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Preview: Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #728

Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #728

William Van Horn, Jonathan Gray (w) • William Van Horn, Massimo De Vita (a) • Jonathan Gray (c)

What’s scarier than mad sorceress Magica De Spell? Magica De Spell with amnesia—becoming Uncle Scrooge’s ally in William Van Horn’s new “Woe Is He!” Then Donald dons his Duck Avenger cape and cowl in “The Search For the Zodiac Stone: Chapter 8!”

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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Rey: The Most Important Character of 2015?

rey 02Fair warning: There will be very minor spoilers for The Force Awakens within this post,  centered largely on the awesomeness of Rey – I will try my utmost to ensure that no plot points are revealed, but there may be some comments on dialogue and her ability and prowess in the movie. I’ll try to be as vague as I possibly can, however, as the movie has only been out for a relatively short time and there’s a chance that some people may not have had a chance to see the movie yet; although you really should, if you haven’t this post shouldn’t completely ruin the movie for you.

That being said, I genuinely feel that the most important thing about the movie isn’t that it’s the sequel that we should have received back when the Phantom Menace came out, and the sequel that millions of people have been hoping and waiting for since Return Of The Jedi (although those are certainly pretty note worthy), but rather the main character; Rey.

Final warning: minor spoilers will follow from here on out, but again, I’ll try and keep it vague.

Historically most action movies are lead primarily by male characters, or place women in a role that’s little better than a damsel in distress archetype; not all, granted, but more often than not that is the case.

Rey is a breath of fresh air. Played by the talented Daisy Ridley she is an extremely capable character that more than holds her own amidst some of the biggest names in the Star Wars universe throughout the movie.

rey 01It’s tough to talk about Rey too much wile keeping the spoilers to a minimum because a lot of what’s so great about her is highlighted so well; she is exactly the kind of character that needed to be seen on the silver screen. In an age when female led action movies don’t seem to garner the attention that others do – whether because of a lack of quality, star power, or interest – she shows little girls that they don’t have to rely on men to save them from peril; very early in the movie, Rey proves that she’s not going to be the stereotypical damsel in distress. Which is something that’s not unfamiliar to Star Wars fans; Leia wasn’t exactly useless in the original trilogy (I’ve only seen the Prequels once and I don’t remember much about them, or Amidala‘s role within them, and I couldn’t bring myself to rewatch them for this article).

Rey is already resonating with fans of all ages, as the image from Daisy Ridley‘s Instagram of a young fan in full Rey costume a week or so after the release of the movie below shows, and her popularity will only sky rocket from here. That’s an incredibly good thing.

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That Disney, director J.J. Abrams, or whomever else had the final decision, did decide to have Rey be the ass kicking capable character that she is, is commendable. With all of the superhero, comic book or generally geek orientated movies released over the past few years, it’s about time young fans had a strong female lead to look up too, and what better place to have Daisy Ridley shine than in the biggest movie of the year?

But (and there is always one) there have been rumblings on line  wondering where is all the Rey merchandise? According to some reports and comment threads there is a distinct lack of Rey toys. While that was certainly the case (initially) for Black Widow and Scarlett Witch from Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it’s certainly not the case with Rey. Her toys are hard to find because they’re selling faster than the Millenium Falcon made the Kessel Run. Whether somebody was  either trying to stir the pot, or they just didn’t know that the toys were sold out, I’m not sure,  but the demand for her toys far, far out stripped the supply – and that just reinforces the importance of the character.

Indeed, this Tumblr post has a list of the numerous toys featuring the character that have been released (and may even be slightly outdated by now), and so while it is certainly true – for a time – that there were limited toys available for Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, the same cannot accurately be said for Rey. Somebody clearly learned from the outcry over the Age Of Ultron; indeed the same outcry is still happening now, and while it is depressingly easy to make the same assumptions based on recent history, this time there is at least a case to be made that there is an effort to get the Rey toys into the hands of those that want them.

Except the Force Awakens version of Monopoly (you can read more about that, and Hasbro’s response here).

Rey is a character that has the potential to change the way women are looked at in cinema, especially in science fiction action movies. The fact that Daisy Ridley‘s acting chops, and her ability to keep the audience’s attention on her when sharing the screen with some pretty big names, both play a massive part in bringing her character the attention of fans across the globe.

I think that this letter to Hasbro from an eight year old girl says it all (via Radio Times), don’t you?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Continues to Smash Records

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterThe record books continue to be rewritten as Star Wars: The Force Awakens shatters records with each day. The film broke Monday and Tuesday’s earning records as the film soared past the $300 million mark.

On Monday the film earned $40.1 million and Tuesday it earned $37.4 million, both are single day records. That brings the film’s earnings domestically to $325.4 million, the fastest a film has ever crossed the $300 million mark.

The film continues to print cash internationally as well and its global cume stands at $689.4 million.

The previous Monday record was $27.6 million and the previous non-opening Tuesday record was $35 million. If the film kept up the pace it would cross the $500 million domestic mark by the end of this coming weekend.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Destroys Box Office Records

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterIt should be no surprise, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens crushed the box office with an estimated $238 million in its first three days. That includes the $57 million earned during the Thursday night previews. The film also earned an estimated $279 million in international markets. That has the film earning a total of $528 million worldwide in less than one week. The previous record holder for opening weekend is Jurassic World which earned $208.8 million.

Via Box Office Mojo, the film has crushed 14 domestic records so far on top of the records set in other countries. The film so far has set these domestic records:

  • Largest Thursday Previews: $57 million
    Previous Record: $43.5 million
  • Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
    Previous Record: $91 million
  • Domestic Opening Weekend: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $208.8 million
  • Highest Per Theater Average (Wide Opening): $57,571 (estimate)
    Previous Record: $48,855 / 4,274 theaters
  • Top Opening Weekend for PG-13 Rated Film: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $208.8 million
  • Top Holiday Opening Weekend**: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $158 million
  • Biggest Weekend Overall (Top 12 Gross): $294.5 million
    Previous Record: $266 million
  • Biggest December Weekend (Top 12 Gross): $294.5 million
    Previous Record: $259.9 million
  • December Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
    Previous Record: $37.13 million
  • Widest December Opening: 4,134 theaters
    Previous Record: 4,045 theaters
  • December Opening Weekend: $238 million (estimate)
    Previous Record: $84.62 million
  • Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day
    Previous Record: 2 Days
  • Global IMAX Opening Record: $48 million
    Previous Record: $44.1 million
  • Domestic IMAX Opening Record: $30.1 million
    Previous Record: $20.9 million

The film did not break the record for largest Saturday or Sunday and it’s a race for the fastest to $300 million as well as a march to topple Avatar as the top domestic earner.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Continues to Shatter Records

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterStar Wars: The Force Awakens debuted this Thursday to record setting numbers and Friday the movie continued to crush the competition and rewrite the record books. The film earned an estimated $120.5 million Friday. That includes the $57 million from Thursday, also a record, and that’s standard practice. It is the first film ever to gross more than $100 million in a single day. It’s also the largest Friday opening.

Those records were held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 which earned $91 million.

Also the previous December opening record was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which earned $84.62 million for its opening weekend.

Here are the records broken so far:

  • Largest Thursday Previews: $57 million
    Previous Record: $43.5 million
  • Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
    Previous Record: $91 million
  • December Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
    Previous Record: $37.13 million
  • Widest December Opening: 4,134 theaters
    Previous Record: 4,045 theaters
  • December Opening Weekend: $120.5 million so far
    Previous Record: $84.62 million
  • Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day
    Previous Record: 2 Days

The film is looking to bring in $225 to $250 million this weekend, making it the largest opening ever. Expect many more records to be shattered.

30% GOP, 19% Dems Want to Bomb Aladdin

Public Policy Polling is known for adding goofy/fun/trick questions to their very real polls. In a recent poll measuring opinions of Republican Presidential candidates as well as thoughts on recent issues, PPP added a question that has a lot of folks shaking their heads.

After series questions such as if Islam should be legal or illegal, or thoughts on the World War II Japanese internment, the polling firm asking if individuals supported or opposed bombing Agrabah?

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Agrabah is the city in Arabia that the 1992 Disney film Aladdin takes place in. Yes, folks are willing to bomb animated cities to… well not sure.

If you think this is made up, the PPP tweeted about the poll, even pointing out the question:

Even emphasizing this isn’t The Onion, the satirical news site.

Being fair, the polling firm also asked Democrats.

Having fun with it, neoconservative Bill Kristol, an architect of the Iraq invasion, joked on Twitter bombing wouldn’t be enough, and there’d be a need for ground troops.

We’re awaiting the evidence of Agrabah’s WMDs before we have an opinion.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Shatters Records

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterIt’s not much of a shock, but Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens shattered records during it’s Thursday opening bringing in an estimated $57 million at North American box offices.

The record was previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 2 which earned $43.5 million in Thursday previews in July 2011. The Dark Knight Rises made $30.6 million in 2012, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 brought in $30.4 million, also in 2012.

The film opened in theaters at 7pm Thursday, and some played showings well in to the night to meet demand.  It’ll be playing in a total of 4,134 theaters by Friday.

Rentrak, a service that performs exit polls with PostTrak, said the audience was 71% male, and 53% were over the age of 25, with 64% between the ages of 18 and 34. That’ll shift over the weekend.

The movie currently has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 88% of individuals said they’d recommend the film to friends according to Rentrak with a 94% positive rating through that service as well.

The current domestic opening record holder is Jurassic World which earned $208.8 million. Expectations are this film will bat it.

Internationally, the film began to roll out on Wednesday in 12 markets, and that expanded yesterday with an additional 32 markets. The film has now earned $72.7 million in those markets. The film broke records with the largest single day of all time in UK/Ireland ($14.4 million), Germany ($7.1 million), Norway ($1.1 million) and Sweden ($1.7 million). It also has the largest opening day in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland (French-speaking), Austria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Chile and Peru.

The film will likely break the previous record of a single day haul of $91 million by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 2. The previous record holder for opening weekend was $84.62 million by The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey. There’s a chance this film will break that in one day. The film also broke IMAX records earning $5.7 million, beating Avengers: Age of Ultron which earned $3 million.

Some predict the film will earn $230 million this weekend, and based off these numbers those estimates are too low. I’d guess the number will be closer to $250 million.

Movie Review: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

star-wars-force-awakens-official-poster30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

One of my earliest memories is going to see Return of the Jedi in the theater, I was about four years old. The film made a lasting impression, as it’s one of the earliest memories I have, particularly a scene in the throne room featuring to guard dressed in red just standing at attention next to a door. I remember the experience as magical, and 32 years later I walked out of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with that same magical feeling.

For the running time of a little over 2 hours, from the first Lucasfilm logo to the last, I felt something I haven’t felt in a theater in a log time, like a kid. I felt joy, and watched a film that hit me in a way I haven’t experienced in a film in years. And I’ll admit, I teared up quite a few times with an overwhelming feeling of joy. And this is from someone who is not a Star Wars fanboy. I own very little paraphernalia, but I can watch the original films (and even the three prequels) over and over.

The Force Awakens is nowhere perfect. Some plot lines aren’t explained, and some scenes could have been done without, but overall, the movie captures the feel of the original trilogy the second completely missed. The plot is almost a rehash of A New Hope mixed with some Empire. And that combination still feels like something new and fun.

It’s hard to write a solid review without spoilers, but here I go.

The Force Awakens does an amazing job of mixing characters old and new, and it truly feels like a passing of a torch in many ways. Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and BB-8, all are new characters but they seamlessly blend with Han, Leia, Chewy, and the Millennium Falcon (a character on its own). But, what’s fantastic is the series gives us so much in those characters that are new. Rey is a female lead who can stand on her own. Finn is a conflicted Stormtrooper who plays a more traditional gender role, highlighting Rey’s independence. Poe, the badass pilot. And new roles for old characters as well, Leia, now a General. These are faces that emphasize anyone can be a hero no matter your gender, size, or skin color. And, it’s done in a way that’s subtle, creating a modern Star Wars, a more inclusive world (weird to say about a film that had lots of aliens milling about with each other with no issues). The acting as a whole is what I’d expect for a Star Wars film, more on par with the original trilogy, than the substandard acting of the prequels.

The smartest move was the return to practical special-fx, moving away from digital, something that hurt the prequels. This created a sense of more realism and creatures and items you could touch. That adds to the magical feeling missing from the prequels.

The film too is nearly all action, taking some of the best moments of the six films, and just going with that, giving us dogfights and aerial maneuvers that take you for a ride, especially in 3D. And there’s more of that. A lot more of that.

The film isn’t perfect. The First Order isn’t explained. The Resistance/Republic relationship isn’t explained. How others can wield lightsabers so easy isn’t explained, or a Stormtrooper can parry one with their own sword like item. Poe getting back to base is left open. The Force is now more like a mutant power, emerging when angry or under stress. There’s a few sequences I’d have cut out, and the film hit some nostalgia so close, they might as well instead have done a shot for shot remake. Phasma was woefully underused in the film. And the score isn’t nearly as memorable.

But, what’s new, how it’s packaged and flows is what’s amazing. I really felt like I was at an experience, and I was getting to see old friends on the big screen again. The film is pure joy for its entire 2 hours and 15 minutes. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn near close. For a film to make me feel like I was 4 years old back watching Return of the Jedi in the theater, that’s magic.

Overall Rating: 9.5

Director – J.J. Abrams
Starring – Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Rated – PG-13
Run Time – 135 minutes

Mystery Mini: Disney Princesses in February

Disney Princesses and their companions are now pocket-sized!

Our latest Mystery Minis series incorporates some of Disney’s most popular royalty and their sidekicks!

The set features classics like Cinderella and Gus Gus, Ariel and Flounder, Jasmine and Rajah, and Belle and Cogsworth!

Newer characters, like Tiana and Naveen, Anna and Elsa, and Merida are also included!

Mystery Mini: Disney Princesses are out in February from Funko.

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Hikari Friday: Mickey Mouse & Laser Blue Predator!

Black and White Mickey Mouse Hikari Sofubi Figure

Mickey Mouse makes his Hikari Friday debut!

The Disney icon sports a classic paint job tied to his original appearance in colorless cartoons!

Black and White Mickey Mouse is now available from Funko and is limited to 500pcs worldwide!

Black and White Mickey Mouse Hikari Sofubi Figure

Laser Blue Unmasked Predator Hikari Sofubi Figure

Watch out for Predator’s laser sight!

The latest Unmasked Predator comes in a chilling colorway!

Laser Blue Unmasked Predator is a Gemini Collectibles exclusive and is limited to 500pcs worldwide!

Laser Blue Unmasked Predator Hikari Sofubi Figure

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