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HLJ will likely put more up so don't give up on them, but I've bout Bandai kits from eBay (not sold in us now) and consider the markup negligible.  Dunno on these figures since I can buy them direct anyway.  How this is ok and a model kit figure isn't, is beyond me, but no complaints either. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 1, 2016, 02:40 AM »
Hah @ the last question.

Probably not...  savin' gas. :P  They'll just RV it on over and kill Negan, then go back with the grub.

I wonder, since ammo is pretty low in general, when will they realize that finding stuff to make their own could be a massive advantage...  There has to be some rednecks around they can get into the fold who know how to do it.  Hell, it's the south, every other house probably has the tools necessary!   :-X

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 1, 2016, 01:09 AM »
Yeah I think the Academy has a more complex backstory than maybe they show sometimes...  It's perhaps a place where lots of people go, and maybe even non-humans, but where conscription and possible honest recruitment take place too...

That said, think about this.  The Empire has slavery, but is it slavery of everyone, or is it slavery of select species?  Perhaps under the guise of punishment for "anti-Imperial" behavior, or even anti-Republic (going back to the Clone Wars) actions...  Which these things could be largely considered just punishment, and retribution for their actions.  It could be established that races, such as Wookiees, were seen as a threat via propaganda, manipulation of the facts, etc., and same with the Lasat, or anyone really.

Meanwhile, there was actual slavery going on prior to TCW, which was considered reprehensible and not even believable to some...  Padme's reaction to Anakin's enslavement on Tatooine.  So the Empire comes along, and they basically encroach and reign in "Hutt Space" and all these places that were beyond the Republic's realm or sphere of influence.  The Empire reigns in these "Disruptive Alien Cultures", like Neimoidians, or Geonosians, or anyone else who started to speak up.  Slavery, forced labor, become different things (to people who support the Empire) to rather just punishment...  Now of course, some will see this for what it is, but others won't, especially the further removed they are from it.

I've always enjoyed that view of Star Wars, which didn't have the blinders of the movies on...  The Empire was maybe expanding what the Republic had.  They were exploring wild space, new settlements, making new opportunities for people, regulating things that were unregulated, reigning in the "bad elements" (Piracy, bounty hunting issues, overbearing corporations and conglomerates, etc.), but at the same time you have the obvious BAD things the Empire was doing too, but did everyone always see that? Or did some guys just join up, and have a fairly mundane career?

Regarding Kallus' personal story there, I can take/leave that.  I wouldn't have been hurt if they went the opposite way and he's just a horrible Imperial who hates aliens, commits genocide...  But I'm totally ok with it going the other way.

Matt, you're gonna hate this, but Force Commander's story was the embodiment of this discussion really.  2 troopers, brothers, serve in the Empire...  Time separates them, they learn some about the Empire and their pasts, eventually they're both in the Alliance by the end of the story, realizing the Empire was corrupt (even more than the Old Republic was).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 29, 2016, 01:28 AM »
The irony of Rick getting the RV stuck, and Michonne right there looking at him, was not lost on me.  Funny little callback.

I thought this was an ok episode...  Not the best, not the worst. 

I do find the whole, "Let's just kill 'em!" thing kind of silly/stupid but I get why they're doing it.  Since I don't know the comics much I'm guessing this was something done in the comics too?  The offer to handle the threat for them?

Like Hilltop's leader...  He seems like a real DB who will not survive being a DB forever.  New Porchdick of sorts.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: February 29, 2016, 01:01 AM »
I actually liked that aspect of things, but this episode, meh...

But the world isn't a black/white place.  And Star Wars is a very much larger thing than our own world.

Think back to Anakin's statements to Padme...  He wanted to take the galaxy, make it safe...  He's bad, but he has his own intentions too, and they're not all bad.  The Clone Wars made a LOT of people look at the way things were as bad, and that a change was in order.  So I've always felt that the Imperials are probably largely comprised of well-intentioned, or motivated people.

I think the Empire would be filled with people who felt the galaxy, before the Empire, was out of control, in a vast number of ways...  We can see the Empire as the great villain, but it's never that clear or clean-cut to everyone involved in reality.  The Empire maybe promised peace, prosperity, security, expansion, the elimination of some things largely loathed (even though they, themselves, perhaps now controlled this and called it another name perhaps?), and people would flock to it.

Like Padme said, about democracy dying...  Democracy, in Star Wars, was a failure...  And here we are at TFA, and it's failed again (New Republic not supporting the Resistance, who were smart enough to keep eyes open, etc.).

I'm ok with Kallus being a possible turncoat...  He wouldn't be the first character in the saga to do it (Madine and quite a few others).  Sometimes it takes being out in it a while to finally see what's wrong too.  And that means you may have gotten your own hands dirty.

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All my TBS were fine but these last 3 troopers...  I didn't buy a ton of TFA basic guys but they seemed on par or similar and in general I felt they maybe had less apps.  Like Finns gun is painted in TBS, Poe has better face paint on TBS than his TFA counterpart...  Also the white of the vests is worse on TFA than TBS I think.

Now that's not including 6" which some of those look like hell.  Poe in particular I recall.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 25, 2016, 06:59 PM »
On the print-out, they have solar power in Alexandria, so I can believe they made a printer work since they have light and stuff.

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Michonne gives Tyreese a BJ in the comic, but he doesn't last long after that.

Hey, who would?  Oh you meant he died?

Unfortunately my library's not that well stocked.  Then again it's just the local podunk town library too, not the Carnegie down in the city, but I have seen some of the issues at half-price books now and then.  They seem to want a lot more on those than others, for obvious reasons.  They seemed on par with what you can get stuff online if you look around, more or less.

I used to get some sweet deals on West End Games sourcebooks at HPBs here, and miss those...  They don't seem to get those in much now.  They're not overly valuable books, but getting them there was always cheaper than Ebay where people want the outside cent on that stuff anymore, and it just doesn't sell well.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Windows 10 Questions
« on: February 24, 2016, 06:41 PM »
I've heard nothing but bad from McAfee users, besides it not being free. 

Likewise windows mail sucks now...  I've bailed on it completely.  Used to love its convenience but it's just bad now IMO.  I just log into my account on comcast at this point and call it a day.  :-\

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Went and picked up my order today...  3 troopers and a Rey.

Well, you're right Justin, the eyes are way worse on these than any of the others I bought at the stores (And I bought a TON for myself and others).

I wonder, if they do another round at some point, will they be fixed?  I never saw a bad one bought from the store, but online, hoo boy!

Here's a pic of my 3...  One on the far left is the worst.  I won't say any of them have me "angry" about it I guess, as I'll take SA with some mistakes in paint over flawlessly painted 5POA any day of the week, but I think I'll be taking some goof-off and a micro brush to clean up some of the misapplied black.  Not sure I'll replace it...  Again, it isn't bothering me that much, and it's not like they completely missed the lenses, but they definitely weren't on the mark with these. 

I'd say with it being so consistently bad, and all on the eyes, these have to have been mass painted right?  Like not done by hand with a template mask, but by machine?  Tough to imagine them being off on QC this long if it were more closely dealt with by labor.

 

2nd is a better shot of the guy on the left.  Like I say, I'll clean it up  I think... 

Or maybe he's the special model trooper with moving eye lenses? :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:45 PM »
From what I've heard from friends who've stayed with the whole thing, the comic in general is more graphic (no pun) overall...  More sex, more graphically violent (Maggie's encounter with the Governor), generally more brutal...  I wanted to get into it, but man, it'd cost quite a bit to get into it, haha.  I got the first volume for a fairly cheap price and loved it, but I have a tough time dumping $ into comics I guess.  :-\

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:21 PM »
Nice to see "epic continuity rants" are no longer just for comic book nerds anymore.  :P

And this is why I take the "hippie" stance on this that I do...  Like what you like, ignore what you don't, and don't let Disney or anyone else tell you that your version of Star Wars is somehow "wrong". :P

I was never a huge EU supporter before...  I liked random things, but not all of it, and so I ignored a lot of it and didn't even read a lot of it once I saw what it was about.

At the same time, I mixed things that didn't even have a place in Star Wars into my Star Wars.  My favorite one I go to was a fan-made level to DF2: Jedi Knight that had Kyle Katarn infiltrating a base supposedly working on a biologic weapon, only to find it's the Aliens from Aliens, and of course Katarn shuts something off he shouldn't have while there, and chaos ensues.  The guy coded new Alien AI (and obviously a skin), he had the Stormtroopers ignoring you to fight the aliens at times, he had facehuggers...  It was awesome, and turned from a cool mission wandering out an elaborately designed base map with all kinds of puzzles to solve, to a map where you just wanted to escape as quickly as possible to your end point.  It's still one of the best things I ever played, and just so much fun, and for me, Aliens are in there somewhere. :)  Predator too (have one in the Cantina, having a beer, with a Trandoshan).

Have fun with it how you want...  And don't put all your hopes and dreams into what Disney does, or doesn't do.  Rebels kinda blows from an adult POV (IMO), but it's part of their new official stuff...  I like some of it, but it's disappointed me personally, but Star Wars didn't end for me because of that.  I still love it.  Just like E1 didn't ruin my childhood, nor did Han shooting first (but man, that was a close one).

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:13 PM »
LOL @ this being "big news" for them.  So, so glad I walked away when I did.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 22, 2016, 05:45 PM »
Agree with you Bill.  Likewise that truck wouldn't roll unless keys were in the on position...  It seems dumb for Rick to leave them in the ignition but given not driving right home I can't say he wouldn't have left them in it.

Otherwise overall fun.  My mother is obsessed with the show and Richonne surprised her.  I thought I read somewhere she gets around in the comic sort of?  I don't read it so I'm not sure where I heard that info.  It's near she hooked up with Rick though.  He needed to get laid.  It'd be frustrating knowing only Glenn and the Abraham pretty much were.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 22, 2016, 03:57 PM »
Here is where "EU" and "Canon" becomes silly to me.

I find Disneys use of "canon" a joke at this point.  So anyone with enough $ could've bought Star Wars and told you what are facts and what are not about a world that doesn't even exist and woikdlnt exist if not for George Lucas?  Donald Trump could've bought it and be dictating to fans what is/isn't "real" in the whole thing?  As far as I'm concerned, even the movies are now just some very nice "EU".  And I say that in the sense that the old EU was always a thing where as a fan, in your own mind, you take or leave and hopefully enjoy it like the original movies entertained you.  I don't get hung up on someone insisting something be a "fact" in a world that doesn't exist. 

You can't be that rigid and inflexible with your own imagination, to me.

So for my $, Luke had 4 years of on film and off film adventures, and he used his saber throughout them, and his skills with a saber grew to where by ROTJ he was fairly confident and competent.  Coupling that with Vader's age and disabilities (definitely slowed down from his days as Anakin), then Luke held his own on their 2nd meeting.

I think Rey is more a warrior than Luke was (he was a good shot and pilot but otherwise a kid), and that aids her against a wounded, cocky, and at the same time emotionally unsure inside, Kylo Ren. 

Now if you're looking at the old movies as if only what is seen on screen matters, regardless of old EU or your own imagination of what took place in that 4 years for Luke, then the point of having a conversation about it is moot from the get go.  I choose not to agree with that.  Just as I may choose old EU over new because I can't say I really care that Disney could afford to "change the facts" at their whim.  I totally understand why they want that flexibility and in general I am cool with their ideas, but at the end of the day, why are they any more important than a Timothy Zahn?  For me, Lucas will always have some "higher" say over everyone else.

But that's just me.  Everyone should just enjoy it how they wish.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:37 AM »
The Hawks took it up the poop shoot today, so I guess Yeo's system blew.  :-X

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