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@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 02:20 AM)

You just did.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 02:18 AM)

Can I just say that right now... I hate the USA?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

There are languages where the days are named for numbers and Sunday is "one". Like Arabic.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 01:31 AM)

Isn't it sort of a religious thing for Sunday to be the start of the week but most people just go with the first day they go to work for the week?

@  unitremover : (20 January 2018 - 01:02 AM)

I feel like I've known plenty of Americans who'd say Monday is the first day of the week.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

Personally Monday will always be the first day of the week for me. The notion that Sunday is somehow the first day of the week seems completely nonsensical to me.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

I'm fairly sure it is in Australia, but that tends to get blurred because of US influence.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:19 AM)

(It's Sunday here in the U.S.)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:18 AM)

Anyone here live in a country where Monday is considered the first day of the week?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 08:40 PM)

Maybe?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

But do they search barf?

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Under water, the fish don't stink.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 07:42 PM)

I read that at first as "Everyone is a fish...."

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 January 2018 - 06:08 PM)

Everyone has a fetish, I guess.

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 05:56 PM)

I parsed it as "search barf" at first.

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 05:05 PM)

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@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 02:54 PM)

Oh, hey, that's not the search bar! Whoops.

@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 12:48 PM)

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@  MEDdMI : (19 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

But did you get a Snowbombcyclopsragnarokdoomstorm like the US NE got last week?

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Netherlands? We got one hell of a storm here in Germany the other day too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Damn!

@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/954066379610628097

@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.

@  Paladin : (17 January 2018 - 01:14 PM)

well all the idiots who invested in "bitcoin" will be selling theirs en masse to make ends meet so you might be able to find something cheap if you watch auctions.

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 12:59 PM)

Is now a good time to buy a computer? Or should I wait?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 12:01 PM)

I pointed out that I'm on disabilty.. I don't have to pretend to be an adult anymore. ;D

@  MEDdMI : (17 January 2018 - 11:25 AM)

Also Bayonetta 3.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:55 AM)

Nintendo also announced Dark Souls for the Switch, so those people should shut up.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:51 AM)

Apparently people are freaking out that Nintendo announced something for kids and kids at heart. And people are absolutely freaking out about it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:23 AM)

...what?


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#1161 LV!

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:04 PM

Yeah, and he might be taller than Hot Rod - I haven't done any comparing, but the over-time decrease in sizes could mean Hot Rod is just a normal trilogy-era Deluxe height.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 03:08 PM

Yeah, and he might be taller than Hot Rod - I haven't done any comparing, but the over-time decrease in sizes could mean Hot Rod is just a normal trilogy-era Deluxe height.

He's about the same as Sideways from RotF, at any rate.


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 08:16 AM

I've fiddled with Hot Rod more.  He didn't wow me on first impression, but the fact that he transforms so well won me over.  Unfortunately I still can't get his driver side arm to peg in.  I've scraped away a little plastic from the slot the tab goes in, but I'm afraid to do too much for fear of going too far and it never staying tabbed in for being too loose.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 09:35 AM

The arm snaps into place in three places (tab on leg, slot on front near bumper, tiny little nub that goes by the side window bit in the back).  Is it getting caught somewhere?

 

I think the thing I enjoy about Hot Rod is that it's some kind of engineering game of telephone, if the phone used a couple parts from the prior one.  I mean, he's probably 80% new figure, using 100% of AoE Lockdown's engineering with some extra bits added on top, when AoE Lockdown was a wholesale, if mildly simplified (ie, dropped the panel kibble) use of DotM Roadbuster's engineering.  Hot Rod is three movies' worth of design crammed in one figure.


Edited by Spark, 04 October 2017 - 09:35 AM.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:01 AM

I still can't understand why he has Lockdown's shins and feet, though.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:05 AM

Keeping them probably kept the figure within the budget.

 

Personally I'd buy a 3rd-party kit that let you swap them for something more accurate to the movie's design along with his time-stop gun. They're on a mushroom peg, so it's not like it'd be hard to do.


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:11 AM

It doesn't seem reasonable that Lockdown had an entire metal tool set for just his lower legs, so it's hard for me to imagine how it impacted the budget when they had to cut tools for 80% of a new toy in the first place. If he reused a whole dark sprue, sure. But this? This is just nonsensical.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:24 AM

I still can't understand why he has Lockdown's shins and feet, though.

Yeah, after getting the thing, me neither.  Hot Rod only uses about seven other parts off of Lockdown, and those are all internal bits cast in the same gray plastic... then suddenly totally weird lower legs.  I'd be less irked by it if he'd had TLK Hot Rod's actual sneaker-looking feet instead of Lockdown's weird insectoid things.

 

Keeping them probably kept the figure within the budget.

 

Personally I'd buy a 3rd-party kit that let you swap them for something more accurate to the movie's design along with his time-stop gun. They're on a mushroom peg, so it's not like it'd be hard to do.

I'd be all over that if the gun can be stored inside the car.


Edited by Spark, 04 October 2017 - 10:24 AM.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:38 AM

The arm snaps into place in three places (tab on leg, slot on front near bumper, tiny little nub that goes by the side window bit in the back).  Is it getting caught somewhere?

 

I think the thing I enjoy about Hot Rod is that it's some kind of engineering game of telephone, if the phone used a couple parts from the prior one.  I mean, he's probably 80% new figure, using 100% of AoE Lockdown's engineering with some extra bits added on top, when AoE Lockdown was a wholesale, if mildly simplified (ie, dropped the panel kibble) use of DotM Roadbuster's engineering.  Hot Rod is three movies' worth of design crammed in one figure.

Yeah, everything else pegs in flush.  The slot is just a little irregular compared to the one on the other side.  I eventually evened out the affected side enough that the tab finally went in.  Inspecting it after removing the tab, there are now tiny little stress marks on 3 of the corners of the slot.  It seems the slot just had the tiniest bit too much plastic.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 04:50 PM

So I just found this while randomly searching Walmart's website for "Saturn Rings", Hot Rod's code name:
https://www.walmart....Rings/564097645

EDIT: A search for the UPC barcode turned up an Amazon listing as well:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075LFCL6H
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That's a listing for Legion Hot Rod in regular The Last Knight packaging, just like the Deluxe Hot Rod listed at Amazon and Target.

This is a separate listing, complete with different stock photos, than the Walmart exclusive version in "Autobots Unite" packaging... so basically, same deal as Hot Rod:
https://www.walmart....t-Rod/794968972
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Edited by Nevermore, 04 October 2017 - 05:33 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."
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Posted 05 October 2017 - 05:36 AM

I have frontpaged your report, Nevermore. As always, thanks for the information!


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 05:06 PM

I have frontpaged your report, Nevermore. As always, thanks for the information!


What's worth noting is that Walmart is listing the general retail version as well!

There are three listings:

Exclusive version at Walmart
General retail version at Walmart (separate listing)
General retail version at Amazon

Edited by Nevermore, 05 October 2017 - 05:07 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."
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:39 AM

Just thought I'd point this out in case someone ever notices it and the question pops up:

Reveal the Shield Voyager Optimus Prime was released in the UK as an Argos exclusive like the rest of the RTS subline. In the US, the subline was originally exclusive to Target, but Voyager Prime ended up as a TRU exclusive instead.

The weirdest part, though, is that the TRU US release is lacking the "Reveal the Shield" logo in the lower left corner of the packaging which the European (UK Argos exclusive) version has:
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Voyager Prime was also released in Asia in the same packaging as the US TRU release (i.e. lacking the "Reveal the Shield" logo), just minus the TRU sticker.

Edited by Nevermore, 11 October 2017 - 07:41 AM.

"'[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."
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:13 PM

Packaging oddities aside, my local TRU seems to haven't gotten another case of these.  There's a tiny mountain of probably ten of them, and priced absurdly at $39.99, which can't possibly be right.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:27 PM

So this week for the first time I saw Nitro at my local Target. Standard TLK voyager price of $29.99. Which prompts me to wonder: what price has everyone else lucky enough to find him seen?


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:30 PM

I got mine for the $26.XX Walmart charges.  I got super lucky and found mine 2 months ago while on vacation though.  It's only recently started hitting Walmarts in my area.  Well, I mean, I've seen the odd Scorn left behind anyways.

Only TLK toy I've paid MSRP or more on was importing Calibur Prime.  Which then promptly dropped in price like 50 bucks.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:06 PM

Yeah, I nabbed two Nitros for $26.86 each at Wal-mart.

 

I've also seen him for $29.99 at Target twice now.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:18 PM

I saw a Nitro for $26something at Walmart this weekend, but I was looking for Overlord. 



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:08 PM

Hot Rod is now also listed as part of the general retail Legion assortment at NDA Toys:
https://www.nda-toys...-asst-wholesale
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:55 AM

Wowza. I just opened up an AoE Lockdown (I know, I said I was going to skip the mold, but it was so dang cheap) and it'd amazing how much better Hot Rod is.

As someone who experienced them backwards, I completely get why people were so upset Hot Rod was just a Lockdown retool. Hot Rod actually ends up being a downright good toy, but I wouldn't have expected that at all if I had messed with Lockdown first.

Freaking kudos to whoever did the work on Lockdown -> Hot Rod



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