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@  ▲ndrusi : (09 July 2020 - 09:56 PM)

King Nine, however, will not return.

@  Bass X0 : (09 July 2020 - 05:05 PM)

Bass_X0 will return after these messages ^^^

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 July 2020 - 03:37 PM)

WHATAMIFIGHTINGFOOOOOOOOARRGH

@  -LittleAutob... : (09 July 2020 - 02:06 PM)

Okay?

@  Otaku : (09 July 2020 - 07:47 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Ah, but the series itself has pronounced "Bass" both ways. ;)  Oh, 90s English Capcom video game voice acting...

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 July 2020 - 03:14 AM)

Looking at my Titan Returns collection I can see they realised they didn't have to paint the Titan Masters after wave one, lazy bums.

@  Maruten : (08 July 2020 - 09:13 PM)

No, I'm going with "fish".

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 July 2020 - 04:19 PM)

He stated that it's in reference to the Mega Man character, so it follows the series' tradition of music names.

@  Cybersnark : (08 July 2020 - 03:59 PM)

The real question is if it's "bass" as in music or "bass" as in the fish.

@  Otaku : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^'  Rather, I think I'd just forgotten.  In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online.  Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Extremely unimpressed with your idea that someone making a negative observation you don't like means they "got triggered."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (08 July 2020 - 11:16 AM)

You know somebody asked "And this would be in relation to... what exactly?"

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 11:15 AM)

Its because someone got triggered over my random musings instead of just ignoring them. If I read one of your comments that is of no relevance or interest to me, I don't feel the need to say so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (08 July 2020 - 10:56 AM)

All this over someone's username lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 08:34 AM)

Bazro.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (08 July 2020 - 06:34 AM)

It could be Bass 10-0

@  Nevermore : (08 July 2020 - 06:11 AM)

How do you pronounce yourself? "Bass Ex-O" or "Bass Ex-Zero"?

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 03:23 AM)

I did almost go with Vile Bass X0, because Vile is cool too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 July 2020 - 08:34 PM)

Bossk Saw

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 July 2020 - 04:16 PM)

Bass XD

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 03:43 PM)

And its not Bass XO, its Bass X0, as in Bass, X and Zero from the Mega Man series.

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:33 PM)

@Trpodeca :( :(

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Thats what a gray rock is? Then I'm not one.

@  Trpodeca : (07 July 2020 - 02:12 PM)

Man I just learnt about what seemed like a really cool show, only to realize it was a dream and it dosen't really exist.

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 01:02 PM)

Just something I read that I wanted to share. I heard "gray rock" mentioned in a video, so I looked it up and that was the definition.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 July 2020 - 12:20 PM)

It's a fancy way of saying "Ignore annoying people".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (07 July 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Bass XO has a habit of pasting random drivel here as if doing so were profound.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 July 2020 - 11:30 AM)

And this would be in relation to... what exactly?

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 11:25 AM)

"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"

@  Nevermore : (06 July 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Oh wow. Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee is awesome. His articulation is amazing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (06 July 2020 - 11:18 AM)

Oof-

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 July 2020 - 01:10 AM)

I got Studio Series 39 Cogman yesterday and woke up to find he'd decapitated my titans returns figures.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 July 2020 - 10:19 PM)

If I had a sarcasm powered mouth.. ooohh waaaiiittt...

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 05:01 PM)

Heh

@  Bass X0 : (04 July 2020 - 02:56 PM)

"If I had sarcasm-powered legs, I'd do a happy dance...!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 July 2020 - 02:39 PM)

The real clones were the friends we made along the way.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 01:47 PM)

So the Emperor in episodes 1 through 6 was a clone?

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:47 AM)

(And the 0th anniversary of the last time I couldn't do math.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day we fought off an alien invasion with the help of Will Smith.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Oh the end of the Ottoman Empire of course.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 10:14 AM)

*ahem* 4th of July....

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 08:14 AM)

Nothing of importance has happened before, and nothing of importance will happen again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Nothing of importance happened today.

@  Telly : (03 July 2020 - 09:54 PM)

i want a "i survived 'rona and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 July 2020 - 03:42 PM)

Slogan for 2021: "I Lived, Bitch."

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

They should make the next book in the Survivors series 'I SURVIVED CORONA VIRUS 2020'

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

YEEEE I'M A SURVIVOR-

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.


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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

Free newspaper.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:37 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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#7747 Adam16bit

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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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