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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.

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.

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.


PM Sent. 

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.

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