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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« Last post by Nicklab on Today at 08:15 PM »
I agree that there's been a lot of divergences with both movie universes.  With the Avengers, the bones of the original team were largely there with the original members:  Cap, Thor, Hulk & Iron Man.  The SHIELD angle is something that came from the Ultimate universe, so I kind of can deal with that take on the story.  As for Ultron, Vision, Pym, et al?  I can see the concerns.

The X-Men films started with something of a hodge-podge team that was more of a composite of the team over the years rather than something that was true to the books.  Cyclops and Jean Grey were the only original members on the team.  Storm was with the 3rd wave that came in during Giant Sized X-Men, as was Wolverine.  Iceman was a younger student at the school and not a member of the team, and there was no presence of Angel or Beast until the 3rd film.  Say what you will, but the original X-Men team actually had some decent stories.  And they also began to incorporate characters like Banshee, Polaris, Havok and Magneto well before Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Colossus ever made it into any books.  Could that original team have carried a movie or two before introducing the Giant Sized X-Men team?  It all would have depended on multiple factors:  the director, script and cast.  But if you did that I could imagine the fan outcry:  where's Wolverine?  And I think that Fox wanted to make sure that he was in the mix from the get-go purely from a marketing standpoint.

But what about the possibility of building a universe?  I don't think that Fox really had the foresight to see it through.  But imagine two 'First Class' sort of films that might have led up to a third movie that would finally introduce the Storm/Wolverine/Colossus/Nightcrawler, etc team?  That could have been something great.  And then you could potentially get another few films after that with the Phoenix saga, DoFP, and maybe eventually Apocalypse without it being such a ******* mess.
Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« Last post by JediJman on Today at 05:44 PM »
These are all awesome by the way.  Expensive, but totally worth it for the detail and articulation and accessories.  I'd pay $20 for SW figs without a complaint if they all turned out like these. 
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« Last post by JediJman on Today at 05:41 PM »
I loved it.  It was brutal and gross, but a creative way to get the show back on track with a lot of the comic material again.  The Abraham kill had me thinking that was it too, so if they were bound and determined for it to be Glenn, that was a smart way to still make it something of a surprise.  The image of him with the eyeball popping out is 100% faithful to issue #100 of the comics.  There was a lot of love/hate following that turn in the comics, so I'm not surprised to see all the mixed reactions from the TV audience.  Love it or hate it, it was creative.

Kirkman has always maintained that no one (outside of maybe Rick) is safe on this show.  He wants you to care about characters deeply enough that you are outraged when they're taken away.  Its been a long time since a really meaningful character has died, and he upped that with two for the premiere.  I think most of us were hoping for Glenn to make it through, but it would have been cheap to get rid of any of the less important characters IMO.  Sad to see him go, but excited about where this takes the group next.

And yes, I think this is going to be a rough season.  Negan has more brutality up his sleeve, but thereís some pretty cool stuff coming our way.  Room for some pretty interesting new characters and concepts anyway.  Someone was complaining a while back about how the show is just them running from town to town trying to find resources and escape zombies.  Now they have a much bigger problem to deal with and itís dark, but itís also something new and unexpected.  Iím excited to see what they do next (and hopefully that involves less smashing heads). 
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« Last post by JediJman on Today at 05:22 PM »
I liked most of the X-Men stuff thus far, but you're right - the original comic stories are that much better.  Days of Future Past would have been awesome on the big screen, but I think you'd need to have a handful of movies in front of it to make any sense out of the storyline.  Some of these just don't transfer well to film.

As for Marvel vs. Fox taking liberties, I think they're pretty equal.  Cap and wolverine have origins similar to the comics, but a lot of other characters don't.  Having Stark create Ultron, Jarvis become Vision, Hawkeye married with kids, Shield building the Avengers...that's all a hodgepodge of very divergent stories that don't map at all to the comics.  On the flip side, I just watched XMen Apocalypse last week and loved the little Weapon X cameo.  As long as they loosely tie to the characters I love, I'm usually pretty happy with the Marvel-based stuff, outside of the crap that has passed for Fantastic Four and Hulk films.
Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« Last post by Jesse James on Today at 02:00 PM »
You can try harbor freight for some inexpensive options.  If you wanted to go balls out tho wiring up LEds yourself isn't too tough if you know how to solder. 
Checked Brickpicker today and saw two stores showing them In Stock. I hit the one closest to my office but there were no signs of it anywhere. Since I didn't feel like driving around I just went to the Customer Service desk and had them pull a fresh case from the back. I picked out the one with the best paint apps (there was only 1 out of 4, yikes) and went on my merry way.

Cannot wait to crack this open tonight. The Death Trooper Specialist looks amazing!

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« Last post by Dave on Today at 01:41 PM »
Just got my first order of space walls (ouch says the wallet).

Anybody tried hooking up fiber optic or LED lights to these yet?  Just curious where to go about sourcing these.
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« Last post by Dave on Today at 12:38 PM »
Just watched this last night and managed to avoid spoilers.  Yowza.

I agree with everyone's statements.  Not sure if there is ever going to be a redemption or happy ending, but hope at some point the writers feel free to diverge from the comics if the comic story line has wallowed or is lame (I don't read the comics).  I don't just want to watch a brutal show if there isn't some element of hope, but I think they can resurrect that with new characters and growth from the existing ones.

One thing that I both liked and didn't like was the show's graphic nature last night.  In general the violence hasn't been too graphic in this show.  More cartoon violence (or off cameral) than graphic.  The season premier was very graphic.  It certainly set the tone and made for a tense viewing.  While I personally don't mind violent TV shows, I'm worried it might turn off some viewers.  My wife has watched this show and enjoyed it with me from the very first episode, but if the violence shown in last night's show continues she will quickly drop off.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season and the introduction of The Kingdom.
TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« Last post by Dave on Today at 12:26 PM »
I generally love Rebels (great to watch with the kids) and can roll with the punches on some of the lamer episodes, but one thing that kind of bugs me was the reintroduction of Rex (and Wolffe and Gregor).  Rex just pops in and out at times, doesn't really feel like part of The Ghost crew, and doesn't really feel important to the story.

The past episode is a great example.  Is there really any reason that episode couldn't have functioned nearly as well without him?  Any Clone Wars insights could have been realized with just the Jedi vs. The Separatists.  The Clone Army is irrelevant.

I also feel like they've mostly ignored Zeb in the past year, more or less when Rex came on board.  While Zeb isn't my favorite of The Ghost crew, what I did like about the first season and a half was the small cast and how all the crew members interacted.  Maybe that was getting stale and the characters needed to evolve, but I don't find adding Rex as a plus and I feel like the writers minimizing Zeb has been a minus.
Nothing here in Central Texas yet... Black Series figures have been cleared out since Force Friday, and my stores don't even have a shelf/peg sticker for this set yet.

Oddly they still have room for the Poe/TR-8R set, which I haven't seen since January when I got mine.
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