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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's The End of the World As We Know It
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:59 AM »
If it's warm and you live someplace cold, no biggie to me.  Leaving them up all year is akin to a couch on your front porch.

I'm getting at least everything down from the garage space tomorrow I think.  We're lucking out where this polar dip isn't getting us, and just by a pube, so I'm scared enough to get things down.  I don't go up on a ladder to put anything up here.  Now Diane's house, that's another story.  :-\

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:53 AM »
Good to see Hasbro fixing a toy with a flaw that bad.  I passed on this Vader...  This may get me to buy it now.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: November 10, 2014, 03:39 PM »
Yeah, I think the deals online are the better route to go with this stuff than B&N purchases.  I want some, but I'll pick them up with orders at EE or something first.

They should just have a whole separate section to sell these figures in, where you have to show ID to enter, and it should have big neon signs all over it that say, "ADULT TOYS" all over it...  Outside could have the same thing too.  Like right below the big Toys R Us sign could be a big neon blinking sign that says "ADULT TOYS" below it...  blink blinking.

Someone will inevitably get confused and put Hex Bugs in there, but they'll figure it out eventually.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: November 10, 2014, 03:31 PM »
It doesn't seem to work on everyone, or work well maybe.  Yet other times it does...  it's inconsistent, I can say that much anyway.

What the Rebels first major victory was seems a bit ambiguous in the EU.  It could be it's the Death Star plan heist, but the DS plan theft is rather clandestine in most of the EU representations of it (especially if you stick with the Dark Forces arc).

Another angle I viewed on that line was the takedown of an Imperial Destroyer or two prior to the events of ANH...  Moving from simple convoy raids to real assaults on major targets...  which the DS plans kind of throw a monkeywrench into that then since there's this new big threat and all the victories in deep space suddenly mean bunk because of it.

It's an interesting topic I think.

And this still seems to meander back into the "EU is DEAD!" crap...  This is one of the things about Rebels I really don't like...  It's really just more EU to me, as is anything now in the post-Lucas era.  It's like having someone write Middle-Earth story lines now that Tolkien is long dead.  Any individual with enough $ could've bought it.

I keep getting these articles about the voice actors telling people how deep and dark their character's backstory is, but I'm reluctant to believe them at this point.  I don't see this show delving where TCW was willing to go.

I like that thought too, that the shows feel like "webisodes", McMetal.  They're shallow, and simplistic...  so far anyway.

There's a ton of cool stuff to take away, but there's a lot to just ignore and be disinterested in too.  I mean, some of the dialogue is really laughably bad too.  There is a long way for this show to go, and grow.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:28 AM »
B&N isn't really convenient for me to go, but I was in one today and they had scads of all the lines.  I got to look them over in person and some are a lot cooler than I thought.  I'd dig the whole Universal Monsters line, personally. 

I also thought some of the Firefly and other characters had neat custom potential (I'm always looking). 

Some were pure ass though...  but I thought the chrome Terminator, while kinda goofy looking, was goofy in a fun way. :)

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:18 AM »
They've said it's 5 (or was it 4?) years before the events of ANH...  I agree Matt, you'd think pretty quickly after ROTS, but no.

I'd have preferred that, and maybe a little more of a TCW vibe and tie-in to it.  Just my opinion.  Less Stormtroopers, and "Empire in your face" stories, and more of the transitional period covered.

I'm with everyone on the McQuarrie stuff, the settings, the planets...  That abandoned TCW base?  Come on man!  There wasn't a setting that well done in the entire TCW series if you ask me.

And I feel like Hera and Sabine as stand-alone new characters work great!  Chopper works well too...  And Kanan WITH Hera works great.  There's spark, there's connection, there's banter but with some kind of romantic overtone to it...

Zeb and Ezra though, they are the Jake Lloyd and Jar Jar of this series.  They can bring anything to a screeching halt with what seems like forced interaction.

I did get a laugh at Ezra riding Chopper and beating him, but his redeeming moments are few, and most of the time he's just grating, to be honest.  And Kanan is a weaker character, and generally less interesting, when he's around Zeb and Ezra as well. 

I thought the last episode with Hera and Sabine was really good, and while it's just voice acting, I feel like they do a better job at that too.

This show's trying very hard to be more kid friendly though, it's obvious.  So I'm just going with the flow.  I'll watch...  I'm sure things aren't going to be as well liked as TCW generally was.  It had a roller coaster feel to it at times, but it overall was a lot more mature in its tone (so far).  They'll always be held to that standard too, especially keeping Filloni on and all, so that's on them.  They may not give a hoot...  Which is fine too.

The only thing about vehicles I've been a tad annoyed about, and the movies do this too, so whatever really, but they jump around in terms of scale...  The AT-DP goes from tiny to not tiny quickly, haha.  I still love seeing the design in the show though!  And the Stormtrooper Transport...  Sneak in an MLC-3 next maybe? :)

I'm with others though...  This isn't the "Rebel Alliance".  That's somewhere else.  These are guys that may get caught up in it all, but they're just their own little side gig I think.  Or that's how I'm viewing it anyway.  It's either that or I'll just ignore the storyline for the mots part, haha.

Jeff beat me to the timeline thing, sorry.

Yeah I think the painfully unnecessary cameos are going to happen and it's going to hurt.   :-\  I can almost buy a younger Leia turning up since they've already intro'd her father, but I just will absolutely hate seeing Han, Chewbacca, Luke, or anyone like that turn up.  Ugh.

Jeff, I actually don't mind the "physics" thing...  Star Wars physics is **** anyway, so I have learned to ignore that.

The kids becoming Stormtroopers, I have 100% just rationalized it as the Star Wars version of the Hitler Youth or whatever...  Grooming the youth to go to the academy and become soldiers when they're of age.  Luke's whining about it and he's 17 or 18, and whining like he should've left by now, so I imagine there's little centers like Lothal's around the galaxy on any planet the Empire has a presence on...  Anything to get their minds hooked while young.

Noticed they had a black kid in the group too.  Dismissing "The Empire are also racist" notion somewhat?

Collect All 92! / Re: Nikto
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:09 AM »
Forgot to comment on Nikto, but absolutely needed to! 

The vintage Nikto I never owned till later in life, but it was one of those figures you just wanted to see Hasbro get to updating so the whole 92 group was wrapped up.  The Jabba goons do get redundant a bit, but if it had a figure originally I feel like that version takes precedence to a degree, and this is a long overdue modernization of the Nikto Guard.

The quilted pants are awesome, and Hasbro going the extra mile to include a sidearm and holster is great, not to mention a removable helmet.  I appreciate that ALWAYS, and loved seeing it on this goober.

I felt like they really nailed that frowny face from the vintage cardback too...  Just everything about this screams flawless update to me.  He wasn't the most popular figure of his wave but he is a great update, and a hole in the original line has been filled with a modern version, and that's just refreshing.

Collect All 92! / Re: Han Solo (In Tench Coat)
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:04 AM »
I got the original figure on clearance (Gold Circle!) for his gun and coat...  I was beyond Star Wars at that point, and I'd moved onto GI Joe.  The gun and coat would wind up with my favorite Joe repeatedly (or Sallah's coat, which had more give and could tie shut).

Articulation meant everything to me at that point. :D

As I got back into Star Wars, in the early 90's, Endor Han was one of my first buys because he was my favorite incarnation of Solo...  The original SW figure was goofy at best, and Bespin Han didn't look like him at all to me. 

Endor Han and Bespin Han were also some of my favorite bases for early custom work.

The Vintage Collection Han (or the one from the Battlepack which has a better headsculpt IMO) is a very far cry from perfection...  The barrel-shaped unnecessarily ball-jointed torso is simply dismal.  Just such a bad choice, and a rare instance of Hasbro going too far with articulation at the cost of aesthetics.  Add in the TVC figure's oddly tiny head and a not-so-good likeness, and it's a failure that needs remedied. 

Oh, did I mention I absolutely loathe the "sculpted on thigh strap" for the holster too?  So dumb looking...  Sculpt the strap onto the holster, ala Bespin Luke's last couple figures.  it doesn't hinder articulation at all it seems, and doesn't leave that silly looking bit on the figure's leg but not attached to the holster.

Han Endor is a figure I'd champion for an update big time at this point.  He, and a brown coat Hoth Han for on a Taun-Taun, are two very big updates we need to see.  Cantina Han would be next in line then I think.  They just don't put out enough Solo figures.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: November 6, 2014, 03:54 PM »
Warrin' and whorin' but never borin'

Looks like it'll be an exciting ending with some heavy emotion.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 6, 2014, 03:52 PM »
Maybe it refers to new people?  ???  Little early to assume it doesn't refer to someone tho isn't it?

I like it....  It seems to me it could refer to a lot of different possible things or people.  I dunno.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: November 6, 2014, 01:50 PM »
I've been watching, but it's definitely not The Clone Wars.  It's not even The Clone Wars in the first season, actually.  I'm with you guys on a lot of the comments...  The ships are great, locations are great...  Characters, they're not so great.  Hera's interesting and Chopper is good.  I can't say I like Kanan, Ezra, Zeb (he's so-so, not as bad as the others), the Inquisitor, etc.

Children becoming Stormtroopers?  Wow that's reaching.  Are they in school for 3 years for this?  It'd have made more sense if they were trying to establish that as some kind of "Hitler Youth" type of camp for teenagers getting them ready for a life in the military...  That's not out of the realm of possibility by any means and I even can see it working in the established storyline.  Maybe the officer was just being encouraging to say, "You'll be Stormtroopers!", like that's their goal but they may not make it.

The cube thing to get out of a pit though, lame...  and do all those kids have the force to jump like that?  Lame.

I thought the side-story of why Ezra was there was good though.

I'm with Diddly on the way they feel like just a group of guys being a pain in the ass on one planet too.  I feel like there are real Rebel cells going on at this same time.  This group is really ultimately nothing...  and I'm going to probably stick with that in my little Star Wars universe.  They don't really do much, or accomplish anything. 

This show is just not that good though.  It's not horrid by any means, but it's far more aimed at kids than TCW was, and it's not got the writing that backed up TCW episodes for some reason.  I'm having a hard time putting my finger on what's missing I guess, but it's definitely missing a bit.

Oh, and the Inquisitor is lame.  He falls right in with TCW's inability to deliver menacing villains.  Tartakovsky was the master in that regard.  Lucas didn't even deliver anyone menacing but the Emperor.  He was as inept with using the sub-villain characters properly too.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe - The Black Series?
« on: November 6, 2014, 02:33 AM »
I'm not a big 6" figure fan myself, but I friggin' called that a 6" line wouldn't shock me as a bit of a "reboot" to GIJ going forward, while they hash out what they want to do with the line at all.  I was met with tons of "You're wrong, it's gone, it's dead, they should sell it to someone else who will do it right for us!" type remarks... Sound familiar?  Sounds like Star Wars collectors, hehe.  ;D  I brought up the movie's staying power, etc., and was met with ticket sales which means jack in the toy aisle ultimately.

I felt like a soothsayer with the call because then the 6" rumor cropped up pretty soon after then...  It makes sense because of the way Star Wars is going, which (arguably) is more popular and has a more devoted collector-base...  I still think Star Wars is destined for no 4" collector-focused figures.  Or maybe Star Wars is just lingering longer because they paid for it and GIJ is in-house, I dunno.

Anyway I tried making the argument about the 12" SS figures seemingly hanging on too, but yeah...  Oh well.  Who knows what GIJ's future is?  Except I don't think it's dead.  I think it fell prey to Hasbro's upcoming juggling act as they deal with this onslaught of movie properties from Marvel, DC, Star Wars...  I think GIJ is (mostly) on this "hiatus" because manufacturing resources in China are going to be geared at those properties for the foreseeable future and it'll be steady.  I think if GIJ had a film coming, they'd get their fingers in the pie too, to some degree.

I'm not sure it'd have a 4" presence, but maybe.  Star Wars still does, so who knows.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel "Super Awesome Me" Action Figures
« on: November 5, 2014, 11:10 PM »
It's almost creepy realistic...  like a toy looks like a toy.  That looks almost too realistic to be a toy.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: November 5, 2014, 09:56 PM »
Be nice if the vehicles would hit K-mart.  :-\

Wait, I thought all the figures were cancelled to 2015 or something?  Whahuh?  :-*

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