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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« Last post by McMetal on April 26, 2016, 08:48 PM »
Dalai Lama is a great point. An aged, learned, spiritual wise man who happens to be Asian. He is no more a racist caricature than the Ancient One. It's not like they drew the guy with buck teeth and thick glasses. There is a long tradition of the learned wise man in eastern mysticism. I just don't think the character as was originally written was so awful that they had to totally reimagine him.

The Tibet thing is something I had not considered, but I feel like they could just be vague about it and say "the Himalayas" or something like that. That's not anything that has to be called out specifically and doesn't impact the story either way.

Definitely a lot more aspects to this issue than you would think at first glance. One way they could have side stepped the whole thing would have been to skip the origin story altogether and just hit the ground running. Shake up the usual formula.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« Last post by McMetal on April 26, 2016, 08:30 PM »
Is the Case not available until 7pm?

Yep, I don't even see a listing for it on their web store yet. I will check back a few minutes before just in case.
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« Last post by Nicklab on April 26, 2016, 05:11 PM »
I agree that it sucks if this sort of casting decision was made based purely because of direction from the studio.  Marvel has had a good track record of honoring the source material pretty well. 

There's also Tilda Swinton.  The woman is an amazing actor!  And I think people will probably be impressed by her portrayal of the character.  She has put together so many consistently strong performances, and I don't have any reason to doubt her in this case. 

As for Asian actors in key roles?  I think if there's a fairly positive role for an Asian actor to play, and they can find the right actor?  I can see them going in that direction.  Funny thing though about one Marvel related film that featured a lot of Asian actors - The Wolverine. Granted, that story took place in Japan, and it called for a largely Japanese cast. But one of the key villains, Viper, had her ethnicity changed for the movie. Viper was an Asian woman in the comics, but depicted as a Russian in the movie. 
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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« Last post by JediJman on April 26, 2016, 04:59 PM »
Is the Case not available until 7pm?
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« Last post by JediJman on April 26, 2016, 04:52 PM »
Makes sense.  It still feels wrong to me, but it's probably the best move for them financially. 

I guess we won't be seeing any Asian actors in any mainstream movies until this gets resolved.   ::)
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« Last post by Nicklab on April 26, 2016, 04:27 PM »
The New York Times picked this up, too.  And their article also cited the concerns about stereotypes and tensions regarding China and Tibet.  Tibet is a very touchy subject in China.  Just look at how the Chinese government regards the Dalai Lama, one of the most peaceful men in the world, as an enemy of the state because of his advocacy for a free Tibet.   

Having the Ancient One be Tibetan does run the risk of alienating the Chinese market.  And from a business standpoint, the international box office has proven to be incredibly important in making a big budget film a financial success.  And you'll probably also notice how two Iron Man films very deliberately avoided the casting of a Chinese actor in the role of the Mandarin.  Disney/Marvel probably wants to play nice with such a huge marketplace. 
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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« Last post by McMetal on April 26, 2016, 03:44 PM »
Wait, the Power Loader's going to be available today?

Also, by any chance are you thinking about ordering carrying cases to the point where you might end up with an extra of the exclusive alien?

Hmm, now that you mention it, I guess that wasn't actually one of the items teased. Also MIA is the rumored Nostromo kitbash play-set.

I'm definitely getting the case but will be keeping the alien - sorry. 1 is enough for me.

Curious to see in hand pics from people lucky enough to hit up their brick and mortar store already...
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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« Last post by JediJman on April 26, 2016, 02:57 PM »
Kinda looks like the Emperor to me...
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« Last post by dave in the basement on April 26, 2016, 02:52 PM »
If I can talk the wife into it, I'm going to bow out of watching this and just follow along here. I have too many other good things on the ol' DVR that have to be better than this.
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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« Last post by Rob on April 26, 2016, 12:20 PM »
Wait, the Power Loader's going to be available today?

Also, by any chance are you thinking about ordering carrying cases to the point where you might end up with an extra of the exclusive alien?

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