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@  Whirl Maximus : (29 July 2016 - 01:20 PM)

IDW G1 has been a victim of it's own success.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (29 July 2016 - 01:23 AM)

Though frankly I prefer IDW Ratchet with a Marvel-style head rather than his current Prime-style head.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (29 July 2016 - 12:34 AM)

Like dual Fall of Cybertron-IDW G1 designs.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 July 2016 - 10:55 PM)

And it at least shows that they're allowed to repurpose designs from other universes.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 July 2016 - 10:54 PM)

Dark Cybertron was around when things showing up in toyline and comic together became a really major thing.

@  Waspinator : (28 July 2016 - 10:51 PM)

Given that that Starscream says "Armada Starscream" on his box, I assume the toy was meant to be Armada Starscream and was just re-purposed by IDW to be a body for their Starscream.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (28 July 2016 - 09:24 PM)

Hey, Bass X0. It's nice to see somene else paying attention to the distinctions.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 July 2016 - 06:44 PM)

Also, Albino Prime that isn't Magnus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 July 2016 - 06:43 PM)

They made a toy that was IDW Starscream with an entirely Armada look.

@  Bass X0 : (28 July 2016 - 05:53 PM)

Other than a change of gimmicks and physical appearance (i.e. Deluxe Galvatron), Hasbro generally keeps a familiar color scheme for the Generations toys. It may not always be perfect or completely accurate, but I can't think of a Generations toy that looks completely different in color scheme to how they should do. A quick l;ook around my room and I can't see anyone who is completely the wrong color scheme. I'd say the FoC Combaticons and Wreckers are the wrong colors, but they're not supposed to be the G1 characters so they get a pass.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 July 2016 - 05:45 PM)

The comics aren't beholden to previous G1 material, and the toyline doesn't have a strict need to follow the comics either so...

@  Bass X0 : (28 July 2016 - 05:40 PM)

And yet the comics are not damned. This is G1 Sentinel Prime, not Animated or Movie Sentinel Prime and so he should look the part to how G1 Sentinel Prime has been portrayed so far. An Animated Sentinel Prime color scheme can come later. I don't recall how important the G1 legacy of Primes (Convoys) is in Japan or even if they have Nova Prime, Sentinel Prime, and previous Primes. So maybe Takara will paint him as Animated Sentinel just because its what Japanese fans are most familiar with.  Sentinel Prime didn't have to have been a pre-use of the Astrotrain mold, indeed why even choose G1 Sentinel Prime at all after how long neglecting him?

@  OrionPax44 : (28 July 2016 - 02:02 PM)

Same here unluckiness. I bought him mostly for the Fire Guts look of the Titan Master.

@  unluckiness : (28 July 2016 - 08:38 AM)

I kinda like Fire Guts Sentinel Prime TBH. Though, I think the gray would have looked better as black.

@  Boomhauer : (28 July 2016 - 08:36 AM)

I would've been fine with the Bayformers 3 Sentinel colors, he looked slick.

@  Whirl Maximus : (28 July 2016 - 08:33 AM)

Same as Animated Sentinel Prime then, I bet he's a Functionist fundamentalist too!

@  Rycochet : (28 July 2016 - 08:07 AM)

Sentinel Prime's colour scheme is awful, they should have painted him in his animated deco, comics be damned.

@  Dracula : (28 July 2016 - 07:38 AM)

He's also orange

@  Paladin : (28 July 2016 - 07:23 AM)

kinda not enjoying my TR Sentinel Prime now that someone summed up his personality as "Make Cybertron Great Again."

@  OrionPax44 : (27 July 2016 - 04:51 PM)

Sounds pretty kinky.

@  Whirl Maximus : (27 July 2016 - 04:17 PM)

the wind blew the sun into the river. honest!

@  Vexwing : (27 July 2016 - 12:34 PM)

Sadly no orchestra for me, but we did have the TFA clip as well.

@  ChessPieceFace : (27 July 2016 - 12:17 PM)

I saw Weird Al at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, playing with a full orchestra. It was pretty special. And yes, Dare To Be Stupid! With an introductory video clip from TFA, no less.

@  Vexwing : (27 July 2016 - 11:33 AM)

Got to see Weird Al perform Dare to be Stupid in his set last night! That was a nice surprise.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (27 July 2016 - 01:40 AM)

TMW you see a bunch of people have liked something you posted while you were away, and you're like "what did I even say?!"

@  Bass X0 : (26 July 2016 - 05:26 PM)

Regarding MTMTE#55 being released early in some places, its okay to discuss the contents of the issue as long as spoilers are kept within the thread. I refuse to read discussion threads of comics I have yet to read to avoid being spoiled. I also find it pointless to go into a discussion thread and expect to not be spoiled if you have yet to read the issue (unless you don't care).

@  The Doctor Who : (26 July 2016 - 07:11 AM)

@Patchy 'cause people like how the kaiser rolls!

@  MEDdMI : (26 July 2016 - 05:47 AM)

I'm officially addicted to the Comics theme. Every other themes are dull and boring now, I can't stand to look at them for more than a few posts.

@  Broadside : (26 July 2016 - 03:59 AM)

"Beast Wars anniversary"? Highly dubious.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (26 July 2016 - 12:16 AM)

How come everybody wanna keep it like the kaiser?

@  zephyrX9 : (26 July 2016 - 12:16 AM)

the kaiser stole our beast wars toys

@  ▲ndrusi : (25 July 2016 - 08:35 PM)

beast wars dicketeth anniversary

@  Locoman : (25 July 2016 - 07:16 PM)

My story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say "dickety" because the Kaiser had stolen our word "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles.

@  Telly : (25 July 2016 - 05:21 PM)

its the rye of the kaiser its the thrill of the the fight

@  ▲ndrusi : (25 July 2016 - 05:18 PM)

Fierce Grape?

@  OrionPax44 : (25 July 2016 - 05:09 PM)

The Rye or the Kaiser.

@  tffan01 : (25 July 2016 - 04:55 PM)

watch?v=gyKOM3469_Y I've found this weird kids video.

@  OrionPax44 : (25 July 2016 - 04:20 PM)

Doozer Sticks

@  The Doctor Who : (25 July 2016 - 04:19 PM)

Fraggle Rock!

@  OrionPax44 : (25 July 2016 - 04:18 PM)

Happy Pop (nauseating just saying it)

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 July 2016 - 03:51 PM)

Hard Rock Hallelujah!

@  OrionPax44 : (25 July 2016 - 03:48 PM)

Soggy Rock

@  Dracula : (25 July 2016 - 02:36 PM)

Tank Concrete!

@  MEDdMI : (25 July 2016 - 02:16 PM)

the Third.

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 July 2016 - 02:16 PM)

Flint Chesthair!

@  OrionPax44 : (25 July 2016 - 02:12 PM)

Sheeps Butt Ramsbottom

@  MEDdMI : (25 July 2016 - 02:08 PM)

Fancypants

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 July 2016 - 02:01 PM)

Biggles.

@  Summer : (25 July 2016 - 01:55 PM)

Jones.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (25 July 2016 - 12:08 PM)

Osmosis.


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#1 Cheetimus Primal

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:44 PM

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This is going out to all members:



Fun Publications wants to take this opportunity to apologize to all of our members.



After many days of analysis, Fun Publications has determined that there is a security issue with our e-commerce systems. We appreciate all of you who have sent in your details. Your help has allowed us to ferret out several different patterns of fraudulent charges that have appeared on some members' cards (any that have been used over the last year with both the club store and our event registration system).



We have several different internet/networking companies looking into the matter. Unfortunately, as of yet, we have not been able to identify any forcible entry either into our internet service provider's servers or network. This is like chasing a ghost through the wires, as unfortunately, the perpetrator did not leave a trail, foot prints or finger prints.



For those of you who have been affected, we apologize for all of your time this has wasted and any inconvenience it has caused you. We understand your frustration as this same type of fraud has happened to everyone in our office on our personal credit cards at some point in the past. Our merchant services provider wants us to remind everyone that even though this can be a huge annoyance for you, the customer, your issuing bank will not hold you responsible for any fraudulent charges that might be placed on your card(s).



We know that this issue has been a huge topic of discussion on all of the boards for the past few weeks. However, we are required to investigate to determine and confirm a security issue thoroughly before making any public statements. This is why we put out a general alert statement two weeks ago.



Until the analysis is finished (can take several weeks) we don't know if the shut down by our former (Jan 31st) e-commerce provider caused the security issue or not. We do know that it has not been limited to those who have purchased before the change to our new provider.



Please, watch your cards closely as this type of security issue appears to be on the increase across the net. No site is 100% safe. You may want to consider having any cards you have used with Fun Publications in the last year replaced.



At this time, we do not know how long our e-commerce site will be offline for both the store and registrations. We will get back to you once we have a solution for this security issue.



Thanks for your support - Brian

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:48 PM

And there you have it. Thank you Cheets!

Edited by ^0^CORVUS^o^, 24 February 2012 - 05:48 PM.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:24 PM

I think it's time to call my credit card company and have them issue me a new card.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:30 PM

Would it be feasible at all for FunPub to switch over to using Paypal? That way, they won't touch your credit card info.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:47 PM

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE(Detective Fork @ Feb 24 2012, 11:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it's time to call my credit card company and have them issue me a new card.


I had my current account emptied and my credit card maxed because of this, cancel your cards immediately!


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

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After many days of analysis, Fun Publications has determined that there is a security issue with our e-commerce systems.


After many weeks of reading these threads, no jive.

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However, we are required to investigate to determine and confirm a security issue thoroughly before making any public statements.


Required by whom?

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This is why we put out a general alert statement two weeks ago.


The statement that read as indicating that there was nothing wrong and no connection to the Club?

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Please, watch your cards closely as this type of security issue appears to be on the increase across the net. No site is 100% safe. You may want to consider having any cards you have used with Fun Publications in the last year replaced.


Smoke and mirrors. Because it happens to other merchants it doesn't matter that it happened to you on a major scale? That's an insane tract to take in a public statement like this.

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At this time, we do not know how long our e-commerce site will be offline for both the store and registrations. We will get back to you once we have a solution for this security issue.


Have you reported this to the proper authorities? Are you PCI compliant? If not, when do you pay your $500,000 fine?

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Thanks for your support - Brian


Someone at the Club needs to prevent you from making public statements in the future.

Edited by Shattered, 24 February 2012 - 08:23 PM.


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:44 PM

What I want to know is, what is the club going to do for those members affected by this? Restitution is more than just two PR statements.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:18 PM

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However, we are required to investigate to determine and confirm a security issue thoroughly before making any public statements.


Required by whom?


Law enforcement can request delay of notification if they think it'll impede their investigation into the issue, and the business that suffered the security breach can delay notification until they've identified the scope of the breach and taken measures to re-secure their system (so they don't just, y'know, wave a giant red flag and yell "WE ARE VULNERABLE, PLEASE HACK US AGAIN").

Other than that, they're legally required (at least in the state of Texas, where they're located, and similar laws in effect in 37 out of 50 states in the US) to notify the victims as soon as possible.

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At this time, we do not know how long our e-commerce site will be offline for both the store and registrations. We will get back to you once we have a solution for this security issue.


Have you reported this to the proper authorities? Are you PCI compliant? If not, when do you pay your $500,000 fine?


For PCI purposes, FunPub isn't a level 1 organization (they're most likely level 4), and even level 1 organizations aren't subject to fines that large simply for a breach of compliance.

Visa, Mastercard, etc. will be the ones dealing with whether they're PCI compliant or not. And it's going to cost them a lot. But probably closer to $50,000 than $500,000.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:21 PM

QUOTE(Lurkercon @ Feb 24 2012, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What I want to know is, what is the club going to do for those members affected by this? Restitution is more than just two PR statements.


The fines that'll be levied against them by the credit card companies should, theoretically, go toward the cost of issuing replacement cards and having the credit card companies reimburse you for fraudulent transactions. There's still a long way to go for FunPub to recover from this from a public relations standpoint, but from a legal standpoint the system has it pretty well covered.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:26 PM

This email needs to be going out to all former members too, not just current ones (I haven't gotten club e-mail since I let my membership expire this year)
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:29 PM

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Would it be feasible at all for FunPub to switch over to using Paypal? That way, they won't touch your credit card info.


It would be more expensive (transaction fees would probably be about 50% higher than they are currently), and there are a lot of issues with Paypal locking down sellers' accounts for 3+ months based on a single unsubstantiated claim.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:05 PM

Bingo. Paypal is a non-solution.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 04:58 AM

QUOTE(Shattered @ Feb 24 2012, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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After many days of analysis, Fun Publications has determined that there is a security issue with our e-commerce systems.


After many weeks of reading these threads, no jive.

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However, we are required to investigate to determine and confirm a security issue thoroughly before making any public statements.


Required by whom?

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This is why we put out a general alert statement two weeks ago.


The statement that read as indicating that there was nothing wrong and no connection to the Club?

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Please, watch your cards closely as this type of security issue appears to be on the increase across the net. No site is 100% safe. You may want to consider having any cards you have used with Fun Publications in the last year replaced.


Smoke and mirrors. Because it happens to other merchants it doesn't matter that it happened to you on a major scale? That's an insane tract to take in a public statement like this.

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At this time, we do not know how long our e-commerce site will be offline for both the store and registrations. We will get back to you once we have a solution for this security issue.


Have you reported this to the proper authorities? Are you PCI compliant? If not, when do you pay your $500,000 fine?

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Thanks for your support - Brian


Someone at the Club needs to prevent you from making public statements in the future.


I'm sorry, but I have to strongly disagree with you.

Just because it's been talked about in threads for awhile is of little relevance to the actual investigations that need/needed to be done.

It's just not that simple.

We also don't really know the scale. That's an absolute bitch to determine, and while there have been people posting about it, how big is that in percentage terms? These things tend to look larger than they actually are (Not always, of course, and I don't know either way here. But it's incredibly difficult to accurately estimate the scale)

Edited by Cat, 25 February 2012 - 05:01 AM.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:44 AM

Yet another example of just how technically incompetent Fun Pub really is. I mean you can tell it just by looking at their sites, but then you have things like this. Things that cost fans not just money but their financial security. At some point it would just be easier to have the license pulled and given to someone who knows how to run the web/financial side of things. Mom and Pop operations just don't cut it anymore, not when a franchise has become as high profile as TF. I'd rather Hasbro run the convention and contract out a few long time fans who know the franchise and fan base at this point. That's more or less what Brian did anyway, as he admittedly does not or did not know TF's at the time the license was awarded to FP. The creative product would still stay at the same level, if not improve, and all these ridiculous problems as a result of technical ignorance would be resolved. As it stands now, FP is at least 5 if not closer to 10 years behind in terms of web services. This is simply not acceptable anymore.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:04 AM

QUOTE(Nanite @ Feb 24 2012, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This email needs to be going out to all former members too, not just current ones (I haven't gotten club e-mail since I let my membership expire this year)


Yes. If this is how the club treats former members, it needs to be under new management. It's probably also a violation of state law.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:31 AM

QUOTE(TF Silverbolt @ Feb 25 2012, 07:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yet another example of just how technically incompetent Fun Pub really is. I mean you can tell it just by looking at their sites, but then you have things like this. Things that cost fans not just money but their financial security. At some point it would just be easier to have the license pulled and given to someone who knows how to run the web/financial side of things.

Agreed, much as I hate to say it.

I mean, I am very happy with the creative side of FunPub, and will always continue to fully support the fiction and art side of things.

But the web and technical sides are just ridiculous. They could improve their web presence a hundredfold just by moving to a new PHP-enabled server and setting up 100% free software, never mind if they invested some money in business software or a pro webmaster... which considering how many members they have times the costs of everything, they ought to be able to afford.

And these sorts of security-related issues could be solved by... you know... using freakin' PayPal. The increased fees would amount to maybe a few bucks extra in prices, tops, and it would avoid the major loss of business caused by things like this.

I mean, while I haven't been hit yet, now I'm going to have to change my debit card just in case... and since I don't have any checks or other cards to use, paying for things is going to be irritating until the reissue is all finished.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:35 AM

QUOTE(^0^CORVUS^o^ @ Feb 24 2012, 10:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bingo. Paypal is a non-solution.


What about Amazon? We're using it for the fundraising, but does Amazon offer Paypal like services that are reasonable?
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:45 AM

So glad I'm not going to Botcon.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:30 AM

QUOTE(Suspsy @ Feb 25 2012, 08:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So glad I'm not going to Botcon.


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