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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:39 PM »
I wonder about Lando as well.  Does this mean he is out, or is this the major character list and other minor characters are still forthcoming.  Maybe he will get a small part.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:50 AM »
Plus, nothing says we still can't pick and choose which EU material to follow. :P


Plus like I said, I haven't seen anything that says ALL EU has been dumped into the abyss.  Like the statement said, Rebels is already picking up on things from the 1980's even...  Sienar Fleet Systems will "exist" as something, etc.

Till me, till a movie dumps on it, it's part of my world if I like it...  After a movie dumps on it, I'll try fudging in what I enjoyed about the old EU that got fudged up.

Yeah I re-read the statement and it's basically that the EU's there till it's overwritten and even then, it's still there but just different.  I'm curious to see what elements will be brought into NEW material.  They said all elements of the EU will be available to people working on new material...  That's kind of telling I think that EU isn't dead like is being claimed...  It isn't.  A storyline or character could get overtaken by the new stuff though.

I liked the line, "Lucasfilm always strived to keep the continuity in order" (paraphrased), when man they didn't strive for dick.  They were constantly crow barring things together, and fitting things after they realized they dumped on a previous character or story plot...  It happened constantly.  They never gave a hoot by my estimation.

I believe everyone is missing the point here.  The announcement has said there is no more EU.  There is canon and there is Legends.  Essentially everything we have seen as the EU is now Legends.  Canon now consists of the films, CW TV series, Rebels TV series, the upcoming Darth Maul comic and everything else coming forward, essentially starting in 2015.  Everything else is dead and gone.  It isn't a situation of Mara Jade, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin Solo still exist until Episode VII says so.  It is a situation of that they no longer exist unless a new movie, novel, comic, etc. says they exist.  Even then, the most likely won't exist in the form we have previously seen them.

What was the EU is now called Legends...essentially if the Star Wars universe was real, these would be works of fiction that Han, Luke and Leia would read.  Disney may pull something from these sources, like with Seinar, but that does not make ever mention of Seiner in the old EU canon.

As for keeping everything in continuity, I think they did a lot better job than you give them credit for.  For the most part, Lucas is the one who threw the biggest monkey wrenches into continuity.  The Clone War series is the largest example.  To be fair, Lucas always said he reserved the right to do so.  Take a look a Nathan P. Butler's Star Wars Timeline Gold to see just how much of a timeline the old EU covers.  It is pretty staggering.  He has hundreds upon hundreds of pages of timeline info.

This announcement really didn't surprise me.  Disney paid a lot of money for Star Wars.  I would think that movies may be the route for the biggest return on their investment.  It doesn't make sense to chain themselves to an existing EU.  People have been saying for years that Zahn's Thrawn trilogy would make great movies.  While they are great novels, I don't think there is that much action overall for a trilogy of movies.  Most of the time, a novel ends up being better that the movie that adapts it.  With rumors of a Han Solo movie or a Boba Fett movie, it makes sense to dump any previous material.  A fresh start like this makes the most sense.  It also removes any ambiguity going forward.  If Disney allows something to be created, whether it be a movie, novel, comic, tv show or game, what happens is canon in the Star Wars universe.  I much prefer that over the levels of canon that were required under the old EU.

I also think they are dropping the ball, but I also think they will make money off this venture, it just won't be as successful as Marvel.  The new Superman made a bunch of money, but I thought it was just O.K.  I think DC is rushing things because they have dropped the ball so much over the years.  They have only had success with two characters on the big screen.  Maybe they feel the superhero bubble will have to burst at some point and are trying to get everything out there before it does.  When this movie finally hits theaters, it will do so at the same time Marvel releases its second movie in Phase 3.  At this point, we may see Avengers 3 before Justice League even gets made.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:15 AM »
Okay, can someone clarify something for me - is ALL EU considered out?

I took's press release to mean that anything post-ROTJ was out. However, I'm seeing on different sites (especially JTA's reports) and from different interpretations people saying that all EU is dead. So I'm not sure exactly what's going on.

Since it hasn't been stated yet, yes, the entire EU is now "Legends".  What is cannon now is the existing six films, any new films by Disney (sequels and spin-offs), the Clone Wars cartoon series (including the theatrical release and "Lost Missions" or Season 6 that is now on Netflix, but not the Tartikovsky shorts), the upcoming Rebels cartoons, the Sons of Dathomir comics (coming from Dark Horse comics - these will center on Maul and are adapted from CW scripts) and the just announced novels that will be released from Del Ray.  Going forward, it appears that everything will be cannon that comes out from Disney, including anything that is licensed by Lucasfilm and/or Disney.  So any new Marvel comics, Del Ray books, video games, etc. will all be cannon on the same level as the movies.

Essentially this makes the existing EU stories that may or may not have been true.  In some cases it will just be fictional stories in the Star Wars universe.  In other cases, it could be like the equivalent of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and telling his parents that he could not tell a lie.  We know he existed, but there really isn't a way to verify the story.

My biggest fear is laziness from Disney or Lucasfilm.  Something along the lines of using Mara Jade as a template for Luke's wife for the sequels, but changing her character to make her fit the way they want.  I would prefer a brand new character rather than a Mara lite.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:11 AM »
She's the heir in the sense that her father (right?) was the mad king, but that was a popular uprising was it not?  So isn't there some equal POV that Robert's bastard is the rightful heir here?

I'd say he and Stannis hold more ground than Khalisi in that regard...  Of course, I lean to what you say though, Ed.  I prefer Khalisi at this point because she's not insane, seems like a good leader, etc.  But in that world her family was kicked out by everyone, more or less.

I love this show. :)

In the breakdown of the episode they really did want people to feel something for Joffrey, but for me it was purely good riddance...  He was a monster, and horrific.  His mother's one of the few equally horrible people, to me.  Kid or no...  I felt no sympathy.

I feel sympathy for the actor...  Poor kid gets ragged on by people he meets, and that sucks.  I sometimes just don't get fandom.

Nick sums up everything above this post nicely.  With the mad king, Jamie breaks his oath and kills the king which allows Robert to usurp the throne.  If Robert doesn't manage to kill Raehgar I'm not sure if the kingdom would have gone along with the change in leadership.  I think it was more of a situation of to the victor goes the spoils coupled with a particular hatred for the mad king because of his deeds.  If it was just a choice of Raehgar versus Robert, I'm not sure if tradition would be throne aside to anoint Robert.

As for any of Robert's bastards, they don't hold any claims in Westeros.  The are given names like Snow, Sand, etc. because they are not considered to be part of the family.  This is one of the factors that lead Jon Snow to join the watch since he could never be Ned's heir.  The importance of Robert's bastards was the genetics.  All of his bastards had dark hair, regardless of the hair color of the mother while all his "legitimate" children had blonde hair.  That is what lead Jon Arryn to figure out that Jamie was the real father.

As for who should truly be the king or queen, it all boils down to the opinion on Robert's reign.  If he had managed to wipe out all the Targaryens (which we know at the beginning of the series, there were at least two alive) then he could have made a legitimate claim to take over the Iron Throne, much the same way the Targaryens of old united all the kingdoms under one king.  This would leave Stannis as the legitimate heir since Robert had no legitimate children.  Renly was also a usurper since Stannis would have to die first for Renly to have had a true claim.  However, Robert left legitimate heirs alive to the traditional roles of succession.  Since Danaerys is the last Targaryen (that we know of for sure at this point), she really has the strongest claim to the throne, but does not quite have the power to take it.

In essence it comes down to power, which the Lannisters have at this point by money and winning the war.  They currently control the throne, but really they don't have any legitimate claim to it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:20 PM »
True... I was thinking along the lines of the Martells, who believe Myrcella is the rightful heir.

If you get down to brass tacks, Daenerays is truly the rightful heir to the throne from what we know to be the truth at this point.  As far as the kingdom knows, Tommen is the rightful heir since males supercede any older female siblings.  For those who believed John Arryn and Ned Stark, then Stannis is the rightful heir since he did not have an legitimate children, and Cersie did not bear him any children.  However, King Robert usurped the throne from the Targeryans, who were not completely wiped out, so any living Targeryan would be the heir, minus any who had given up their rights to the throne.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:01 AM »
Joffrey has a younger brother and sister.  The sister was mentioned in the episode and I assume the younger brother was the kid that was seen in several scenes standing with Cersie.  In the books he is about seven or eight (and Joffrey was about thirteen), so it looks like his brother (Tommen, I think his name is) is a little older than that on the show.  If we ignore the reality of the parentage of Cersie's children, then Tommen is the "rightful" heir to Joffrey since Joffrey did not have any offspring.

Modern Classifieds / DVD's for Sale
« on: March 7, 2014, 06:25 AM »
Make an offer on any of the following if interested (all prices include shipping in the continental US):

James Bond Ultimate Collectors DVD set - includes all EON Bond movies through Casino Royale $100
Star Trek the Motion Picture DVD Collection (Movies 1 thru 10) $50

24 DVD's
Season 1 - $10
Season 2 - $30
Season 3 - $30
Season 4 - $30
Season 5 - $10
Season 6 - $10
Season 7- $10
Redemption - $10
Whole Set - $120

X-Men Collection (4 disc set with X-Men 1 and 2) $15

Indiana Jones Collection  (Original Trilogy plus Bonus disc) $20

This Is Spinal Tap $7.50

Doctor Who DVD's
Season 1 - $40
Season 2 - $70
Season 3 - $40
Season 4 - $40

Doctor Who Blurays
David Tennant Specials - $30
Season 5 - $30
Season 6 - $35

Everything is in good used condition. All items have been viewed twice at most.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:54 AM »
Since this new F4 movie will be a reboot it seems likely they'll go back to Doom.  Fox rebooted X-Men and went right back to Magneto as the villain so... Track record?  I'd be more than happy to see a different villain, though. 

I liked that the reboot of Spider-Man didn't go with Goblin but Lizard instead, seeing as how he was teased in two previous films.  Even though we're getting Goblin in the 


Magneto didn't really emerge as the villain until the end of the movie.  Shaw was the baddy in the reboot.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:51 AM »
Skrulls and such would be cool.  I would bet Fox will go with Doctor Doom again.  I think the only franchise Disney would be willing to purchase would be Spiderman, but I don't see Sony letting that one go anytime soon.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:29 AM »
Honestly, for the cost why not just sell the rights to Disney?

I doubt Disney wants to pay for it.  For all the non-Disney rights Marvel properties (FF4, Spiderman, X-men, etc.) it is a use or lose it situation.  Fox, Sony, et al. have to pay the money to put out something to keep the rights, otherwise it goes back to Disney/Marvel.  If a new rushed FF4 fails, then it is quite possible Fox gives up on it and Disney gets it back for nothing as happened with Daredevil, Ghostrider, Blade, and the Punisher.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:27 AM »

If you want to get upset about this movie - get upset about the fact that this production may end up being complete garbage because it's a rush-job to help 20th Century Fox retain Fantastic Four rights.

That is probably the most pertinent thing said in this whole debate.  All Fox really cares about is making sure the rights don't revert back to Marvel/Disney.  Hence why the Avengers won't be taking on Skrulls or Galactus.

LEGO / Re: $14,762 for a complete set
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:48 AM »
I wonder if they are cheating a bit with Spiderman and Batman.  I'm not sure they ever had just the Spiderman license versus a Marvel license.  It looks like they show 15 Spiderman sets, but Marvel has more than that.  Batman initially was a stand alone license, but has since been lumped in with DC.

As for Star Wars, that number looks accurate based on my spreadsheet of my collection based on the sets MSRP.

Maybe the movie is intended to be more like the Superfriends?  Here's the official cast list:

Superman - Henry Cavill
Batman - Ben Affleck
Wonder Woman - Gal Gadot
Green Lantern - Dwyane Johnson
Robin - Joaquin Phoenix
Cyborg - Jerry Seinfeld
The Flash - Morgan Freeman
Aquaman - Joe Pesci
Hawkman - Ken Jeong
Lois Lane - Amy Adams
Lex Luthor - Jesse Eisenberg
Clay Face - Betty White
The Joker - Zach Galifianakis
Darkseid - Jon Heder
Catwoman - Rebel Wilson
Alfred - Jeremy Irons

I would totally pay $10 to see this train wreck come to life.

If they are going this route, you have to cast the Wonder Twins with a CGI Gleek.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:11 AM »
I was surprised to find that having true (high) shipping costs hasn't overly hindered my international auctions as much as I had thought. 

Like I mentioned, I cleaned out my entire 12" collection including Taun Tauns and Speeder Bikes.  All of them ended up shipping international where shipping was $55 or higher per item.  I think it ended up driving bidders to buy lots of stuff and combine shipping. 

I had a guy from Germany buy $500 worth of stuff as a result and pay $175 in shipping.

Not sure if shipping from Canada to international locations is similar or worse than US rates though.

What is the going rate of Hasbro 12" stuff these days?  With all the Sideshow stuff, I was thinking of trying to ditch most of my Hasbro 12" stuff if I could get decent money for it.

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