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@  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)


@  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?

@  Nevermore : (06 January 2020 - 06:12 AM)

Others insist on "Michael Yackson".

@  Nevermore : (06 January 2020 - 06:01 AM)

Because the very combination of those sounds is unknown to them, and thus they avoid it as if it were contagious.

@  Nevermore : (06 January 2020 - 06:00 AM)

For example, the English "J" sound consists of sounds that exist in German: Basically, it's just a "d" sound followed by a very soft "sh". Yet there are many Germans who insist on calling the late King of Pop "Michael Checkson".

@  Nevermore : (06 January 2020 - 05:58 AM)

I'm talking about names that should pe easily pronouncable if you just bothered to pay attention to how it's done correctly instead of insisting on "I speak X language and this is how I prounounce it!"

@  Nevermore : (06 January 2020 - 05:57 AM)

I'm not even talking about foreign names that have sounds that don't exist in the speaker's language.

@  Nevermore : (06 January 2020 - 05:56 AM)

Something that really irks me is when people are persistently ignorant about the correct pronunciation of foreign names, especially when it's people they either admire or frequently interact with on a daily basis.

@  Agamus : (05 January 2020 - 09:22 PM)

wait this isn't the search bar

@  Agamus : (05 January 2020 - 09:22 PM)


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:58 AM

I'm fairly sure the one and only time I ever went to a Service Merchandise was to get OpOp.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:21 AM

I'm fairly sure the one and only time I ever went to a Service Merchandise was to get OpOp.


OpOp was a Toys'R'Us find for me.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 10:06 AM

I ordered a G2 Optimus from Service Merchandise in 96 or 97, when I first started collecting TFs as an "adult."  They had some left over in a warehouse.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:35 AM

Not sure if I ever bought from Service Merchandise, but I do remember seeing Pretender Monsters and Micromaster Combiners there once upon a time.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 12:03 PM

Service Merchandise--now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.  A long time...

Edited by Benbot, 23 August 2019 - 12:06 PM.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 01:43 PM

Our Service Merchandise held out till the end of the chain, but we stopped shopping there long before then. I do remember shopping there when I was a kid, but can't remember anything specific we bought there.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 02:31 PM

who here is older than dirt and remembers stores like Service Merchandise, BEST, or LaBelle's?

Of those, I've only heard of BEST (or, I guess, BEST), which was my go-to for TFs in the mid-'80s. That's where I saw the glorious wall of Soundwaves I mentioned in another post (though I think it was still a Jafco at the time), and it may be the only place I ever saw the Kronoform dudes. It was definitely the first place I encountered the '86 toys; I distinctly remember the awe I felt looking at Ultra Magnus and Galvatron and the Autobot cassettes and Wheelie and Metroplex and I don't even remember who else. Sky Lynx too, I think? I hadn't seen the movie, and I don't think the new season of the cartoon had come on yet, so outside of maybe a few commercials I might've caught, it was all a huge surprise.


The TFs were right next to the Robotech toys; I recall being sorely tempted by an SDF-1 there too.


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:05 PM


I'm fairly sure the one and only time I ever went to a Service Merchandise was to get OpOp.


OpOp was a Toys'R'Us find for me.



I saw him at a Meijer first, if memory serves.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:50 PM

I've been in a Best toy department twice in my lifetime. The first time was in, like, '81, so there were no Transformers. The second time must have been in '84 or '85, because I remember seeing the Decepticon cassettes (though I don't remember which ones).


Their Christmas catalog for that year definitely lived up to the store's name, though.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:01 PM

I didn't even know Best Buy existed in the 1980s.  Probably because we had The Wiz.


Then again we also didn't really get Walmart on Long Island until the mid to late 90s either.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:24 PM

Service Merchandise...  I think it was the first place I saw G2 Transformers, but it is definitely the first place I saw Beast Wars.  I remember getting Iquanus as my first figure, then the next week getting the Optimus Primal Vs Megatron 2-pack.


Also, had to get a raincheck for the Batmissle Batmobile from Batman Returns, as they never got any in, and was in an ad.  I believe they ordered it for us, and I still have it, still my favorite Batmbobile design.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:42 PM

Beast Wars showed up around here at Kmart first.  My first BW toy was Terrorsaur, and Rattrap soon after.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 12:43 AM

I bought a Tarantulas at Hills for a school project.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 02:46 AM

I'm surprised honestly by all the Beast Wars at Service Merchandise comments. Here in central CT it was definitely an early 80s phenomenon. I didn't keep track exactly but I have to imagine the one we had was dead and gone by G2 at the absolute latest.

I first found BW somewhere on the trip Between CT and Virginia pretty early. I remember getting the Tomart Toy magazine where I first saw them all only like the week before and I expected them to be months away and then we stopped at a Kmart or Walmart during the trip and boom, there were all the Wave 1 BW Deluxes.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:22 AM

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:00 AM


Wow two things: a) I'll bet Forbes wishes he picked up that Inferno now (though I see his Ebay prices have cooled a bit). And 2) Did those people go on to found TFW? Because that's how that exchange reads.


 I didn't keep track exactly but I have to imagine the one we had was dead and gone by G2 at the absolute latest.



They had locations into the 2000's. The one that was up the road from me closed in '02 though I seem to remember at that point it was mostly empty save for watches/jewelry and some small appliances.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:09 AM

You can see Astrotrain combines with his caboose in these photos. He gets some slippers and a big gun.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:17 AM

I would've rather those panels could snap over his hollow legs or cover the back half of his shuttle mode. Not sure why he needed lifts.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:27 AM

Did those people go on to found TFW? Because that's how that exchange reads.


I don't know precisely when you came in, but within the existing fandom, that was how everyone was for at least a year of BW. A huge chunk of the early BW fandom were newcomers.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:57 AM

It is just too bad that Kenner does not have a clue how to revive the TF line


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