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Picked up the 6" TIE Pilot and Yoda today.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:22 PM »
The NDA has likely been a common practice at UK Toy Fair for some time.  Still, with the giveaway bag?  And the timing of the release of the line for THE FORCE AWAKENS?  I'm betting that something has been shown.  But almost certainly the public reveal for the TFA line is going to be at Celebration in Anaheim or SDCC.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:28 PM »
JEDI NEWS IS REPORTING that representatives for major retailers came out of closed meetings with Hasbro at the UK Toy Fair holding bags emblazoned with THE FORCE AWAKENS logo.  Despite the reports from Hasbro's PR firm it does seem that Hasbro is showing some of the offerings for THE FORCE AWAKENS to retail buyers, while holding back that product for a later reveal to the media.  Jedi News also mentioned that they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to check out the Hasbro offerings.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:58 AM »
I'm just so tired of genpop hits being frowned on for awards.  If you sold a whole bunch of tickets and there's positive buzz around your movie, you should be up for "Best Picture."  If you were a little 200 theater release artsy fartsy that a dozen people liked, you should be up for "Best Artsy Fartsy." 

I get where you're coming from.  The only time in recent memory where we saw a blockbuster film get some serious recognition at the Oscars was for Lord of the Rings - Return of the KingAvatar got nominated, and I think that's because of pure force of will on the part of James Cameron.  But he didn't win for Best Director or Best Picture.  Still, a film like American Sniper is doing well at the box office and got a bunch of nominations.

The problem is the Academy.  The people who vote regard themselves as artists/filmmakers.  Some of their work makes money, some doesn't. And they take themselves VERY seriously.  Probably far more seriously than they should.  When a comedian like Ricky Gervais knocks these actors while hosting the Golden Globes there are all these gasps and groans from the audience.  And really, they need to get over themselves and what they do.  They're entertainers.  They aren't curing cancer.

The economy of filmmaking does come into play here.  The blockbuster movies are designed to make money for the studio as a whole.  They're considered tent-pole movies that will support the studio as a whole as well as provide funding for the smaller films that are more artistic and less likely to turn a profit.  That sense of broad appeal seems, in most cases, to have this inverse effect among the Academy voters where a big summer movie rarely gets nominated.  At least not for the major acting awards.  So maybe there's some resentment from the filmmakers who are involved in the smaller projects that feel money that could be funding their films is going towards the next Star Wars or Avengers film?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:01 PM »
If only.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:05 PM »
Check out this article for a look at what's coming in the Avengers - Age of Ultron toy line

12-inch Titan Hero Tech Figures
-Iron Man
-Captain America

12-inch Titan Hero Tech Deluxe Figure
-Iron Man Hulkbuster Armor

The 2.5" figure line appears in this article as a series of multipacks with playset elements.  There's a Hulkbuster set with the Hulk and Hulkbuster Iron Man along with a playset component. Other playset elements combine to build up an Avengers tower.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: January 18, 2015, 10:11 AM »
We can find a speck on mars but not that Jet that crashed in the ocean? 

The ocean can be a real sonuvabitch when it comes to downed aircraft searches.  Even when searchers knew the vicinity of where Air France flight 447 went down in the South Atlantic on a flight from Brazil to Paris, it took 2 YEARS to recover the flight data recorders.  The Malaysian Air incident is that much worse because it seems like someone on the flight crew went rogue and wanted to down the plane in one of the most inaccessible parts of ocean on the planet.

Back on topic, researchers have released findings that there may be two more planetary bodies in the Kuiper belt beyond Pluto.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: January 17, 2015, 09:00 AM »
Chopper has been impossible to find here, too. Kallus and the Inquisitor were tough to find, but I found them at some point. But Chopper?  Never.

The stores where I've se the increased prices along with this one have not done any resetting.

Stopped in at one of my area Target stores.  Lo and behold, TBS 3.75" basic figures were still priced at $9.99 each.

Glad to finally have gotten Doallyn off of my ROTJ list, even if he wasn't named "Doallyn".

-Giant Mouse Droid

-Ishi Tib (Shasa Tiel)

-Cane Adiss


-Loje Nella

-Emporer Palpatine - SA, softgoods with throne & cane

-Sim Aloo- Imperial Dignitary

-Rebel Crewman - Home One

-Nik Sant - Rebel Commando

-Yoda - Force Spirit

One of the things I like about the 6" figure line is that it's still pretty fertile ground for new figures and the wishlists:
From last year:
Darth Vader
Yoda (Episode III)
Jabba the Hutt

2015's LIST
Darth Sidious (Episode III)
Darth Tyranus / Count Dooku
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode IV)
Jango Fett
Sand People / Tusken Raider
Qui-Gon Jinn
Princess Leia (Episode IV)
Rebel Fleet Trooper (Episode IV)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:03 AM »
Is it me or does the Hulk look kind of grey in this shot of the trailer?  It could be an interesting development for the Hulk's character.  Or it could just be that the Hulk is just a little dirty or dusty in that particular scene.  But if Joss Whedon DOES want to explore the grey Hulk?  I think that could be fantastic!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: January 13, 2015, 05:46 AM »
Looks like things are going to get pretty dark.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:49 PM »
The newest episode of STAR WARS REBELS is now available for viewing via the Disney XD app as well as on Disney XD On Demand.  This one is called "Idiots Array", which is the name of a particular hand in the Star Wars card game Sabacc.  And this episode features at least a couple of guest voice actors that you're bound to enjoy.  Check it out!

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