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Other Toy Lines / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Figures!
« Last post by McMetal on July 2, 2015, 09:01 AM »
Well, Barnes and Noble finally started to clearance some of the Wave 2 figures at 50% off, so I caved and picked up Brienne and Daenerys 2.0 last night. Time to pick up the Wave 1 guys at Target I guess, and then hope the rest of Wave 2 hits clearance later this summer.

I figured 15 figures was not prohibitive from a cost or space standpoint, so what the heck.
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by I Am Sith on July 2, 2015, 08:15 AM »
I'd like to see them try to get something done for Vermette but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Thankfully I wasn't holding my breath as Vermette goes back to Arizona...  Okay, Saad, Richards, Vermette.  Who's next?
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by Morgbug on July 2, 2015, 12:58 AM »

Regarding Kessel's perceived baggage, I hear it's every bit the Toronto Media... He will never be the team's "face" here obviously so that takes some burden off him.  Malkin's always said he liked the fact he wasn't the first people came over to in the locker room.  Maybe the change of scenery will be good for helping us on the Kessel Run?  :P  That's one.

No question the Toronto media is unbearable.  For that reason alone I suspect Toronto is on as many no-trade lists as Winnipeg.  Perhaps Kessel's baggage is only related to that, but the way that team caved last year after the new year I'm pretty sure that can't be laid at the feet of the media.  And Kessel (along with Kadri and Phaneuf) is a perceived leader.  To go from a playoff spot to drafting 4th overall takes some serious doing.  Now perhaps Toronto told their players to do that, but then why move a sniper like Kessel?  He's a hell of a hockey player and we're about to find out how much was the media. 
Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« Last post by Jesse James on July 2, 2015, 12:09 AM »
Hiya got the paint master back on the Power Loader...  Not much, but what they show, holy ****.  :o

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai 1/12 Scale Star Wars Figure Model Kits
« Last post by Jesse James on July 2, 2015, 12:07 AM »
Jesse, I just built R5-D4 the other day, and swore I took a pic on Twitter but now don't see it so I'll do that and link it in here when I get some time.  I compared it to Bossk, as that's my only 6" guy, so I just thought I'd say it may not be exactly like the R2 from Hasbro.

The figures require a little more than just slap em together, if you want perfection. 

There ARE stickers, which are quality stickers not thick paper ones, but there are waterslide decals too which would look more professional but need "sealed" ultimately for any kind of durability.  Waterslide decals can get pretty complex with model builds as there is setting solutions and stuff you can get into.  R5's look pretty crazy complex too.  But then there's stickers too so whatever.

Also, there IS some painting required for "perfection".  It's minor but I believe those tools are just molded silver, no paint on them.  Not much painting, but if you want it perfect there is some.  And weathering of course but these days Hasbro doesn't weather stuff either.

The figures are great though when they're built.  Not complex, all snap together (though I recommend good nippers and a good X-acto to do quality part removable/clean up).  They are poseable, come with a black base (each) and are generally cool.
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by Jesse James on July 1, 2015, 11:56 PM »
Malkin's less the play maker IMO so I partly think Kessel (and yes I will make Kessel Run jokes, prepare for it) fits in more with Crosby as someone who finishes what he'll set up.

An interesting aside...  As things stand, our third line is Kunitz, Sutter, Dupuis... potentially.  That's not a bad 3rd line.  :-X

That said, I was kind miffed at the trade.  I wanted Kessel, but I didn't want him at a massive expense.  HOnestly I'd rather seen them possibly move a young D-Man (not named Maatta), though Pouliot I think is more valuable than Kapanen ultimately pulled since Kapanen has no NHL time really.

Anyway though, I didn't like us dumping Kapanen AND a 1st Round Pick (potentially?  Still not totally clear on that), and think it should've been a higher round pick unconditional at best.  Our future is on the line at this point.  We lack 1st round picks in multiple years including this one.  Kapanen was one of our ONLY forward prospects aside from Sundqvist.  I dunno.

Anyway, picking up Plotnikov to me is the story people aren't paying attention to, and I think he may be just as important in how he plugs in, and for a lot less $.  He's almost assuredly going to Malkin's #2 line.

Martin didn't sign with the Wild, which disappointed me for you guys out there.  I figured if we couldn't have him I wanted to see him wind up home for you guys. :(

Downie left...  I can't say good riddance as I found him interesting and serviceable.  He put in 20+ goals too iirc?  Not bad, especially on the team we had last year. 

Lost Comeau who they wanted to retain I'm pretty sure, but he flourished with Malkin and I think it was likely to have him go.  He won't perform as well though outside the organization IMO.

So we still have Perron, Hornqvist, now Kessel, Plotnikov, and Kunitz (whose numbers were deceptively bad last year), and Dupuis is cleared to come back and I just hope his health holds and he's in excellent shape by season's start as he was on a tear when the gates opened but then life pulled the rug from under the poor guy.  Plus he's considered one of the best "people" on the team, and in the sports scene in the city in general, and people wanted him here in some capacity one way or another (like Bill Guerrin).  I hope he has some in the tank yet.  Same with Kunitz who had a rough year.

My huge, HUGE fear is the sacrificing of our future for the "now".  Which I get is because of Crosby/Malkin's age.   :-\  It just is scary.

Then again, Saad to Columbus made Columbus instantly the fav in the Metro, and rightly so.

Regarding Kessel's perceived baggage, I hear it's every bit the Toronto Media...  He will never be the team's "face" here obviously so that takes some burden off him.  Malkin's always said he liked the fact he wasn't the first people came over to in the locker room.  Maybe the change of scenery will be good for helping us on the Kessel Run?  :P  That's one.

So yeah to sum that long blab fest up, I'm not so sure it was a GREAT trade.  We gave up a ****load for him, including a major prospect who could be a superstar in the league.  Sacrificing the future for now hasn't paid off yet, so I have reservations.

But I'll dig watching competent players on Sid/Geno's wings for once (since 2008/2009 anyway).
The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: TRU "Jabba's Rancor Pit" Battle Pack
« Last post by Jayson on July 1, 2015, 11:42 PM »
Well, this sucks.  I guess the days of offering multipacks that are either all new or all repacks are over.  And this Jabba does look good, which makes things that much worse for people who have everything else in this set from previous releases. 

One thing did occur to me though.  Was there some perhaps some contractual stipulation in the deal with WalMart for their exclusive SOTDS exclusive release that would disallow Hasbro from offering that Jabba in a retail exclusive for another chain?  It makes me wonder just a bit.

Good question. If so, I'm glad because that Walmart version was crap = accessories were good but that Jabba was like a dog toy.
JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by I Am Sith on July 1, 2015, 11:30 PM »
Oh and Chicago extended Anisomov so that makes that Saad trade look better already though I know the Hawks fans don't feel like it.

Honestly, we have relatively short memories because I remember the uproar after the first Cup and the players that were traded/let go.  Then after they won the second, I didn't hear anyone bitching about the fact that all those guys were gone.  As long as Anisomov turns out to be a productive player over the next 5 years of his contract, I don't think too many people will compare his numbers to Saad's over that same period.

Oh and just because we're keeping score, Richards is also gone to the Wings.
I understand voting for the character that you really want but if my number one choice is the AT-AT Driver, I'd at least spend five minutes to see if he's already on the way and if he is I'd vote for my number two.

It can be argued that C-3PO, Grievous and the others haven't been confirmed yet but Ahsoka is and she still got votes under the guise of people wanting another outfit or a Rebels version.

So what, we champion a character that a fraction of the community really knows anything about or vote for a bunch of stuff already coming, or on the short list, or a character variant before unique characters get done?

Hasbro is going to get bailed out of the worst distribution problem they've had in 20 years by the luck of a new movie coming out and they throw us a bone of a fans' choice poll and we're gonna end up with Revan? Again.

It's an interesting observation on estimated ages of the fans on the various sites but more than pointing to different generations having different attachments to the franchise, I think it also points out who approach this more as a collector hobby (paying attention to upcoming releases as well as how Hasbro operates historically) and who approach it as gimme, gimme consumer looking for quick satisfaction so they can move on and demand the next thing now.

Revan is one of those EU guys that now only older guys would vote for.

Kind of funny.  I mean I like Revan because I really liked KotOR and TOR.  It probably wouldn't get made without fans voting too so I guess that makes it fit the bill.  Whatever I guess.  Yay?
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