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Saw someone had found a pic of Kylo at and so I went snooping (search Black Series 8 and also Black Series E8) and found boxed pics of Rey, Kylo and Luke.

There's also Finn in First Order disguise

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:22 AM »
I never saw one of the Walgreens exclusive versions in a store.  Like I mentioned above, I traded for one.  I did see this version of C-3PO on a 40AC card at a Gamestop store once, but since I already had the Walgreens version I passed.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 8, 2017, 06:11 PM »
That loss of purpose could be a major problem for Dany.  But then in the coming attractions, it seems as if Tyrion and Varys were extremely concerned with how Dany handled the battle against the Lannisters, and that her inclination to "be a dragon" may be more of a liability than an asset.  That could pave the way for Jon to grow a base of support among Dany's court.

I'm fairly certain that I have seen imagery of Praetorian guards with 4 distinctly different helmets.  This image shows 3 of them, and the 4th has been seen in the 3.75" figure 2-pack leaked images, paired with Rey (Jedi training).

Given the differences in the Praetorian guards?  I think a 4-pack of them makes more sense in a TLJ line release than some sort of Royal Guards evolution set, as a rumor report had floated a few months back.

Photos leaked of that trooper in Disney's 7" Die-cast figure line, although that doesn't help crack the code.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 8, 2017, 03:57 PM »
1.  The Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy.  Why would three Kingsguard, including the Lord Commander and possibly the greatest swordsman in the realm in Sir Arthur Dayne be posted there if not to protect royalty?

I always come back to this, too.  Huge piece of book evidence that wasn't explained very well in the show.

When Ned is battling the kingsguard at the tower, one of them says something about how the kingsguard don't flee and they took a vow.  That vow is to protect the king and the royal family with their own lives.  That means someone still there is king or royal family.   Ned tells the three that the queen and Viserys left for Dragonstone and kind of gives them the chance to go protect them, but they choose to stay and fight.  To me, that means they see someone in that tower as the true heir and not Viserys...

That's an incredibly strong case for Jon being the legitimate heir.  But how would Dany regard this sort of news?  And would there potentially be a connection between Jon and Rhaegal?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 7, 2017, 09:53 PM »
That is an interesting wrinkle that I hadn't considered.  R was the Crown Prince.  Did he legitimately marry L?  If so, that could put J ahead of Dany in a Targaryen line of succession... depending on what the rules regarding succession might have been.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 7, 2017, 05:31 PM »

It'll be interesting to see how that plays out as it would put Jaime (and potentially Bronn) back together with Tyrion for at least one scene.
Yeah, that was kind of my thinking, especially since Jamie now knows that Tyrion is innocent and given that he was always the one who was at least... nicer... to Tyrion.  It would make for a really interesting new dynamic.

But, even though Jaime now knows for sure Tyrion didn't kill Joffrey... he still knows Tyrion killed Tywin. Would be interesting to see those two together again for sure...

Jaime does know that Tyrion killed Tywin, and that Olenna poisoned Joffrey.  But then when did Jaime and Tywin ever have a great relationship?  Tywin was always disapproving of the fact that Jaime had become one of the Kingsguard, and wouldn't be able to inherit the title of Lord of Casterly Rock.  And IIRC, didn't Tywin almost disown Jaime at some point?  And it was Jaime that helped Tyrion escape from the Red Keep.  I think there's always been a great deal more affection between Jaime and Tyrion than anyone takes into account, and that might be the biggest factor here.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 7, 2017, 03:27 PM »
The image of Jaime falling through the water seemed to be a direct callback to the pilot, when Bran fell from the tower because Jaime pushed him.  That was a transformational moment for Bran.  Was this a transformational moment for Jaime?  We've seen some groundwork being laid with Jaime that he is growing disenchanted with Cersei.  He wasn't comfortable with their secret relationship being exposed to the servants of the Red Keep.  And his exchange with the Queen of Thorns last week seemed to sum a lot of that up.  I've seen a number of articles today that are trying to link Jaime's story to a prophecy.  But at this point I have to wonder if he had it in him to unstrap his armor and swim to the surface.  I'm also a bit curious to see if it was Bronn or Dickon Tarley who tackled Jaime into the water before he would have been incinerated.

As with any scene featuring Bronn, he was awesome... even if he was on the wrong side in this particular battle.  Seeing him leave a bag of gold behind told me that for once he was genuinely concerned about his own survival.  I'd love to see him and Tyrion team back up, but this show does have a way of dashing hopes like that.

And then there's Tyrion.  I have never seen him so conflicted as when he was watching the battle, and urging Jaime to flee the field of battle.  If Jaime were to survive, I think that Tyrion would prove instrumental in protecting him, and perhaps getting him to consider bending the knee to Danaerys.

As for "the seed is strong"?  I would think that might have referred to Gendry, who is rumored to re-appear at some point.  He may be the only living Baratheon left, bastard or not.

I think events in Winterfell are going to get a bit tense.  Littlefinger's exchange with Bran almost certainly has him off balance, and he's trying to figure out where he stands.  Sansa came right out and told Bran that Littlefinger no doubt wants something from Bran.  And Arya shot Littlefinger a knowing look, as if he's made it onto her list.  The x-factor here seems to be the Knights of the Vale, because right now they're needed.  Sansa seems to have gained the respect of Yohn Royce of the Vale, and she also might be able to persuade (or at least manipulated) her cousin Robin Arryn into thinking that the Vale knights would be best led by her.  That is, if Littlefinger doesn't fall upon some sort of... "accident".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 6, 2017, 11:09 PM »
Arya's return to Winterfell was a little...odd.  But Arya is different now, so I guess that's to be expected.  The reunion between Arya and Sansa in the crypt was awkward, but then when were the two of them ever besties?  They were always at odds.  Now I think they're trying to get to know one another a bit better, and they also might have finally come to understand what their parents were trying to teach them about family.  And her training scene with Brienne was fantastic!  As for Littlefinger?  I think he may come to regret having given that dagger away...

As for the final scene?  When the field fell silent, I felt the same kind of anxiety that I felt for the Battle of the Bastards.  Because I knew something horrible was coming.  When I heard the sound of the charge?  The show was finally able to convey the full sense of what the Dothraki represent.  And when Dany appeared with Drogon?  I started to think "Is this what the forces at the Field of Fire experienced"?

But that ending?  I really did not know how that was going to play out.  Somehow I suspect that Bronn will survive.  He always seems to find a way.  But Jaime?  I did not see things transpiring as they did.  And that last shot was a significant echo back to the first episode in the series.  But is everything in this show always as it seems?

I think that the publisher would want to release the book when interest from the show is high.  And what could be better than going from the season 7 finale of the HBO series into the release of the next book?

I saw a blog post from GRRM that he was recently in New York meeting with his publisher.  That gives me some hope regarding the WoW release date.

Aside from that?  Now I'm curious to see where the stories are going to diverge.  Because there seems to have been some significant cases where the HBO show has made composites of some characters (ie how Jon Connington's book story became that of Jorah Mormont on the series), the presence of Lady Stoneheart in the books but not the show, the status of Loras Tyrell, the whole lost Targaryen storyline, etc. 

But all things considered?  I feel like I can enjoy the TV series as well as the novels as things that are independent of one another.

The pilot seems reminiscent of a Cloud Car pilot crossed with a Clone Wars Mandalorian Police Officer.

Funny though, when I saw the name of this speeder I was expecting something very different.  I was expecting that speeder vehicle that looked like a Star Wars version of a 1930's Duesenberg from the BTS video.  Based on this imagery, I guess not!

Glad to see these pics.  The blasters alone look like a clear departure from the old A-wing mold that was originally in the POTF line and got reissued multiple times (POTF2, SAGA, etc).  I still want to see some better imagery, including the pilot.  Those will no doubt turn up in time.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class B Vehicle "Aero 1"
« on: August 5, 2017, 01:10 PM »
It looks pretty good so far.  It's definitely not the Rebels version.  And I love the McQuarrie inspired deco!

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