord Commander Mormont.  And in the case of Dany?  I *THINK* it's probably the dragon that's different.  The one I saw at Target looked like Drogon was the pack-in dragon.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: October 2, 2014, 10:55 PM »
The second series definitely seems to be off to a more quick paced start than season one.  And I think the integration of the show's story line with that of Captain America - The Winter Soldier gave the show a new lease on life.  That boost in interest seems to have translated into a bigger production & effects budget for the show.  Although I think the Harley Davidson product placement helped that this week, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: October 2, 2014, 08:54 AM »
Depp has the look for the role.  And he's well connected with Disney.  But I think my reservations about him are the same as Bill's.  Johnny Depp seems to inject this air of camp into almost any project he's involved in these days.

I know there was a lot of talk about Joaquin Phoenix playing the part.  What I also heard there was that he was interested, but also concerned about the amount of CGI the project would require.  And evidently his concerns are that he feels more of a need for practical effects that he could interact with as an actor.  I know that Ewan McGregor expressed similar concerns about the production of the PT, so I don't think it's an insignificant consideration.

Ethan Hawke seems like an interesting choice.  He can pull off the look.  As for the character?  I honestly don't know enough about Dr. Strange to say one way or the other.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Spark of Rebellion"
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:18 PM »
I liked it.  There's a clear line between the artwork of THE CLONE WARS and REBELS.  That kind of continuity is a good thing.  But there was a clear shift in tone in the characterizations, pacing and even the music cues. 

The Empire is clearly an oppressive force.  That overhead shot of the Star Destroyer passing over Ezra's tower established that in a hurry.  Although I think some of the officers in Lothal looked a bit too buffoonish.  That, and the Stormtroopers continue to be incredibly poor marksmen.

Ezras introduction to the crew of the Ghost was alright.  The speederbike chase was cool.  The good stuff for me was Ezra and his slow discovery of his Force abilities.  Like Ezra sensing Kanan through the Force, and the music associated with that.  There was also the opening of the holocron.  That along with the message from Obi-Wan tied a lot of things together in a big way.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: September 29, 2014, 12:43 PM »
From what I understand there are still some tickets available for Thursday.  I may try to go, but it's still up in the air for me.  Seeing new product in person is always very cool, but a show like NYCC can get really expensive in a hurry.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: September 25, 2014, 05:43 PM »
The Fett Finder has been hit or miss for me.  I still haven't found a Proto Fett.  But the leads it gave me did help me find the TBS Darth Vader and Chewbacca. 

And in the process?  I found a 20" Darth Maul at one Walgreens store.  I hadn't seen that one before.

Other Toy Lines / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Figures!
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:57 PM »
Really?!?!  That's surprising.  Although I've gotta say, it's pretty cool that they're recognizing Tyrion as much as they are in the GoT line.  This makes for a full three versions of Tyrion in the line, and we haven't even seen wave 2 hit retail in any sort of quantity yet.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:41 PM »
Agreed.  I think that's pretty safe territory in terms of character selection.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:17 PM »
Episode 1 of Season 2 certainly started off nicely.  I have to say, Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter was one of the high points of the first Captain America film.  Seeing her reprise the role in Captain America - The Winter Soldier and now in the season premier of Agents of SHIELD was nice.  And knowing that the mid-season hiatus will be occupied by the spinoff Agent Carter is pretty cool.  And was it me, or did Dum Dum Dugan nearly open a casket with a dead blue alien?

It does seem as though some things have transpired since the end of Season 1.  Coulson seems to be rebuilding the organization bit by bit, but SHIELD continues to be regarded as an outlawed organization.  Who better than one of the great pricks of the Marvel Universe to pursue them than Glenn Talbot!

This new Hydra cell seems interesting.  I thought it might tie in with Baron Von Strucker who we saw at the end of Captain America - The Winter Soldier, but this looks like a completely different faction.  The ageless leader is definitely interesting.  The Absorbing Man seems to have been well done from an effects standpoint.  And I was personally happy to see that he barely had any dialogue.  When I realized who was playing the part I thought the show runners made the wise decision in limiting his speaking.  I found Brian Wade to be pretty hateable in other roles when he opened his mouth.  So silence here is his friend!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: September 25, 2014, 12:52 PM »
Probably.  But since Episode VII is being released in December '15 as opposed to May, it does throw off the sort of release schedule that we're used to.  IIRC the ROTS preview figures came out around late February or early March of 2005.  And then the main ROTS line started getting released about 1 month before the movie.  Given that history?  I would think that an Episode VII preview would come out around the time of SDCC 2015 or Star Wars Celebration.  The full line would probably follow some time around October 2015.

There's also JJ Abrams to consider.  He seems to have brought a much greater level of secrecy to the Episode VII production than we saw during the prequels.  And a lot of the quotes that I've seen coming from the cast have stated that they and JJ Abrams want to preserve that element of surprise with this movie.  The possibility of a preview figure(s) might fly in the face of that level of secrecy.  I get the feeling that the LFL licensing people and Hasbro would like the opportunity to cash in on preview merch, but if the ethos of secrecy is making it's way throughout the Disney/LFL organization, then I think it's likely that any preview items might be limited to characters we already know.

This set is currently on sale on for $79.99

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:36 PM »
Both Jabba and the Speeder bike set are $35.49 each on right now.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:24 PM »
I've been hitting a number of area Walgreens over the past couple of weeks.  But the Fett finder on the Walgreens website will be a tremendous help in tracking this down.

The Original Trilogy / ANH - The Medal Ceremony - As it REALLY happened
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:49 PM »
For years there have been stories about the filming of the medal ceremony scene from A NEW HOPE.  Grousing extras taking pot shots at the stars as they walked towards the dais, etc.   Well, check THIS OUT!  It's almost like being on the set.


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