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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: June 2, 2017, 09:27 PM »
Evil BB-8?

And with that, I now know why I get a knowing smirk from the Disney Parks Merchandising team when I asked them after their SWCO panel if they were going to be doing anything else with that new Build-a-Droid BB-8 sculpt. While I still believe we will get a Holo BB-8 one day, I have no doubt that around the holidays this year there will be a BAD version of this black BB unit.

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The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: May 29, 2017, 03:20 PM »
Picked up one of the Spiderman: Homecoming sets at my local Walmart today - 76082: ATM Heist Battle

Does anyone know when the Thor: Ragnarok sets are supposed to come out? The book for this set shows the two Spiderman sets and the two Thor sets - wonder if the Thor sets are coming out soon as well...

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 29, 2017, 03:19 PM »
Walked into WalMart this afternoon to find the Rathtar Escape set priced at $70 (MSRP is $80) - not sure how/why, but I didn't question it and picked it up, so scratch that one off the list. I think that leaves me with the Republic Fighter Tank, Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperspace Ring, the two Freemaker Adventure sets and the two constraction sets.

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Hall of Justice / Re: LEGO Does the DC Universe
« on: May 29, 2017, 07:26 AM »
Picked up these sets at the Toys R Us near where I work...

70913: Scarecrow Fearful Face-off
70914: Bane Toxic Truck Attack
70917: The Ultimate Batmobile

Trying to "complete" this sub-line as much as possible before the Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League sets all start hitting.

Of the boxed sets only have the Two-Face Front-Loader and the Batwing. Still also need to get that polybag with the "battlepod" and unique Batsuit in it - gonna hold off until the movie comes out on BluRay in a couple of weeks to see if that hits somewhere as a purchasable polybag or a gift-with-purchase, it just hit the TRUs in the UK, so maybe it will do the same here in the US shortly...

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 29, 2017, 06:58 AM »
Picked up a few new Summer 2017 Sets at Toys R Us before the long weekend so I'd have some stuff to build also cause I had $15 in Rewards bucks I could use, plus a 20% off coupon that expired on the 29th, anyway, I grabbed:

75166: First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack
75167: Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack
75178: Jakku Quadjumper
75183: Darth Vader Transformation

I'm going to pace myself with these, but I do want to be "done" with them before the Last Jedi stuff hits in September, probably will pick up the Rathtar one next. I was thinking about picking it up before the weekend, but I also grabbed the Ultimate Batmobile from the Lego Batman Move line and didn't want to go too overboard with the Lego purchases.  :-X

They don't call it "plastic crack" for nothing...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: May 7, 2017, 07:15 PM »
Seemed like they never really explained why Ego killed the Mom. Did he do that to all of them?

Ego said it, and unlike other times in the movie where he was duplicitous to Peter, I think when he was "coming clean", he was being 100% honest when he said that he had been to Earth to visit Meredith 3 times and he knew if he came back a 4th, he would never want to leave, so to avoid the temptation of ever coming back to Earth, he put the tumor into her head. When he also told Peter why he sent Yondu to get him instead of coming for him himself, that was, I believe, a half truth - he genuinely didn't want to go back to an Earth where there was no Meredith, but he used that as the excuse to cover up the fact that he was having Yondu traffic all of his progeny across the galaxy.

Also, I think when it came to the other children he had sired, he appeared to those females of other species in a body that matched that species. When he told Peter that he chose the "perfect form" that was Ego's way of saying that whenever he visited a planet he chose the form to "perfectly" match the inhabitants of that planet and once there he would find a mate, plant his seed (both re-productively AND to put that pod thing on the surface of the planet) and leave.




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The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: May 6, 2017, 11:44 PM »
Wondering if I should pick up the Knight Rider Lego Dimensions set since the figure included in that set technically does make an appearance in an MCU movie.  ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: May 5, 2017, 12:23 AM »
Saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 this evening.

I actually enjoyed it more than the first one, don't want to say much more than that as there's very little you can say about the movie that wouldn't spoil some aspect of it in one way or another. The battle with the big creature seen in the trailers is the opening scene and needless to say, just like with the first movie, the way they worked in music and dancing during this scene was a great way to kick off the movie.

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Pete - if you open these and get a chance can you take a picture of some of the bases?  I'm interested in they can connect in any way, and if there are any differences between the different figure bases, and if the backdrops are removeable/interchangeable.

I may have to grab some of these for the bases if they get deeply discounted.

The parts of the stands that the figures stand on are only connectable with their backdrops - you can't get rid of the backdrop piece and just connect the bases.

The backdrops could theoretically have the cardboard inserts they come with removed and replaced, not sure how good that will look though. You'd need to put the backdrop on a stiff material so there's no rippling of the backdrop, so maybe using double-sided tape to adhere your "replacement" backdrop onto the cardboard one provided might be the way to go.

There are no differences in the figure bases in fact the pegs/peg-hole feature is not really a feature, it's more of Hasbro's way of saving money. I didn't really enjoy the puzzle-like nature of trying to figure out which peg-hole combination fit the stance of the metal figure I was setting up and I'm definitely not happy with the two holes that seemed to match my Han Solo the best.

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We expect the Protocol Droid parts to stick around awhile right?

Yes, the folks from Disney Parks were very excited to be expanding out into protocol droids and it showed when they spoke during their panel at SWCO.

They indicated that they want to have a constant presence of both Astromech and Protocol droids.

My thinking is that they will get into a groove of new waves of parts every 2-3 years. We had parts in 2012, 2015 and now 2017. There have been straggler parts, like for example, some new heads were added on to the 2015 parts around the time that TFA came out, plus they have thrown the holiday edition hats into the mix from the 2015 & 2016 droids.

So if I were to hazard a guess - new parts will be coming in 2019 to coincide with the opening of the Star Wars lands at both Disney Land and Disney World.

Next year will be nothing but carded figures, only now instead of it being all astromechs, I think there will be carded protocol droids released for certain events - I don't see any reason why they wouldn't consider having protocol droid exclusives for May the 4th, D23, Not So Scary Halloween or Xmas in 2018. And of course, don't forget that BB-8 as a Build-a-Droid comes out this summer around the time of the D23 convention, so there's always a chance that different versions of the BB unit would come out as well - since they once did a Holo R2, since Holo BB-8 shows up in Star Tours, that's my vote for the 2nd BB unit release.

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Ordered a set of these from Toys R Us.com using the Friends and Family 15% discount that was in effect last week. Got them in today.

Not great, but not horrible either. I don't regret adding them to my collection.

The display bases are nice and if these ever hit clearance around here, I'll probably grab a few just for the bases.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: May 4, 2017, 11:28 AM »
Got my shipping notification on the three Rogue One figures as well. A nice pleasant surprise there!

Like the rest of you, gonna take a wait-and-see approach to Fenn Rau - there's a seller that has him for $30 on Amazon. I am sorta tempted, but $30 for a figure that should be only $6 is a tough pill to swallow.


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I'm probably going to be going down to Tampa in the next few months to visit my family and am wondering if it wouldn't just be worth driving over to Orlando to buy some in person.

While it's a little over an hour drive from Tampa to Walt Disney World, if you're going to be that close then IMHO, that's way better than paying 200% mark-up for each droid.

Do your family get annual passes? If they do, have one tag along, you'll be able to get a 20% discount on all merchandise purchased at the parks. (or at Once Upon a Toy over at Disney Springs)

If the parts show up at Once Upon a Toy over at Disney Springs (which according to the Disney Parks folks I spoke with at SWCO, they will be), you won't even need to pay for admission to Hollywood Studios...

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: May 2, 2017, 02:49 PM »
Spoke with the an EE person via the on-site chat. She indicated that they will most likely be adding both a Fenn Rau individual purchase and a by the case purchase, but they haven't gotten the go-ahead from Hasbro yet. So just that uncertainty alone prompted me to go ahead and submit a pre-order for the three Rogue One figures. If I have to pay and arm and a leg for Fenn Rau on the secondary market, so be it. Hopefully EE will just put up Fenn Rau individually and we'll be able to get him that way as well.

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I saw a lone Luke Skywalker at Toys R Us.

None of my local Walmarts have gotten them in yet.

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