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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:05 PM »
Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner film

Blasphemy, just watched the original a few nights ago and it is utterly perfect as is. You simply cannot improve upon that movie.

One thing has always bugged me though - the math in that movie does not add up. Decker is told that 6 replicants escaped, one got fried offscreen. That leaves 5: take away Rutger Hauer, Brion James, Daryl Hannah and that chick with the snake and that still leaves one replicant completely unaccounted for. WTF?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:52 PM »
To some folks the Tartakovsky series was the greatest thing since light-saber sliced white bread.

Yes, that would be me. I hold a reverence for that series that is unrivalled by any other EU.

You really cannot compare that to the current series, IMHO. It's like trying to compare Citizen Kane to the Matrix. Both are great, but coming from very different points of origin.

Tarts is all about creating art, using animation as a visual medium for sublime expression. His take is restrained, full of atmosphere and shaded by nuance. It's not a blow you away thrill ride like we got in the Point Rain arc of the new show. There's a stylized, abstract element, not only in the art but in the plotting and execution of the action. It's more methodical, all about pacing.

As for the art and animation styling, I guess "dated" is just a matter of opinion. I suspect many people consider the early Warner Bros animation to be dated as well, because no computers were involved, but that stuff beats the living **** out of anything being trawled out today, if you ask me. Give me hand rendered cells over CGI every day of the week.

Tarts was never aiming to be "hyper-realistic" in his interpretation of the SW universe, it's just his unique vision, very much an outgrowth of the Samurai Jack motif.

And yeah, I can definitely see how that would not appeal to everyone. It's a unique perspective to be sure, and if it's not personally appealing it would be tough to get engaged with the stories.

Final note: Best thing about the micro-series is that they f-ing killed off Asajj Ventress without dragging that weak ass storyline way past its due. Filoni seems completely unable or unwilling to kill any villains in his series, just good guys. So as a result you have a whole universe of major league scumbags walking around that have somehow scattered into the woodwork prior to ROTS.

#01 Nute Gunray
#02 Duchess Satine
#03 Admiral Trench
#04 Chancellor Palpatine
#05 A-4D
#06 Mother Talzin
#07 Sugi
#08 Tera Sinube
#09 Tarr Seirr
#10 Captain Keeli
#11 Mosep
#12 Tzivvzt
#13 Baniss Keeg
#14 Sergeant Doallyn
#15 Yakface

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:17 PM »
Does this one correspond to anythjng shown at SDCC:

087-06-1736 CW Figure Collection - $19.99

I can't recall but am thinking not. Seems like maybe another exclusive BP?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:15 PM »
Killing me...KILLING me, I hate being in a non-toy corridor for vacation! Thank God it's all over tomorrow and I can resume my maniacal search for new swag. I did steal out to the one local K-Mart here in DE last night but all they had newish were the 2 new role playing masks. No new figures, vehicles, etc. Not even a B-Wing, which I have still yet to ever come across.

I did get word from a friend back home that out local TRU finally got their allotment of Comm. Blackout in, so at least I have that to look forward to upon my return.  ;D

Other Toy Lines / Re: Godzilla
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:36 PM »
I still want the one from my childhood with the launching fist and flaming tongue. That thing freaking ruled.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:44 PM »
Finally was able to hit up a local Walmart in Rehoboth DE. No sign of any new TCW figures, but they did have a few RC Republic Tanks and 2 Assault on Geonosis BP's. Also a couple of the Wave 1 Rapid Strike vehicles.

Guessing there is some kind of more substantive reset coming, but no idea when exactly.

Wow, I wanted to chime in on that action too but you guys covered all the available puns. Well played!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Sports 2011-2012
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:39 PM »
Love college football, glad SEC gave thumbs down to Texas A&M for now, at least.  I prefer the traditional conference alignments. Clemson needs to stick with the ACC for sure too. Flroida State I don't care so much about either way.

I'm on vacation in DE, which sucks because I am seem to be stuck here when new stuff is hitting and this state is a Toy Wasteland. I mean, they have like one TRU within 1000 miles of me, it's ridiculous. There are NO Targets and only a small handful of Walmarts about. I plan to try and check at least one of them this week, but I really won't be able to hunt in earnest until returning back to VA next week.

I am hoping these are just sporadic occurences...would suck to miss the boat entirely on account of vacation.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:17 PM »
Just got back into town from business in STL and made a beeline for TRU, which restocked yesterday. STILL no sign of Comm Blackout, but I was able to pick up the Republic Artillery Cannon and the Flitknot Speeder/Geonosian Deluxe set.

I do miss the dioramas with the midsize line, this was a nice bonus.

They had 6 of the Geo sets and NO sleds, BTW. I really feel for people trying to track that down, that case assortment is a real kick in the groin.

EVERY single one of the 6 sets had some kind of packaging defect too, I really had to go with lesser of 6 evils, think it will do, but I may pick up a spare if I can do so somehow on the cheap. I have extras for everything else they've released from that arc.

I see on JTA that someone found Wave 12 (Chewbacca, etc) on the pegs at a Walmart in PA. I guess they decided to skip over Waves 10 and 11 entirely? WTF?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 10, 2011, 05:29 PM »
I'm still hunting for the Y-WIng mini-rig.  It's cool looking and I'm going to remove the engines from it to make it a little more believable as a little speeder thing.  I'm really amazed the price errors haven't been found yet.

They will find and correct it exactly one day before I finally stumble across him in a store. Book it!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: August 10, 2011, 02:46 PM »
The most noteworthy thing I have read so far in this round is Hasbro's confirmation that HTS WILL continue to carry single figure offerings and not just case assortments.

I don't know how to plan to manage that, but they need to put them all up at once, and not just the cases first.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 7
« on: August 9, 2011, 05:41 PM »
I think we're thinking of two different scenarios, Jesse. I do see your point, but I think we're not talking about dumping these at the BFE Target in some one horse town 100 miles from noplace. We're talking about dumping them at a Target, for example, that is probably within 20 miles of 5 other Targets.

The collectors in my area all hunt multiple stores, so putting one out of commission would theoretically free up all the other stores to order new inventory, and we all benefit. Hence my "win-win" comment. (But yes, this would require people branching out, which frankly everyone does around me anyway)

The idea being that it is better to have 5 stores with new product and 1 store hopelessly backlogged than to have 6 stores that are completely stagnant altogether.

I agree that in this scenario if some person were to only look for figures at the same store location over and over it would not help them in any way. But in my experience that is not how the SW geeks usually roll. They get around.

I have to say, I am not advocating anything one way or the other - I have never done this mostly due to the hassle and expense. But I don't think I understand how insanely angry some people get about this practice at other sites.

I think it's way worse to see things like that horrific TCW repack case shipping with the Flamethrower clone and a bunch of other garbage that should have been off the pegs months ago. That jams things up just as bad as any shady returns, only without the advantage for a benefit to other stores.

nuff said, I am seeing plenty of Wave 7 now so sort of seems like a moot point anyway, I guess.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: August 9, 2011, 05:17 PM »
Not sure where to put this, but, I found 2-packs of battlepacks at Costco today for $25 tonight.  Mostly Clone Wars packs.  Worth taking a look!

That is a good deal, I'd be happy to pick up 10-20 Mando Warrior/ARC Trooper BP's at that price.

Oh wait, it's just the crappy old ones that nobody wants.  ::)

Thanks Hasbro.

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