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#1 Walky

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:31 PM

EDITS FROM GALENRAFF:

Here's what was originally in Walky's first post here:
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http://cgi.ebay.com/...em=180326276436

Featuring saturated Onslaught, blue Superion, and Galvatron's giant rifle. Oh, and, hey, speaking of whom, guess who had to get an orange barrel to comply with safety laws.

$500!

What happened after this is nothing short of amazing!

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The first awesome thing is that several people all said they'd be willing to chip in $5 in a community effort to buy that catalog so that the TFWiki could scan it and share it with everyone. So we set up a system in which people would send me their contributions, and when we got enough we'd bid on the book. The response was impressively quick, and we were able to put in a winning bid within a few hours with a purchase price of $380. So now this important piece of toy collecting history is on its way to Walky to be scanned and shared with everyone, and everyone who contributed will be listed on the wiki. Well done us!

Yeah, but then the awesome just ramped up from there. Because the first bid was accepted outright, we were in the enviable position of having to decide what to do with extra money. If you read this full thread, you'll find the whole conversation, but in the end, it was decided that people most wanted to see the money go to a good cause, and the Hasbro Children's Hospital was identified. We ALSO were in the enviable position of having people come to the thread and be disappointed that they were too late to contribute for the book. So what do you do when you have a great charity that the community wants to support and a lot of people who want to give you money for something?

Hasbro Children's Hospital Charity Drive!
(We're coordinated it here on the Allspark, but it was open to anyone and everyone who wanted to participate. This is not "mine" and it's not "Allspark's," this belongs to all of us!)

Goals and Updates:
I'm also going to use this space to point out that the original goal was set as two tiers. The first goal would be to match the book price by raising $380. But "ultimate victory" would be if we could match the original asking price of $500. I put that in quotes because we've long since passed it, and I'm not sure whether or not ultimater victory is a word. There is now way to adequately express how impressed and proud of this community I am after all of this - it's been a tremendous cooperative effort from the start and everyone has been so generous and excited about it, which is just great!

Current total: $2340!

I mean, think about that. That kind of thing just doesn't happen in the conventional wisdom of internet fandoms. But nevertheless, here we are doing it! It's incredible!

We set a goal to raise $2000 by midnight on Sunday Feb. 28 and we did it!!!

Higher Res Images of the 1986 Toyfair Catalogue at the Allspark

Edited by Powered Convoy, 01 March 2010 - 09:48 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:36 PM

wait...

Why would we pitch in money for a catalog.
Only one person would get to own it.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:40 PM

We don't want to own it! We want to scan it!

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:41 PM

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wait...

Why would we pitch in money for a catalog.
Only one person would get to own it.


But we'd all get high quality scans.

I'd pitch in $5 for that if Walky (or someone else trustworthy) were to get a fundraiser going.

Edited by MrBlud, 23 February 2010 - 06:45 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:43 PM

QUOTE(landbasered @ Feb 23 2010, 06:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
wait...

Why would we pitch in money for a catalog.
Only one person would get to own it.


The physical catalog perhaps. However, I'm pretty sure all Transformers-related info would be posted to the Wiki including all the photos.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:47 PM

Is it just me, or does Hot Spot seem to have some extra kneepads? The light blue from his lower legs seems too high, but its also clearly not just that his legs aren't pulled out all the way.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:47 PM

We could do a Kickstarter fundraising thing: http://www.kickstarter.com/

I mean, I wasn't entirely serious with the title, but I could be convinced real easily.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:52 PM

I'm liking that Superion. That Galvatron looks like something a fan would do to the figure to make it more 'adult'.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:54 PM

For five dollars? Beyond worth it.

And we could get a whole slew of jive if we pitched together. Its actually a thoughtful idea.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:54 PM

Yeah, I'd throw in five bucks.

But good luck getting 99 more people to contribute.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE(DrSpengler @ Feb 23 2010, 11:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, I'd throw in five bucks.

But good luck getting 99 more people to contribute.


As an incentive Walky should offer to list everyone's name on the Wiki that donated money towards it. I'm sure lots of folks would do it then just to get immortalized online. icon-fire.gif

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:01 PM

I'd do it for half a grumble cake.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:02 PM

Those photos are veddy, veddy sexi. If I can have it 3 days a year and alternating Christmases, I'll pitch in.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:04 PM

Well i assume we will get mentioned, for the sake of showing what happens when people actually participate in something.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE(DrSpengler @ Feb 23 2010, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, I'd throw in five bucks.

But good luck getting 99 more people to contribute.


98, I'd be happy to pitch in a fiver too.

And I agree with NICKSTART, if we can pull this off, then there?s no reason not to do it again, and that'd be a cool way to get some rare items like origional artwork, odds and ends like this, maybe even some lucky draw figures more easily viewable by the majority of the fandom, as long as it all went to The Wiki. Maybe have a display of rare 'shareholder fans' items at Botcon or something too.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:19 PM

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:34 PM

Count me in.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:48 PM

I mean, we all spend an obscene amount of dollars on crap all the time, imagine if we took a little bit of that to contribute to something outside of our homes.

Could be rockin.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:50 PM

QUOTE(TheDreadPirateHibiki @ Feb 23 2010, 07:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Count me in.


Me too! I'm sure there's 100 people out there who'd go for it.




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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:14 PM

I just noticed I never said I'd do it in my last post, so yeah, count me in as well.




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