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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disneyland!
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:58 PM »
Ya know what, you're probably right Paul, about it being a replica.  Probably left the nudie poster out then...  Seeing the original, it's really awe inspiring, and they had some facts about it's construction like greasy boot prints and stuff.  Really enjoyed seeing it in person.

I imagine the parks probably wouldn't have the originals at them.  Hell, Disney may not own those even?  I wonder if Lucas gave all them up?  I wouldn't have.  :-X

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:55 PM »
For the most part I agree, especially the slow ladder climbing BS...  Good god.  If I had zombies on my ass I'd be climbing that fence like I was 15.

The Wolf thing, and the whole "we have to be merciful" thing that gets retreaded can die quickly now and never come up again.  When did this **** start, Dale back at the farm?  And here we are in Alexandria and it's still a topic?  Sheesh.

Also, did nobody ever get a chance to talk to Morgan and explain they were almost eaten?  Or that Carl was almost raped by the comic book guy form the Simpsons?  Yeah, I think the time for rehabbing folks is pretty much over. 

The handing over the guns was dumb...  Should've just had him take the chubby Dr. Katz out the door and sneaking away and the gunfire being a bad idea due to zombie black friday going on outside.

Worst mid-season episode ever.  Kinda shocked they offed Deanna, as I thought she was more important.  More Herschel-esque, but I don't read the comics.  I'm also shocked they didn't tie up a single loose-end.

I did like that Maggie kinda wound up like Glenn.  I thought that was a weird contrast (being stuck up on a platform surrounded).  I am sick of Enid.  I liked Carrrrroooollll dropping the mic on numbnuts.  I hate bowlcut boy tremendously and hope he gets eaten.

Why did he look sick btw?  WTF?

The episode felt half-assed kinda.  May need new blood involved.  Gimple/Herd have declined the quality somewhat IMO.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Hero Series X-Wing
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:47 PM »
Interesting on these...  They were $15 on Black Friday at K-Mart...  My KM stocked a TON of them.  I mean, like 50 of these things.  I wasn't sure why, but then saw the BF deal on them and it clicked. 

I went into KM today, and they had what seemed like maybe 3 of them (I didn't look around the entire store, but saw 3) up high, and the box on one was absolutely destroyed.

It caught a lot of flack from folks at release, but this thing appears to be moving.  I really wanted one for $20 or less.  Got one last year for $25, and would like one or two more if they were cheap enough to custom up if I could get them for less. :-\

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:43 PM »
That's a pretty good deal.  All these have been.  Good way to get some gifts for the kids or whatever.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:42 PM »
Maybe it'll come after?  Who knows.

On repacks...  It's tough to say they can do waves of completely new stuff.  I dunno.  Without seeing books, how many are being made, all that stuff...  Usually waves are balanced out individually so who knows.  Wave 1 sold here, fairly well.  Even this last round has moved somewhat with the holiday rush.

Wave 2 is obviously moving better though.  ::)

The Stormtrooper is really awesome...  If someone's bitching about not being able to find these in one breath, then bitching about something minor wrong with it (to them) in the next breath, I gotta say I hope they don't find any then.  To me it's just a fun figure.  So is Kylo...

Leia really is meh though.  Yikes.  I thought of getting a 2nd, but yeah, no.  Not now.

She seems pretty low production run if the case packs are true...  Rightly so.  She's bad.  She doesn't look bad (IMO) she just is not valued out to me.  DSE Leia would've been much cooler had they done softgoods only on her, and the overall good articulation.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 30, 2015, 01:32 AM »
I was able to do some fiddling this weekend, and I gotta say the Stormtrooper is incredible, as SA Stormtroopers should be.  The poseability is outstanding, and just kinda made me bummed about the 5POA.  I've gotten most of those for less than their retail cost, otherwise I'd not have purchased them I think.  And now having SA Ren and Stormie in-hand, they're just so much more fun (I didn't buy a 5POA Ren though as a comparison).

The figure just felt like a sigh of relief upon sitting around messing with it. 

It's probably the only direction this film release I'd bitch, is the 5POA line vs. better articulated figures.  I think both could have a place, but honestly I'd preferred they just dumb articulation down to 30AC levels, sell figures for less than $13 but more than $7, and just lower the expectation that EVERYTHING will be SA...  These SA figures though, they kinda took the wind out of my sails on the 5POA I do have.  As it is, I'd been kinda picking on them lately because they ironically don't stand well.  I can't think of any outside of the pilots that actually do stand well in this line.

The flame and regular trooper both topple easily as does Rey...  The Finn I got seems ok though.  That just seems kinda funny to me given that being one of the supposed improvements.  To me, if the feet are sculpted flat, there's no problem.  It's when Hasbro gets all fancy pants on trying to have a slight step to the figure's stance that they can ruin even low articulation on stability.  Look at POTF2 Ceremony Luke, Ponda Baba, and others... Things back in the day seem to be remembered with some rose colored glasses I think.  Hell, original Han from 78 fell over pretty easily.  Chewbacca too, Luke... I feel that's a "plus" to lower articulation that needs nixed from the list, just my opinion.

I will say, if these were pre-orderable, and you were guaranteed to get your figure, and the line weren't 60+ figs a year, I'd be fully behind that.  I'm not against a lesser line and collector grade stuff relegated to an exclusive role, just wishing it was an exclusive with a pre-order online available is all.

Anyway kind of on a tangent there.  I really had fun fiddling with these this weekend.  I hope they're widely available.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 28, 2015, 07:16 PM »
One of my nearby WMs had a lone set of these, and they're fabulous.  Kylo Ren is the definite winner to me.  Gonna open here, and enjoy some TFA poseability for the first time.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)
« on: November 28, 2015, 06:29 PM »
Guarantee it gets posted now.  :-X

Conventions / Re: Pittsburgh's "Steel City Con" Toy & Collectible Show
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:20 PM »
Another is here in just a week.  Anxious to get back to the show.  Last time I was pretty sick...  This time, not sure, haha.  Anyway, if you're planning to attend from out of town, feel free to hit me up as I should be there!

John Ratzenberger is at this show but not really advertising him as the Star Wars part (obviously?), but I know lots of folks going just to get his autograph.

The show's cos-play is getting better every time I've noticed too.  Last time I was there, there was an amazing 3PO costume that just blew my mind.  It was perfect.

And if all works as planned, I'll get another ASP-7 of course.  :-X

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disneyland!
« on: November 26, 2015, 03:12 PM »
Hey Paul, I missed your post about the models.  The playboy is in the window but tough to see and needs a well timed flash if it's behind glass to get a good pic.  I have some pics from one of the exhibits it toured with (Whete Science Meets Imagination).  I will post it here when I find it.  Forget where I hosted all of them haha.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:50 PM »
Indeed, not a bad deal at all there.  Hmmm. 

Why can't Acid Rain stuff hit a sale for me.  :-\

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 3
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:48 PM »
Gotta say the 3.75" TBS figures look pretty damn amazing.  All of them.

Was looking at some niche "collector" 4" stuff last night...  You're looking at anywhere from $20-$30 for a figure in these small run lines.  And when I say small run, they're probably still significant production numbers, but nowhere near a Hasbro figure's numbers.  So the current price probably isn't as absurd as one thinks, but it made me wonder, if it were to go up for some reason, how badly I'd love to see something like a Sideshow figure done in 3.75" scale...  Not saying all softgoods stuff, but all the extra hands, heads, etc.  There are things I'd be willing to pay more for, I think.  :-X

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:38 PM »
Yeah I thought Rick was reinforcing that bit of wall too.  The blood thing is,IMO, just a bullet hole and zombies pressed against it outside.  So many would likely crush those who are against it.

And yeah that particular pod of balloons was the "rally point" after everything was done and safe.  So it's still there including the helium tank they had.  That was mentioned by Glenn to Enid when they came up with the idea of using the balloons to lure away the walkers.

I actually found the dumpster fairly believable only because it was my first thought that once under all you had to do was "plug the holes" at the bottom by killing walkers.  The smell and their blockage would keep you masked and safe.  And they'd kind of stick there too.  Weird that his feet were ok though. :x

I think someone on TD said only a daybhas passed this season in the show?  I agree tho that going forward I'd want to see if a backhoe is nearby and dig strategic pits outside, reinforce inside, put out traps ala Morgan, I'd find buses too and tires.  Instant wall material.  Use whats worked before.  But realize metal rusts and wood rots.  Plan ahead.

Oh and reinforce interior buildings.  In siege warfare every main structure is a fallback.  Even wall towers are designed to be individual castles it a wall is breached.  So no reason for these homes to look like they're out of the Donna Reed show anymore.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:25 PM »
Boba is popular so I kinda get it but yeah I'd rather have seen another TFA ship.  The snowspeeder is quite nice.  Really the sand one is ok too.  The imperial one just is a step above.  Without reference it's rough to say if it's accurate but if anything I think it may be too large.  The sand one looks quite accurate to what I have seen.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:33 AM »
I sure hope it's to-scale.

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