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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Iron Man (Movie and Sequels)
« on: May 9, 2013, 10:33 AM »
I would think the major gripe with the "twist" is that a major villain from the Iron Man universe essentially doesn't exist.  I suppose a true Mandarin could show up later, but I think that ship has sailed.  I don't see why Kingsley's version couldn't have had the magic rings.  I think the depiction of AIM fit very well in the movie Marvel universe.  I don't think you could have brought in a character like MODOK into the movie.  I think they did a good job with most of the Extremis elements as well.  I'm not sure I would have gone with the Killian arc as they did though.  Overall, I think the villains have been the weak point in the Iron Man trilogy as a whole.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Speculation
« on: May 6, 2013, 07:10 AM »
2015 - 1983 = 32 years

Why is it so unrealistic that Han & Leia and Luke & mystery woman (I won't say Mara Jade anymore since she could be negated by the ST) waited 5-7 years after the events of Return of the Jedi to have kids? If they did, the first born would be 27 years old at the start of the movie and would still very much be considered a 20-something. 20-something doesn't have to mean 20 or 21.

Leia would be having her first kid at 40 then  (and Han 54).  Sure medical science was better in the Star Wars universe, but you must admit having kids that late isn't typical.  Especially for women.

Maybe Leia just froze some embryos in carbonite so she could focus on her career...

I think of it this way... Luke Skywalker is a hero - like Lincoln.  Did amazing things.  Made history.  Saved humanity.

Nobody gives one damn about Lincoln's kids.

I think you are getting way to hung up on the actors' ages instead of the in universe age.  If the ST is set 30 years after ROTJ, then Luke and Leia will be ~52 and Han will be ~62.  If you follow the EU for the birth of the Solo kids, they would be in their mid 20's 33 ABY since the twins were born during the Thrawn novels which were five years after ROTJ.  Ben Skywalker was born a lot later than that.  I am assuming the EU will be essentially wiped out by the ST, so I doubt it will be the same set of kids, but it certainly isn't unrealistic for the second generation to be around the same age Luke, Leia and Han were in the OT if the ST is set approximately 30 years after ROTJ to coincide with the actual passage of time in the real world.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Speculation
« on: May 1, 2013, 11:26 AM »
I don't know if Episode VII will do Avengers type opening weekend numbers.  The prequels left a sour taste in the mouth of the casual Star Wars fan.  The only reason TPM made the most money was because it was the first Star Wars film in 16 years.  The poor story certainly hurt the box office of AOTC and the poor story of AOTC hurt the box office of ROTS, which was easily the best of the three prequels.

The saving grace for Episode VII will be signing the big three to appear in the film.  I think that will get people who were turned off by the prequels somewhat excited.  However, you are going to get the "they are too old" crowd.  The story will really be a key in all this.  Disney cannot afford to have a boring trade dispute/political story line.  There will need to be an enemy that is a credible threat to the Jedi and a lot more action than we saw in TPM.

When new movies were announced in the 90's, I really wanted them to make the sequel trilogy back then.  At that point, the major stars were not "too old".  Ford has always said he wouldn't play Solo again, but I bet Lucas could have at least got him to cameo for a death scene.  The other reason was so that nine episodes would have actually been made.  At that point, I never though Episodes VII through IX would be a certainty if Episodes I through III were completed.  Until the Disney sale, that was the road Lucas went down with his revisionist "I only intended to make six movies" statement.

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: 1/6 TPM Obi-Wan
« on: March 14, 2013, 07:12 AM »
I got my notice as well.  I am wondering what the future is for this line.  After this one ships, the only pre-order left is the prequel Yoda with a shipping estimate in June.  Generally, we would have seen an onslaught of pre-orders at this point.  I can't recall the last time the queue had gotten so low with Sideshow 12" figures.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: March 8, 2013, 06:25 AM »
Lucas is new Spoiler Source: Big 3 returning

If you get the entire quote from the Bloomberg article, Lucas goes from saying they were signed, to they were in final negotiations, to who knows if they would have signed.  He seemed to really backtrack on it after he initially let it slip.  I think the most interesting thing is that Lucas was actually going to go forward with the sequel trilogy on his own as a means to showing the franchise was still profitable for any potential buyers.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: February 6, 2013, 01:08 PM »
Eliminating used games would kill the system.  If you can't even borrow a game from a friend, I think that would make one shy away from the system.  They would need a bunch of exclusive games to be viable.  You even eliminate the option of renting games unless they make some sort of rental only copy that doesn't have the activation code.  I think just about every game system owner has bought a game that just didn't meet their expectations and wanted to either get rid of it or go back in time and not purchase it.  At $60/game, the option to not get any of your money back will be too much to bear for many people.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: February 6, 2013, 07:11 AM »
As long as RG3 is back at 100% by August, I will be happy.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: February 5, 2013, 07:20 AM »
I have to say the blackout hurt the Ravens.  It isn't like it happened right after the halftime show.  It happened about three minutes into the second half.  The Ravens returned the opening quick off for a touchdown and had the 49'ers at 3rd and 13.  If the 49'ers don't convert, Ravens have a ton of momentum.  While they didn't convert after the delay, they sure had a lot of time to regroup, much more so than at halftime.  You can probably chalk that one up to the delay.  Converting a 3rd and long after a delay of that amount probably isn't easy.  At halftime, yes they would have made adjustments, but they got an extra halftime to readjust again after going down by another touchdown.  The Ravens were flat on their next series and then the 49'ers went on a roll.  Without the delay, I don't think the 49'ers would have made it a close game.

Unfortunately, any new item will not have a discount.  They do give you points for each item that you purchase that you can use to discount future prices.  However, there are a couple things to note.  First, you don't actually earn the points until about 30 days after the purchase.  Second, if you use points to purchase an item, you do not earn points on that item.  In that respect, it is better to use points on a cheaper item or to save up enough points to purchase an item for free or near free.  I believe you get one point per one dollar in item price and each point is worth a penny.

In terms of Hot Toys, if they are anything like the Marvel line, they usually sell out and hold their price on the secondary market so finding a bargain is quite tough.

I am pretty sure HBO has already announced that book 3 would be two seasons.  I think they also said there would be a few extra minutes per episode as well.  I'm not sure if they said at what point in the book they would end season 3.

I don't think both books 4 and 5 would be split into two seasons.  I would think you could get away with either two or three seasons between those two books and I would think those seasons would be combinations of those two books.  Since they are concurrent stories, I don't think viewers would be happy not seeing certain characters for a whole season since they would only be in one book and not the other.

LEGO / Re: Lego 2012
« on: January 9, 2013, 06:59 AM »
I know a lot of the 2012 stuff will slowly get phased out now, but I was curious, will the Jabba's Palace set be around for a bit yet?  I know places like TRU (which I know is higher priced) and Amazon sometimes have the sets available a bit longer than Target/WM, so I was wondering if that set might be available for awhile yet.  I've just been getting more into LEGO over the past year, and I'm still learning the availability patterns a bit.  Thanks for any advice.

Generally, the brick and mortar stores phase them out after about six months.  I've been to three Walmarts in the past week and they had none of the larger Star Wars sets.  Granted, they also don't have any figures on the pegs besides the TPM from the Vintage line and some clone wars stuff.

I just ordered the Jabba set off of  Shipping was only ~$4. generally has the sets around a year or longer after their initial release.  All of their prices are MSRP unless they are running a sale.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:06 AM »
Can you spoil the secret?  At what second the scene occurs?

It is the final scene on the Japanese trailer with the hands up against the glass.  It is probably paying homage to the end of Wraith of Khan when Spock dies right in front of Kirk.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:02 AM »
I would say the whole Mandalorians in the Clone Wars is Lucas's direct hand in the EU.  I have no idea why he went the way he did with it.  It makes little sense to me.  It would have been equivalent to the hippies taking over the US government during the Viet Nam era.  I just don't see how the non-violent Mandalorians take over the government from a warrior race.

While not Lucas directly, his daughter was responsible for the whole Dathomir arc.  While she did change some stuff from established EU the biggest crime is that absolutely zero credit was given to Dave Wolverton who wrote The Courtship of Princess Leia.  That novel created Dathomir and the Nightsisters.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: December 11, 2012, 07:23 AM »
The EU post ROTJ is just too expansive at this point for the new movie not to step on something.  You are just going to lose the general audience if you try to set this movie ~40 ABY and keep all the EU.  I think it would be a bit too much to tell someone:  Han and Leia had three kids, but two are dead and one of the dead ones became a Sith Lord.  They are now pretending to be the parents of the Sith Lord's child because the mother is a Queen in a planetary system where females are in charge and said child would be in danger of being assassinated.  Then tell them, Luke was married but his wife was killed by the above Sith Lord nephew, but they did have a kid named Ben who is named after Obi-Wan.  Then progress to all this happened after the universe was decimated by a technology hating species that could be felt in the Force.  This was followed up by a second Galactic Civil War which lead into Jedi going crazy because they were exposed to some all powerful being that links in to that crazy Mortis trilogy from the Clone Wars cartoon.  Finally, tell them that Chewbacca is dead and won't be in the new movies.  He sacrificed himself saving Han's son (not the one who became a Sith Lord) and had a moon dropped on him...then tell them that was all for nothing because that son died shortly thereafter.

I think all that is a little much for the general fan to digest.  If the new trilogy is to be the passing of the torch, it is a little weak to only have two Skywalker decendents left alive.  There are too many established Jedi in the EU for the new trilogy to be a "Luke training/resestablishing the Jedi" storyline.

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