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So I was looking at the Rey and BB-8 I bought earlier today at Ross and damned if this doesn't look like a legit variant to me.

I have all three previous versions of Rey and BB-8 (original release, retouched version, and the one with the lightsaber) and this one looks distinct from all of them. Not so much Rey, although there are a few subtle differences with her, but definitely BB-8.

This latest one has a much heavier grey wash on his dome, and conversely, none at all on the body. Literally just silver and orange apps on a pure white body. I haven't taken him out of the box yet but it is obvious at even a casual glance. Very interesting.

Maybe these were some leftovers or rejects from a previous factory or something, odd that they would be showing up randomly at ROSS, but a pleasant surprise to me.

I will try to line em all up and take a picture for comparison, if anyone cares.

2 TRU just keeps putting out more Snowtrooper Officers.  >:(

I did pick a brand new 6" Rey & BB-8 (sans lightsaber) today at ROSS for $8.99. That was pretty cool.

Checked Brickpicker today and saw two stores showing them In Stock. I hit the one closest to my office but there were no signs of it anywhere. Since I didn't feel like driving around I just went to the Customer Service desk and had them pull a fresh case from the back. I picked out the one with the best paint apps (there was only 1 out of 4, yikes) and went on my merry way.

Cannot wait to crack this open tonight. The Death Trooper Specialist looks amazing!


Brickseek showing "Not Available" at every store around here. I'm still waiting on last year's exclusive to go on clearance too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 24, 2016, 09:07 AM »
Well, I had three days to prepare for it and it was still almost unbearable to watch. #$%^&* Dumbass Daryl. Way to control your emotions dude.

I truly enjoyed the first six seasons of this show. Great stuff. I think that show is over though. Dalrymple even said as much on TD. This is a different show now. A bleak, humorless, soul-crushing cavalcade of human misery. Glenn wasn't just the heart and soul of this show, as Hardwick pointed out afterwards, he singlehandedly represented HOPE above all else. He was the one dude who grew and changed for the better, never got warped or lost his way like the others. Hell, he had never even killed anyone until a few episodes ago.

Without Glenn, there is no semblance of family on this show anymore. They broke that down completely. Glenn and Maggie and baby represented something triumphant and beautiful and now that dream is shattered and everyone left is just a twisted, broken shell of a person. You cant help but walk away from that thinking they are all just going to be miserable until they eventually get murdered or eaten.

There is just no possible happy ending here anymore. Kirkman seems hell bent on just abusing these people over and over until he dies. (I say that because it seems clear he never had any clue how to end this story properly and was never even planning on making it this long) I get a real treading water feeling from the comic now, and am starting to wish they would go all Game of Thrones and just start charting their own new territory. Comics have a petty short shelf life creatively speaking anyway.

I'm not trying to bash the show, I think they did a terrific job with the premier, given the direction they had to go. Andy Lincoln was amazing. JDM was enthrallingly despicable. It's just the creative choices I take issue with. With so many other key divergences (Rick's hand, Michonne's rape) there is no reason they could not have changed this up and still had the same impact. But Glenn, there was nobody on the show like him. That's a loss you can't replace. TV Glenn wasn't like comic Glenn, he was a man who had so much more to offer. I understand the logic, the need to move the story forward. I just think it's a dark turn that you can't pivot away from. You can't make me laugh next week so matter what kind of goofy Kingdom crap you throw out there.

I know, it's not like the show was a laugh riot or anything before, But at least it had elements of warmth and humanity that you're not going to get from Rick/Michonne, Rosita/Alexandria guy, etc. The loss ultimately isn't just a character, for me, it is a loss of something they can't get back on this show. And that is a real bummer.

Oh yeah, Abraham. Sorry to see you go too Big Guy. They should have stopped there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 23, 2016, 08:25 PM »
**** is about to get real up in here. I'm just glad Chris Hardwicke will be there for me emotionally after the show is over.  ::)

Regardless of whatever actually happens, I am not looking forward to this episode, or this whole season really, gonna be one long downer IMO.  :(

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 2
« on: October 23, 2016, 06:45 PM »
That's awesome! The hunt is on for Leia...

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: EE Exclusive: Astromech 6 Pack
« on: October 23, 2016, 06:44 PM »
This set is now in stock at EE for those that might still be interested.

I still want it, but don't feel much of a sense of urgency at that price.

Two different Targets near me got in fresh cases of the Ahsoka Revision wave, the one with Jango. Interestingly, they rang up under the old 3953 DPCI. But at full price. So now they essentially have two active numbers for the same line.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 21, 2016, 08:22 PM »
Well, the spoilers are out there now, I pretty much read the full recap today on Facebook. Just FYI, if you want to know what's gonna go down, shouldn't be hard to find.


Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: October 21, 2016, 01:58 PM »
I bought another Imperial Speeder today. Mostly because I continue to find it weird that these haven't shown up anywhere outside of TRU (yet). Target seems stuffed to the gills with that TFA stuff and Walmart is just so random about what they decide to carry. May as well get 'em while I can, I figure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: October 19, 2016, 04:27 PM »
Looks pretty tight!

WTH is "Real D 3D" though?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:40 AM »
I'm so glad they cut that Unkar Plutt scene. That was highly implausible on a number of different levels.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:37 AM »
For Justin:

Man, that was a fun read. Playsets really were the best.

Has anyone seen that gigantic Batcave playset on the toy aisle recently? Sure seems like every other company is willing to have a go at these. If Hasbro is so worried about them not selling then make it a con exclusive or something.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 19, 2016, 08:35 AM »
Pretty sure Daryl spends this season as a "guest" of the Saviors so he and Dwight can continue their weird bromance.

Just go ahead and kill Maggie, that's LIKE killing Glenn, without actually having to kill him. Oh, but she got a new haircut!

I wonder if there is any end Kirkman could craft to the comic that would be even remotely satisfying at this point.

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