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Joe Defender / Re: 2013 SDCC Exclusives - GI Joe/TFers Mash-Ups Set
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:28 PM »
They really did sue?  I was just kidding!  HG is hyper-protective of anything Macross-related.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:23 AM »
Saw The Wolverine; it's really good.  The Silver Samurai looked a little phoney, but other than that, a really sold movie.  Almost more like an old fashioned noir-detective movie set in Japan than a whiz-bang comic book movie.

And the post-credits scene is awesome.  Worth the price of admission alone
I liked it too.  I was really into X-Men, Avengers and Spidey in the 80's, and sort of fell out of collecting during the time period where this arc was published, so I can't say that any deviation from the source is good or bad, but I did think the film was very good.  In fact, I think they should have just gone with a less super-technological version of the Silver Samurai and it would been near perfect.  I think a guy in a, well, silver samurai costume would have fit the tone of the film better. 

That after-credits scene was incredible.  No schwarma jokes here.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 3
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:09 AM »
That Luke is awesome.  I will bite on that one.  I am a sucker for ESB stuff. 

Is a "figure" of CarboHan really worth $20 though?  And isn't this too big to be an accessory?

you would think Hasbro would want everyone who wants one of these to get one in their hands so they don't turn off any new "line buyers" for this 6" scale.
My thoughts exactly.  Knowing up front that there is a potential hole in a collection may turn off the very people this is targeted towards.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: July 23, 2013, 12:23 PM »
That sounds too complicated for a mass appeal comic book film. Avengers had the benefit of established characters, lead villain and the McGuffin cube. How do you intro Scarlett Witch, Vision and Ultron in 2 and 1/2 hours and have room for the main cast as well?

I guess they might make it work.
They will introduce these characters and concepts over the films leading to Avengers: TAoU.  They didn't introduce any character, or even the MacGuffin aside from Maria Hill in The Avengers; that work was done in IM, IM2, TIH, Thor, and CA:TFA.

I thought the first film was the ultimate love song to the 12YO me.  This has the potential to top it, as Ultron was my favorite Marvel villain.

That retooled cockpit is awesome.

The Vintage Collection / Re: $5 Vintage Collection @ Five Below
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:00 AM »
I think this shows that the "sweet" spot for pricing on these is $5.  I wonder how the number ($) that the $5 units generated compares to the number the $10 units generated.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Spider-Man Movie Series
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:23 PM »
That Spidey is dead on.  I always picture him skinny, belying his power.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:35 PM »
I think that if they had shown Superman trying in vain to save lives while slowly but surely losing the fight to Zod's men, then his killing of Zod would have been more powerful.  When we see Superman happily fighting in the streets of his hometown destroying buildings, it doesn't show any part of his character that "cares" for humanity.  I kept waiting for Clark to lead the fight out of the town and into the fields, but stuff don't get blow'd up as good in a field, I guess.

If handled better, then Superman having to kill, and worse, kill his last "countryman" it could have led to some interesting stuff for the sequel.  With this, the fallout was barely dealt with.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pixar-Style Star Wars Art
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:15 AM »
He should have remade that "famous" C-3PO card in Pixar style.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pixar-Style Star Wars Art
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:11 AM »
LOVE this.  Very cool.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:06 PM »

Remember, it's a reboot... not really the Sup's we grew up with.

This is a horse<bleep> cop out excuse.  This is not tied to the movies we saw when we were young, and I'm OK with that.  BUT they are tied to decades of Superman lore since the movie is called Supe... oh wait...

I think I am more bothered that he was ABLE to do it rather than him doing it.

Also, which blockbuster genre film tidies things up with a "singularity"?  Hint: it isn't Star Trek.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:50 AM »
So sorry, Jesse.    :'(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:47 AM »
Anyone that complains about the plot contrivances in Star Trek must admit to more egregious contrivances in this film.  Lois Lane actually had me throwing my hands up more than once near the end of this picture.

I like Cavill as Supes.  I REALLY liked the Krypton stuff, especially Crowe.  I liked that they didn't try to fall over themselves explaining alien tech.  It is alien tech.  That is enough.  I loved the fatherhood stuff with both of Superman's fathers (great for father's day weekend).  Liked Costner a lot.  I liked Faora, and the way they showed her fighting.  Zod was pretty good.

I have a huge problem with the way they handled Kryptonian superpowers.  The powers come from the radiation of the sun.  Jor-El explicitly stated this.  I can also buy the effects of the Kryptonian atmosphere vs. Earth's, but they just kept playing fast and loose with what affects powers, what doesn't etc. 

Why were they so afraid of saying "Smallville" "Metropolis" or worst of all, "Superman" (they didn't even call the picture Superman for crissakes)?  This isn't Batman.  A dollup of cheese is acceptable with Superman.  I wouldn't be surprised if there was discussion about never showing Supes in his costume in this film at some point in development.

As others have said, the fighting was too much.  Too long, too fake.  We've seen mass destruction done over and over, so it wasn't special.  Also, I feel like Supes would draw them away to avoid casualties.  The way buildings were falling was just... over the top and not in a good way.

Finally, I hated the way they ended the conflict between Zod and Supes.  Superman would not have killed Zod.  Jor-El would not approve.  Jonathan would not approve.  Plus, how could he have done it since Zod is just as invulnerable as Superman is?  Just didn't make logical sense and it did not at all ring true with the nature of the character.

I think that if (when) they make a sequel, that they have the right cast, and Clark is in place where he should be at the Planet, so there is potential.  I just hope they come up with a creative way to put Superman in peril which is the core challenge with any Superman story. 

Overall, I merely liked this film.  I'd give it a 6.6 or 7 of 10. 

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