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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends Role Play
« on: March 12, 2016, 03:26 PM »
Looks like Hasbro has posted a new fan choice poll for their new line of high-end Marvel collector role play stuff:


Voted.  Thanks!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 11, 2016, 03:47 PM »
It'll be interesting to see how they adapt the comics to film.  My main problem with Tony agreeing to be controlled is that he knows that Hydra pretty much controlled the whole government just two movies ago.  The World Council.  Everything.  So that's who he wants to put in charge of the Avengers?

And each of those big destructive events - what would have been the outcome had the Avengers not acted independently?  New York City nuked & the world conquered by aliens.  Every special/consequential human on earth executed.  And total global extinction.

So it just seems there has to be a breach in logic to go along with the "we caused this destruction" argument.

There is a world of difference between saying "You are a superhero, you need to register with the United States, be properly trained, and may be called into service when we need you" versus "Do anything I say because I'm the government."  I think Tony's side is attempting to obey the law, but would be watchful of anything that didn't fit with humane, ethical decisions.  Think of it more like a draft - the world could be called into a war with aliens or Asgardians or evil robots or whatever.  They can't fight that with conventional weapons, so they want the super hero community available to help as needed versus just hoping they show up.  The government might even have better intelligence to help the Avengers pursue common interests.  If they really thought there was any chance Hydra or something other nefarious group was still calling the shots, I think both Steve and Tony's teams would be trying to root out the bad guys.  As for previous destructive events, I think the government would argue that a registered, coordinated force of super powered people might have been able to better defend against those threats and maybe even prevent them all together.  Fewer deaths in New York, better ability to have infiltrated and shut down Hydra, no Ultron battle in the first place because they'd have oversight to Tony's defense plan. 

I haven't read the comics either, even tho I've heard that someone dies, but I wonder after all the fighting each other how do you even team up again as Avengers how do you be 'friends' again? I can't wait to see the movie but I'm interested in how the post Civil War plays out.

The comic is really good, with some great battle scenes and ethical debates.  There are obviously way more heroes involved in the battles and Spiderman plays a pretty pivotal role.  Looks to me like Black Widow will be a bigger factor this time around.  Without giving to much away, it is eventually discovered that a third party was helping orchestrate the civil war, and nothing brings people back together like a common enemy. Thor helps them reconcile, as does time.  Like always, the movie version will change some things around.  They don't have the time to rebuild relationships in little 2 hour spans.  Far easier to just dispose of the characters...Its definitely possible that we see someone else in the armor or carrying the shield after this movie. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 11, 2016, 10:31 AM »
I know a lot of people have sung the praises of Robert Downey Jr. for getting the ball rolling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  But as the Iron Man story arc has moved forward, his stories have gotten a little more difficult to digest.  But the Cap stories have been growing in their depth, intrigue and emotional content.  Because of that I think I'm looking forward to this movie a great deal, even though I never read the Civil War comic series.  Now, maybe some of this is by design.  Tony Stark's narcissism is enough to drive any person away.  He has his redeeming moments, but Tony's ego and the notion that he knows best gets in the way of him being a truly decent person.  I guess both IM3 and A-AoU cast some doubt on Tony Stark's altruistic nature.  That, and I think the Russo brothers put together a better film in Captain America - The Winter Soldier, and have likely done so again with Civil War.

Iron Man has always been my favorite super hero. He was one of the first titles I started reading as a kid.  His battle with alcoholism and subsequent fall from grace (in the comics) has a strong personal meaning for me and helped me through some rough times in my life.  I really like what Marvel has done with the entire cast, but Downey is the most spot on with his portrayal of Stark IMO.  Of course Stark is a narcissist. He's ten times smarter than anyone else, a billionaire, a playboy, a super hero.  I think he's the most realistic of all the Avengers in actually showing the flaws that come along with all that success.  He has a panic attack in IM3 because aliens have just attacked New York.  That's a lot more realistic than everyone else's reaction.  He is the first to see that bigger threats are on the way and the Avengers won't be enough to stop it, so he builds tons of different suits and eventually Ultron.  His heart's in the right place - he is trying to protect people and can't count on others to see the dangers he perceives. The problem is that these individual successes continuously get in the way of his ability to trust others and collaborate on the best course of action.  He is simultaneously the best and worst team mate you could ask for.

As for Civil war, Stark has probably had a reality check following all of the destruction he has been part of.  The government wants to license and somewhat control the Avengers actions versus allowing them to do their own thing.  You know, like vigilantes.  Makes sense given all the destruction and death that the Avengers have been a part of.  Our own government is constantly criticized for the way they handle pretty much anything, so its easy to see how public opinion would rise in favor of some kind of control over super humans.  Despite his independent nature, Stark upholds the notion that the government can best determine the right course of actions for the Avengers.  Cap, despite his fierce patriotism, decides that the heroes should be free to make their own decisions.  It's a great storyline in that both of these guys are over correcting for what they see as failures in the system.  And the fact that you can justify the actions of either side in this confrontation.

For me it comes down to your belief system.  Are you willing to surrender some of your individual freedoms to better ensure the safety of everyone or do you value your freedom enough to fight against the laws and regulations that put it at risk.  If you don't mind the government tapping phones to look for tips on terrorists, you're probably in Iron Man's camp.  If you think a guy on the street should be able to shoot a mugger or bank robber, then you're probably in Cap's camp.  Most people probably fall somewhere in between, which is why this is such a fun, but emotional storyline.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 10, 2016, 01:23 PM »
Yeah, my 9yo wants to see Deadpool and it wasn't even a discussion.  I'm still not ready to show him stuff like Terminator or Aliens.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 10, 2016, 01:20 PM »

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 9, 2016, 05:30 PM »
Wolf Cap (Red Onslaught wave) are showing up at Targets in Minnesota now.

Walmart too.  I found Wolf Cap a few weeks back at the Bloomington Target.  He was the only one there from the wave though, so I assume the rest of the wave is either in back or sold through.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 9, 2016, 12:58 AM »
Great episode.  That raid on the compound was awesome.  I'm a little surprised at how well it went actually - I figured Heath or someone would bite it at some point.  When he and Glenn were randomly firing through the armory door I thought for sure they would get a friendly kill as well, but no dice.  This is definitely just one of the Savior's outposts - why risk telling anyone where the main compound is?  And all of these guys looked like fighters.  I really don't get why Maggie went.   She's pregnant AND the diplomat AND a potential liability if something goes on between her and Glenn.  Also not sure why they weren't hanging closer with Jesus and the other reserves.  I'm pretty sure those pictures Glenn found were Lucile's handiwork.  Hoping they take out a different cast member instead.

I thought I read somewhere that we won't see Neegan until the last episode of the season, so more fighting with the flunkies until then...

I visited a couple of pretty cool collectible stores when I was in Vegas.  I'll throw up some pictures and add some detail when I get a chance.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: March 4, 2016, 02:20 AM »
Target pre-order will also nab you a $5 GC right now.

Is there a promo code for this?  That offer doesn't show up on either version on the site.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Humble Bundle
« on: March 3, 2016, 11:36 PM »
Tempted to get that just for Battlegrounds.  I loved that game!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 1, 2016, 02:14 AM »
Pretty good setup episode.  Couple of thoughts:

 - The Hilltop people have/had guns, they just ran out of ammo.  Pretty pointless to wave guns around if nothing's going to come out of them. 

- Jesus says their world is getting bigger because the Alexandrians don't have any regular communication or trade outside of their group.  The Hilltop knows at least one other peaceful settlement plus the Saviors, so that's a much larger world for Rick & company

- I don't know what the hell is going on with Abraham.  It seemed like he maybe has the hots for Sasha now instead of Rosita?  I am dreading what's coming for some of my favorite characters at this stage of the comic storyline.

- Gregory was/is a total prick.  Good casting right there.  Not sure how that guy is still in power though.

- I think Jesus planned this whole thing.  He doesn't like bending over for Neegan and ho knows Rick's group can fight.  He just let them think taking out Neegan was their own idea.

 - Why didn't anyone ask Jesus's people what happened to them?  Did I miss that?  Seemed like some of them didn't make it, but did Neegan attack them or what? 

 - Will Rick decide to take the supplies back to Alexandria before going after Neegan? 

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 29, 2016, 09:07 PM »
Nice score!  I love looking at those old boxes.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 27, 2016, 11:37 AM »
Thanks for the info.  The two packs are $20, so I guess the Bike just takes the place of another figure.  :-\

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 26, 2016, 07:24 PM »
Saw what looked like a Walgreen's exclusive Yellow suit Daredevil this afternoon.  I must have missed the news on this.  I'm not a big DD guy, but he looked cool and comes with a Murdock head.  They still had the Black suit Any Man exclusive shelf warming too.

TBS has been hit or miss for me.  I think the Rey figures have all looked amazing, but I haven't found one Han Endor without crazy eyes across maybe 20 different packages.  With WM BS figures, you're paying extra for both the articulation and exclusivity.  Paint aps should be high quality regardless of which line you're producing IMHO.  If they can make the generic army guys and wrestling figures and all that with perfect paint aps, there's no reason why these crap Star Wars paint jobs should even exist. 

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