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It's a steal for $40. If I had the space and the inclination, I'd be buying doubles.

Me either.

Tempted to wait a little bit more, but that might be pushing it. I got the A-Wing last week at Target for about $5 thanks to the sale, 25% coupon and a $10 gift card. I'm becoming my mom.

Must... resist...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:27 PM »
I will say many of the film's sins are absolved by the inclusion of both the Danny Elfman Batman 89 theme and the John Williams Superman theme. That was truly unexpected and great; I only wanted more.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:40 PM »
Saw the movie on Saturday. I enjoyed it, far more than BvS, though JL is an absolute mess. There is a very good movie in here, if there was some care taken with the structure of the story. They didn't care, I guess we don't really care, so let's get to the fighting and  quipping. Everybody is great. Gal Gadot remains MVP, Ben Affleck is great as Batman, Henry Cavill is reborn ( ;)) as Superman. Flash is great, Aquaman is great, Cyborg is good, Steppenwolf was also present.

The box office on this movie is a disaster. This is a movie with Batman and Wonder Woman - who just cleaned house in the summer - not to mention Superman and the movie should have opened at least on par with BvS or even Suicide Squad. There are a lot of factors as to why it didn't, but the main one is I believe the general mismanagement to this point of the franchise. WW proved that WB can make great superhero films (we knew that from the Nolan films) that people want to see. I don't think there was anything in the marketing that clearly sold a general audience that this is a step away from the grim dark of BvS. It also didn't feature Superman, a hall of fame wasted marketing opportunity that is the result of a terrible decision in a terrible movie.

Maybe now we're through this we can get on to good, solid DC films. I have major doubts about the future of the franchise though outside of Batman (Affleck is certainly gone now) and Wonder Woman.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:02 PM »
I glossed over the bit where it's a prequel; I guess I stuck more on they spent $200 million for the rights to the books. It will be odd, then, if they don't adapt LOTR as a series. But either way, there's a mountain of stuff there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:24 AM »
Lots of thoughts on this. On one hand, this seems very natural; the world is sort of made for TV. On the other, we know what 9+ hours of the Hobbit looks like, and we didn't enjoy it. The LOTR films are so iconic that this will suffer by comparison; it would be like if someone did the original SW trilogy on TV in the 90s. Imagine the screams of terror/derision.

TV-9D9 / Re: Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Planned for 2019
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:19 PM »
Filoni rightly deserves a lot of praise for being, probably, the most stable guiding force for the franchise as it transitioned from Lucas to Disney. He's an outstanding director and writer, and he's become a real custodian of the story. I can see a potential live action series from Filoni involving Ahoska in some way, though there may be a desire to steer away from the CW era in general in favor of more uncharted territory. I think a series set between ROTJ and TFA is inevitable, but there are probably films destined for this period. Considering that the show will debut after IX, there may be a show set in the ST era to 1) take advantage of the existing sets, props etc. and also because that particular story involving the FO and Resistance may be left in some state of flux.

I mean, I have to say, I'm kinda bummed I may never see all of it because it may simply go on beyond my life with more and more stories, and at one point that was never a thought I'd ever considered.

I accepted this when the Disney sale happened, and also when Carrie Fisher died. SW will survive without her, and all of our heroes, and all of us. That's great. Part of me would like to take a peek a hundred or two hundred years from now, and see what the story is then. Is is Shakespeare? Is it forgotten? Part of me is glad I won't know, and that my luck is being a kid that lived the beginning.

So many things they could do.

A lot of folks are mentioning Kenobi - I still hope we see that. I would love that. I'm also ready for something completely new. I'm ok with new, with different, with unique. I'd love to see the aesthetic and the universe broaden.

TV-9D9 / Re: Live-Action Star Wars TV Show Planned for 2019
« on: November 9, 2017, 08:58 PM »
Unfortunately the streaming hub(s) are the future. Eventually, in the next ten years, one of these Marvel/SW films will debut on this channel and movie theaters will be largely ornamental.

But about the show - curious. Less excited for this than the films. I have doubts about the proposition of SW in a TV format, for a lot of reasons. The animated shows clearly do very well, but they are not limited as such by a budget. Does SW lose what makes it SW if you take the budget all the way down? Is my idea of a budget different now? ST:DIscovery spends something like 7/8 million an episode and functionally is a movie every week. So maybe this is all moot.




The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: November 2, 2017, 04:11 PM »
I remain convinced she is 'royalty,' as her mother was.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: November 2, 2017, 04:10 PM »
Yeah, I spoke to those points in a prior post:

He makes a near fatal mistake engaging her at all in combat. He is seriously wounded, emotionally and mentally out of balance and facing an opponent as driven by anger and fear as he is.

There is too much thinking/arguing about it, probably. But it's Star Wars, so the amount of thought that goes into any aspect of the franchise is disproportionate to the amount of relevance it has.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 1:12 Scale Porgs
« on: October 30, 2017, 05:27 PM »
Wonder if this is a late substitution on Hasbro's part, seeing the very positive response to the porgs. Maybe they were intended to be a pack in with Chewie or Rey maybe, and then Hasbro was like, 'Nah we'll make more $$$ this way.'

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