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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)

Absolutely.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:59 AM)

we'll move to the open garage if it's raining

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

every Halloween since we got a house, TMM and I chill in the driveway with a fire bowl and roast things while handing out candy. It's pretty great.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 November 2019 - 03:42 AM)

Peter Cullen voiced King Kong let that sink in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:42 PM)

I've noticed that after a year or two, though, people with children will start getting into it for their kids

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:41 PM)

I think a lot of the decline you see in Halloween is due to newcomers to Canada who don't really get it... I mean,there are only a handful of countries in the world that practice this particular oddity

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (06 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I recently attended a talk on Samhain and its associated mythology by a professor from Limerick.

@  Otaku : (06 November 2019 - 11:49 AM)

Trunk or Treats have become more popular because it is supposed to be safer, and even if it isn't, it just tends to be easier for the Trick-or-Treaters.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 November 2019 - 11:00 AM)

That's okay: between ever more extreme weather, ever more violent society, and general paranoia of parents: halloweens not doing to well out here either.

@  Anonymous X : (06 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

We used to have Bonfire Night here in the UK as our thing instead of Halloween... It's withered away for the most part. Halloween used to be the strange American tradition you knew of from ET or various cartoons

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 November 2019 - 06:33 AM)

So that's why I never get invited anywhere.

@  Otaku : (05 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

@Bass X0 Are we talking about the quality of the costumes or their subject matter?  The former is a natural result of cosplay growing less and less niche over the decades.  The latter isn't new; mass produced stuff is at least as old as you or I and are we sure no one dressed as a cowboy or astronaut or whatever in the 1950's?  Monsters weren't allowed at certain parties, strange as it sounds. XP

@  Benbot : (05 November 2019 - 12:23 PM)

is the quick reply broken for anyone else or is it just me?


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 02:10 PM

Yesterday's sightings:

Toys"R"Us in Düsseldorf-Derendorf has moved its Transformers area near the entrance, giving it a more prominent spot with increased shelf space. They have the entire wave 2 of the TLK Deluxes with Steelbane, Sqweeks, Drift and Slug. Multiples of each, though only two Steelbanes remain after I bought one for another fan.
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Karstadt in Düsseldorf (Am Wehrhahn) has nothing noteworthy new. The Transformers area, despite having been moved to the end of the aisle, is still a sad sight to be seen.

Galeria Kaufhof directly across the street from Karstadt has TLK Deluxe Sqweeks and Slug.
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The other remaining Galeria Kaufhof department store in Düsseldorf ("Kaufhof an der Kö") has a small Transformers display on a table aside from the regular shelf inside the aisle. The only new figure they have, though, is Deluxe Slug.
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Nothing noteworthy new at Intertoys in Düsseldorf-Friedrichsstadt or Intertoys in Neuss.

Today's sightings:

Intertoys in Wesel has three Titans Return Titan Master Repugnus...es... er... Repugni?
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Intertoys inside the Shopping Arkaden mall in Bocholt has one Titans Return Titan Master Shuffler and one Legends Bumblebee.
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Edited by Nevermore, 03 June 2017 - 02:17 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 04:20 PM

Toys"R"Us in Duisburg-Meiderich has the The Last Knight 1-Step Turbo Changers Grimlock and Berserker. I didn't see Megatron, but I did realize afterwards that they might also have a second Transformers section near the entrance like other German TRU stores currently do...
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Toys"R"Us in downtown Essen does definitely have a new Transformers section near the entrance, where they have Titans Return Legends Bumblebee and Kickback. Meanwhile, in the old section in the rear part of the store they have Titans Return Voyager Optimus Prime. No Megatron, though.
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Epic FAIL at Spiele Max inside the Forum shopping mall in downtown Mülheim an der Ruhr: All The Last Knight Legions are erroneously priced as 1-Step Turbo Changers, which means the store is charging even more for them than it's supposed to...
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"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 01:17 PM

1-Step Turbo Changers Megatron, Grimlock and Berserker at the Toys"R"Us stores in Wuppertal-Elberfeld and in Hagen. The one in Hagen also had the entire wave 3 of the Titans Return Legends with Bumblebee, Gnaw and Kickback.
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Edited by Nevermore, 27 June 2017 - 01:19 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 06:07 PM

Intertoys in Hamm has The Last Knight Knight Armor Turbo Changer Megatron and Titans Return Legends Bumblebee. Gnaw was also available, but is gone now.
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"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:45 PM

Saw The Last Knight Voyager wave 2 Hound at the Toys"R"Us stores in Dortmund and inside the Ruhr Park Bochum shopping mall. No Megatron at either store.
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"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 02:40 PM

Toys"R"Us in downtown Essen had the RID Legions Blurr, Drift and Bisk (previously available at Intertoys), as well as several new releases for Germany: Three-Step Changers Power Surge Bumblebee, Cybertron Strike Steeljaw and Soundwave, plus The Last Knight Legions Drift and Megatron. Crosshairs was either already gone or still inside the stockroom.
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Edited by Nevermore, 15 July 2017 - 02:43 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:40 PM

Anyone still looking for the RID Mini-Con Deployers Drift/Jetstorm and/or Fracture/Airazor? They're available at Toys"R"Us again, this time as imports. Seen on Monday at TRU in Duisburg-Meiderich, and today at the TRU stores in Düsseldorf-Derendorf and in Neuss. Possibly also at the store in Krefeld, but I was no longer paying any attention to them.
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Toys"R"Us in Düsseldorf also has The Last Knight Legion Megatron, Drift and Crosshairs, Voyager Megatron and Hound, plus, new for Germany, the RID One-Step Changers Sideswipe (version 3) and Blurr.
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Toys"R"Us in Neuss also had the RID One-Step Changers Sideswipe (version 3) and Blurr, plus Titans Return Voyager Megatron.
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And Toys"R"Us in Krefeld had The Last Knight Legion Megatron, Drift and Crosshairs, plus the RID Three-Step Changers Cybertron Strike Steeljaw and Power Surge Bumblebee.
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"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 04:24 PM

New releases at Toys"R"Us in Duisburg-Meiderich:

- The Last Knight Mega 1-Step Dragonstorm
- The Last Knight Autobot Sqweeks RC
- The Last Knight Leader Optimus Prime and Megatron
- The Last Knight Megatron Voice Changer Mask (possibly also Bumblebee, wasn't paying attention)
- Robots in Disguise Warrior Twinferno, Bludgeon and Thermidor (plus re-releases of Bumblebee und Power Surge Optimus Prime)
- Robots in Disguise Team Combiners Ultra Bee and Menasor

Also available were The Last Knight Voyager Megatron and Hound.
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Edited by Nevermore, 17 August 2017 - 04:28 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:12 PM

Spiele Max inside the Hofgarten shopping mall in Solingen:
The Last Knight Voyager Megatron and Hound, plus the RID Three-Step Changers Power Surge Bumblebee and Cybertron Strike Steeljaw. No Soundwave.
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Galeria Kaufhof in Solingen:
The Last Knight Mega 1-Step Changer Dragonstorm, Autobot Sqweeks RC, Legion Megatron, plus the RID Three-Step Changers Soundwave and Cybertron Strike Steeljaw. No Bumblebee.
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Toys"R"Us inside the Rathaus Galerie shopping mall in Wuppertal-Elberfeld:
The Last Knight Voyager Megatron and Hound, Autobot Sqweeks RC, Leader Optimus Prime and Megatron, Robots in Disguise Warrior Twinferno, Bludgeon, Thermidor and Power Surge Optimus Prime in new packaging, the Team Combiners Ultra Bee and Menasor, the Three-Step Changers Power Surge Bumblebee, Soundwave and Cybertron Strike Steeljaw, plus, thus far not reported for Germany, Legion Cyclonus and Heatseeker plus Drift in his original colors in new packaging.
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Galeria Kaufhof in Wuppertal-Elberfeld:
Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm.
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Müller in Wuppertal-Elberfeld:
The Robots in Disguise Team Combiners Ultra Bee and Menasor, the Three-Step Changers Power Surge Bumblebee, Soundwave and Cybertron Strike Steeljaw, plus The Last Knight Legion Crosshairs.
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The Last Knight Deluxe wave 2 is available at pretty much all the major chains by now except for Real.

Edited by Nevermore, 19 August 2017 - 04:14 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:47 PM

TRU exclusive The Last Knight Mission to Cybertron Optimus Prime 2-pack found at Toys"R"Us in Duisburg-Meiderich:
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Also listed at the German TRU website.
"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:57 PM

Intertoys in Düsseldorf has wave 3 of the RID Crash Combiners, at least two Dragstrip & Wildbreak sets and one Lunar Force Optimus Prime & Strongarm set. No Shockdrive & Warnado set.
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Toys"R"Us in Düsseldorf-Derendorf also had the Mission to Cybertron Optimus Prime two-pack.
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"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian



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