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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 31, 2017, 01:32 PM »
I definitely agree the show has changed markedly over the years. The pace was much better when they had the books as a blueprint. Once they got past that point it seemed like they were just in a mad rush to move things along. They could have stretched these last 13 episodes into 3-4 seasons easily. I don't understand the rush, I would think given the awesome ratings that would want to stretch it out as long as they could.

I think most of the rush is probably based on some of the actors (Emilia Clark) not having an interest in continuing this series.

LEGO / Re: 2017 New UCS Millennium Falcon
« on: August 31, 2017, 01:26 PM »
Look at the size of that thing!  (that's what she said).

7500 pieces?  I thought the Death Star was big at 4000+.   Yikes.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:29 AM »
Looks like target has their usual force Friday coupons available.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:07 AM »
I still don't think littlefinger is that major of a character. I guess he is a little larger than the others, but I'm pretty sure everyone saw a showdown coming. I did like that scene but kind of hoped that it wasn't arya that did the deed. Or if she did it was in defense.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:41 PM »
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.

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...

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Forces of Destiny
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:52 PM »
Not sure where this thread should go, so feel free to move it.

While I like these figures, and do like the focus on the women of Star Wars, this line does not seem to be doing well at the Targets I stop at.  I'm not sure if they should have been moved out of the Star Wars aisle in to the "girl" aisle.

I know this was a multimedia sort of launch with books, mini-web episodes, etc., but I don't feel like the push has made much of an impact.

Its really too bad as I think these things are kind of neat.  Not sure if these should have been a sub-line of the 6" figures to pull in more collectors, or what.

Is anybody seeing these move at their local stores?  My local Targets have A TON of these on the shelf.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 24, 2017, 05:06 PM »
It might also be part of the disconnected timeline.  Maybe the chains were retrieved from 100 miles away and the dragon pulled out over the course of several weeks.  The show made it seem like it happened immediately after the battle, but maybe it was a month later.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 22, 2017, 01:50 PM »
Funny comment going around is: "I'm picking Gendry for my running back and the Night King for my QB for my fantasy team."

Yeah, if he's got those skills with a javelin he could have picked off Jon Snow and the crew and ended the whole battle in a couple of minutes.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:04 PM »
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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 21, 2017, 01:03 PM »
The only really relevant part from the whole episode was learning that killing a white walker will kill all the undead that it created.  I'm guessing that is going to be a critical plot point in the near future.  The Hound suggested it, but I'm guessing that is the only way they'll ultimately be able to stop the ice dragon and the whole zombie hoard.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:39 AM »
I kind of agree with you Jeff, but I think half the problem is that all of this feels super rushed at this point.  They had six different big story lines going and need to wrap most of them up quickly.  I too am bugged with all the miraculous life saving coincidences and think its largely unnecessary.  Do they have different writers this year?

I'm kind of glad the seven kingdoms are now essentially three, plus the White Walkers.  But I agree that with only eight episodes left they need to focus, and that might mean bringing a quick end to one of the big threats (Cercei or White Walkers).  The White Walker threat is bigger, but ultimately isn't all that nuanced or interesting.  I find the human side much more interesting.

What's a "K-Mart"?  Sounds exclusive.

Maybe its just me, but I don't think there is any reason to do an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie without Ewan.

I loved Ewan as Obi-Wan, but don't fundamentally find the Obi-Wan character or story line all that unique / interesting.  I don't care how good the script is, I don't think I would be at all interested in an Obi-Wan reboot / recasting.

If they had a script that needed a Jedi in the OT time frame and couldn't make it a Kenobi/Ewan story, I would rather they create an all new Jedi (like Kanan) and tell a story around that character.

I finally saw these in a store (Target).  Wow do these suck.  The ones I saw didn't have great paint apps and left me with an even stronger WTF? feeling. 

The packaging wasn't great as you couldn't really see the bases or backdrops, and the figures were really encased in a thick bunch of plastic on the sides.

I'm still interested in seeing one in person loose and maybe getting these for the stands, but it would have to be on a super steep discount (70%).

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: August 15, 2017, 01:37 PM »
Agreed.  I'll likely spring for this, maybe on sale, but I also dropped $200 on space walls too.

The only thing I'm worried about is the overall market reception for a thing like this and Hasbro's view of playsets as a result.  I think $200 is a tough price point.  Its hard to tell from the images how many electronics or cool interactive features there are, but unless this thing is super cool I'm not sure your average soccer mom or grandparent is going to drop $200 on a plastic playset.

I would have preferred a more modular approach with a price point more around $80 where it would be more affordable for gift giving, but collectors and others could purchase multiples or variants that could build to something larger.

I'm going to withhold final judgement until I see better pictures and descriptions.

Hopefully at least Hasbro can get this to retail well before Dec 15th and not screw this up like the AT-ACT last year.

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