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@  TM2-Megatron : (05 April 2020 - 12:53 AM)

There's always the original, cheesy as it is

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 April 2020 - 12:10 AM)

Dunno... Tonight one of the major networks showed a movie with plagues.. including that listening to their leader causes the first born to die. ;P So nah.. I think the Stand could work. :D

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 April 2020 - 09:18 PM)

That's probably the last thing anyone needs to see, at the moment. Maybe when we get to the end of June/beginning of July and we can venture back out, it might be possible to find some enjoyment in The Stand.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 April 2020 - 02:08 PM)

I suppose the CBS adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand will be delayed.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:26 AM)

We'll always be together. Together in electric dreams.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Please remember that in these times of social distancing, we'll always be together however far it seems.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 12:41 PM)

It arrived! Yay!

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Given how the virus lasts about 3-4 days on metals and plastics, it's about the only way to go about getting stuff right now. I ordered a monitor mount for my desk and the delivery has been pushed back twice already.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 11:04 AM)

He ordered it online, says it was to keep those delivery boys in business. I did the same a week ago with some Transformers Studio Series figures off Kapow. Don't know if it's wise or not considering.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 09:12 AM)

You'd be the first. Everyone else has either been frustrated cause the one they wanted was sold out (like during boxing week.) or rushing to replace something broken.

@  RYNO : (03 April 2020 - 08:53 AM)

I actually walked into a store the other day and just randomly decided to buy at 32inch TV. It was just a Vizio, and grabbed a Mounting Bracket for it. No duress. Just a spur of the moment wanted a TV for my master bedroom.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:31 AM)

Conversely: I've never met a person who wasn't buying a TV under duress... so... yeah.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:20 AM)

I think I've met maybe two people other than myself who count cables before buying a TV.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (03 April 2020 - 05:33 AM)

Seriously.. HDMI splitters and switches are so bloody finicky, but most tvs don't have enough inputs.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 05:09 AM)

Just spent a hour trying to get my brothers new Samsung TV to read his Playstation and Blu Ray player only to find he was using a HDMI splitter.

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 April 2020 - 11:07 AM)

I could never master oral bullshittery. But in my day I was quite adept with the written word.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 April 2020 - 11:32 PM)

You have mastered the art of Bulljive. You must use this power only for good, or entertainment.

@  Sabrblade : (01 April 2020 - 08:58 PM)

This morning, for one of my online classes, I had to give a positive oral presentation about a play that I hated having to watch. I went into it completely unprepared and just winged it. My professor LOVED my presentation and thought it was excellent. She believed every word I said and honestly thought that I enjoyed that miserable play. Best April Fools ever!

@  ▲ndrusi : (01 April 2020 - 10:06 AM)

Happy Everyone Thinks They're A Comedian Now Day!

@  Donocropolis : (31 March 2020 - 05:45 AM)

Who, I might add, has never been photographed together with Byteman. Just sayin'.

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 10:27 PM)

Bruce Wayne's cyberpunk cousin?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 09:27 PM)

Laser Wayne

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 09:08 PM)

Luther Unum

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 07:09 PM)

Or Lee Derwon.

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:51 PM)

Not to be confused with Leader I

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was Leader Uno

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was the OTHER Leader 1

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 March 2020 - 06:29 PM)

Or Sideways.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 05:26 PM)

On the other hand, this is Armada we're talking about. It could have actually been Metroplex.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 March 2020 - 11:08 PM)

Oh yeah, that was Fort Max. My bad.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:12 PM)

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Peritus_Maximus

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Christmas Maximus?

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 March 2020 - 01:13 PM)

At least the ozone layer is healing. unless this is a 0.0000000001% thing it's sounds like good news.

@  ▲ndrusi : (28 March 2020 - 09:27 AM)

(But only pretty sure, not 100% sure.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (28 March 2020 - 09:26 AM)

Pretty sure y'all were thinking of Fortress Maximus yesterday.

@  Bass X0 : (28 March 2020 - 12:38 AM)

Dare! Dare to believe you can survive 2020!

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 March 2020 - 08:18 PM)

Baja Blast is back at retail!

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 March 2020 - 03:47 PM)

Shame he wasn't around more. He seemed like such a jolly, happy soul.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (27 March 2020 - 02:16 PM)

No, he was definitely Metroplex. You could tell because he was in Metroplex's distinctive red and green coloration.

@  Paladin : (27 March 2020 - 02:11 PM)

that was Leader-1. or possibly Jolt. maybe Grindor...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (27 March 2020 - 01:57 PM)

Metroplex was in Armada, in a flashback. He was the same size as everybody else. I thought that was the joke.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (27 March 2020 - 12:39 PM)

@Rodimus Supreme: Gah! You are right! How'd I get that mixed up? x.x;

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 March 2020 - 12:14 PM)

There is no Metroplex. Only Zuul.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (27 March 2020 - 11:13 AM)

@Tm_Silverclaw: There is no Armada Metroplex, he was in Cybertron.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (27 March 2020 - 11:12 AM)

And they'd be better off just retooling Metroplex and Fortress Maximus to be somewhat more accurate and changing/adding parts for interaction with later play gimmicks.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (27 March 2020 - 11:11 AM)

I honestly would prefer that for scale purposes.

@  Cyoti : (27 March 2020 - 11:07 AM)

They can redo all the CW combiners as Titan Class figures like Predaking/Devastator.

@  Dekafox : (27 March 2020 - 07:52 AM)

They could just redo Metroplex again too. Especially if it's going to be S3 based. They could also do another Primus to go with the coming Unicron.

@  OverDrive73 : (26 March 2020 - 10:56 PM)

If anyone is bored, or interested... I just added the last chapter to my fanfic comic in Allspark Pictures

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (26 March 2020 - 10:54 PM)

And no.. We could always get Titan Class Superion.


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#21 Copper Bezel

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 02:18 PM

And let's be honest, it's not significantly different in navigating the concept of gender than Lego is, and the boxes don't claim it is. But dolls are a locus of a lot of concern for little girls and body image and gender-typing toys that shape gender roles and all the various other things. So it might be selling on queer and progressive cred, but for the 99.99% of kids who create a little gender-conforming character who's probably straight and don't have another thought about it, it's still, you know, breaking the pink aisle, and that's ambitious enough (especially when the dolls seem reasonably well executed and ought to be able to compete on their own merits in that regard.)

 

(And sure, it's a one off thing that'll never be heard from again, but.)


Edited by Copper Bezel, 02 October 2019 - 02:19 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 12:06 AM

 

it's not significantly different in navigating the concept of gender than Lego is,

Female minifigures usually have torsos with visible hips (Jasmine from the last line of LEGO Disney Minifigures is particularly ridiculous in this regard). Male and female minidolls are... obviously not the same (for some reason, there's a second more buff male minidoll body but not a second female minidoll body).

 

 

But dolls are a locus of a lot of concern for little girls and body image and gender-typing toys that shape gender roles and all the various other things

 

There are now 5 Barbie body types (petite, curvy, original, petite/smaller bust size, tall/smaller bust size), and a multitude of different appearances. I mean, i understand leveling this complaint against L.O.L. OMG dolls, who would make racy instagram models blush, but we actually already have this. Next year, Barbie will be a boxer for possibly the first time ever? Barbie.

 

That's along with vet and tennis player, plus a set that'll feature her as a Doctor, Violin player, construction worker, pilot, chef and.... tennis player (Barbie must really like tennis). A few years ago, we had tennis Barbie and computer coder Barbie.

 

 

especially when the dolls seem reasonably well executed and ought to be able to compete on their own merits in that regard

 

Doll-lines featuring "real" kids that don't approach the American Girl or similar size never last long, and I think even Mattel knows that.

 

I mentioned Curvy Girls on the last page, and I kind of saw my error in that a few hours after I did it. Curvy Girls as a line exists based on a claim that the Curvy Barbie is not curvy enough, and that she needs to be even bigger. It's this central argument I disagree with. Regardless of the body-positivity movement, I don't think advertising a size that is not healthy as what dolls suddenly need is a good idea. I have no objections over their inclusion of a trans character.

 

Okay, now to get to the meat of it. If necessary, I will move this part of my post into P&R, or delete it wholesale.

 

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Edited by fourteenwings, 03 October 2019 - 12:10 AM.

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 12:41 AM

I'm going to go with the 'pretend' and 'want to be' part. Like, some kids buy toys because they want to be super powered superheroes or be super sexy supermodels. So maybe there are kids who want the choice to be either or. Still fuzzy on the not mature
toy bodies though.

On the toyline itself, is there competition? Is there another toy company who saw the fuss and are trying to make their own line to compete? Cuz that would help the sales.

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#24 Copper Bezel

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 05:51 AM

Yeah that's more or less what I expected fourteenwings. 

 

My nuanced and granular response: Waaaaaaaah


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:27 AM

MY nuanced and granular response: lol

Gender's a conspiracy made up to sell bathroom signs, my dude.

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 08:11 AM

On the toyline itself, is there competition? Is there another toy company who saw the fuss and are trying to make their own line to compete? Cuz that would help the sales.

 

This is an even more wait and see situation than how sales are doing now. It was widely accepted that dolls were basically dead in the toy market for a while. Monster High was dead, Ever After High was dead, Project MC2 tried to happen and fizzled. Marvel Rising and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny both emerged DoA (Rising worse than FoD though). The Equestria Girls reboot could barely last itself through the initial lines. The first incarnation of DCSHG started strong, then sputtered it's way into a brand-based reboot, led by a story-based creative director, rather than one led by the toy manufacturers (ie, Mattel).

 

This segment of the market had moved on to collectible toys. Well, everybody but Mattel, who continued making Barbie and Enchantimals (who straddle the line between doll and doll-like collectible figures).

 

I guess maybe the market shift here came with Hairdorables? They were basically about the size of an Enchantimal, but were absolutely dolls, and were a collectible little thing that came blind-packaged. I guess after a while MGA saw the value in that and, though they stripped them of the absolute surprise element, they released L.O.L. O.M.G. as their first entry back into the doll market. They've also since made Poopsie Rainbow Surprise Dolls (or are they just Rainbow Surprise? Who even knows), who fit into that "these are kid dolls" American Girl market.

 

Mattel, on the other hand, started the year with their new brand game with Wild Hearts Crew, which they seemed to wash their hands of immediately. Then came this line.

 

I do have to admit though that I admire Mattel for never stooping to the collectibles gimmick to a significant degree, but we'll see how that does for them in the long term.


Edited by fourteenwings, 03 October 2019 - 08:13 AM.

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