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@  wonko the sane? : (15 February 2019 - 08:54 PM)

Yay! My nephew's Wah Wah showed up today!

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 February 2019 - 08:12 PM)

BotBots are GLORIOUS

@  Pennpenn : (14 February 2019 - 07:07 PM)

A day best ignored if you're not the target demographic. Can be difficult sometimes though.

@  Paladin : (14 February 2019 - 11:55 AM)

Valentine's Day. bummer.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 February 2019 - 08:55 AM)

Or you could come to canada, where bureaucracy is a publically funded art form! So garbage and used condoms trying to make a statement about something or other, not entirely sure what.

@  Nevermore : (14 February 2019 - 06:10 AM)

We've turned it into an art form.

@  Nevermore : (14 February 2019 - 06:10 AM)

You think you know bureaucracy, but you've never been to Germany.

@  RichardT1977 : (13 February 2019 - 11:48 PM)

I think a better counterpart would be "society".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (13 February 2019 - 11:24 PM)

Sounds like the cobra effect.

@  Echowarrior : (13 February 2019 - 05:58 PM)

I think a better counterpart for it would be bureaucracy.

@  MEDdMI : (13 February 2019 - 08:33 AM)

Is Verbesserschlimmerung a change that was intented to make things worse but made them better instead?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 February 2019 - 07:35 AM)

We have a similar word in english "government".

@  Nevermore : (13 February 2019 - 06:05 AM)

The meaning of this word is: A change that was intended as an improvement but ended up making things worse.

@  Nevermore : (13 February 2019 - 06:04 AM)

It's a portmanteau of "Verbesserung", which means "improvement", and "Verschlimmerung", which means "worsening".

@  Nevermore : (13 February 2019 - 06:04 AM)

Your new German word for today: Verschlimmbesserung.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 February 2019 - 02:17 PM)

Fortunately it's been long enough now that the possibility exists another label like Shout Factory or Arrow could pick it up and give it an updated release.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 February 2019 - 02:16 PM)

It's the same with their Dawn of the Dead blu-ray, and several others

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 February 2019 - 02:11 PM)

In Volcano's case it isn't so much a case just of amazon or eBay sellers... it looks like rather than releasing it directly, Fox licensed it out to Starz/Anchor Bay, and it's subsequently gone out of print

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (12 February 2019 - 01:28 PM)

There's Amazon sellers for you.

@  Telly : (12 February 2019 - 12:49 PM)

thought about buying volcano on bluray last night, until i saw the price on amazon: $135. the used ones arent much cheaper at $90. i know the 3p sellers can set any price they want, but come on. $90-$135 for a 20 year old movie that was only so-so?

@  unluckiness : (12 February 2019 - 05:12 AM)

GOt my hopes up there for a bit. Last I heard it was nebulously in 2019.

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 February 2019 - 05:00 AM)

Nope, none for REmake or Zero either.

@  unluckiness : (12 February 2019 - 04:13 AM)

Do we have a release date?

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 February 2019 - 03:51 AM)

Looking forward to RE4 on Switch, it will be my annual playthrough.

@  unluckiness : (12 February 2019 - 01:40 AM)

Don't call Floridans that. It's degrading to marine mammals.

@  Ashley : (12 February 2019 - 12:41 AM)

Oh, the huge manatee

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 February 2019 - 10:55 PM)

Anyone here ever been to the Manatee Viewing Center right outside Apollo Beach, Florida?

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 08:35 PM)

The manatees were extra eager that day.

@  ▲ndrusi : (11 February 2019 - 08:10 PM)

Maybe they accidentally got some editorial oversight for a while or something.

@  Shrug : (11 February 2019 - 07:03 PM)

And it shifted gears the season after, it's like there was a different head writer or editor or something one year

@  Shrug : (11 February 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was some random season after the cancellation that I thought was amazing, but I don't watch the show closely enough to tell you which one it was

@  Benbot : (11 February 2019 - 01:20 PM)

Your unintentional typo is right. It is definitely tp-tier material.

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 08:36 AM)

It was never tp-tier material but I used to be able to keep it on as white noise while I'm doing something else Now, I have to switch the channel because it just pisses me off at how unfunny it is.

@  Benbot : (11 February 2019 - 08:23 AM)

I don't think it's ever been very good since the initial cancellation/revival.

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 08:03 AM)

And still the same so-called "humor" but worse

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 February 2019 - 08:00 AM)

New writers, new showrunners, fatigue. That shows had many changes over the years.

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 06:35 AM)

I don't know how it's possible but Family Guy has somehow gotten less funny.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 February 2019 - 08:47 PM)

Do you mean the retail price from when ToyBiz were making ML or the current price of vintage ToyBiz specimens?

@  B-Fox : (10 February 2019 - 08:40 PM)

Target had the entirety of the ML Deadpool Sauron BAF wave on discount. Got Omega Red and X-23 for the cost of 2 Toy Biz Marvel Legends.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 February 2019 - 02:30 PM)

How long do y'all wager it will be until Evolution Optimal Optimus shows at Ollie's in the U.S.?

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 February 2019 - 01:17 PM)

Kingdom Hearts 4: The Search For More Money.

@  fourteenwings : (10 February 2019 - 11:09 AM)

Actual lyrics to the ending theme of KH3: "I'm only crying 'cause I never dreamed it'd take this long."

@  Paladin : (10 February 2019 - 08:25 AM)

somebody wins, somebody dies, Disney gets all the money ever. The End.

@  Pennpenn : (10 February 2019 - 02:48 AM)

Please don't go into the details of the ending of KH3 any more than you have so far in the shoutbox. Thank you.

@  unluckiness : (10 February 2019 - 12:06 AM)

Oh well, at least it's over. Oh wait, sequel hook. Hope my grandkids like KH4 lol

@  unluckiness : (10 February 2019 - 12:05 AM)

Like, if I wait a decade for the conclusion, I want something better than a friendship and love generic anime ending

@  unluckiness : (10 February 2019 - 12:04 AM)

I like resident Evil far better because it doesn't pretend to be anything other than stupid popcorn movies.

@  fourteenwings : (10 February 2019 - 12:02 AM)

At least Resident Evil doesn't have a chart for every incarnation of every involved and how they're also secretly somebody else (especially, somehow, the protagonist).

@  unluckiness : (09 February 2019 - 11:55 PM)

Kingdom Hearts gives the Resident Evil movies a run for their money in terms of convoluted plot.

@  Pennpenn : (09 February 2019 - 07:48 PM)

Something is hidden there, obviously.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:30 PM

https://www.cnbc.com...tcy-filing.html

This is not good. Not good at all! :(
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:56 PM

How did they find a picture of a Toys R Us putting anything on sale?


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:57 PM

Must be photoshopped.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:05 PM

Yeah, losing TRU would be devastating in terms of toy maker leverage.  If they go, the market will pretty much shutter to Walmart, Target and Amazon with whatever meager percentages regional department stores and the old "market six" categories like dollar stores and outlet/discounters.

 

And toys are NOT a priority for most of those sources.  Frankly, I think a LOT of smaller toy makers and smaller/riskier initiatives are going to be hurt by such a loss.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:15 PM

Losing TRU would probably seriously hurt NECA, maybe even kill them...


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:31 PM

I work there this is troubling we lost 4 stores in Houston area due to Harvey as well ugh

 

 

and... HEY! we have sales all the time and I made dam good use out of them


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:33 PM

I hope they're not the next major retailer to abandon the Canadian market completely.  The retail landscape up here is bleak enough as it is.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:34 PM

I've seen some NECA stuff at Walgreens and even larger Walmarts and Targets.  But those venues really don't address the same numbers as the dedicated section they get at TRU.  I was actually thinking guys like Tomy, Spinmasters and Jazwares who generally don't command significant space at Walmart and Target.  The loss of TRU would DEVASTATE them given how the larger retailers (ESPECIALLY Walmart) tend to ignore anything without a major movie or media push. 



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:36 PM

I hope they're not the next major retailer to abandon the Canadian market completely.  The retail landscape up here is bleak enough as it is.

No kidding, the only other place to get transformers in quebec is walmart, and that is literally it. None of the other big box stores have toy sections, except at christmas, and it's all everyone else's overstock. Even walmart sucks these days as they haven't seemed to restock anything but lego since june.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:17 PM

Goddammit.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:13 PM

I think this would be more of a financial structure issue, not an actual "closing the business down for good" issue.  A bankruptcy wouldn't be a good indicator of long-term health and stability, but it wouldn't necessarily be a death knell either.

 

I'm not worried yet.  If they suddenly start spinning out more baby-only stores, or non-toy versions, or other things that show clear moves away from the toy market, then I'll be worried.  Right now it just looks like an exercise in accountancy.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:07 AM

This doesn't surprise me at all. They are over priced compared to big box stores. But I hate to see them go. Hope it doesn't affect babies r us.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:18 AM

This does not sound good. They are the only toy store left.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

This doesn't surprise me at all. They are over priced compared to big box stores. But I hate to see them go. Hope it doesn't affect babies r us.

Which, in my corner of canada, was usually made up for by the fact that they carried not only volumes the other stores (at the time.) didn't carry, as well stock the other stores didn't carry.



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:09 AM

Hopefully they remain afloat. 


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

Nice to see that I'm not the only one hoping that Toys R Us weathers this current storm.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:42 AM

I don't think Toys R us will go under but in the era of Internet shopping its likely they'll consider down sizing and moving to smaller stores to help reduce costs, then they might decide to reduce number of staff in their stores, the video part of the article pretty much says without saying it, all options are on the table.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:48 PM

I work there this is troubling we lost 4 stores in Houston area due to Harvey as well ugh

 

 

and... HEY! we have sales all the time and I made dam good use out of them

The problem with Toys R Us sales (and has always been, really) is that the "sale" usually just lowers it to the normal price of most other places.

 

Atlanta used to have three Toys R Us stores not just five years ago, and now there are none left in the city, just a couple in the outlying towns.  I think TRU might have a problem handling rising rent rates in civic centers.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 02:45 PM

Expect to see more of this in the next five years.

 

As part of my moving up the corporate ladder, I've been privy to education about the state of the retail business in general. While yes, I work for Satan Incarnate (Walmart), it surprised me how in training they talked openly about the state of brick and mortar retail.

 

Bluntly put? It's dying out. Some businesses have the means to weather the storm and transition to a E-commerce platform, but a lot of stores have over-specialized and lack the overhead and infrastructure to transition to a web based business.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:55 PM

Or they were too slow in jumping on board with e-commerce and their niche has already been filled, which is what Wal-Mart itself has had problems with for a decade.


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