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@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 03:54 AM)

You don't even hear a hint of an accent, and she only very rarely chooses some odd wording where she probably wasn't familiar with the more appropriate alternative due to its relative obscurity.

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 03:41 AM)

Just watched what's possibly the most relaxed interview ever of a German Youtuber interviewing Zazie while walking around Berlin. Turns out she was born in Berlin and spent quite some time in Germany.

@  Nevermore : (20 September 2019 - 03:39 AM)

Actors and actresses I had no idea speak fluent German, part 4.231: Zazie Beetz from Deadpool 2.

@  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)

https://imgur.com/fkyjpza

@  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


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#701 Walky

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:46 PM

#1. No, it is not going to get a massive surge when its only 1/3 of the way there.
#2 There is no way in hell that Hasbro is dropping this at this point. Way too much pride and pressure to let it go this far into development with all the attention it has received.
#3 Having the ability to add worldwide pre-orders does give them the ability to save face when this insanely expensive toy fails to get halfway to 8000 in the US. I will add that to the article. Thanks!


well good to know the original version of the article was that way out of willful defiance of the facts rather than mere ignorance I guess

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:48 PM

#2 There is no way in hell that Hasbro is dropping this at this point. Way too much pride and pressure to let it go this far into development with all the attention it has received.


Eh, there's an established history of toys going far into development without getting made. No real reason to think this will be any different. And I doubt "pride" would amount to anything if they just find that something won't make them money.

Also, it's not like Everybody In Hasbro is personally invested in every single project somebody undertakes. Probably most of their employees would just go ahead with business as usual regardless of whether or not these unconventional endeavors work out.

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 13 August 2019 - 01:52 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:51 PM

 

#2 There is no way in hell that Hasbro is dropping this at this point. Way too much pride and pressure to let it go this far into development with all the attention it has received.


Eh, there's an established history of toys going far into development without getting made. No real reason to think this will be any different. And I doubt "pride" would amount to anything if they just find that something won't make them money.

 

 

Indeed, there's an established history of Unicron toys going far into development without getting made....



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:54 PM

If this thing was a sure bet, they would have just put it out instead of trying to crowdsource it.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:55 PM

1) Even though the barge did?

2) This was explicitly crowdfunded. So the failure state was always a possibility.

3) World wide orders was always the plan.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:59 PM

I'm sure Hasbro are capable of getting this thing made even if there weren't enough orders, but that would be a terribly inefficient use of resources that could go elsewhere.

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 13 August 2019 - 01:59 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:00 PM

Unicron isn't "too far into development not to make."  The molds aren't even created yet!  That's, like, nearly all of the production costs.  That frontpage article is incredibly embarrassing.  



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:00 PM

 

 

#2 There is no way in hell that Hasbro is dropping this at this point. Way too much pride and pressure to let it go this far into development with all the attention it has received.


Eh, there's an established history of toys going far into development without getting made. No real reason to think this will be any different. And I doubt "pride" would amount to anything if they just find that something won't make them money.

 

 

Indeed, there's an established history of Unicron toys going far into development without getting made....

 

 

Heck, there was a 3P version (two versions, actually, with BWNeo and Armada versions of the toy being planned) of Unicron that's seemingly been canned, with no updates after a couple of years.  3P companies have far more to lose from lost development time, since they don't have multi-million dollar R&D pools to fall back on.



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:02 PM

Unicron isn't "too far into development not to make."  The molds aren't even created yet!  That's, like, nearly all of the production costs.  That frontpage article is incredibly embarrassing.  

Also why it won't be mailing out until 2021.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:03 PM

 

Unicron isn't "too far into development not to make."  The molds aren't even created yet!  That's, like, nearly all of the production costs.  That frontpage article is incredibly embarrassing.  

Also why it won't be mailing out until 2021.

 

 

Yeah, if this thing was too far into production to stop, we'd be getting it in a few months, not a year and a half from now.



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:07 PM

Someone dug up an interview quote for the Titan Metroplex tooling costing - what was it? - over $100,000 or something, and that's for a toy that's shorter and massively less complex than Unicron.

If they don't get the funds they need to tool the figure and still turn a profit, they will absolutely not go through with it, they're not a charity.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:08 PM

Like, this is a hugely expensive toy.  Far more expensive than any Transformers toy than Hasbro has ever put out, even factoring in inflation.  (Outside of like, statues made by third party licensees)

 

Typically how this stuff works is they commit to making the toy, put it out and hope it sells enough to have made the investment worth it.  That is an INCREDIBLY dicey proposition for a toy that's like 3x as expensive as the Titan class.  Crowdfunding allows them to gauge interest before making the commitment.  If they can't reach the goal they've set for themselves, that's going to be a big red flag that this project will not be viable and it's time to pull the ripcord before it requires major investment.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:13 PM

#1. No, it is not going to get a massive surge when its only 1/3 of the way there.

#2 There is no way in hell that Hasbro is dropping this at this point. Way too much pride and pressure to let it go this far into development with all the attention it has received.

#3 Having the ability to add worldwide pre-orders does give them the ability to save face when this insanely expensive toy fails to get halfway to 8000 in the US. I will add that to the article. Thanks!

 

 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:28 PM

Typically how this stuff works is they commit to making the toy, put it out and hope it sells enough to have made the investment worth it. 

 

That's not even the case.  In any standard release, their units are already accounted for because they're selling to the retailers.  The supply chain takes care of all of that for Hasbro. 

 

Unicron is well and above what any retailer could feasibly support in this day and age, though, so HasTak are trying a direct-to-consumer approach.  But unlike traditional retail, where their sales are already essentially in the bag, here, they need to make ensure that their minimum order is covered before they even begin production.



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:28 PM

#2 There is no way in hell that Hasbro is dropping this at this point. Way too much pride and pressure to let it go this far into development with all the attention it has received.

ok so you've no idea how kickstarting works then

 

it doesn't matter how much 'pride' or 'pressure' a project has or how much attention something has received, if it doesn't meet the goal it doesn't meet the goal because that shows that there wasn't enough interest in terms of people actually being willing to spend money to help see this thing realized to actually realize the product


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:30 PM

 

Typically how this stuff works is they commit to making the toy, put it out and hope it sells enough to have made the investment worth it. 

 

That's not even the case.  In any standard release, their units are already accounted for because they're selling to the retailers.  The supply chain takes care of all of that for Hasbro. 

 

Unicron is well and above what any retailer could feasibly support in this day and age, though, so HasTak are trying a direct-to-consumer approach.  But unlike traditional retail, where their sales are already essentially in the bag, here, they need to make ensure that their minimum order is covered before they even begin production.

 

Very true, thanks for the correction!


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:35 PM

Surely people working on Hasbro's other brands (or even the regular retail segment of TF) would object to putting more funding into Unicron if it's already proven unpopular by its own metric.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 03:15 PM

I suppose the one to watch would be Cookie Monster, since it hasn't even cracked 500 and it's under two weeks, with no media blitz or external retailers apparently placing orders.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 04:55 PM

Also, it's not like Everybody In Hasbro is personally invested in every single project somebody undertakes. Probably most of their employees would just go ahead with business as usual regardless of whether or not these unconventional endeavors work out.


Reminds me of a favorite quote:
"For you, the day Hasbro didn't make Unicron was the most important day of your life. For Hasbro, it was Tuesday."

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:04 PM

Reminds me of a favorite quote:

"For you, the day Hasbro didn't make Unicron was the most important day of your life. For Hasbro, it was Tuesday."

 

"You killed my favorite announced toy."

"Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?"


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