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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 20, 2016, 10:21 AM »
So does Sansa get to say "You know nothing, Jon Snow"?  Because she called what was going to happen to Rickon.  It didn't make that scene any less heartbreaking, either.

But what about Wun Wun?  OMG, he was amazing!  Wun Wun saved Jon's men as those Bolton men and the Umbers were closing in on the remaining Stark/Wildling forces. He was the only one who was really effective against that shield wall and he gave them all a fighting a chance. But that crush of bodies was probably one of the most terrifying things I've ever seen! At first it looked like one of the men was trying to make sure that Jon was protected. But the sitatuation turned bad in a hurry, and Jon came so to being crushed by the mounting dead and wounded. And Small Jon Umber was just brutal as he and his men came in to finish off those who were able to climb off of that pile. The fight between Tormund and Lord Umber itself was gut-wrenching, and I really didn't know if Tormund was going to survive.

And when Wun Wun broke down the gates of Winterfell and took on all of those Boltons? Watching it was exhilarating, but all of the arrows and spears he was taking clearly took their toll. And then that lousy f*** Ramsay Bolton killed him! Giants were so incredibly scarce beyond the Wall. After the battle for the gate between Mance Rayders forces and the Night's Watch, and the massacre at Hardhome I was left wondering if Wun Wun might have been the last of the Giants. And now he's gone too. Watching Jon take those arrows in his shield and then beat Ramsay to a bloody pulp was incredibly satisfying. But it was that much more satisfying to see Sansa get to exact her own revenge on the Bastard of Bolton.

But at what price? I really think that the price of Lord Baelish and the Knights of the Vale coming to the rescue of the Stark forces will be Sansa's hand in marriage. She's a widow now that Ramsay is dead (despite her previous marriage to Tyrion), and the only known, legitimate heir to the Stark name. Littlefinger has built a significant power base as the Lord of Harrenhal, the power behind the Vale and the North, and he might have found his ladder to the Iron Throne. Especially since King's Landing appears to be on the brink of major destabilization.

Jon Snow said in the coming attractions that the Starks have many enemies now, and he's right. Their own forces were seriously depleted in the Battle of the Bastards. The Boltons are gone. And now the Umbers, Karstarks and Glovers are no longer loyal to House Stark. The North is incredibly weak now, and if the White Walkers breach the Wall, what's to stop them from completely sweeping through the North?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 19, 2016, 10:35 PM »
That was one of the most intense hours of television I have ever watched.  I was on the edge of my seat for the entire battle.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 19, 2016, 10:16 AM »
I think we're absolutely going to be in store for a different looking toy line when both the ROGUE ONE and Episode 8 toy lines launch.  Hasbro and the other licensees have a ton of new data from the retailers that will show what sold and what didn't.  I think that some of the gimmick/novelty stuff will move to the wayside and the segments of the line that did sell well will get a little more attention.  It's basic business and Hasbro, like any other savvy business, will invest in the segments of the line that were the most profitable.  So will the Battlers continue?  Or what about the Micro Machines?  How about the Hero Series 12"?  I think that segments like that are vulnerable, while the 3.75" figure system could use some retooling, and I think they're also going to continue to pursue the roleplay line.

I've pretty much given up on the notion of Hasbro producing playsets.  It just seems like a dead issue, and I'm tired of getting my hopes up.  Continuing to talk about it just seems crazy.  The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same over and over again while expecting a different outcome.  Rather, I think that the future of playsets with adult collectors lies in 3D printers and a network of fans who are building the things that they want.  BTW, thanks for that link, Muftak!  I really like the look of the twelfth parsec offerings.

There's also the matter of where does the toy industry go from here?  And I think we're in a transitional period.  The action figure sector has changed.  Manufacturing in China is much more expensive now than it was during the PT era.  I know some people are banking on this notion of the 40th anniversary.  Maybe Hasbro is holding back for that?  Who knows. 

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: June 15, 2016, 02:15 PM »
Check out some of the EA Star Wars promo video that's come out in conjunction with the 2016 E3 show.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Apple iPhone Thread
« on: June 15, 2016, 12:30 PM »
Here's an app recommendation for those of you who are on the road a fair amount.  I've been using Waze a good deal for navigation, and the peer data it provides on traffic conditions has been pretty useful. 

But I also got into using another navigation app called Metropia.  The concept behind this one is to aid in fuel efficiency and minimize carbon emissions.  And Metropia has a reward points system where you can redeem points for gift cards. Since I started using it last year I have probably redeemed $200 worth of Amazon gift cards.  They also have Target gift cards available.  Currently it's available in parts of New York, Arizona, Texas and California.  If you're in these areas it's a decent nav app, and can be really helpful with a collecting budget. 

I pulled the trigger on both Atsy and Hux from Amazon marketplace sellers.  The pricing of each was around $27, and I was getting tired of driving around with nothing to show for those toy runs.  With that and buying the 3.75" Black series Han and Leia from Tunghori, I can take some time off from hitting the stores.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 14, 2016, 05:48 PM »
Very sorry to hear about Emerson, Rob.  Things like this are never easy because our pets are part of our families.  They're there for us all the time, from the time we wake until we go to sleep at night.  And they even watch out for us when we sleep.  And because of that we need to give them our time as we grieve their passing.   So give them your time. 

Sorry to hear about your dog, too, Matt.  I hope she's okay.

Kimbo Slice, dead at 42.

I heard some crazy news about Kimbo.  A lot of people thought that he might have just dropped, but in actuality he wasn't feeling well.  And doctors determined that he was suffering from congestive heart failure and urgently needed a transplant.  At the age of 42!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 10, 2016, 06:32 AM »
Some episode titles have leaked.  The Episode 9 title in particular is intriguing, because it's called 'Battle of the Bastards'.

I also saw something interesting for book readers.  And that's the name of the member of the Brotherhood wearing the yellow cloak.  Reportedly that's Lem Lemoncloak.  And his presence may indicate the return of another character that we thought we might see back in season 4, but that didn't come to pass.

I've got to agree that the Waif cleans up rather nicely!

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: June 7, 2016, 09:34 PM »
I was surprised to find the Vision, Gamora armored Spider Man today   First time I've seen this wave.

What about the 5th release with the First Order Stormtrooper blaster?

I'm still seeing this set with some regularity at Target.  And I can't help but think that this set should have been offered some other way.  Having a 2-pack with Poe Dameron in his Resistance uniform is great.  But how does that tie in with the Riot Control Stormtrooper?  Having seen the film it seems like Finn with the lightsaber would have been a more appropriate match for that particular trooper.  And maybe they could have offered Poe with some other First Order Stormtrooper?

Per this Flyguy Instagram post, it looks like there's a running change on Rey & BB-8.  The new version includes the Skywalker lightsaber.  I'm not sure if I'm actively going to pursue this one, since the K-Mart exclusive version also included the lightsaber.

The Greatest of All Time has passed.  A true giant of professional sports.

Muhammad Ali - 1942 - 2016

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