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Kubricks / Re: Medicom Toy Exhibiton 2015
« on: May 15, 2015, 09:51 AM »
Effing Bearbricks.

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DisneyLAND:
- Wave 2 Build-A Droid Parts (started with SW Celebration Anaheim)
- Droid Factory R2-D60 carded figure - coming later this month (May 20th) in celebration of DisneyLAND's 60th birthday

DisneyWORLD: Star Wars Weekends 2015 (May/June 2015)
- Wave 2 Build-A-Droid Parts (starts today, 5/14 at the pre-SWW Galactic Gathering Event)
- Droid Factory Holographic R2-D2 carded figure (starts today, 5/14 at the pre-SWW, Galactic Gathering Event)

Disney D23 EXPO (August 14-16 - Anaheim, CA):
- Droid Factory R4-D23 carded figure - first sale at D23 expo in Anaheim, currently UNKNOWN if it will show up at either park after the show...

You're the best translator droid in the galaxy.  Thanks for clearing this up Jeff!

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That's at DisneyWORLD right?  I thought someone posted these would only be available at DisneyLAND? 

I'm so totally confused about what I'm going to find at DW in a few weeks.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 13, 2015, 02:39 PM »
Sorry if that was confusing.  It's the five alien figures for about $20 + Free shipping or you can buy them individual for $3 + $3 shipping.  At $4 each I couldn't resist getting a five pack to harass the crew.  I set them up with the G.I. Joe R.H.I.N.O to represent the M577 Armored Personnel Carrier from Aliens.  Just need some Colonial Marines now!

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Not at all what I wanted to hear.   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: May 11, 2015, 01:33 PM »
Had time to like Friday and walked into a local comic shop...walked out with Secret Wars...interesting


Interesting that they are more or less doing a Secret Wars/Crisis mashup.   I haven't read any comics in years but I'm intereSted in where this is going

Funny, I had the opposite opinion.  I've been collecting Marvel FOREVER and the whole crisis/reboot thing may be my jumping off point.  It's become very clear to me over the years that comics like The Avengers have been little more than a marketing tool for the movies.  You need 12-24 issues to get through one story, often with gaping plot holes, missing information, and fairly poor storytelling.  They have all but wiped out the multiverse at this point and are now setting up battle world territories across the merged remaining universes, so Marvel Zombies have a plot of land, all the female characters have a plot of land, all the Thors have come together to police everything...pretty ridiculous stuff.  I might jump off following Secret Wars, then see what evolves over the next year. 

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 11, 2015, 01:22 PM »
If anyone is looking for extra Alien figures, there are a few guys on Ebay selling 5-packs for $20.  I just got mine on Friday and they quickly infested my Reaction display.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 7, 2015, 11:50 AM »
Pretty sure he will be playing the role of Black Goliath.  Here's a sneak peak from the set.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 6, 2015, 03:39 PM »
Yeah there was mind control from the the Witch but also during the scene where they start fighting in the tower when they have the Vision coffin...it was the same thing that happened in Avengers 1.

I didn't take that as the gem causing them to fight.  That was more Tony Stark going off and attaching an AI to the android, which is basically what started the entire problem to begin with.

+1

What was cool about the infighting this time is that it feels like a prelude to Civil War.  Not sure if they'll follow close to the comic, but the storyline *SPOILER* basically pits Iron Man's ideology against Cap's and everyone else takes sides.  In A2, you can see it start to spill over into the other characters as they align behind the team's two leaders.  The growing division between Steve & Tony's belief systems and the way they operate feels like added setup for Cap's next movie and I love that they tie the movies together in that way versus just springing some new, out-of-character approach to fit the plot.  The dynamic actually feels very similar to Anakin and Obi-Wan for me - practically brothers in a sense, but you can see the eventual rift growing between them.  Maybe I'm just adding unintended perspective based on what I think is coming, but its really well thought out if that's the direction they're taking.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 6, 2015, 03:25 PM »
Some casting news for Captain America - Civil War.  Marvel announced that Martin Freeman has been added to the cast in an undisclosed role.  And this TIME article lists other cast members who currently include:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumloe / Crossbones
Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Chadwick Boseman as T'challa / Black Panther

Sounds a lot more like "Avengers" than Captain America.  I know these movies tend to have guest appearances from others, but that's a pretty big cast of heroes already.  I wonder how big a role Iron Man will play?  He had pretty much equal billing with Cap in the comic storyline.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 4, 2015, 04:50 PM »
Jeff - my 8 year old loved it and there was nothing beyond the little bit of language that was previously mentioned.  They actually turned the "bad language" into a bit of a joke in the movie.

*WARNING - SPOILERS GALORE*

I saw it yesterday and thought it was even better than the first.  The story was solid from front to back, visuals were amazing, they managed to keep the fun/joking despite a darker story, and I thought they had a great balance across all the characters despite how easy it would be to push a few of these guys to the background. Spader's Ultron was entertaining and came across perfectly from the comics as a creature who outwardly despises humanity, but can't help taking on human forms.  Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver were all done really well - maybe even better than their comic counterparts.  I thought it would be tough to explain her power in so little time, and they changed the nature of it to a great extent, but her "weirdness" was really well done.  I thought the Quicksilver speed would be tough to portray as well, but he had a ton of really well filmed scenes.  Bringing in Falcon and War Machine for small roles was great to see as well and really helps tie these movies together.  I got chills watching Iron Man and War Machine pair up again towards the end and seeing the new cast take shape.  While the stories may differ, this is such a great nod to what the Avengers mean to me in the comics.

Has Marvel finally turned the magic corner where the fans root for them to fail?

Apparently so.   I'm really surprised at the reactions from some of the critics' reviews and comments here.  I heard complaints on the radio this morning about how Ultron didn't seem robotic enough, RDJ seems too old to be Stark, there were too many jokes given the gravity of what was happening, that Avengers was trying to capitalize on the WTC attack by demolishing a building, etc.  Seriously?  I totally understand that people are going to have their own opinions and we all like different things.  And as an Avengers fan since 2nd grade, I'm equally aware that I might have a greater appreciation for the characters and stories verus genpop.  But I would love to better understand some of the feedback.  Maybe people are just burnt out or looking for something not to like?  This film was near perfect for me and easily cracks my top 10 of all time.

Good, certainly not great.  Far behind some of the other Marvel movies but I still enjoyed it.

Far behind which other Marvel movies?  GOTG, IM, and Winter Soldier are probably my top 3, but this and the first Avengers round out my top 5.  Curious to know which ones you'd put so far ahead of this one?

Just got back. It was alright... nothing special though, which keeps it consistent with the rest of the Phase 2 films IMO. It almost felt like there were too many characters, and unlike the first, they couldn't find enough screen time for them all.

I thought they did an amazing job finding relevant storylines for everyone in the cast AND was delighted to see supporting characters show up from the other films, like Heimdall, Erik Selvig, Falcon, War Machine, etc.  Likewise, I was happy that we didn't get Coulson, Potts, Jane Foster, or more Loki as I think having everyone show would be over the top.  I was a little disappointed that Widow's primary role was a love interest for Banner - that felt forced - but it didn't really detract from the movie for me and made Hulk's disappearing act at the end a little more meaningful. 

Maybe I was too hyped up for it, or maybe I was expecting someone to be offed. I dunno.

You mean someone like Quicksilver?   ???  Were you hoping for multiple deaths?  All signs were pointing to Hawkeye (who's one of my favorite characters), so I thought they did a great job switching that up, while still taking someone out.  I was never a fan of Pietro in the comics, but thought he was great here.  I kept hoping he'd pull a Coulson or the witch would resurrect him.

Hawkeyes house was a drag...I also felt the Klaw inclusion was a bit much as well but there was some cool fights.   I could quite possibly be reaching Super Hero overload...

I think you may be reaching Super Hero overload.  They needed to slow things up and get the Avengers off the grid for a while, so while Hawkeye's hideout slowed down the story, I felt like they needed that break.  This is a team that always wins, so to get so decimated they really needed a break.  Clint having a family was the only part of the movie I really didn't care for - not because it was slow, but because that's not who he is in the comics.  I thought he seemed to have something going with the Widow in the first film (and dated her in the comics) and they introduced his comic wife, Bobbi Morse, in AOS, so to make him the family man felt weird to me. 

As for cameos like Klaw, I love those little nods to the fanbase.  Out of curiosity, would you have liked the movie more if it was "Random Arms Dealer" guy instead of Klaw?  Its not a deal breaker for me either way.  The vast majority of people don't know anything about Klaw, so at worst these character additions are just nice Easter Eggs showing comic characters we'll never see elsewhere.  At best, they have the opportunity to go back to that character later on to tell more story.  I love it when comics set up seemingly small subplots that have the potential to grow into something big later down the road.

I also didn't like how they couldn't figure out the stone was doing the same don thing it was doing to them in the first movie (infighting)...could be the sameness of a lot of these Marvel plots (hey let's try and recover this stolen gem)

I'm confused...the mind gem in the Chitauri Scepter is what Loki was using to manipulate people in the first film.  In this movie, the Witch was using her own power to prey on the fears of various team members.  Was there something more to the mind gem in Avengers 2 that I missed?  When the team is in-fighting over Vision, I think that was more about standing up for their beliefs versus any kind of mind control.  As for the gems, Guardians, Cap 1, Thor 2, and Avengers were the only ones really focused on recovering them.  Iron Man 1-3, Thor 1, & Cap 2 don't touch on them and I thought the mind gem in Avengers 2 was a really small part.  They have to touch on them to some extent to build the larger Thanos storyline.

Anyway, sorry for the long rant.  My son loved it, I loved it, I'll definitely see it over and over again.  God Bless America.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Disney Infinity
« on: May 2, 2015, 06:20 PM »
The WiiU should do nicely for 5-8 year olds. There isn't a lot available for that age group on the Xbox one or ps4.

Well, unless you're going to buy a ton of games, I'd absolutely go with an XBox One or Playstation.  We got the XBox one for Christmas and both the kids love to play it.  We started off with Disney 2.0, which has a create mode (think Minecraft, but not just cubes of stuff) for all kinds of custom playhouses.  I think it came with a Dance-off sort of game as well.  Then we grabbed a few Lego-based games - Sam's favorite is the Marvel Super Heroes.  His latest acquisition was the Skylanders Trap Force, which is a lot like Infinity where you have to buy the characters to play them.  This has the added element of buying traps to capture bad guys in - then you can play the bad guys in the game.  I've heard good things about the PS4 as well - I don't think you can go wrong with either of those.  You're also coming in at a time where ou might be able to get the games/system/figures for a lot less than last year.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 2, 2015, 03:42 PM »
Thoughts from those that have seen it - OK for my two 8 (almost 9) year olds? 

I've seen mixed reviews on language/violence levels... especially since it starts out with a "bang".

Sam and I caught up on Cap2, Thor2, and IronMan3 this week, so we're heading out to see Avengers Sunday morning @ Southdale.  If your boys were fine with the other Marvel adventures, I think they'll be fine with this too.  I'll let you know if I feel differently afterwards though.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Disney Infinity
« on: April 30, 2015, 04:42 PM »
This was just a matter of time.  Release date?

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I love this comment on their forum:

"Ist schon jemandem aufgefallen das Commander Thorn in dieser Sortierung die Nummer 15 hat und in der US/Canadischen die Nummer 21?!? What gives?"

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