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Thanks for the heads up!  I was finally able to get the Shop Parks app to work and bought the BB droid 4-pack and the R4-X2 & Y5-X2 2-pack.  I'm going to just get B-A-D's and Chopper while I'm at Disney.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:10 PM »
Where's the like button?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:02 PM »
When I was discussing this with some people on social media I likened this rollout of the show to a drug deal:  the first hit is free.  After that you've got to pay!

What did I take from the show?  It does seem a bit more in line with the JJ Abrams reboot universe in terms of design, the technology and the look of the Klingons among them.  Although the language does seem consistent with what had been established in movies and the various syndicated series.

I liked Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou.  And Sonequa Martin-Green was really good, although I only watched the pilot.  As for James Frain as Sarek?  It has to be tough for an actor to play a Vulcan, given the lack of emotions.  But if this show is in line with the new movie timeline, I wonder why they might not have cast Ben Cross as Sarek, since he played the role in the JJ Abrams reboot?  Don't get me started on Anthony Michael Hall as a Starfleet Admiral.  That took me out of that scene.

I'm also struck by one point that I read about before the show aired.  That being what had been this Gene Roddenberry "golden rule" that TOS and syndicated shows had never really broken.  Evidently, there was never any sort of open conflict between starfleet personnel in those shows.  I recognize the philosophy behind it, and that Roddenberry had this idealized vision of how humanity might be unified in a 23rd century world.  I suspect that some of that idealism was a product of the time when TOS was produced, but is it realistic?  And this new show seems prepared to break that rule.  Hence some of the conflict between Captain Georgiou and First Officer Burnham about how to engage the Klingons.

I'm intrigued by the show.  But I don't feel as invested overall in Trek as most Trekkers do.  I thought it was a decent show to watch, and the look and effects of this show are lightyears beyond where TOS was in terms of production values.  I'd like to watch it, but we have a budget.  And watching Discovery on CBS's streaming platform doesn't fit in there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:31 PM »
I watched it.  And it seems like this could be a really interesting show.

But between already paying for cable, Netflix and Amazon Prime?  I don't think ANOTHER subscription streaming service is in the cards for us.  Especially with rumblings that Disney will be launching their own service that will have Disney, Star Wars and Marvel properties at the heart of their content.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:20 PM »
Something a little different would have been good.  Especially since it seems that they had to re-tool the figure in order to include the Force Link chip.  And when you look at a chain like TRU where they still have loads of ROGUE ONE stock, including the R1 version of this figure?  It's tough to justify buying this one.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2017 HASCON 6" Captain Rex
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:14 AM »
Got mine.  Although HTS didn't seem to want to work in conjunction with PayPal this morning, so it took a couple of tries to get the order through.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:51 PM »
To me this reads like TRU is trying to restructure their debt in order to survive.  The key seems to be how long will it be until the hedge funds that own the company just don't see it as profitable anymore.

Clearly, the TRU the business model needs some work.  From our standpoint as Star Wars collectors, we're reasonably hip to which retailers consistently have the hot hand and manage their inventory well.  I keep coming back to Target and the way that chain manages its inventory.  Why are other chains, TRU included, not following suit?  It's time to invest in some big data and get that inventory moving.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 2
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:39 PM »
This wave appears to be in stock at Amazon for retail ($19.99 - $21.99) at this time.  The last time I saw them in stock they went pretty fast.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:34 PM »
Check out the news from Business Insider.

Toys R Us could file for bankruptcy this week

by Dennis Green
 The toy retailer Toys R Us may be on the brink of filing for bankruptcy.

It's one of several options the chain is considering to pay down $5 billion in debt it owes as a result of a leveraged buyout in 2005, according to The Wall Street Journal.

And a filing could come as soon as this week, according to a new report from CNBC's Lauren Hirsch.

The chain's trio of owners the private-equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital Partners and the real-estate investment trust Vornado Realty Trust bought the company in a deal worth $6.6 billion, taking it private.

CNBC previously reported that the chain had hired the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and that it was exploring options to take care of its debt and working with its creditors to stave off filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Chapter 11 protection would allow the company to restructure $400 million in debt due in 2018 then renegotiate the rest, according to CNBC.

The debt crisis looms at a critical time for the toy seller. Toys R Us last year made 40% of its sales in the fourth quarter, thanks to holiday shopping. Vendors are feeling increasingly anxious about the chain's ability to pay down its debts, according to the reports, which could lead to a shortage of toys to stock its shelves and further exacerbate the issue.

Toys R Us has also struggled as it increasingly competes with online retailers in its two main businesses: baby goods and toys.

A Toys R Us representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

We lost Harry Dean Stanton, aged 91. 

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:19 PM »
R2-D2 might actually have some story significance moving forward.  Bail Organa had C-3PO's memory wiped at the end of ROTS, but not R2-D2.  Is it possible that Luke might have been able to access some of R2's memory files following ROTJ?  Because that might have enabled him to learn more about his parents and the Jedi Order.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:57 PM »
I think back to him obnoxiously taking credit for the Vintage Collection returning in 2018.  As if all of his whinging and complaining were solely responsible for swaying Hasbro's decision making process to bring the line back.  It's that over the top bull**** that makes him unbearable purely in the realm of collecting. 

But when you add in all of the politics and his own personal issues that get trudged up in the followup to his articles?  Calling the comments section at JTA a dumpster fire would be an insult to dumpster fires everywhere.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:25 AM »
I could see the Yoda being either an Episode 2 or Episode 3 version. 

But the R2-D2 is another thing entirely.  From a story standpoint it seems odd to have R2 doing that again in the Sequels when the flying feature had not been seen since ROTS.  But I guess we have to wait until December to know more.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:34 PM »
Based on the artwork and the jets, you have to think this is an AOTC R2-D2.  The same goes for the new Yoda.  I got the sense that it's an AOTC Yoda purely based on the stance and the lightsaber.  That seemed like it was straight out of Episode II.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:21 PM »
At some point he's going to be seen as more of a liability than an asset.  Seeing how his rhetoric is in direct conflict with what Lucasfilm wants to do when it comes to developing new entertainment and characters?  I don't see him winning that argument.

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