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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (SPOILERS)
« on: Today at 05:23 PM »
Solid episode.  I really liked how the hover bassinet was synched with The Mandalorian and kept up with him, and how The Mandalorian could "force push" move it out of harms way.

I'll be interested to see where this story goes.  The Mandalorian is an orphan and I assume baby Yoda is too.  I have a hard time believing he's just going to turn him over.  Hopefully there is some good internal and external conflict.

I really hope there is a figure coming that they can pair with a baby Yoda along with the hover bassinet.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Disney+
« on: November 14, 2019, 06:17 PM »
I didn't realize that The Mandalorian is going to release on subsequent Fridays, with the second episode airing tomorrow the 15th.  I had just assumed they would be on Tuesdays.

I'm fired up for the second episode tomorrow!

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (SPOILERS)
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:10 AM »
What ever happened to the facilities on Kamino?  Were these destroyed by the Empire in some novel or comic after they came to power?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney+ Streaming Service
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:57 AM »
I haven't had any issues watching anything so far in terms of server issues.  And my girl just loves some of the Disney princess content, so it's win-win in terms of us enjoying the titles they have.

I only have a single gripe, and that's about the interface.  On day one I sat down to watch The Mandalorian.  I was able to get through about 90% of the episode, but then I had to get out of the house to do something, and I shut down my smart TV.  I thought that I'd be able to just pick up where I left off in the episode, just like Netflix.  But no.  I couldn't find an option to pick up where I had left off on the previous viewing (Netflix and Amazon Prime have that option).  It's a picking point, and I hope Disney+ can address that.

Weird, I was able to pick up a day later on a Resistance episode I was watching, and it was on a different device.

I do agree that the UI is a bit wonky in some places. Finding content outside their main categories isn't intuitive.   If you search for stuff you can find it, but it would be nice if there were an easier way to browse their catalog.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:55 AM »
This week's episode was actually fairly solid.  Nice to see people actually doing something reasonably sensible with Carol and Darryl on the hunt for information.

The Negan / Beta dynamic was pretty fun too. 

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (SPOILERS)
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:52 AM »
Interesting that he was told to bring back his bounty alive, but dead (with proof) was acceptable for a smaller reward. Yet IG-11 said he was told to terminate. I wonder if he was being tested. And why?

Could be competing factions that want different things that both put out bounties.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Disney+
« on: November 13, 2019, 05:47 PM »
It took some time, but I was able to cast through my phone to a chromecast plugged into my Vizio TV. Some people are stating this isnt possible.

I have two Chromecast Ultras in my house and used them both last night at different times to stream from my phone and iPad.  No issues whatsoever.   Not sure if there would be a difference in the streaming comparability between standard Chromecast and the Ultra, or different generations of the product.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (SPOILERS)
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:55 AM »
Hoping IG-11 comes back, will be surprised if there was so much build-up for a character that turns out to be basically one-and-done.

I'll be interested on this as well. 

It seemed from figures, promo materials, etc. that IG-11 was an important character, but maybe Hasbro only had access to stills and made the figure based on limited info.  Similar to how we got Constable Zuvio and other window dressing from TFA.  But based on the episode I would say there isn't a way IG-11 can come back.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (SPOILERS)
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:55 AM »
Did anybody understand how the GPS tracker thing works?  I assume its just a plot device to speed things along.  I was fine with it until I thought about the target at the end and how it would make no sense. 

Since there was no real investigation or clever detective work, maybe it would have been better if they just skipped the BS tech and had The Mandalorian meet up with Kuiil (his guide on the planet) and take it from there.

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Got a shipping notice that mine is arriving on Friday.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney+ Streaming Service
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:16 AM »
It was really buggy in the morning, but I was glad to see by evening everything seemed to be working smoothly.  I streamed a couple episodes of The Resistance while working out and then settled in for the premier of The Mandalorian.  I use a Google Chromecast on my TVs and it all worked perfectly.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (SPOILERS)
« on: November 13, 2019, 08:51 AM »
So what did you guys think?

I thought it was good, not great.

I kinda wish they made the premier episode longer, maybe a two hour premier.  Maybe its going to build in the next couple of episodes, but I'd like to know The Mandalorian's motivations and ideally I'd like them to spend a few more minutes humanizing him, unless he's just going to be a badass bounty hunter, but then why get a real actor to play him if he never takes his helmet off.  It seemed like they started to go down that route when he was with his clan and was having flashbacks to his childhood, but then that scene ended without a whole lot of insight.

For the most part all the scenes were interesting, but there was one "Lucas" moment where The Mandalorian learned to ride a Blurrg for no apparent reason.  I'll be interested to see if this matters later, but it was a waste of four minutes for this episode.

I do like that its a weekly release.  Gives us time to discuss and think about it before the next episode is released.  It's only eight episodes this season, so I hope they can drive some cool stories quickly so they keep the series alive.

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Picked this up at Best Buy last night.

I was really on the fence about buying this vehicle - partially because of price and partially because of space.  One thing that I really appreciate about this item is the packaging.  Its really small (that's what she said) and clearly comes with some assembly required.  I'm not going to set this up right away, so I appreciate the fact that as a boxed item it'll have a small profile in my storage area.

I'll echo what others have stated - Best Buy has a solid Star Wars toy selection.  Most impressive.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Disney+
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:29 AM »
Finally was able to find and download the app this morning on my phone.  Their servers seem to be overwhelmed and buggy right now - logging in took ten tries.  Haven't tried to watch any of the episodes yet.

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Thoughts on all the repacks coming in the Vintage figure waves?

I get it that Hasbro is trying to milk it for cash, but I'm worried this is going to be a colossal peg warming failure. 
- $13 a figure puts these $3 higher than the Galaxy of Heroes line, so not as kid friendly
- 13 POA seems oriented towards collectors, but nearly all repacks is not oriented towards collectors

It seems like a very muddled strategy that is the worst of both worlds.  Either go all new or at least kitbashed and keep it expensive, or go 5POA or a lower price point and appeal to the masses with popular hero figures.

I think the only way to find the truly new figures is going to be by ordering them online.

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