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@  Plokatron : (05 February 2016 - 11:46 PM)

@Dracula Hey the crab is cool too but this DNA monster is giving them both a bad name.

@  Plokatron : (05 February 2016 - 11:07 PM)

Got my copy of the Allspark Almanac. Time to go waste time some more! Hope my copy of HoS get here next week. Trainsformers! More steam to meet your eye!!! No no don't look directly into the cylinders!!!! You fool!!!

@  Paladin : (05 February 2016 - 04:58 PM)

today's time-waster https://frinkiac.com/?p=search

@  Dracula : (05 February 2016 - 08:47 AM)

I like Cancer in Masterforce. Otherwise it's the worst and I don't understand how it keeps getting cast in everything

@  Plokatron : (05 February 2016 - 02:34 AM)

No Cancer is Disgraceful, Disgusting and Despicable! Blasted genetic abnormality thinking it owns the place. I worry for any who have it this year. 2016 looks to be a bad year for cancer sufferers.

@  Smokey : (05 February 2016 - 01:34 AM)

You're dethhhhpicable, 2016.

@  Paladin : (04 February 2016 - 07:49 AM)

http://www.newsfromme.com/2016/02/03/joe-alaskey-r-p/?utm_content=buffere1d3c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer RIP Plucky. :(

@  Whirl Maximus : (04 February 2016 - 07:04 AM)

Aurora Borealis at this time of year, at this time of day, the phenomenon localized entirely in this comment.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 February 2016 - 02:11 AM)

l-lewd

@  Plokatron : (04 February 2016 - 01:44 AM)

Bang! Watch out for any unidentified P.O.K.E triggers.

@  Boomhauer : (03 February 2016 - 06:40 PM)

Aah, the universal greeting! Ooo Eee Ooo Aa Aa Ting Tang Wala Wala Bing!

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 February 2016 - 06:05 PM)

My mother's a what?! GET OUT!

@  Plokatron : (03 February 2016 - 04:44 PM)

goo goo ga ga bagah na slaguh

@  BillBarclay : (03 February 2016 - 12:41 PM)

in that case! it's a very good composition of comments.....coming from a 9 month old

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 February 2016 - 11:07 AM)

Wouldn't the day of conception have been nine months ago?

@  BillBarclay : (03 February 2016 - 10:34 AM)

oh......& happy day of conception

@  BillBarclay : (03 February 2016 - 10:33 AM)

-> -> -> -> -> -> ->

@  Plokatron : (03 February 2016 - 01:32 AM)

Can anyone point me to the wiki topic on what is under animated transformers helmets? I know I saw it a few weeks back. Also it is my birthday! So my wish for the forums is "Everyone take care and be safe" I think that's a reasonable request em?

@  Plokatron : (02 February 2016 - 06:12 PM)

Also I got my new Pc at last.

@  Plokatron : (02 February 2016 - 06:12 PM)

I still have it. Not letting it go.

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 February 2016 - 05:55 PM)

I had it at one point. Then I went to public school and it got misplaced.

@  LioConvoy : (02 February 2016 - 05:29 PM)

You can't ask what happened to something that never existed.

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 February 2016 - 03:05 PM)

Oh, so that's what happened to my faith in humanity.

@  ▲ndrusi : (02 February 2016 - 12:53 PM)

I'm always dealing with stuff that stinks and is past the end of its life

@  lastmaximal : (02 February 2016 - 08:28 AM)

"Boy, glad I'm not him!" does sound like a familiar refrain for the workplace.

@  Paladin : (02 February 2016 - 07:48 AM)

nothing sets the tone for a work day like driving past a dead skunk at 7am...

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 06:07 PM)

Anyway I just ordered a copy of Allspark Almanac and the HoS graphic novel. Can't wait to see da trainsformers!

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 06:06 PM)

Very true.

@  Smokey : (01 February 2016 - 06:06 PM)

Also rat slime.

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 06:06 PM)

Yes but not Ghost slime. Just human and Bug slime.

@  Smokey : (01 February 2016 - 06:03 PM)

It doesn't matter what color slime NYC has, it's still been covered in slime for its entire existence.

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 03:05 PM)

Not to mention the series is getting a reboot this year. In July so none of that junk counts.

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 02:32 PM)

Not that kind of slime!!! Has New York ever been pink?! No that city has so much brown that it makes COD look bright and colorful.

@  Smokey : (01 February 2016 - 02:27 PM)

New York's ALWAYS been covered with slime.

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 02:21 PM)

Also since New York wasn't covered in slime back in 89 it's quite moot isn't it?

@  Plokatron : (01 February 2016 - 02:15 PM)

Stupid ideas that I can't understand why we keep bring it up. Are we humans just that desperate to panic ourselves?

@  Smokey : (01 February 2016 - 12:51 PM)

Gamera is really neat! Gamera is filled with meat! We'll be eating Gamera!

@  BillBarclay : (01 February 2016 - 11:28 AM)

mind you that Lego Firehouse looks awesome

@  bigbot69 : (01 February 2016 - 10:50 AM)

Someone's gotta go down there

@  DeltaSeeker : (01 February 2016 - 09:56 AM)

Valentines Day. Bummer.

@  BillBarclay : (01 February 2016 - 09:45 AM)

i do.....Vigo! you are like the buzzing of flies to him!

@  wonko the sane? : (01 February 2016 - 09:44 AM)

Nope! But in fairness, I was pretty drunk at the time.

@  Paladin : (01 February 2016 - 09:44 AM)

...does NOBODY remember "Ghostbusters 2?!"

@  wonko the sane? : (01 February 2016 - 09:42 AM)

Oh, yeah, the primaries. Yup, that's a thing that's happening. But it won't end the world till new shmuck is elected, and even then it depends on who.

@  Touch My Thighs : (01 February 2016 - 09:41 AM)

Looks like that American preliminary election thing is happening. I don't really get it, something about Iowa and Couscous.

@  MEDdMI : (01 February 2016 - 08:07 AM)

what, again?

@  Paladin : (01 February 2016 - 07:57 AM)

only 13 days left before the world ends...

@  TheMightyMol... : (01 February 2016 - 02:47 AM)

It gets ten thousand hours to the soul.

@  Boomhauer : (31 January 2016 - 09:28 PM)

It runs on uranium.

@  Nutjob R/T : (31 January 2016 - 01:14 PM)

Right, anybody got the old NECA Big Daddy Bouncer with the LED eyes? Anybody know the battery size needed?


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#1 Hardbot

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:21 AM

I mailed my personal check on 2/28. No confirmation by Fun Pub. yet, and no sign of the check having been cashed on my account yet. What are the chances that I won't be locked in for the 2012 exclusive Runamuck? Has anyone gotten any type of confirmation yet?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:13 AM

I'm sure you will be fine. They are hand processing the renewals so it could take a few more days for the check to get processed. Since it only needed to travel from VA to TX, I'm sure its already at the office if you sent it on the 28th.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:01 PM

My check cleared, but I haven't received any confirmation from FP. At least I've got the image of the check to prove that I paid.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

Mailing out my MO today, didn't want to cut it so close but I had to wait for an extra cheque because my mom needed to borrow money to fix her car and I didn't expect Online renewals to be closed till after the deadline. Really hope I can still get Runamuck D:

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

I have to renew too. I take it we are not using credit cards with Fun Pub at the moment?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:43 PM

Wouldn't recommend it.

Also I think it's a good idea to give them a bit of time, seeing as how they're most likely pretty darn busy right now dealing with all this stuff.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:45 PM

Their store is still being reworked.

They said as long as the had the check or M.O. in the mail by the 9th you should be fine.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:03 PM

Huh. Well. Oops.

Guess I'll just buy Runamuck later.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:20 PM

Now, I forget, did FunPub maybe prolong the renewal deadline after the whole credit card security breakdown and switching back to mail-in forms? Because given all that's happened that seems like the absolute least they could do in consideration for their members who still want to stick with them.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:01 AM

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My check cleared, but I haven't received any confirmation from FP. At least I've got the image of the check to prove that I paid.


Someone over at 2005 seemed to have luck confirming their renewal by calling the toll-free number (1-817-448-9863).

http://www.tfw2005.c...tml#post7399991

I contacted Angie (angie@funpubinc.com) and she was able to confirm that my payment was received and processed and that my membership was renewed.

As far as a timeline goes, I mailed my payment on Feb. 25th and sent her an e-mail that day to let them know payment was in the mail and would likely be received Feb. 28th (according to the postal employee). She replied to check back in a week or so since the snail mail renewals were being processed by hand. So, the following Monday (March 5th) I e-mailed her to find out what was up, receiving a reply that the money order was received and that my renewal was processed.

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Now, I forget, did FunPub maybe prolong the renewal deadline after the whole credit card security breakdown and switching back to mail-in forms? Because given all that's happened that seems like the absolute least they could do in consideration for their members who still want to stick with them.


Nope, they're sticking to the March 16th deadline.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:26 AM

QUOTE(ExVee @ Mar 8 2012, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Now, I forget, did FunPub maybe prolong the renewal deadline after the whole credit card security breakdown and switching back to mail-in forms? Because given all that's happened that seems like the absolute least they could do in consideration for their members who still want to stick with them.

Apparently they can't (a lot of folks will make it sound as though Fun Pub is choosing to hold to the deadline rather than show mercy to folks who have been affected by Fun Pub's problems--which are many. The explanations Fun Pub has given--such as they are--make it pretty obvious that Fun Pub isn't extending the deadline because they can't extend it for some logistical reason or another. I don't pretend to know what that reason is, but I'm more than a little tired of people assuming nefarious motives on Fun Pub's part).

Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 09 March 2012 - 12:26 AM.


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:32 AM

Wait, if they're taking payment by mail for renewal, are you also able to register to the convention in the same way?
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:18 AM

I'm certain there are a whole lot of problems/issues if they decide to extend the deadline past March 16th.

The one I'm most concerned about is delaying the sending out of Runamuck. Randy wants his Runamuck. icon-fire.gif

I for one am glad they have not.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:51 AM

QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Mar 8 2012, 11:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The explanations Fun Pub has given--such as they are--make it pretty obvious that Fun Pub isn't extending the deadline because they can't extend it for some logistical reason or another. I don't pretend to know what that reason is, but I'm more than a little tired of people assuming nefarious motives on Fun Pub's part).


QUOTE(Powered Convoy @ Mar 9 2012, 06:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm certain there are a whole lot of problems/issues if they decide to extend the deadline past March 16th.


I've not been one sharpening the pitchforks or lighting the torches yet, but I have to ask....is everyone suffering from Stockholm syndrome? I respect the possibility that there are some valid logistical reason to maintain the deadline. But absent other information, it seems roughly as likely that they're holding the deadline because they always hold the deadline. Organizations of all shapes and sizes tend to stick to prior operating procedure regardless of if the original logic behind that procedure continues to hold.

Thus far, the only piece of info I've seen is just that they're describing it as a "hard internal deadline." That could mean that by waiting until the 17th, organizing BotCon becomes unwieldy. It could also mean that in every other year they get emails on March 18th pleading to get the current year's figure and so they have to have rigid policies to deal with that issue. If it's the second, they're kind of botching their crisis management by not extending the deadline. If it's the first, they're botching their crisis management by providing no information.

I'm not arguing this is a nefarious act, I'm arguing this is an act of inertia.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:11 AM

What you (and everyone else crying foul on FP for not extending the deadline) are missing is that this isn't a toy preorder, it's an event that occurs annually. Once a year, something happens--specifically, everyone who's a member of the club at that moment gets put on a "you get a toy" list. If I signed up on March 1 last year, then I get Side Burn; if I signed up on April 3, then I get Runamuck; but I always get some toy because a membership lasts one year and the dates are exactly one year apart.

Now, let's see what happens when we try pushing the date back by, say, a month. The deadline is now April 16. Sounds great, right? Except, remember, it's not a preorder, it's an event. The guy who signed up on March 1 last year is still fine, because he already has Side Burn, but the guy who signed up on April 3 gets screwed over. He was too late for Side Burn, and now he's too early for Runamuck, so he gets no free membership toy at all.

"But Andrusi!" you say. "Couldn't FP just credit all current members with a month of extra membership time?" Well, sure, you could. Of course, then the guy who signed up March 1 gets both Side Burn and Runamuck for the price of one membership, which probably messes up Runamuck's production numbers, and also probably makes him a little grumpy if he already paid his $40 to renew for the sake of getting Runamuck. And yes, I'm sure there's some way to work around that, but by this point we're getting into compensations for compensations for compensations over something that, frankly, boils down to people waiting until the last possible second to do something and then complaining when they run into last-minute problems. And I don't appreciate being accused of various "convincing yourself you like a terrible situation" cliches for being able to accept this.

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Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

So what about us who have been waiting for their online store to get back up to get in? Sounds like we're getting unintentionally screwed. Sure, there's mailing in a check, but I honestly didn't know this until now. I don't know if I could even get a Runamuck if I sent in a renewal today.

Edited by C16, 09 March 2012 - 04:03 PM.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:03 PM

QUOTE(C16 @ Mar 9 2012, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So what about us who have been waiting for their online store to get back up to get in? We've been unfairly screwed. Sure, there's mailing in a check, but I honestly didn't know this until now. I don't know if I could even get a Runamuck if I sent in a renewal today.

I'd call them on the phone or just try and send the check in now any way. Call them Monday (if they're closed for the weekend) and let them know to expect it.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

Would it be fine as long as it was postmarked before the 15th or would it have to arrive and be processed before then?

Also, is mail in registration for Botcon possible?

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:07 PM

QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Mar 9 2012, 10:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What you (and everyone else crying foul on FP for not extending the deadline) are missing is that this isn't a toy preorder, it's an event that occurs annually. Once a year, something happens--specifically, everyone who's a member of the club at that moment gets put on a "you get a toy" list. If I signed up on March 1 last year, then I get Side Burn; if I signed up on April 3, then I get Runamuck; but I always get some toy because a membership lasts one year and the dates are exactly one year apart.

Now, let's see what happens when we try pushing the date back by, say, a month. The deadline is now April 16. Sounds great, right? Except, remember, it's not a preorder, it's an event. The guy who signed up on March 1 last year is still fine, because he already has Side Burn, but the guy who signed up on April 3 gets screwed over. He was too late for Side Burn, and now he's too early for Runamuck, so he gets no free membership toy at all.

"But Andrusi!" you say. "Couldn't FP just credit all current members with a month of extra membership time?" Well, sure, you could. Of course, then the guy who signed up March 1 gets both Side Burn and Runamuck for the price of one membership, which probably messes up Runamuck's production numbers, and also probably makes him a little grumpy if he already paid his $40 to renew for the sake of getting Runamuck. And yes, I'm sure there's some way to work around that, but by this point we're getting into compensations for compensations for compensations over something that, frankly, boils down to people waiting until the last possible second to do something and then complaining when they run into last-minute problems. And I don't appreciate being accused of various "convincing yourself you like a terrible situation" cliches for being able to accept this.


The Stockholm Syndrome remark was harsh and I probably should have left it out. Please accept my apologies. That said, it seems to me that the fandom is split between the extremes of people calling for Hasbro to revoke the license and people accepting that FunPub will fix it all, despite explanations "such as they are," to use G.B. Blackrock's phrase. I think it would help if both sides move to the center.

I respect your slippery slope argument. I'm viewing this completely from the lens of crisis management and I'm not convinced that FunPub is doing a particularly effective job of it. What's happening behind the scenes is likely overtaxing their resources, but they have dual problems of a technical issue and a public relations issue. They seem to still be kind of behind in dealing with the second.

Regardless of the RUINED FOREVER phenomenon, we're mostly adults here. I would think that if you explain the very logical reason for not extending the deadline that you've outlined (if that's what's happening), generally people should be understanding. As it is, FunPub is piling an arbitrary sounding explanation on top of whatever goodwill was eroded by the credit card issue.

Personally, I'd suggest some plan where they keep enrollment open for another month, but with very explicit language that the membership covers the period from March 16, 2012-March 16, 2013. I'm sure some people would rail about how they're "cheated" out of that month. Given that FunPub just sold a very well executed figure that is, in part, designed to work with the free figure, I'd think that doing something to allow greater access to that figure would be overall appreciated.

In full disclosure, I am the rare example of someone who has miraculously not been hit with fraud and who renewed before the store went down. So I have no reason to be angry (and ultimately I'm not). I'm pulling for FunPub to emerge unscathed, but I think transparency about what's happening is the best way to try and diffuse the situation.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE(GodmasterElvis @ Mar 9 2012, 02:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Stockholm Syndrome remark was harsh and I probably should have left it out. Please accept my apologies. That said, it seems to me that the fandom is split between the extremes of people calling for Hasbro to revoke the license and people accepting that FunPub will fix it all, despite explanations "such as they are," to use G.B. Blackrock's phrase. I think it would help if both sides move to the center.

I'm pretty happy to agree that it would be helpful to move more to the center and away from the extremes, unless someone is trying to suggest that somehow I'm on one of those extremes.

Because if someone gets that impression having read my posts over the years (I've had plenty bad to say about FP on occasion), I'm not sure what I can do that would make me appear to move toward the center.



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