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@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 12:09 PM)

Functionism only really makes sense for certain alternate modes like mining or construction equipment; where do things like sports cars fit in?

@  Xellos : (21 October 2018 - 11:51 AM)

At least in the movies they can switch to a (similar) alt mode at will, it seems. Especially if they want to sell more toys per movie.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2018 - 10:44 AM)

They are a race of adaptive machines. Maybe they were expected to change themselves to fit the role?

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 10:06 AM)

IDW-verse discrimination still made more sense than the backstory in TF: Exodus, where everyone's caste was assigned seemingly at random with no regard for their aptitudes (altmode or otherwise)

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:55 AM)

Lost Light is good too, so far.

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:54 AM)

I'm not terribly into Transformers in general, but I did mostly enjoy the More Than Meets The Eye series.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:11 AM)

Which has been in the state constitution since 1946, but was never actually executed according to documents, and is currently not in effect because the German federal constitution, which takes priority over state constitution, has banned the death penalty back in 1949.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:09 AM)

Huh. So next weekend, when the German state of Hesse will have its state election, there will also be a ballot about changing the state constitution... and one of the proposed changes will be abolishing the death penalty.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 03:44 AM)

I really need to read those comics

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:28 AM)

Up to and including the fact that certain alternate modes could end up being classified as "surplus to requirements" and systematically murdered.

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:26 AM)

And in IDW comics where it is/was literally a form of apartheid where your alternate mode pretty much dictated how you were treated by society, what jobs you could pursue, pretty much everything.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 02:24 AM)

We do get hints of that from time to time in Transformers, with stuff like some jets acting smug towards cars and whatnot.

@  RichardT1977 : (20 October 2018 - 08:10 PM)

"No shotgun of Mine is going to marry a rocket launcher" sounds like something that Targetmasters (or WFC Siege Micromasters) might say...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 08:06 PM)

The characters are actually kinda nice. Sure a bunch of them are from New Jersey, but you get a few aliens too.. But if you do that, you might want to go digital delux verisons.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:38 PM)

My only issue is that the aside from Fox, the looks of the characters are kinda bland. If anything, I'll at least get it on Black Friday, as they almost always have deals on the toys to life stuff.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 06:07 PM)

Well I can tell you, if you are going physical version because you want the toys. The Switch version has the best Ship mount as you just slide the joycons into it. The PS4 ship mount is wired. The game itself is very good in my opionion. In some ways it starts to turn into an RTS without being an RTS. You've got to start focus on keeping your planets from being taken back over. It has a LOT to do. It does have some repitive missions, because well, trying to let you level up all pilots and ships and such. The switch version -ALSO- has starfox only missions and the characters are incorporated into the story.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:03 PM)

How is Starlink anyways? Been thinking of getting the Switch version for StarFox, which is quite unusal for me, as I almost always pick the PS4 versions (favorite controller and I already have so many Trophys on it).

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:42 PM)

No shotgun of mine is going to marry a rocket launcher!

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 October 2018 - 05:22 PM)

Should they be allowed to marry outside of their own caliber?

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:18 PM)

I'm conflicted on the subject of marriage rights for shotguns.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:24 PM)

You say, "Damn it, what do you think this is, a shotgun wedding?"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:23 PM)

What do you do if someone wants to bring their concealed-carry to your American wedding?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 01:58 PM)

Benbot, I was streaming the PS4 version of Starlink

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:25 PM)

Ergo their reporting will have its own slant on the facts as they choose, not the most neutral way possible.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:24 PM)

I find it sad to realize that the prestigious New York Times which I trusted a lot as a kid in fact has its own editorial agenda.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:20 PM)

The end result is NOT that stupid bullshit gets equal coverage as reasonable arguments. That would be problematic in itself (the "false balance" bias), but the provlem is that the controversial stupid bullshit gets MORE coverage than the reasonable arguments.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

The media doesn't want to miss the opportunity to report on a controversy, and as a consequence makes sure that the controversial statements reach an audience.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

Because they realized that saying controversial shit is guaranteed to get coverage.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:16 PM)

It's the same here in Germany. Our right-wing moron party is still a political minority, yet they succeed in driving the topics the media keeps reporting.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

The main problem was that Trump was banking on controversy, and the media was reporting controversy because it gave them ratings.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

"Fairness" was not the media's main problem.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 October 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Holy fish! Second life is still a thing?!?!

@  Benbot : (20 October 2018 - 08:32 AM)

What were you streaming, Silverclaw?

@  Shrug : (20 October 2018 - 05:28 AM)

Russian interference should have been fighting an uphill battle, but as far as I'm concerned we gave them a head start.

@  Shrug : (20 October 2018 - 05:23 AM)

I disagree with Hillary being a good choice to run against Trump. Plenty of mixed feelings about her long before 2016 within our own party. When the DNC has to rig it's own primaries to get their chosen candidate running, maybe you shouldn't expect an easy landslide at the actual election.

@  Pennpenn : (20 October 2018 - 05:20 AM)

It would have also helped if the US was also an actualy democracy where the candidate who gets the most votes wins, but hey.

@  Rycochet : (20 October 2018 - 04:42 AM)

You helped destroy western democracy, but hey, at least no-one can accuse you of bias... Oh wait, they did, still do, and are going to keep doing so as long as you report facts.

@  Rycochet : (20 October 2018 - 04:39 AM)

Hillary was a good choice to run against Trump, the big problem was the media crawling all over themselves to try and push the idea of fairness, and threw her under the bus to do so. Any hint of impropriety was treated as being exactly the same as actual proven criminal acts by Trump in order to avoid being seen as biased... and at the end of it all, he turned around and bit them for doing so because that's who he is.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:37 AM)

Many right-wingers are using its name as part of our version of the term "libtards": "Left-green filthy".

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:35 AM)

It's the only of the "established" parties (it's almost 40 years old at this point) that has remained true to its principles.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:34 AM)

Meanwhile, some uplifting news from Germany: While our big parties are rapidly losing voters, and our new "we're not really extreme" right-wing party is gaining voters, there is one other party that is scoring massive points, both in polls and the recent Bavarian state election: The Green Party.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:33 AM)

I still think having Hillary run against Drumpf was a bad choice.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 03:32 AM)

Well on the bright side, we know more people voted for HIllary than the cheeto.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:31 AM)

I guess many a prepper might have also voted for the person most likely to bring about the end of society they are waiting for.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:28 AM)

Now let that sink in, and then think about how many people voted for Agent Orange.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:27 AM)

Elected officials often represent how the voters either view themselves, or how they would like to be.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 12:21 AM)

Well I had 8 people watching my stream at one time tonight.. I call that a success...

@  Telly : (19 October 2018 - 11:08 PM)

...

@  MEDdMI : (19 October 2018 - 10:02 PM)

Unless it's the main cast of Persona 5.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 October 2018 - 10:02 PM)

I realize there is a certain irony in my vocabulary selection there.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:30 PM

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

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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

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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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