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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:27 PM »
I didn't love it or hate it.  I thought it was good but didn't completely live up to the potential that was there.  I thought Logan dealing with Jean's death was better done than Tony Stark's anxiety attacks in IM3 and thought it did some good things for his character.

I liked most of the fights and action but there were a few times where I didn't feel like the director let the actors and choreography work, too many quick cuts that distracted more than anything.

The scene during the credits blew me away!  I can not wait for the next X-Men movie after that.  I would recommend going to see it.  If you like Jackman as Wolverine I think you'll really love this movie.  I felt like there was more for Jackman to do with the character this time around, it wasn't all berserker rage.

I did write a review if anyone is interested: The Wolverine


That was about the first, last and only time SJP was attractive in....anything. 


Other Toy Lines / Re: Pacific Rim Toys
« on: July 20, 2013, 12:54 PM »
I think they're doing an 18" Gipsy Danger.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pacific Rim
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:40 PM »
I saw it last night and really liked it.  I agree that Hunnam didn't show much range but I wasn't really there for the pilots, I was there for the gigantic mechs and monsters. 

I disagree on Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, this builds on a lot of the Japanese Anime and Godzilla type movies and those always have that one character that's annoying but thrown in for humor...that was Day and Perlman (to a lesser extent).

I would have liked to have seen more of the other pilots also, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: June 21, 2013, 02:21 PM »
Rumors starting to kick around today have Star Wars VII coming May 29, 2015.  I'll believe it when we hear there's actually a script.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Spider-Man Movie Series
« on: June 21, 2013, 02:15 PM »
Apparently a new actress has already been added to the Spider-Man film and while there's no character name associated w/ her, rumors are she might be the MJ replacement:

Sarah Gadon


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: June 14, 2013, 02:17 AM »
Hot. Mess. That is all.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: June 7, 2013, 10:43 AM »
I really like how they assume everyone with an Xbox One will have a broadband connection.  I saw some comments on another site covering this and the people there pretty much said that if you're too poor to have a broadband connection you shouldn't have an Xbox anyway, completely ignoring that fact that there are still a lot of places in the US where you can't get broadband even if you wanted it.  Unless, maybe, you can get satellite.

We have people in our service area here in upstate NY that don't have access to it because it's so rural that Time Warner won't build out their service and Verizon doesn't have COs close enough to provide DSL...hell, Verizon doesn't even have FIOS in that many areas here yet.

I'm assuming Playstation will have similar requirements on some of the used games and whatnot, but the new Microsoft policies are crap and I'm hoping it completely backfires on them...sort of like Windows 8.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: June 6, 2013, 03:51 PM »
I've been pretty indifferent for this movie until just recently and now I'm starting to get excited.


I don't know how I'm going to get my hands on this set, but, gotta have it.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 5, 2013, 06:42 PM »
I only have a handful of figs outside the 1:18 scale that I've purchased because I really wanted them.  I'm only in for the R2 out of Hasbro's new 6" Black Series.  I'd also do Yoda and an AT-AT Driver, but that's about it.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 4, 2013, 10:29 PM »
Actually, DST is doing just that, although with TOS-era figures right now.

It'll be interesting to see where this line goes.

They're 7" and not all articulated.  But, yeah, they are doing a somewhat limited series of ST toys, but not really action figures and not in the 3.75" scale.

They did Stargate in the past also, but they were 6".  If they could get back into that at 3.75" and still do the pack-in build-an-accessory, I'd be in.  I'm just not in at anything over the 3.75"/4" scale.  I'm all about compatibility with the tons of action figs I already have, and those are in the SW/Joe/IJ scale.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 4, 2013, 07:05 PM »
As much as I'd have liked to see a line from Hasbro for this new ST movie, I really don't believe it was a good toy movie.  They're not like Superheroes with cool costumes and funky weapons/powers, they aren't military-esque figures w/ a lot of equipment and most of the ships are huge and outside of doing playsets or scale models they aren't like an X-Wing or TIE Fighter where figs really fit in them.

It's probably too expensive for some of the smaller companies, but if Neca or DST or someone with equally quality manufacturing could get into this it would be the best way to go.  The 5" Playmates line that ran back in the 90's was well done but they were based on a TV series so there were lots of set pieces and accessories that made sense for figures.  W/ the movie, not so much.

It's gotta be very cost prohibitive, but I wish there was a company like DST that could get on a bunch of licenses for Sci-Fi properties and do limited run series.  ST, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Stargate, other properties like that, where they could do a set of core characters and then one wave of secondary chars and then be done.  Limited stuff for comic and specialty shops, hit the geeks where they leave, and then move on.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Computer programming for kids?
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:20 AM »
You should check out the SCRATCH programming system:


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: May 24, 2013, 09:26 AM »
Physically, Hugh Jackman didn't really match up with the image of Wolverine for the first X-Men.  In fact, he wasn't the first choice for the role.  That had actually been Dougray Scott.  But somewhere along the way the role of Wolverine got recast, and as a result Jackman has essentially been carrying the franchise.

Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine but he couldn't do it because he was tied up with Mission Impossible II.

I'd argue that anybody basing casting judegements off of height in this day and age is a moron.  They easily make tall guys look short and a midget look like the tallest guy in the room.  I think Jackman's facial expressions and overall look made him a clear choice from the start, but maybe I was in the minority with that opinion. 

I don't disagree, but you know how comic geeks are, they want the movies to be exactly like the comics until they don't...which usually only happens if the movie ends up exceeding their expectations.

I think Jackman has done an excellent job as Wolverine, don't get me wrong, but he didn't necessarily stand out as an obvious choice the first time.  Unlike Downey as Stark, though, I think Jackman could be replaced as Wolverine at some point.  It's harder for me to picture someone else in Downey's role, though.


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