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@  Bass X0 : (24 June 2018 - 03:10 AM)

I just realised that Unsolved Mysteries has the same initials as Ultra Magnus.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (22 June 2018 - 05:18 AM)

Yeah, really... what a shitshow.

@  Pennpenn : (22 June 2018 - 04:53 AM)

This week has been an almost unmitigated damn nightmare. It can go die in some metaphorical trash fire where it belongs.

@  Nevermore : (22 June 2018 - 04:48 AM)

I feel your pain.

@  Whirl Maximus : (22 June 2018 - 04:47 AM)

This time ten years ago I was looking forward to Transformers 2.

@  Nevermore : (22 June 2018 - 01:41 AM)

There's room enough for five more cabinets.

@  Nevermore : (22 June 2018 - 01:41 AM)

Once I've settled in and earned money again, I can start with the third wall.

@  Plokatron : (21 June 2018 - 10:05 PM)

I'm still working on my comic just been trying to start up a Custom Lego shop. Won't be too long but I'm still here.

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:02 PM)

(really though, great display)

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:02 PM)

you're gonna have a buildup of dinosaur electrons.

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:01 PM)

he needs his dino-breathing room! :D

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:01 PM)

Trypticon looks a bit cramped in there, nevermore!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 June 2018 - 05:54 PM)

Sad thing is we've thought more about the foam than the show writers ever did. :D

@  Nevermore : (21 June 2018 - 05:47 PM)

https://imgur.com/ky0qGVD

@  Nevermore : (21 June 2018 - 05:47 PM)

Current status of my collection room in my new, still-under-construction apartment:

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 05:31 PM)

Depends on whether or not the motive engines for the vehicle mode are the same as the robot mode. Cause we know they use energon for everything.

@  Bass X0 : (21 June 2018 - 05:17 PM)

I was thinking today if Transformers would carry the fuel for their alternate mode in their robot mode? They'd have to, right?

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 June 2018 - 01:28 PM)

I mean, the clear meta reason is so non-Transformers don't die horribly on their ships, but that's not as fun to speculate about.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 10:43 AM)

There's also lots of chemical reactions which only precipite with oxygen.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 June 2018 - 09:27 AM)

Oxygen is obviously a native gas on cybertron and also let’s the equipment “breath” so to speak.

@  Cybersnark : (21 June 2018 - 08:47 AM)

@Wonko; Yeah, but why oxygen? There are a lot of non-flammable gasses they could've used. And we've seen TFs using radio to communicate in vacuum.

@  Robowang : (21 June 2018 - 08:29 AM)

As the Cream of Wheat glugged forth from his meatus, his mind focused on only one thing: Mommy loved him so.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 08:17 AM)

there's lots you can't do in vaccuum. The least of which is audio communication.

@  Cybersnark : (21 June 2018 - 08:04 AM)

Though that begs the question of why a robotic species would keep their ships pressurized with oxygen in the first place.

@  Pennpenn : (21 June 2018 - 07:29 AM)

Guess it's just me playing FTL recently. Opening a few doors out to the void is a good way to deal with fires and rude visitors.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 June 2018 - 07:14 AM)

Plus it depends on what part of the ship, can’t easily vent an interior area.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 06:34 AM)

depends on what's wrong. If you need to get something out and away, would also need to have started in a pressurised space to begin with. If you just want to vent extra heat: it wouldn't work as well as vaccuum is an insulator.

@  Pennpenn : (21 June 2018 - 03:12 AM)

If they're in space wouldn't it make more sense just to vent the area affected to vacuum?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 June 2018 - 07:16 PM)

I mean the foam was dangerous, but in space they probably put out the fires, then wore the equivalent of a hazmat suit to clean up.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 June 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Only on special occassions.

@  Paladin : (20 June 2018 - 03:50 PM)

you don't?

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 June 2018 - 02:17 PM)

I mean, we don't usually use asbestos on our souls.....

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 June 2018 - 10:11 AM)

*looks at asbestos" Yep... Cause we've never used something harmful as a fire retardant. x.x;

@  unluckiness : (20 June 2018 - 06:32 AM)

fire retardant foam is so powerful it can extinguish even sparks

@  Pennpenn : (20 June 2018 - 05:23 AM)

I mean, this is a species that can be disabled (possibly fatally after a while?) by flame retardant foam, so yeah.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 June 2018 - 01:28 AM)

Transformers are exactly as resilient as the plot needs them to be, so who knows, it could be lethal today.

@  RichardT1977 : (19 June 2018 - 08:50 PM)

Which is why Marvel Megatron was interested in Dr. Biggles-Jones' railgun design and had it grafted onto his G2 tank mode.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2018 - 08:43 PM)

Doesn't really matter what transformers are made of. If you send a 10 pound ball of metal flying at a good enough velocity, you will do damage.

@  Soft Snow : (19 June 2018 - 05:53 PM)

A regular cannon that shoots cannon balls and does nothing to other transformers because they are robots but would put a mean whole in the side of your wooden boat...

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:44 PM)

wtf did the shoutbox do to my emoji

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:44 PM)

also @ patchy its whatever your heart desires 😘

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:44 PM)

shes not a drill but she is a grill

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 June 2018 - 05:40 PM)

POTP CINDERSAUR IS A GIRL THIS IS NOT A DRILL

@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 June 2018 - 05:18 PM)

A fusion cannon, or just a regular cannon?

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:04 PM)

megatron but he turns into a ford fusion with a cannon badly welded onto the roof

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 June 2018 - 02:22 PM)

My Little Fusion Cannon: Friendship Through Tyranny.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 June 2018 - 02:01 PM)

was that supposed to sound sexual

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2018 - 01:55 PM)

I'm pretty sure that megatrons cannon is his best friend, so that friendship is magic stuff won't work.

@  MEDdMI : (19 June 2018 - 01:16 PM)

And then the magic ponies force everyone to be friends FOREVERRRRRRR

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2018 - 12:06 PM)

Or... megatron just goes to war against skynet cause he can't stand the competition.


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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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