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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pacific Rim
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:35 PM »
Awesome news!  Pacific Rim has grown on me since it's come to cable.  And I think it's going to take on a cult status.  I would definitely check out the sequel in the theater after having seen the first movie on tv.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros and Bootlegs
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:43 PM »
Here you go:

Looks pretty good overall.  Probably a little shiny for my tastes, but a cool piece.

Is the auction for the Slave Leia you bid on still around?  I'd be curious to see what they look like.

Is it me, or is that a Battlestar Galactica Adama head on that Imperial Officer body?

Saw that on SWAN.  I'm thinking that this version is going to be Boba Fett in ROTJ deco.

Stopped in a Barnes & Noble today, and saw the new George R.R. Martin collection, ROGUES which came out last week.  It's a collection of short stories penned by GRRM, Neil Gaiman, and a few other authors.  There's one story penned by Martin that deals with some of the earlier Targaryens.  I was genuinely tempted to buy it.  But then I thought better of it, and I'll probably download it for my iPad.  I can't fathom buying such a cumbersome hardcover book.  Especially if I'm really only interested in one particular story.

Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dead at the age of 98.  His role in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" alone was enough to give him legendary status in cinema.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Pacific Rim Toys
« on: June 24, 2014, 09:43 PM »
I saw the 18" Gypsy Danger today at TRU.  OMG, is that thing HUGE!!!!  And if they make a Kaiju in the same scale?  It's going to be absolutely massive!

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:52 PM »
Finally scored the 3.75" Falcon.  Turns out that the Disney store may be an untapped resource, at least near me.  The prices are $1 or so higher, but that's a reasonable tradeoff for not having to run all over town trying to score a couple of figures.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:58 AM »
Bounty Hunters seem to be a safe direction for this line.  I would expect that Hasbro might want to space them out for a couple of reasons:  keeping the Bounty Hunters hot in the minds of collectors, and prolonging the longevity of the line.

As for Han Solo in the Stormtrooper disguise?  That just smacks of Hasbro trying to make good use of the Stormtrooper tooling.  Hasbro has already shown that they want to put their tooling to good use by repainting the Sandtrooper for future waves.  Why would this be any different?  What I'm wondering is this: would they scale down the Luke to make him appropriately sized as being "a little short for a Stormtrooper"?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:53 PM »
The exclusion of the aforementioned character referenced by Jeff may be related to why we did not see a certain character north of the Wall this season. And that could very well tie in with the scene between Cersei, Pycelle, Qyburn and the Mountain.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 15, 2014, 10:19 PM »
The fight between the Hound and Brienne was not something I was expecting.  At all.  But damn, that was one hell of a fight!  And when Arya presented the Braavosi captain with her iron coin?  Wow.  That thing commands a lot of respect.

Tyrion's scene with Shae and Tywin played out extremely well.  I was wondering how that would be handled by the series.  And I think Peter Dinklage and Charles Dance were fantastic in the scene.

As for things happening North of the Wall?  The end of the Battle for Castle Black played out much as I expected.  But I was a little surprised about how Bran's storyline played out.  I was disappointed with the absence of one particular character.  And I totally was not expecting the death of another.

Ugh.  Really?  Greedo has been the worst pegwarmer of the TBS 6" figure line.  And now you can find the 6" Han Solo relatively easily in a number of stores.  This multipack would have been much better received if the two basic figures hadn't already been offered.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 13, 2014, 01:08 PM »
One thing I read about the Blackwater episode - in the book King's Landing raises a chain around the bay to trap the fleet.  The showrunners explained that the first thing HBO told them was there wasn't enough money to do the chain.  Kind of a shame as that's how the bulk of the fleet was destroyed.  So budget concerns drive a lot of decisions.

I was disappointed by the absence of the chain, too.  It really did cement the brilliance of Tyrion's battle plan for the Battle of the Blackwater.  And that particular tactic has a long history.  I knew about it since I was a kid, and lived relatively close to West Point.  I learned that when West Point was a fort for the Continental Army during the American revolution, there was a chain across the Hudson River below the gun emplacements of the fort.  It was designed to keep the British from sailing up the Hudson River.

But I guess I can understand why the chain would have been too costly for GoT.  The showrunners also had only one ship loaded with wild fire sail into Stannis's fleet.  I think having a flotilla of barges sailing into was probably too expensive, too.  Still, the show has absolutely been able to achieve an epic scope at times, and I think that it's still one of the most amazing series we've ever seen on television.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:05 AM »
Robb Stark's battles were actually glossed over by George RR Martin in the books, by and large.  He's always had a thing with POV characters, and he only wants to tell the story from their perspective.  Robb was never actually a POV character, and neither were any of his bannermen.  When Robb and his army took Jaime Lannister captive, Jaime wasn't even a POV character.  He didn't become a POV character until the third book.

The set piece battles have been somewhat limited, truth be told.  Both in the series AND the books.  Most of the major battles of the war between the Starks and the Lannisters have been mentioned by the POV characters and those surrounding them in passing.  The battle of the Blackwater, clearly, was one of the biggest battles that we saw first hand.  And now we've seen the first part of the battle for the Wall.  The Wildlings aren't done yet, as we saw in the coming attractions.  I have to wonder what else Mance Rayder has up his sleeve.

The news that GoT is now the most popular series in HBO's history is astounding.  When it premiered I didn't know what to make of it.  Especially since the word "fantasy" was attached to the series.  And that seemed to fly in the face of The Sopranos and the tone that show had set for HBO's original series.  But seeing how GoT is driven just as much by personal relationships, power struggles and intrigue like we had seen in The Sopranos, it's proven to be very strong from a story standpoint.  I hope that means that HBO is prepared to invest more in the production of the series.  Because it's going to be EXPENSIVE to really bring the dragons into the series.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 10, 2014, 06:18 PM »
Actually, there's some backstory to Castle Black and it's construction.  Way, way, way back in the history of the Night's Watch there was a rebellion by a guy called the Night's King.  It took considerable effort by the Starks and the forces of the North to defeat him.  And as a result the walls around the castles along the Wall were left relatively open to the south, should any such rebellion take place again.  It was that situation that left Castle Black very much vulnerable to the Wildlings who had climbed over the Wall, as Jon Snow, Ygritte and Tormund Giantsbane had done.

I would also venture a guess that many of the Night's Watch men who were defending Castle Black against Tormund's Wildlings and the Thenns were mostly from the orders of the Builders or Stewards.  Many of the Rangers, who are the heart of the Watch's fighting force were killed north of the Wall.  Either at the Fist of the First Men, fighting the White Walkers.  Or by the mutineers at Craster's Keep.

As for the Wildling army?  They're a disorganized rabble.  Mance Rayder is lucky to have been able to unite them in a coalition.  Mance may have been a man of the Night's Watch and a soldier at one point, but the Wildlings are not.  They're tribespeople, and not soldiers.  Hence the disorganized attack on the Wall's north face.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 9, 2014, 10:36 AM »
Not one of Mr. Hamill's finer moments.

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