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The leaks continue!  This Facebook Page has boxed pics (not the best pics, but pics nonetheless) of the first five 6" TFA figures -

01 - Finn (Jakku)
02 - Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
03 - Kylo Ren
04 - First Order Stormtrooper
05 - Chewbacca

Nice to see BB-8 as a pack-in since I know a lot of folks were not wanting to plunk down $22 for the little guy by himself...

Ebay Seller with all five in-hand for sale

Some nice detailed pics.  I'll be getting all five of these.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 31, 2015, 10:05 AM »
Did anyone read about the Cornell study earlier in the year that models a fictional zombie outbreak?  They have a cool mapping tool called Zombie Town USA that allows you to drop a zombie anywhere in the U.S. then map out the infection.  Obviously fictional, but they're trying to map out how diseases spread.  In most zombie films the outbreak happens all over at once, but they are taking a patient zero approach where zombies bites cause the infection.  I dropped a single zombie in Chicago and it took about a month to cover half the U.S. The East Coast falls relatively quick once the zombies finally get out there.  The model clearly doesn't account for infected driving or flying to different areas before they turn, but it was kind of fun to play with.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 27, 2015, 03:17 PM »
Yeah, I'm excited to see more info on the beginning even if it is a little slow.  That was the best part about the WWZ novel - hearing about how they went from everyday life to zombie apocalypse.  I'm still not sure we're going to get the "cause" behind the event as RK has said many times he doesn't care to touch on that part of the story.  It's supposed to be more about what the characters do int he situations they are confronted with than revealing all of the origins and details behind it. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 26, 2015, 05:09 PM »
You wouldn't see exponential growth, though.  You wouldn't even see linear growth.  Not if the populace has already seen how to kill the things over YouTube, and communication systems are still largely intact.

I'm not arguing there'd be no instances of outbreaks.  Sure - someone young and healthy has a stroke in the middle of a neighborhood - some families gets wiped out.  But those kinds of stresses don't lead to societal breakdown.

Looking at my math a different way - each day right now 1 out of every 45,000 people die.  Are you saying those 44,999 other people can't handle it if that death becomes somehow contagious?  And not airborne contagious - contagious via staggering, brainless corpses?

I think you're taking an over simplified view of what could happen.  Do you really think its more likely that people instantly grab their hammers and bats to organize a defense vs. disbelief, fear, rioting, and giving up?  Think through all of the zombie/contagion/apocalypse movies we've seen.  When this starts, the vast majority of people won't believe its real.  Would you?  It might take weeks just to convince people it's happening.  As people figure out something is wrong, they'd likely shut themselves in for fear of contamination.  You're assuming people will just fight back, but I think most people without training would freeze when confronted with a zombie, just like most due in extremely traumatic real life situations.

Either way, you can clearly count on massive work stoppage and looting.  Take the 7,000 that would have died anyway, plus the increased deaths from people that can't get their meds, health care, rioting, etc.  Who is delivering fresh groceries or manning the water treatment plant?  How about the power plants?  Take away food and power for just a few weeks and you'd see any sense of law and order fly out the window.  Add to that the killings from people who think someone is sick and could infect them, people fighting each other for resources, suicide, etc.  People also wouldn't know that zombie bites are fatal or that people dying from other causes will come back, so many would try to care for the sick and wounded only to get surprise attacked later.  Think about mass population centers where a hoard of zombies could grow fairly quickly.  It's easy to think 20 people could stop a zombie, but 20 zombies vs. one person is very different. 

Social media can spread disinformation as quickly as good information and a fair amount of people aren't getting their news from Youtube. Reference the movie Contagion.  Those that can figure out how to kill a zombie still need to be able to do it in real life.  Not as easy to kill a loved one, especially for those that think there might be some kind of cure.  Reference TWD Morgan and Hershel.  I do think there would be more of a resistance than we've seen in the shows.  There would be pockets of communities or safe houses that could band together and set up procedures to keep watch, reduce the risk of an outbreak, etc.  But there's potential for those to break down in short order as well once people start fighting over scarce resources, weapons, authority, etc.  Someone gets careless or has an unexpected death or some virus spreads without treatment.   

Anyway, I don't think we're going to convince each other.  Hopefully we'll never have to find out.   ;)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2015
« on: August 26, 2015, 02:25 PM »
Just a reminder that the draft is tonight at 8:30 Central.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 26, 2015, 02:22 PM »
7000 per day of 320 million?  You'd only need 1 out of every 45,000 people to be a competent zombie killer.

Less than half that number died in 911 and this is the minimum number of undead rising up daily.  I'm pretty sure that would spiral out of control real quick.  You'd have to assume that the 7000 kill a fair amount of people daily, with their numbers growing exponentially.  People wouldn't instantly believe what's going on and social media would probably be flooded with as much or more inaccurate reports of how to kill the infected.  Even if people could figure it out quickly, it seemed to take the CDC time to understand the causes and the fact that anyone who died would become a zombie.  You'd likely have people killing off or abandoning others showing the slightest amount of sickness.  Public services would stop as people fear getting infected or leaving their homes, and that would just eventually lead to more death and more zombies to deal with.

I also think the majority of people would have no clue how to fight back until its too late.  Kids, elderly, the sick - they'd have no chance of fighting without help.  Think about the number of people in the process of dying who would eventually turn and kill their friends or family while they slept or in a supposedly secure location.  Others would have a hard time killing off zombies even if they were to far gone (Morgan, Governor), and then you have a significant amount of people who would just give up.  I think you're giving an uniformed and panicked population too much credit and not factoring in the growth rate potential.

Here's some food for thought.  If one zombie came into existence today and their numbers doubled daily for a month (2 tomorrow, 4 the next day, etc.), how many zombies would there be at the end of the month?  Well over a billion in just 31 days. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:04 PM »
I haven't seen the show yet, but I think you're basing that assessment as though this was a contagion.  Don't we know from TWD that everyone is already infected?  A bite accelerates the process, but any death drives the change.  If 7,000 people die every day, then that's 7,000 new zombies (minimum) across the country popping up to kill the living.  That doesn't sound easy to contain to me.  Again, haven't watched it yet, but do authorities in the new show know that brain trauma is required to kill the zombies?  I thought from TWD that it took quite a while for most people to figure that out. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: August 21, 2015, 12:38 PM »
Brian's Toys is a sponsor and a great place to buy many, many Star Wars toys. 

But... not Chopper. 


I honestly don't have room for a second BMF, so kind of happy to not have the choice.   ;)  The catalog has some nice new stuff in it.  The figures and mini-ships remind me of the old Deluxe line, so nice to see those.  I think there's enough here to get excited about without it being overwhelming (looking at you TPM).  We have a basic set with a dozen figures, continuation of the two-packs, a few smaller ships and figures along with a couple of the larger core spaceships.  All interesting and manageable.  I was surprised to see so much titanium series and micro machines.  If I collected all that stuff I would be feeling like there's a little too much right now. 

The Force Awakens / Re: Tiny The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon?
« on: August 17, 2015, 11:21 AM »
Gotta be micro series or those command-style-army-men-thingies.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Class I "Small" Vehicle Sets
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:20 PM »
Looks like the stormtrooper just stands in the assualt walker, but I agree with Jeff - looks like potential for knee articulation in the bike trooper.

A hand is roughly 6" and they look to be about the size of the hand to me.  IT would make sense for them to go with more 6" figures vs. a new scale, but we'll see...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:10 PM »
I thought it was awesome.  The first bonus scene is mid way through the credits, but you have to stay to the very end to see the last one, which was totally worth it if you're following what's next for Marvel.

I'm loving that new stormtrooper design.  Trying not to think to much about the OTC characters included in the assortment.  Hopefully it's like the Marvel lines where they release a set of movie-relevant figures along with a couple of characters from the comics that really aren't in the movie.  Luke, Vader, Fett would all be A-List characters they could pop in without those representations actually showing up in the film. 

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