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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Disney Infinity
« on: May 25, 2016, 11:53 AM »
I picked this up at Christmas for the kids so haven't followed it closely for that long.  However I recently picked up a ton of version 2 figures on sale at Target and what I noticed is that the assortments at Target seemed to kind of suck.  Maybe it was just a warehouse clearance deal for 2.0 figures, but it was only a handful of different characters and some of them were pretty lame.  I went to a few different Targets hoping to find a different selection but they were all basically the same.  The kids and I ended up getting pretty frustrated because they wanted a few figures (Sully and Beymax) that just weren't available.  Maybe these came out years ago and are no longer available, but the kids got frustrated that they were shown on the cardback and not available.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 24, 2016, 02:59 PM »
I was thinking - if everyone knows about the Faceless, how come people haven't put out contracts on all their rivals?  The Lannisters pay the price on the Sand Snakes - boom!  Deed done. 

That'd lead to the conclusion that they're not all that well-known.  Maybe even secret.  But if nobody knows about the Faceless, how do they found Bravos and get to live in a big ol' temple?

Yeah, it can't be as simple as just paying some cash and having your rivals killed.

According to the GoT Wiki -
The Faceless Men charge exorbitant fees, but their reputation for success is unmatched. The cost increases relative to the importance of the target and the difficulty of the objective. In the first book it is said that hiring a Faceless Man to kill Daenerys Targaryen would cost more than it would to hire an entire army. Further, the Faceless Men will reject a contract if killing the target clashes with their strange and at times inscrutable religious beliefs

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 24, 2016, 10:29 AM »
Are they a big part of the books?  I haven't read the books, but so far they seem like a minor footnote in the TV series.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:36 AM »
I'm also shocked by the origins of the a White Walkers.

I don't know if their origin will matter later but I thought this was kind of dumb.  I really don't care for origin stories that don't add anything to the story line, and this seemed a little nonsensical.  Sure its kind of neat to know, but who cares if the Children of the Forest created them, if they were created by a red priestess, or if they've just always been.  In my opinion it really doesn't matter and adds more connections to an already complicated story line.

We don't need a backstory on where the dragon eggs came from, why there are white walkers, why Jamie and Cersei are in to each other, how the Knight's Watch built such an impossibly high wall, etc.  Just tell me a story and I'll accept some facts without knowing the reasons.

I guess what I'm saying is that there is still a chance that this set will end up in a store after all...

You are either on to something Jeff, or on something.

The Yakman posted a link to an eBay auction for this.  If you read the sellers post he found these at a TRU in Hong Kong.

Has an international retailer like TRU ever received any access to a convention exclusive like this?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:04 AM »
It seems like everyone is rallying behind Jon Snow, so I think a lot of that conflict will be secondary. 

The only potential issue might be between Brienne and Melisandre about the killing of Renly.  I get the feeling that Brienne already knows what happened and that Melisandre is partly responsible.  It also seems that Davos might ultimately get pissed about her killing Shireen.  Given the current state of affairs I'm just not sure either Brienne or Davos is going to go after Melisandre though. 

Has Davos even killed anyone yet?  Not too many characters in this story can say that.  I'm not sure he would do anything even if Melisandre admitted to killing Shireen.  And Brienne may feel satisfied enough with her revenge on Stannis that she won't mess with Melisandre.

Isn't the R5 technically a new figure?  They haven't made a 6" Black Series R5 unit yet have they?

Correct.  I think the only 6" astromech they've made is R2 which was in the first wave of figures when this line came out a few years ago.

I kind of agree Jesse, but would feel differently if this was a retail product vs. exclusive.

I'm personally glad they made this a convention exclusive, although I think having this be an online exclusive would have been fine too.

I'm just glad they didn't stick this in stores to warm the pegs.

Star Wars Anthology / Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: May 18, 2016, 03:09 PM »
As usual I'm trying to avoid significant spoilers, but still want to chat about mainstream knowledge around this film.  Figured we should have a spoiler and non-spoiler thread.

I'm sure these droids will be easy/cheap to make for Hasbro, but how about a three pack of Zeb, Chopper, and Hera?  Or three pack of recognizable droids from ANH - gonk, R5-D4, treadwell.  Cantina aliens?  Jabba's palace?  Heck, even Ewoks.

I'm sure we could all think of ten more interesting three packs.

I don't have every last droid memorized and had to look these up.  Pretty obscure, especially the last one R2-F2.  Looks like its based solely on the minuatures game?

This just feels too lazy and an overt money grab.

I thought all the random droid repaints for 3.75" were cool and I was up for just about anything. 

I don't feel the same way about 6" figures though.  They're just too big to justify buying lots of random figures that have 0.38 seconds of screen time.

I'm also concerned about Hasbro's track record with this line in a price point above $20.  All of the larger 6" sets have been huge peg warmers, or barely even made it to market. 

I might bite if they manage to package the three of these for something like $35-40, but I'm not sold yet.  Hopefully these are an online exclusive (Amazon or EE) at a good price point.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:02 AM »
The Dothraki stuff was all kinds of awesome especially since it managed to redeem a storyline that had grown tiresome already. If only they could do likewise with the stuff in Mereen. Everyone seems to agree Tyrion is being a jackass with his 7 year plan, and I can't disagree. He's just going to end up pissing everyone off. Even more.

I'll be really interested to see where the Mereen story line ends up at the end of the season.  They've invested a lot of time in to this and it really doesn't seem important or interesting.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 11, 2016, 03:24 PM »
I think it's a bit of both, actually.

I tend to agree. 

And we're probably going to have to keep this thread open for another ten years to find out the answer considering the pace GRRM is on for publishing the last two books.  By that point most people will have lost interest and moved on anyhow.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 10, 2016, 11:28 AM »
The Rickon thing may just be a plot device to create some more incentive for John Snow to go after Ramsey and/or go to Winterfell.

Its hard to tell if the Umbers may just be trying to gain favor with Ramsey or if there is a larger plot involved (Littlefinger?).  I'm not sure why the Umber's would try and set Ramsey up for some kind of assassination from Osha without some clear backing from John Snow or Littlefinger. 

Although I haven't read the books to understand if there are more historical relationships at play than I'm aware of, but the Umbers don't seem to be that proactive in playing the Game of Thrones.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 9, 2016, 11:52 AM »
I really liked the Tower of Joy battle.  That was cool.

Overall though I thought last night's episode was just "meh". 

Sometimes I feel they try and include too many story lines in too small of bits to really feel like any one of them is going anywhere.  There must have been over ten different story lines going last night with only a few minutes each. 

I would rather they just ignore a story line for a few episodes if necessary.  Kind of like how they left Bran out of all of last season.  I think the only main story lines (that they've touched on this year) they left out was Sansa's and the Iron Islands leadership change.

Maybe all those story lines were necessary as they set up something critical later, but I felt they could have left out Tyrion's, Varys' little birds, the small council, and the Tommen / High Sparrow meeting, for starters.  And Dany's story line doesn't seem overly connected at this point, so I almost wish they would leave her out of a few episodes and then devote a larger chunk every few weeks.

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