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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:33 AM »
I saw Part 3 last night. It was pretty good, and while nowhere near as good as LOTR it was easily the best of the Hobbit films. Lots of action and a good bit of emotion as expected.

The only thing that bothered me was maybe half of the CGI. Some stuff, like Smaug and Azog, were amazing. Other stuff, like Dain and the Elf army, looked poorly done and stood out like a sore thumb. At some points during the battle sequence I couldn't help but think of the animated Beowulf movie from 2007 as there was so much obvious CGI crowding the frame.

Overall it was a good movie to close out the saga. I still think everything could have been condensed into two films, but it was nice to spend a few extra hours in New Zealand Middle-Earth.

Vintage Trading and Classifieds / WTB: loose Yoda figure
« on: December 5, 2014, 02:04 PM »
I'm looking to buy a loose Yoda figure for one of my cousins as a Christmas gift. He isn't a collector, so condition doesn't have to be perfect. Ideally I'm looking for a figure with minimal paint wear on the face area that includes the cloak and cane for around $15, but there may be a little wiggle room in my budget for a more complete and/or better condition figure. Please PM me if you can help... thanks!


The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:39 AM »
This seems like a totally strange way to unveil a trailer. It would have been cool if it had been exclusive to some small mom-and-pop theaters for a week, as opposed to select theaters from large chains. I don't think this alienates fans (though initially it seemed like it), since the trailer will soon be released online and shown at all theaters, but it's just a bizarre way to roll it out. It serves no apparent purpose.

Universal's approach with Jurassic World is much more sensible.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:11 AM »
I have two of the AT-DPs put together and didn't have any issues with either. Everything fits together tightly and nothing is loose. Either I got lucky with mine, or you got a defective toy Jesse. I can easily see how things could get messed up during production if the pegs are mis-molded or holes drilled too large.

Personally I found the Phantom to be the best out of the three new vehicles, and probably the closest to the pre-2012 offerings. I'd recommend grabbing one if you find it on sale... it's cool for a generic shuttle. I haven't tried putting figures inside yet (or in any of the other Rebels vehicles) so I can't comment on functionality, but it looks pretty good on display.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:23 PM »
The Rebels vehicles are really just bigger "versions" of the 2013 vehicle assortment, with the mini-Slave 1 and Jedi Fighters. The same cost-cutting measures are evident, like fewer paint apps, hollow areas, and "lighter" plastic. I'm torn on these vehicles since I would love to see what Hasbro could deliver at a $30+ price, but the $25 or less point is easier on the wallet and still provides a decent toy.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:21 PM »
I could live with the Tauntaun horns, but the unpainted Wampa horns would be a deal breaker for me. Hopefully both undergo some changes to correct paint applications prior to production.

I almost caved on Jaimie, Brienne, and Drogo at Barnes & Noble last week. All of the wave 2 figures looked amazing, and a huge step up from wave 1. I am still holding off on this line though, but if Funko makes a Bronn figure I grab it for sure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 4, 2014, 09:13 AM »
Who's to say they weren't given food/water?  Unless they stated that and I just don't recall it of course. 

There were some bowls and some food/drink type item near the entrance of the train car in the season 4 finale, so I think they were feeding Glenn and friends something (ensure or powdered milk maybe). It makes sense that the Termites would give their captives something to keep a bit of meat on their bones. I doubt they rushed to feed them again after the gunfight with Rick though.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: November 3, 2014, 09:07 PM »
Giggity!  :D

Seriously considering an Argurts Infantry now for completion's sake.  I have the Sol Commander and I like him more than I imagined.  I'm not a Joe articulation guy, but I'm looking forward to the Bucks Team they're working on too.  They are apparently a full team of figures, so they're a bit more interesting in that regard too.

Army building at the price is unrealistic, but one of each never hurt. ;)

Definitely get an Augurts Jesse... that is one badass figure right there!

I actually ended up selling off (for a pretty penny) the Winged Victory set and Augurts figure shortly after I got them during the summer, just because I was "afraid" of getting sucked into another line. Just last week though I stumbled upon an eBay listing for a Winged Victory set plus an extra Sol Commander for sixty bucks, so I had to pull the trigger on it. With that deal and the upcoming Bucks team and Laurels I may very well stick with the line... this stuff is getting way too cool!

I also got to handle both the Speeder and Quad Eyes at a collector meet-up last month, and I was blown away by both. Online pictures don't do the detailing justice. Those are definitely on my wish list for when I have unlimited cash and display space.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:39 AM »
This looks great! I loved the new Iron Man suit!

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe - The Black Series?
« on: October 22, 2014, 09:02 PM »
I don't necessarily trust the Hisstank rumor for a couple of reasons, but GI Joe 6" seems inevitable at this point with the resurrection of Marvel Legends and popularity of Star Wars Black Series. I'd be interested if the figures have a modern appearance like the Pursuit of Cobra or Sideshow lines. If it ends up being 6" scale classic updates (like 25th Anniversary, only bigger) then I will stay away. IMO it would be a shame to waste the extra detailing that 6" would allow for on outdated 80's looks.

Sounds like that mom needs some toys of her own

...dolls of Skyler and Marie?  :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:24 PM »
Still, what kid would be interested in a hazmat guy and he wouldn't know about the meth bit in relation to the show unless his parents allow him to watch it.  I still laugh that the Mom in question professes to love the show, too.

That's one of the worst parts about this whole thing... nothing on the package advertises the meth/drug connection, so the only way a kid would know what the character is about is if they were watching the show... what has happened to common sense?

When I saw the report on the news that someone was protesting over "Breaking Bad" action figures being on the pegs at TRU I just had to shake my head.  Because the moral outrage police are at it once again. 

I get it that they (concerned parents) may have objections to figures from "Breaking Bad" because Walter White was a meth dealer / gangster.  I think we can universally agree that drug dealers are bad.  But the packages are clearly labeled with the appropriate age recommendations.  So what happens if TRU actually DOES pull Breaking Bad figures?  Where will the line be drawn next?  I'm worried about the slippery slope that would follow if TRU relents here.

Well the Breaking Bad figures are gone from, and my local store didn't have any on the pegs this morning (I actually wanted to check if "meth" was mentioned on the package... I know the accessory is hidden behind the insert). It would appear that "they" have already won. I agree 100% that this is a slippery slope, and it's scary how quickly this spread thanks to social media and mis-informed sensationalized "news" stories.

Hopefully TRU takes this opportunity to re-evaluate placement of the "adult toys". I think placement near the electronics section (where I can grab a copy of GTA or Evil Within... go figure) may be more appropriate and would hopefully minimize the chance of something like this happening again down the road.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:38 PM »
I think it would have been cooler if Bob had been bitten and those dbags had eaten his infected leg. (Yes, I know everyone's infected but something about being bitten seems to hasten the process)

I also think Gareth is full of crap about it not being personal. There were plenty of dead people back in Terminus they could have eaten. Like his Mom.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bob ends up revealing a bite or scratch in the next episode... it would explain why he left the church to go off alone. Plus it seems like the producers love to have an ambiguous setup leading to a "surprising reveal" later on, like the guy Tyreese "killed" at the cabin showing up at the campfire Bob-B-Q.

I somewhat disagree about the whole "nothing personal" bit. After the systematic slaughter of those four guys at Terminus and the casual attitude of the Termites, I can believe that they have become totally "shut off" and view other humans solely as food. That makes Gareth and the others much scarier, as they have pretty much become living versions of the zombies... focused solely on food and unable to be reasoned with. Though I will say I think Gareth is taking pleasure in hunting Rick's group after what happened at Terminus.

Is it me or did it seem like Bob and Gareth had a history, beyond what recently happened at Terminus?

I didn't really get that vibe, but it is an interesting idea. My thinking is just that Bob had talked/pleaded with Gareth while his group was captured and in the train car prior to Rick's arrival. It could be interesting though if it ends up being revealed that Bob had passed thru when Terminus was a real sanctuary, or if he was a resident who had escaped when that hostile gang invaded.

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