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@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:34 AM)

I'd also like to take the opportunity to say I despise Ebay for showing the list prices in US money.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:23 AM)

Well there is an overpriced limited edition, but I don't want to pay that much money for it.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:21 AM)

Well great. The one Usagi Yojimbo volume I don't have and it's out of stock.

@  Rycochet : (17 January 2020 - 06:15 PM)

I both love and hate that the Alien franchise seems to have had more luck finding a niche as a line of children's toys than it has at producing worthwhile films.

@  Donocropolis : (17 January 2020 - 06:35 AM)

I've seen them on the shelves at Walmart. They're pretty great looking retro Aliens toys. https://www.walmart....-Vary/934039489

@  fourteenwings : (17 January 2020 - 01:11 AM)

IIRC somebody on here mentioned an unbranded Alien toy a couple of weeks ago? It seems like it was actually part of a collection for the Alien movie series by Lanard. Mattel's making some stuff too.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 January 2020 - 03:12 PM)

Is it really a worse name than say, HMS Spanker?

@  Maximus Ambus : (16 January 2020 - 02:36 PM)

'Boaty McBoatface' was a actual thing?! Wow.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (14 January 2020 - 02:00 PM)

Might be worth bringing back this thread.

@  ThunderWear : (14 January 2020 - 01:53 PM)

Of course I had the idea to download all the pdfs like a week too late. Anyone got an archive?

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 January 2020 - 12:48 PM)

The Collector Club is dead. Seems like it all came down shortly after New Year

@  ThunderWear : (13 January 2020 - 11:06 PM)

I can't get to the collector club website. anyone else? I was literally going to download all the fiction to finish reading.

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 January 2020 - 04:50 AM)

News today is all 'there's a CHANCE it would snow in July' and 'dogs COULD bite back'.

@  Benbot : (12 January 2020 - 10:05 PM)

Holy crap, do many people get hurt by them?

@  wonko the sane? : (12 January 2020 - 02:11 PM)

Even in fallout, they never carpet bombed with nukes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 January 2020 - 12:43 PM)

I hope the stockpiled nuclear weapons of the US and Russia are accounted for then.

@  Nevermore : (12 January 2020 - 12:22 PM)

Geez. 1760 (!) bombs from World War II that had not detonated and were still armed have been found. That's only the numbers for the federal state of Germany I live in, and only for the first three quarters of 2019. For all of 2018, the total number was 2811 (!!) bombs.

@  CVReynolds : (11 January 2020 - 11:05 PM)

I've been wanting a Tarantulas that turns into a more realistic tarantula for a long time. Maybe Takara will someday do a Masterpiece, which would be neat. But I really want to see a modernized look like in the IDW comics.


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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

Have you grown tired of every Cybertronian government being a corrupt, unsustainable mess? Do you want to see a Cybertron where devolving into endless civil war can finally be prevented? Do you just like the word council? Then this is the place for you to design what you picture as the ideal Cybertronian government!

Here's my take, starting from local government and working our way up to galactic wide government.

The Cybertronian Commonwealth: Formed after the Universe War by Optimus Primal and his comrades, this state has officially dissolved the Maximal Imperium and Predacon Alliance, replacing the two rival states with a pan-factional democracy that allows everyone's voice to be heard and accounted for. The legislative body of the Commonwealth is the Cybertronian Parliament, a grand council made up of various representatives from Cybertron and her colonies. The process to reach Parliament, however, begins on a much smaller level. Starting from the bottom...

Small territorial councils- Councils made up of local officials and politicians from a specific territory on a world. Every territory on a planet has these councils, although some function slightly differently than others. The goal of each council is to maintain the stability and prosperity of the region under it's jurisdiction, encourage cooperation between the different cities, towns, etcetera within the region, and elect a governor to represent them in the planetary House.

*On Cybertron, these councils are called Provincial Councils. Instead of a governor, the PCs elect a Lord, who then goes to the High Council. The goals and duties of a Lord and a Governor are virtually identical, however a Lord simply has more prestige due to being from Cybertron, the heart of the Commonwealth.

Houses- Made up of the various governors from across the planet who then convene to manage the economics, infrastructure, policing, etcetera of their respective colony. The goal of each House is to ensure the stability and prosperity of their colony world, as well as elect an Imperial Peace Marshall (or, in the case of Predacon-majority worlds, Emirate). The Marshalls/Emirates represent the colony in the larger Cybertronian Parliament, convening with not only each other, but also the Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Military, and even the High Council of Cybertron.

*On Cybertron, instead of a House there is a High Council. While the High Council handles many of the same duties as any other House, it has an elevated position of power and prestige in Parliament due to its governing of Cybertron itself. Because of this, the High Council coordinates much more frequently with the Commonwealth Military and it's Supreme Commander, as well as sometimes overruling the actions of individual colonies. However, if 2/3rds of the Marshalls/Emirates in Parliament vote against the High Council's decision, the Council is forced to back down and attempt to reach a compromise, or scrap the idea altogether.

Parliament- The Parliament is made up of the Imperial Peace Marshalls/Emirates, the High Council of Cybertron, and the Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Military. The goal of Parliament is to manage the entirety of the Commonwealth, from its economics to its defense, from its expansion to its foreign relations. Anyone in Parliament can propose a legislation, which can then be voted upon. The High Council can at times veto the proposed legislations of a colony, and even override it's House, although the Council is kept in check by the rest of Parliament, which can in turn veto the Council is a 2/3rds majority is reached. The head of the Parliament, and by extension the entire Commonwealth, is the Prime Chancellor, who is elected from within Parliament (and is usually from the High Council, although there are exceptions). The Chancellor heads the Parliament during sessions and operates mainly in the fields of defense coordination with the Military, foreign relations and trade with other galactic nations, and the economics of the Commonwealth as a whole. A Chancellor can be removed from power if the majority of Parliament votes for their impeachment, although this rarely, if ever, occurs.

Commonwealth Military- The Commonwealth Military operates mostly outside the realm of politics, instead focusing on the defense and expansion of the Commonwealth. While each major branch of the Military has it's own respective head, one of these leaders is appointed by the Prime Chancellor to become the Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Military. The Supreme Commander serves the dual purpose of overseeing the operations of the entire Military and representing the Military in Parliament. While some question the purpose and legitimacy of a military commander being allowed a seat in Parliament, the Supreme Commander's position helps ensure that matter of expansion, defense, and internal stability are always accounted for in Commonwealth politics. As a bonus, having a seat on Parliament helps keep the rest of the government up to date on Military matters, helping to avoid any miscommunication and potentially poor decision making that could negatively effect the Military. The Supreme Commander, while subordinate to Parliament and the Chancellor, is often granted a level of independence to manage the Military as they see fit.

*Internal stability within the Commonwealth is managed by the Commonwealth Peacekeeping Agency (CPA), which was formed after the merging of the Maximal Command Security Force and the Predacon Secret Police. The CPA is a branch of the larger Commonwealth Military, but is generally granted a degree of autonomy due to their more localized nature. The CPA itself is headed by the aptly named CPA Command, which is in turn subordinate to the Supreme Commander.

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:57 AM

Did not mean to post this thrice. Someone with the appropriate privileges please delete two of the three versions of this post.

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