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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:33 AM »
The High Sparrow begins to appear in A Feast for Crows and takes on a larger role in A Dance With Dragons.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:23 AM »
Love both the new deluxe sets. 

I wonder if/hope clean face Luke and his Taun Taun are slated for later, since they do love reusing parts.

What a silly question!  Of course they're coming... in the wave after this one.  ;)

I scored a glowing White Walker, too. But I didn't realize they were promoting it as a Comic Con exclusive. But to have it in stores nationally during SDCC?  That's a pretty cool promotion. 

On another note, has anyone been able to get a decent version of the Hound?  One that at least has decent paint apps?

So George R.R. Martin is talking seriously about finishing 'The Winds Of Winter'.  To the point where he is trimming down his appearance schedule, and he will also not be writing an episode of GoT season 5.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:55 AM »
Some general thoughts on the Black Series 3.75"

Yavin Leia looks pretty good.  I appreciate the update to a figure that hasn't been done in some 15+ years, and that's about all I have to say there.  I would've preferred another version of Leia if given the choice.

The mystery of Hoth Han in the 3.75" line?  I'm thinking that might have been a case of mistaken identity.  Someone probably saw that on a list and assumed that the 6" figure was actually a 3.75" figure.

Chewbacca?  I've said my piece, but I think it bears repeating.  Chewie is a tough character.  Simply because he really doesn't have any costume changes.  A detention block breakout version would have been more interesting than this one.

The Clone Commanders are pretty cool.  Rex looks adequately battle-worn.  And the hash marks to denote his droid kills are a nice touch.  Commander Wolffe is probably the star here, because his helmet and look are the most unique of the bunch.  I hope that helmet is removable!  As for Commander Doom?  It took a while for me to recognize that this Clone Commander was from the lost episodes.  When I saw him there I didn't make the connection.  But seeing the figure?  Clearly, whoever designed this particular Clone is a HUGE Marvel/Doctor Doom fan.  I mean, this is just an over the top homage to everyone's favorite despot from Latveria!  After that?  I guess we're left wondering what became of Commander Thorne, who either didn't make the cut or may have been put out there in an effort to discover any leaks.

Dagobah spirit Darth Vader is a nice update.  The POTJ figure was pretty awesome in it's day.  But that figure came out about 13 or 14 years ago, and I think the aesthetics have passed that one by.  The one question I have after seeing this one in the Hasbro display case?  Does the head come off?

Gold Leader / Dutch Vander seems like a case of going back to re-do the notable Rebel Pilots from the Battle of Yavin.  The original version of Gold Leader wound up towering over many an X-Wing and Y-Wing pilot.  I guess now I can customize the old version into a Rosey LaRose figure!!!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2015 Wave 1
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:02 AM »
Bossk definitely looks pretty cool.  The articulated jaw is a very nice feature.  And I think bounty hunters are great source material for the demographic Hasbro wants to appeal to with the Black Series 6" figure line.

C-3PO is a natural fit for the line since we've already gotten R2-D2.  As characters go Threepio is a mainstay.  But will we see history repeat itself with Threepio warming the pegs like Greedo?

Stormtrooper Han Solo just comes across a little odd to me.  In fact, it seems like the line seems to be going pretty heavy on Han right from the get-go.  Already we've seen 5 offerings of Han:
-ANH Han Solo
-ANH Han Solo with Greedo in the Cantina showdown exclusive 2-pack
-Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise
-Hoth Han Solo with the tauntaun
-Han Solo in Carbonite (SDCC 2013 exclusive)

Wow.  They're going to the Shadow scheme already?  It makes me think that they're tooling budget might be really stretched thin.  This set LOOKS cool, but the cynic in me sees this for what it is:  a repaint set that's being pitched as a cool army building exclusive.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:32 AM »
Meet some of the new cast members for GoT season 5!  Notable additions include:

Alexander Siddig (Star Trek DS9, Syriana) - Prince Doran Martell
Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, The World Is Not Enough) - The High Sparrow
Keisha Castle Hughes ( Queen Apalaina in Revenge of the Sith, Whale Rider) - Obara Sand

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:55 PM »
I think the Probe Droid would be absolutely AMAZING in the 6" scale.  It would be foolish for Hasbro to not pursue that one.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:54 PM »
The snarling Chewbacca is somewhat understandable.  I really, really like the Early Bird version.  But how often did you see Chewbacca that placid?  His best scenes are the ones where he was snarling.

Still, there was a way that Hasbro could have done this and made it a little more interesting.  Give him the Imperial blaster rifle and manacles for the Detention Block breakout.  That would distinguish this version to the point of making it a little more interesting.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:18 PM »
Long live the blue coat and all you brown coats will get yours when they release him as a single. Wait for it.


Brown coat Han is probably going to be a con exclusive.  Or packaged with a 6" scale Imperial Probe Droid.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:06 PM »
And what's up with Darth Luke's face?  I think the PotJ one was a good sculpt

The head sculpt on that POTJ figure was cool, but the rest of the figure was approaching salt and pepper shaker status.  I can appreciate the update for the sake of articulation.  But I want to see some better photos of the face sculpt.  That's the make or break feature on the Dagobah Force spirit Darth Vader.

Ah, here we go courtesy of GH's facebook images:

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:30 PM »
Is there a slit in the belly?  Kind of looks that way, but could be wrong.  This Tauntaun better smell as bad on the inside as on the outside.

Not cut belly for the tauntaun.  The live tweeting from the session confirmed that.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:02 PM »
Can't believe I didn't get the Commander Doom gag until just now. 


The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 03:46 PM »
I can almost feel the gentle breeze from the backpedalling now...


The 6" reveals are alright.  But not worth evacuating one's colon. 

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