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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:40 PM »
I think we got an answer to the silencer in the second or third show this season.  There was a scene after they were in the prison where Carl had a can of some type and was stuffing it with steel wool.  Which is a way to make a cheap silencer that's good for a limited number of shots.  Probably enough to be effective clearing a half dozen walkers out of the yard or a hallway before it would need to be replaced.

They didn't really highlight it, probably because they didn't want kids running around making silencers, but I'm sure someone put that in there for people to pick up on.


The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:27 PM »
Here's a good deal at Target; they have Marvel toys BOGOHO on Avengers, MU and Spider-Man (I'm forgetting if Legends are included).  With the 8-pack of Avengers on Sale for $44 and change, you could pick that up along with a Quinjet ($15 w/ this sale) for about $60 which is probably $50 off what you'd pay buying all the figures & the ship individually.

And, if you have the $5 toy coupon that came on the Target toy ads a couple of weeks ago, you can save that and, if you also have a Target card, 5% off that.  Not bad.  I'm actually thinking about it right now.  Sale is 4 days only.


The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:29 PM »
My buddy Joe texted me today that he found this wave with the Spidey variant at a Walmart in NE Pennsylvania.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:01 PM »
I didn't stop in Target last night (heading there tonight) but figured there would be some little resets for the upcoming holiday so maybe some of that Joe stuff will be back here too.  I know when they pulled it from the main aisle there were still basic figures, BP and Alpha wave stuff still in stock.  The only thing to come back out were basic figures which got stocked on an end cap w/ SW and Marvel for a couple of weeks.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:57 PM »
Yeah, thanks for the info.  Since I don't collect TF full time, it's really hard to keep track of everything.  I don't think there's a toy collecting hobby that's more dense, convoluted and hard to follow than Transformers.  With Takara stuff, Hasbro stuff, movie lines, shifting non-movie lines, animated lines, scales, overseas exclusives, store exclusives...  I'd drive myself ******* nuts trying to follow that.  As it is, I just buy what I like but sometimes itís hard to figure out whatís coming where and when and if I should buy now or wait, like with the MP Soundwave.

Star Wars and GI Joe are pretty straightforward in comparison, much easier to follow from a collecting standpoint.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:55 AM »
Are you talking about the same MP Soundwave that stores like BBTS have pre-orders for at $200?  I thought that was going to be online only?


Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Convention 2012
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:18 AM »
I think that's an interesting turn of events.  I don't believe they've ever done that before. 


Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:36 PM »
I bought the last MP Thundercracker from the same TRU a month or so ago and they had more when I was there this weekend.  Optimus will probably be back if you really want it.  I plan on stopping at a different TRU next Wed on the way home for Thanksgiving.  See if I can resist or not, if I find it.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 12, 2012, 01:07 PM »
Can I just say that Michonne is a complete badass.  I'd watch a show just about her. 

I also don't understand why Michonne didn't give Andrea any info on what she found...but then we've seen these people make a lot of stupid decisions about things.  There seems to be a pattern.  Even the military guys letting a bunch of red necks get the jump on them was stupid.  You're in the Zombie Apocalypse and you don't set a perimeter guard while waiting for your airborne recon to come back?


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 12, 2012, 09:52 AM »
You're watching a show about zombies and you're picking apart telephones and whether or not one could eat a whole body?  The entire show is based off physical near impossibilities...


Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: November 10, 2012, 11:40 PM »
Saw the Masterpiece Optimus todat at TRU and holy **** is that an incredible looking toy.  I had it in my hands twice trying to decide if I should buy it or not.  Finally passed but they had BOGOHO on TF Deluxe figures and they had a Prime FE Vehicon in stock so I snagged that an a Generations Shockwave.

But, man...if I run into the MP Prime next time I'm at TRU I may not be able to walk out without him.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Transformers Live Action Movies
« on: November 10, 2012, 02:18 AM »
He seems like the type that would think he's too serious/too good for a franchise like that.

Really?  He just did Ted and The Other Guys with Will Farrell.  I thought he kind of had a good perspective on his acting. He was good in The Fighter and The Departed, but he's also done Max Payne and Shooter, both pretty decent action films but not high art by any means.

I didn't hate Shia in Transformers, but I think we can expect a more serious action film for TF4 if Wahlberg is in as the lead.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney want to buy Hasbro?
« on: November 8, 2012, 11:13 AM »
I'm as big a Joe fan as I am Star Wars and I thought the first movie was pretty much a mess.  The CGI looked terrible in parts and I still can't take the sinking ice. 

I've read the rumor about Disney and Hasbro, and the article saying it probably wasn't going to happen. 

My first though when I heard this is that Hasbro had no reason to sell.  The Transformers movies where huge box office hits, they have a new Joe film coming up that they're pretty excited about, they just partnered with Rovio for the new Star Wars Angry Birds tabletop games, the Hub has been doing better and their sales of girls toys were up last quarter.  The Avengers toy line seems to have done okay for them even if some of the other Marvel movies haven't, and they have a ****-ton of upcoming movies to do figures for. 

The announcement of new Star Wars movies, and the fact they just extended the contract for 2 years, seems like just the shot in the arm that franchise needed and Hasbro is poised to take huge advantage of that.  They also just opened the new Transformers 3D ride at Universal in CA and they're under construction on the new TF3D ride at Universal Orlando. 

That's a lot of potential for the company to do really great things for the foreseeable future.  So why, even if Disney was offering up a deal, would the shareholders be interested in selling?  The company isn't really in trouble and with the chance that they could grow seems like a good thing.

On the other hand, Disney owning a toy company that has strong IPs like Transformers and MLP, and is already licensed to produce toys for LFL and Marvel, would only increase their bottom line.  But the TF and GI Joe films are at Paramount so they'd have additional things to work out there.  Plus, Disney does a lot of business with Mattel and I can't even begin to know what kinds of legal problems there could be by Disney owning Hasbro, Mattel's biggest competitor.


The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: November 6, 2012, 09:57 AM »
I think the next SW film should be a true sequel to the Saga and they should handle the OT characters in one of two ways; set the film far enough in the future that they can cast Hamill, Fisher and Ford to basically hand off the new series to a younger generation of characters or base it off a scenario where we donít need to see those original characters on film.

Maybe base the film on some other characters living in a post ROTJ universe, where we may hear about how Leia is leading the Senate or Luke is off teaching at the new Academy without actually showing them.  Or if they skipped ahead and the series focused around the children of the OT heroes.

One thing I don't want to see is Luke, Leia and/or Han recast with different actors.  I've seen some comparison between the new Abrams Star Trek and how Disney could handle a sequel to Star Wars but I call bull****.  Abrams didnít really come up with a way to recast the actors as much as he wiped out four decades of continuity with a time travel film and started over from scratch.  I liked the movie, and I accept it because time travel isn't new to that universe, but I donít want to see that with Star Wars.

I can accept the EU being thrown out and not being taken into consideration when it comes to sequels, but the six Saga films and the Clone Wars animated series, all of which came with Lucasí input, should stay.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Doctor Who Toys
« on: November 6, 2012, 12:08 AM »
Not sure if you guys had heard, but there's a 3.75" line of Doctor Who action figures scheduled for next year.  Apparently, an Underground Toys employee tweeted a picture of two figures from the line and Jason from The Terrordrome posted it.  It's the new Doctor and a Dalek.

I don't know if I'd be in for any of the humans, but I'd love me some Dalek figures and maybe a Cyberman to face off with the droids.  Put a Slitheen in the Cantina or Jabba's Palace...and who doesn't want a Weeping Angel action figure?


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