PODCAST | Brian Volk-Weiss Talks The Toys That Made Us Season 3 and finally settles the debate: Power Rangers vs Ninja Turtles (well, not really).

PLUS: Baby Yoda Bootleg merch floods the market, but should we be talking about Jon Favreau as the new head of Star Wars?

AND: We Watch More Watchmen! Episode 6 brings together everything Damon Lindelof has laid out, but just because something is predictable does it not make it good?

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Here’s the rundown of topics:

  1. Toys That Made Us Season 3 –
  2. Baby Yoda Bootleg Merch – 3:28
  3. Kathleen Kennedy Rolling Stone Comments – 8:37
  4. Mandalorian Chapter 3 Reaction – 15:09
  5. Watchmen Ep  Discussion: Would You Watch If You Never Read? – 33:22
  6. Brian Volk Weiss– 47:20

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The Toys that Made Us Season 3

Segment 1: #Sire Bytes

‘Baby Yoda’ toys coming for ‘Mandalorian’ fans in time for Christmas


Get ready for fights over Baby Yoda toys on Black Friday.

Disney is said to be launching merchandise of the Child — the adorable, big-eyed new character that captured everyone’s hearts in “The Mandalorian” — just in time for holiday shopping, CNBC reports.

‘Star Wars’ Rolling Stone Interview: Kathleen Kennedy


Is this final entry in the trilogy a particularly hard nut to crack?
Every one of these movies is a particularly hard nut to crack. There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels. We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be. We go through a really normal development process that everybody else does. You start by talking to filmmakers who you think exhibit the sensibilities that you’re looking for. And I would argue that the list is very small — people who really do have the sensibilities about these kind of movies, and then the experience and the ability to handle how enormous a job these movies are. So we try to be as thoughtful as we possibly can about making those choices. I would also argue that sometimes people get involved in the normal development process, and then they realize, “Oh, my God, this is so much more than I ever imagined.” So it’s pretty common that when you’re working on movies, you’re not making choices and decisions that necessarily work out exactly the way you want from the get-go. It’s been an evolving process with lots of people and lots of opinions, and then you try to shape something into what it eventually becomes. So I feel really fortunate that I’ve worked with so many great people that have been absolutely committed, J.J. being one of them. He’s a huge fan, incredibly passionate about Star Wars, and has been from the moment he and I sat down and started talking about this. And the more he got involved, the more excited he became. So I think if you asked him today, he probably wishes he’d been in a situation where he could have done all three — but as I said, these are huge projects. So it’s very difficult unless there’s three or four years in between. It’s not really physically possible.

Mandalorian Ep 2 Review

Segment 2: Watchmen Watch: Episode 6 Review

• Love that they are mining the Minutemen for new story
o Bringing Race IntoThe Story of Minuteman, making Hooded Justice Black It Was Interesting
o Overdoing the racial motivation??
• What Would Alan Moore Think?
• Just because something is predictable is it a bad story?
o Bringing Back The Parrallels to Tulsa
o Nice device using Nostalgia
• The gay storyline was surprising
• Love the parallels between the pilot

Ozymandias Adrian Veidt

Segment 4: Spin The [Toy] Racks with Brian Volk-Weiss

• New Season of Toys That Made Us
• Power Rangers vs Ninja Turtles

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