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@  Cyoti : (20 November 2019 - 11:23 PM)

It's probably stuck on the low priority end of Warden's to-do list.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 November 2019 - 10:45 PM)

Because the only full-body Nightbeat was that Bumblebee with a new head one.

@  Bass X0 : (20 November 2019 - 04:14 PM)

Why has there been no new Minerva toys? I’m surprised at Takara. The Titan Master head doesn’t count.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

On my shelf I have Ginrai donning the Star Convoy armor.

@  Liege : (19 November 2019 - 07:42 AM)

That he is.

@  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?


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#101 LBD "Nytetrayn"

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:36 AM

So... the entire reason I might consider buying it myself at a convention instead of just importing it or something is effectively negated?
 
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Are you new to living in Canada? Exchange rates mean you always end up paying more than the US retail--in this case roughly 20%, not the "nearly 100" you cited earlier.
 
And getting it at a convention still requires you to travel to and pay to get into said convention, in addition to any other costs. In terms of pure numbers that will always be the most expensive option.
 
I'm not trying to pick on you (I don't think anyone is really), but no one understands why you're upset about this either. Maybe there's something missing from your thought process here. From my perspective at least, it looks like you thought you were going to walk into a convention in Canada and pay the US price.
Newer to getting convention exclusives in Canada, anyway. Previously, I was too broke to even entertain the thought -- which probably still colors my thinking at this point, though reading the other posts here has helped (though there's still the matter of seeing if my wife will go for it -- now a tougher challenge).

That said, 20 percent of 50 is 10, so if it was only a 20 percent markup, wouldn't it only be $60? $80 is... maybe not twice the price, but more than 20, yes?

Edit: And I think I figured out where I might have gone wrong, I'll double check later.

And side note: I'm not paying anything to go to this thing, so those costs don't factor in.

Looks like if I can grab one, I'm getting it. Thanks, all!

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:47 AM

IF Facebook is to be believed, someone apparently found the Siege set at Ollie's.

For TWENTY-FIVE BUCKS.

-SS (Yeah, I'll be checking out the local one ASAP to verify.)

 

Nothing like that at the Ollie's I went to today. Although they did have about 20 cases of the Onslaught Red Skull wave of Captain America Marvel Legends... They might have those for awhile.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 12:21 PM

I'll take two!



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 02:46 PM

Hmm... wonder if it's time to start making the rounds to Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and and such again.


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 02:52 PM

Every now and then if I'm not in a hurry I pop into stores like that and...

 

Man, there are few toy departments sadder than a discount clothing store's toy department in summer. The only reason the shelves aren't emptier is because they reduce the shelfspace to the barest of minimums.

 

I wouldn't make any trips SPECIFICALLY to check them. I wouldn't go out of my way. If they happen to be en-route or next to other stops? Ehn, maybe.

 

 

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 03:58 PM

That said, 20 percent of 50 is 10, so if it was only a 20 percent markup, wouldn't it only be $60? $80 is... maybe not twice the price, but more than 20, yes?

No, you're still forgetting about the exchange rate. 20% of $50 USD is $10 USD.

 

At today's exchange rate, that same $50 USD is $62.62 CAD, so that's roughly the price you would have paid initially--presumably from someone who attended and shipped it to you, so really you've been looking at a minimum of $80 CAD all along.

 

20% of that $62.62 CAD is $12.52 CAD, for a total of $75.14 CAD. Depending on the actual exchange rate on the day you purchase that number would fluctuate a bit, probably between 21-23%. I said "roughly 20%" yesterday because I didn't want to tease out that extra little bit.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:44 PM

Nothing at closeby Ollie's, but they've put out a whole big mid-aisle multipallet of toys beyond the normal aisles, so it looks like they're starting the holiday ramp-up...

 

 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 04:05 AM

IF Facebook is to be believed, someone apparently found the Siege set at Ollie's.

For TWENTY-FIVE BUCKS.

-SS (Yeah, I'll be checking out the local one ASAP to verify.)

 

Where was the Facebook post?  Did they show a picture of a receipt?


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:55 AM

FYI the Revolution set is $150 Canadian at Fan Expo. A series of emails to people on their list (like me) revealed that price.

 

Honestly, as a Canadian, that's not a bad price for what you get.



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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:51 AM

I'll probably skip the revolution set and stick to Skateboarding Prime. Not that I don't want it, but that 150$ could be used for stuff I want more.

I'm glad there's no priority lineup this year, the advantage of having a guest pass is that I can be 1st in line before the crowd gets let in. Plus I can Snoop around to see which stands have good TF's while they are setting up.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:26 PM

So I got one of these on Thursday... shame the whole store was 25% off when I was there last night. Didn't bother checking to see if they still had it then, because why upset myself? At least now I can at least plausibly imagine that they were all sold out.

Shrodinger's Prime.

Anyway, he's pretty awesome, and unlike what I was told a while back, you CAN store all the new accessories in the trailer!

Having a touch of trouble figuring out how to position the legs in base mode so he can connect to Fort Max.

Also, are the little shoulder flaps that hold the guns meant to do anything in particular? Or the holes atop the shoulders? Those are too big for 5mm pegs.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 09:49 PM

I can confirm they were sold out on Sunday.

They still had tons of premium deco movie primes, tho

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:25 AM

Primitive Prime sold out on Friday. The GI Joe Missile Base sold out Saturday morning, before the entire store went 25% off.

But yeah... that 25% off HURT since I bought the Revolutions set on Friday. And the sale cut the price by almost $40.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:39 AM

It only dawned on me today that if they still had Trypticon, that would have been $57.50 off the $230 price tag.

Wife still said no. ;P

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 04:08 AM

Surprise! Primitive Optimus Prime has appeared at retail in Slovakia, of all places.
http://www.tfw2005.c...ovakia.1154846/

This is not entirely unprecedented; Primitive Optimus Prime is also listed by Spanish retail giant El Corte Ingles and Dutch retailer Wohi, and Dutch toy wholesaler Otto Simon was also listing it but has since taken down the listing.

The packaging is US standard, but the UPC barcode is covered by a sticker that features an official Hasbro-specific EAN barcode, which means this is an official, Hasbro-initiated import.
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Posted 24 June 2018 - 02:06 PM

Surprise! Primitive Optimus Prime has appeared at retail in Slovakia, of all places.
http://www.tfw2005.c...ovakia.1154846/

This is not entirely unprecedented; Primitive Optimus Prime is also listed by Spanish retail giant El Corte Ingles and Dutch retailer Wohi, and Dutch toy wholesaler Otto Simon was also listing it but has since taken down the listing.

The packaging is US standard, but the UPC barcode is covered by a sticker that features an official Hasbro-specific EAN barcode, which means this is an official, Hasbro-initiated import.

 

Yeah, was very surprised to see one in El Corte Ingles a couple of weeks ago. Forty euros ain't a bad price. They also had the Transformers Tribute Orion Pax 2-pack and Bumblebee 3-pack, Computron, Trypticon and a bunch of other stuff, all at higher prices.

Has something like this ever happened before with the SDCC exclusives? And if not, then what happened different this time? Did people just not want it? Or did they just over-produce it compared to the others?



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Posted 24 June 2018 - 03:46 PM

Has something like this ever happened before with the SDCC exclusives? And if not, then what happened different this time? Did people just not want it? Or did they just over-produce it compared to the others?


Aside from Hasbro-approved sales at various conventions in other countries, some of the recent SDCC exclusives have indeed been available at retail in other countries:

SDCC 2015 Combiner Wars Devastator was released as a Mr. Toys Toyworld exclusive in Australia.

SDCC 2016 Titans Return Fortress Maximus and the Titan Force set were available at A1 Toys from Scotland. The Titan Force set infamously had to have Brainstorm's name changed to "Charon" via a sticker because the name "Brainstorm" is currently held by another company in the United Kingdom.
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