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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 28, 2017, 07:43 AM »
I'm actually a little bummed there aren't more major character deaths.  I don't know if the show writers feel paralyzed by RR Martin's lack of books to follow, or what.  I don't think there was a significant death this season.  Lots of B level players Sand Snakes, Oleana, Tarleys, etc., but nobody that really got more than a couple of minutes of screen time.

Uh, Littlefinger?  I like how that played out.  It didn't seem to take much for Sansa to convince Lord Royce to back her in her play against Lord Baelish.  And damn, did Arya handle that very quickly.


The finale was solid.  Loved the ice dragon taking it to The Wall.

I'll be interested to see how the Jon lineage stuff impacts the story.  It should throw Dany for a loop in a couple ways, and it may impact his loyal following in the north.  I'm guessing he gets his own dragon though...

I think you had to know that once the Night King re-animated Viserion that the dragon would factor into his attack on the wall.  I didn't totally get the blue dragon fire, but okay.  I also have to wonder if both Tormund and Beric Dondarion got far enough away from the collapsing section of the wall to survive.  It looked as if maybe that last mile where the Wall meets the sea came down, which was enough for the Army of the Dead to cross.

I was kind of surprised to see Sam turn up at Winterfell and meet up with Bran.  Although it did have the effect of showing that while Bran CAN know everything, it seems like there's more that has happened that he has yet to see, like the marriage of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.  We've known about Jon's parentage for a full season now, but to learn that Jon's true name is Aegon was a bit of a surprise. 

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:30 PM »
+1

Yakface has been crushing it in the lead up to Force Friday. 

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Commander Gree
« on: August 24, 2017, 02:45 PM »
I picked up Gree today, and it was at the store that was mentioned in a JTA article of all places!  I'm not sure if these are just starting to turn up or what.  I checked two other stores on my way from work and neither of the other stores had Gree.  But this store is 2 miles from TRU's corporate headquarters... you would think they wouldn't let anything leak at that store. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 24, 2017, 12:22 PM »
I've been reading what appears to be some hopeful speculation about the season finale.  The setting where Danaerys will be meeting with Cersei is rumored to be the Dragon Pit.  And there are further rumors that the Hound will continue south with Dany, and we may finally get the long awaited Clegane-Bowl!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 22, 2017, 10:30 AM »
It was very astute for the Night King to drag around those mile-long giant chains on his journey just in case he took down a dragon that sunk into a lake.

He stole it from Tyrion back around season 2, when he should've used it during the Battle of the Blackwater

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 22, 2017, 08:59 AM »
Having two hour episodes probably allows them a lot more creative freedom where they don't have to have a neat wrap up every sixty minutes.

I'm still trying to put all the pieces together, but agree Arya is up to something to draw out Littlefinger.  I'm curious to see how Brienne factors in to this and who had her sent to King's Landing (I know it was Sansa, but I think LittleFinger or Arya was behind it). 

I think by having Brienne gone it creates a perceived vulnerability around Sansa that may help to draw out Littlefinger.

One of the key things for me in coming to my own conclusions about Arya was what she said VS what she did.  Arya very clearly stated what she had done and where she had been, as if she knew that someone would be listening.  But then she gave Sansa the Valyrian steel dagger without a word, and effectively said without words to Sansa "You have nothing to fear from me".  And with Brienne sent off to King's Landing?  I think it could definitely set up a perceived sense of vulnerability for Sansa that Littlefinger might try to exploit.  After all, first he secured Harrenhal for himself.  And then he effectively became the Lord of the Vale of Arryn since young Lord Robin isn't fit to do so.  Lord Baelish might see this as his opportunity to take control of the North as well.  That is, at least until Arya has a chance to deal with him.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:53 PM »
Count me in the camp that believed that the White Walkers would not stand a chance against the dragons until this week's episode.  Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion were able to make short work of the Wights, but the White Walkers clearly present a different sort of challenge.  The Night King was able to walk right through those dragon fire flames, just like he did with the fire bombs that the Children of the Forest use.  And the fact that he was able to take down Viserion was that spear was a shock.  And then to bring Viserion back for his army of the dead?  It changes things dramatically.

We've now seen Jon kill what, two of the White Walkers with Longclaw at this point?  It leaves me wondering when he's going to make the connection between Valyrian steel and the ability to kill the Walkers.

I think that things at Winterfell are proceeding as planned.  At least the way Littlefinger THINKS he has planned.  I think some of the animosity between Sansa and Arya is real.  It seems that now Arya is playing her greatest Faceless role ever:  that of an honor bound, rigid Stark.  One of the great lessons of the series was how Ned's devotion to duty and honor got him killed.  And during one exchange between Sansa and Arya, it seemed that Sansa called it right when she asked why Arya hadn't attacked the Lannisters when Joffrey had Ned beheaded.  She could do nothing, and I think Arya knows what an impossible position Sansa was placed in.  But I think Arya is very deliberately playing the role of this unbending Stark for the benefit of Littlefinger in an effort to draw him out.  And it all has to be very believable, right down to Arya not letting Sansa in on the plan.  Because Sansa needs to be able to maintain the loyalty of the knights of the Vale, who came to her aid thanks to Littlefinger.

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I'm not sure if this is chain wide, but at least one of the K-Mart stores in my area has put the three 6" Black Series exclusive sets on clearance for $14.99 each. That includes Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base), Rey (Starkiller Base), and Jyn Erso (Eadu).

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" TIE Silencer w/Kylo Ren
« on: August 17, 2017, 09:40 AM »
I saw Jayson post over at Yakface that the commercials had been pulled, but I still had a cached version of one spot that I could still watch on my laptop.  Based on the commercial, it seems that the Force Link tech is integrated into figures and vehicles alike, and even the pack-in figures may interact with Force Link.

They also let a fact drop during the commercial:  over 30 figures will interact with Force Link.  Is that an indication of the size of the TLJ line?

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GameStop has marked these down to about $13 each AND they have a BOGO 50% off deal for them.  And I'm still not buying these.

Maybe if they turn up at 5 Below I would get them for the bases.  But the figures really don't interest me.  And that goes for wave 2 also, which was just revealed by FlyGuy in the past couple of days.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:17 PM »
it makes me think that the 3.75" Black Series is probably coming back in some form for Force Friday.

And, with it being Walmart, I'm assuming that form is even MORE TFA Phasma/Han/Leia cases.  :P

As a realist, I think you're probably right.  I actually found an Ahsoka today, but I'm thinking that it may have been a return.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:16 AM »
Prices on these seem to be back up to $11.83.  And it makes me think that the 3.75" Black Series is probably coming back in some form for Force Friday.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:12 AM »
So.... next week's episode leaked.  Not because of a hack, but because HBO in Spain aired NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE instead of "Eastwatch".  WTF?!?!

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:29 PM »
Interesting.  It makes you wonder which version will be available at which retailers.  Personally, I see the Force Link with the Kylo Ren figure being a draw on its own, and the possibility that collectors might get the version of the playset without the Force Link gauntlet to save money.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Pugilism.
« on: August 15, 2017, 04:03 PM »
What about "Boob Boom Mancini" by Warren Zevon?

He will be fighting Bobby Chacon, after all!


The press tour for this fight will probably be the most entertaining thing about it.  I think Conor McGregor is hilarious!  And when he said to Floyd "You're a grown man carrying a book bag.  Why?  You can't even read!", I nearly wet my pants laughing!

Floyd is incredibly hateable.  He would have made for a great heel in wrestling.  His fight with De la Hoya were probably the most challenging of his career.  And I genuinely think he dodged Manny Pacquiao for a long time until Manny just wasn't in good shape to take him on, and that probably contributed to Floyd winning that fight.  But he's also one of the greatest defensive boxers of all time.  And Conor is going to be fighting Floyds fight.

There is only one way that I see this going Conor McGregor's way:  if he's prepared to step in close and take some punishment.  And I also think he might want to go really old school from a boxing standpoint, and take a cue from Rocky Marciano.  That's to hit hard, and hit Floyd everywhere: the body, the arms, everywhere.  But I don't think Conor has the speed and skills to land those kinds of power shots.

So I won't be paying for this fight.  Especially since it's probably going to be a non-event, just like plenty of Floyds other fights.  It's likely going to pop up on social media, and the whole fight will probably be on Showtime a week or two after the fight.

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