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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:10 PM »
...Hence the eye rolling smiley.

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Some of the first wave of ROGUE ONE themed BLACK SERIES 6" figures have leaked and there are some video reviews of those figures which have been posted to YouTube.  Check them out at the links below:
TFA22 - Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
TFA23 - Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
TFA24 - K-2SO
TFA25 - Imperial Death Trooperr


The (Eadu) notation with Cassian Andor makes me think that we have a third planet in the mix for ROGUE ONE.  We've already seen a good deal about Jedha, along with the tropical planet Scarif.  I think that Eadu is probably the name for the planet that was a location shoot in Iceland, with the volcanic rock surface.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 06:26 AM »
Does protection from radiation fall under life support?

Yes, but I was going the wee need to eat and breathe route.  In my project, I was able to counter radiation with shielding...even magnetic shields would work well.

The trick with increased shielding is the increased mass of the spacecraft.  Launch operations and general propulsion are intrinsically tied to the mass of the spacecraft.  A magnetic shield may be less massive than shield plating with a traditional material like lead, but could potentially interfere with onboard instrumentation. 

However, when you're talking about crew exposure to radiation and possible survival issues, the shielding becomes a very significant consideration.  Here's more on the study regarding the Apollo astronauts and their potentially unique health issues.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 20, 2016, 06:10 AM »
Radiation is a very big consideration.  We're some 40 years on from the Apollo program, but something that has come to light with the Apollo astronauts is an increased incidence of heart disease.  And one of the major factors that researchers are pointing to is the cosmic radiation that the Apollo astronauts were exposed to since their flights to the moon took them beyond the Earth's magnetic field, which largely shields the planet from most of this radiation.

Cosmic radiation?  So then these guys are just starting to develop their super powers?  About time.



I'm sure people like Buzz Aldrin and Gene Cernan would much rather be able to burst into flames and fly rather than suffer from heart disease as a result of their space flights.  ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 20, 2016, 05:55 AM »
This is actually Alex Morgan, who plays midfield for the US Soccer WNT










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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: August 19, 2016, 07:20 PM »
A whole bunch of ROGUE ONE items got listed for pre-order on Amazon earlier today.  But several of them were listed using some of the code names that we've previously seen on some ROGUE ONE rumor lists.  And sure enough, word got back to somebody at either Hasbro or Lucasfilm, because the listings got pulled.  Per SWAN, these were some of the items that got listed (and summarily pulled):

Black Series 6-inch Figures
◦Princess Leia
◦Shark Leader
◦Shark Trooper (Yellow)
◦Tertiary Hero Droid
◦Seal Seer
◦AT-ACT Driver
◦Seal Weaponizer
◦Sabine
◦Obi-Wan Kenobi (From A New Hope confirmation the SDCC figure will be released regularly, without the extra accessories)
◦and, the best, Darth Vader


Also up for order is the new, big, AT-ACT vehicle!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 19, 2016, 04:11 PM »
Right now the biggest problem getting to Mars is radiation.  Second biggest is protection from random debris.  Neither insurmountable, but both very difficult.  A space elevator would solve both pretty quickly.

Radiation is a very big consideration.  We're some 40 years on from the Apollo program, but something that has come to light with the Apollo astronauts is an increased incidence of heart disease.  And one of the major factors that researchers are pointing to is the cosmic radiation that the Apollo astronauts were exposed to since their flights to the moon took them beyond the Earth's magnetic field, which largely shields the planet from most of this radiation. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 19, 2016, 10:35 AM »
A spacecraft capable of travelling at 20% of lightspeed would have to be generations away.  Voyager I is about 11 billion miles out, and that's still in the Kuiper belt.  But a manned mission to another system?  Just being able to provision a spacecraft for that voyage would be an incredible feat.  And would it be possible to put a crew in some form of stasis/hibernation for the journey?  I would also think that navigating through interstellar space to a nearby system would be an unprecedented challenge, too.

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Jared Leto held a Q&A session recently and basically stated that he felt like he was tricked into playing the Joker in Suicide Squad.  He also went on to state that he shot enough footage for an entire movie, but the reality is that the Joker was only in Suicide Squad for some 15 minutes.

Just WTF is Warner Brothers/DC doing?  As much as I'd like some diversity in the realm of comic book films, I think that my strong feelings in favor of the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to be validated by the missteps of these other studios.  There's some really strong source material with DC, just as there is with X-Men and Fantastic Four.  But when it comes to translating these properties into film franchises, what the hell are these studios thinking?

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 17, 2016, 05:17 AM »
I like the swing-wing feature.  And the design of the cockpit is somewhat like that of a Y-wing.  As for it being underscaled?  That's definitely disappointing.  And so is the Nerf feature.  But I have to wonder how much it would have cost if it were more appropriately scaled.  Would it be sized somewhere between the ARC-170 and Republic Gunship?  How much would a new vehicle tool cost consumers?

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Rogue One / Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 15, 2016, 07:44 PM »
Check out this posting at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss.  They've got our first glimpse of what look like official Hasbro images of the 3.75" U-Wing Starfighter.  This vehicle also includes a 3.75" Captain Cassian Andor figure ..... and Nerf action features. 

These images appear to have leaked from a French product listing that was posted a little early.  The vehicle definitely looks scaled down.  And the original article stated that they think the price point will be around $50.

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STAR WARS E7 CLASS HERO III STARFIGHTER VEHICLE

A new vehicle on the scene with the NERF strike force! A magnificent ship to ship your figurines and launch missiles.Nerve! Vehicle up figurines 10 cm.MEGA compatible with Nerf darts.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 13, 2016, 06:00 PM »
What I've read is that Netflix will carry the show internationally, but in the US and Canada  the show will be exclusive to CBS All Access.  And the Sony service Crackle may carry it, too, per that article.  That's the one point of hope that I have, because I have a Sony smart TV, and Crackle will stream on it in the app/streaming menu.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 13, 2016, 04:49 PM »
It won't.  The new show is only going to be available via CBS's streaming service in the U.S.

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I met Kenny at a few cons.  He was such a nice guy, and genuinely funny.  We even had a good chat about Time Bandits.  I'm sad to hear the news.  MTFBWY, Kenny!

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My order arrived yesterday.  Definitely pleased with the speed with which HTS got these out.  When I did a little quick research I was surprised to find that the fulfillment center for HTS is so close that I could actually drive there in a little over an hour from my house.  Hopeuflly I'll get a chance to open these up in the next few days.  I've tasked myself with cleaning up my collection room and getting some proper shelving installed at long last.

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