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LEGO / Lego Indiana Jones: The Video Game
« on: December 14, 2007, 01:11 PM »

This is something I was really hoping for, after first hearing several months ago that LEGO had acquired the Indy license.

Should be a lotta fun.

Traveller's Tales raiding Lego Indiana Jones

LucasArts commissions Lego Star Wars studio to parody history-turned-adventurer's first three excursions, available in 2008 for consoles.

By Tom Magrino, GameSpot
Posted Jul 27, 2007 6:35 pm PT

Eat your heart out, Mr. Ford.

Traveller's Tales is no stranger to LucasArts properties. The developer won praise, or at least a few smirks, with its tongue-in-cheek send-up of the hallowed Star Wars franchise in Lego Star Wars and its follow-up, Lego Star Wars II. However, during Star Wars Day at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego, it wasn't the epic space opera that received one of LucasArts bigger announcements.

Closing out its conference at Comic-Con, LucasArts announced Lego Indiana Jones: The Videogame will ride on to consoles in 2008. As with Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones will parody three Indiana Jones movies, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Lego Indiana Jones will developed by the same team behind the Lego Star Wars games and feature the same style of quirky humor and familiar movie moments rendered in children's building blocks.

LucasArts' storied franchises aren't the only ones Lego Group has courted recently. In March, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced it would be piecing together DC Comics' Gotham City with Lego Batman, available for multiple consoles in 2008. Earlier that same month, Lego Group announced that Auto Assault developer NetDevil was prepping a massively multiplayer online game around the popular building blocks.

Along with the game, LucasArts also announced that Lego Indiana Jones playsets will be available in January 2008.


Well of the Souls / Disney 7" Indy Figure
« on: November 25, 2007, 02:46 PM »
Figure this was worth a mention:

New 7" Indiana Jones action figure

17/11/07, 3:12pm EST

The new Toyfare magazine (issue #125) contains a photo of a brand new 7" Indiana Jones figure. According to their article, the new Indy figure - sculpted by Gentle Giant - will become available at the Disney Parks starting December 2007 - next month!

According to the photo in Toyfare magazine, the new 7" Indy figure comes in full gear with as accessories a gun, whip, sword, golden idol, grail diary and a cool base.


Well of the Souls / Hasbro 3.75" - 2008 Wave 1 (RotLA)
« on: November 9, 2007, 02:54 PM »
Some dude over at Rebelshit is reporting that the new issue of Lee's has a pic of Wave 1, which includes the brand-new, never-before-seen German Soldier figure.

Haven't seen any scans yet. . .

Well of the Souls / Vintage Kenner/LJN Indy Toys
« on: October 23, 2007, 01:49 PM »
Anyone into the vintage Indy line at all?

I recently dug out the stuff I had when I was a kid.  Most of the figures, and the Well of the Souls playset (which is missing nearly everything).  I think I had everything else except for the Map Room playset and the horse, but all that stuff's long gone, unfortunately.

Anyway, it's made me think about going back and picking up some stuff, before the prices jump next year (assuming they will).  It's a relatively small line, which is good, but some of those carded figs are awfully expensive, which is not so good.

The Prequel Trilogy / Ewan McGregor hates Star Wars
« on: October 11, 2007, 05:53 PM »
Man, oh man, Ewan's still got his Alec Guinness impression down pat!

McGregor dislikes Star Wars movies

02/09/2007 - 14:06:41

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor regrets filming the Star Wars movies - branding the sci-fi films the worst work he has done.

The 36-year-old actor visited a Scottish hospice recently in order to spearhead a new school fundraising campaign - and spoke to three-year-old Cameron Glasgow and his father, Hamish.

Cameron suffers from a rare incurable condition called Hoyeraal Hreidarsson.

Hamish says: "Ewan was really down to earth. He was great with Cameron. He was really relaxed and you could tell he's a really good dad.

"He said the favourite movie he'd done was Trainspotting and the one he liked least was Star Wars."

McGregor starred in 1999's The Phantom Menace, 2002s Attack Of The Clones and 2005s Revenge Of The Sith.


I like that this apparently came about during a visit with a three-year-old child.  "Yeah yeah, Star Wars is total rubbish, but you should totally check out Trainspotting.  It's my best work."

Watto's Junk Yard / Kiefer Sutherland pleads guilty to DUI
« on: October 10, 2007, 04:49 PM »
I can't believe this hasn't been discussed here.

Kiefer Sutherland pleads guilty to drunk driving

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — "24" television series star Kiefer Sutherland pleaded guilty to drunk driving Tuesday in a Los Angeles court where prosecutors asked that he be jailed for 48 days.

Sutherland, 40, was arrested September 25 west of Los Angeles for driving with an alcohol-level three times above the legal limit,
court documents show.

The actor was on probation for another drunk driving violation in 2004, for which Los Angeles prosecutor Rocky Delgadillo asked the court he be sentenced to 18 days in jail, in addition to 30 days for the current charge.

If the judge adheres to Delgadillo's recommendations, Sutherland would have to serve the first 18-day sentence on December 21, and the other 30-day sentence on July 1, 2008.

Sutherland's presence was not required at Tuesday's hearing. His lawyer entered the guilty plea.

What an absolute scumbag of a human being.

Watto's Junk Yard / Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
« on: August 1, 2007, 08:03 PM »
Freeway bridge collapses into river during rush hour in Minneapolis

Two of our local stations broke into their regular programming to air footage from the TV stations up there, and it looks, really, really bad.

Part of a bridge on an interstate collapsed here a few years ago, and fourteen people died as a result, and this looks much, much worse than that.

Hope all you Twin Cities guys and your friends and families are safe. . . 


The Battle for the Toy Box!

We are one2believe, designers of Bible-based toys for young children, called Tales of Glory. Beginning this August our Tales of Glory toys will become available at select Wal-Mart stores and other retailers across the country.

This program represents a huge opportunity for the faith community as it is the first time a worldwide retailer has opened-up shelf-space for a strong Bible-based toy product, like Tales of Glory! However, this is only a test-run. In fact, Wal-Mart will only have Tales of Glory in about 500 stores and only for a limited time (August through January). They have temporarily made the product available, and are waiting to see the response from their consumers. The success of this program is up to us… we need to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

This is a chance to let our voices be heard. By supporting this program we can send a message to other retailers and toy makers letting them know that we, as a Christian community, are truly concerned about the toys that our children play with! We are aware of the influence that toys have on our young children’s impressionable minds, so we would like to see more God-honoring options available. It’s a “Battle for the Toy Box”!

Please pass this exciting news along to your friends, family and church congregation, especially to parents and grandparents. Encourage them to go to their local Wal-Mart store on August 18th and ask about Tales of Glory toys.

We can’t let this exceptional opportunity just pass-by! We need to raise awareness of this opportunity and encourage others to support us as well.

To find out if your local Wal-Mart store or other retailer in your area will have Tales of Glory toys please contact us at (888)557-2327 or by emailing us at


David Socha
Founder, one2believe

Wal-Mart To Test Bible Action Figures In 425 Stores

July 17, 2007: 12:11 PM EST

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) said Tuesday it will test sales in some stores of biblical action figures whose makers say they are aimed at Christian parents who prefer their children play with Samson, David or Noah rather than with a comic book character or Bratz doll.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien said the toys made by One2believe, a Valencia, Calif., company, will be offered in 425 of Wal-Mart's 3,376 discount stores and Supercenters.

One2believe Chief Executive David Socha said his products were part of a " battle for the toy box" with dolls and figures that he said carry negative messages.

"If you're very religious, it's a battle for your children's minds and what they're playing with and pretending. There are remakes out there of Satan and evil things," Socha said.

Wal-Mart's O'Brien said the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer believes there is demand for faith-based toys.

The toy line will be on some Wal-Mart shelves starting in August, mainly in the Midwest and South but also in California and as far northeast as Pennsylvania, O'Brien said.

"It is a test. It's not a national rollout," O'Brien said.

The toys, based on biblical stories, include a 3-inch figure of Daniel in the lion's den, a 12-inch talking Jesus doll and 13-inch Samson action figure.

Wal-Mart has always carried some faith products, mainly stationery, books and music, but this is the first line of toys with a faith theme, O'Brien said.

"I think there is an interest in faith-based toys and we are testing it in our stores," O'Brien said.

It is a leap in scale for One2believe, which so far has mainly sold its figures directly to churches and ministries and through its Web site, Socha said.

Retailer Wal-Mart gets religious — toys, that is

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
Wal-Mart (WMT) is about to bring religion to the toy aisle.

Early next month, 425 Wal-Mart stores nationwide will begin carrying faith-based toys from One2believe that target parents who would rather that their kids play with a Samson action figure than a Spider-Man action figure.

PHOTOS: Wal-Mart adds Bible action figures

It's the first time the world's largest retailer has carried a full line of religious toys. "We're seeing interest from parents in faith-enriching toys," says Melissa O'Brien, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman.

Religious products have become a multibillion-dollar business, and the toy move comes as it targets a younger audience. Fox recently created FoxFaith, a 20th Century Fox unit to distribute family movies with Christian themes. In January, Universal Pictures will release The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything — A VeggieTales Movie, based on the spiritual characters by Big Idea.
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But until now, most faith-based toys have sold successfully only in specialty religious stores, not at mass-market retailers, warns Jim Silver, editor of Toy Wishes magazine. "Once children turn 4, parents tend to get them what they want. And right now, kids are asking for Transformers."

About one-sixth of Wal-Mart's 3,300 stores will carry the One2believe line, which will get 2 feet of toy aisle shelf space, says O'Brien.

One way Wal-Mart decided where to carry them, she says: Stores that sell a lot of Bibles will carry the new line.

"We view this as an opportunity to reach that audience," she says.

But one religious leader does not consider Wal-Mart in the fold.

"They'll carry anything that sells," says David Croyle, president of Family-Life TV, based in Kittanning, Pa. "This simply signals intelligent buying within Wal-Mart."

For David Socha, CEO of One2believe, it's a dream come true. "Our goal is to give the faith-based community an alternative to Bratz dolls and Spider-Man," he says.

The toys are based on biblical stories. For example, there's a set of 3-inch figures based on Daniel in the lion's den for about $7. A 12-inch talking Jesus doll is about $15. And 14-inch Samson or Goliath action figures are about $20.

The toys target kids from pre-school to age 12, he says, and also are sold online at

Since 9/11, there's been a surge in faith-based products, says Bob Starnes, vice president of licensing at Big Idea, the firm behind VeggieTales. That's because most Americans have a "faith perspective," he says.

Laurie Schacht, president of The Toy Book, a toy industry publication, says some parents also are dissatisfied with toys from conventional toymakers: "There are a lot of wild things out there. Parents want to give kids wholesomeness."

I'm most looking forward to the talking Jesus, myself!

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / How about spoiler tags?
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:06 PM »
My last request, which was for embedded videos, went so smashingly that I figured I'd take a shot and ask for something else while I've got the hot hand.

Spoiler tags.

I've seen these on other boards.  On some boards, they'll work as big black blocks that you have to highlight in order to read the text underneath.  Other boards have them as little spoiler buttons that you have to click in order to get the text to pop-up. 

Both versions would be preferable to the ways we have to try and hide spoilers around here--which has led to some rather unfortunate incidents over the last few weeks.

So anyway, I just thought I'd see if there was any way that the board software would allow some of these  tags to be implemented.




1) What kind of articulation will the Pre-Cyborg General Grievous figure have being released later this year

He has a ball joint neck, ball and socket shoulders, bicep, knees, hip and waist. There are some other nice surpises, but you'll have to wait until we reveal him fully.

A couple of boards I hang out have recently upgraded to software versions which allow for videos (from YouTube or wherever) to be posted and playable directly in a forum thread post.

It's a cool feature and I was wondering if there was any way it could be implemented here at JD.

[The sites I've seen this at are DVDTalk, Home Theater Forum (both run different versions of VBulletin), and Galactic Hunter (Infopop).]

Watto's Junk Yard / Grand Theft Auto IV
« on: March 29, 2007, 03:56 PM »
One of the most-anticipated games of 2007 has also been one of the industry's best-kept secrets--for the next two hours, at least:

Trailer at 5:00 Central.

Star Wars Universe / Radio Dramas: Worth the bother?
« on: March 25, 2007, 09:40 PM »
I've got an opportunity to hear the radio dramas, but they're pretty long, and would take up quite a bit of room on my hard drive "bookshelf," so I'm wondering if they'd be worth the download "purchase."

I'm not much for EU, but I've always heard that these were really well-done and I've always been a little curious about them.

Any of you guys heard them?  Good?  Bad?  Neither?  All opinions welcomed.

Clone Wars may be coming to a handheld near you

Posted Mar 2nd 2007 3:13PM by Alisha Karabinus
Filed under: News

LucasArts announced that they'll be bringing Genndy Tartakovsky's distinctive designs to "a handheld" for a game based on the animated series Clone Wars. This will be the first handheld game developed in-house by LucasArts. EA's Feargus Carroll, who boasts a record that spans everything from comedy to squad-based games, is set to helm the project.

While we don't know that we'll be able to boast this title on the DS yet, as no platform has been announced, it just seems like a natural fit. We'll keep an eye on this developing story!

I've never had much interest in any of the handheld Star Wars games (the only one I've ever bought was Yoda Stories for the Game Boy Color, and it was probably one of the worst gaming purchases I've ever made), but if it's done right, this game, using the animated Clone Wars style, might be worth checking out.  Should be visually appealing, at least--hopefully it'll play as good as it'll probably look.

I'd guess this'll be coming out toward the end of the year for the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP. . .

Watto's Junk Yard / Date, Marry, Kill
« on: February 19, 2007, 01:10 PM »
Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi


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