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I saw this Yakface Rumor Report about some new TVC vehicles.

3 x TVC vehicles in the 2019 line.  Two are from the Original Trilogy and one is from Episode IX.  I was somewhat struck by the omission of the word NEW from the posting.  My guesses?

Clearly we now know that one of the OT vehicles is the upcoming Skiff.  As for the other pending OT vehicle?  Who knows.  I'd still like to see the Darth Vader TIE Advanced X-1 redone from the ground up.

In light of this thread getting bumped up, it has me wondering about what the TVC vehicle from The Rise of Skywalker will be, especially now that we've had time to look at both the poster and the trailer.  That First Order TIE Interceptor seems like a prime candidate.  And we also saw an A-Wing in at least a couple of scenes.  Plus the poster has three Rebel fighters - X-Wing, Y-Wing and an A-Wing.  Then there are the First Order fighters, including that new TIE Interceptor variant.  The options certainly seem to have opened up significantly.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:06 AM »
I've been seeing a good deal of speculation that GRRM may be sitting on books 6 and 7, and likely struck a deal with HBO to do just that.  I can see the reasoning behind that concept since the show and the books began to diverge in some significant ways.  And once the show caught up with the books it made more sense to let the HBO series stand on its own.

Meanwhile there's word of as many as 3 Westeros based TV shows in development.  One that I've heard about may go back thousands of years, which could be as far as when the First Men came to Westeros and their conflict with the Children of the Forest.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 20, 2019, 09:16 AM »
There was a lot to unpack with last night's episode.

RE: Jon.  The echoes to Ned Stark's honor and loyalty rang through with Jon, as did some of his backstory when Robert's rebellion took Kings Landing.  In some ways he was able to right some of the wrongs that Ned had to let go when the Lannisters sacked Kings Landing and killed so many.  But now Jon was able to avenge some of the innocents by dispatching someone who had wantonly killed so many women and children.  And the knife to the heart was much like season 5 when Jon was stabbed at Castle Black.

In a way, I kind of think that Jon got what he wanted.  He just didn't realize it at first.  He always said that he did not want the throne, and I think you have to take him at his word.  He might have done it if called by a sense of duty, but it doesn't seem like he would do it under any other circumstances.  Sending Jon back to the Night's Watch was really like sending him home.  He was reunited with Ghost.  And he looked genuinely happy as he took the free folk back home, north of the Wall.  And how was that scene for a bookend?  The first shots of the series were the rangers going through the tunnel in the wall, and the final shots are Jon Snow travelling north and with a new sense of belonging.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (SPOILERS)
« on: May 14, 2019, 07:26 PM »
There are some things about Cap and Peggy that definitely leave you scratching your head.  He went to visit her in the retirement home in Winter Soldier, and then he served as a pallbearer at her funeral in Civil War.  But if we're talking about divergent realities, then maybe the Peggy Carter of that prime timeline never did marry the time travelling Steve Rogers?

Don't forget we're getting The Mandalorian, The Cassian Andor Series and a bunch of other stuff on Disney+.  Plenty of new Star Wars for us!

+1.  When people started expressing surprise about how long it would be until the next theatrical release I couldn't help but think that the focus was going to be on the television projects.  Resistance is already established and running on the Disney Channel.  The Mandalorian debuts this fall.  And after that there's the return of Clone Wars for a final season and the Cassian Andor series.  There's plenty of Star Wars in the pipeline in terms of new entertainment.

I picked up a couple of these at a local Target store.  Finding it listed online and held for me at customer service was pretty nice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 13, 2019, 07:53 PM »
Danaerys was no angel.  There have been times where her intentions have appeared noble, but she has strayed into darkness on a number of occasions.  EW came up with this:  7 times Game of Thrones foreshadowed Daenerys' dark turn

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 13, 2019, 10:03 AM »
Burn them all

True dat! Right down to the exploding caches of wild fyre.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:56 AM »
I thought last night's episode was astounding.  But it really was about some things just unraveling beyond anyone's control.  Dany's paranoia has been steadily growing, and it is becoming more clear that the Starks were right to mistrust her, and Jon Snow truly knows nothing.  Varys seems to have let the word out in advance of his untimely demise.  Just how many ravens did he dispatch before he himself was dispatched by Drogon?

The battle was epic.  I was expecting that much.  When Dany took out the Iron Fleet in a matter of minutes and then all of the scorpions on the walls of Kings Landing?  And then when the gates exploded in flames and decimated the Golden Company?  I yelled "holy ******* ****?!!" at my tv.  I had to genuinely wonder if Tyrion's call for the bells to ring in surrender would lead to the limited battle that he had planned for. 

And then Dany turned.  The House Targaryen words of "Fire and blood" were in full effect and it was truly gruesome.

What I'm kind of shocked at is how people reacted on social media.  Have they been watching the same show that I started watching back in 2011?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (SPOILERS)
« on: May 12, 2019, 11:32 AM »
That whole segment was a fantastic callback to "The Winter Soldier".  I seriously didn't expect to see Robert Redford reprising his role as Secretary Pierce, especially since he had said he was retiring from acting when he was promoting his last film, "The Old Man With The Gun".  And it looked like a lot of the actors from the

In that whole 2012 part of the time heist Loki's disappearance was actually something I was happy to see.  Tom Hiddleston has been amazing in that role and I was genuinely shocked when Thanos killed Loki in "Infinity War" and then taunted him about staying dead.  And hasn't there been an announcement that there will be a Loki tv series on Disney+?  They had to bring him back somehow.

Tunghori is back up and running.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:36 PM »
Glad to see two of those.  Dooku has been on my list for almost as long as the Black Series has been around.  And with 20 years having passed since TPM, it might be time for Jar Jar, too.  I'm wondering if a young Anakin or Padme might be in the works, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 7, 2019, 08:36 AM »
Ilyn Payne is still around?  Seems like we haven't seen him in 3 or 4 seasons.

The actor, Wilko Johnson, was diagnosed with (what was believed to be) terminal cancer around 2012 and was effectively written out of the series following the second season.  The only notable function that Ilyn Payne served in the books was as a sparring partner, as Jaime Lannister trained to sword fight using his left hand after he had lost his right hand.  Johnson seems to have beaten the odds and may be in remission.

He does have a removable helmet, but I have so many similar SA Vaders I wouldn’t know which one to compare it to. 

I happened to be checking out Rebelscum yesterday and saw that they had an image gallery for this Vader.  In fact, I kind of had to do a double-take because I wasn't sure what the image was showing me.  From what I saw it might have been some kind of 1:12 scale Asian import, and not necessarily a 3.75" figure.  I was so impressed with that image on the front page that I had to check it out.  They've updated their image galleries with detailed comparison shots of all of the figures in the reissue wave.  The new releases with the facial printing deco are listed farther down in each image gallery.

VC-008 Darth Vader was easily one of the most notable.  The paint apps on the unmasked Vader are greatly improved, and it resembles actor Sebastian Shaw far better in this new release.  When I look at the original 2010 version it doesn't seem like that much of an improvement from the removable helmet Vader that was released around 2004 or so.  This release is leaps ahead of that.

Additionally there is a significant change to the removable helmet.  The original release featured a two piece helmet.  However, it didn't quite fit right or stay on the figure well.  The new release features a one piece helmet.  Even though that might seem like a step backward in terms of detail, the removable helmet should be functional in such a way that it's not in danger of falling apart if you move the figure a tiny bit.

I was originally going to pass on this whole wave.  But having seen the images?  I'm sold.  I already ordered Han, Luke and Leia.  Up until I saw these images I was going to pass on Vader, too.  But not now.

I got elbows deep with a home project today and missed these.  But it's okay.  I've been trying to sell off a lot of my carded and packaged stuff.  I might wind up doing the same with these eventually, too.

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