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@  wonko the sane? : (19 April 2021 - 10:32 AM)

Aaannndddd no earthworm jim in canada. Thanks outdated broadcast standards.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 April 2021 - 04:30 AM)

Truly the crossover I never knew I needed in my life.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 April 2021 - 08:39 PM)

Dude! Tubi Tv has the Earthworm Jim cartoon! And Chuck Norris and Denver!

@  Donocropolis : (18 April 2021 - 05:51 PM)

Bianary Breakdown

@  Sabrblade : (18 April 2021 - 04:55 PM)

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@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 April 2021 - 02:10 PM)

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@  Telly : (18 April 2021 - 02:00 PM)

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@  tigerhawk : (17 April 2021 - 03:52 PM)

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@  TheMightyMol... : (17 April 2021 - 06:55 AM)

No, he's just old.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 April 2021 - 06:49 AM)

I think he might have had a stroke...

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 April 2021 - 04:55 AM)

Phrasing!

@  LioConvoy : (16 April 2021 - 11:05 PM)

NEED

@  LioConvoy : (16 April 2021 - 11:04 PM)

BEAST GENERAL

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2021 - 07:04 PM)

I dunno if to call them the worst salesperson ever or the best.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2021 - 01:33 PM)

They must not have really wanted to sell you anything.

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2021 - 09:19 AM)

This just happened to be the first time one ever gave up and walked away immediately after ringing the bell. Like, no patience at all or something.

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2021 - 09:17 AM)

Covid didn't stop salespeople from coming to my neighborhood. They are still a consistent annoyance.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 April 2021 - 08:16 AM)

Random like "Why does god allow terrible things?" or random like "You can see them too?!?"?

@  Echowarrior : (16 April 2021 - 07:36 AM)

And yet, I still have to deal with random idiots on the street asking me random questions.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2021 - 04:04 PM)

door to door salesmen (or those offering religion) certainly are one of the things lost to COVID that I've missed the least

@  Sabrblade : (15 April 2021 - 10:07 AM)

They rang the bell and were walking away before I even got to the door mere seconds later.

@  Sabrblade : (15 April 2021 - 10:06 AM)

I just got ding-dong-ditched by a salesperson.

@  tigerhawk : (14 April 2021 - 01:20 AM)

Sure he's a peeping tom but every single Scottish person does it!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (13 April 2021 - 08:09 PM)

Groundskeeper Wheelie say you're going to taste my rake today!

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 April 2021 - 06:57 PM)

"If elected mayor, me first act will be ta KILL THA WHOLE LOT 'A YA, AND.......I know it's on!"

@  Steevy Maximus : (13 April 2021 - 01:57 PM)

Campaign slogan? "Its Willie time!"

@  tigerhawk : (13 April 2021 - 10:15 AM)

I'd vote for Groundskeeper Wullie.

@  Donocropolis : (13 April 2021 - 07:25 AM)

A comic, yes, but we need a figure!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 April 2021 - 06:27 AM)

No.. It's Tiberious Maximus... And there is a comic with such already. :D

@  Donocropolis : (12 April 2021 - 11:15 AM)

Yes. Color it like the Energon version of Unicron. Also, give us Fortress Tiberious.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 April 2021 - 09:49 AM)

Great. Now I want a borg cube unicron...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (12 April 2021 - 09:00 AM)

We still need Transformers x Star Trek toy.

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 April 2021 - 05:39 AM)

I saw most of them at retail at TRU, but that's not an option in the US anymore.

@  tigerhawk : (12 April 2021 - 04:21 AM)

Dibs on naming the Ark robot Arkonus.

@  Kalidor : (11 April 2021 - 09:48 PM)

The only Titan figure I ever saw at retail was Trypticon at Ollie's

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

Robosen Prime has market crossover with not just the toy collectors, but robotics enthusiasts quite willing to pay that price for a product like this.

@  wonko the sane? : (11 April 2021 - 08:33 PM)

One of my two local TRUs will stock exactly ONE titan at a time. It usually ends up "clearanced" for about 20 bucks off cause no one is willing to pay for at full price OR discounted.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Most stores don't seem to want to stock Commanders or Titans, never mind Unicron.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 April 2021 - 07:55 PM)

I wonder if Unicron going to crowdfuning wasn't just a price issue but also stores not wanting to stock and transport something so huge.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:47 PM)

It is, although this thing could also be considered a STEM educational tool

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:33 PM)

Doesn't change the fact that, for most people, $700 is a pretty hefty investment for a toy.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:17 PM)

I dunno, $700 doesn't seem that bad for what it does. Some of those Masterpiece figures seem to go for at least half that price, and they don't have any actual robots or even electronics.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 05:35 PM)

Not to mention wallet-shattering.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (11 April 2021 - 04:30 PM)

It's a jargon-shattering figure.

@  Kalidor : (10 April 2021 - 08:50 PM)

The licensed Optimus Prime that transforms itself is the appropriate usage of the term "Third Party"

@  Donocropolis : (10 April 2021 - 08:24 AM)

That Optimus isn't built by Hasbro, only licensed. The company that makes it has been making similar robots for years, so no crowdfundng required.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 08:05 AM)

Apparently they're selling one for 74 and a half thousand dollars.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 April 2021 - 08:01 AM)

We could write boston dynamics and ask?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:59 AM)

Granted, I'm not sure how much robots with elaborate movement tend to go for.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:56 AM)

I think with actual robotics it was easier to justify selling it at a high cost, compared to an unusually large action figure.


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#1 Zamuel

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:30 AM

Another day in Friendship Gardens was in full swing. The usual hustle and bustle of the town set about under a partially cloud day as a light rain was scheduled for early afternoon and everything was in place. It was the lunch break for Swift Letter and with it being a particularly light mail day, he found himself at Sweet Berry's shop with only the few homes farther north needing letters delivered. Sweet Berry herself was behind the counter. The friendly light purple earth pony greeted him with a big smile but not her usual greeting as she had several letters in her mouth. She also had one tucked behind her ear, partially balanced by the multitude of pink braids in her mane or perhaps the two small green hairbows that matched her eyes.

Meanwhile, Ember Burst also found herself entering Sweet Berry's shop. She was right on schedule for her fairly productive day, and what better way to continue that than to have a meeting and lunch at the same time? While she couldn't tell just what was off about the store, she could smell the delicious scents that were presumably the muffins for tomorrow's big race at the farm's racing field. A quick status report while eating would allow Ember a possible chance to finish work early, pending on how the next stop went.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:45 PM

What a slow day. Hardly any mail. Nopony got any interesting magazines. It's lunchtime and he's almost done with his route already. Oh well. This just means he'll have a long afternoon to work on his projects.

As he enters the bakery he gives his standard greeting: "Howdy." He then looks at Sweet Berry very intently, as if deeply contemplating something. Pondering. Trying to figure something out. On the edge of something but not quite able to put a hoof on it. But then he has it.

"You have something in your teeth."

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 07:38 PM

Ember Burst enters the shop, humming a tune quietly to herself while jotting notes with the quill and paper she carried with her magic. Her brisk scribbling slowed considerably as the scent of delicious muffins began to impair her ability to focus.

 

"Oh dear, those muffins smell so wonderful that I think my productivity levels just dropped!" She giggles as if she's just told a hilarious joke.

 

She looks up from the paper to see Swift Letter and Sweet Berry with the letters in her mouth. Her eyes suddenly go wide. "Oopsie! I didn't mean to interrupt."



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 08:29 PM

Sweet Berry started laughing at Swift Letter's joke. Or she would have if it weren't for the letters in her mouth. Realizing this, she set the stack of letters and said "Good one! You're right on time too. Got a whole stack to send out...as you obviously already saw." Turning to Ember Burst, she said, "You're not interrupting at all. The envelope behind my ear is for you. Didn't know if it was best to mail it or just walk it over but showing up solves that. It's the itener...iten...that list of how well production has been going for the bakery that you asked for. Hope it's what you needed!"

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 12:50 PM

"Oh, good! Let me just take that off your hooves... or rather, your ear, hahaha." Ember Burst gently floats the letter over and opens the envelope, giving the list a quick look-over. "Yes, yes, this is just what I was looking for! Thank you so much!"



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 01:06 PM

"No, thank you. You've been a big help in keeping thing organized." Just then, Timber Glee also entered Sweet Berry's shop. It had been a hard day's work chopping wood and making sure fresh saplings were planted where the old trees were but now it was time for a well earned mid day meal to rest and recharge. Sweet Berry happily waved when Timber entered. "Hey, just who I wanted to see! I uh, need your help with something if you're not too busy."

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:06 PM

"Good afternoon!" Timber's large hooves loudly announced her presence, not that she was easy to miss. She walked a few steps before realizing she was tracking mud inside. She sheepishly stepped backwards to wipe the mud off her hooves on the doormat outside, then walked back inside to the counter. She waved at everyone there.

"Sure, just as soon as you lend me a mop so I can clean the mess I made, and as long as I get home by dinner to spend time with my lill' sis."

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:40 PM

"Oh, I'll handle mopping...and I probably should've asked everypony if they have an order since they're here. But I was wondering what I should do aboooout...that." Sweet Berry pointed at the corner to a table sitting by its lonesome. It was slightly crooked but not for trying as it had perhaps a hundred nails and what looked like a railroad spike driven into it. As she started looking for the mop she said, "The table broke and I didn't want to bug others about fixing it so I took matters into my own hooves.

Or at least, I tried to.


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It's better than last time, right?"
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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:44 PM

Here lies something that was once a table.

"Do you need help? I have tools. I could come by again when I'm done with my route."

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:14 PM

"....oh dear. You poor table." Timber edged closer to inspect it, lunch forgotten for the time being."I don't know, Swift-" here she paused to make sure Sweet Berry wasn't listening- "it might not be salveageable this time." She whispered through her teeth, as if announcing a serious illness.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:49 PM

"I should have some tools available somewhere. Other than a hammer, I mean." Sweet Berry said as she pulled out a mop. However, she dropped it an looked forlorn upon hearing Timber Glee's not completely silent comment. "Oh no. I'll need another table by tomorrow when visitors start arriving. What am I going to..." She then lightly facehoofed herself. "I just realized I have a spare easy build table kit. You want to help me with it real quick...or should I work on it?"
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Posted 22 January 2019 - 10:25 AM

Swift Letter ponders the situation, for real this time.

 

"I think the rest of my route can wait. I don't have much left anyway. We have a table to build."


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 12:02 PM

"Be right back!" Sweet Berry said as she rushed into the back. She then walked out carrying a box on her back. It had a photo of happy ponies having a good time playing a board game that was just fuzzy enough in the picture that the exact game couldn't be discerned. In bold, bright letters it called out 'Simple Steps! Instructions included!' on the front and sides. After the box was opened, Sweet Berry separated out the wood, some sort of latches, and instructions.

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 11:37 PM

"I'd appreciate the help, Swift. Ember, think you could spare a hoof?" When Sweet Berry set the box down, Timber laughed. "Oh, this'll be a piece of cake! I've made things way more complicated than this for my Cuddle Button-" Timber got a far off look in her eyes as she grinned, a look her friends knew all too well. She was going to start rambling about her little sister again.

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

Timber Glee easily set the pieces in place as each leg had pegs for a dedicated spot instead of being modular. The hinges would allow the table legs to fold in for easy storage. Steady hooves or perhaps some magic would get this done in no time.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:07 PM

Swift Letter looks over the instructions.

 

"Hmm, there's moving parts here but they're just simple hinges. They shouldn't make this difficult. We'll be done with this before lunchtime's over."

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 12:55 PM

"Done before lunchtime is over? That sounds very efficient, I like that!" Ember picks up one of the parts with her magic. "Let me just- whoops!"

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 06:21 PM

A fairly unpleasant snap was heard as Ember Burst attempted to insert the leg with her magic. The angle was off and the attachment broke. It might be salvageable but would take more traditional carpentry skills.

Just then, two ponies walked in the door. Well, the first wasn't actually a pony but was Post, Swift Letter's helpful carrier pigeon. Post landed on Swift's shoulder and looked at the table Sweet Berry tried to fix with worry and confusion. The second was the head of the weather team, Light Heart. The white pegasus mare had fluffy hair of yellow-orange and magenta and a big purple bow that could potentially remind one of a sunrise. As she calmly trotted in, she nonchalantly said, "Oh hey. You might want to finish that before the lunch crowd shows up. Got a crowd coming this way. But don't mind me, I'll get that mud mopped up for you."

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 06:43 PM

"Oh no!" Ember whimpers as she looks at the broken attachment. "I'm so sorry! Maybe I should let you two handle the assembly while I read the instructions..."

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:36 PM

While the instruction booklet wasn't very thick, it did have a troubleshooting section. It noted that in the event that a peg broke, there were ways the peg could be removed and the leg nailed in. The table would lose collapsability but would still be stable. Sadly, the book lacked pictures for the troubleshooting and the box didn't provide spare parts.

Sweet Berry jumped a little upon hearing the peg snap and looked about as downtrodden as Ember seemed to feel. Then both found that they had been pulled into a big hug by Light Heart. Not just with her forelegs but also with her wings, for as she often said 'wing hugs are twice the hug'. "Don't sweat it you two, we got this. In fact, Sweets, you take care of lunch for the four of us. Whatever the house special is, I'm buying. I'm sure Glee and the rest of us will have this table fixed."

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