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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2016 (possible TFA & Rogue One spoilers)
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:26 PM »
I saw these for the first time last night at a Hobby Shop.  Tempted to get them, but holding out for a sale I think (They were $15 each).


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What's up with that price?  Weren't they like $200 at the D23 store?  Now suddenly it's "marked down" from $700 to $400?  Lame.

That's insane.  I might even consider it at $200 since you get two exclusive figs plus Fett.  I laughed out loud reading that there is a limit of 3 at the $410 price.   ;D  They are $500 or more on Ebay though, so I guess that's a deal.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: January 25, 2016, 04:23 PM »
I think I'm still bitter that they made Thor a girl, Hawk & Wolvie old, and Cap & Spidey black for pretty much no reason (or maybe there is a white and a black Spidey now just to keep everyone happy?).  The deaths in SW are meaningless since the universe gets arbitrarily re-written.  Too many marketing gimmicks when there is plenty of story left to tell and really interesting existing characters to do so with.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 25, 2016, 04:18 PM »
Sorry, I missed this somehow until now... I didn't see Ant Man yet, but I did really like Guardians.  When I say they've gotten stale I mostly mean the Avengers and all the individual movies that go with them.  Thor, Thor 2, Captain American 1-3, Iron Man 1-3, Avengers 1 and 2... they're all blurring together to me.  Especially the last few I've watched (Winter Soldier and Avengers 2).  It seems like Hulk and Hawkeye and Black Widow just keep showing up to show up... the stories seem to be getting less exciting...

To each their own I guess.  I grew up with a monthly sub to Avengers comics, so I'm sure I have a bias towards seeing these characters on the big screen.  The first Iron Man and Avengers were amazing films IMO, so I can see where sequels to these might be a let down.  Each of the first "individual" movies was an origin story, so I don't really see any of those as re-hashed with the sequels.  Thor 2 felt a little more like the first Thor to me, but all of the others have been really different from my point of view... 

  • IM2 gets War Machine in on the act and they have to battle both Whiplash and HAMMER industries' Iron Man drones.  Both are classic Iron Man baddies and they complemented each other versus being forced into the story like we've seen with Spiderman.
  • IM3 has Tony building out a plethora of his own unique Iron Man suits (awesome to see in itself), but also did a great job adding some character to the story when he goes off the grid for a while, panicking about the new super hero life he's taken on.  This a terrific lead in to Avengers 2 and why he even builds Ultron
  • Cap2 has the boy scout betrayed by the government he's so loyal to, which is more great character building.  The fight scenes in this one were amazing and it introduces a really great take on Falcon.  Nice lead into Civil War as well
  • Cap3 guessing you didn't really see this since it doesn't exist yet, but Civil War pits the heroes against each other, which is another really original concept.  We see some earlier bickering among the heroes, but not as anything serious.
  • Avengers 2 has a really unique villain in Ultron -  being the first real baddie that the team needs to join together to beat.  Two new characters and a surprise death, with almost the whole team turning over by the end.
  • Ant-Man easily cleared my top 5 for Marvel movies and has a very different feel again with more of a redemption story than the others.
I guess I just don't see what's stale about any of these.  The characters and storylines are meant to intertwine, so it feels like one really big story with a lot of fun chapters.  I even read the comics these movies are mostly based off of and felt the stories were pretty original, but like I said earlier, maybe I'm just too much of a fanboy. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TeeFury
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:32 PM »
Okay, time for a TeeFury test.  I ordered the LV-426 Shirt on 1/25 @ 2:30.  We'll see how long it takes them to get it here.

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Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:13 PM »
Finally got this up and running for my son.  I was sorely disappointed to find that he couldn't get the ap for his Kindle.   >:(  We have a shared I-pad for the family that he is using instead, but would be far more convenient to have on his own device.

You're in luck. They are making a wearable controller.

That looks awesome.  This is a must have.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:15 AM »
Seems like a lot of work to bring a few Ultimates characters into the "normal" Marvel Universe.  I was not very impressed with any of the latest incarnation of Secret Wars.  Doom takes Sue for his wife and Reed's kids as well - lots of room for great character reactions here, but it all falls flat.  Lots of wasted potential in this one.  I always think it might be time to drop out of Marvel comics for the most part and this is likely going to be my dropping off point.  It's unfortunate that no one can figure out how to just make an ongoing series without huge universal implications and character reboots every few years. 

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Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:10 AM »
Finally got this up and running for my son.  I was sorely disappointed to find that he couldn't get the ap for his Kindle.   >:(  We have a shared I-pad for the family that he is using instead, but would be far more convenient to have on his own device.

Someone's getting a new iPad!

Seriously, it has been taken over.  This BB8 is pretty cool though.  We're loving it.

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I wonder what other characters in the new Star Wars film here are to be made into die-cast figures.

Sounds like none.  I think Disney stated that they made all that they are going to make of these (for now anyway).

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Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:24 PM »
Finally got this up and running for my son.  I was sorely disappointed to find that he couldn't get the ap for his Kindle.   >:(  We have a shared I-pad for the family that he is using instead, but would be far more convenient to have on his own device.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:22 PM »
If Stormtrooper helmet on/off doesn't make 2 figures, then Finn jacket on/off isn't different either (except Hasbro would make a vest and paint the sleeves to keep it cheap.  So really no difference in my opinion.

Sure, but as far as I know they only made one black suit Finn with his jacket off and that's even a pack-in.  I think it's also a little easier to make a figure with removable helmet than it is a removable coat.   ;)  What someone considers a different outfit is fairly subjective...The point is that unlike dozens of Padme or Leia outfits to draw from, there really isn't a lot more they can offer for a differentiated Rey figure.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:16 PM »
As for the outfits?  Rey basically has three different outfits:  the Desert scavenger/headwraps, the basic Rey outfit, and the Resistance outfit.  That's really not all that different from Finn, who also has three outfits, two of which are slight variations.

Not really.  Saying Rey with and without headwraps is two different outfits is like saying Finn in Stormtrooper armor with and without his helmet are two different outfits.  While the black jumpsuit is consistent, there's a lot more to work with across what Finn wears vs. Rey.

       

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:16 AM »
The interesting thing about that list is that Poe and Finn have multiple outfits to make figures out of.  Finn is in Stormtrooper armor, then just his black jumpsuit, then the resistance jacket.  Poe has his resistance uniform and flight suit.  Rey, for all her appearances really just wears the same outfit throughout.  She has that Jakku sand mask that comes with some of the figures, but not really an outfit change like the others.  I guess her outfit at the very end after Starkiller base is destroyed is a little different, but realistically there just aren't as many different outfits to make another figure of her.  I actually think Hasbro has made a fair amount of her given this versus the other two characters.  She did get her own ship/figure pack-in and they never seem to want to package a girl with the big ships (Falcon, Avengers Quinjet, etc.).  They maybe could have gone with an armor-up Rey with more salvage equipment or something, but not sure what else they could have made.


I'd be curious to know if this is specific to Hasbro vs. other companies.  In Disney's elite die cast line they have had:

1 Poe (Flight Suit)
1 Finn (Resistance Jacket)
2 Kylo Ren (Full Armor & Removed Helmet)
2 Rey & BB8 (Initial release & 2nd release with lightsaber)

The added Kylo and Rey are fairly small changes versus their initial releases, but given my thoughts on the outfits up above, this seems like a pretty fair release for Rey as well.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:25 AM »
The most important thing is getting it right.  I find it hard to believe they will finish it off and just sit on it for six months, so they'll be doing some kind of improvement I'm sure with the extra time.  That's a good thing.  What actually bothers me most about it though is losing the tradition of May releases.  All of the movies outside of 7 were released in May and for some reason that timing feels special to me.  That tie into the end of the school year/start of Summer kicking off with Star Wars just feels right.  Nice to have some fun Christmas blockbusters, but I wish they were back on a May release schedule for this one.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:04 PM »
I have really mixed feelings about all of this.  On one hand, it feels very discriminatory to me.  If you have a female leading part, but only make toys for the male leads, then that feels wrong.  It's the same to me as only making the white characters versus African American or Asian characters.  We saw a lot of this with the Avengers too where they skipped Widow in various lines, right down to a pack-in where Cap takes her place as the motorcycle driver in a toy when Widow clearly owned that whole scene.  As a collector and a father of a young girl, I find these old-guard decisions to be frustrating and narrow-minded at the very least.

On the other hand, these companies have a right to make whatever they want.  If they have some kind of data or research that has convinced them that their core consumers do not want female action figures/toys then it is absolutely within their rights not to make one. If I was making toys and my research showed that green/blue/red/orange/yellow toys sell great, but purple do not - I'd probably skip making a purple one, even if all six colors where equally represented elsewhere.   I had the Leia figures when I was a kid, but they were among my least favorite vintage figures and I never really played much with them, so I can see where their core "boy" audience today might not be clamoring for female toys either.

In this particular case, Rey is really in many ways the focus more so than any other character.  She certainly has more screen time than anyone else and most of the story forms around her as the central catalyst.  She finds the droid, finds/pilots/fixes the Falcon, saves Finn, brings the map and Han back to the resistance, discovers Luke's saber, Learns the force, defeats Kylo Ren, AND tracks down Luke Skywalker.  As the most prominent character in the movie, it's really tough to understand why they would want to exclude her from the merchandise simply from the self serving aspect of selling more product.  I think it's a bad business move, but not sure where I stand on anything ethically wrong beyond that.

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