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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 January 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Twitter's revamp is so dumb. Nowadays, even when I am logged out of my account, right-clicking an image on Google Chrome won't let me access a URL to easily get the image's full size. That functionality was so useful!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 January 2020 - 10:01 PM)

But when was the last time you saw a major retailer (since TRU) actually allot shelf space for a Transformers Titan? Or the Vintage Collection Poe X-Wing? There's clearly some sort of disparity between "girls" and "boys" toys that give companies justification to create $100+ items in the girls segment in FAR greater frequency than in boys.

@  fourteenwings : (25 January 2020 - 12:56 AM)

"how expensive they were" Tell that to L.O.L. O.M.G. and the $129 Amazing Surprise (I mean I guess when it comes to the toy aisle Power Rangers isn't a juggernaut like L.O.L.)

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:18 PM)

I think the big reason we didn't see the actual combining Zords at retail was because of how expensive they were. It would cost $100 to get enough of them to make a Megazord, $160+ if you want the Ultrazord. Or parents could just get the dang Ultrazord for $40 even if it didn't combine.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Because they are "kids toys" not "collector toys"

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 03:27 PM)

1) I don't have Target. 2) can't go into my walmart. I'm surprised Hasbro won't sell the toys on Pulse

@  Bass X0 : (24 January 2020 - 02:43 PM)

I dreamt my phone was ringing and woke up to answer it.

@  Sabrblade : (24 January 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Lightning Collection figures, the smaller normal-sized Beast Morphers Ranger/enemy/Beast-Bot figures, the role-play morpher and weapon toys, and the simplistic non-combining megazord toys have all been very easy to find at various Targets and Walmarts. It's only been the actual combining Beast Morphers zord toys (which are bizarrely being sold individually this time) that have been hard to find in stores.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Thought I do question Hasbro's almost reluctance to have the toys available anywhere.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 01:44 PM)

i've been trying to sell mine for weeks...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I hadn't opened mine yet, but from what I've seen, the general agreement is that the Beast Morpher zords are much better than Bandais.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

I'm guessing if they're going to do anything on the level of Legacy Zords, it's being discussed behind NDAs at Toy Fair

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 January 2020 - 10:38 AM)

Lightning Collection is good, and they're taking their sweet time on making Zords that are better than Bandai's Zords.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 10:34 AM)

So, what's the general PR fandom consensus of the Hasbro run of PR so far? I pretty much stepped out of the community after I got the Bandai Legacy zords I wanted.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 08:46 AM)

that would require someone to BUY Hasbro PR toys...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 07:17 AM)

Well hopefully see some cool PR stuff. Wish BBTS sold Hasbro PR toys.

@  fourteenwings : (24 January 2020 - 07:01 AM)

February 22nd through 25th, I feel like it was earlier last year...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 06:32 AM)

When is NY TF?

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not


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#1 News Team

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:23 PM

As many of you are aware, we recently suffered a significant server outage over the past weekend (March 7, 8, 9).

We should NEVER EVER be down for more than an hour again. Being down for 52 hours was unacceptable and we need a solution to that problem.

Since the current hardware has been in place we do regular backups of the data. So all your accounts, post content, front page news and everything else can be restored.

However, as we learned from this weekend, there are a few procedural things that we didn't take into account when it comes to the question of "What happens when the hardware breaks?"

Sure -- the data will be there when it gets fixed, but if you guys, the users, can't connect to us at all during that time, that's a pretty huge pain in the ass. Since some of you have expressed interest in helping out, we decided the best thing to do was to try to implement such a solution.

Unlike managed or virtualized hosting like you find at GoDaddy or other such places, in which your site is part of a collective of virtual machines, The Allspark  is unique in the regard that we have our own dedicated and powerful web server. Gone are the days of random database errors or the inability to withstand huge pulses in traffic due to events like Botcon or SDCC.

It also means that I have the freedom to install and customize whatever I want and whatever we need. We set our own policies and everything we do is ours.

The only downside to that method, as it is now, is that when hardware failure happens -- and lets face it, you run a computer non-stop 24 hours a day, every day, for years on end, it's bound to happen -- we don't have a failover site to act as a buffer between the failure and the repair.

So the solution I'm proposing is simple: We install another physical machine at the webhost along side our current machine. This machine will not only house all the hourly backups but can also, in an emergency, act as that failover device. It's as simple as pointing the domain to the other machine's IP address on the network. To you guys, the transition will be so seamless that it's doubtful you'll ever know there's a problem in the first place. And that's the way it should be in any data environment.

The way it will work is this:

Allspark Server A is the main server. It's always on and is set to back up and send the data to Allspark Server B at regular intervals.

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If Allspark Server A fails like it did on Saturday, I can simply point the domain to Server B which will have a live backup of the server running. It will not need to be as powerful a CPU or have as much RAM, but will still serve as a live failover server should A fail for some reason.  Then when Server A is back up, we move the live backups from B back over to A, point the domain to that machine and things continue normally.

And to make this easy, that's what this fund will be for. A modest backup unit that can handle the load of an average day's worth of traffic. It won't have and doesn't need all the bells and whistles of the main server. (Which, for those who are interested is a 6 Core CPU, 16GB RAM and a RAID5 2 terabyte disk array).

We'll also need a nice gigabit router to let the machines talk to each other on the network since they'll be transferring a lot of data back and forth.

I've been doing research on this and have determined that the cost for the machine itself is going to be around 500-700 dollars due to the specs I'm looking for as well as the physical size (It has to fit in the same space as the current server in the host's server room). The router/switch is going to be between 100-150 dollars and it probably wouldn't hurt to add a spare hard drive or two to the current RAID array.

Therefore, I've set the funding goal to $950 to give us a buffer. Should we exceed that, we can put some of that aside for the monthly hosting fees or do something more interesting like add additional features to the site and forums.

This will be a pretty simple campaign with the offer of a supporter rank on the forums and the benefit of knowing that your contributions will allow the community to continue to thrive.

Thanks for reading!

Greg

 


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#2 Kalidor

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:26 PM

Guess it helps if I add the link...

 

http://www.gofundme.com/allspark



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:31 PM

Also, even if you can't donate right now, you can still support us by sharing the link and getting the word out.

 

Here's a widget you can use in your sig.

 

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:39 PM

That's...not a whole lot to ask for.

 

Ironbite-I'll throw in some money next pay check.


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#5 Kalidor

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:46 PM

Yeah, I'm not trying to go overboard. Just get something that is small (like iMac mini sized) but has enough power to host the website for however long the real server is down as well as  a few other items to connect it all together.



#6 Daith

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:48 PM

Really if the regulars just pitch in a few bucks here and there we should have that up in no time. I'll donate some after I get paid.


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#7 Lisbon Virgo

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 05:57 PM

How long will the GoFundMe go for? I want to pitch in some money, but I won't have anything free until next month.
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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:12 PM

Jolly worthy cause! $350 in five hours seems like a good start.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:16 PM

Jolly worthy cause! $350 in five hours seems like a good start.

 

 

Thanks! Just set you to Supporter!


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:34 PM

Threw a little something in the kitty (no pun intended, as I look up at Kayla's avatar). Would have liked to do a little more, but I just blew some cash this morning on stupid toys.


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#11 Kayla Kaon

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:37 PM

lol.

 

Thanks a bunch. Setting you to supporter :)


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:38 PM

So happy to help. Communities this good are very hard to find. 


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 08:18 PM

Wow, thanks guys!
 
I had faith we wouldn't have a trouble hitting our goal but I wasn't expecting to be almost halfway there in a few hours.
 
As far as when it's over, the sooner the better so I can go ahead and get this stuff ordered and set up -- but on the same token there's no 'closing' period. 
 
A few things I looked at had limited stock and I'd like to get a jump on them, but that's why I created a general range in case we don't get it early enough and I have to look for something else. 

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:06 PM

I didnt get to help the first time Ill throw in this time and then more when I get paid

And done the first instalment not much this time but hope to throw in more next paycheck


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:13 PM

wohoo finnaly orage!!!


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#16 Kalidor

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:14 PM

Of course! :D

 

Thanks for chipping in. 


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 04:56 AM

(It has to fit in the same space as the current server in the host's server room)


I don't believe that is possible.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 08:38 AM

2% closer :)

#19 Kalidor

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 08:46 AM

Thanks! I've set you supporter. 

 

I'm also grateful to see so many previous supporters pitching in as well. It makes me feel like there's faith in what I'm doing and I don't always know if I have that from you guys.



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 03:27 PM

also available now for no additional charge

 

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