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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)


@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.

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#641 ▲ndrusi


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Posted 19 November 2015 - 04:27 PM

If you compare One-Step Crosshairs to Deluxe Crosshairs, you can see that AOE was a much worse line than AOE.

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 04:34 PM


The full argument seems to be "when I was a kid the toys didn't suck as much as they do now", which when stated always makes me wonder if the person has objectively looked at G1 toys.

What if some of the people making the argument aren't referring to G1 if it wasn't what they grew up on?


I don't think it really matters that much what segment a person grew up with. The point I'm making is that childrens' toys are still going to be childrens' toys regardless of how old the person buying them gets.


Some of the technology has changed over the years, but the need for 4 year-old hands to manipulate it is a constant and yeah, you're going to approach and react to it differently at 34. It shouldn't be shocking to anyone that toys intended for preschoolers don't always bring the same interest and joy when you're old enough to have preschoolers of your own, nor should a person react with tantrums when that bubble bursts. Saying "these new toys for kids are simple and that makes them dumb" is a willful denial of everything they've been all along and yet another rephrasing of the same old "why doesn't Hasbro cater to ME" entitlement.


That said, the bulk of the POV I'm bitching about (yeah, I'll admit it :p ) does indeed seem to be an extension of the GEEWUN mindset, and I hear it the loudest from people who grew up on G1 and hold it as the best ever forever and ever amen praise be to Nineteeneightyfour.

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 04:55 PM

To put where I stand in perspective, I'm an adult whose childhood lines were the articulation-heavy Beast Era and Unicron Trilogy lines (with some of Armada's more bricky toys disappointing me back then) and who now as an adult collects Rescue Bots toys and loves them for what they are rather than what I'd like them to be because that's what I expect for a little kid line instead of a big kid line like RID.

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 08:31 PM

My Favourite Transformers lines are Universe/Energon & Cybertron where they had that Blocky robot look but still had good joints, decent paint, use of clear plastic, they painted the wheels most of the time and play value and I don't look unfavourably on Armada as I will always adore Minicons.


As has been mentioned a time or two in other threads the kids who grew up on Armada and so one are starting to fit into that happy gap where they have disposable income but may not yet have kids so they might consider being nostalgic for toys perhaps. or if they are a little older they will start to be having kids of their own in some cases and be looking towards the toy isles again for their own kids and notice the brands they recall from their own childhoods.


Perhaps Hasbro needs to think about that still - but then the last Hotshot toy they did didn't seem to be that well received as as I noticed.


I think it's always helpful if whatever the line is that people are being nostalgic about has some sort of presence in a current sense like merchandise or repeats of the TV show that sort of thing.


I'm certainly going to be happy if Hasbro decide to return to the more traditional types of Minicon and don't just pinch the name and slap it on something that is only a bit like them - I'm not overly offended by that - but as I've said before the new Mincons are so different I wish they'd called them something else like "Deployers" instead. - Though I know why they did what they did - I guess I disapprove a little as the connection system isn't a straight 5mm derived one - that even Arms Microns had too.




Oh and I would point this out the old original "My First Transformers" were aimed at very young kids - but they had fully movable arms and legs and so did Playskool Gobots so not allowing that feature on Rescuebots is a choice I will continue to disagree with. (especially as Gobot solved the issue of the arms naturally falling in the right place already) so I just look on it as Hasbro being a bit patronising and wanting to under-engineer the toys to make them cheaper to make after all a Gobot is a really sold toy - for the most part - where as Rescue Bots (I hate to say it) are as hollow and cheap feeling as many other Transformers toys tend to be these days (Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus i'm looking at you here).


That Ultra Magnus is as hollow and small and cheap feeling as he is with the retail price he has - actually rather depress me if I'm honest.


It is along held belief of mine that if you make bad toys and they break on someone then they become increasingly less likely to buy more of them - and that effects even collectors - that was why I stopped with the Gi Joe It got to the point I was afraid to open them at all - so fragile were they and so I stopped buying them.


I can't see to many people being super impressed with the super floppy joints that are so common on Legends class toys or the propensity to break that Ultra Magnus seems to have being something that is likely to make someone willing run out and throw another 50.00 at something in a great hurry.


I guess I can understand why to some parents throwing your kids in front of a games console or other device is just a lot less bother in some ways (leaving aside the evils of micro-transactions).


I would hope that there is still some love for toys in the Millennials hearts though - that they are willing to pass on like a Generation Xer's might have.

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 05:21 PM

Did kids have tablets and smartphones when Energon and Cybertron came out?

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 05:26 PM

Tablets have existed for a long time, but the utter explosion of the device popularity happened around 2009-ish, so no that wasn't a factor to care much for until this decade.

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 05:41 PM

That's... um... my point.