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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 10, 2016, 09:17 AM »
Not crazy about the Nerf feature on the A-Wing.  But the one takeaway I have from that Hasbro image is that I do not think the Hera figure is being shown to scale with the vehicle in that particular photo.  Still, I do like that the stabilizers on the A-Wing are a bit different from the original A-Wing that dates back to the Droids A-Wing that got carried forward into the POTF2 era and beyond.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 7, 2016, 11:22 PM »
A friend of mine from work who is a die hard Trek fan hates all things JJ Abrams.  He sat out Into Darkness and is doubly pissed about what Paramount has done to the fan community recently with Axanar and Star Trek Continues.

This Sulu crap will piss him off even more!  :D

I'm pissed about the Axanar situation.  That short film was fantastic.  And the fact that they were able to get some decent actors for the project (who had been in legit ST projects) was a big part of what set it apart from most fan films. And that had me genuinely excited for the movie.  But I get the sense that they were too good for Paramounts tastes. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 7, 2016, 08:24 PM »
I assume it's kind of an homage to Takei himself as a guy who put up with the less accepting (not that everyone is now obviously) society he grew up in maybe?  Maybe just a little pat on the back to him, and his character, since it wasn't really ever touched on in the movies at all.  Like a "hey, why not?" thing.

I kinda saw it the same way.  George Takei seems to have transcended the Sulu character since he came out very publically.  And if the new films can give him some recognition in that regard, why the hell not?

On a non-ST Beyond related note, I've been hearing more about this new CBS streaming service.  Word is that CBS/Paramount will be pulling most/all Trek content from other services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, and it will be available exclusively on the new CBS streaming channel.

Glad to see more and more of these shops popping up!  Thanks for the link, Jesse.

Wow.  There's a bunch.  But boiling this down to ten?

1 - Palpatine - ROTS Office Duel (SA)
2 - Imperial Security Bureau Officer (white tunic, black trousers)
3 - Tonnika Sisters
4 - Bespin Guard (beared guy from the Kenner vintage card)
5 - Hoth Rebel Officer (vintage Kenner Hoth Rebel Officer)
6 - Nik Sant (Endor Rebel Trooper with blonde bushy beard)
7 - Shasa Tiel (Ishi Tib from Jabba's Palace)
8 - Giant Mouse Droid
9 - Emporer Palpatine - ROTJ (SA with throne)
10 - Sim Aloo

Here's a slightly revised version of my list from last year:

1 - Qui-Gon Jinn
2 - Count Dooku
3 - Darth Sidious - ROTS Office Duel
4 - Captain Antilles - ANH
5 - Zuckuss
6 - Dengar
7 - Lando Calrissian (Episode VI Rebel General)
8 - Nien Nunb (ROTJ)
9 - Emporer's Royal Guard
10 - Supreme Leader Snoke

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / 1/6 Scale Zuckuss
« on: July 4, 2016, 12:51 PM »
Next up in the 1/6th scale bounty hunter line?  Zuckuss!  Check for a product unveil for the new Zuckuss 1/6th scale figure at SDCC 2016.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: July 2, 2016, 01:00 PM »
I'm hoping for the TIE Striker, too.  It seems like a solid choice for a starfighter vehicle assortment.  And I'd also like to see the Rebel U-wing fighter/transport in there, too. And the other obvious vehicle seems to be the Imperial hover tank.

Rumors had been circulating about a Black Series Ben Kenobi, but what I remember seeing mentioned said Episode V.  It makes me think that maybe someone screwed up their roman numerals in describing that version of Obi-Wan.

I saw that pricing at my local Walmart, too.  I think they're going that route in order to clear out old stock in preparation for the new line look that will get launched with ROGUE ONE.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: July 1, 2016, 12:22 PM »
I have seen that set! I even took a picture of it and forgot to post it here. I passed on both sets though they look nice, the Carter/Panther set is especially well done.

Pics are pretty big, so here are links:
- Panther/Carter
- Cap/Iron Man

Black Panther looks solid!  As for the Sharon Carter?  A little less so.

It really is a bit puzzling why it's taking Hasbro so long to offer up some decent, well articulated versions of MCU Avengers.  Those TRU 2-packs got the ball rolling a little bit with Iron Man, Fury and Black Widow.  There was also a decent Falcon in there, too.  Ant Man was well done with the deluxe set featuring Antony, and we finally got that Civil War Cap with the motorcycle.  But we could still use a decent version of Thor, the Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision from AoU.  And that's not even taking into account Winter Soldier, Giant Man or Spider Man in Civil War.

Not surprised to see an unmasked Kylo Ren.  But in this sort of release?  Hmmm...

Still, if this is the only way that the melted Darth Vader helmet is going to be released, there's going to be some major league nerdrage levelled at Hasbro in the next few days.

Nice!  These kinds of details are what should set an exclusive apart from a general release.  But I can't help but marvel at the face sculpt on this Obi-Wan.  They really nailed Alec Guiness's likeness!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 28, 2016, 11:28 PM »
I'm still wondering if the so-called "Pisswater Prince" will come to light in the show.  He's a significant player at the end of book 5.  And we can surmise that Jon's name came from Rhaegar's close friend, Jon Connington.  But we still haven't seen any sign of the lost Targaryen or his protector, Jon Connington.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:27 AM »
Lots of the great house of Westeros are in a state of chaos.

HOUSE STARK -  Three legitimate heirs:  Bran (first in line, but paralyzed), Sansa & Arya.  Bran is currently MIA to the rest of the family, making the situation more murky.  Jon Snow is considered part of House Stark, but is currently regarded as a bastard.  At least until the rightful Lord or Lady of that house, or the King, legitimizes him.  And of course, he is more likely a claimant to House Targaryen, but nobody really knows that on the show except for Bran.

HOUSE ARRYN - The only heir at this time is Lord Robyn Arryn, and that boy is clearly quite troubled.  And we haven't seen any other Arryns ready to step into his place.  Will Petyr Baelish step in to become the Lord of the Vale should something happen to young Lord Robyn?

HOUSE LANNISTER - Three heirs to be the Lord or Lady of Casterly Rock:  Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Tyrion Lannister.  Tywin had disowned Jaime for remaining with the Kingsguard prior to his death.  And Kevan had distanced himself from Cersei.  Tyrion is regarded as a kinslayer for having killed his father, Tywin.  And now that Cersei's children, Kevan and Lancel Lannister are all dead, who is left?  In light of Cersei's coup d'état for the Iron Throne and Jaime having been dismissed from the Kingsguard, I suspect that he will become the Lord of Casterly Rock despite Tywin's proclamation.  And does Jaime potentially get with Brienne of Tarth?  That storyline has bubbled under the surface.  Unless of course some lesser Lannister rises up.

HOUSE TYRELL - Following the events of the Green Trial, only Lady Olenna is left alive.  Mace?  Dead.  Margaery?  Dead?  Loras?  Dead.  The Queen of Thorns is the only other Tyrell that we've seen on screen.  We never saw either Willis or Garlan Tyrell on the tv series.

HOUSE MARTELL - Between Oberyn's fight with the Mountain, and the treachery of the Sand Snakes having killed Prince Doran and Trystane Martell, there doesn't appear to be a true born Martell left to rule Dorne.  While the Dornish are much less judgemental about bastards, can they have a Sand rule Dorne?

HOUSE BARATHEON - No true born Baratheons remain:  Robert is dead, Renly is dead, Stannis and his family are dead.  Robert's bastard children were almost entirely eliminated except for Gendry.  And the children Robert believed to be his are all dead as well.  It seems that House Baratheon may be dead unless the monarch upon the Iron Throne recognizes Gendry and he is allowed to rebuild this house.  And you know that Cersei isn't going to do that.

HOUSE TARGARYEN - Danaerys lives, but the only child she bore was stillborn thanks to the Lazareen witch's magic.  Jon Snow seems likely to be a Targaryen as the son of Rhaegar, but has not been recognized as such.

As for some of the lesser houses?

HOUSE FREY - Thankfully, the late Lord Frey is finally LATE.  Thanks, Arya.  She also took out Black Walder and Lothar Frey in the process.  But there are lots of other Freys, and I suspect that they're going to be at each others throats for power over the Twins.

HOUSE TULLY - Riverrun is lost to the Freys and the Lannisters.  The Blackfish is dead.  And Lord Edmure was a captive of the Freys.  Will Arya have freed Edmure in the process of taking out Walder Frey?  Will the Tullys have any sort of future?

HOUSE GREYJOY - Euron Greyjoy reigns the Iron Islands.  It's not clear if Aeron and Victarion are in the mix as well.  Yara doesn't seem prepared to marry and Theon lost his favorite toy.  It's certainly complicated.

Danaerys has spoken of breaking the wheel of Westeros.  It looks like the infighting among the great houses has done most of that for her already!

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