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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 6, 2004, 10:35 AM »
The director for the Fantastic Four has been announced (via Filmforce and SuperHeroHype):
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 Tim Story Directing Fantastic Four
Source: Latino Review    
Monday, April 5, 2004

Latino Review are reports that 20th Century Fox and Marvel are going with "Barbershop" director Tim Story for Fantastic Four. Story also directed the upcoming Queen Latifah action-comedy "Taxi".

Filming is expected to start in August, so stay tuned for casting news.
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Also, a story on the latest casting rumors (courtesy of SuperHeroHype.com):

 Fantastic Four Casting Rumors!
Source: Latino Review    
Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Latino Review has added to their news from last night that Tim Story is directing Fantastic Four...

We've been told that two key people are in talks [rumored] to play THE THING and DR DOOM.

First up is THE THING, our source tells us that Michael Chiklis currently the star of TV hit series The Shield is up for the role as Benjamin Grimm aka The Thing.

Second is DR Doom our source also tells us the recent Oscar winner Tim Robbins is up for the role for Dr.Doom.
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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: April 6, 2004, 10:15 AM »
Just saw this morning that GH has their "preview" up for this wave, with several loose shots.  Looks like Han has a new headsculpt, which doesn't look too bad to me, especially for a ROTJ Han Solo.  However, looking at the close up pic, the paint apps look like they leave a little to be desired, but maybe it is better once in person.  Anyways, you can check out the Generals in all their glory here:

GH Endor Generals Preview

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Gentle Giant / Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
« on: April 6, 2004, 09:46 AM »
This is a thread I'm going to have to steer clear of if I can.  I've always thought these busts were cool, but were a little too pricey for me, but the OT ones are especially tempting.  I could probably limit myself to just the OT ones, but that would be plenty as it is.  Why do they have to make so many cool Star Wars collectibles?  :P

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to Lenny (FX-7)!
« on: April 5, 2004, 04:54 PM »
Happy Birthday Lenny, hope you had a great one.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 5, 2004, 04:43 PM »
Changed the title so we can discuss anything comic-book movie related here, but feel free to still list any favorites, what you'd like to see, etc. :)

I always enjoyed the Super Friends as well Matt, wouldn't mind seeing that Justice League team on the big screen.  I think I still have my old Super Powers Aquaman figure from back in the day too, with "swimming action" :P.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 5, 2004, 01:23 PM »
I'm with you, I don't really need endless versions of Spidey either.  I'd kind of like to get a black costumed version, but apparently there is another one coming up (according to pics from Toy Fair).  It doesn't sound like I missed out on a whole heck of a lot villain wise...with many coming up in the box set.  I never really had an interest in Morbius either...to be honest I never really knew much about him anyways.  Thanks for your comments Morgbug, its always great to hear some opinions and learn more about these lines.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 5, 2004, 12:11 PM »
Yeah, I've been thinking about that box set as well Morgbug.  I know you are a Marvel person as well, have you (or any of you) been collecting the Spidey Classic line throughout?  What are some of your favorites of the line?  Like I said, that box set will be tempting...I also like the looks of the upcoming Marvel Legends Doc Ock, judging by the Toy Fair pictures anyways.  I was always just going to stick to X-figures, and have the one Spidey...but as I read those old comics, etc., it brings back memories of Spidey from my childhood.  Gotta love nostalgia.  Now I'm ready for villains too....but I don't have the room right now anyways.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: How's Star Wars Selling in Your Area?
« on: April 5, 2004, 11:41 AM »
After a shopping trip this weekend (Target and TRU), it looks like the basic figures continue to be the toughest to come by.  Target had nothing but Animated Clone Wars figures (all series 1), as well as several sets of the Maul/Obi glasses.  Still haven't picked up the Maul one though, still debating.  They also had a couple of lightsabers there if I remember right.

TRU must have had the Jabba's Palace wave at one point, since there was a lone Rappertunie hanging out.  Otherwise, a fair amount of the Outlander Club wave (still).  Lots of Achk Med-Beq, R-3POs, and Bail Organas in particular.  They also had 3 each of Jabba and his Denizens, 1 Obi-Wan Kamino Deluxe/Ultra figure, and several of the older Unleashed (Luke/Obi/Sidious).

I'm not sure if the basic figures are not getting there, or if they are just gone as soon as they hit.  They seem to sell particularly well at Target, where aside from Clone Wars animated, everything basic they have had has sold out so far.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Christian Bale=Batman
« on: April 5, 2004, 11:34 AM »
Apparently, the first pictures of Christian Bale from the set of Batman have been shown.  You can check out pics of Bale as Bruce Wayne here:

Bale as Bruce Wayne

Here's one example....hope this movie will be as good as it has sounded so far:


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 5, 2004, 11:32 AM »
Also, just read these today as well, various comic movie bits:


Release Dates:
Batman Begins - June 17, 2005
X-Men 3 - May 5, 2006

New Spider-man 2 Trailer (2 1/2 minutes long) to appear during "The Apprentice" this Thursday.

Possible Director Announcement for Fantastic Four coming Tuesday.

Also sounds like they are moving forward with a Hulk sequel.

All this news (and more) can be found on SuperHeroHype.com.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 5, 2004, 11:28 AM »
With the big craze of Hollywood creating comics-based movies, it has been a good time for comic fans at the movies over the past few years....with more to come from what I have heard.  What are some of your favorites, what would you like to see done, or what should have been done differently in your eyes?  I can't personally speak for all of them (haven't seen Hulk, Hellboy yet....not sure if I will see the Punisher movie either), but here's some of my favorites:

X2: X-Men United - Probably my favorite comics-based movie, pretty well done I think (as was the first).  I hope this franchise is able to continue, as long as they can keep the same actors and keep the stories good.  Looking forward to X3.

Spider-man - Spidey was my favorite comic (and superhero) growing up, so I was pretty excited to see him come to the big screen finally.  I didn't particularly care for the "costume" of the Green Goblin in the first movie, but otherwise I thought the movie was pretty good.  Looking forward to seeing Spidey 2, with Doc Ock this summer (released on my birthday now :P).  Another franchise I hope can keep going, with the same actors.

X-Men - Good comic movie.  I enjoyed the second a little more, but the first was very good as well.  Set up some characters pretty well.  Like I said earlier, hoping for more of these movies (and hopefully appearances by Beast, Gambit, more Colossus, etc.)

Batman (1989) - I was pretty excited to see this movie when it was released.  Bats was always my favorite non-marvel character, and it was great seeing him on the big screen as well.  I think this was the best of the bunch, and Michael Keaton was surprisingly good as Bruce Wayne/Batman I thought.  Nicholson was a good Joker as well....and the whole movie was nice and dark, like Batman should be in my opinion.  I hope the reboot with Batman Begins returns these movies (and character) to the "coolness" they had before.

Batman Returns - Another good Batman movie.  I know some of my friends didn't care for it though, and some really liked it.  Nice seeing Penguin/Catwoman (pretty well cast I think).  I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first one, but still very good.

Batman Forever/Batman and Robin - Yikes.  This is where it all started to go wrong :).

Superman - Still an all-time classic I think.  My wife really likes this movie, as she remembers watching it often growing up.  Christopher Reeve did a great job in this role I think too.  First one was my favorite here as well.  I saw all of the movies, but to be honest don't remember the other ones quite as well as the first...so I can't comment on them much.  There are always on again-off again rumors of bringing this movie franchise back, hopefully they do a good job with it.

Daredevil - Eh, so so for me.  Not terrible, but not the greatest either.  When I first saw it, I liked it...but now the luster has worn off a little bit.  I actually picked up the DVD, but don't know if I should have now.  Maybe it was the fact that I wasn't into the character enough growing up either, but overall it wasn't too bad.  From what I have heard, Affleck doesn't want much to do with this franchise anymore, unless Kevin Smith is involved, so this might be the end of that anyways.

I think that is pretty much what I have seen of the super hero movies (or remember much of at least).  The Spidey, X-Men, and Batman franchises are my favorites, and I hope they continue as long as they are well done.  I think many have learned from the mistakes of Batman Forever/Batman and Robin (at least I hope so), and try their best to stay true to the characters.  There have been other comic movies rumored to be coming in the future as well...some off the top of my head include: Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Ghost Rider, Wonder Woman, Elektra, Catwoman, etc.  Any others you would like to see...casting ideas for rumored projects, or anything else comic or superhero film related...I'd be glad to hear it :).

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Modern Vintage - Waves 4,5,6?
« on: April 5, 2004, 11:13 AM »
I'd definitely like to see more figures done in the style of the upcoming VOTC assortment, however I'd rather see them at the normal pricepoint ;).  If they were released like the announced waves (vintage cardbacks, "based" off of vintage figures, main-ish characters)...these would be my choices (However, I'd like to see Tarking, Snowspeeder Luke, etc. if the cardback didn't matter).

A New Hope
Tusken Raider
Luke Skywalker - X-Wing Pilot
Jawa
Hammerhead

Empire Strikes Back
SA Hoth Snowtrooper
Possible Bespin Luke (non bloodied version)
Zuckuss
SA Hoth Trooper

Return of the Jedi
SA Endor Han Solo w/Trenchcoat (favorite figure as a kid, still waiting for a decent modern version)
Emperor w/cloth robe (articulated knees for sure would be nice)
Endor Luke Skywalker/Endor Leia (either one would be nice, SA w/cloth)
Leia in Boussh Disguise (just like to see this one re-made)

There are others I'd like to see as well, but I guess I'm thinking of "ultimate", super-articulated versions of characters I'd like to see.  I too would like to see many more Ewoks, a new Bib Fortuna, maybe a Royal Guard w/cloth, and possibly a new Hoth Han Solo that isn't so pre-posed or action-featured.  If they were all as well done as the first three waves look to be, there would be a lot of figures I'd like to see.....not at the $10 pricepoint though.  I also left some figures off the list that we already have good versions of, or that are in other "movie" assortments in VOTC already.  For example, upcoming Bespin Leia, recent Hoth Luke, recent Jedi Luke....VOTC already has a version of Chewie, Vader, Stormie, and the droids as well, so I'll leave those as the "definitive" versions....although a removable helmet Vader would be neat too...just change the head on the VOTC version :).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hellboy - Good movie.
« on: April 5, 2004, 10:15 AM »
I've been trying to talk the wife into going to this movie as well.  I have never read any of the comics, and basically know nothing about the character, but just thought the trailers looked cool.  Sounds like everyone is enjoying it so far, so that's good.  #1 at the box office this weekend as well I believe.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Freaks and Geeks: Anyone a fan?
« on: April 5, 2004, 10:13 AM »
We used to watch this show, although somewhat sporadically as well.  My wife was actually the one who watched it first, and just when we starting enjoying it, it was gone.  As it was said, it was unappreciated....and probably the product of bad scheduling.  That seems to happen to a lot of good shows anymore.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 5, 2004, 10:10 AM »
Thanks for the earlier suggestions on the Spidey figs everyone.  We were out shopping this weekend, and with nothing but Animated Clone Wars figures clogging up the Star Wars pegs, I went ahead and picked up a Parachute Spidey (on sale even!).  This is a great Spidey figure, and its nice to have a "comic" version now to go along with the movie one.  It is so tempting to want to pick up more of Spidey and his villains now though....especially after digging out my old Spidey comics last week :).  Thanks again everyone.

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