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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 30, 2017, 08:28 AM »
I don't like to speculate on what may happen to the dragons, but I think it's very likely that they may not all survive to the end of the series.

If I don't get a scene with Jon, Danerys, and [Targaryan bastard] (redacted for those who don't get into spoiler theories) riding the dragons into battle with the white walkers and burning the **** out of the undead, then the entire series will be a FAIL in my book.  :-X

There is a very interesting theory floating around about a significant character that might fit that role.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: July 30, 2017, 08:26 AM »
The likenesses look okay so far.  I know that I'd l like to see some more images in higher resolution before saying much more.  As for the character selection?  It's pretty safe, and is sticking to some characters that we know are part of the story without giving anything away.  I also like the pack-ins.  The Porg that's packed in with Chewie is cool, as is the mouse droid with Hux.  I'm hoping that at least one First Order character will get that white First Order Sentry Droid packed in with it, too.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: July 28, 2017, 06:04 PM »
I'm hopeful that this might be interesting.  Info is going to be coming out in dribs and drabs before Force Friday.  It's just wait and see at this point.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 28, 2017, 05:59 PM »
The more I see, the more I like it.  I just hope that a SA Tank Driver is on the horizon.

The SA Tank Driver was mentioned in the SDCC presentation for The Vintage Collection.  In one regard I get Hasbro *NOT* packing in the trooper if it's going to be available as a carded figure.  But it might make sense to offer up the Tank Commander (with the different markings) with the Tank itself.

I'm not crazy about the price.  And I think a sale or rewards type purchase would probably be the way to go with this one.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:28 PM »
It's ironic that fans of toys can so completely lose sight of what makes them fun for kids.

The Last Jedi / TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:22 PM »
Very cool report from Yakface about a TLJ playset.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: July 27, 2017, 12:24 PM »
Not something that I'm personally interested in, but if you're a bargain hunter:  The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon Vehicle - $49.00

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 26, 2017, 04:28 PM »
I've not read the book, but I would think from an interest perspective you've got to make the dragons vulnerable somehow. 

I agree The Hobbit crossbow is a little lame and uncreative, but using normal spears it appears you can hurt the dragons as happened in Merene. 

The dragons need to be vulnerable and I'm okay if one of them gets killed.  Hopefully its done in an interesting (white walker magic?) and plausible way.

We're well beyond the books now in terms of story, so it seems that the crossbow is a loose story idea conveyed to the showrunners by GRRM, or a creation of their own.  But we do know from the show that Drogon was injured by the spears in the fighting pits of Meereen.

As far as backstory about the original dragons?  In the books GRRM talked about how Aegon the conqueror came to Westeros with his three dragons, his being Balerion the Black Dread.  It was the skull of Balerion that Qyburn used for his demonstration to Cersei.  Following Aegon's conquest the dragons became smaller, weaker and eventually died off.  They weren't immortal by any stretch of the imagination, and it's been well established that the dragons can die.

As far as comparisons with the Hobbit?  I can see the parallels one would draw with the movie.  FWIW, in the Hobbit book the black arrow was fired by Bard using a bow, not the large crossbow as depicted in the film.  Nevertheless, in both stories you're essential dealing with an alternate medieval era along with similar medieval levels of technology.  A crossbow or a ballista (those date as far back as being used by the Roman Empire) is the only weapon of that era that could fire a projectile that might kill a dragon.  The only other weapon that might be some sort of threat to a dragon would be a trebuchet or catapult.  But that's really more of an indirect fire weapon akin to artillery, rather than a direct fire weapon like the catapult that can fire an aimed bolt or spear.  And that direct fire weapon is the one you'd probably need to take on a dragon. 

I don't like to speculate on what may happen to the dragons, but I think it's very likely that they may not all survive to the end of the series.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Commander Gree
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:30 AM »
Only Because I had a couple of other items I was planning to order off and needed Gree to put me over a certain threshold. The stuff I had was not going to last long so I was hoping to include him ASAP. The timing is just more advantageous for me this way, purely a financial consideration.

I also think he will sell out quickly online, at least initially, before the eventual deluge.

Anyway, I got one with no troubles, so no biggie. I should be so lucky on 8/14!

That's cool.  From what I heard Gree sold out online pretty fast.  And if you can get him with free shipping?  So much the better.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:12 AM »
If this rendition of the Imperial Assault Tank has the level of detail that we've seen in vehicles like the TLC big Millenium Falcon, or the big AT-AT?  Then the higher price point is easier to swallow. 

I think the sticker shock reaction is due in large part to the quality of the vehicles we've gotten over the past two years.  The Resistance X-Wings and First Order TIE's were just okay.  And the same goes for the U-wing and TIE Striker.  They were serviceable, but ultimately a bit disappointing.

The ball is in Hasbro's court here.  If they can deliver something on par with the high end X-wings, the big Slave I and the like?  Then I would be far more accepting of the price point they proposed.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:01 AM »
My take on the Tyrion's strategy was that Yara's Iron Fleet was to take Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes to Dorne first.  I don't get the sense that they were going to be part of the front line forces laying siege to Kings Landing.  And once in Dorne, Yara's fleet would gather  the Dornish army and take them to King's Landing to lay siege to the city.  It was my impression that Euron probably ambushed them on their way to Dorne.  Euron seems to have taken Yara, Ellaria Sand and Tyene captive.  He's probably going to present Ellaria and Tyene to Cersei so that she can have her vengeance for Ellaria poisoning Myrcella.  As for Yara?  I think Euron's got his own plans for her.

The smarter play would have been for Euron to wait until Yara's fleet had loaded the Dornish army on their ships and THEN destroy them.  That would have dealt Dany and her allies a much harsher blow.  But I think that while Euron is brutal, he's not quite as clever as Tyrion.  I also suspect that a big part of Tyrion's strategy for having the Dornish lay siege to Kings Landing was to draw the Lannister forces away from Casterly Rock to fight the Dornish who are attacking the capitol.  And THEN the Unsullied would attack a much less well defended Casterly Rock.

I think that we may see something interesting play out when Jon Snow gets to Dragonstone with his hand, Ser Davos.  And I think that Davos has a significant role to play here.  Because if Dany's fleet has been laid waste by Euron?  She still needs to find a way to get the Unsullied to the Rock.  Perhaps Davos will call upon his pirate friends to help Dany get the Unsullied to Casterly Rock?  This is something that Jon and Davos might be in a position to offer Dany in a grand bargain.  And I do like Salladhor Saan!

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:57 PM »
$80?  And no pack-in figure?  OMG. 

The detail in the CAD drawing looks amazing.  And from what I could see it looks like there's a troop bay in the rear when the tank isn't being used to transport the cargo pods.  But $80 worth?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:16 PM »
Agree with your thoughts on Jon messing with Littlefinger.  I've got the feeling that Sansa isn't going to survive through through to the end of the series.

I think Sansa will make it through.  While she's been brash at the councils of the Northern lords, I think she knows Littlefinger very well.  And perhaps with Arya headed back to Winterfell along with Bran, the three Starks will stand together against Littlefinger when he makes his play.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:32 AM »
It would seem that Euron Greyjoy is a bad man!  I thought that the Sand Snakes might have had him, but his surprise attack was just too much for Yara and Theon's fleet.

The confrontation between Dany and Varys was very tense, but seemed to resolve in an interesting way.  As for Jon's conversation with Littlefinger?  I think that may come back to haunt Jon...or Sansa.

More and more I'm liking Sam at the Citadel.  Jim Broadbent is great as the Archmaester, but Sam seems to be making great strides forward.  Whether or not he can save Jorah Mormont from his greyscale?  That remains to be seen.  But it was nice to see things coming together as Sam spoke of his time with Jorah's father, the late Jeor Mormont.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:41 PM »
Yeah.  Steve Evans seems to get it.  I was very impressed with what he had to say during his interview with SWAN.  And he seems to have a lot of the collector mindset in his mind, much like Derryl DePriest did.  Hell, he mentioned Yakface unsolicited at about 7:05 into this interview when being asked about the 3.75" Vintage Collection.

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