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@  RichardT1977 : (21 February 2019 - 10:56 PM)

Thirty Helens agree.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2019 - 09:41 PM)

People forget the whole phrase. It's "Great minds thing alike, but fools rarely differ."

@  Nevermore : (21 February 2019 - 08:49 PM)

The German version is very straightforward: "Two idiots, one idea."

@  Nevermore : (21 February 2019 - 08:49 PM)

English: "Great minds think alike".

@  Nevermore : (21 February 2019 - 08:49 PM)

Here's an example of a phrase that's charmingly positive in English but self-deprecating in German:

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Turns out the basic figures in the transformers siege line are basically minicons, and my sister is back in the hospital for another psychotic break. It's been an emotional day, and it's not even 1 pm yet.

@  Pennpenn : (21 February 2019 - 12:27 AM)

Maybe, or maybe it'd be more like wood? Y'know, bashing each other with planks.

@  Ashley : (21 February 2019 - 12:23 AM)

Wouldn't pillow fights be like slapping each other with meat?

@  unluckiness : (20 February 2019 - 11:54 PM)


@  MEDdMI : (20 February 2019 - 11:14 PM)

they hit each other with full sized vehicles

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 08:18 PM)

Also, do Softmus Prime and Slumblebee engage in pillow fights?

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 08:16 PM)


@  MEDdMI : (20 February 2019 - 08:34 AM)

@Penn Megadown, maybe?

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 05:38 AM)

The kernel.

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2019 - 05:37 AM)

Who gives the orders in cyberwarfare?

@  Pennpenn : (20 February 2019 - 03:16 AM)

I wonder what Megatron would end up in that context?

@  Sabrblade : (19 February 2019 - 09:21 PM)

It's not "Optiplush"... it's "Softimus Prime"

@  Ashley : (19 February 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I've got the two plushes from the first movie, they're great

@  Shrug : (19 February 2019 - 08:00 PM)

Still have mine, although Optiplush Prime is kind of discolored

@  Shrug : (19 February 2019 - 07:59 PM)

They came out around the time of the first movie with the big merch push, but they were distinctly G1 and everything else wasnt, IIRC

@  Trpodeca : (19 February 2019 - 04:51 PM)

Take another shot Wonko.

@  Trpodeca : (19 February 2019 - 04:51 PM)

prime the lost season

@  wonko the sane? : (19 February 2019 - 01:41 PM)

I did not even know those things were a thing. I guess they didn't do very well cause they didn't make more of them.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 February 2019 - 01:25 PM)

Pfft, Hasbro did that 12 years ago with Slumblebee and Optiplush Prime

@  Xellos : (19 February 2019 - 12:37 PM)

Well, this past Christmas I did see licensed plush Transformers that went from their robot to vehicle mode by turning inside out just like popples.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 February 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Why DIDN'T transformers make plushes ala popples?

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Design in mixed media and make him out of actual flannel.

@  Lancer : (18 February 2019 - 09:24 PM)

Make his fur a red and black flannel pattern

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2019 - 09:10 PM)

Bonus points if you can work in a red and black flannel pattern on his chest plate.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2019 - 09:09 PM)

Might as well make it cliched. Lumberjack moose male and aristocratic deer female.

@  TriBlurr : (18 February 2019 - 08:16 PM)

Or their aristocratic deer.

@  TriBlurr : (18 February 2019 - 08:10 PM)

Thinking of making a pair of moose Transformer OCs, male and female. Thier a lovey dovy pair of lumberjacks

@  Paladin : (18 February 2019 - 06:56 PM)

they also have NOTORIOUSLY poor protection on their servers. do NOT keep a credit card on file there.

@  Telly : (18 February 2019 - 04:48 PM)

i just checked my past tfsource orders, and theres no sales tax charge

@  Arazyr : (18 February 2019 - 11:16 AM)

They haven't (yet, at least) on the stuff I currently have in my Stack. Haven't had them ship anything for a while, though, so I don't know if they will when I do...

@  Benbot : (18 February 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Does TFSource charge sales tax?

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2019 - 09:47 AM)

That's because, once upon a time, the people whom owned the animals weren't the people whom butchered them. So the pig was owned by a saxon who spoke english, but butchered by a french speaker. So a pig got cut up into PORC chops.

@  unluckiness : (18 February 2019 - 03:25 AM)

Hank Pym<<<< Hank Hill

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 February 2019 - 01:28 AM)

In that case, I don't see anything wrong with English speakers calling it what it is in English. Even though we technically use the French words for what comes out of it. "Beef", "pork"...

@  Bass X0 : (17 February 2019 - 02:04 PM)

I’d like a Siege Thundercracker who has his regular blue colors Cybertronian jet mode which transforms into a robot mode with his Action Master colors. Looks like it could be possible.

@  Paladin : (17 February 2019 - 11:57 AM)

The cow was slaughtered in the abattoir.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 February 2019 - 08:53 AM)

It's not a pretty name: abattoir is literally just the french word for slaughterhouse.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 February 2019 - 08:46 AM)

Giving it a pretty name won't make it a pretty place.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 February 2019 - 02:45 AM)

I do believe there is an aphorism about the U.S.A. and yogurt being different because after 200 years the latter will have a culture.

@  Maruten : (16 February 2019 - 11:30 PM)

There's another word for "abattoir"?! Honestly you people, "slaughterhouse" is a bit on the nose.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 February 2019 - 10:09 PM)

I learned this week that the French-style term abattoir is prevalent in the UK/Commonwealth in place of where U.S.-American Anglophones would say "slaughterhouse". Fascinating.

@  MEDdMI : (16 February 2019 - 08:51 PM)

Nonsense. Everybody loves all my posts.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (16 February 2019 - 08:27 PM)

Or dislike them. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Wish we could like the shout posts...

@  Patch : (16 February 2019 - 04:26 PM)

Uh oh. Here comes a flock of Wah-Wahs.

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#1 Rhinox


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:24 AM

On friday night my wife told me we needed to talk after several preorders unexpectedly hit and drained our account.  she told me she wanted me to move out.  that she was done and couldn't live like this anymore.  

i asked her for the weekend, her birthday.  i asked her for couple's therapy.  she said she'd talk to her therapist on friday when she saw her.  


i don't know what to do.  i've been with my wife for 10 years.  we have 3 kids.  i can't live without her.  

i have had near continual panic attacks since we talked.  sweating, can't breath, chest pains.  i can't function anymore.  


i've tried to play it cool all weekend.  relaxed, for the kids.  i can't sleep.  eating hurts.  the second they're away from me it feels like i'm dying.  


what do i do?  I can't live without Kat or my kids.  I don't want to lose my family.  I cancelled every order I had.  I'm sending stuff back, trying to sell stuff.  she says it's not just money.  that she's been sick and tired for a while now.  i know she's had a bad week at work, but i didn't know she was this angry.  

what can i do?  it hurts so bad.  what do i do? 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:36 AM

The panic sounds warranted, given the situation. I'm sorry you're dealing with that, though.


The one thing that I would think is the most important thing to do, is to have her fully elucidate what's going on to bring your relationship to this point. Understanding the problem, understanding her point of view, is critical.


I do hope you're able to find a positive resolution.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:40 AM

Dude...I've got nothing to offer but prayer and sympathy. I really hope you guys can work this out.

Edited by Rust, 08 July 2018 - 10:41 AM.

Don't fight it, it's coming for you, running at ya / It's only this moment, don't care what comes after
Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer / Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open / It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
There's something breaking at the brick of every wall, it's holding All that you know
So tell me do you wanna go?

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:53 AM

I think understanding what may have spurred this level of reaction is key. You've obviously been purchasing things for a long time. Why is it an issue now, or is there some other underlying reason for her to want you to leave.

Either way, best of luck. I hope things work out for you in the end.




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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

That's the thing-it sounds like this was the straw that broke the camel's back.

You have to figure out what the real issues are-everything else is a distraction.
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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:40 AM

It seems like the time for reexamining your lives and figuring out what's standing between you.


Like, you said you ordered a bunch of stuff that cleared out the bank account and, you know, while it may not be your fault that they hit early, it might be worth examining how that kind of thing affects the relationship you two have.


I hope it works out well for you guys, it sounds like you have a lot invested in this relationship and hopefully you can both find the strength needed to overcome the issues.

Edited by The Doctor Who, 08 July 2018 - 11:42 AM.


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 04:09 PM

i just don't know what to do.  she said she'd talk to her councilor on friday about couples therapy but that's days away.  

i cancelled every order and preorder i had.  going to sell off what i can from my collection, just stop collecting alltogether.  


i don't want this to be too little too late.  i don't want to live without her.  

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 02:09 AM

All I can do is echo what others are saying. You need to get to the root of why shes had enough. I hope she takes you up on your offer of couples therapy, & that youre able to work it out. Prayers, man.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 03:29 AM

Communicate with her, not toy collector message boards.
Remember what the catalyst for your initial connection was. Bring back the magic. She might be in a bad rut and is pushing you away to escape it.

Also start being really incredibly good looking. Like step up your hygene and get a new aftershave or whatever. Woo her single-dude style.
But at the same time don't relapse into a Man-Teen, be mature. Hella mature James Bond who is charming and nobody would expect to be a toy collector.

Don't be a Tommy Wiseau about it.

Edited by Zodberg, 09 July 2018 - 03:34 AM.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:24 AM

I've spoken with her.  She says that she doesn't know what to say to me.  She just wants me gone for a while.  

i've moved out of my house.  i'm sleeping at my parents.  i hope to contact people today about couples therapy but it might take some time.  


i thought i had a good marriage.  I thought things were good and strong.  i didn't know we were this close to whatever this is now.  had no idea this was coming.  

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:55 AM

Ah damn, dude, Im sorry. Maybe itll give her some time to cool down until shes ready to really talk to you.

Edited by Mako Crab, 09 July 2018 - 10:55 AM.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 12:25 PM

That sucks.  I hope the time away gives you both some perspective.


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 02:31 PM

I'm pulling for you, brother. Your wife will either come around, or she won't. I can't imagine it was --just-- the collecting. Maybe she has some things going on in her life. Suggesting couples therapy is a good idea.


Sounds like the best thing you can do is keep being the best dad you can to your kids. That's the relationship you can affect positively now.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 04:43 PM

On friday night my wife told me we needed to talk after several preorders unexpectedly hit and drained our account.

How many times has this happened in the past?

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 05:49 PM

As a member of the prestigious Allspark Divorcee Club I'll just confirm that it's not unusual to have your buying habits suddenly called out as a relationship ending transgression when in actuality there was totally other shit going on. So I'd concentrate on finding out what all of the underlying issues are, of which your Transformers buying may be a small part. But I'd strongly advise against any extreme reactions such as selling all of your toys or stuff like that.


Beyond that all I can do is wish you the best of luck but remind you that even if your marriage ends that doesn't mean you have to lose your kids or your family. Stand up strong. Buying too many toys can certainly be Irreconcilable Differences. ANYTHING can be that if one partner wants out badly enough. But it's nothing to lose your kids or family over. Stand up straight and let her know loudly that you may have temporarily moved out for the good of the kids in a difficult time but if she actually pursues divorce you'll be fighting for your parental rights possibly including primary custody.


Hang in there, PM me here or on Discord if you need to talk one on one.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:41 PM

If you divorce try to get the kids and have her pay child support. Then you can brain wash the kids into thinking your the good parent.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:16 PM

Soft Snow I don't think that's very helpful or needed right now...

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:57 PM

Don't have to answer here, but a question for thought:

Outside of this one snafu due to the early pre-order hit, how are your family finances? Do you have a good agreed upon plan for regular saving and investing, including preparing for environment.

A lot of divorces have financial issues as a major factor. It may not be specifically about toys, as much as a visible symptom of larger financial concerns.

Ideally, toys will never wipe out a bank account that already has enough money set aside for emergency expenses, like unexpected auto repairs, hospital bills, etc.

If you don't have an agreement on a comprehensive financial plan, maybe now is the time to work out something that you can both be at peace with.

If what I am asking is totally off-base and irrelevant, I apologize, and feel free to ignore.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:58 AM

i'm sure money is one of the problems.  it's why i've decided to be done collecting. Toys have been fun, but they're nothing compared to my wife and my kids and i don't want to lose them over plastic bullshit.


right now i'm sleeping at my parents.  I come back to the house during the day and clean it up, make sure everything's nice for when they all come home.  it's basically what I should have been doing all along except i'm now a maid service.  i'm hopeful that between that and selling my collection that i can show her i've accepted my mistakes and am working to make amends.  

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 12:09 PM

As others have mentioned, there are likely multiple things at play here, and the toy collecting has become the symbol of everything that's wrong with the relationship.


That being said, addiction takes many forms, and you may need to ask yourself whether your collecting habits meet the general definition - or at least the spirit of it. Take a look at the DSM definition of addiction aka substance dependence. Just because it's not booze, drugs, or food, doesn't mean you aren't exhibiting these symptoms where collecting is concerned.


Addiction (termed substance dependence by the American Psychiatric Association) is
defined as a maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment
or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring any time in the same
12-month period:
1. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
(a) A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or
the desired effect
(b) Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
2. Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
(a) The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance
(b) The same (or closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal
3. The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than intended.
4. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use.
5. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance (such as
visiting multiple doctors or driving long distances), use the substance (for example,
chain-smoking), or recover from its effects.
6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because
of substance use.
7. The substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent physical or
psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the
substance (for example, current cocaine use despite recognition of cocaine-induced
depression or continued drinking despite recognition that an ulcer was made worse by
alcohol consumption).



Honestly, I'd suggest many of us may exhibit some of these symptoms (I recognize that I do). There are organizations out there such as Celebrate Recovery that address all forms of addiction (not just the big two), and they can give you the tools to address it if you feel it would help.


I'm an alcoholic, and one of the things you learn is that dramatic changes are par for the course. I would quit drinking for stretches to prove I "could". I'd pour out the whiskey (I kept stashed), to prove I didn't "need" it. Eventually though, I'd buy more. In your case, canceling pre-orders and selling stuff off is a grand gesture, but the tendency is to believe that is enough. Once you've done this, things will be "fixed", and you'll gradually slip back in to old habits. So, much like your wife needs to share the bigger picture from her point of view, you'll also need to spend some time looking at your collecting habits, why you do it, and why you are willing to risk the family budget in pursuit of it, even "accidentally".


Finally, no addict can be successful attempting to get clean for someone else. You have to decide it's important for YOU to make the change, whether or not your wife sticks around. Hopefully though, demonstrating this willingness for introspection and taking concrete steps towards change beyond the grand gesture might help her to come alongside you.

Edited by Dake, 10 July 2018 - 12:12 PM.


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