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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 8, 2016, 11:17 AM »
They could've left the pharmacist's immunity a mystery, but had to explain outright that we wasn't, so to return to status quo on the zombie front.

This reveal really bothered me. At the end of the day, there has yet to be a virus on this planet that affects EVERYONE - even the worst of them - there is always a percentage of the population that is naturally resistant to it. This show could have introduced something truly unique to the Walking Dead mythos by saying definitively "yes, there are some people immune to the virus that turns you into a walker but it's like .1% of .1% of the total population".

That would have been interesting to me, because that would mean that there is a chance that at some point there *COULD* be a cure/resolution. Perhaps the people behind the show/comic don't want that and that's why they ended up making him a fraud, I dunno.


Some one IMDB said "We are actually watching a show about a group of villains".


If the show is indeed about a group of people who end up becoming a group of villains, then they're doing a really lousy job at being villains so far. Villains would have killed the family on the lighthouse island and tried to set up a compound there. Villains would have tried to take over the boat colony people after killing the leader so easily. Villains would have told the hotel workers to live with Travis beating to death those two ****-heads or be beaten to death themselves. Sorry, but that is a FTWD apologist trying to justify that this show is even worth watching.

I think this show is doing nothing but actually HURTING the popularity of the Walking Dead franchise and combined with the cop-out of not knowing who Neagan killed at the end of last season, I would not be surprised at all if the October 23rd premier of this next season of TWD has LOWER ratings than last season. I honestly hope it does because it will hopefully make the people who write the checks for this show take notice and realize that maybe it's time to pull back a little with multiple shows and stop with gimmicks like forced cliff-hangers.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: October 8, 2016, 09:33 AM »
Scored the Darth Maul/Seventh Sister and Baze Malbus/Stormtrooper sets yesterday. I haven't opened the Baze Malbus set yet, but the Maul/Seventh Sister one is pretty nice, would have preferred that they gave a bit more "bulk" to the Seventh Sister since we're probably never going to get her in plastic in any form ever again - she has very dainty legs and arms - she can barely hold her lightsaber and there are no peg holes in her feet so you can ensure that she will remain standing. Also she comes with that little probe thing she used in the show which is cool - but the "head" separates from its "legs" WAY TOO EASILY so that's definitely gonna be two pieces people lose.

The face shield fits snugly over her face, so that's good as does Maul's hood. That is one progression I think Hasbro is making strides in - hoods - between this hood piece for Maul and the hood that came with the kit-bash Kylo Ren - both work excellently and don't look over-bulky and because they are semi-rigid, they "lay" better on the figure than a cloth/soft-goods hood would.


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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 2
« on: October 4, 2016, 10:07 PM »
I know the cases were available to buy from EE on Force Friday - and they had the "Hot off the truck" designation - so clearly EE had some Wave 2 in-hand on Force Friday. It's odd that they currently show them as "sold out" which according to the EE dictionary means that they will not be getting any more of that wave - has me modestly concerned since there are so many figures in the 2nd wave that I'm looking forward to. I hope the now glut of wave 1 figures I'm seeing around isn't going to hold up getting wave 2 out onto the shelves...

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: October 2, 2016, 04:20 PM »
Stopped by the nearest Lego store to my house today - they still had good stock on the new Rogue One sets - so I grabbed all five plus the three new Build-a-Figure sets. Took advantage of the double VIP points in the process, basically, purchased $100 worth of stuff at a time to keep using my VIP rewards. I suppose I could have just made one big purchase and put the rewards towards the Ghostbusters Firehouse, but it mentally felt better to get the discounts near immediately. (I know, I'm weird like that).

Can't wait to start putting these together - think I'm gonna do the TIE Striker first...

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: October 2, 2016, 04:04 PM »
Picked up the Imperial Speeder Bike on my travels today - found it at a Toys R Us. Glad to have that out of the way. As far as I can determine, I'm down to just needing Wave 2 3.75" single carded and 2-pack figures, the Rogue One WalMart TBS 3.75" wave that's coming at some point and the AT-ACT...

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 30, 2016, 01:13 PM »
While the back-packs in these things are definitely a waste and overly clunky - there's not a figure I don't like out of the two Rogue One 2-packs - Moroff may actually be my favorite 3.75" figure we've gotten in the Rogue One line so far - either him or K-2SO - both are really well done and look really good in my opinion.


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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 30, 2016, 10:37 AM »
In all the stores I've been in that class I/small vehicle assortment has been totally MIA. Found most everything else though - Wave 1 3.75", Wave 1 2-Packs, Wave 1 6", Hera's A-Wing, U-Wing, TIE Striker & WalMart TBS 3.75" Wave 5.

I ended up missing Midnight Madness for the first time since they started doing these for TPM. I was stuck at work with a critical deadline so I couldn't leave to queue up, so I ended up hitting a brand new 24 hour WalMart and they were just putting stuff out when I got there at 4am.

I haven't opened up much yet - but the two Rogue One 2-packs are both great and the K2-SO and Imperial Ground Crew figures are both great.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 28, 2016, 06:36 PM »
I'm confused.

So does this mean that JTA's concerns are unfounded if someone scanned the other item that IS allowed for sale?

I am as well - and while that may be the case at WalMart where their inventory control is sketchy at best, I find it hard to believe the same is true at stores like Target where TFA figures had two different DPCIs and R1 has yet a 3rd different DPCI - and Target does use those DPCI numbers for inventory control, not just for locating and placing items on the shelves...

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 27, 2016, 10:59 PM »
I've done this several times before with decent success, especially at a place like Wal-Mart where the general staff IQ seems lower.  Assuming they've got some TFA figures still on the pegs I would grab one TFA figure and all the Rogue One figures I wanted.  I would make sure they scanned the TFA figure first and when the error pops up on the Rogue One figures I would just say there were all on the same peg or were right next to them listed at the same price.  The checkout person has always just modified the quantity of the TFA figure scanned and shoved all the Rogue One figures in the bag.  Then later you can bring back the one TFA figure you don't need.

While that does work, make sure you do it at a WalMart where you DON'T normally go. The problem downstream would be that the WalMart where you do this would have a negative number of TFA figures to indicate that they sold more than they had in stock and still a positive sock quantity of the new Rogue One figures - that would NEVER decrease. So not until a competent manager/line supervisor figures that the -7 TFA figures really were the +7 R1 figures that are still plaguing the inventory, that store may NEVER see replenishment down the line because from the inventory computer's perspective, 7 R1 figures are peg-warming.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:29 PM »
I posted a bit about this over on the vehicle thread in my post about finding Hera's A-Wing. So in one WalMart I went to, I got there as the girl working the aisle was putting the figures on the pegs. I asked her if I was allowed to buy them and she said "yes". I took them up to the register but was shut-down. Took the figures back to her, she scanned them and indicated that scanning the figures yielded no information about them being blocked or prohibited from sale. She said maybe it had to do with the fact that she hadn't set the "mod" for the figures yet, which she was going to do later in the morning. So I left and thanked her for the help.

This morning I went into the store to find 2x of Kylo Ren, 2x of the Imperial Ground Crew and 1x of K-2SO on the pegs - the remaining figures were gone.

I took those five figures up to the register and was again denied. This time I asked if I could please purchase them as it seems someone else had already purchased the other 12 figures in the case. They indicated that they had the figures up front, but when I asked if I could see them to confirm, they denied my request saying that they couldn't let me see them. So as far as I'm concerned they probably sold a few of them, maybe they had some others, who knows, doesn't matter really.

My point though is that there is nothing on these figures indicating a street date, it's a computer-thing ONLY. So basically this is going to keep happening throughout the week as more and more product starts to trickle in and employees put them out on the shelves...

While I'm never gonna try to "beat" the system and scan and alternate item, it would be nice if I could score a nice percentage of stuff early, so on FF, it's just a matter of hitting a few stores for a few minutes and being "done". I have contemplated the thought if just zeroing in on Kanan and Sabine and then ordering a case from EE of the wave 1 figures.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: September 26, 2016, 11:45 PM »
Was able to get 2x of the A-Wing with Hera this morning at a WalMart I pass on the drive into work. They were out on the shelves. I took them up to the register fully expecting to be shut down, but they scanned just fine and I was able cross one of the five "new" vehicles off my list for this Friday. I'm hoping to score a few more items "early" just to cut down on the bulk of Friday.

I was at another Walmart and they were putting out Wave 1 on the pegs - I asked the girl if I could take them and she said yes, so I took the set of 7 figures to the register and was denied. Took them back to the girl in the boys toys aisle to tell her what happened and she even called a manager over and he was like "what the heck?" Hasbro's communication of this imaginary street date has been FANTASTIC!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: September 21, 2016, 12:01 PM »
Hahaha, Psycho Chris was on Agents of Shield last night. Hopefully he will be moving there permanently.

I certainly hope not. But I did say to my wife - wonder if this means he's not long for FTWD.

I would not be upset one bit if both Travis and Chris were killed by the end of this season.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: September 7, 2016, 01:56 AM »
Ophilia must be some kind of secret Ninja badass to have gotten out of there without being eaten or spotted by anyone.

She doesn't need to be, she merely jumped off the balcony of whatever room she was in, got up and walked away.

What takes me out of the moment for this show is that CLEARLY whoever is running the show has never watched a single episode of TWD. I don't care if those walkers had only been dead for a couple of days, just like any human body that falls out of a building 15+ stories up - it goes "splat" when it hits the ground and even if it doesn't go "splat", every bone in the body would be shattered and regardless of the mindless "will" of the virus, there would be nothing that walker could do to get up and actually walk. That was courtesy of the wonderful writing last week.

This week it was father-of-the-bride who dies of a heart attack and turns in under a minute. Meanwhile, back in season one, Andrea holds her sister all night waiting for her to turn. I don't care if you turn instantly or if it takes time, but whatever it is - STICK WITH IT.

Every time I see a new group of people get introduced, I am hopeful that it means there is a chance of pruning some of the show's "regulars" - at this point, I could care less if Madison, Strand, Travis, Chris, Nick, Ofelia or Alicia were all to die - and a new group, like say for example the survivors of the wedding party and the hotel manager are the new group that we follow.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 2
« on: September 7, 2016, 12:25 AM »
I agree on the pack ins...  They're painted, labor to put them together...  Just pack in an extra gun and articulate them a little more and you'll make more people happier I think.  But hey whatever. These weapons and zip lines and crap...  Meh.

Agreed - I would much rather have cut-angle elbows to at least give *SOME* semblance of an elbow joint than over-sized zipline accessories that most kids are gonna lose/toss and most collectors are just gonna throw into a bin of excess junk...

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: September 7, 2016, 12:23 AM »
Picked up the Star Scavenger from The Freemaker Adventures tonight since TRU is running the Star Wars Lego sale - it was the only remaining released Star Wars Lego Set I didn't have yet. Bring on the Rogue One stuff at the end of this month I guess - but since Lego is starting the double rewards points in October, I'll probably hold off until Oct 1st and then order all of the new sets. I'm still not sure I want to get the "new" Death Star, it's a bit too much like the 2008 one for my liking...

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