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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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 9, 2014, 06:43 AM »
Jon Snow really seized the opportunity to shine as a leader. He's been on a long path towards this, and I think his Uncle Benjen's words to him ring very true: "A man gets what he earns, when he earns it". He has clearly earned the respect of the men of the Night's Watch.

 I was really surprised to see how much of a badass Ser Alliser Thorn was in the defense of Castle Black. He went toe to toe with the best of the Wildlings until he was severely injured by Tormund Giantsbane. And the Thenns were just madmen! There were absolutely some spectacular and surprising deaths. I'll keep from mentioning those for the time being.

But the giants? And the mammoth? WHOA! The giants were awesome, and so well done. The archer giant was amazing.  And when they tried to take the gates? Damn!

I'm fine if it goes to book 8.  I figured that book 6 was not going to be released this year.  But here's hoping for next year.

Wait for more case assortments to come out.  Trying to forecast case assortments months in advance is always a dicey proposition, and they're almost always going to change.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 6, 2014, 04:55 PM »
As crazy as this may sound, I think that's the best MH has looked in years.

From what I understand he's been working with a trainer for well over a year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 6, 2014, 01:52 PM »
Yeah, this thread it chocked full of spoilers.  So tread carefully.

Some great resource to check out are actually in the DVD and Blu Ray extras.  Those are the Complete Histories & Lore of Westeros.  They cover a lot of the history that's referenced throughout the show, and it helps to fill in a lot of the blanks.  If you don't want to watch them on the DVD one by one, a number of YouTube users have compiled all of those clips into full hour plus long presentations.  And those are pretty good for getting a grasp of the broader world of Westeros.  You can check out the first one HERE.  A lot of what it touches on revolves around Robert's Rebellion, the Targaryen dynasty and the histories of the great Houses of Westeros.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 5, 2014, 04:50 PM »
Qui-Gon opened Anakin's eyes to the fact that he was gifted in The Force.  That in addition to freeing him from slavery were the biggest turning points in Anakins life at that point in time.  But the more important thing to keep in mind is that Qui-Gon is part of the recurring theme of loss.

Back on topic...

I just watched Star Trek - Into Darkness via Amazon Prime.  I don't think that it's necessarily appropriate to draw parallels between this movie and Star Trek 2 - The Wrath of Khan.  This story seems to be more in line time-wise with the discovery of Khan and the Botany Bay crew from the original series.  Beyond that, I saw it as a pure popcorn movie.  It started to get into some themes we saw in the original series based films, like the war mongering elements from within the Federation and the unknowns of the Klingons.

Still, there were things that stuck out and bothered me.  The "cold fusion" bomb?  And a Federation incursion into Klingon space all the way to Kronos?  I'm also more than a little annoyed by Kirk's quick ascendance from Cadet to Captain.  From a story standpoint I'm having a problem with that.  And Kirk's revival was a little bit of a stretch in terms of suspending my disbelief.  Plus, the whole sequence leading up to that seemed more than a little unoriginal.  I can see that given where the Trek reboot has taken us would probably lead to some parallel things happening.  But again we're looking at a story that probably should have been based more on "Space Seed" than on ST2-TWOK.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 5, 2014, 09:37 AM »
Disagree.  Qui-Gon was a father figure for Anakin.  If we learned anything about Anakin's journey, it's that he suffers continued loss.  His first loss is leaving home, albeit as a freed slave.  But then he loses his mentor, Qui-Gon, when he is killed by Darth Maul.

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