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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: August 24, 2016, 01:33 PM »
Moroff was my most wanted from the Celebration reel so this is great. Amazing figure. The U-Wing is huge, but the troop compartment doesn't appear to be functional, at least from these shots. Great stuff overall. Looking forward to everything.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One TIE Striker
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:01 PM »
Seems at least to me the NERF thing is removable. Could be wrong, so pinch of salt and all that.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 18, 2016, 04:22 PM »
Maybe (just maybe) one of the most important discoveries of all time:

Hopefully it's confirmed.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stranger Things - Netflix
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:49 PM »
Super 8 is good. It's biggest problem is it doesn't capitalize on its own story, which is a running theme with most of JJ Abrams films.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:47 PM »
Didn't know that about the LEGO development time. Explains some things, like why Kylo's shuttle was black from the get go from them and not the initial white that Hasbro had on at least the Titanium (changed late in production).

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:30 AM »
I'm thinking they probably didn't get confused by early art/pics as the Lego version appears to be accurate to the production ship. I'd rather Hasbro went the extra mile and charged the extra $$$ to make a truly representative toy. Probably that's a $100 nowadays. The more I look at the pic, the more I think it's impossible there's any kind of troop compartment under there. The compartment is probably not open or functional. If so that's a huge disappointment.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stranger Things - Netflix
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:09 AM »
Stranger Things is outstanding. Best show I've seen in a while. The kids were great. 'Why won't you let me unlock my curiosity door?'

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 15, 2016, 08:19 PM »
Definitely scaled way down. Glad to see it but the deciding factor to me will be whether there's a troop compartment under there that will accommodate a couple figures. If not, then no thanks. Looks good though. Appears the swept wing feature is present.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 13, 2016, 04:35 PM »
Looking forward in a big way to the new series. I'm a huge fan of Bryan Fuller and can't wait to see his take on the show. Not too excited about the prospect of another prequel, but I'm confident in the people running it.

MTFBWY Kenny.  :(

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 12:49 PM »
I think there's a huge possibility for some major cameos. The Emperor is the biggest one I'm hoping for. I think there's some real hope for that since we've already seen the royal guards in a previous trailer. I'd love to see Ian McDiarmid again. Leia is another one that I think is likely given the events in the film, along with 3-P0 and R2, if we actually get on to the Tantive IV.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: August 12, 2016, 12:29 AM »
I also loved it for a lot of the same reasons Jesse did. This is a straight up war movie and so far, judging from what little we've seen, is more or less what people seem to have been wanting in the PT - more of the same, but better/darker. We'll see. The cinematography so far is outstanding - the shot of the the DS eclipsing the sun on what I believe is Jedha is one of the best shots in SW ever. The shot of the ship going to hyperspace appears to have been shot in camera - the expanding stars projected on a screen - though I can't be sure. Dramatically different than what we've seen and the odd lack of focus in it makes it seem practical. Also classic shot - Jyn Erso Vs. TIE. The prospect of big, big battles - something TFA didn't really deliver on - has me excited, as does some possible cameos.

I've been on record how I didn't think prequels were necessarily a good idea with these anthology films but RO so far actually seems to be delivering a lot of new for how fixed to continuity it is. The U-Wing is the new best ship ever.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: August 3, 2016, 02:20 PM »
Good interview. Kind of reinforces some other comments Steve made pertaining to Vintage/SA type figures. The playset comment is interesting. TMNT clearly has a lot of success with playsets in their line and as mentioned elsewhere, there's a lot of playset love in smaller scales like Imaginext. I think if Hasbro integrated this app feature with the AT-ACT into a larger playset, that would pay dividends. I don't know what the playset would be. SW is more about environments really than a specific location that lends itself to say a Batcave or Turtle Lair type realization. You might say, well the Death Star or Echo Base or Jabba's Palace, but those are all HUGE environments from entertainment that is not current... with the exception of one. So it will be interesting to see if there's any Death Star love for RO. For a lot of us who have been clamoring for some serious DS joy for a long time, this is probably the best shot we've had since 1997. I think a convertible DS playset where the exterior is a big giant model of the station that opens to reveal some split level features and various locations within, with some app integration, would be pretty cool.

Well, there's always been a divide between critics and audiences in general when it comes to blockbusters. That goes back a very long time. For example, Roger Ebert - not exactly a fan of the big dumb action movie - once famously dismantled a French film critic who dismissed Star Wars on Nightline in 1983. I think the discourse now has become intwined with this concept of fan ownership that manifests in both positive (getting a show renewed i.e. Star Trek) and negative (Ghostbros).

Here you have a very sizable block of fandom that has not seen a movie invalidating the opinions of people who have. Judgement as always should be reserved and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the facts on the ground seem to indicate WB does not have the same handle on making their own movies that Marvel does. This is a huge bummer for a lot of reasons. Chief among them is that WB has had the rights to the entire DC universe forever and done nothing with them. They watch Marvel scrap together a box office dynasty and now they run to try and catch up, throwing whatever will stick to the wall. That said, I am looking forward to Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. I hope they work and they're enjoyable and they lead to more, better movies.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 24, 2016, 11:11 AM »
I'm all about the new show.

Recognizing that the Discovery was the McQuarrie Enterprise while watching the teaser was about the most geek moment I've had in a long time. I love the ship and also think there is some Klingonish elements to it. Another clue is the music in the teaser which is reminiscent of past Klingon cues. That's one reason I think the show could take place in the post TNG era. The registry would indicate otherwise but I don't know I would put much stock in that, as the registries during the TNG era were not always simpatico with what was understood. Another example is Star Trek Beyond. MILD SPOILERS - The USS Franklin is apparently a ship that predates Archer's Enterprise, the NX-01. The Franklin is stated as being the first Warp 4 ship; the Enterprise was the first warp 5 ship, yet the Franklin's registry is NX-324. What is very likely with the Franklin given the circumstantial evidence in the movie is that she was refit and/or reclassed at some point in her service life and given an incongruous registry.

The Discovery registry is an apparent nod to the space shuttle Discovery's registry - OV-103 - and that may be all there is to it. That said there were some rumors at one point that the show was taking place in The Undiscovered Country timeframe and maybe there's something to that. Myself I'd prefer going forward, but I'm up for whatever this show has got.

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