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@  TM2-Megatron : (03 March 2021 - 11:59 AM)

I mean, it's not all bad. Disney's releasing Speed remastered on 4K

@  wonko the sane? : (03 March 2021 - 08:48 AM)

And now the fridge has died. So far 2021 has been WONDERFUL.

@  Hg Dragon : (01 March 2021 - 08:49 PM)

I'm upset I can't "Like" a shout...

@  TheMightyMol... : (28 February 2021 - 09:39 AM)

The US election? *rimshot*

@  Paladin : (28 February 2021 - 09:19 AM)

WHICH 2016 clown panic?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 February 2021 - 07:22 AM)

Didn't that come right after the 2016 clown panic? No way to make clowns not disturbing at the time, surely.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 February 2021 - 04:26 AM)

The clown guise is supposed to lure kids in, it's no good if it looks sus in one glance.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 February 2021 - 04:15 AM)

The new one tries too hard to be unsettling from the start. Curry's look is just a plain old clown, until he very much is not.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 February 2021 - 04:14 AM)

And Curry has a far more disturbing look at times than the newbie.

@  Sabrblade : (28 February 2021 - 02:22 AM)

And the original was a showcase of Tim Curry's delightfulness as an actor. 'Nuff said.

@  unluckiness : (27 February 2021 - 10:19 PM)

first one was a decent horror flick but the second was a mess plotwise and even the scares were worse

@  tigerhawk : (27 February 2021 - 04:57 PM)

Never understood the hype for the IT movies, too many floppy zombie chases, They're not in the least unsettling.

@  Maruten : (25 February 2021 - 06:00 PM)

It's better than the last one!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 February 2021 - 11:30 AM)

The new Wizards of the Coast logo looks stupid

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 February 2021 - 11:29 AM)

It's really rather shocking watching the Investor Day presentation and seeing how much Hasbro actually owns now.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 February 2021 - 10:26 AM)

If everyone had COMMON SENSE, then things would maybe go a little better-

@  repowers : (24 February 2021 - 05:33 PM)

If everyone would just have the exact same opinions as me then we wouldn't have this problem

@  Kalidor : (24 February 2021 - 01:49 PM)

It just depends on what it is. It is preferable to take it to P&R though. But sometimes current news as it's happening is less restrictive.

@  fourteenwings : (24 February 2021 - 12:18 AM)

Huh, good point (x3)

@  ▲ndrusi : (23 February 2021 - 11:46 AM)

Yeah. 1. People treat it like Twitter. 2. There's no "take it to P&R" since there's no P&R for the Shoutbox. 3. There's similarly no way to avoid either subjects or people in the Shoutbox since there's no division and it doesn't respect the ignore function, so people end up engaging when they normally wouldn't.

@  fourteenwings : (23 February 2021 - 10:56 AM)

Is there something about the Shoutbox that just means we get politics taking over the thing at least once a week?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 February 2021 - 08:26 AM)

At least your government is willing to talk about the collapsing medicare system. In quebec, their ignoring it in favour of talking about language again! Oh, and unconstitutionally denying access to eduction.

@  Shockwave 75 : (23 February 2021 - 07:52 AM)

At least here in my home province of Ontario we have a conservative gov't who doesn't want to cuz $$$$, but the argument is that they'll end up paying in medical care anyways for those sick people so why not?

@  Shockwave 75 : (23 February 2021 - 07:51 AM)

We have paid sick leave here in Canada too, but it's not very much and not everyone has it. So we're trying to get the gov't to extend it, and give it to everyone.

@  Nevermore : (23 February 2021 - 02:23 AM)

The only reason people still go to work despite being sick is because they feel emotionally obliged to serve their employer.

@  Nevermore : (23 February 2021 - 02:20 AM)

Some people abuse the system by somehow getting sick with a different plague every five weeks.

@  Nevermore : (23 February 2021 - 02:20 AM)

Those six weeks are out of the employer's pocket by legal mandate. If you're still sick after those six weeks, the health insurance company takes over the payment.

@  Nevermore : (23 February 2021 - 02:19 AM)

That's the good thing in Germany - we have legally mandated paid sick days. Six weeks (!) for a single cause (consecutive or recurring, as long as it's the same cause; reinfections long after the fact don't count), Everytime the employee gets sick with a new cause, another six weeks start.

@  tigerhawk : (22 February 2021 - 04:48 PM)

That's how my family got sick, my brothers a teacher, he has a class for expelled students, they gave full attendance these past few lockdowns out of sheer boredom, they can turn in sick and break isolation and he nor the other staff, who also got sick, couldn't do anything about it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 February 2021 - 03:03 PM)

Yeah, pretty sure the only reason people don't stay home when they're sick is that the vast majority of society lives paycheque to paycheque, and they can't afford even one missed day of work.

@  -LittleAutob... : (22 February 2021 - 11:27 AM)

That's unfortunate... I know masks can be annoying, but I think not being able to breath comfortably for a while is better than actually having the virus and not being able to breath at all. bUt Oh, pEoPLe dOn'T bELiVe ThE dAmN vIrUs Is rEaL

@  wonko the sane? : (22 February 2021 - 08:28 AM)

Hahahaha! Oh, you're serious. Yeah, no one is going to do that. Far too many are in positions where they simply cannot afford the time off, and most of the rest are the kind who won't wear the mask in a global pandemic, never mind when they alone have the sniffles.

@  Shockwave 75 : (22 February 2021 - 08:20 AM)

I just hope a take-away from this will be for people to stay home when they're sick, and if they have to go out, wear a mask so as not to spread their illness.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 February 2021 - 08:25 PM)

I think it's mostly the masking that's kept the flu season down so much, and that's unlikely to be kept up for that long. I'm sure there'll be some people who keep wearing masks for years after this, but I suspect a larger number are anticipating people able to toss them once vaccinations are complete.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2021 - 05:27 PM)

Same in canada. Doctors report it to be basically non-existant. I kinda hope they keep some stuff up after everyone is vaccinated. Like hand sanitizer at store entrances, and actually cleaning the shopping carts.

@  tigerhawk : (21 February 2021 - 05:17 PM)

On the plus side cold and flu cases are down 80% this winter thanks to lockdowns, or at least that's the case in the UK.

@  Hg Dragon : (21 February 2021 - 04:37 PM)

This is quite possibly the most miserable i have ever felt.

@  Hg Dragon : (21 February 2021 - 04:37 PM)

i'll be nice and not bypass the cupcake monkey, but COVID can *bleep* itself in the *bleeping* *bleeper* with a *bleeping* cactus.

@  tigerhawk : (21 February 2021 - 02:39 AM)

He only appeared the once in the US comics and got one follow up in the UK comic. He never suffered badass decay like Omega Supreme and the combiners.

@  Rycochet : (19 February 2021 - 05:15 PM)

Trypticon's debut issues in the marvel comic were the absolute best 'To sell a toy' comics of the book.

@  tigerhawk : (19 February 2021 - 03:04 AM)

Then the audience goes "This was a stealth Transformers film wannit!"

@  tigerhawk : (19 February 2021 - 03:03 AM)

Godzilla vs Trypticon, co written by Christina Hobson and Max Borenstein.

@  Bass X0 : (19 February 2021 - 01:36 AM)

I now want G1 Grimlock to transform into Mecha Godzilla.

@  Steevy Maximus : (17 February 2021 - 04:23 PM)

I preferred Rush when Midway made it.

@  Bass X0 : (17 February 2021 - 03:13 PM)

The best Rush comes from Canada.

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 February 2021 - 02:54 PM)

In *other* wonderful and fantastic news, guess whose Kingdom Cheetor and Paleotrex FINALLY arrived today?

@  Bass X0 : (16 February 2021 - 03:07 PM)

yeah, its a good show. watch as much as you can.

@  tigerhawk : (16 February 2021 - 04:58 AM)

Goodnight Sweethearts turned out to be a gem, I only knew Nicholas Lyndhurst in Only Fools and Horses but never saw this show before.

@  Bass X0 : (15 February 2021 - 04:07 PM)

Then we got Ultra Magnus, Fortress Maximus, Dai Atlas, Megatron, Galvatron, Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp and Banzai-Tron in Alternity...

@  Sabrblade : (15 February 2021 - 12:04 PM)

Heh, that new Binaltech comic that Ichikawa wrote for one of the Japanese Generations books even had the other Dinobots make fun of Grimlock for his "Autobot Car" body.


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#1 MrBlud

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:01 PM

They changed their Facebook profile picture to a new "under construction" graphic.

 

Intrigue abounds!


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:14 PM

http://transformersclub.com/

 

There's also this



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:18 PM

Verra eenterestink!


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:49 PM

I'm following BotCon now on Twitter specifically so I can unfollow them if it turns out that Fun Pub is involved. Feels weird.

Edited by Chip, 31 January 2020 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:56 PM

I'm following BotCon now on Twitter specifically so I can unfollow them if it turns out that Fun Pub is involved. Feels weird.

Fun Pub can't be involved because the company liquidated back in 2018

 

I have to assume this is some kind of archival thing.


Edited by Jenny, 31 January 2020 - 09:59 PM.


#6 Chris McFeely

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 10:10 PM

With no further word of Hascon, I could easily believe Hasbro's bringing BotCon convention back (via a new liscencee or by themselves) and has acquired the domain and Twitter to go along with it. Just hope it doesn't mean a return of Fun Pub's excesses, and allows us to continue getting focused, high-quality, affordable, accessible exclusives like the Refraktor team, and media that doesn't feel like the inmates running the asylum.


Edited by Chris McFeely, 31 January 2020 - 10:37 PM.


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 10:17 PM

There's hope for a revival then. Nice.


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 11:51 PM

http://transformersclub.com/

 

There's also this

 

Heh, and just a few days ago that link was dead.


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If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:49 AM

I'm so excited by this!!!

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 01:25 AM

 

I'm following BotCon now on Twitter specifically so I can unfollow them if it turns out that Fun Pub is involved. Feels weird.

Fun Pub can't be involved because the company liquidated back in 2018

 

I have to assume this is some kind of archival thing.

 

Fun Pub wasn't liquidated, they just sold their inventory because they were legally required to with their license expiring.  They did not go bankrupt.  They basically just became dormant for a few years, still existing, but not doing anything.  If you check the Trademark information, they still own Botcon.  So it's very likely they are still involved unless they sold the trademark back to Hasbro and the sale of the trademark has not yet been updated on the United States Trademark website.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 01:32 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:

http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992

Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.

Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.

Edited by D Buster Prime, 01 February 2020 - 01:38 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:08 AM

Just hope it doesn't mean a return of Fun Pub's excesses, and allows us to continue getting focused, high-quality, affordable, accessible exclusives like the Refraktor team, and media that doesn't feel like the inmates running the asylum.

 

Inmates like our own Greg, Trent, Dave, and Jesse? ;)


Edited by Sprocket, 01 February 2020 - 02:09 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:16 AM

YES EXACTLY THEM.

I miss Botcon and want it back.
But also understand why it ended when it did. It feels like for everything they did right, they had something go wrong for reasons they would eventually explain want their fault but still it added up.
Woooo!

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:35 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:

http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992

Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.

Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.

That could just indicate the reality of the trademark starting to go dormant. Not so dormant though for FP to let it go uncontested if they've enlisted a team of lawyers. (And also websites and whatnot.)

Edited by Jim S, 01 February 2020 - 04:36 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:41 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992
Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.
Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.

That could just indicate the reality of the trademark starting to go dormant. Not so dormant though for FP to let it go uncontested if they've enlisted a team of lawyers. (And also websites and whatnot.)

The Examiner's action has nothing to do with the mark going dormant (which it hasn't). The Examiner just believes the name "Botcon" is too descriptive to be a proper trademark for a robot convention.

The Examiner is not completely off base, but there are other considerations, given that Comic-Con, for example, has survived as a trademark, for reasons that may be just as applicable to Botcon.

The decision is currently under appeal, which was just filed a couple months ago.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:44 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:

http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992

Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.

Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.


The USPTO argues that the name is "merely descriptive", meaning just "roBOT CONvention". The most viable counterargument, that it is and has always been also based on "AutoBOT DeceptiCON, is one that Fun Pub dare not make because they don't own those trademarks.

So was Hasbro just waiting for this process to end?

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 08:37 AM

Just hope it doesn't mean a return of Fun Pub's excesses, and allows us to continue getting focused, high-quality, affordable, accessible exclusives like the Refraktor team, and media that doesn't feel like the inmates running the asylum.

 
Inmates like our own Greg, Trent, Dave, and Jesse? ;)
Not replying to Sprockets post, per se, but quoted since he was naming names:

Personally, I dont think its fair to put the blame for FunPub's failings on the guys actually providing the content. Whether you liked what they came up with or not, they were the ones providing the value for the money. Personally, I liked a lot of the fiction when I was a member, but I know it was not to everyone's taste.

In my opinion, FunPub's issue was Brian's inability to fix known problems until they became a Big Deal, at which point they had to put out fires, instead of putting resources into actually making the club and the Con better from the get-go.

Anyway, I will be interested to see what comes of these new developments.

Edited by haywire, 01 February 2020 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 08:48 AM

the guys writing the robot profiles weren't the same ones making Ching Chong jokes and posing the exclusive toys in real-world massacre sites

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 09:18 AM

the guys writing the robot profiles weren't the same ones making Ching Chong jokes and posing the exclusive toys in real-world massacre sites


I'm sorry, what?

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 09:23 AM

real-world massacre sites


What, like, Cambodian forced labor camps?



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