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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 9, 2015, 08:24 PM »
I enjoyed last night's episode...  I think the group's never gotten out of the post-prison mode where they trust nobody, or anything.  They stupidly wandered into Terminus, maybe in some kind of desperation, and learned an even harder lesson...  So the behavior in Alexandria kind of jives to me.

I like Rick's "F 'em" behavior he has going on...  Carol's become the most interesting character though.

Sasha, eh, she's losing her crap after losing her boyfriend and brother in a fairly short span of time I guess. 

I liked Darryl and Aaron's interaction, especially given Darryl's background.  The fact he's hanging out with the two gay guys is kind of funny in a way but like Aaron said, they're all 3 outcasts in a weird way. 

Rick's really in a Claimer kind of mode, but hey, look what he's done in a relatively short period since The Governor showed up?  He was on the mend, especially after going back to his hometown and seeing what he could become, and then The Governor showed up and things just went from bad, to worse, to way worse, and finally to him doing everything Shane wanted him to more or less.  He is Shane, at this point, if Shane had just offed Rick early on.

The people in Alexandria are really odd though...  I am curious what they want.  Like Rick said, they're either really lucky or really smart and have done something to be this seemingly lucky.  I'm not sure which at this point.  I kept thinking they were maybe wanting Rick and his group for pure protection reasons, but if you were worried about that wouldn't you have a lookout?  Wouldn't you be more cautious when leaving the grounds?  They're neither.  Aaron seems to be the most adept at being out in the wild.  It's really just odd.

If they'd pissed off another group, why so nonchalant?

I'm also curious where people like Tara, Eugene, Gabriel, and to a lesser extent Rosita and Abraham (so little about them so far too) are falling into line.  To that end they've not said much about Glenn or Maggie lately either.  Are they all even aware what Darryl, Carol, and Rick are up to?

Anyway, this has been some of the more weird character development moments...  Clearly Jessie's husband is toast though.  That guy surely isn't going to be signing a long-term rental agreement down in GA.  :-X

Oh, and F that little fat kid.  He's going to get tore up by zombies.  So is the chubby girl who runs storage area.  She never watched Zombieland, I'd say.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: March 9, 2015, 06:20 PM »
Thank you. :)  Used your link on the Laurel.  Waiting to order the figures for a bit since I've got a stack of **** to pay for between now and June.

I plan on a 2nd Laurel too, at some point.  ;D

I hope they put out the "Worker" deco Laurel.  I'd be all over that too.  I also want the Airborne one they showed, and the quad-leg Laurel which was creepy as hell but looked like a cool all terrain Laurel.

IMO, the Laurel is easily one of the better values...  It doesn't transform into anything else, but who doesn't love mechs?  These are great looking.  Far cooler than the ones from Avatar, which have a place in my customizing but it's limited to a more industrial design.  Like heavy work on the hull of something in space.

These look like they could be awesome mixed with Star Wars even, as weapons, hangar tools ala the power suit in Aliens, infantry support...  They could be an attempt at advancing infantry's abilities in combat, or even an antiquated design that had some merit.  The Laurel's definitely got mega appeal to me.  I loved the MKII Speeder and Quad Eyes as soon as I got them, but this I don't even need to own to know I want two or more.

I look at Gree as a new figure...  Realistic style Phase I Gree was never made till this one.  Like realistic styled Rex was new, and thankfully getting a better version too.

Realistic Gree I sucked it up and bought to replace joints, more or less, where I am able.

If they did other Clones from the toon, like Phase I Cody or Bly, I'd buy in I'm sure.  Same with an Echo or Fives or anyone else really.

While I agree on some of the character choices, ultimately this line isn't for collectors and is more kid-targeted, so as gateway figures it's a must to have the mains out there for the kids.  If some collectors jump on along the way, more the better for Hasbro ultimately, right?

I think at the end of the day, every line they make, they want to have some kid appeal to it, but the collector lines in TBS are going to give that extra umph to get collectors to buy and be (relatively speaking) content (almost hard to type that without cracking up).  So with TBS you'll have your Vaders here and there, but you'll have your scene-specific Vader with slight upgrades or changes, you'll get your upgrades, you'll get your random Mosep or Toryn Farr...  Legends so far has been pretty vanilla stuff comparatively speaking.  Even Bounty Hunters fall into that category of not so obscure that kids don't know who they are and dig them.  Notice IG-88 and Bossk rolled out, but not Dengar.  Dengar...  no love in any line from kiddies. :)

Either way, Legends has some things I'm into here and there...  Just not very much.  I was actually pretty happy to get Gree, in a way, but kinda disappointed too.  It was a real catch 22 getting a figure I wanted, but he's only 5 POA.  He'll take some work but I can make him cool.  Others, like making a cool AT-DP Driver, are going to be a lot more work if I want him accurate.  And the JT Guard?  He's pretty much a figure I'll buy for pieces to cast, and try an almost ground-up custom that makes me happy.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 5, 2015, 09:22 PM »
Once you opened one you'd think it was robbery.

I saw on Yakface's Twitter Feed that these are out... 

Rush out to not get them now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 5, 2015, 08:23 PM »
Ford's son is saying "Dad's battered, but ok".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 5, 2015, 07:22 PM »
CNN I believe is now saying Stable Condition.  That's good if true...  Of course, as with all these stories, ****'s all over the place.

OK, the news CNN posted was from an LA PD Spokeswoman who confirmed the accident victim (presumed to be Ford) was transported in Stable Condition to an area hospital, so that seems to be the final word on that.  Earlier critical conditions may be due to the age of the victim, and precautionary perhaps.

Ford was flying a 2-seater pre-WW2 fighter plane that i believe was a trainer, so he sat in the back to fly it, and it's possible that saved him actually.  The nose is pretty messed up, and I'd imagine anyone in the front seat would've had some serious problems with their legs.  :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 5, 2015, 07:20 PM »
Ford's always struck me as a pretty good person, and I hope he's ok.  I imagine at his age, any injury is going to be treated as a critical thing...  Variety says he walked away but was in critical condition.  I'm not sure how to take that report then, as bad or worse than bad.  :-\

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: March 5, 2015, 03:14 PM »
Let me also say I'm shocked The Laurel chimed in at such a low price...  I figured more for sure.  The Mark II Speeder is more...  It may be more complex, but about the same size and I think the Laurel is going to be more popular overall with its design crossing over more easily into Star Wars, GI Joe, etc.  It doesn't have the "transformer" appeal I guess, but I've found the mech look is the coolest for all of them anyway, though I like Quad Eyes in mech or tank mode, honestly.  It's just perfect all around.

Anyway, the Laurel is actually at a price I'll buy more than one, hands down.

I've managed free shipping with EE, so I'm sticking with my orders there when they put up their pre-orders.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: March 5, 2015, 02:56 PM »
On top of his sniper-ish background, they explain why he has such a BFG...  his is a tank killer rifle.  They used guns like that in World War II, which actually would pierce armor.  Some GI Joe figure came with one I believe.

So Kit took that concept into the future and made a modern sniper whose sole purpose is taking out big ass stuff like the Quad Eyes?  That's awesome!  I was wondering why the rifle was going to be so huge.

I'll be picking them up.  I just got Bob and Steel from Bucks Team so I want the whole set.

Bob has a similarly made scarf that looks fantastic and is oddly poseable in a way so it looks like wind is blowing it a little bit.  Why aren't you buying these, indeed.  :-*

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 5, 2015, 02:51 AM »
Yeah I think there are maybe several people who know...  Tarkin appears quite familiar with Vader as well, and they spent time together in The Clone Wars, and seem almost friendly by the time of ANH.  It's a weird dynamic in ANH where Tarkin almost seems to hold rank over Vader in some capacity, and some officers seem to feel they're on his level or above him (Motti).  Then by ESB, people are just generally afraid of him, haha.

Tarkin also discusses Kenobi with Vader seemingly being well aware of the entire story there, aside from him having kids of course.

In a recent video the Jedi and people's general unfamiliarity with them is explained away as the lack of numbers for them, so most people never met one.  Tarkin emphasizes that in the last story arc of Rebs saying he knew the Jedi, not from stories, but in person.  He was there to see them die too, so he knows they're not all-powerful and omnipotent like lil Annie felt they were even in TPM.

I figure not many knew, but some important people still left in the galaxy did, ultimately.  I wonder if his identity never really mattered too...  Like, why hide who he was?  What's it matter?  It's good for the story, of course, but was there any logical reason to keep who he was from the public anyway?  Even if you propaganda spin the Jedi as trying to overthrow the Republic and stuff, you can always play up Ani/Vader as a hero in stopping it from happening.  The Jedi instill anything from fear, to respect, to people being star-struck, to people thinking they're full of **** scammers.  It'd be easy to manipulate that against them, and not need to hide who Vader is for any real reason at all.

On 8 I'm probably going to just get a case and deal with it whatever it may be.

The case was hurting as it was...  I wound up going with 2x each individuals on the Clones and Dutch.  I'm splitting the order with a local buddy.  Free shipping, and Rex was only $11.99, so it worked out for us to do it that way.  We'll save over buying a whole case and eating the stormtroopers, the Hoth Luke, etc.

I'm not a big fan of that Chewbacca for the price, ultimately.  I wanted it to put with the Leia but not for $13.  I'll play the waiting game there.

I love the Clones for what they are...  All are interesting armor, unique decos, and besides Doom, I think they're decent choices.  I would've preferred a SA Phase I Bly to Doom, but that's me.  I'm all about Phase I versions of guys like him, or Cody even.  Cody would be absolutely awesome with a Phase I sculpt, especially since the early episodes made you think he and Rex were going to be best buds.

Dutch, I'll buy any Rebel Pilot...  His preorder sold out on BBTS, despite "Rebel Pilots don't sell well" mantra, so I'm glad I got my order in on him at Entertainment Earth.  He is, like so many others, a needed upgrade.

I'm not a fan of the pricehike but dealing with it...  It is what it is, and if I still like figures I'm still into them regardless of the cost.  I'll just be more particular on things like that Chewbacca, for sure.

Leia getting pushed back...  Any theories why?  I'm thinking it was a case costing issue, and she's bumped to the next assortment (since it's the last TBS one), but I'm not really sure why they'd go that route either.  Perhaps they think a Stormtrooper makes more sense right now?  With the toon and all, I mean.  Leia maybe will balance out the next wave's cost to some degree perhaps.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 4, 2015, 06:14 PM »
I'd dig seeing some Rebels we know, but not all...  Not sure on Madine since I kinda like his backstory as it is...  Would almost rather see Dodonna and the Yavin guys since a lot of their story is kind of vague.  Capt. Antilles would be neat, especially since the ROTS and ANH Antilles are very different dudes, so I'd kinda dig seeing them explain that.  Some of the pilots would be cool to see too.

Pics I caught online are the crummy one, basically.  The one with the rifle and such.  I thought it came out in TBS earlier?  I seem to recall it being out anyway.

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