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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 8, 2016, 01:51 PM »
It was a few weeks ago after the premier that I saw some photos from a premier event in London or wherever, and they had lots of photos of the cast.  I needed a cheat sheet on a few, and others blew me away.

Half the characters in the show are made to look dirty, disheveled, etc.  The character Gilly was one of the ones that surprised me as well.  She looks homely in the show with her burlap clothes and mud smeared face, but she is actually fairly cute when cleaned up.

I haven't personally seen these figures yet, but they sound super cool.  I'll probably pick up a few in the coming months.

It is too bad that Hasbro couldn't do something awe inspiring like this with something like The Black Series Wal-Mart exclusive line.  Even bump it up to $20 a figure for a handful of totally awesome figures.  I would rather pay $20 for something sweet than $14 for the mediocre TBS WM figures with awful paint apps.

I'm pretty sure these guys used to be contract designers for hasbro. I thought I read that someplace. I think they might have done part of the saga line.

So hasbro *could* do it if they were willing to pay the design team and the manufacturing costs.  Hasbro has simply chosen not to do it to save money and hit a certain price point.

I just pulled the trigger this morning too but ordered from BBTS.  They say its in stock for $120 plus $6 shipping.  Slightly cheaper. 

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Topps Star Wars Card Trader App
« on: June 7, 2016, 03:31 PM »
The only other option is to start from scratch on the new phone and transfer 8,000+ cards to my new account 9 at a time. ::)

Topps will likely shut you down long before you finish transferring just your good cards.  I was preferentially trading some cards with my kids and they shut down most of my accounts.  Greedy bastards.

One of these days I need to figure out if there is a decent way for me to cash out some of my better sets and be done with this app as well.

Anybody have any idea if this wave or Hux/Asty will ship again?  And am I stupid for holding out hope that I'll ever see these figures at retail?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 31, 2016, 04:12 PM »
Everything with Arya the past two seasons feels like a complete waste of time now. How do they give one of the best characters the absolute crappiest storyline? Get her back to Westeros kicking ass please.

It'll be interesting to see how the whole Braavos storyline ultimately plays out.  I agree.  This might turn out to be the largest waste of screen time in the series.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: May 31, 2016, 03:05 PM »
My only guess is that the rebels worked in cells, Leia's cell heard about walkers but never faced them, whereas Mon Mothma's might.

Pretty sure Leia saw AT-ATs before (see: Star Wars Rebels episode: A Princess on Lothal).   :D

Or the fact that an AT-AT isn't fundamentally different from an AT-TE from the Clone Wars. 

I'm guessing we're not supposed to overthink any of this as X-Wings work in the absolute zero of space, and they work in normal atmospheres, so there shouldn't have been anything different about Hoth that would have prevented them from attacking an AT-AT.  And if a squad of X-Wings can take out a Star Destroyer than I would think they could take out an AT-AT.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:16 AM »
Is Sunday's show the first time nobody (other than zombies) got killed?  It felt kind of wrong not to have someone die.

Lots of story lines left out this week too.  Definitely a different vibe to Sunday's show.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: May 27, 2016, 03:21 PM »
Do we have any idea if the DCPI # at Target is carrying over for 6" figures from TFA to this fall's likely release of Rogue One assortments?

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?

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