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Per this Flyguy Instagram post, it looks like there's a running change on Rey & BB-8.  The new version includes the Skywalker lightsaber.  I'm not sure if I'm actively going to pursue this one, since the K-Mart exclusive version also included the lightsaber.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: June 3, 2016, 10:02 PM »
Pretty sure it's the one packed with the Falcon.  I opened mine last night and noticed that the Takodana Encounter version had a peg hole, while the one from the set with Teedo didn't have the peg hole.

 The Teedo set has shipped with both version of BB-8 as well.

Yeah, I was referencing the BB-8 from my personal Teedo/BB-8/Unkar's thug 3-pack.  I've seen the reports of both versions of BB-8 ending up in that set.  But so far I haven't seen reports of the no peg-hole BB-8 winding up in the Takodana multipack.

Are these ever planning on showing up in stores? Feels like outside of the random findings in April, these haven't actually shipped.

I found a lone Captain Phasma a couple of weeks ago.  So they are out there, but in very limited supply.  I've been hitting Walmart stores pretty regularly, but it's gotten really frustrating.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: June 3, 2016, 01:33 PM »
Pretty sure it's the one packed with the Falcon.  I opened mine last night and noticed that the Takodana Encounter version had a peg hole, while the one from the set with Teedo didn't have the peg hole. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 3, 2016, 11:01 AM »
On that subject, Emilia Clarke was very adamant about the fact that she didn't use a body double for the burning of the Dothraki temple.

Things do seem to be coming together in a big way on the show.  Dany and the Dothraki seem like they're on their way to Meereen.  And so do the Ironborn under Euron Greyjoy.  But will he have the old Valyrian relic that he brought to the Kingsmoot in the books?

From the coming attractions it looks like Sansa and Jon are trying to build alliances with some of the Northern houses.  It looked like they try to enlist the Mormonts and the Glovers, based on the sigils I saw.  And a showdown with the Boltons seems pretty inevitable. 

I'm also wondering how things are going to shake out in the Riverlands.  Jaime Lannister seems like he's on the outs with King Tommen.  The Blackfish has retaken Riverrun.  Walder Frey is pissed at his Monty Python looking sons.  And Brienne is headed back to the Riverlands, too.  Could we possibly see LS after all this time?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 2, 2016, 08:56 PM »
The rights to another storied Marvel comics character have reverted back to Marvel Studios.  According to Joe Quesada, the rights to Namor, the Submariner now lie with Marvel studios.  The rights to Namor had been previously held by Universal Pictures, which at one point had rights to the Hulk as well.  You can hear the interview with Joe Quesada on Kevin Smith's Fat man on Batman podcast.

There are also rumors circulating that actress Brie Larson is in talks to play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.

The Original Trilogy / 'Revenge Of The Jedi' trailer
« on: May 29, 2016, 11:04 AM »
Check out this posting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences:

With Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) taking the world by force, 1982 was a year defined by anticipation for the third and (then) final chapter in the Star Wars saga. The film’s originally promoted title Revenge of the Jedi and its ultimate change to Return of the Jedi has always been of significance to fans. Advertising materials that bear the more aggressive Revenge title reveal how far along the film’s marketing cycle had come prior to George Lucas’ decision to dismiss it in favor of Return. From posters and trailers to merchandising tie-ins, Revenge artifacts represent a compelling period in Star Wars history.

The Academy Film Archive holds several trailers from the United States with the initial Revenge title, most of which announcing a May 25th 1983 release date which coincided with the anniversary of the original Star Wars stateside release in 1977. However, this peculiar and very brief Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer originated from a cinema in the United Kingdom, where the film was originally being considered for a Christmas 1983 release. This rare teaser, preserved by the Academy Film Archive, was apparently shown with the U.K.’s May 1982 double feature re-release of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. American audiences would not get a glimpse of the third film until Star Wars was re-released in the U.S. in August 1982, meaning that this may be the earliest Revenge trailer distributed – and fans from across the pond got the first peek!

"Revenge Of The Jedi" trailer

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:37 AM »
Interesting to see that this Imperial walker is being identified as an AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport.  So this is clearly not the same model of walker that we saw in TESB.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:44 AM »
I think it's interesting because it's at the heart of some of the most ancient conflicts in Westeros.  The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers to fight the incursion of the First Men.  From there it seems that the White Walkers became a threat to everyone:  the First Men, the Children of the Forest, and whoever else got in their way.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 23, 2016, 08:03 PM »
Hodor?  And Summer?  Along with the Children of the forest?   This is getting bleak. 

I'm also shocked by the origins of the a White Walkers. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 22, 2016, 02:41 PM »
Some more news on the cast for Thor - Ragnarok.  Marvel Studios has officially announced these cast members:

In the film, Cate Blanchett will act as Hela, Jeff Goldblum will play the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson will take the role of Valkyrie, Karl Urban will be Skurge and Mark Ruffalo will act as Bruce Banner/the Hulk.  They will be joining returning Thor actors Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Sir Anthony Hopkins.  I'm pleasantly surprised to see actors like Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum added to the mix.  This could be really, really good!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: May 21, 2016, 10:40 AM »
The paint apps on the Phasma that I picked up were not perfect.  I may keep it boxed until I can find a better one.  But these have been kind of scarce so far, so I didn't want to pass.  Especially after my blunder of passing on the 6" versions of Hux and Atsy.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:40 PM »
Picked up the Walmart exclusive Black series Captain Phasma today.  I was a little surprised by finding her and not Leia.  I really thought Leia would be the last to go. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:26 AM »
The one thing that I took from this leak?  The character name for Ben Mendelsohn's character.  Well, actually his TITLE. 

Ever since the ROGUE ONE trailer broke, people have been going crazy saying "GRAND ADMIRAL!  GRAND ADMIRAL!"  OMG, people have Thrawn on the brain!!!  But if we go purely on movie material, those Imperial uniforms with the white tunics are only seen on officers of the Imperial Security Bureau.  Wulf Yularen has that sort of uni, and he's identified as a Colonel in the ISB.  There are other ISB officers seen on the first Death Star, too.  Well, the title held by Ben Mendelsohn's character is that of Director.  So is he perhaps the Director of the Imperial Security Bureau, tasked with making certain that information about the Death Star is kept secret?  That's certainly what it's looking like to me.

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