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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:38 PM »
Just watched this last night and managed to avoid spoilers.  Yowza.

I agree with everyone's statements.  Not sure if there is ever going to be a redemption or happy ending, but hope at some point the writers feel free to diverge from the comics if the comic story line has wallowed or is lame (I don't read the comics).  I don't just want to watch a brutal show if there isn't some element of hope, but I think they can resurrect that with new characters and growth from the existing ones.

One thing that I both liked and didn't like was the show's graphic nature last night.  In general the violence hasn't been too graphic in this show.  More cartoon violence (or off camera) than graphic.  The season premier was very graphic.  It certainly set the tone and made for a tense viewing.  While I personally don't mind violent TV shows, I'm worried it might turn off some viewers.  My wife has watched this show and enjoyed it with me from the very first episode, but if the violence shown in last night's show continues she will quickly drop off.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season and the introduction of The Kingdom.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:26 PM »
I generally love Rebels (great to watch with the kids) and can roll with the punches on some of the lamer episodes, but one thing that kind of bugs me was the reintroduction of Rex (and Wolffe and Gregor).  Rex just pops in and out at times, doesn't really feel like part of The Ghost crew, and doesn't really feel important to the story.

The past episode is a great example.  Is there really any reason that episode couldn't have functioned nearly as well without him?  Any Clone Wars insights could have been realized with just the Jedi vs. The Separatists.  The Clone Army is irrelevant.

I also feel like they've mostly ignored Zeb in the past year, more or less when Rex came on board.  While Zeb isn't my favorite of The Ghost crew, what I did like about the first season and a half was the small cast and how all the crew members interacted.  Maybe that was getting stale and the characters needed to evolve, but I don't find adding Rex as a plus and I feel like the writers minimizing Zeb has been a minus.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 13, 2016, 11:19 AM »
I'm just excited we've got a bunch of new characters, almost none of which is known to survive (granted we don't know if they die either).  I'm looking forward to the freedom the story will have to kill significant characters in the movie and surprise us.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: October 13, 2016, 11:16 AM »
They always demo this on a table / smooth surface.  I wonder how well the walking feature works with carpeting and if the feet get caught and topple the walker.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 11, 2016, 03:49 PM »
So now I'm in this stretch of time where I have wave 1, haven't seen the movie, and am trying to stay away from spoilers.  So that leaves me with a few questions about the accessories and how to display these figures.

Great post!  I struggle with this too. 

I've opened any Rebels/TFA related figures and displayed them, but any Rogue One items that I've snapped up I've simply left packaged in a corner.  I won't open them or really overly inspect them until after the movie is released.  Like you, I don't want to think too hard about the figures and thus the plot of the movie as I would like as much as possible to be surprised by as many story elements as possible.

Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: October 7, 2016, 08:48 AM »
I used the Target coupon and bought the force band thinger.  I haven't spent too much time with it, but its kind of neat.  Not sure it was worth the $80 retail price. 

Its got a bunch of app interactive games on there and you can mostly control bb-8 with hand motions.  I might need more practice, but its a little crude to control for me at this point.  The kids absolutely loved it though.  They loved learning the hand motions and pretending to use voice commands to bb-8 like they would a dog.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 6, 2016, 11:25 PM »
I assumed that Maul was referring to Obi-Wan who he could seek revenge on.

That would be kind of cool if Obi-Wan offed him a second (and final?) time.

These are available in the app. Just placed my order.

Paul - I don't need you to try and track one of these down for me.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: October 3, 2016, 02:42 PM »
I've watched this pretty closely too, and I'm not 100% sure that all of the scenes with Jyn in spaceships are all taking place in the U-Wing.  Sometimes they seem to be in a fairly small ship (like the size of The Phantom) and other times they seem to be in a ship the size of The Ghost. 

They probably all do take place in the U-Wing and its just how they're framing the scenes.  You might think the Mil Falcon is smallish just watching the cockpit scenes.  Its not until you put all the scenes together and see the ship from the outside that you get a sense of how big it is.

LEGO / Re: LEGO Sales and Deals
« on: October 3, 2016, 11:03 AM »
Amazon has both the City and Friends Advent calendars at 20% right now.  I grabbed both for the kids and will stash them.  These seem to come and go very quickly at retail these days and almost never get marked down anymore.

Still watching to see if the Star Wars one will get a temporary mark down in the coming days as well.

This set is going to have to drop to around $55 for me to bite. 

I've done my mini-rant on 6" repaints before...  I just don't have room to grab minor variations and uninteresting redecos in the 6" line.   My wallet (and shelves) can handle a lot more of this in the 3.75" line, but it just doesn't make as much sense in the 6" line.

Dropping these in here in case they go in stock sometime... (we all know how likely that is, right? :P)

- Ackbar
- Ahsoka
- General Lando
- Royal Guard

I know this was originally promised a year ago when this line came out, but have any of the waves ever been available online?

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: October 2, 2016, 11:27 AM »
Anyone seen an unboxing / demo of this to know if you can steer the AT-ACT?  Just curious if you can get it to turn large circles, or if the control is really just forward and shoot.

These are now listed in the parks app but currently out of stock.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: September 30, 2016, 03:49 PM »
I'm guessing its part of their excellent management training.  When someone asks you why they can't buy something just say, "it was recalled".  You don't need to know the real reason, just vomit up this line, take the item, and walk away.

I'm glad in Minneapolis we've got 197 Target stores and only a handful of Wal-Marts.  If WM was my only decent retail option I think I would drive my car in to a bridge abutment. 

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