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@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:34 AM)

I'd also like to take the opportunity to say I despise Ebay for showing the list prices in US money.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:23 AM)

Well there is an overpriced limited edition, but I don't want to pay that much money for it.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:21 AM)

Well great. The one Usagi Yojimbo volume I don't have and it's out of stock.

@  Rycochet : (17 January 2020 - 06:15 PM)

I both love and hate that the Alien franchise seems to have had more luck finding a niche as a line of children's toys than it has at producing worthwhile films.

@  Donocropolis : (17 January 2020 - 06:35 AM)

I've seen them on the shelves at Walmart. They're pretty great looking retro Aliens toys. https://www.walmart....-Vary/934039489

@  fourteenwings : (17 January 2020 - 01:11 AM)

IIRC somebody on here mentioned an unbranded Alien toy a couple of weeks ago? It seems like it was actually part of a collection for the Alien movie series by Lanard. Mattel's making some stuff too.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 January 2020 - 03:12 PM)

Is it really a worse name than say, HMS Spanker?

@  Maximus Ambus : (16 January 2020 - 02:36 PM)

'Boaty McBoatface' was a actual thing?! Wow.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (14 January 2020 - 02:00 PM)

Might be worth bringing back this thread.

@  ThunderWear : (14 January 2020 - 01:53 PM)

Of course I had the idea to download all the pdfs like a week too late. Anyone got an archive?

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 January 2020 - 12:48 PM)

The Collector Club is dead. Seems like it all came down shortly after New Year

@  ThunderWear : (13 January 2020 - 11:06 PM)

I can't get to the collector club website. anyone else? I was literally going to download all the fiction to finish reading.

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 January 2020 - 04:50 AM)

News today is all 'there's a CHANCE it would snow in July' and 'dogs COULD bite back'.

@  Benbot : (12 January 2020 - 10:05 PM)

Holy crap, do many people get hurt by them?

@  wonko the sane? : (12 January 2020 - 02:11 PM)

Even in fallout, they never carpet bombed with nukes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 January 2020 - 12:43 PM)

I hope the stockpiled nuclear weapons of the US and Russia are accounted for then.

@  Nevermore : (12 January 2020 - 12:22 PM)

Geez. 1760 (!) bombs from World War II that had not detonated and were still armed have been found. That's only the numbers for the federal state of Germany I live in, and only for the first three quarters of 2019. For all of 2018, the total number was 2811 (!!) bombs.

@  CVReynolds : (11 January 2020 - 11:05 PM)

I've been wanting a Tarantulas that turns into a more realistic tarantula for a long time. Maybe Takara will someday do a Masterpiece, which would be neat. But I really want to see a modernized look like in the IDW comics.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 January 2020 - 09:43 PM)

We need more Waspinators.. and rattraps.

@  Ashley : (11 January 2020 - 07:09 PM)

I'm on board with that

@  Dekafox : (11 January 2020 - 06:17 PM)

What I'm hearing is we need Cyberverse Waspinator

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 January 2020 - 01:27 AM)

He's appeared across more branding changes than Waspinator, so maybe it's more the other way around.

@  Ashley : (10 January 2020 - 12:01 AM)

is C3PO the Waspinator of Star Wars? he'll live forever, because it's funny for him to suffer

@  Sabrblade : (09 January 2020 - 11:52 PM)

He's still waiting for them to be funny.

@  ▲ndrusi : (09 January 2020 - 10:35 PM)

Why?

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 January 2020 - 04:02 PM)

I've been watching South Park, Family Guy and The Simpsons with a straight face for a decade now.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 January 2020 - 03:18 PM)

If that's what it takes to get you to take the medication, sure.

@  Bass X0 : (09 January 2020 - 01:52 PM)

If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?

@  fourteenwings : (09 January 2020 - 11:37 AM)

I mean, it is easier to protect HDDs, and you can retransfer the data over and over forever?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 January 2020 - 10:45 AM)

Not in this comparison. He's making his own files, so they're (presumably) not restricted by DRM, so he can copy them as many times as he wants. It's potentially more reliable in the long term than hoping the specific copies you originally bought never accrue any damage for the rest of your life.

@  Echowarrior : (09 January 2020 - 10:44 AM)

I prefer physical copies too. Easier to protect something physical and tangible.

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 January 2020 - 09:55 AM)

I prefer having physical copies.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 January 2020 - 08:56 AM)

I have plenty of physical media I turn into digital media for my plex server. Just finished ripping Ultra Seven

@  fourteenwings : (09 January 2020 - 08:50 AM)

Isn't the general consensus that we're supposed to be over physical media anyways?

@  Paladin : (09 January 2020 - 08:17 AM)

i still don't own a Blu-Ray player.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 January 2020 - 07:35 AM)

My current TV works just fine. I don't see a need to upgrade. And by the time I do, the Next Big Thing will probably be out anyway.

@  Benbot : (09 January 2020 - 03:58 AM)

Me neither. I'm no rebel, though. I'm just poor.

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 January 2020 - 03:38 AM)

I haven't gone 4K yet, I'm a rebel.

@  Ashley : (07 January 2020 - 11:50 PM)

the comic theme is amazing

@  Bass X0 : (07 January 2020 - 03:18 PM)

Sounds like Victor Caroli but I’m not sure.

@  Bass X0 : (07 January 2020 - 02:35 PM)

Should I recognise the narrator of the Mutant Hunt trailer?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 January 2020 - 04:30 AM)

I got me Titans Return Blaster, now watch them unveil Earthrise Blaster and Generations Perceptor, a retool of Titans Blaster.

@  ThunderWear : (06 January 2020 - 10:22 PM)

I recently switched to to the comic theme here at the Allspark and I'm so happy I just want to look at it.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (06 January 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Can you not take so many lines to say anything?

@  fourteenwings : (06 January 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Iunno, maybe people having unique pronunciations of things re:how they understand language makes the world a more colourful place, rather than one where we correct every seemingly grievous error?


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#7741 Nevermore

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 05:47 PM

My suggestion for collector packaging would be something like this, minus the plastic windows:
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That way, the packaging can stay closed as per default, but can still be opened easily to check out the toy.
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Posted 21 August 2019 - 05:52 PM

In blocks of ice. Toys are now in the frozen food section next to the fish sticks.

 

When you order a Bumblebee, once guy hacks it out with an ice pick, tosses it to another guy across the room who wraps it in newspaper, and then he tosses that to the cashier, who is lazily chewing on a toothpick and looking at you with undisguised disdain.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:17 PM

Yeah, but what will be different?



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:19 PM

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:58 PM

My suggestion for collector packaging would be something like this, minus the plastic windows:
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That way, the packaging can stay closed as per default, but can still be opened easily to check out the toy.

Then the problem is the pilfering of pieces.  I worked retail enough that, no mater what it is, from bikes to Razor scooters to fans to kitchenware sets to landline phones to toys, if it is in a box that you can not see in, people will open them up.  And if they end up buying one, it is usually an unopened one.

 

I foresee lots of missing pieces and more toy switching with this. 

 

Probably good that I usually get stuff online now anyways.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:13 PM

 

My suggestion for collector packaging would be something like this, minus the plastic windows:
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attachicon.gif91CXyOR60pL._SL700_.jpg attachicon.gifA1UzQ53wKzL._SL700_.jpg

That way, the packaging can stay closed as per default, but can still be opened easily to check out the toy.

Then the problem is the pilfering of pieces.  I worked retail enough that, no mater what it is, from bikes to Razor scooters to fans to kitchenware sets to landline phones to toys, if it is in a box that you can not see in, people will open them up.  And if they end up buying one, it is usually an unopened one.

 

I foresee lots of missing pieces and more toy switching with this. 

 

Probably good that I usually get stuff online now anyways.

 

 

Some wouldn't surprise me - I've seen people tear in the boxes to look at toys at Walmarts a couple of times a year.  It is kind of amazing to see.

 

 

This is probably getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but who here is older than dirt and remembers stores like Service Merchandise, BEST, or LaBelle's?  (This is going somewhere.)

 

Amazon has been fond of its "frustration free" packaging as they can just ship it as is - SIOC, ships in own container.  For the online store with a run-of-the-mill customer, it's great - it's brown, you open it, it breaks down, it goes in the garbage.  If you sell to collectors or to a retail shelf, it's undesirable.   It's also where Hasbro is already going with its Transformers Selects line, which just needs to drop the plastic insert to get to its goal of cutting out plastic since the window is already gone.

 

Back in the 1980s (and presumably before, I'm only slightly older than dirt) stores like Service Merchandise and their ilk were part retailer and part "catalog showroom."  That is, you go up there and tell them what you want, and someone sends it out from the back on a conveyor belt - this way you can see video games, dishes, electronics, and other doodads on the store shelves without devoting as much floor space to pegs and shelves of product that can be fondled and otherwise abused.   It wouldn't stun me if some store concepts return to this - Target and Walmart are both already doing something similar by bringing customer orders directly to their cars.

 

Instead, you'd get a display like we sometimes saw at Toys R Us or Target of a tableaux of LEGO or robots or whatever - and then someone gets you your cardboard box.  This would allow for manufacturers to use that rotten blank brown box in more venues, instead delegating "try me" to video displays or a demo unit chained to a shelf.  Nerf has already rid itself of a lot of the plastic with its open-box models, plastic is still used to keep the darts visible and secure though.

 

My hunch - by running over the press release with a magnifying glass - is we'll see a continued reduction in plastic in packaging, but not a complete elimination.   Authentics and 1-Step Changers Cyberverse toys have just a tray, not the traditional outer bubble.   Selects are in a plain cardboard box, with a plastic tray - and that can be changed.   Blind bag toys are  jam-packed with plastic as it is, the Deadpool Chimi Surprise and Littlest Pet Shop Lucky Pets fortune cookies each have a minimum of 4 plastic bags/wrappers per toy.   I can barely imagine how you could secure action figures with small accessories in a package that's not weak to theft, but simple wear-and-tear.  If enough kids fidget with a toy in a store, something could be dislodged and kissed goodbye forever.



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:30 PM

Doesn't matter what the packaging looks like you still won't be able to find them in the stores.



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:32 PM

Hasbro could change all of their packaging to plain brown boxes with the Amazon smile on them, and I wouldn't know the difference.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 10:34 PM

I saw elsewhere on the web that cellophane was biodegradable, but I'm not sure they could make it thick enough.


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:21 AM

 


 

This is probably getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but who here is older than dirt and remembers stores like Service Merchandise, BEST, or LaBelle's?  (This is going somewhere.)

 

 

 

 

Me!  :)

 

Last thing I got there was a red eyed Cheetor.  Back when any Cheetor was a rarity (before the green eyed re-release).


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:57 AM

I saw elsewhere on the web that cellophane was biodegradable, but I'm not sure they could make it thick enough.

You wrap a box in 12 yards of it from every direction and you'll probably be covered.


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:44 PM

 

 
This is probably getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but who here is older than dirt and remembers stores like Service Merchandise, BEST, or LaBelle's?  (This is going somewhere.)
 
 
 
 
Me!  :)
 
Last thing I got there was a red eyed Cheetor.  Back when any Cheetor was a rarity (before the green eyed re-release).

Last thing I got at Service Merchandise was G1 Gears and Windcharger. This was probably in 88 or 89, and I found them on the pegs. They had probably been gathering dust in the back somewhere. Seems like the store closed not too long after that.
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:33 PM

Found Rattrap at a Service Merchandise in about 1998 or so in Bloomington, Indiana, long after he should have been on shelves.  Was pretty stoked.  I started collecting Beast Wars late.



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:46 PM

I honestly don't remember what I last got from Service Merchandise, but I wager it was either a Beast Wars toy or something from one of Fisher-Price's Great Adventures toylines (anyone remember those? They were like the precursors to the Imaginext toylines with a knights-themed line, a pirate-themed line, and a Wild West-themed line).


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 05:22 AM


I only remember getting one toy from Service Merchandise. Ours was a weird empty cube with a desk at one side and some little windows cut in the walls and small displays in them. No pegs or racks or toys to look through. It always seemed the weirdest store to me as a kid. Anyway I had to go there with my Grandma once and she bought me the figure of the black guy from the Rambo Cartoon Toyline. I assume I picked it out of a catalogue. Only Rambo toy I ever had.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 05:53 AM

I got BW Inferno there, because that was where Inferno first showed up, for some reason.



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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:53 AM

I saw a G1 Blitzwing there around 89-90.

Parents wouldnt buy him for me though.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:57 AM

I don't think I ever bought toys from Service Merchandise. I don't think I bought anything from Service Merchandise.

 

I do remember those commercials they had towards the end of their existence with Lucy and Herman Munster, though. Those were neat.


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