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  1. The first episode implied that bounty hunters needed a place to start for the FOBs to work.  That's where the skill part comes in.  The first episode cut to the Mandalorian landing on the right planet to trigger the FOB, but it may not have been the first planet he visited.  The Mandalorian's goal is to find a planet that is remote enough that it does not get a lot of interstellar traffic.

    Taking out the raiders and their AT-ST probably made the bounty hunter grapevine, which caused the bounty hunter to visit the system in the first place.  Once there, the FOB activated and he was able to find the village.  There were references to the fact that they were on the planet for a few weeks before the bounty hunter showed up.

  2. 20 hours ago, Mommar said:

    You bought the Mandelorian in anticipation of IG-11?  Because there’s already a Black Series Mandelorian and IG-11 released and they’re way cheaper.

    Yeah, it is a mental block.  Because the Black Series is done by Hasbro, I don't think it is worth the money, even though they are much cheaper.  I was going to start collecting the Black Series, then I saw the Slave Leia figure and was nope... I still have not shaken the "cheap, mass produced crap" image for the Black series, even though I know some of them are good.

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    7 hours ago, Mommar said:

    Still no sign of baby, though.

    Knowing Bandai, that will be the release, final battle of episode 1 version release of the Mandalorean, followed by the deluxe, mid-episode 3 version.

    Seriously, I caved and ordered my first Star Wars S.H.Figuarts Star Wars figure because of the IG-11.  I want to recreate the scene of the two of them from the end of Episode 1 where they enter the door.

  4. As others have said, MyKombini has started asking for payment meaning the release of the VF-1S Hikaru will be soon.  I thought I'd post links to the stores that may start getting pre-orders cancelled (that also don't scalp):

    HLJ: https://www.hlj.com/dx-chogokin-the-movie-vf-1s-valkyrie-hikaru-ichijo-use-bans55800

    AmiAmi: https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-049315

    HobbySearch: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10616645

    Amazon (General Product Listing): https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B07SH712YR/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new  

    Stores that do "scalp" (by this I mean list pre-order above retail after an initial batch):

    MyKombini: https://mykombini.com/en/november-2019/14762-dx-chogokin-movie-vf-1s-valkyrie-hikaru-ichijyou-custom-macross-do-you-remember-love-bandai-spirits-4573102558008.html - 28,990 Yen

    Nippon-Yasan: https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/28337-super-dimension-fortress-macross-dx-chogokin-movie-vf-1s-valkyrie-ichijou-hikaru-custom.html - 32,250 Yen

    Hopefully these links will help people who were not able to score a pre-order.  Good luck!

  5. Here are some Chrome extensions that blocks images.  I am sure there are a ton of them.

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/block-image/pehaalcefcjfccdpbckoablngfkfgfgj?hl=en

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/image-blocker/mkhbghdfcdepfhgeklhdhlmdldiiaajp?hl=en

    Ideally, you would run some analysis to see what on each site is taking the longest to load and then selectively block out the scripts/images/cookies/etc that are taking the most time.  There are a number of open source and free tools to achieve this.  Of course, you should also test it out first so that you do not break the site...

    Google Analytics is another contributor to slow load times on sites because that is purely based on Google's response times.

  6. 42 minutes ago, sqidd said:

    Forgive me, I know next to nothing about Gundam. I'm half way through Gundam UC right now and that is the extent of my knowledge. And I mostly collect toys for aesthetic reasons so "history" isn't much of a factor for me. That said, that's the Unicorn correct? What am I looking at? Is that a soon to be new release? It looks massive. How big is that thing (I'm a big toy fan)? Bandai? I think I see another in the background with the shield? Same toy different display? I think I need something like that in my collection! Thanks!

    It is the RX-93 Nu Gundam from Char's Counterattack, the theatrical movie released in 1988, which, at the time wrapped up plot lines from Original Gundam (1979), Zeta Gundam (1985) and ZZ Gundam (1986).  It was meant to be the "ultimate" Gundam, but with recons, it was eventually superseded by Mobile Suit such as the Unicorn.

    What you are looking at is the first product in a new line called Metal Structure which is essentially a 1/60 scale "Perfect Grade" model kit made into a fully completed and painted figure.  The "toy" went on sale at the end of August and sold out faster than most Valkyries considering this thing costs over 100,000 yen (not a typo).

    Links:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_Char's_Counterattack

    https://gundam.fandom.com/wiki/RX-93_ν_Gundam

    Shopping links:

    https://hlj.com/metal-structure-kaitaishoki-rx-93-nu-gundam-bans57540

    https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-049722

    Product Announcements:

    https://www.gundamkitscollection.com/2017/11/metal-structure-series-revealed-at.html

    https://www.gundamkitscollection.com/2019/06/metal-structure-rx-93-nu-gundam-release.html

     

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