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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 05:04 PM »
I've wondered if he is mixed up with the High Sparrow in some way.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 2, 2016, 10:50 AM »
I ended up just getting the Battle of Takodana set for $47.99, which is around what the set should cost to begin with.

Amen.  In my opinion this may be the most overpriced / lamest set they've produced in years for the Star Wars line.  (I know the new mega Hoth set is giving it a run for its money.)

About the only time I pass on a <$150 set is if its a slightly updated version of a set I already have.  Some have been overpriced and I've eventually gotten most for 30% off when the value gets better, but if this set were marked down 30% I'm still not sure I would pull the trigger.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:04 PM »
I'm not sure I want to spend big $$$ on yet another AT-AT after the last big one was so great. And a potential Death Star set?  It could be either amazing or totally lame, depending on price and what they do with it.  :-\

I DO NOT need another AT-AT.  I've got three different 1995+ versions already, and I didn't even bother with a couple of the paint deco variations. 

I would love to get a Death Star though.  We talked about this at a local meeting a couple of weeks ago - how hard would it be to sell struts and decking in modular packs that would allow you to build as many floors and as wide as you wanted?

Just bought a Dremel motor tool to help with some of the trimming and sanding.  I've yet to get started, but hope to spend most of Memorial Day Weekend working on it.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:05 PM »
Thanks Jeff.  I just dropped a couple hundred on Legos.  20% isn't a bad deal on Legos these days.

Prince Dead at 57

UGH.  :'(

Double ugh.  That guy could put on one hell of a concert.

In the early 90's we used to go out to his Paisley Park complex after bar time when he would have jam sessions with his band The New Power Generation that would last all night long.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: April 20, 2016, 05:12 PM »
I know some have gotten Wave 5 via online retailers, but I honestly don't expect these to show up locally for at least a month.  The local pegs are packed with lots and lots of Wave 3 figures that need to get worked through before Wave 5 can get out.  Some might consider this a break, but the reality is Wave 5 might not hit until summer.

The really annoying part is Hasbro's unwillingness to communicate their plans to know what to expect.  Maybe there are more waves coming, or maybe there is nothing.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:49 PM »
I'd add the following two:
- Rey from the original jedi temple on Skellig
- C-3PO red arm and if you want to stretch you could do an R2 since he hasn't been released in years

I agree with you Jeff - there isn't much left to mine in this movie without getting fairly obscure.  You could pack an occasional creature from Maz's castle in future waves, but would have to be careful not to overdo it, or make it an exclusive multipack where you don't jam the pegs with blink and you'll miss them figures.

I have a feeling there may be an interesting reveal around the Snoke character in one of the upcoming movies and they want to hold off until that happens.

Ultimately I would much rather see them release a wave or two heavy on Rebels or even Clone Wars figures if they're looking to fill the gap.

I just like the fact that Star Wars (movies) is okay with killing key characters, both good and bad.  I would find it pretty annoying if there were lots of lightsaber battles and everyone just walked away to fight another day.  That is my probably why I've never gotten in to the super hero movies as they're all essentially immortal.

If only the comics, and the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons would follow this rule.  Maul is a cool character, but he should have stayed dead on Naboo.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Product Packaging Revealed
« on: April 19, 2016, 10:48 AM »
I like the design/theme as well. It's funny though that they chose the bad guys versus the good guys or "Rogues" as it were for the design. Some thing about this design screams vintage Marvel comics as well as Walmart t-shirt at the same time.  :P

Don't they almost always choose the bad guys on the card / box design?  Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, etc.?  I'm not sure if this is because they get all the cool costumes, or if there is some consumer psychology involved, but it seems like its almost always the baddies.

Hopefully Disney and Hasbro are working together better so we don't get a Zuvio-like figure that jams the pegs with a background or non-existent character.

No pegwarmers...  good one, Dave. 

On a related note, check out this Zuvio story from EW today.  Shows you just how tapped in Hasbro was with Disney for TFA -

On Zuvio: “They had no idea and, frankly, we wouldn’t know either back when we were shooting, if he would end up in the final cut.” -JJ Abrams

I know this is a Rogue One thread, but it still kills me that Hasbro (maybe without much help from Disney) chose so many random background characters to make in to figures when there is still so much opportunity to make other figures.  Especially in the first waves of figures released.  Don't even get me started on the blown opportunity with mixing new (and lightly repacked) Rebels figures in these cases. 

I would follow a couple of rules when choosing characters to make in to figures:
  • If a character isn't iconic or doesn't have a speaking role, they should never be made in to a 6" figure until they become icons.  Call this the "No Zuvio" rule.
  • If a character isn't iconic or doesn't have a speaking role, you shouldn't make more than one or two 3 3/4" figures of these until you've exhausted all of your other good ideas.  Call this the "Not too many PZ-Sarco-Goss" rule.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:28 PM »
I thought we were seeing a Force ghost of her disappear.

I would hope that if she died that it would have been obvious and there could be some more meaning behind her death.  e.g. she sacrificed herself for Kanan and Ezra, and then when she dies she appears as a force ghost or something.

I only watched it once, but as far as the "explosion of the temple" went - I thought it was more like an electromagnetic pulse, or something that maybe wasn't super destructive.  As others have said, if Maul can survive everything he has, then Ahsoka can survive a temple explosion.

I still love the fact that Alec Guinness got 2.25% of the Star Wars profits and ended up getting $50-75 million for something he thought was rubbish.  Far more than Harrison Ford's $35 million take for E7.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: April 15, 2016, 02:29 PM »
Par for the course.  My stupid and tragic tale of trying to acquire a TFA movie poster.  Kids, let Grandpa Dave spin a yarn. 


Back in 1998-2005 (the old days) - in the days of LucasFilm and, a new Star Wars movie would be in the works.  Excitement would build.  Articles would be written.  Fanboys would speculate and salivate.  A trailer would be shown in the theaters accompanied by the release of a "teaser movie poster".  Interested consumers would go to and buy the teaser poster for $20 plus shipping.  The transaction would take a few minutes and a week later a poster would arrive at your door.  The same would be true of the theatrical release and the theatrical poster.  Five minutes of online shopping, $20, and one week later UPS would leave it at your door while you tended to other things.

Spring forward to 2015 and the days of Disney running the commercial operation.  New movies would be in the works.  Fanboys would salivate.  Yet there would be no way to purchase either a teaser poster nor a theatrical poster other than cheap downsized reprints.

A few fast acting people would be able to acquire these posters, but only through Disney's movie rewards program.  Quantities were very limited, so you better act fast. 

"What is Disney Movie Rewards", you might ask?  Its a loyalty program for people that buy Disney DVDs.  You might also ask, "Why is that the only sales channel available to get a movie poster.  Shouldn't these be available at Disney parks, or Disney stores in the mall, or maybe even"  "Why should I have to buy ten copies of Air Bud to get a Star Wars movie poster"?  All good questions.  Perhaps the Hasbro team responsible for choosing figures to make that never appear in the movie might have lent some help in making these genius decisions.

So kids, Grandpa Dave has spent probably upwards of 80 hours trying to get the theatrical release of this movie poster.  His old bones weren't quick enough in getting ten copies of Air Bud before all the posters were gone (seriously, anybody need a few copies of Air Bud?).  He spent hours driving across town twice on movie premier day because a local theater was supposed to be selling posters that turned out to be small one sided copies for $25.  He as Googled, and searched online, and logged in daily for four months trying to get a poster.  He has made countless bids on eBay only to lose out to people willing to drop upwards of $100 to acquire these posters.  No luck.

Well, after all this he finally managed to "win" an auction on eBay for the theatrical poster (he is still looking for a teaser poster) for $100 on Tuesday.  Thanks to USPS the poster tube arrived with a giant spot caved in.  Thank you for a $100 creased poster.  :'(

If you're doing the math.  Old days - 5 minutes and $20.  These days - 80 hours and $150 ($100 for the poster and $50 for ten copies of Air Bud).

And then today, Friday, out of force of habit Grandpa Dave checked, and for the price of ten Air Bud movies I can now get a The Force Awakens movie poster.

To Bob Iger, and the leadership at Disney - may a real (not animated mouse) crap in your bowl of Cheerios tomorrow morning.

I know its way too long, but I just had to vent.  ::)

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