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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.

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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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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: May 6, 2016, 10:10 AM »
I don't know where I read it, but Elon Musk is the real Tony Stark.  That guy can do some amazing things.

He is hoping to land stuff on Mars every two years starting in 2018

I think he should get half of NASA's budget.  He should be responsible for rockets/space exploration and NASA can do the probes and science stuff.

With his team dreaming big and working fast we could do some amazing things.  NASA is too tied to politics and academia to do anything efficiently.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Kylo Ren Mini-Bust
« on: May 4, 2016, 03:35 PM »
I want one... but these prices - for God's sake..

Agreed.  I think I've given up on this line. 

I've got something like 35 different mini-busts over the years and felt the price of $70 was a stretch.  Now with the $120 price tag I think I've moved on.  I really like the Flametrooper, FO Stormtrooper, and the Kylo Ren mini-busts, but unless I can find them for something closer to $70 I'll probably pass.  I might have to bite on the Kylo Ren bust just because it looks so cool, but then I start to rationalize about getting the Sideshow one for just a little more.

Bah.

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PM Sent. 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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