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Found the wave in MN today.  Very happy with Han.  Phasma is great. 

Leia... man, that face deco.  Those eyebrows.  One of the two Leia figs I found had a horrible eyebrow  (one was almost straight vertically) and pink paint drips (from her lip paint, I think) on her hairdo.   ::)

I want Leia too, but man why can't they give us General Leia who's just so much cooler than this one ya know?

I thought for sure it was because the General Leia outfit was going to be a 5POA TFA figure (like the way they did Han in each line with the more "familiar" look as 5POA wide release).

Now that it seems like 5POA from TFA is drying up, maybe 5POA General Leia isn't such a sure thing anymore...?

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:46 PM »
The YF post mentioned an AT-AT... [snip] ...Given the story of ROGUE ONE and the price, I'm leaning more towards a Death Star set.

Yeah, it'll be interesting to see what happens with that set as both AT-AT and Death Star toys have been rumored a little bit at various places.

I'm not going to get too excited about either option yet.  I'm not sure I want to spend big $$$ on yet another AT-AT after the last big one was so great. And a potential Death Star set?  It could be either amazing or totally lame, depending on price and what they do with it.  :-\

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:54 PM »
I tend to think of Minnesota as more of a win-it-now kind of grouping that seems to have failed.  Some good youth but hardly a young team. 

Yeah, that's the same thing I said, I'm just pinning the "failed" part on "the kids" who as you point out aren't hardly kids anymore.  :-\

Parise and Suter signed to be closer to home... but at the time much was made of "the kids" in the system and how we were so up and coming that within a year or two, we'd be legit.  We heard a LOT about "the kids" - Granlund, Coyle, Nino, Dumba, Kuemper, etc.

Within the first year or two of Parise/Suter, they made the Pominville/Vanek trade/signings pretty much because "the kids" weren't stepping up.  No one grabbed those top-6 spots and said, MINE! So, they grabbed Vanek/Pommer as a band-aid... but don't worry "the kids" would still develop and fill out our roster nicely.  Then last year came the trade for Dubnyk because "the kids" (Kuemper esp.) were not living up to what they hoped.

This year was really go-or-no-go time for "the kids"to finally take the next step.  While they have all turned into serviceable NHLers, none has jumped up and turned into the stars they were hoping/selling them to be (I'd put Brodin as the lone exception).  Granlund's not a legit #1 center (at least not against what we face in the Central).  Coyle and Nino are nice 20-25 goal scoring parts, but neither is on track for a reliable role on this team.  Zucker, Dumba, Scandella all took big steps backwards.

I have no idea if the kids didn't develop the way they thought or if they hit exactly what they were going to be and it was the staff who just overhyped them as being more than they were ever going to be? That part is what makes our owner's vote of confidence in GM Fletcher so odd as he's the guy who put all his eggs in these kids baskets and big money to Heatley, Vanek, etc who haven't panned out.

But yea, with Parise, Suter, Koivu, Dubnyk we're still in win-now mode (or else we're screwed).  It's a big ask to swap out the Zucker, Haula, Dumba type parts and hope for something better, but that's really all we've got until we blow it all up in a few years if it continues not to work.   :-\

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: April 24, 2016, 10:46 PM »
Man! A millimeter shy of taking it to OT, Jeff.  That's a tough one to lose there.

Yeah... but in all honesty, they lost it with the ****** 1st and 2nd periods not the almost goal at the end.  It was amazing the comeback they tried to make and a bit sucky that Dalls' flukey 5th goal ended up being the winner but really glad it didn't end with the 4-0 score at the end of the 2nd.

That third period was hella fun to watch and a much better way to leave a season than the previously mentioned first two periods.  It some ways the game was a nice microcosm of the up-and-down play the whole year.  :-\

Will be interesting off-season for sure.  New coach probably, new asst coaches, maybe a few new faces as they finally give up on a few of "the kids" and try to rebuild continue to compete in the Central.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: April 23, 2016, 12:56 AM »
Here we go...

Stars in 5  :'(

Got the # of games wrong; really, really hoping that I got the series winner wrong too.  :-X

Got my tickets to MIN/DAL game 6 on Sunday!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:09 PM »
Really dislike the Western Conference games starting "late" and then going into double overtime only for the team to lose and going to bed @1:30.  Fun times.

No doubt.  This staying up until 8:30 game for Central Division games blows.  I know they are trying to maximize their coverage with two early games and two late games, it just sucks for us in the middle. 

Not sure how the NHL thinks it's helping build their fan base when kids can't stay up to watch an 830pm game on a school night...  ::)

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:25 AM »
Just a heads up that (right now at least) the new TRU 20% off coupon seems to be working on the Takodana Encounter pre-order:

Drops the price from $24.99 to $19.99 and you still qualify for the free shipping deal (free ship on $19+ orders)! :)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:54 AM »
I'm just going to copy Jeff's list with Tampa over the Red Wings though.

Very brave of you to make that pick with Tampa up 3-1 in the series, Steve.   :P

My Detroit pick was totally selfish - I wanted to see Detroit advance only because I didn't want to admit that this might be the last Datsyuk-hockey we get. :(

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:23 AM »
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I foresee a lot of purple armbands and possibly a state holiday in Minnesota. Dude was legitimately loved, and with good reason.

At least two local radio stations are playing nothing but Prince this AM (one went "all-Prince" at about 11am yesterday).

And then, First Avenue threw an impromptu, all-night Prince Dance Party last night (that will continue all weekend) to celebrate Prince's life - it drew thousands of people, who partied in the streets of downtown Minneapolis all night.

It's crazy - tons of buildings, bridges and roadways were lit up purple last night and will continue to do so through the weekend.

Still can't believe he's gone.  I like this tweet I saw yesterday -
"Let's say the best singer, the best songwriter, the best producer, and the best guitarist all died on the same day. Those 4 ppl were Prince."

Sums it up pretty well.  :'(

Look at characters like Fett who pop up in almost every wave even though he's not relevant in any of the current media content.  He hasn't been relevant on screen for a while, but right now I can buy armor up Fett, those goofy combiner figures, and even an infinity figure.  Plus there are some rumors that we might see a young Han cameo in the Rogue One film...   :-X

Umm...  that's true, but none of those are brand new, SA 3.75" figures, are they? :P

My point wasn't that we'd never see another Han toy again.  The point was, with a limited number of slots in the Walmart Black Series 3.75" line each year, it would not surprise me if this is the last new 3.75" SA Han we get until the Han movie hits.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:22 PM »
- C-3PO red arm and if you want to stretch you could do an R2 since he hasn't been released in years

They put those in a 2-pack already, which was a good way to get the pair out there I thought.

The really annoying part is Hasbro's unwillingness to communicate their plans to know what to expect.  Maybe there are more waves coming, or maybe there is nothing.

With their shiny new "Hasbro Pulse" thing just sitting there, going to waste.  Three "reveals" (of stuff we saw somewhere else first) in 10+ months.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:07 PM »
Seems like it would be a good time to get another couple waves of TFA figures out there (Luke, Leia, Snoke, etc.), since it is only one of the biggest movies of all time.

Honest question - what more do collectors really want from the 5POA TFA line?

I think I'd be happy with one more TFA wave of 6:
- General Leia and Adm. Statura (to finish off D'qar)
- Bala-Tik and Razoo Qin-Fee (to finish off the freighter scene)
- Lor San Tekka (to finish off Jakku)
- and... for the last slot... um.  no idea.  Give me the lady x-wing pilot or a resistance droid I guess to round out the wave.

And if that's the last wave we got before they moved on to Rogue One, I guess I'd be OK with that.

Luke and Snoke?  Meh. 
- Luke didn't really do anything in TFA and he'll probably wear the same stuff in Ep8 - I can wait until then if that's how they want to play it.
- Snoke... how would you even do that?  Over-sized holo-figure or something?  Pass.  Again, I'm fine waiting for Ep8 (or 9) for him to get a figure.

Another former Spider-Man Universe cast member joins the DCU - Willem Dafoe Will Play a 'Good Guy' in the Justice League Movie

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