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@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 12:25 PM

Out of curiousity, are you going via this? http://www.japanjour...anga-tour-2016/

 

They have one listed for March that I'm considering.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 12:47 PM

Nope, I pretty much just booked a cheap flight and a capsule hotel. I don't like being whisked around on itineraries. 


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:31 PM

How cheap? I found £3000 as the average.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:33 PM

I'd recommend stopping in at Mamido Burger, but I can't find any references to them that are less than eight years old, so they maaaaay have gone out of business in the interim.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 03:57 PM

I was in Japan in 2006 for a month and a half. If you can stand to spend the time/money, I absolutely recommend visiting Kyoto for at least a day. Anime and robots and toys are cool but Kyoto wasn't bombed in WWII so they still have tons of huge and beautiful shrines/temples. 

 

I second the recommendation of visiting the Ghibli museum. Back in '06 it was a weird process to get tickets - you had to go to certain convenience stores - but I dunno if that's changed.

 

Shop-wise, people mentioned Mandarake and Yodobashi Camera - those are great, I'd also look for Super Potato (games) and stores in the -Off brands (Book-Off, Hobby-Off, Hard-Off) for cool stuff too. There was an amazing little toystore in Akishima-Shi (Tokyo suburb) called Bell House, but it's been a decade and I have no idea if it still exists.

 

Akihabara might make you re-evaluate how much you like Japanese nerd culture. It did for me.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:06 PM

I second the recommendation of visiting the Ghibli museum. Back in '06 it was a weird process to get tickets - you had to go to certain convenience stores - but I dunno if that's changed.

 

Did you see Totoro II?


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:33 PM

 

I second the recommendation of visiting the Ghibli museum. Back in '06 it was a weird process to get tickets - you had to go to certain convenience stores - but I dunno if that's changed.

 

Did you see Totoro II?

 

 

I dunno. Is that one of the short films you can only see in the museum? I did see a film there but it wasn't that.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:34 PM

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:04 AM

How cheap? I found £3000 as the average.

Got a flight for £555, booked it on the 2nd of this month. There are a few change-overs:

Going: 2 hours layover in Frankfurt

Coming back: 2 hours in Kansai, 2 hours in Frankfurt

I'd recommend typing "cheap flights to ___" into Google and using the various search engines there like cheapflights. Also prices might change depending on when you make your booking. I found flights to Tokyo were generally in the 550 - 800 range.

 

Accomodation-wise I'm staying here and it cost me £147 for 5 nights. Then I got a capsule at Haneda (£39) for the last night because I have an early return flight.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:04 AM

update: I am in the Japan. Have been for 2 days, despite being delayed by the typhoon. I got to spend that night in a Frankfurt hotel with a lot of Japanese tourists, but it's okay because I made 2 friends there.

 

Been to Harajuku, Meiji jingu and Shibuya on 1st day, met a Jamaican and told him about Japanese trap.

 

2nd day went to Akihabara, lost a day to it, got some nice merch but not too good a scene for Transformers. Great for anything else.

There was a "Gacha Fest" at Akiba train station with a load of gacha machines so I got 2 prizes before I even left. One is a little Danboard and one is a figure doing kancho.

Also got some doujins from Tora no Ana - a hokuto no Ken/Pikachu one and a Transformers one featuring fan redesigns.

The service culture is so great here. I've bowed and been bowed to more times in the past 48 hours than in the previous 24 years of my entire life.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:33 AM

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 11:09 AM

If you go into a resterant, and see a girl with a katana on her hip, and what looks like a well endowed grade-school student, get out of there.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:10 AM

Nakano Broadway is indeed great but I didn't stay too long b/c I didn't want to lose yet another day to all otaku bullshit.

Went to Shinjuku and had lunch in an upstairs bar, then went to the top of the Tokyo Met.

By far the highlight of the day though was when I caught a metal gig at a Live House.

That said though, tomorrow will be my "visiting giant things" day with the Odaiba Gundam and the Roppongi Godzilla.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:46 AM

I think tours are ideal for first-time travelers. That way you get to see a large variety of sights so you really know what you want to explore by yourself the next time you visit.



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