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Been waiting this thing out for over a year now...this is my #1 target for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, assuming it finally goes on sale. Come on, Amazon!

***EDITED AFTER THE FACT - What Jeff Said!

Was just coming in here to let you all know the same (but with a JD referral linky #ad)

$39.99 is a great deal for the 6" Order66 Clone 4-pack

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:47 AM »
I saw it on Monday.  I think it was an interesting way to move Thor's character forward.  The scene with Dr. Strange was well done, and tied in very well with the end credits scene from the Dr. Strange movie.  And Tom Hiddleston playing that up with the line about falling for 30 minues was great!

The inclusion of the Hulk in the story was a nice way to pick up his story from the end of Avengers - Age of Ultron, and I really liked the tie-in with the Quinjet's log where Black Widow tried to talk Hulk into transforming back into Banner.  The humor between them seemed pretty genuine, between Thor and Banner talking about their fight... per Thor's recollection.  And then Thor calling Hulk a moron for fighting Surtur?  That actually elicited a gut laugh from me!

Cate Blanchett was fantastic as Hela.  I think she was reasonably well developed as a villain.  Her presence alone was pretty amazing.  And she dispatched the Warriors Three pretty fast.  Her story having been intertwined with that of Odin certainly gave Thor a lot to think about in his path forward.

I've seen some people describe the humor as broad.  I don't know that I'd agree with that assessment.  I certainly found it to be enjoyable, and I think that the Sakar angle played up the fact that Asgard was part of a larger interstellar landscape.  And that, along with Loki's actions in the weapons vault, will seemingly tie into where the MCU will be going with the next Avengers film.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:19 AM »
I think Zack Snyder might just like skin, period.  Look at the costumes in Snyder's 300.  And then compare those to another ancient Greece period piece like Troy.  The costumes in 300 look more like something out of an S&M scene.  And Snyder's Amazons seem like the same kind of deal.

I'm not up on what's going on with most console games.  I've taken a passing interest in Battlefront II:  watching some of the gameplay demos, the cross promotional efforts, etc.  But when I read this Forbes piece that laid out the possibility that gamers might spend over $2 grand in buying all of the loot boxes throughout the game.  And the outrage over all of the in-game purchases led EA to post this on Twitter:

And I think having the actor who portrayed Iden Versio in the game, Janina Gavankar, on GMA this morning may have been an exercise in damage control, too.

I found 2 x of the Rey with Crait base sets at a local TRU today.  I would have picked one up, but I couldn't figure out how to cancel that part of my multi-item order from on my iPhone.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:40 AM »
Here's a detail that probably played into the recent developments about a Warner Brothers/Amazon partnership for this LOTR series:  J.R.R. Tolkien's Son Resigns as Director of Tolkien Estate, Ending Decades of Tightly Controlled Adaptations

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:10 AM »
I don't think continuity is the complaint with the Amazon costumes... It is the (perception of?) sexism involved.

Continuity would certainly help the overall franchise.

But I think there's a glaring issue regarding the costume design and sexualization of the Amazons.  Admittedly, I have not seen Wonder Woman, and I won't see Justice League.  I checked out on seeing these movies.  But the design of the costumes in Wonder Woman makes them seem like they were made for combat, which would be a story driven decision.  From what I do know of that movie, it was set what, around the time of WWI?  And JL is set in the modern era.  I could justify some slight updates to combat uniforms during that time.  But from a purely functional, story driven standpoint?  The costumes in JL seem to have much less of a story driven basis to them.

It's true that the Amazons are exotic to outsiders.  But the leap from the WW costumes to the JL costumes, along with a female director in WW to a male director for JL, does seem to objectify the Amazons more.  The photo comparisons make that plain to see.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:28 AM »
Rotten Tomatoes, which is partially owned by Warner Bros., is holding off linking reviews until Thursday even though the review embargo ended this morning.

Seriously?  What a load of bull****.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:26 AM »
Jedi Temple Alt-Right is at it again, with yet another review that has little to do with talking about toys.  This guy is like a broken record...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:20 AM »
Damn.  Vanity Fair's review was not kind at all to Justice League.

I've also been seeing a significant degree of criticism over costume design for the Amazons.  And it's notable because the Amazon costumes in Justice League are being compared to the costumes for those characters in Wonder Woman.

Personally?  I'm going to skip this one, too.  I've given up on the DCEU.  If it turns up on cable I might watch it, but I am not going to actively try to see this movie in a theater.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:16 PM »
If they try things like the Silmarillion, or the Children of Hurin and some of the ancient Middle Earth lore surrounding characters like Morgoth, Sauron and such, it could be compelling stuff.  The Elves and Dwarves go back to those times as well, as do the 5 Mythrandir.  But adapting it is a challenge.  I would hope that Peter Jackson might get involved from a producers standpoint since he knows the material so well.  And the design work of artists like John Howe and Alan Lee were a big part of what grounded that production, as were the people at Weta in New Zealand.  Amazon should really consider the value of their experience in producing this project if they're really going to go there with a LOTR project.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:20 AM »
I'm wondering how Amazon will distinguish this series from the Peter Jackson trilogy.  Are they going to sell it with "Oh, here are those Tom Bombadil scenes that you didn't get to see"?

I think everyone knows that the Tolkkien source material is really rich.  But there is significant potential to get bogged down in that all, too.  And are you going to be able to put together a cast that can deliver performances that are as memorable as the PJ trilogy?  I'm having a tough time seeing the value in Amazon moving forward with this project.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 4
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:05 PM »
When I was programming the DVR for the new episode I only found the one episode, titled "Rebel Assault".  A nice nod to an old game, IMHO.

On a tangential note, I am incredibly frustrated with my cable carrier.  I tried setting up my DVR to record the entire season of REBELS, but for whatever reason the season option will not work.  And I've had to program each episode individually, which has been a tremendous pain in the ass.

TV-9D9 / Re: Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Planned for 2019
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:55 AM »
That original Star Wars live action show was supposed to revolve around the whole "Star Wars 1313" concept, which was going to be set in the underworld of Coruscant and may have involved a young Boba Fett.  That was the one that Rick McCallum was working on, but from a budget standpoint they just could not make it work.  Granted, that was over 10 years ago.  And production values for TV series have advanced dramatically, and movie quality production in prime time cable and TV series are much more feasible now. 

As for this new television series?  I've suspected that a new TV series was in the works ever since the announcement came that REBELS would be ending.  And there seemed to be rumblings that another animated TV series might be in development following the end of REBELS, with a new series set in the 30 some odd years between the Battle of Endor and the events of THE FORCE AWAKENS. 

Interestingly, as REBELS begins its final season I have seen a good deal of praise directed towards showrunner Dave Filoni, with a lot of people recognizing his very close working relationship with George Lucas during the production of CLONE WARS.  Now I'm seeing people talking about the possibility of Filoni being a creative force behind this new series.  I do see the potential challenges of someone making the leap from animation to live action.  But I've also seen a great deal of positive feedback from the actors who have worked on REBELS and CLONE WARS about their experiences working with Dave Filoni, and his penchant for strong storytelling, along with his knowledge base in Star Wars.

And then there's the matter of HOW do they pull off a tv series.  I think a shorter run, like we see on cable and streaming services is the way to go.  A 10 or 12 episode run per season works if you're going for an hour long show.  Considering the fact that Disney will be looking at this show as a centerpiece of their new streaming service?  They need to deliver a good show.  I am a little annoyed that this wouldn't be on one of the bigger streaming service like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.  But then Bob Iger did say quite deliberately that Disney was going to price their platform so that it would be cheaper than Netflix.  And with Star Wars and Marvel content as centerpieces of the platform?  I might have good reason to sign up.

So what ground would the story cover?  That seems to be the big question.  Does it cover the Dark Times between ROTS and ANH?  What about the period between ROTJ and TFA, where the fight between the Rebellion and the Empire was going to draw to an end?  Some people seem to want such a series to go back in time to the era of KOTOR.  The questions seem endless at this point

I'd normally have agreed on that and the thought crossed my mind, but that was all Lucas and his unending dreaming.  Much like teased video games from a dying entity, it became just talk.  This though is Disney, and Iger specifically, and so far they've not given the lip service or just been dreaming out loud. 

Lucas always had his logistical issues with it and other excuses.  To my mind this is a whole new ball of wax being that it is now Disney saying this is a thing and is happening in conjunction with their streaming service.  Short of that falling through, of course.

I feel like this is a much more concrete thing than Lucas was trying for.  I'm just curious if it's going to be at all related to what he wanted to do or not.

When George was still in the mix, it was all still his company.  And he had to look at the organization challenges, the financial end as well as the creative direction of EVERYTHING.  I would venture a guess that he may have been overwhelmed by it all.  I think the current company structure lets someone like Bob Iger focus on the big picture and corporate issues.  Kathleen Kennedy can focus more on the creative direction.

As for the financial end?  I think Disney gives Star Wars even more financial security in pursuing projects like this.  There are simply more revenue streams.  Disney has opened up licensing options to bring in more money.  And having just spent a week at a Disney park?  They are absolutely making the most of Star Wars on those properties, too.  That kind of revenue stream just was not there for Star Wars before.  But in the Disney era, it's a big draw.  I saw countless people with Star Wars t-shirts in the parks.  Continuing to create new Star Wars content will keep bringing fans to the table for Disney.

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