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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:54 PM »
In for the Death Star sets as well, but otherwise, sort of boring for me.  I'm sure they will all be great sets, as LEGO always does nice work, but I only collect the OT stuff here too so there just isn't much for me unless we still see some surprises.  I still have some stuff to catch up on from this year (Sail Barge), and a couple other things I wouldn't mind picking up (like the Hoth set at TRU).  Oh well, won't complain about money saved either I guess.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:53 PM »
Saw a set of Wave 2 at our local Target today as well, so they are filtering out there.  Hopefully availability won't become an issue with this line as it has with the 3 3/4" stuff over the past few years.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:52 PM »
Nice to at least see something from BD regarding the line's current/future state, but it really is too bad the way things have gone now.  Like others have said, I thought the figures were all pretty well done, and I like the ones that I have.  I can understand, and see, how things maybe didn't sell the best (although our local TRU has sold through everything now - from the first movie - with the exception of the Gandalf/Bolg 2 pack), but it sure would have been nice to see things continue strong (and even get a Smaug).

I would have been happy if we could have just gotten all of the dwarves in the 3 3/4" scale, especially since we've seen them all completed in conventions this year.  At the very least it would be nice if they could throw those in a couple of multipacks and make them Amazon exclusives or something.  Maybe we'll see more next year, but it doesn't seem super likely.  I still think about how great a LOTR line in this style could have been.

Their statement makes it sound like the 6" line was more of a success for them, but we still only saw two new figures this time around (I think the Legolas is the same, or close).  I'd even settle for getting the dwarves in that scale, but with only 2-3 a year, that isn't happening either.  I've seen the new stuff at our TRU, and I'm pretty sure the 5 packs are all still sitting there last I checked.  I don't know if the store has gotten more than one shipment of the 6" figures or not, but I did pick up the Radagast and noticed that Azog was gone the last time I was there as well.  Legolas was still hanging about.

Although it has been a slow process (tough to find time to sit and read for very long), I've been making my way through this book over the past few weeks and really enjoying it.  I've loved all of these books, but this one really has a lot of insight in the planning of the movie.  I'm currently on the section (starting about pg. 62) that covers the story conferences held between Lucas, Kasdan, Kazanjian, and Marquand...and it is really interesting.  Some of the ideas that were had but not used, some that were changed, some things that were dropped....and disagreements that were had.  Actually pretty candid the way it is presented here.

It is also funny to see in this section the ideas and/or explanations that Lucas had for certain things that have since changed.  In these discussions he talks about how anyone can use the force, but only some study/practice it enough to use it.  Also, he discusses how Yoda isn't a Jedi himself, the Jedi are the fighters and Yoda doesn't fight ;).  They also discuss "coping" with Billy Dee, and finding him something to do because - at least from their discussions - they thought he would believe himself the star of the movie.  Anyways, it is just interesting to read these conversations, and what came from them.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:02 PM »
Has there been any word of the last wave of Legends (prior to the switch over to movie themed waves?)  They were shown at SDCC this year, but I haven't seen any preorders or anything yet and I was wondering if they were cancelled, delayed, or maybe just not out yet.  I kind of figured they'd be out by Dec/Jan since the Cap wave will likely start hitting a month or two later.  This is the "Jubilee" build a figure wave with Batroc, Agent Venom, Modern Thor, etc., but I haven't seen much about it since SDCC.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:59 PM »
We went this past weekend as well, and I really enjoyed it as well.  Although I'm sure that many general audience members were thoroughly confused by the post credits sequence, I personally can't wait for Guardians of the Galaxy next year.  Honestly, I didn't know all that much about the comic/team/etc. until the past couple years, then I started reading and got hooked.  I'm really anticipating all of the Marvel movies next year with Cap, Spidey, X-Men and Guardians all hitting...should be a good year.

The Cap footage, wow I can't wait for that movie.  I keep watching the trailer over and over lately as well, just really looking forward to it.  Overall though for Thor: The Dark World, good stuff.  Honestly, although some are weaker than others, I can't say I've disliked any of the Marvel Studios movies since all of this started with the original Iron Man.  They aren't all perfect, but all very watchable I think.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero / Comic Book TV Development
« on: November 8, 2013, 09:47 AM »
Pretty big Marvel TV news yesterday with the announcement that Netflix has committed to four series of 13 episodes each for Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, all leading to a Defenders team up miniseries.  They will start in 2015.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: November 1, 2013, 08:56 PM »
Looks like the images were taken down, so just for the sake of having them all here, here's the rumored figures listed:

TIE Pilot
Darth Vader
Luke Skywalker - Jedi
Clonetrooper (AOTC)

There's also multiple Sandtroopers listed, so we'll see about those.  Plus, the deluxe Speeder Bike and Jabba.  So, including the Anakin - and the new 3 "new" figures per wave format - I guess we could be looking at three more waves here (with one more figures not known).  That might be the bulk of 2014.

Yeah, if they are smart about who gets that fourth carryover slot in these cases, it could work out....but we'll see.  It was nice getting a whole wave in one case, and being done without any extras each time.  So I guess if we continue to see 4 or so waves of these a year, we're looking at around 12 (maybe up to 15) new figures a year, not too bad.  If they are going to put extras in, I'd be for more Stormies, or different pauldroned Sandies or something like that.  I could see Fett as well, or even Vader.  No more X-Wing Lukes needed for now, plenty of those locally :).

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: November 1, 2013, 08:50 PM »
I received a set of these from BBTS, but haven't had a chance to open them yet.  They all look pretty nice overall though, with Leia probably being the weakest of the bunch.  The Han looks great, and with all the accessories/extra hands seems the most worthy of the higher pricepoint.  I really like these and can't wait to get them open, but still feel that $15-17 would be a better price.  I am enjoying the OT-heaviness of these so far though, something we hadn't really seen for awhile in the basic lineup.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: November 1, 2013, 08:49 PM »
Saw the new stuff at our TRU today as well.  Man, I really wish we were getting the rest of the dwarves in 3 3/4" scale.  I was pretty much complete in that scale with this line, but I just can't bring myself to buy that entire pack just to get Thandruil.  I saw one each of the 6" figures, and ended up grabbing Radagast the Brown.

The Bullpen / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:53 PM »
Thanks for posting this.  I really hope we do see an awesome toyline for Guardians.  I'm still not sure how it will end up doing at the box office, but after getting more into the Guardians of the Galaxy over the past couple years (after not really knowing anything about them previously), I've really gotten into that world and can't wait for the movie.  It could make for a pretty neat toyline with the various characters, aliens, ships, etc.

I have to admit, Jabba was one of the larger things I thought they might get to eventually in this line (if successful), but it is a little surprising that it might be on the way next year.  I hope all these rumors today are true, because it sounds pretty great.  I wonder if we will get the dais and all the trimmings (similar to the last 3 3/4" version), and if so, what it will cost.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:47 PM »
Really hope these rumors pan out next year.  Chewie is my most wanted 6" figure right now, and the rest of that list fills a lot of big names as well (Vader, 3PO, etc.)  A very (almost totally) OT based list as well, which is fine by me.  Lots of good stuff on there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:51 PM »
Much like Captain America did, there is a new teaser for the teaser trailer up for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The full trailer goes up next Tuesday I believe:

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