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@  Bass X0 : (20 November 2019 - 04:14 PM)

Why has there been no new Minerva toys? I’m surprised at Takara. The Titan Master head doesn’t count.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

On my shelf I have Ginrai donning the Star Convoy armor.

@  Liege : (19 November 2019 - 07:42 AM)

That he is.

@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).


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#1 HellCat

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:49 AM

So I decided I'd like to be able to easily dip into and support modern comic releases. Trekking out to the local comic shop is a bit of a chore and I don't really have space to store books anyway so e-book releases seems the way forward, with Comixology being the one I hear the most about.

 

Thing is I've also heard it has some controversy around it. Anything I should be aware of before I sign up and hand over money?



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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:18 AM

I haven't had any issues (no pun intended) with it. But then, I also haven't bought a ton of comics through it, either.

 

Now, it is owned by Amazon and some might see that as kinda problematic in and of itself, but the controversies I can find seem pretty unremarkable. Not that I agree with their choices, but it seems like the kind of stuff one would expect from a major distributor of comics.  Controversial bans, conflicting business interests, the usual.

 

The Android app has a good navigation system and seems pretty user friendly overall, so that's good. I definitely feel like it's the better option when it comes to on-the-go comic viewing.

 

All that said, it is a digital distribution platform and those have their own, unique potential issues.  Like the possibility of a digital book being removed from your device without your consent.  Buy a physical book and it's yours, period.  Amazon can't retroactively decide you aren't allowed to have it.

 

But, if you're not to worried about that, then, yeah, Comixology seems like a pretty solid thing.


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 10:07 AM

For a while, when I had no reliable comic shop, I used it more.  These days, I tend to stick to the "Digital First" directory, stuff I might not be able to get at all in print.  But I haven't gotten much from that category either.  I might use it a little more except for the "iOS version can't buy stuff because running through both the Apple Store and ComiXology reduces the publisher's cut too much" issue.

 

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 07:24 PM

I've been using it extensively for many years and couldn't be happier, I've never had a single problem.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:34 AM

Yeah, it's been great for me. I've even rebought stuff I got from Humble Bundle because the ComiXology reading experience on mobile (where I do my reading) is just so much better.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 06:20 AM

Likewise!

Just a few years ago I couldn't imagine going fully digital and giving up the tactile joy of floppies, but now I can't imagine going back to paper.

Cheaper, more convenient - no travelling, no finding space for boxes. Setting myself free from the endless piles of physical books has been incredibly healthy for me.

And most publishers lets you download PDF backups so even if this all implodes, you may not lose much. Unless you only buy Marvel and DC.

(Not that a PDF is much fun compared to the wonders of Guided View.)

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:59 AM

Same here. I made the switch to digital just a few years ago, and I’ve never looked back.

Only problem with Comixology is the same one shared by all digital media; the feeling (unfounded or not) that you don’t own your possessions as much as you’re just renting them from someone for as long as (a) they exist, and (b) they allow you to.

With Amazon behind Comixology, I have no fear of that first one. The second one, YMMV, but I thnk the benefits outweigh the risk.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 10:49 AM

I really dislike the renting vs. owning aspect of digital comics, and I prefer having a physical book. Having said that, after way too many issues with my LCS and a severe lack of storage space, I ended up going digital for what comics I am still buying. Like everyone else has said, it's very well implemented and I've not yet run into any problems. The ability to download DRM-free PDFs of the comics I care about also greatly alleviated my main concerns, and was the tipping point for me to make the switch.



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 03:42 AM

For me, I've used ComiXology sales to keep up on stuff I might not otherwise, be it cost or whatever. Case in point: IDW's Hasbro Universe, other Transformers, Ghostbusters, and TMNT comics, Plus Batman Beyond and Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows.

I'd love to own all of it physically, but I can't afford to and I don't have the space, but at a good discount, I can at least keep up. I find it a good trade-off versus potentially never reading a lot of stories I'd love to.

Other stuff, though -- Back to the Future, Sonic, and Power Rangers, some other odds and ends -- I still get physical.

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 05:48 PM

I love the regular prices because with international freight etc, buying a $3.99USD floppy off the shelf here will cost seven or eight bucks these days, more at some stores. On Comixology you only have to worry about the exchange rate so right now I'm looking at $5.50 for a $3.99 book.

 

But yes, the sales! They have ALWAYS got a bunch of stuff on sale, and it's worth watching them constantly because chances are if there's something you've been wanting to try out or catch up on, you'll get a ridiculous bargain sooner or later. 


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Posted 30 August 2018 - 11:55 PM

In a recent sale I bought four volumes of Mark Waid's Flash for less than a physical copy of a single volume would be, and don't have to worry about finding storage space. Multiply that across various other series I buy on sale and it's been working out pretty good. I had a bunch of comics I stopped buying monthly that I told myself I'd eventually catch up with TPBs and they've been making it a lot easier. Even at 'full price' most of the digital collections end up costing less than half of what I'd pay for singles.



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Posted 16 September 2018 - 05:09 PM

I had been getting some comics on Kindle. Out of curiosity, I just downloaded the ComiXology app. So, just like that I guess I have a 7-days-free trial for ComiXology Unlimited.

Nice it seems my Kindle comics automatically copied over to my ComiXology library. Still, a few questions.

1. Do I need to manually discontinue my Unlimited thing or am I going to automatically get charged to renew if I just let it go?

2. If I let this runout, I realize that means I won't be able to read the Unlimited books for free anymore. But will I be able to buy/subscribe to comics or will it be back to the Kindle app?

More than that, I guess I'll figure out in due time. But particularly that first question I"m wondering about.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 04:06 PM

For what it's worth, I've been using the app completely independent of Unlimited or Kindle. Never touched either one.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 04:44 PM

Well, I already see one advantage of Comixology over normal Comic Book Stores. My local store requires that you have at least 5 titles on your hold list before they give you a box. Here it looks like I can just have a single subscription if I so desire. Plus I'm guessing there's less of a chance of "oops, didn't see that on the list."

I'll probably let the Unlimited run out. I don't see very many of the free comics that really grab my attention. I did notice that while my Kindle purchases automatically make it into my Comixology library, it doesn't go the other way. *shrugs* I may still do my Manga through Kindle so I can get it on both apps. But since it often takes a while before new comics show up on Kindle, I may do normal comics through Comixology...if I can think of anything I actually feel like subscribing to at some point. Right now I'm just doing graphic novels.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:26 PM

My local store requires that you have at least 5 titles on your hold list before they give you a box. 

 

That's barbaric! I've never heard of a store here doing that. 

 

I would love to be able to access Comixology Unlimited, but it's not available in Australia.


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 10:32 PM

Like, an individual box for each customer? That sounds really excessive. There's some people who let a backlog build up, but I think most customers come in weekly and those that don't are at least monthly. I have a pull list to avoid missing stuff on my weekly visits, not to let months of comics build up. There's a dozen or so other customers sharing 'my' box.



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 05:00 AM

Well, phrasing I suppose. Customers don't get an entire box to themselves.

But yeah, in order to have a pulllist, I would need to have at least 5 titles on that list. They used to be more flexible for me since I'd been going there for a while. But I I dropped out of the comics scene and when I went back, the person behind the counter was different...so :p
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