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@  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.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 April 2021 - 05:06 AM)

It is a very impressive display of robotics though.

@  tigerhawk : (10 April 2021 - 04:52 AM)

What were they thinking with that self transforming Optimus? should have been another crowd funder for that price.

@  tigerhawk : (08 April 2021 - 03:33 PM)

I wish they'd rerelease Earthrise Ramjet and Dirge.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 April 2021 - 03:04 PM)

Yay! optimus primal just arrived. So now there's... nothing for me to look forward to till scorponok drops... hmmm, I didn't think this through properly...

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 04:26 PM)

It's an older title which recently got a remake so...

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 April 2021 - 01:10 PM)

Ah yes- I think I've heard of that game before. I may be thinking about something else though.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 08:03 AM)

It's a video game. You get hired to revive and restore a series of derelict space stations.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 07:05 AM)

I've got no idea what that is but yes.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 06:34 AM)

so... literally the plot to startopia.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 02:32 AM)

Maybe if the Interstellar Alliance collapsed after the big burn and a 'benefactor' repurposed a space station as a commerce one. Oh wait...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 April 2021 - 04:35 PM)

Babylon 6?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 11:49 AM)

I'd rather have a Toilet Seat: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new on that bowl..

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:19 AM)

Context: my parents had the bathroom redone about a year ago (actually, almost exactly a year ago, as the project was about 4 days from complete and was interrupted by the first pandemic lockdown.). The ridiculous, fancy toilet seat they purchased has since develloped cracks in it and needs to be returned. Dad simply could not get the seat off himself... and see previous shout.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:17 AM)

How to ruin somesones day with one question: Let someone work on a problem for about an hour and a half on their own, come to the realization they need an extra set of hands, ask for help, show you the problem and outright difficulty of it: then ask them "Hey, what does this button do?" and literally solve the two man dilema without doing any work.

@  Dekafox : (06 April 2021 - 09:22 AM)

As far as the TNT move, all of Season 5 was basically epilogue, which didn't help - when it looked like things were ending at Season 4 JMS tried to cram all the major plot threads for his original Season 4 and 5 plan into Season 4, which didn't leave them as much to work with for Season 5. Then TNT totally screwed with Crusade and got it killed before it got a chance to hit the real plot and nothing else really resonated enough to get a series push. A Crusade revival would be the best "B5:TNG" option IMO.

@  electricidad : (06 April 2021 - 08:55 AM)

Peak B5 was the first six episodes of season 4. EVERYTHING CAME TO A HEAD.

@  Kevin S : (06 April 2021 - 08:50 AM)

Generally, I think once B5 moved to TNT things went downhill. The sets didn't look as good (maybe due to ill use of better lighting) and I wasn't always as impressed with casting (Sheridan's new 2nd just didn't work). The movies had decent ideas, but I felt there was something off in the execution. Wonder if TNT pushed for different directors that weren't as familar with B5.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 08:42 AM)

Did the follow up movies do that badly, or does the creator simply feel like his story was told and refuses to allow more content?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 08:23 AM)

I'd rather have a B5: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new in that world.

@  tigerhawk : (06 April 2021 - 01:26 AM)

A reboot would probably be ruined by meddling and different visions anyway. 

@  Echowarrior : (05 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

JMS wrote about half of the first season, a little over half of the second, all of the third and fourth, and all but one episode from the fifth. Given he was also the creator and executive producer, him having so much creative control was likely a condition for getting the show made. Shame he didn't have it for Crusade.

@  Dekafox : (05 April 2021 - 08:44 AM)

They also had JMS write every single script bar maybe 2 or 3? That was another big part of how well it hangs together. Do you think any studio would do that nowadays?

@  tigerhawk : (05 April 2021 - 08:16 AM)

Let it be the first all AI acted series.

@  Echowarrior : (04 April 2021 - 08:31 PM)

Yeah, but would the reboot be as good as the original? B5 had a damn good cast, and they can't replicate that easily.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2021 - 04:33 PM)

One day they'll let a streaminbg service reboot B5 and let the stories be told without the sword of Damocles hanging over them at all times.

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 02:32 PM)

It's aged in the set piece areas.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 April 2021 - 02:22 PM)

I don't remember much of B5... I take it we're not talking about cathode ray tubes...

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 11:45 AM)

Babylon 5 CRT tech.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2021 - 06:13 PM)

Bloody hell, thanks for the heads up.

@  Bass X0 : (03 April 2021 - 04:55 PM)

be careful with her. someone on tfw2005 broke her wing taking her out of the packaging.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2021 - 08:15 AM)

I got my airazor on wednesday. Just waiting for the BBTS box to arrive with the rest of the line before I start opening things up. Guess I got her just in time too.

@  Telly : (02 April 2021 - 11:48 PM)

woke to a pre order arrival notice from bbts. was hoping/dreading it was unicron, but turns out it was airazor. and as these things always go, i go to walmart later in the day and see airazor sitting on the shelf...

@  TheMightyMol... : (01 April 2021 - 08:07 PM)

Get one and make a s'more with it.

@  Hg Dragon : (01 April 2021 - 06:48 PM)

If you know, you know...


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The Pandemic Panic Thread - Get Your Breathing Masks and Hunker Down for the CoronaVirus!


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#21 Master Fwiffo

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 04:16 PM

Its ok guys, the Trump Administration has this. Theyve got a solution ready to roll out!

https://twitter.com/...3633532933?s=21

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 04:24 PM

More tax cuts have been "under consideration" since before the midterms. It's all talk.

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 05:04 PM

*Scrubbed*

 

My initial reaction was one of callous indifference towards those who will be directly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. It was crass, crude, and I sincerely do apologize for it.

 

It's just...

 

The media have been banging the "BE AFRAID! BE VERY, VERY AFRAID!" drum on pretty much everything since 2001 when I really became conscious of the mainstream media as a "thing". And it's now 2020 and I am so very, very tired of being told to be afraid of every damn thing. I've survived at least four predicted apocalypses at this point, to say nothing of half a dozen superbugs, and that's not even mentioning the scare of global thermonuclear confrontation that's coming back into fashion again.

 

I refuse to allow myself to be ruled by fear over something I cannot control. That way lies madness.


Edited by Rust, 28 February 2020 - 05:22 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2020 - 05:54 PM

Many things can be true at once:

-The outbreak will be deadly to many thousands of vulnerable people
-Trump's stupidity and evil are making it worse
-The media naturally promotes panic and spectacle to make ad revenue, as has been true since the days of "killer bees" and "shark summer"
-The media particularly loathes Trump and portrays everything he does as the apocalypse, like the Soleimani strike

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 07:08 PM

There's a whole range of responses between caution and panic, Rust. I'm advising something in the neighborhood of the former, not the latter. One is useful, the other helps absolutely nobody.

 

Find your comfortable range, but indifference shouldn't the one you choose.


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Posted 29 February 2020 - 01:22 PM

First person in the US to die of COVID-19

https://twitter.com/...6775926784?s=21

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 01:44 PM

Inevitable. Now I'm waiting to hear what their situation was: age, general health, etc.
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Posted 29 February 2020 - 01:47 PM

Did I misunderstand what he said, or did Trump officially call this outbreak a hoax?



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Posted 29 February 2020 - 01:55 PM

Yes. A hoax perpetuated by the news media and the Democrats.

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 02:12 PM

The infuriating thing is that when you point this out to his supporters, they try to translate his statement into "oh, he just means the liberal media coverage, not the virus itself!"

 

But that's not what he actually said, which is what's important.  Our president doesn't know how to articulate a complex thought into coherent speech.


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Posted 29 February 2020 - 03:00 PM

once again, it's Mexicos' fault. 

 


The Trump administration is considering imposing entry restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border to control the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, according to two U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.
 
Mexico’s government said on Friday it had detected three cases of coronavirus infection in three men who had all recently traveled to Italy, making the country the second in Latin America to register the fast-spreading virus. https://www.reuters....t-idUSL1N2AT07P 

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 03:38 PM

Did I misunderstand what he said, or did Trump officially call this outbreak a hoax?

 

 

He didn't say the coronavirus was a hoax, he said the Democrats politicizing it to attack him was (in his usual... eloquence...?) a hoax and likened that effort to Mueller, impeachment, etc. There's a sliver of truth to it and of course Democrats will weaponize whatever they can especially in an election year. That's politics.

 

 

 

 

 

once again, it's Mexicos' fault. 

 

 


The Trump administration is considering imposing entry restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border to control the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, according to two U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.
 
Mexico’s government said on Friday it had detected three cases of coronavirus infection in three men who had all recently traveled to Italy, making the country the second in Latin America to register the fast-spreading virus. https://www.reuters.com/article/china-health-usa-mexico/exclusive-u-s-weighs-restrictions-at-border-with-mexico-over-coronavirus-threat-idUSL1N2AT07P

 

 

 

This was buried in the third paragraph of the article you linked so you might have missed it:

 

 

 

The concern over containing the virus at the southern U.S. border comes as the Trump administration also weighs possible restrictions on the entry of travelers from South Korea, Italy and Japan.

 

It's like they're weighing entry restrictions from countries that have outbreaks on a case by case basis.



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Posted 29 February 2020 - 04:47 PM

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 06:12 PM

ARE YOU AFRAID YET?



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Posted 29 February 2020 - 06:46 PM

ARE YOU AFRAID YET?

I've been scared for so long, how am I even supposed to tell anymore?


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Posted 29 February 2020 - 09:56 PM

A video popped up in my recommendations today from Linus Tech Tips about how anyone thinking of buying new tech stuff should pull the trigger right now because, even in a best-case scenario, the huge drop in supply from all the Chinese workers (including those responsible for shipping components from other Asian countries) staying home is going to have a long-term effect on prices the same way the flood in Thailand kept hard drive prices high for years.

 

He also informed me that YouTube has been demonetizing videos that mention coronavirus, which is... troubling, but I'm hesitant to say they're doing it for bad reasons because I can't think of what any bad reasons could possibly be. More likely they're trying to discourage people from trying to cash in on a current hot topic by spreading misinformation.


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 05:15 AM

Definitely make any tech purchases soon if you live in the U.K. regardless of Coronageddon, because we’ve got the Pound crashing around June, and from next January all the post-Brexit tariffs and customs charges kick in.
 

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 07:10 AM

He also informed me that YouTube has been demonetizing videos that mention coronavirus, which is... troubling, but I'm hesitant to say they're doing it for bad reasons because I can't think of what any bad reasons could possibly be. More likely they're trying to discourage people from trying to cash in on a current hot topic by spreading misinformation.

 

YouTube's been demonetizing videos for ending with the letter "Y". Even if it is my principle entertainment platform (I pay for Premium membership), even I find YouTube's demonetization policy utterly baffling. How exactly do they expect to run a successful business model if 90% of their creators get demonetized for a 15 second song blurb in the background?
 



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Posted 01 March 2020 - 01:51 PM

YouTube has operated at a loss since literally day one. At this point the most baffling thing about it is that Google hasn't shut it down completely by now.


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