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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.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:15 PM »

Cardboard playsets seems like it could return given the reaction to the question.

It seems like something may have shifted in Hasbro's approach.  I think after two years of dumbing things down in an effort to maximize profits, perhaps they got a clearer picture of what the customer base wants?

One thing in another Hasbro property got me thinking:  the GI Joe Cobra Missile Base playset that they just re-offered as an exclusive.  So will the interest in a low-cost item like that change their thinking? 

Or are they looking at what some third parties are doing?  I think that might be shifting their thinking, too.  Because the Hasbro guys spent A LOT of time during their panel talking about building the diorama that was on display in their booth.  And some of it bears a striking resemblance to a very popular 3rd party diorama item that's been the topic of discussion here. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 07:20 AM »
I actually have some family close to the HASCON venue.  And my kid might enjoy some of the other Hasbro licenses, so we're talking about the possibility of going.  It's driving distance for us, which helps.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:00 PM »
A great set of reveals for the 6" Black Series.  Although the PT seems to be given somewhat short shrift.  I get that some of it is market driven, but I also got a sense of some disdain for the PT among the Hasbro Star Wars team during the panel.

Glad to see Rex get recognized.  I wonder why they went with the phase 2 armor over phase 1, but then it may be because the PT Jedi that have been offered would be more likely to interact with Rex in that phase 2 armor.

As for current entertainment offerings?  We've known about Hera for a while.  But it would be good to see Ezra recognized from REBELS, too.  TFA Leia got recognized which is overdue, too.  But it seems odd that they're already moving on from ROGUE ONE, and Bodhi has yet to be done in the 6" figure line.  SWAN asked about this during their interview with Hasbro, and I take it that Hasbro is just holding off on Bodhi for now.

The Rebel Fleet Trooper is pretty sweet.  The portrait is clearly a nod to Pello Scrambas from ANH.  But after watching Vader cut through those RFT's during the end of ROGUE ONE?  This is going to be a hot figure!

I've got some mixed feelings about the Jaina Solo.  I get that there were some loyal fans of the NJO.  But I feel like LFL has moved on from that storyline, and the character is lacking in relevance in the new canon era.  Still, the figure looks cool and incorporates some interesting elements.

The Dewback and Sandtrooper seem like pretty low hanging fruit in terms of something that would go over well in the deluxe figure assortment while also ticking off another item with Imperial troop builders.  What else can we do in this assortment?  I look to some of the ROTS era Clone Troopers with their speeder bikes.  That could be an interesting option, like Commander Neyo with the BARC Speeder.

I also recognize that we haven't seen everything for the fall.  Hasbro seems to have some sort of PR arrangements with some publications where I think they'll make some announcements ahead of Force Friday.  Between Entertainment Weekly, Nerdist and USA Today (which seem to be some of their favorite outlets) I think we may get some more reveals in the next few weeks.

But then there's the exclusives.  I had asked someone for help with Thrawn at SDCC, but that didn't happen.  Now I hear that the SDCC exclusives being made available online has been pushed back to a date in September TBD.  And I'm also hearing that the SDCC exclusives will also be available at HASCON in September.  This deal is getting better all the time!

I thought these looked kind of cool in the teaser.  I agree with Nick about the cobbled together look.  Points more to how the Resistance isn't all that well funded in TFA.

I get the sense that may play into the plot of TLJ.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Scale Creature Assortment
« on: July 22, 2017, 06:05 PM »
The Happabore is the beast at the well.  I'm not interested in that, just a luggabeast with Teedo.

Disney actually made a Happabore that's close to the 1/18th scale of the 3.75" figures.  I've been tempted to get one, but then I haven't really been focusing on making any sort of a Jakku diorama.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 22, 2017, 06:01 PM »
Glad to see this!  I had dialed back my expectations for any significant SDCC reveals, but this blew it out of the water.  I like what they've shown of the interior in those initial CAD drawings, and I hope they can also incorporate the kyber crystal crates.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:14 PM »
The new facial deco technique is very welcome, and frankly a bit overdue.  I can't help but think that the guys from Hasbro, many of whom are on social media, have seen all of the collectors out there that have taken to improving on the stock facial deco on 6" Black Series figures.  There seems to be a subculture on Instagram devoted to these repaints!  And there was definitely room for improvement there, and I'm glad to see that it's coming soon.  If only it was happening with the TLJ line launch!

It does look a bit cobbled together, and that cockpit screams surplus B-Wing parts.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Commander Gree
« on: July 20, 2017, 08:33 AM »
I just have to ask....


It's nice to get this stuff when it's new on the market.  But you have to know that in a couple of months TRU pegs are going to be lousy with Gree.  TRU overestimated demand for the Hovertank Trooper, the First Order Snowtrooper Commander, and it's probably going to happen with Gree as well.

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