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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: April 13, 2016, 01:10 PM »
So rumor has it a SA Jedi Luke is in the near future.

Man, if only they would do a SA X-Wing Luke or Luke Stormtrooper or Tatooine Luke.

Oh wait...  ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:12 PM »
Funny, I stayed up until 2am one night to catch the last TWD shows because I was out of the country.  But I keep find excuses not to catch FTWD yet.  Disappointed to hear they haven't improved over the first season.  So much potential...

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:10 PM »
So Ezra and Erso....

I think given the lightsaber and force powers, the theory was more along the lines of Luke and Erso.  That assumes she survives the movie of course.

Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:35 PM »
New feature added today.  You can now watch the movie with your BB-8.  There are pop-ups on the phone identifying characters when they come on screen, BB-8 will act surprised during action sequences and look away when something scares him.

My 5 year old thought it was pretty cool.  I agree with him!  :D

So you have to be watching the movie on your phone/tablet? 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:33 PM »

Sounds like some potential that Jyn may be Rey's mom.  I can totally see the resemblence:

Daisy Ridley says not to assume so though just because she's white and has brown hair.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: April 11, 2016, 03:33 PM »
Thanks.  Yoda was right - Luke doesn't look as good at age 900.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: April 11, 2016, 12:38 PM »
Rey's training has begun!

Broken link?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:02 AM »
Finally got around to watching the finale, and I thought it was pretty good.   Something of a let down from some of the great early episodes of the second half, but a cool way to terrorize Rick's group.  My take was that the Saviors have been watching Alexandria for a long time.  They knew about the spiked cars in the front, so they've obviously gotten in close.  We know they have patrols and contact over the airways from when Maggie and Carol were captured.  I think they planned out those barricades way in advance, then put things into motion and improvised as needed.  They probably knew when Daryl left and a small group followed, and they likewise probably called it in when the RV left.  I'm guessing they made the connection to the Hilltop as well, so easy enough to figure out which roads to block and shift teams around between the two sites.  They probably had scouts all around the woods and called it in when they started unloading the RV too.

The Carol leaving thing is very irritating.  I wish Morgan had just convinced her to return somehow or she had died.

I'm among the few that really didn't mind the cliffhanger.  It will spur lots of guessing and discussion, and they'll get a large crowd for the S7 premiere to find out who it was.  If they kill a big name like Daryl, you might have some people get pissed and leave the show.  If you kill a bit character like Rosita or Sasha, it's not a meaningful loss and people complain that the writers chickened out.  They are much better off making us wonder what happened. 

I do think it might have been Glenn just given all the recent goodbyes with Maggie.  But I think Negan understands the value of keeping loved ones around to make sure you have something to lose/fear. Given that, I think Maggie/Glenn and Rick/Carl are both safe.  In the comic, he jokes about not killing the minorities because he doesn't want to play the race card, so that could mean Michonne, Sasha, Rosita, and Glenn are safe too.  I'm guessing it's Eugene or Abraham.  They had a little make up session beforehand and either looks big enough to have a better chance of surviving that initial hit from Lucille.  Eugene gave the bullet-making info to Rick, so the story doesn't need him for anything else.  And Abraham has been acting weird for a few episodes now.  He would have been dead by now anyway in the comic-verse.  Runner up guess is Norman Reedus for the reasons above and I think Negan would see Daryl as someone who might stuggle to fall in line. 

Its gonna be a long wait to find out....

TRU has a sale on Black Series 6" figures now through April 9th.  Figures are $14.99 each.

6" Marvel Legends are also on sale for $14.99 right now, which looks like an even better deal next to the 3.75" Legends figures at $12.99.   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 26, 2016, 11:19 AM »
I believe Batman is supposed to be more like Miller's dark Knight.  If he isn't using guns and beating the tar out of criminals, Superman wouldn't have a beef with him.  You can't have it both ways.  People expecting to see the Avengers with DC heroes will be very disappointed.  People going to see a fun action flick without predisposed notions of critics bad reviews should have a fun time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 24, 2016, 11:55 AM »
Posted this in the local MN section, but thought I would share thoughts here as well.  Go see it.

I went into this movie with pretty low expectations. but I liked it. 

The Tone: Yes, it is dark and gray and rainy and serious throughout most of the film. They used slow motion walking or bullet casings falling to the ground to emphasize the seriousness, but it wasn't overdone in my opinion.  It's just more serious than campy - a lot like the Nolan Batman films in that way.  I'm sure they wanted to keep the tone from previous DC movies and differentiate from what Marvel is doing.  But there were 2-3 funny lines in the movie as well that got smiles out of me.

The Characters:  I like the casting for all the heroes.  Had my doubts about Ben, but he pulled off a grim Batman really well.  Gadot's Wonder Woman is awesome and I left wanting to know more about her character.  Eisenberg's Luthor comes off as more of a combination of Lex and The Joker.  I always envisioned Lex as a lot more like Tony Stark - super smart, super rich, super arrogant, super greedy.  He's all that, but also completely mental.  Its cool to find out how he is manipulating things, but feel like there should have been more of a clear motive behind his actions other than just messing with the heroes.  Background characters like Lois, Alfred, Perry, Martha Kent were all great in their supporting roles.

The Storyline: Unlike Nick, I totally bought into why Clark and Bruce find themselves on opposing sides.  Batman sees massive destruction from Superman's battles and is personally impacted by it.  He is worried about anyone having that much power with no checks in place.  He's a vigilante too, but innocents get killed in Superman's battles and he struggles to relate to that. As a reporter, Clark sees how vicious Batman is with the bad guys.  His whole concept is striking fear into people, which is very alien (and wrong) for Supes. Great contrasting between the two philosophies right down to taking time to show Superman in love vs. Batman not even contemplating an heir to the Wayne estate.  They pepper in Wonder Woman really well too - she's a smaller part of the overall story, but not forced in.  It's a long movie (2.5 hours), but almost all of the scenes were worthwhile and contributed to the story.

The Action:
Say whatever you want about all the other aspects of this movie - if you didn't like the fight scenes then you're a soulless hater who should be banned from ever seeing another action film.  Every single fight scene was ridiculously fun.  The Batmobile is kick butt awesome and Bats uses that bat-cable trick like he's Spiderman.  The final brawl at the end is crazy good.  I didn't understand everyone's power set, but they captured the slugfest/light show perfectly from wide shots to the close ups. 

What could have been better:  I really didn't care for Bruce's dream sequences.  I get why they were included, and they were fun to see by themselves, but it really disrupts the flow of the movie.  Lex is just weird as a bad guy.  I would have liked a more polished, less crazy Luthor and more explanation for his motives.  Maybe he's more of a lunatic in the comics - my interpretation of him is more like the Lex from Smallville.  The Justice League setup is a little overdone.  Can't say more without spoiling things, but the setup for another movie was a little more heavy handed than it needed to be.  I would have liked a happier ending too.

Overall, I'd give this movie an 8 out of 10 after expecting about a 5.  I will definitely see it again at some point.  For those that care about the stats, its worth noting that while the Tomatometer is at just 33%, the 124,000 audience ratings have it at 79%.  Don't wait around for the credits - there is no extra footage.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 23, 2016, 12:26 PM »
Sadly, 40% on Rotten Tomatoes means I'll be saving my money and waiting for Netflix.  Sounds like it's about on par with what I expected after Man of Steel.  DC/WB really needs to launch Snyder into orbit and retool.  Maybe build up their TV universe and use that to launch some feature films.

I'm one of the last people to stand in defense of this movie, but it doesn't even come out until later this week and critics are rarely kind to scify/action/superhero material.  Maybe give it a few days for some of the genpop reaction to come in.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:58 PM »
I'm interested in hearing reviews from people who aren't emotionally invested in the movie being a huge hit.  I've been reading a whole lot of "OMG THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER" stuff from people I know are huge DC fanboys (and who didn't think MoS was a crapfest).  It's coming across as a bit desperate.

I like the characters and want it to be good, but don't have high hopes.  I'll try to post a few thoughts Wed night.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:55 PM »
So, just scored a bunch of tickets to this for an early showing on Wednesday night for the MN crew...complete with free popcorn, Dr. Pepper, and a collectible steel pint glass.  I'm far more excited about this movie when it costs $0 and comes with free food/swag.   ;)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:40 PM »
Where did you hear about them?  Target rarely allows for free standing manufacturer displays.  I have seen them used during Black Friday sales and there were a rew Star Wars ones during Force Friday at one store I went to.  That store had a second Star Wars area set up in the "Holiday section" where they rotate through Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc. Would be nice if this was the wave 4 stuff many of us are still waiting on.

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