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That playset is so key in drawing my interest.  Probably because there have just been so few playsets of any kind that something like this ends up being a big deal.

I saw this reposted on the Yakface Instagram account this morning.  It's a packaged image of the upcoming new wave of WalMart exclusive Black Series 3.75" figures including Captain Phasma, Han Solo (Starkiller base), and Leia (D'Qar).  The user who posted these images is from Singapore.  That being the case, these will likely show up in the US in the next few weeks. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 15, 2016, 09:38 AM »
Looking forward to the season 6 premiere on Sunday.  And I've got to say, this is the first time since season 1 where I just don't know what to expect, and that's pretty exciting.    Because for season 2 through 5 (after I had read all the books), I kind of knew what to expect.  But now?  I have an inkling to one big thing that's set to happen, but that's it.

There's also some news that's come out regarding the future of the series.  Such as?  Following season 6 there are likely to only be two more seasons, with both of those having a shorter run of 6 or 7 episodes each.  Read about it here.

This is a much more attractive price point than the Funk 6" Game of Thrones figures.  I actually boxed mine up the other day to clear some space while I work on my collection room.  The character selection is definitely interesting, as is the level of articulation.  I wonder if Funko will be able to move this line forward a bit further than the 6" figure line?

There are a couple of peculiar 6" Black Series pre-orders up on EE at this time.  These are slated to arrive this month, and I wonder if these two figures are being reissued in response to the ROGUE ONE trailer which showed us glimpses of a movie that will be heavy on Imperial imagery:

Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader 6-Inch Action Figure

Star Wars The Black Series Stormtrooper (ANH) 6-Inch Action Figure

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off Rumor/Idea - Kenobi!
« on: April 14, 2016, 02:04 PM »
I was watching Collider's Jedi Council on YouTube last night, and the topic of an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film came up.  And two of the guests on the panel were Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan on REBELS) and Sam Witwer (Emporer Palpatine and Maul on REBELS).  Both voice actors are pretty tapped in to what's going on at Lucasfilm, despite the fact that they can't discuss anything about their show.  However, Freddie Prinze Jr. did offer that some 30+ scripts have been pitched to Lucasfilm/Disney about Obi-Wan Kenobi during his years in exile on Tatooine.  Frankly, I was shocked to hear that just that many concepts had been pitched!

What also came up is that Ewan McGregor has met with Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm about the project.  And he has also expressed an interest in working on the project with a director he has worked with in the past.  When I heard that, I instantly thought of Danny Boyle.  And if that were to happen, I would be most interested in the direction of that project!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: April 14, 2016, 01:54 PM »
According to this Deadline article there appears to be a frontrunner for the role of Han Solo.  That being Alden Ehrenreich, who got some really positive reviews for his role in the recent Coen brothers film, Hail Caesar!.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 13, 2016, 05:43 PM »
There was an issue that popped up recently during the whole #OscarsSoWhite issue leading up the Academy Awards.  Notably, that while there may be a lack of award worthy roles for African American actors, there are far fewer for Asian actors.  And when it comes to Asian actors who work regularly in American film and television in notable roles, there's a much smaller group to draw from.  So Asian actors may have more of a bone to pick about how roles are cast.

I tend to agree with Bill about the general casting issues.  It seems important to try casting a lead actor who resembles a comic character.  Casting a character like Thor, and you need someone who LOOKS like Thor who can fill the role.  As for supporting roles?  I think there's a lot more leeway that allows filmmakers to cast the actor who would work best in the role, rather than trying to cast someone by racial/gender/age demographics.  Something like this popped up in a film that's currently in theaters that deals with drone warfare.  Helen Mirren wound up with the role of a general in the British military, even though the role was originally slated for a male actor.  The filmmakers felt that she was the best fit as an actor.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: April 13, 2016, 05:33 PM »
I didn't see the numbers or release dates.  It'd be nice but we never get that info.

Here's the info from the graphic JTA posted:

#33  Clone Commander Wolffe   12/06/2016
#34  Han Solo (Episode VII)   12/13/2016
#35  Luke Skywalker (Episode VII)  12/20/2016
#36  First Order Stormtrooper   12/27/2016

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: April 13, 2016, 04:33 PM »
Sweaty balls can be quite prescient.  Best to trust them above all!

I didn't think too much of the pricing.  European pricing is always somewhat off from U.S. pricing.  But the figure numbers?  And the specific release dates?  Those seem like red flegs to me.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: April 13, 2016, 02:55 PM »
Something about this seems fishy.  Notably, the dates.  Specific release dates for individual figures are something that we've only seen for Disney's Elite Series die-cast figures.  Until we see some more images or get some more solid information, I'm going to maintain a skeptical outlook on this.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 13, 2016, 10:28 AM »
Ah.  If it's true, he should be able to fill out the suit quite well.  Spencer Wilding was in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he played the rather large blue alien that took Star Lord's Walkman. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: April 12, 2016, 09:29 AM »
Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort?  Really?  Is early Han a Dejarik chess nerd?  Not overly excited about any of these, but Jack Reynor kind of has that look...

Jack was just on the Today show and got asked about the possibility of being cast in the Han Solo movie.  Predictably, he couldn't say anything about being cast. But he was extremely complimentary of the directors, saying that they're the perfect guys to direct this film.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 10, 2016, 07:13 AM »
It's not meant to be dickish.  I get the sense that a lot of critics went into BvS with a lot of preconceived notions.  Whether it was about the director, or the actors, or the release date being pushed back from last summer to this spring.  If you want to judge the film?  At least do it the service of seeing it, unless of course you have a solid track record of trusting the way some specific film critics review movies.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 9, 2016, 09:33 AM »
Just saw a number of tweets from people who went to a press screening of Civil War.  Most of them seem to have been overwhelmingly positive.

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