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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:38 AM »
I haven't had a chance to see the whole episode just yet.  But the end scene?  Just fantastic!  The Stone Men were realized incredibly well.  And the ruins of Valyria looked fantastic.  It also seems that the role played by Jon Connington in the books has been consolidated into Jorah Mormont.  And that really does leave you wondering about Aegon, too.

So, like, is that morbidly obese Bossk up there?

"Bossk Hogg", per se?

I saw that Trandoshan and thought it was Gah Nackht with a pituitary gland problem. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 5, 2015, 06:10 PM »
Some casting news for Captain America - Civil War.  Marvel announced that Martin Freeman has been added to the cast in an undisclosed role.  And this TIME article lists other cast members who currently include:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumloe / Crossbones
Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Chadwick Boseman as T'challa / Black Panther

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2015, 05:19 PM »
Well, there was mention of the Stone Men and the ruins of Valyria this week.  I think that this is leading us SOMEWHERE.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2015, 04:50 PM »
It seems like the Sons of the Harpy deliberately tried to draw the Unsullied into that alley.  It was tight quarters where they couldn't really use their spears to full effect.  And I was very surprised to see Ser Baristan go down like he did.

Dorne has been interesting so far.  Although I don't know why Jaime and Bronn needed to sail there.  The Sand Snakes were cool, too.  Though I had always pictured them slightly older. 

Tyrion and Jorah Mormont proved interesting.  And it looks like that storyline has been consolidated, too, relative to the books.  And Stannis's talk of Shireen's greyscale seems to be some sort of foreshadowing.

More May 4th deals at Amazon:
- $12.99 Jedi Luke
- $12.99 Sandtrooper
- $11.49 AotC Clone Trooper

These things are like stock prices.
Clone trooper is at $6.49 now

The others are back to $19.

Just an FYI on the Episode II Clone Trooper.  They may be $6.95, but they aren't Prime eligible.  Shipping is $4.95 for each figure.

Some cool behind the scenes shots in the full VF article, along with some video, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: May 3, 2015, 09:31 PM »
That is an awesome story!  I'd love to see some pics of the car in it's current condition when it finally gets recovered.

Vanity Fair is set to release an article in conjunction with that cover tomorrow to commemorate May the 4th be with you.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - The Thread!
« on: May 2, 2015, 04:59 PM »
This Hollywood Reporter article seems to indicate that nobody is in a hurry to defend Josh Trank and the way he conducted himself on the set of the FF reboot.  And it seems that producer Simon Kinberg likely had a significant role in pushing for Trank to be fired from the second Star Wars anthology film.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - The Thread!
« on: May 1, 2015, 09:59 PM »
Nerdist ran a piece that mentioned some major discord behind the scenes of the Trank helmed FF movie.  And there's been a healthy amount of speculation that the FF reboot could be a bomb.  Considering those factors, you have to think that Kathleen Kennedy and maybe even Bob Iger lost some faith in Trank's ability to deliver a film worthy of a place in the Star Wars canon.

And then when you add in this new rumor that Joss Whedon has expressed significant interest in directing a Star Wars film?  You get the sense that Joss taking on this project became much more likely.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: April 30, 2015, 10:13 PM »
Messenger spacecraft mission comes to an end.  The probe has given us an amazing level of insight into the planet Mercury.  But the spacecraft has run out of propellant, so NASA has crashed it into the surface of Mercury.

I'm not prepared to go into full-on Chicken Little mode just yet.  The leaked images of the TFA 6" figures looked promising.  But the 5 poa figures are definitely a valid reason for some skepticism about the 3.75" figure line. 

I know that a lot of people thought that Celebration Anaheim would be the big reveal for the TFA toy line.  But that event was some 8 months out from the release of the film.  Back in the PT days we got line reveals at Toy Fair.  And the timeline there was
-February/Toy Fair reveal
-April toy line release
-May theatrical release of the film

Given the December release of the film, I think we're probably looking at a TFA line reveal either at SDCC or a later special event.  And based on past history, I think we could be looking at an October release.  And that's still 5 months away.  All in all, we seem to be in thoroughly uncharted territory.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: April 30, 2015, 05:56 PM »
Picked up another Inquisitor.  At only $1.78 on clearance it was basically a steal!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 27, 2015, 02:26 PM »
Ultimately, I believe the books and show will end up in generally the same spot, they just have to take different paths to get there and I'm ok with that.  I think I know where they're going with Sansa, Brienne and Pod, but it's going to be tough to watch if they keep certain book aspects and apply them to Sansa.


The books are pretty epic.  And when you start getting into books 3, 4 and 5 there are LOADS of new characters that get introduced to carry these storylines forward.  There's clearly been some serious consolidation going on with some characters and storylines.  And the way Sansa's story has changed is a real head-scratcher.  But having that element of surprise in the show is actually pretty welcome because if you know where the story is going, chapter and verse, then how exciting can it really be?  Lots of people are probably going to say "But what about Jeyne Poole"?  But the show doesn't really allow for the deep levels of character development and exposition that can be relayed via the written word.  And when you take into account that the showrunners really do have GRRM's confidence about where the story goes and how it gets there?  It gives me a good measure of relief that the story will get where it NEEDS to go, but HOW is up to the producers of the HBO series.

Still, there was one scene that we got last night that I have been waiting years to see!  Jon Snow as Lord Commander is not ******* around.  He gave Alliser Thorne the recognition he deserves and named him First Ranger.  Jon may hate Thorne, but he's probably one of the best officers of the Night's Watch to take that post.  But when Janos Slynt refused Jon's order to take over the ruined castle at Greyguard?  It was great to see Jon would not stand for Slynt's disobiediance and dealt with him swiftly and harshly.  Ned certainly would have approved!

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