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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 01:24 PM »
IIRC, that was Jeyne Poole.  The Boltons were trying to pass her off as Arya in order to lay some sort of legitimate claim to Winterfell.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 12:17 PM »
Ramsey Bolton has to be one of the most bloodthirsty and cruel characters ever on television, let alone Game of Thrones.  He makes Joffrey look like an amateur in comparison.  And the scene in the kennel was so brutal, even if we didn't see anything.  The thought of it alone was horrific.  And especially because you knew it was coming after he had killed his own father.

The whole recap before the episode was a little confusing when they added in that scene of Robb Stark and Lord Karstark.  At least until the scene were Ramsey killed Roose Bolton in plain view of the new Lord Karstark.  With that whole situation it looks like there may be a war coming between the houses of the North to retake Winterfell.

I'm also interested to see how thing proceed with Theon and the rest of the Ironborn.  I thought that the storyline involving Euron Greyjoy and the Iron Islanders was going to get tossed.  I was a little surprised to see that it got shelved until this season.  And now with the fleet in Mereen having been burned by the Sons of the Harpy, the storyline for the Ironborn is beginning to become a little bit more clear.

Yeah.  Zuvio only being 25% off is kind of a slap in the face since he turned into such a blink and you miss him sort of character.  I've only actually seen him in the film thanks to a screen cap.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 2, 2016, 10:10 PM »
I happened to stop by a PR company that's working for Hasbro today.  And they had LOADS of these swag packs for "MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU" lying around their office.  Funny though, it would be nice if they would actually, you know, let the public know about all of these promotions!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 1, 2016, 05:33 PM »
Wondering how tonight's episode will pan out.  The Melisandre reveal was a bit of a shock, despite the hints that have been made throughout the books at the show.  And what becomes of Davos, the loyal members of the Night's Watch, Ghost, and the body of Jon Snow?

And then there's the Khaleesi.  It didn't take long for the Dothraki who captured her to snap to and treat her with the respect befitting a Khaleesi.  But will they force her to stay in Vaes Dothrak, like the other widows of fallen Khals, and take her place among the Dosh Khaleen?  Danaerys managed to sway Drogo, but that seemed to be largely because they were married.  While I've suspected for some time that Danaerys might lead the Dothraki to Westeros, this situation is different.  And it leaves me wondering how she will be able to convince them to do that.

There's also the matter of a shot that was in one of the trailers for this season.  It showed a knight in what looked like Targaryen King's Guard armor fighting someone who looked like a Stark bannerman.  It looked a lot like a possible flashback to the Tower of Joy!

Some pretty good discounts on at least a couple of TFA Black Series 6" figures at Amazon:

Black Series 6" Resistance Trooper - $11.31 w/ free Prime Shipping

Black Series 6" Finn (Jakku) - $9.17 w/ free Prime Shipping

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 1, 2016, 03:48 PM »
From today's deals on Amazon:

Y-Wing Scout Bomber with Kanan Jarrus - $9.74 w/ free Prime Shipping

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 1, 2016, 02:16 PM »
Thanks for fixing the link.  Fun stuff!

They also launched their own WHIH Twitter account.  It's some good stuff!

I've seen signs of Wave 3 shipping, but not any of Wave 4 in the New Jersey area.

I did however see a retail shopping segment on one of the morning shows that was touting May The 4th Be With You, and they specifically showed some 3.75" Black Series figures.  But they only had Finn and Poe.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix's Marvel Comics Shows
« on: April 29, 2016, 09:31 AM »
Straight off his appearance in the 2nd season of the Netflix Daredevil series, the streaming television service has ordered a Punisher series as well.  Check out the news at Entertainment Weekly

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:59 AM »
If you didn't pick up on "Marvel" and "GIANT", I'm just not going to spoon feed it to you.

Managed to pick up Kanan and ANH Luke from HasbroToyShop this morning.  No luck on Ahsoka, though.  And considering the rumors that have been circulating about this wave being in short supply I didn't want to hesitate on these.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 26, 2016, 05:11 PM »
I agree that it sucks if this sort of casting decision was made based purely because of direction from the studio.  Marvel has had a good track record of honoring the source material pretty well. 

There's also Tilda Swinton.  The woman is an amazing actor!  And I think people will probably be impressed by her portrayal of the character.  She has put together so many consistently strong performances, and I don't have any reason to doubt her in this case. 

As for Asian actors in key roles?  I think if there's a fairly positive role for an Asian actor to play, and they can find the right actor?  I can see them going in that direction.  Funny thing though about one Marvel related film that featured a lot of Asian actors - The Wolverine. Granted, that story took place in Japan, and it called for a largely Japanese cast. But one of the key villains, Viper, had her ethnicity changed for the movie. Viper was an Asian woman in the comics, but depicted as a Russian in the movie. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 26, 2016, 04:27 PM »
The New York Times picked this up, too.  And their article also cited the concerns about stereotypes and tensions regarding China and Tibet.  Tibet is a very touchy subject in China.  Just look at how the Chinese government regards the Dalai Lama, one of the most peaceful men in the world, as an enemy of the state because of his advocacy for a free Tibet.   

Having the Ancient One be Tibetan does run the risk of alienating the Chinese market.  And from a business standpoint, the international box office has proven to be incredibly important in making a big budget film a financial success.  And you'll probably also notice how two Iron Man films very deliberately avoided the casting of a Chinese actor in the role of the Mandarin.  Disney/Marvel probably wants to play nice with such a huge marketplace. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 26, 2016, 11:16 AM »
The whole concept of the unknown made Sunday night's episode a whole lot more intriguing.  There was a sense of legitimate danger in not knowing how most of the plot was going to proceed.

The events in Dorne were some of the most interesting.  I wasn't surprised about Trystane at all, since he met a gruesome fate in A Dance With Dragons.  Having the Sand Snakes involved in that definitely made them seem much more threatening than I have ever perceived them in the books.  As did the events in the Water Gardens, and THAT was a big surprise.

Castle Black seemed like a far more dangerous place than it did last season.  Even with the battle for the gate.  Thorne seems intent on leading the Night's Watch.  But he doesn't seem like he has the full support of the men.  On the flipside, I'm glad to see that it's Davos who is helping Dolorous Ed and the others.  And the Melisandre revelation?  WHOA.  But it also put a major damper on my crush for Carice Van Houten.  I think we're in store for a lot more once Dolorous Ed gets back to Castle Black with whomever he's bringing.

It looks like things may be coming to a head soon in the North.  The Boltons seem legitimately concerned about holding the North.  Roose seems intent on expanding his power base.  That seems to include making sure that Ramsay is kept in check and unsure of his own future.  Theon seems to have stepped up significantly since he killed Ramsey Bolton's girlfriend and rescued Sansa.  And seeing Brienne step in with Pod to take out those Bolton men was fantastic.  That scene alone was infinitely better than everything Gwendoline Christie did in her role as Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens.  But I think the best part of the scene was actually when Brienne took her vows to protect Sansa.  She was so earnest in offering her service.  And likewise, it was great seeing the realness of Podrick helping Sansa recite her part of the vows.

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