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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:44 AM »
Looking forward to seeing the Knights of Ren in action.  You get the sense that we already did see them in Rey's Force vision.  But you're left wondering if they're all Force users or not.  And do any of them utilize lightsabers aside from Kylo Ren?

I thought there was a black R5?

There was the black R2 unit in the EE exclusive Imperial multi-pack.  But I think the R5 unit you're referencing might be the one that was offered up by Sideshow.

I'm not that concerned about repaints when it comes to exclusive sets.  I get more irritated when a completely new sculpt is made into an event exclusive.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 18, 2016, 12:06 PM »
Lots of ROGUE ONE information has been spilled in THIS MAKING STAR WARS POST.  This information came from a German book listing for Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide.  Revealed in the excerpts are some character names, the appearance and name of a couple of alien characters as well as two new ship designs, and it also confirms the appearance of a major villain!

-Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
-Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
-Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
-K-250 the Enforcer Droid (Alan Tudyk)
-Baze (Jiang Wen)
-Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)
-Pao (alien creature)
-Chirrut (Donnie Yen)
-Bistan (alien creature)
-Darth Vader (Spencer Wilding/James Earl Jones)

Not so much a rumor since there are pics, but this morning I saw the post for an astromech 3-pack at Yakface.  Considering the lineup of droids?  I think this set might be linked to ROGUE ONE since at least one of them looks like it was in the hangar on Yavin IV in the first trailer.  Based on the packaging the droid lineup includes:


I just saw a post from FlyGuy that this is going to be a shared convention exclusive available at both SDCC2016 and Celebration Europe.

Not so much a rumor since there are pics, but this morning I saw the post for an astromech 3-pack at Yakface.  Considering the lineup of droids?  I think this set might be linked to ROGUE ONE since at least one of them looks like it was in the hangar on Yavin IV in the first trailer.  Based on the packaging the droid lineup includes:


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:05 AM »
Tyrion really managed to piss off both Grey Worm and Missandei, along with a good number of the freed slaves of Meereen in the course of his negotiations.  But he's in a tough spot.  He needs to buy time for Dany to consolidate her forces if she's going to make a play to go to Westeros.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:44 AM »
Always have to remember that Targaryen house motto:  FIRE AND BLOOD!  You had to know that Dany was not going to suffer slights from the Dothraki for long.  But I just DID NOT see that coming.  And that's one of the great things about this season.  Because the element of surprise is back and it gave the fire in that Dothraki tent so much more impact.

It looks like Jaime and Cersei are trying to play the Game of Thrones together, by using the Tyrells to take down the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant.  And I have to suspect that this may make the situation in Kings Landing ideal for Dany to finally cross the Narrow Sea.

Good to see Littlefinger back in the mix, too.  He's got Robin Arryn wrapped around his finger, ready to throw ANYONE through the Moon Door.  But the upside seems to be that he's sending Lord Royce north with the Knights of the Vale to help the Starks.  And they're going to need it against that bastard Ramsay Bolton!  I really thought that Osha might have had the drop on him, but it looks like he was wise to a possible plot as soon as Rickon and Osha arrived at Winterfell.

The reunion of Jon and Sansa was absolutely one of the most heartwarming moments we've had in the series in quite some time.  Especially after all the hell that they've both been through.  Jon seems fully prepared to leave the Watch, even though they probably need him more now than ever before.  He's even got a full Stark kit on now, too.  I have to wonder if Jon, Tormund and their 2,000 wildlings plus Lord Royce's Vale knights can take down the Boltons.  I suspect we're going to be looking at a great battle for the North!

Gentle Giant / Re: Kylo Ren Mini-Bust
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:39 AM »
I checked out on the GG mini-busts a few years ago.  Seeing the price on this Kylo Ren bust, I'm kind of glad I did that.  And it has nothing to do with the quality of the product, or being critical of customer service, etc.  It's the prices.

I got into the Gentle Giant mini-bust line shortly after it launched.  And what's alarming is the price creep that's been happening with Gentle Giant as well as Sideshow Collectibles.  They  both launched their Star Wars lines with much more reasonable pricing.  Like you mentioned, Rob, prices for mini-busts were around $45.  And Sideshow was selling their 1/6th scale figures for around the same price, too.  Now you can't touch either of those for under $100.  Mind you, I make more money now than I did in the early 2000's when these lines launched.  But I also have a family now and far more financial responsibilities now than I did then.  Gentle Giant became a victim of my own cost cutting, and so did Sideshow for the most part.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 13, 2016, 07:39 AM »
Yeah.  In the books there are rumors of a Direwolf leading a pack of wolves in the vicinity of the Riverlands.  That's roughly where Arya set Nymeria loose after her run-in with Joffrey. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: May 12, 2016, 12:09 PM »
My job often requires me to get up for work VERY early.  And quite often that means leaving the house for work an hour or two before sunrise. 

This morning I went outside to see some amazing stars since it was a totally cloudless sky.  Mars was in full view and on the verge of setting.  But then I caught sight of something moving overhead from the Southwest.  While I do regularly see air traffic on approach to Newark airport and some of the private aviation fields, there's not too much traffic at 4 AM.  Plus, there were no blinking lights.

That's when I remembered seeing something about NASA's Spot The Station page which they provide if you want to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station.  You enter your basic geographic location and the app will let you know when you might be able to see the ISS passing overhead.  I put in my own information, and sure enough the ISS was passing overhead at my location at 4:16 AM.  I was genuinely surprised by how bright it was in the night sky.  I had seen a satellite pass overhead once before at night over the east coast of Florida, but the ISS was far brighter and bigger than that previous sighting. 

In retrospect?  I'm kind of glad that I was completely tied up with work on May the 4th.  Despite what any Walmart press release may have indicated, there's NO SIGN WHATSOEVER of Black Series wave 4 in my area.  Lots of wave 3 (minus Rey) plus ROTJ Han Solo. 

Yeah.  Great.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 12, 2016, 11:01 AM »
It was nice to see GRRM release that new excerpt yesterday.  Although how that might tie into the show remains to be seen.

A couple of questions have popped up for me recently.  Such as?  Whatever became of Gendry?  Ned Stark seemed to think that he could become more than an armorer's apprentice.  Will he return at some point?

I've also been wondering about the Waif.  She seems to be tapped into the events of Westeros.  And I got to wondering if her character may now be a combination of the Waif in the books and Mya Stone, another of Robert's bastards.

Scott, I like the way you think!  Seeing the dire wolves take apart Ramsay Bolton would be poetic justice.  Presuming that there are any of them left by the time Jon Snow gets to Winterfell.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 11, 2016, 12:22 PM »
The ROGUE ONE trailer was attached to Captain America - Civil War when I saw that film on Monday.  And seeing this trailer on a big screen was a lot different from watching it on my laptop or my TV at home (love that YouTube app on my TV!).  It got me that much more excited about this movie!

A new excerpt from The Winds of Winter has been posted on George RR Martin's website.  Read it here.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:18 AM »
Agreed.  Seeing it laid out like that does give us some clarity on the chain of events.

There's another question that I'm left with following the movie that a friend brought up.  That being the super soldier serum that Howard Stark was transporting in his own car.  Was Howard trying to duplicate Professor Erskine's work and develop a new Captain America?  Was this something of a callback to when General Ross told Emil Blonsky in The Incredible Hulk that people had been working on replicating the Captain America super soldier serum?  Was this one of the attempts?  Howard seems like a prime candidate to try to replicate the experiment since he took part in the original experiment.

As for HYDRA learning of this new development and putting a hit on Howard Stark?  It seems that if HYDRA went after someone as high up in SHIELD as Howard Stark, it seems pretty likely that HYDRA had already infiltrated the upper echelons of SHIELD by that time so that they were able to gain intel about this new development.  From the footage of the tests in Siberia, it looks like the serum was not quite as successful, since the new Winter Soldiers seemed violent and out of control during that training session.

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