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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)


@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.


Phil's review of War for Cybertron: Siege Hound

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#1 Philister


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:00 AM

For more pics, click on the image above

Prelude: You ain’t nothing but a Hound bot, fighting all the time!
You ain’t nothing but a Hound bot, fighting all the time!
Well, you ain’t never caught a Ravage and you ain’t no friend of Prime!
Well, they said you’re Deluxe-Class, well that was not a lie!
Well, they said you’re Deluxe-Class, well that was not a lie!
Well, you ain’t never caught a Ravage and you ain’t no friend of Prime!

So, uh, Siege Hound! Here we go!

Robot Mode: In many ways Hound is a pretty straight-forward adaption of the original G1 Hound toy. He has the same cubic design where he almost looks like a stack of different-sized boxes, the chest design is spot on, and even the coloring is near-identical (much darker than that of Universe Hound, for example). So in terms of character recognition there really isn’t any doubt, this is Hound.

Naturally the figure has quite a few advancements over the classic Hound, such as excellent articulation. Hound can pull of kneeling poses, kicking poses, and all sorts of combat moves, no problem. He’s got tilting ankles, twisting wrists, the works. The detailing is classic G1 Hound, too, especially the stars on the shoulders (though one has to wonder whether those mean ‘General’ on Cybertron, too). Hound also comes with battle damage detailing, like most Siege figures, but where it looks strange on some figures, it looks really cool here. It’s restricted to the “metal” plates on his torso and shins and looks really great, no complaints here at all.

In terms of weapons Hound comes with two separate guns (a short “Electro-Scope Launcher” and a bigger “Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster”) and a separate drum magazine that can be added to either weapon. All three components can also combine into a bigger weapon (the "HD Vector-Beam Mega-Blaster"). Hound traditionally has a single shoulder gun on his right shoulder and you can plug in either weapon there (or on the left, too). There is some limitation here, as a black plate from his back is directly behind the 5mm port, making it difficult (though not impossible) to plug in the Electro-Scope Launcher. The larger blaster fits much better. Hound is also covered in 5mm ports to plug in additional weapons and features plenty of small pegs to apply blasting effects from the Siege Battlemasters, too. Very nicely done.

All in all Hound is a total package in robot mode, a great figure. Great articulation, great look, great detailing.

Alternate Mode: This being the pre-Earth version of Hound, he naturally transforms into a Cybertronian vehicle that merely LOOKS like an Earth-built military Humvee, but certainly isn’t one. No sir, no way! Pay no attention to the markings that closely resemble those found on an Earth military vehicle reserved for one-star generals, it is a mere coincidence. Jokes aside, Hound looks pretty good in vehicle mode, though quite different from his G1 form. His weapons can be mounted on top or on the sides, the cockpit shows individual seats, and as many as four additional weapons can be mounted, too. Also, the level of detailing is great, especially on the front. So bottom line, no complaints here, either. Well, one maybe. Hound barely has any clearance under the vehicle due to the robot mode arms being there. He can still roll without dragging, but it’s close. Apart from that, though, no problems. A great vehicle mode.

Remarks: For all that G1 Hound was the only one among the original Autobot crew to transform into a military vehicle, he sure was a peace-loving guy. Hound has changed since those days, though. His live-action incarnation especially was all about the guns and warfare and less about the peaceful exploration of alien planets. But this here isn’t Movie Hound, of course, but rather Siege Hound, who is more or less G1 Hound, but probably too busy fighting a war on Cybertron to be peace-loving and exploring. Just a guess, we don’t really have a story for the Siege toy line yet.

I still clearly remember saying something along the lines of “I don’t need a new Hound, I got the Universe version.” As a matter of fact I remember quite a few people saying that. Well, time to eat those words. While Universe Hound is still a great figure, mind you, Siege Hound is better. Not much better, but better. In fact I’d call him a near-perfect Deluxe-class Transformer with but miniscule problems (the shoulder gun and the lack of clearance in car mode, can’t think of anything else). So bottom line: unless you’re totally not a fan of Hound or are offended by a Cybertronian vehicle looking exactly like an Earth-style Humvee, Hound is definitely a figure you should look at.

Rating: A-

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