You’re a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper: Hasbro Unveils 6-inch Star Wars Figures

Finally realizing that the kids that bought their toys in the 80s are now adults that are STILL buying toys (in the…aughts? …teens? What the hell do we call this decade?); Hasbro has announced that they’re going to be releasing an adult collector line of “Star Wars” figures.

The Black Series will clock in at 6-inches and feature better details and articulation than the (increasingly unarticulated) 3.75-inch figs. And unlike those Hot Toys figures you see coming out of Japan, these will only set you back $20 instead of $200. Yay for mass marketing! The first wave will include X-Wing Luke, R2-D2, Darth Maul (grumble), and an Imperial Sandtrooper.

All we’ve seen so far is Luke; but damn if this isn’t the prettiest Luke action figure I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Just like Beggar's Canyon back home!

Just like Beggar’s Canyon back home!

If the Sandtrooper looks half as good, I’m buying an entire troop. Release Dewbacks to go with them and I’ll buy a freaking platoon.

J.J. Abrams Confirmed to Direct Star Wars VII. Already Bringing a New Hope.

No3DWarsDespite my misgivings in my (decidedly solo) Threeway the other day; I’m glad that J.J. Abrams officially has the job to helm the Star Wars (don’t call them reboots) sequels. Will the tone be different than what we’re used to from the original trilogy? Definitely; but then so were the prequels and people are still trying to lynch Lucas over those.

And speaking of, there’s this gem from earlier today: Lucasfilm has postponed production on the 3-D versions of Episodes 2 & 3 so as to focus solely on production of Episode VII.

Even if the sequels are nothing but six hours of flashbacks and lens flare, J.J. Abrams has already done more to save the Star Wars franchise than anyone could have ever dreamed.

The Threeway: Top 3 Things to Dread About J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars”

3smallSo apparently the interwebs blew up last night with the rumor that J.J. Abrams is in line to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII – A New Cash Cow.” While attaching a big name director this early in the process is par for the course, and has a high probability to shift at some point, I’m fairly happy with the news. I have enjoyed Abrams’ work for a while and his revitalization of “Star Trek” left me hopeful for the franchise’s future.

But then this wouldn’t be Sweep the Leg if I just said I was pleased and left it that; now, would it?

So here’s a quick and dirty Threeway of the things I’m dreading the most from the upcoming Abrams-led sequel.

3. Lightsabers will consist of nothing but lens flare.

2. Old Yoda will travel back in time to convince Young Yoda to not let Anakin train. There will be lots of long, uncomfortable shots where we’re convinced they’re about to make out.

1. Non-nerds will never, ever correctly identify “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” again.

Bring Out the Totoro

I remember the first time I saw a Miyazaki film. Granted I was already in my early twenties at the time, but I still enjoyed the heck out of the artfully surrealistic worlds that he was able to create in his films. There’s just something about Miyazaki’s work that can pull you in, and make an hour or two melt away.

My Neighbor Totoro is one of these films, and while for some it is just nice little film about kids living in a country house with their father in post-war Japan to be closer to their ailing mother. For others it’s about ummm something else.

Toto-no

 

Movie Quote Monday: Other Adam Edition Part 2

Well it looks like my fellow Geeks are still nursing their wounds that they endured while running a marathon that’s dedicated to an animated rat. So once again it’s up to me to provide you with this week’s quote. As always, if you know the movie, feel free to add your own quote from it in the comments.  

There is just know way that print alone can do this quote justice. So I leave it to you Mr. Oldman to hit it out of the park.

New Pacific Rim Trailer Cancels the Apocalypse CES Style

What’s that you say? You need a new “Pacific Rim” trailer that shows some fresh clips of the various pilots suiting up and smacking down? Well then you either need to get out to Vegas to CES or click the video below:

I’m loving that the pilot’s gear is as unique as their mechs and that no country took the same approach (other than “build a huge fraking mech”). Also, proving yet again that he knows what nerds like, Guillermo del Toro confirmed that he’d gotten permission from Valve to use the GLaDOS voice; but for the trailer only. We’ll be hearing a similar, but slightly differently modulated Ellen Mclain in the movie proper.

Damnit. Now all I want to do is blow off work, go play “Portal 2” and surround myself with Godzilla and Gundam toys.

Movie Quote Monday: (Other Adam Style)

Well it looks like my geeky comrades are dragging their feet getting back on the ball with S-t-L. So I will jump in front of the firing squad and do this week’s movie quote.

As always the rules are, if you know the movie feel free to add a quote in the comments. Being that this is my first M.Q.M. I’ll be gentle and give you an easy one.

“I guess she don’t like the cornbread either.”