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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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1985 Gobots Catalogue with some interesting toys

Gobots catalogue 1985 machine robo

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 03:47 AM

Found this on Todocoleccion (basically, Spanish Ebay) - and while it mostly lists Gobots we know about, there are some toys I have frankly never seen before.




For example, what is this remote controlled "Robot Arm Machine"? And what does it transform into?


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:27 AM

Some simple research tells me that Bandai sold a number of unrelated non-transforming robot toys in the European Robo Machine/GoBots line. So that's what those are.

Edited by Jalaguy, 07 December 2015 - 06:27 AM.

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:43 AM

It looks like just a robot arm, like an industrial robot. I'm guessing the three things in the blue cutout are different end effectors you can swap out. And it looks like they put caterpillar treads and a canopy or head on this one to make it more sci-fi, but it's hard to see.

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 05:30 PM

Counter-X is a great resource for Gobots information: http://counter-x.net/gobots/

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 10:58 PM

Aw man I have to get Notimus Prime/Notra Magnus for my Puzzler team now

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 10:22 AM

Yeah, Europe had some odd exclusives for Gobots/MR. Also, (in France? I think) they aired "Revenge of Cronos" as a sequel to "Challenge of the Gobots," which is bugnuts.

Here's some MR artwork I saw on FB today. Beautiful stuff.

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:43 AM

And then Bandai was like

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 09:51 AM

Z'Gok get off that turkey

what are you doing 




...it's like the dialogue was written by people in 2015 who were making fun of how cartoons sounded in the early 90s...



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 01:11 AM

Does the tagalong kid actually being named Tagalong count as self-aware or just really lazy?

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 02:57 PM

That is hilarious. Stupid silly alien invader robots? Style kinda reminds me of that cartoon with the weird office-supply-powered dinosaurs.


Counter-X is a great resource for Gobots information: http://counter-x.net/gobots/


Yeah, if you can get past his oddly biased reviews of the toys...  Never understood his star-ratings. I mean, none of us has G1 Battlechargers or Throttlebots because they are awesome articulated toys, right? :D

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 03:40 PM

Other than a few in there, I think his reviews regarding Gobots are pretty fair.  There are a couple I think are mildly insane, though, like his five star review of Stallion, which is an unremarkable figure at best and kind of garbage at worst, especially against the other figures out in that series, and the absolutely bizarre summaries of regular Cy-Kill versus super Cy-Kill.


...An "economic" partsformer and where "as much thought seems to have gone into the robot mode as the motorcycle" is somehow not sarcasm for a thing whose transformation is  "stand up from seated position, take parts off".  Meanwhile, the super version has "an inescapable pre-school feel to this figure with its' chunky limbs and cheerful face."  Er, yeaaaaahh...

Edited by Spark, 25 February 2016 - 03:40 PM.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 07:15 PM

Well, that's opinions for you. For what it's worth, I reckon the little Cy-Kill is better and all. Neither are the best in the line, but the little one is a touch more show-accurate if you fancy that sort of thing, and the simple transformation suits a dinky little toy much nicer.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:17 AM

I have trouble with the raging butthurt he feels at the eHobby Gobots. Just completely insensate anti-Transformers screed... and then he has a Transformers section on his website. :wtf

Edited by Lukeblast, 26 February 2016 - 10:17 AM.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:34 AM

You can like Transformers and not like the first two years of minibots and that lousy 'homage' set. The toys are plain and the decos are ugly, the only thing it really did well is show that more often than not, the smaller Gobots were better looking toys than their Transformers counterparts.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:39 AM

I have trouble with the raging butthurt he feels at the eHobby Gobots. Just completely insensate anti-Transformers screed... and then he has a Transformers section on his website. :wtf

His issue's really with them being just unused Transformers decoes with Gobots names slapped on, which is actually a pretty valid complaint.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:51 AM


I have trouble with the raging butthurt he feels at the eHobby Gobots. Just completely insensate anti-Transformers screed... and then he has a Transformers section on his website. :wtf

His issue's really with them being just unused Transformers decoes with Gobots names slapped on, which is actually a pretty valid complaint.


Thinking about it, I probably would prefer them to have been original characters instead of GoBots. We wouldn't have got Withered Hope but, considering all the headaches that spun out of that... maybe that would've been for the best.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:01 AM

Really the Gobots names on them shouldn't be bothersome at all to anyone. Names get recycled all the time and of the Gobots' names those were some of the least GoBot-y (Actually, some were pretty damn good, like Road Ranger and Pathfinder).


But taking those names as an excuse to bring the GoBots into Transformers as interdimensional invaders... Yeah okay. Gripes can be given.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:41 AM

I'm 100% in favour of importing the e-HOBBY GoBots into canon as regular Cybertronians, since they're good names and nice decoes. I'm just keenly aware that that will never happen.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:44 PM

While I'm not happy with a few of the recent Gobots changes, I absolutely disagree that the Withered Hope crew should have been pure renames as random Cybertronians. That'd be freakin' lame.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:50 PM

I dunno, e-HOBBY's good at coming up with interesting character concepts. Road Rage, Crosscut, Detritus, Overcharge, the Cobalt Sentries... the Diaclone Insecticons and Tigertrack were kind of duds, but I think they could've come up with some interesting things for the prototype deco set even if they didn't go down the GoBot route.

Edited by Broadside, 26 February 2016 - 12:50 PM.