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I still love the fact that Alec Guinness got 2.25% of the Star Wars profits and ended up getting $50-75 million for something he thought was rubbish.  Far more than Harrison Ford's $35 million take for E7.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: April 15, 2016, 02:29 PM »
Par for the course.  My stupid and tragic tale of trying to acquire a TFA movie poster.  Kids, let Grandpa Dave spin a yarn. 

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Back in 1998-2005 (the old days) - in the days of LucasFilm and ShopStarWars.com, a new Star Wars movie would be in the works.  Excitement would build.  Articles would be written.  Fanboys would speculate and salivate.  A trailer would be shown in the theaters accompanied by the release of a "teaser movie poster".  Interested consumers would go to ShopStarWars.com and buy the teaser poster for $20 plus shipping.  The transaction would take a few minutes and a week later a poster would arrive at your door.  The same would be true of the theatrical release and the theatrical poster.  Five minutes of online shopping, $20, and one week later UPS would leave it at your door while you tended to other things.

Spring forward to 2015 and the days of Disney running the commercial operation.  New movies would be in the works.  Fanboys would salivate.  Yet there would be no way to purchase either a teaser poster nor a theatrical poster other than cheap downsized reprints.

A few fast acting people would be able to acquire these posters, but only through Disney's movie rewards program.  Quantities were very limited, so you better act fast. 

"What is Disney Movie Rewards", you might ask?  Its a loyalty program for people that buy Disney DVDs.  You might also ask, "Why is that the only sales channel available to get a movie poster.  Shouldn't these be available at Disney parks, or Disney stores in the mall, or maybe even Disney.com?"  "Why should I have to buy ten copies of Air Bud to get a Star Wars movie poster"?  All good questions.  Perhaps the Hasbro team responsible for choosing figures to make that never appear in the movie might have lent some help in making these genius decisions.

So kids, Grandpa Dave has spent probably upwards of 80 hours trying to get the theatrical release of this movie poster.  His old bones weren't quick enough in getting ten copies of Air Bud before all the posters were gone (seriously, anybody need a few copies of Air Bud?).  He spent hours driving across town twice on movie premier day because a local theater was supposed to be selling posters that turned out to be small one sided copies for $25.  He as Googled, and searched online, and logged in DisneyMovieRewards.com daily for four months trying to get a poster.  He has made countless bids on eBay only to lose out to people willing to drop upwards of $100 to acquire these posters.  No luck.

Well, after all this he finally managed to "win" an auction on eBay for the theatrical poster (he is still looking for a teaser poster) for $100 on Tuesday.  Thanks to USPS the poster tube arrived with a giant spot caved in.  Thank you for a $100 creased poster.  :'(

If you're doing the math.  Old days - 5 minutes and $20.  These days - 80 hours and $150 ($100 for the poster and $50 for ten copies of Air Bud).

And then today, Friday, out of force of habit Grandpa Dave checked DisneyMovieRewards.com, and for the price of ten Air Bud movies I can now get a The Force Awakens movie poster.

To Bob Iger, and the leadership at Disney - may a real (not animated mouse) crap in your bowl of Cheerios tomorrow morning.

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I know its way too long, but I just had to vent.  ::)

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As for a "Medical Droid"?  FX-7 would make for an amazing figure in that scale with the articulated arms.

I wonder if there is something new with the bacta scene they briefly show in the previews.  I agree that FX-7 would be really cool. 

Although, unless its a critical character to the new movie, I hope it isn't double packed or carried forward from wave to wave.  Hopefully Disney and Hasbro are working together better so we don't get a Zuvio-like figure that jams the pegs with a background or non-existent character.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Product Packaging Revealed
« on: April 13, 2016, 11:20 AM »
Especially in this case all the Empire imagery is very familiar and key to the story.  It sounds like a darker movie and having villains on the box makes sense.  And I doubt we'll see all that many battles with X-wings or any other well known Rebel symbols.

If they put Jyn or some of the other currently unknown Rebel guerrillas on the box it wouldn't be very recognizable.

I think the design is sweet.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 10:51 AM »
I gotta say as much as I loved Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has been an extremely fun look at the Saul/Mike backstory.   Love the little Breaking Bad cameos as well...great stuff

Season finale next week.  Its been a great season 2.

I really think they should call the show, "Better Call Mike".  I think his backstory and adventures are a hell of a lot more fun than Saul's at this point.  Glad to see he is getting more involved with some punks to add some fun to the show.  I like the Saul story lines, but can't wait for them to get back to Mike each time.  I can't wait for the two of them to get really mixed up together.

I wasn't a film school major, so I can't really put all my thoughts together well on this, but I love the "cinematography" with this show.  Some of the camera angles are really cool.  The way they use music is sweet.  I love the sound effects - this week it was the buzzing fluorescent lights and all the electronics freaking out Saul's brother.  It seems like half art project and half commercial tv serial.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: April 11, 2016, 01:10 PM »

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:22 AM »
I'm not watching.  Season 1 was dreadful.

My wife keeps asking why we don't give FtWD a try.  They hit you with so many previews during TWD, and it seems interesting from the previews.  But then I tell her that I have yet to hear anyone say its not a complete waste of time.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 8, 2016, 04:18 PM »
Seems like the more people you collect the more trouble you are asking for.

Agreed.  I assume this is where the next season starts off.

Pulling in a successful/powerful clan (Alexandria) and thinking they won't be a threat is just silly.  The Alexandrians have so far killed somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 Saviors and lost only 2 of their own.  It seems like a bad idea to try and rule them as opposed to just crush them and take their stuff.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 8, 2016, 12:47 PM »
After watching the Rogue One trailer a handful of times I've got a couple of thoughts.

1 - I love the Star Wars world, and this looks cool.  I can't wait to see it.

2 - This seems even more random than before.  Maybe Disney is holding out on us and we'll see some familiar characters play a prominent role (Obi-Wan, Darth, Emperor, Snoke, Boba Fett, The Ghost / Rebels crew, etc.) that add to their character development.  I don't count Mon Mothma as a character I really care about.

Or maybe these characters will end up re-appearing in other anthology movies taking place in this time frame, or spin off in to a Netflix TV series.  Either way, for a first shot at an anthology movie this seems to have virtually no strong tie ins to anything else that is going on.  It may be a cool story, but I would have started with a Kenobi, or smugglers theme, or Boba Fett, or probably 25 other interesting ideas with more obvious connections.

I'll withhold final judgement until I see it, but I'll be somewhat annoyed if this becomes a completely random movie without adding significantly to the Star Wars world.  Disney is getting a lot of my money - and I'm probably too cynical - but Disney needs to make sure this doesn't come across as a pure money grab.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 7, 2016, 05:49 PM »
Do you think the Imperial in white is Tarkin or just some Grand Admiral?

I'm hoping its a Grand Admiral.  Heck, even having it be Thrawn would be pretty cool (I don't care if he is a blue alien or a white dude in the movie).  The Tarkin story line can't play out all that far since he gets eliminated in E4.  It might be nice having a new baddie with his own new backstory that can factor in to any other anthology movies.

I looked on IMDB and there is no mention of that character, and the guy that played Tarkin in E3 isn't listed in the credits.  Maybe its Disney just being coy, or maybe IMDB just isn't built out much yet.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Battle Pack
« on: April 7, 2016, 01:54 PM »
I assume this will be available at Target as well, correct?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 5, 2016, 04:49 PM »
I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the writers themselves haven't fully committed to who's gonna die.  They're probably gathering polling data to see what would give the strongest response without hurting business.

Maybe that is how they do contract negotiations at AMC.  Either agree to a lower contract price or we'll choose you to be Lucille's victim.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 5, 2016, 11:42 AM »
I don't read the comics, so I'm assessing this as a pure TV show.

I have no problem at all with the cliffhanger.  Sure its a tease, but some of the best shows do this all the time (Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, etc.).  Heck SW E7 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger about what happens next with Rey and Luke, and we still have no real idea of Rey's heritage.   If you don't like cliffhangers you probably shouldn't be watching TV, or movies, or reading books that are part of a series.  Either that or load up on Xanax for season finales.

Like I said, I have no idea what the story line is in the comics and where it is "supposed to go" from here, but I mostly really liked the last episode.  I agree all the roadblocks seemed like way too much trouble to go to even if they did have thirty scouts with walkie talkies, or a drone, or whatever.  But I just chalk it up to creative license to build the tension and show Negan's power.

I am looking forward to next season and how Rick and the crew decide to handle Negan's power, how they may try and build an alliance with others, etc.  I'm guessing they're not just going to play nice and hand over 50% of everything for too long.  **edit - I just read a snippet about how the comic series plays out and it sounds like some solid material for next season.**

And I ended up liking the Carol/Morgan story line as well.  They found some new friends and it might give Carol a shot at some moral redemption by seeing how a different "society" has managed to survive and deal with the moral challenges of a Negan/zombie world.

I felt this season was fairly solid overall.  Its gonna be a long summer...

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:45 PM »
Even if its not a key part, it would be nice if they had The Ghost in the background so it could help justify making a toy out of it.

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The top one is a Sky Trooper.  I believe it was in a couple of packs including the Ambush at Star Tours 4-Pack.

Not sure about the E1 Obi-Wan.

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