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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe
« on: October 26, 2016, 06:37 PM »
I didn't think this quite fit under the Avengers thread, and with a bunch of non-Avengers Disney Marvel films upcoming, I figured I'd start a dedicated thread.

Dr. Strange reviews are coming in, and they are typically Marvel spectacular...

I went to an IMAX 3D 15-minute preview a few weeks back, and the jaw-dropping nature of the visuals simply can't be described in words.  It's like Inception on amphetamine.  It's like the flight sequence at the end of 2001 x 10,000.  I was absolutely engrossed.  And that was in small snippets.

Just got back from a Disney vacation this week.  They were also showing an extended cut of the movie as an attraction (probably the same/similar) and I was also very impressed.  I've never cared much about Dr. Strange, but the comparison to Inception visuals on steroids is very apt.  Per the Marvel norm, they also have some great comic relief bits to break up the action.  I'm way more excited to see this now.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: October 25, 2016, 05:44 PM »
These are all awesome by the way.  Expensive, but totally worth it for the detail and articulation and accessories.  I'd pay $20 for SW figs without a complaint if they all turned out like these. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 25, 2016, 05:41 PM »
I loved it.  It was brutal and gross, but a creative way to get the show back on track with a lot of the comic material again.  The Abraham kill had me thinking that was it too, so if they were bound and determined for it to be Glenn, that was a smart way to still make it something of a surprise.  The image of him with the eyeball popping out is 100% faithful to issue #100 of the comics.  There was a lot of love/hate following that turn in the comics, so I'm not surprised to see all the mixed reactions from the TV audience.  Love it or hate it, it was creative.

Kirkman has always maintained that no one (outside of maybe Rick) is safe on this show.  He wants you to care about characters deeply enough that you are outraged when they're taken away.  Its been a long time since a really meaningful character has died, and he upped that with two for the premiere.  I think most of us were hoping for Glenn to make it through, but it would have been cheap to get rid of any of the less important characters IMO.  Sad to see him go, but excited about where this takes the group next.

And yes, I think this is going to be a rough season.  Negan has more brutality up his sleeve, but thereís some pretty cool stuff coming our way.  Room for some pretty interesting new characters and concepts anyway.  Someone was complaining a while back about how the show is just them running from town to town trying to find resources and escape zombies.  Now they have a much bigger problem to deal with and itís dark, but itís also something new and unexpected.  Iím excited to see what they do next (and hopefully that involves less smashing heads). 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 25, 2016, 05:22 PM »
I liked most of the X-Men stuff thus far, but you're right - the original comic stories are that much better.  Days of Future Past would have been awesome on the big screen, but I think you'd need to have a handful of movies in front of it to make any sense out of the storyline.  Some of these just don't transfer well to film.

As for Marvel vs. Fox taking liberties, I think they're pretty equal.  Cap and wolverine have origins similar to the comics, but a lot of other characters don't.  Having Stark create Ultron, Jarvis become Vision, Hawkeye married with kids, Shield building the Avengers...that's all a hodgepodge of very divergent stories that don't map at all to the comics.  On the flip side, I just watched XMen Apocalypse last week and loved the little Weapon X cameo.  As long as they loosely tie to the characters I love, I'm usually pretty happy with the Marvel-based stuff, outside of the crap that has passed for Fantastic Four and Hulk films.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 24, 2016, 06:19 PM »
Hopefully no time travel. Curious how the X-Men died...yes, every comic reader has said how it happened there, but this isn't a direct adaptation.

Engineered virus maybe?

I don't follow the X-Men that closely, but I think Wolvie kills most of the heroes under mind control, which pushes him into seclusion as well.  Kinda solves the whole mutant problem I guess, except for the bad guys.  I think in the comics, present-Wolvie also dies, but Old Logan from the future somehow makes his way to the present.  Could be a way to bring older Logan into the mix with the younger class of X-Men from the last movie, though I'm not sure Jackman wants to do anymore Wolverining.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 23, 2016, 02:42 PM »
This looks like the "Old Man Logan" storyline from the comics.  I wonder if they will just set it as a stand alone in the future or have some time travel aspect again?

Got mine shipped from Paul yesterday. [THANKS!] I really like this batch of them. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 10, 2016, 01:17 PM »
Finally caught the end of season 2.  I liked that the action was heating up and they tied up a lot of storylines.  They really shrunk the cast back down, offing Chris and leaving Strand behind, so hopefully that sets us up for better characters in S3.  I would have liked some of the hotel peeps to go with them - the doctor and Hector seemed like good additions to the cast.  Not sure what that crossfire at the border gates was all about, but it will be nice to get the crew back in the states again to at least get rid of the constant subtitles. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 8, 2016, 11:37 AM »
I caught up on most of the latest episodes yesterday.  Just two more to go.  For me, this show feels like a foreign bootleg of a figure.  It's interesting because it's closely related to something you really like, but it also looks cheap with glaring flaws.  You'd put it in your collection as a novelty, but it doesn't hold a candle to the official product you know and love. 

Yeah, the characters are all pretty lame.  No, I don't like watching the majority of the show through subtitles.  Of course the family drama is completely overdone.  But what bugs me most about the show is that they don't follow the "rules" of the original show. 

 - The zombies are conveniently slow and non-threatening outside of anyone purposely trying to kill themselves.
 - At times they just wander - why aren't they all pressing up at the fence at the colonia?
 - The zombies all walk in tidy, convenient packs.  That group Nick ran into on the road earlier in the season all just walk in a tight group?  At the same speed?  Staying in the confines of the road? 
 - I can't stand the way everyone just slaps on a little zombie blood and suddenly they're invisible to the undead.  TWD uses this sparingly and makes a big deal of it when they do it, and there's still a constant threat of it not working. 
 - Why would the mob of zombies just keep walking off that pier? 
 - Was the soft piano music really enough to attract zombies several floors up?
 - How did anyone ever get infected?  You can fight off hoards of zombies with a busted wine bottle.

I know it's hard to defend "realism" in a show about zombies, but that's really what it comes down to for me.  TWD feels like a constant, real threat.  FTWD feels like a cheap tabloid trying to capitalize on the latest buzz of the original.  The only truly interesting thing they have going is that Alejandro somehow survived that bite.  I wonder if we'll find out it was something other than a zombie bite or if there's some real clue here to the origins of the virus. 

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 02:51 PM »
Admiral Raddish looks fun, though hands are bit humanoid for his species.

That might also be the angle - seems like they might still be kind of webbed.  I always thought that of the feet though - seems funny that mon cal feet fit into human size boots.

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 5, 2016, 02:17 PM »
For the record, I don't really care for buying toys at Kohls.  I think they're overpriced on almost everything, and it seems like they're perpetually running some kind of "sale" to soften the blow of their inflated pricing.  And the price?  Getting all 4 of these figures in the original 2-packs would cost you $30 + tax.  This set is $35 IIRC.  This... nickel and diming is just not cool.  So on principle I think I may avoid this set.  Especially since all of these figures are 5 POA.

Kohl's basically uses the old Kaybee Toys model.  They tell you it's $20, then immediately mark it down to $16, so you feel like you're getting a deal.  On top of that they offer 10-30% off pretty much every day or Kohl's Cash, so you can end up getting it for more like $12-14.  They're happy to sell it for $12, but there's half a dozen other higher prices people will pay for the same thing depending on what day they buy and if they remember their coupons.  There typically isn't much to buy there for toys anyway, but when I do want something I tend to wait for a big sale/deal.

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 5, 2016, 07:31 AM »
I think we've reached the stage with Star Wars where almost no one feels they have to buy everything.  If they just issue straight repacks, I think most of us that already have the figures will pass.  If they make some tweaks, it suddenly gets a bit more interesting to pick up if the price is right.  No one should be "Mad" about the offering - if you would have passed on it as straight repacks, just pretend its still straight repacks and wipe it off your to do list.   ;)

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 3, 2016, 04:21 PM »
+1 - I will take a few paint ap changes to a straight repack any day of the week.  I'll still be looking for a deal on this though...

As I guessed, none of my Walmarts had these on the shelves when they were supposed to. They were all sold beforehand despite their being barred from sale before 9/30 or 10/2 depending on whom you believe.

How do you know they were sold?  I don't think a few of the WM's near me have gotten theirs yet.

I'd be game for one as well Paul.  If you don't find them, I'm going to DW in a few weeks and might have a shot at picking them up for people.  I'll try to check in periodically with this thread for a count on what's needed.

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