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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 7, 2014, 02:59 PM »
Yeah, people have been snagging the SSD everywhere it's sold. It's always been that way with LEGO though. Anytime there are rumors of a set's retirement, people go crazy (see the Jabba's Palace thing last year when stores sold out of the set because of the mosque controversy). Some people have been saving up for the SSD since it came out, and want one before it's gone, while scalpers see the dollar signs.

Yeah - I just called the local Lego store and it turns out they are out of them now as well - I guess folks have been going around snatching them up... Oh well, if I never get that set, I won't be heartbroken... Maybe I'll keep an eye on it on Amazon...

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: May 6, 2014, 05:08 PM »
As far as Obi-Wan, I think there's a couple angles. One is ageing Ewan McGregor via make up or CGI. A combo of the two would probably get close to Alec Guinness. I like the holocron idea, but another option would be just having him 'de-age.' Lucas opened the door on this by having Hayden Christensen appear in ROTJ. The only explanation for this is the Jedi somehow have the power to 'regress' in the Force, or appear as they want to. This would be ok with me.

Wasn't the explanation given that it reflected the Jedi from when they "died" - in the case of Anakin, he actually "died" the moment he turned to the dark side and was defeated by Obi-Wan on Mustafar.

I always thought that explanation was garbage and I think your rationale works much much better. In fact they made fun of this in the "How it Should Have Ended" cartoon for Return of the Jedi - Anakin bounces around appearing even as young as he did in EP1 and the Yoda & Obi-Wan ghosts are like "oh god, please turn back".

So the net-net is that I think if Kasdan and Abrams have a good justification for Obi-Wan speaking with Luke then they will make it work and what better way to make a connection to the PT in addition to already having the obvious OT connections than to have an actor from the PT show up in a cameo.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 6, 2014, 04:58 PM »
Word is that the SSD was quietly retired, so whatever is left out there is it.

UGH - great - now I want that one more - although I think the spot in the store where they used to have them was taken up by the Sandcrawler, so I don't know if they moved them into the back or actually sold through them. I'd find it hard to believe that they sold through them, but stranger things have happened I guess...

How did you get the TRU set? I thought that was just for kids?

I walked in, asked if I could build two of each ship - the table was completely void of kids and the girls working the table were sorting the parts into bags so that anyone who walked up could just be handed a bag of parts - they gave me two bags, I made sure no parts were missing and built the two X-Wings and the two TIEs - grabbed a spare set of instructions and walked out.  ;D

At lunch time today I went to the TRU near my work and picked up the Polybag set of Anakin's Green Jedi Starfighter from ROTS - it was the last one they had on the pegs. Built it while I was eating my lunch - great little mini set. Would have made for a nice Galaxy set with "Sith" Anakin and a Mustafar globe....  :-\

I think my next acquisition will be to try to get the Jek Microfighter from last year's SDCC.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 5, 2014, 07:56 PM »
Nice haul there Pete   8)


I am a huge KOTOR fan and I really wanted to pick up an extra of the Darth Revan mini-figure - unfortunately, I am also incredibly impatient - so I already have all of the smaller sets - so my options were limited to the Death Star, Sandcrawler and the Super Star Destroyer. I have been saving up to make the purchases but all I was able to save up was enough for the Sandcrawler and one of the other two - so I went with the Death Star. While I do want to eventually get the Super Star Destroyer - I won't be heartbroken if I never get it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Spider-Man Movie Series
« on: May 5, 2014, 12:46 PM »
I thought it was pretty good. Definitely a good set-up movie to the ASM3 and beyond.

I would much rather see Sony trying to "work things out" with Disney/Marvel so that Spidey/Peter could appear in Avengers movies and maybe conversely characters like Hulk/Thor/Iron Man/etc... could show up as cameos in Spider-man movies.

While I tend to enjoy the X-Men movies from 20th Century Fox - they have started to get to the point where their own movies contradict each other SO BADLY it's actually starting to get embarrassing - so I would actually prefer for Sony to distance themselves from the X-Men franchise.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 5, 2014, 12:22 PM »
On Saturday, I drove to my nearest Lego Store in the mall and picked up both the Death Star and the Sandcrawler. Snagged two Revan mini-figs thanks to those purchases.

I also hit up the Toys R Us and was able to score the Free Build X-Wing and TIE Fighter mini-ships.

Started putting the Death Star together on Sunday - that has been fun build so far - probably will finish it up during the week and then start on the Sandcrawler over next weekend.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:40 PM »
In addition to Frank Oz and Ian McDiarmid - I'm also hoping for Ewan McGregor to be announced at some point as well. Like Darby, I feel that one of the best things to come out of the PT was McGregor's portrayal of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. I would have ZERO problem with him made up to look like "old" Obi-Wan and stepping in to portray the force ghost version of Luke's former mentor.

Doing so would be a great way to tie in all six movies.

I shudder at the possibility of Hayden Christensen showing up though - might as well have a cardboard cut out of him and then have Matt Lanter read the lines - the result would be a million times better.

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:32 PM »
Picked up CA:TWS versions of The Falcon and WWII Cap to finish off the CA2 3.75" figure line for my collection.

The Falcon figure could have really benefited from having ankle joints to allow him to point his toes while "in flight" - but otherwise a great representation of him from the movie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:31 PM »
Disagree.  He wasn't a 'scared little boy' - he was a complete and utter sociopath.  Rotten and evil to his core, even if he sometimes was unsure of himself, he had no regard for any person on that show - NO ONE.  Talking about cutting Ned Stark's head off with his daughter sitting 5 feet away... tormenting his uncle, killing at will...

I didn't see a single redeeming thing about him, and he was designed that way.

I completely agree with Rob - a scared little boy doesn't take his new crossbow, tie up the prostitute who has been sent to sleep with him and then shoot her full of crossbow bolts.

Now if the scene had been him all nervous about sexuality and exploding in his pants too early, then sure - scared little boy.

Continuing to fire crossbow bolts into a tied-up, naked, defenseless woman whose life you feel holds no value = sociopath.

If you want to be shocked at something, Cersei crying over her sociopathic son's body was interesting - how could she possibly feel anything for that brat at this point? Goes to show that a mother will pretty much forgive her children for doing anything...

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: April 13, 2014, 12:58 PM »
Picked up the Tower of Orthanc on Friday to bring my Lego LOTR collection one more step closer to being "complete".

Got it with double VIP points so I'll have a good amount of rewards bucks to put towards the Sandcrawler next month.

LEGO / Re: Back to the Future
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:57 PM »
Was at the Lego Store on Friday after leaving work and I had yet to pick up this set - so since they had the double VIP points promo in effect, I went ahead and grabbed it.

Definitely a fun set to have. Kinda wish the windshield and doors had been done a bit better, but otherwise it's great.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:53 PM »
Was at the Lego store on Friday on my way home from work - saw that they had the Droid Tri-Fighter in stock so I went ahead and picked it up so I could score the double VIP points.

With the exception of the polybag minifigs and miniships - I'm all caught up now with the 2014 Star Wars sets that have been released. Next purchase will be the Sandcrawler on May 4th!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:40 PM »
Forgot to mention: one of my favorite things was the rogues' gallery they cast as the "World Council":

Evil Widmore from LOST
The Indian dude from the subway station in The Matrix
The hot chick from American Werewolf in London

Well played!

Actually Jenny Agutter was a member of the World Security Council in Avengers as well - so it was nice to see that level of continuity.

What I was wondering is whether or not the "in shadows" council member played by Powers Boothe in Avengers - was that supposed to be the character that eventually became Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) in CA2? Or a totally different character? And if a different character, he seemed to be the head of the council in Avengers, why was he replaced?

The other two guys could easily be re-casts of the similar council members from Avengers (just look at the cast lists in IMDB and you'll see what I mean).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:03 PM »
Why else have a Red Skull figure in the CA2 toy line?

I think his presence is to actually just deliver a more accurate representation of Red Skull from the first film. While the first film's toy line figure is nice - it doesn't match how Red Skull was dressed at the climax of the film. The new figure fills that void nicely.

Coulson's memory wipe thing makes more sense now since I think he was a Hydra agent too.

I don't think so - at least I would like to believe that he wasn't a Hydra agent. What's making you think that he is a Hydra agent, the fact that Hand thought he was?

And I was incredibly surprised at some of the agents who turned.  Sitwell?  REALLY?!?!  I thought that guy was great.  Especially after his appearance in a couple of the Marvel shorts that were on the DVD extras.

I'm guessing you haven't seen CA2 yet. (or at least you hadn't seen it at the time you saw this week's episode of AoS)

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Tiny Death Star app
« on: April 6, 2014, 04:18 PM »
As it stands now I've probably blown about 600 bux on salvage droids and I still have yet to obtain the Chiss Hospital and Endor Adventure levels (nor Wookie Arms as well). I have acquired all of the Chiss and Endor bitizens and I'm down to just needing Tarfful in the Wookie group.

I still have continued to avoid spending any bux on the shipwreck salvage location.

The most frustrating result from salvage is when they give you 10 bux back saying you already got that reward. Since I've gotten duplicate Imperial production rewards, that must mean that the mechanism wanted to unlock a bitizen or level I already have. If the randomizer has determined "give the player a rare item" I don't understand why it just doesn't pull an item off the available list from that salvage zone - seems like I could go through 100s more bux and still not get rewarded with the three levels I have left to get.

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