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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Speculation
« on: May 12, 2013, 10:22 AM »
Even though it's possible that we could see the Skywalker and/or Solo kids in the movies, I think everyone may be sticking with the (possibly incorrect) assumption that ANYTHING we know about the EU will, in any way, be used or even kept as we move forward into these new films.

While I like some parts of the EU, there's so much contradictory stuff out there, some generated by new EU stories and some by Lucas himself as he made the prequels and The Clone Wars, that I won't be surprised if they dump all of it.  Or most of it, and start over with a clean slate.

I would like to see Fisher, Hamill and Ford at least have cameos in VII to kind of pass the torch, but them move past that and not see them again in the new trilogy.  But I don't really want any of them to be part of the main plot. 

No matter what they end up doing, I have to be honest, I'm not really looking forward to these new films.  I'm especially not looking forward to a film every year.


The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: May 3, 2013, 01:22 PM »
I actually found the 3-packs at retail the other day.  Target.  Picked up the X-Men pack for Rogue but passed on the others.  Even though singles are $10, it still doesn't feel like a good deal at $25 for the set.  Part of it may be that I think the Wolverine figure is terrible and I'm really only in it for Rogue.  Although, Longshot isn't a bad figure.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Iron Man (Movie and Sequels)
« on: May 3, 2013, 01:00 AM »
Yes (and it's awesome). No (or, sorta).


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:45 PM »
Monsters University opens two weeks before Despicable Me 2  and it's possible that they could cannibalize each other's audience, plus DM2 opens against The Lone Ranger which could have an impact even though they aren't after the exact same audience.

But, I didn't realize that the first DM movie did that well.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: April 29, 2013, 12:15 AM »
With Iron Man 3 opening later this week, kicking off the real 2013 movie season, I thought I'd look at last year's predictions for the top 5 and pick mine again for this year.  Here's how the top 7 sorted out for 2012:

1 The Avengers
2 The Dark Knight Rises
3 The Hunger Games
4 Skyfall
5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
6 Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2
7 The Amazing Spider-Man

I picked, in no order:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Dark Knight Rises
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The Avengers
The Amazing Spider-Man

And had The Hunger Games as my wild card to knock out The Amazin Spider-Man.  I also thought Hobbit, TDKR and Twilight would be in the race for number 1 but The Avengers owned all...TDKR did take number 2, though...even though it was over $175 million behind.

I never saw Skyfall coming.  It way over-performed for a Bond film and I think shocked everyone taking over $300m.  Good for the Bond franchise, though.

This year there are some biggies, but most of them are sequels.  I think I'm looking at these for the top 5, again, in no particular order.

Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

And I'm back and forth on number 5.  I think it'll be either The Hangover Part III or Monsters University.  I'm not sure how Hangover will be, 2 was down and I think this could drop out as well but Monsters  There's usually one good animated film each year and Monsters, Inc did do $289m.  Thor: The Dark World could get up there with the bump from The Avengers although Thor did a relatively low $181m.  It did outperform Captain could do a lot better this time around with a trailer that's pretty solid.

The next round of films with some potential, IMO, include:

Fast & Furious 6
The Lone Ranger
Pacific Rim
The Wolverine

I think The Wolverine sinks on the poor performance of the first film, while the Fast & Furious films have been doing better with Fast 5 ringing up $209m when they added The Rock, who is back again. 

We've also got Man of Steel but unless it's huge and gets good word of mouth, I expect a lot of people to pass.  World War Z is coming but that type of movie usually has modest box office, there's a new 300 film and Kick-Ass 2 is coming, but both franchises started kinda low.  I guess Ender's Game and The Mortal Instruments could do something, w/ Mortal Instruments trying to cash in on the TWilight and Potter crowd while Percy Jackson also has a sequel, that might not do much.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:55 PM »
I posted the video that I took of the Cobra Steampunk diorama from the convention. It won first place in the Medium Diorama contest.

Cobra Steampunk


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:50 PM »
Yeah, I watched it.  I wasn't impressed.  It wasn't completely terrible, and I plan on watching more to see where it goes, but it felt like old territory being covered with some of it.  The main guy, Nolan, is just a rolled up version of Mal Reynolds, Han Solo, and half a dozen other archetypes we've seen before...quite often done better.

We've seen the story before from shows such as DS9 and Babylon 5 and a few others.  I thought the CGI was bad in some places and downright terrible in others making me wonder if they really tried to pass that off on us or if they were letting it look like the video game it's tied into.

I'm just hoping it doesn't get any worse, that we maybe see some improvement.


It was sad news about both Le Parmentier and Summerall.

I met Le Parmentier at least twice and had fun chats with him both times.  He definitely liked to joke around and the signed photo of him as Motti is one of my favorite autos I have. 

I was also a big Summerall fan because he was usually the go-to guy on all the Cowboys games so for years I always looked forward to hearing him on the games. 


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:13 AM »
Mallrats.  That is all.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: April 11, 2013, 02:36 PM »
Yes, Hasbro said during their panel that they're going to find a way to go back to articulated pack-in drivers for the vehicles. 

I have the wave 2 Roadblock but I didn't look to see if his vest is removable.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:50 PM »
I think I have just about everything posted from the GI Joe Con this past weekend.  You can get to it from the front page of my site or go to the all of the Con articles here:

It was a fun time, there was a ton of stuff to buy.  I came home with a couple vintage vehicles, including an APC for a great price.  That's one I never had as a kid but always wanted and was able to find one in perfect shape.  Picked up a couple vintage figures, an AT 12" piece and the 12" Convention souvenir.  Also snagged the new Iceberg figure, the paradrop KRE-O Hit & Run figure and the accessory set for the membership figure that will be shipping in a month or so.

There was a decent crowd but it wasn't packed, you could get around and spend time sorting through booths to look for stuff without problems.  The dinner Sat night was excellent and I had fun at the casino night but came up short for buying anything at the auction.  I guess I didn't know what to expect on that end.

My main complaint was missing out on several of the souvenirs even though I wasn't that far back in line when the Club store opened on Friday.  I don't even think they need to adjust the limits, I just wish they'd make some souvenirs available Thursday night for early reg but keep some back for Friday.  If you buy a Con package and you're there at the store opening on Friday and have no shot at the souvenirs, I think there's a problem somewhere.

I'd love to go again next year but it'll definitely depend on where it is.  I don't think it's a big enough show to warrant flying to, but I'd go anytime I could drive to it.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Pixar Thread
« on: April 3, 2013, 11:47 AM »
I just wish they'd do a sequel to Incredibles.  That's the one I actually want!

You and me both!  That was a perfect movie to set up multiple sequels, or even a TV series.  It took several years to get a Nemo sequel, so maybe we just need to be patient for an Incredibles 2.

Count me in.  The Incredibles is by far my favorite Pixar movie with Toy Story a close second. 


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:04 AM »
Two weeks away from the Convention!  Anyone else here going?

I plan on posting coverage of the Convention again this year.  We're getting in on Friday afternoon so with the movie that night I probably won't have anything up, other than Twitter posts, until later in the day.  I'll also be covering the Hasbro panel live on Saturday morning...possibly via CoveritLive but definitely by Twitter if not.  And photos of the booth and slides shortly after.

If anyone has questions for Hasbro, post them and I'll see if I can get them answered.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: March 7, 2013, 12:46 AM »

LEGO / Re: Series 10 Minifigures
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:54 AM »
I'm not as hot on that one as some in the past. 

I'm in for the Indian, Roman, Medusa and the warrior chick but I think that's about it.  Maybe the colonial soldier. 

Medusa will go great with the Minotaur and Cyclops.  I'm a little disappointed there's no space themed guy in this wave though.


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