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David L ReinkeJul. 28, 2016 - 12:25AM JST
The current 6" Black Series is very well done, though also very expensive, at $20 per figure on average, their 3.75" line is something of a disappointment in terms on construction and figure articulation. On the other hand...
The new Galactic Heroes figures on display at this year's SD ComicCon feature robust construction and imaginative design. Indeed they look good and are perfect for playing "big battles for small hands."
The other potential mega-hit is the new AT-AT.
Not as big as the BAT-AT, more in line (size wise) with the original AT-AT released in the 1980's, the new version will be expensive at $300 but in addition to having lights & sounds, it will also walk! Controlled by your smart phone these now very noble walking tanks are set to occupy living rooms all over the world.
Posted in: 'Star Wars' may propel U.S. toy industry to best year since 1999
David L ReinkeJul. 22, 2016 - 11:41PM JST
This is all about PR for his new film.
In Hollywood all publicity is good publicity.
That's why Stone was at ComicCon in the first place, and it looks like his remarks are having the desired effect.
Mission accomplished for Stone and his production team.
Posted in: Oliver Stone warns of Pokemon Go 'totalitarianism'
David L ReinkeJul. 14, 2016 - 10:47PM JST
"For the Nippon Kaigi crowd, it's a bit like the Pope retiring. There's just no precedent for it."
Unless one goes far enough back in history, to the years leading up to the Gempei Wars. Of course then, the emperor retired as a ploy to gain more power as an "advisor" to the newly installed emperor, but it is very doubtful that is the plan here...
Posted in: Imperial Household Agency denies emperor's wish to abdicate
David L ReinkeJun. 29, 2016 - 09:27AM JST
The finale was a lot of fun and there were many parts I liked, but for me the best was Arya's revenge -- sweet indeed.
Next season should be a hot one.
Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' season finale scores record ratings
David L ReinkeJun. 28, 2016 - 01:18PM JST
Yes, the Season Finale was a pretty good episode, particularly Arya.
Next season should be pretty fierce.
Posted in: HBO says Brexit won't hurt 'Game of Thrones' production
David L ReinkeJun. 05, 2016 - 10:17AM JST
Perhaps this will be made available in HD on Blu-ray for sale here in the US?
Posted in: New film about Japanese historical swords, forging techniques now playing in select theaters
David L ReinkeMay. 25, 2016 - 12:48AM JST
Good point Katsu78, and this is where parents need to be informed consumers so they can select the best set for their kids. There are still plenty of sets available that are more "generic" (which is to say not tied to a specific theme or film) that allow for more 'free form' play and construction.
It is also worth considering just who if purchasing these sets. Many are older collectors who will build the Death Star or the Avenger Tower and then put its on display. For kids, they might also build a pre-designed firetruck or castle, but once they start playing with it these items will rarely remain as built.
There is a book, Extreme Bricks by Sarah Herman c2013, that catalogs just what one can build with Lego, and the photos are simply amazing. It proves that with enough time & talent (and bricks) you really can build anything. There are other books on this very topic and they might serve to inspire young engineers.
Posted in: Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study
David L ReinkeMay. 24, 2016 - 12:18PM JST
Tempest in a teapot.
LEGO is a great toy.
With enough time & talent (and enough bricks) you really can build anything.
David L ReinkeMay. 23, 2016 - 11:48PM JST
Interesting -- more than 70's year after the war and we are still making new, and important, discoveries. This book should prove to be a fascinating read.
Posted in: Mountbatten’s Samurai: Imperial Japanese Army, Navy Forces under British control in Southeast Asia, 1945-1948.
David L ReinkeMay. 14, 2016 - 12:51AM JST
Trump as Groucho Marx?
That is an insult to true Marxists the world over.
Trump is precisely the type of pompous blowhard the Marx Brothers took aim at.
Posted in: Trump's brand of populism: Is he the next Andrew Jackson? Or the next Groucho Marx?
David L ReinkeMay. 08, 2016 - 12:46AM JST
Are there no new stories to tell?
Posted in: 'Predator' reboot to begin filming by October
David L ReinkeMay. 06, 2016 - 12:14AM JST
Lawrence Kasdan's film, Silverado.
Posted in: 'Magnificent 7' revives forgotten story of black cowboys
David L ReinkeApr. 15, 2016 - 09:05AM JST
"...O’Reilly and Dugard the most widely read historians..."
Historians? These two?
This topic, the final year of the war in the Pacific, has been covered very well indeed by John Toland (Rising Sun - The Decline And Fall Of The Japanese Empire, c1970) and by Max Hastings in his book, Retribution - The Battle For Japan 1944-45, c2007.
As for the atomic bomb, there are several books the very best of which are:
The Making Of The Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, c1986
American Prometheus - The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin, c2005
History Wars -- The Enola Gay And Other Battle For The American Past by Edward Linenthal & Tom Engelhard, c1996
Posted in: O'Reilly's next 'Killing' subject: Japan, at end of World War II
David L ReinkeDec. 30, 2015 - 12:37AM JST
Star Wars singing contest ... Where's Bill Murray?
Nothing but Star Wars,
It's got to be Star Wars,
All of the time."
--Bill Murray, SNL
Posted in: 'Kohaku' New Year’s Eve singing contest will be invaded by 'Star Wars'
David L ReinkeDec. 16, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
LEGO -- the best toy ever.
I played with LEGO when I was younger, as did my daughters and now my grandsons. With enough time, talent, and bricks, you really can build anything.
Posted in: Building blocks for the future
David L ReinkeDec. 14, 2015 - 01:25AM JST
"...people here simply can't act and almost all Japanese films are strange and boring..."
Chushhingura (any number of versions)
Fires On The Plain,
The Human Condition,
A host of incredible actors in the Kabuki Theatre:
Yes, I which more actors were that 'bad.'
Posted in: Teaser gives us our first peek at Japan’s upcoming Godzilla movie
David L ReinkeNov. 24, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
"...1983’s “Return of the Jedi” that culminated in Luke’s patricidal killing of Vader."
Well, not quite.
Luke does cut off his father's hand during their light saber duel, but Vader dies from wounds sustained while saving his son, Luke, from the wrath of the Emperor.
That aside, the article rightly credits Williams with creating a series of scores that deftly enrich the universe created by Lucas. It is now impossible to imagine Star Wars without the iconic music by John Williams.
Posted in: In 'Star Wars,' classical music has rare giant impact
David L ReinkeNov. 07, 2015 - 10:19AM JST
Saw this film at a screening a couple of weeks ago -- enjoyed it very much. The cast is in top form and the story told with wit, intelligence, and a heavy dose of irony. The scene of the confrontation between Trumbo and John Wayne elicited well deserved applause from the audience. This is a film worth seeking out.
Posted in: 'Trumbo' resurrects Hollywood's darkest chapter
David L ReinkeOct. 11, 2015 - 01:02AM JST
"the tourists do not want to see "traditional" ninja ..they want to see the ninja and samurai as portrayed in kabuki which is what they have seen in the western films."
As portrayed in any number of films (both Japanese and Western) perhaps so, but as portrayed in Kabuki?
Most Americans have not seen Kabuki, unless they happen to live near one of the handful of universities with active Japanese Theatre programs (like the University of Hawai'i at Manoa) and even then, ninja do not appear as characters in that many Kabuki plays, nor are those plays the ones usually selected for performance in English. (More common are Kanjincho, Sukeroku, Narukami and very rarely Chushingura.)
However, when it comes to film (Hollywood, Anime, TV's American Ninja Warrior) your point is well and fairly taken. Indeed, the historical reality might disappoint.
David L ReinkeOct. 04, 2015 - 11:06PM JST
Ah Hollywood ...
They call it Show Business for a reason.
Posted in: Ad-driven Scorsese film premieres in S Korea
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Aug. 29, 2016 - 07:18AM JST
Fascinating reading. Any tips to make a Japanese garden low maintenance without resorting to concrete?
Posted in: As nature intends: Berkshire designer’s strong business ethic
Aug. 29, 2016 - 07:13AM JST
East Asian values that contribute to the peace and prosperity of humanity
Surely these would…
Posted in: Japan, S Korea, China agree to hold Cultural City Summit in 2017
Aug. 29, 2016 - 07:12AM JST
They don't care nearly as much about the ones here working as the ones here committing…
Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays
Aug. 29, 2016 - 07:09AM JST
Nice idea of Mayor. How come all Japanese female politicians are all smarter than male counterparts?
Posted in: Yokohama hoping to host African development conference in 2019
Aug. 29, 2016 - 07:05AM JST
Islam = BAD THINKING
Posted in: Would-be bomber fails to detonate in Indonesian church
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