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@  Maximus Ambus : (16 December 2019 - 02:13 AM)

Is BWTF down?

@  Nevermore : (15 December 2019 - 04:05 PM)

The music, if you'd even call it that, adds to the creepy atmosphere. Apparently it was recorded using sounds created in a real nuclear power plant of the same type as Chernobyl.

@  Nevermore : (15 December 2019 - 04:04 PM)

In case you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend the HBO mini-series "Chernobyl", which is about, well, you know. It's very intense and not for the faint-heartet. I'd say it's more scary than any horror flick, because (despite some artistic liberties taken with the behavior of some of the characters, and the timeline for some events), it's eerily real.

@  Sabrblade : (15 December 2019 - 10:51 AM)

Hey, at least you baked a cake in the bathroom. Not many can attest to that. :p

@  wonko the sane? : (14 December 2019 - 05:51 PM)

Nope. Forgot entirely, had to make another trip.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 December 2019 - 04:04 PM)

Well, did you get water?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 December 2019 - 01:56 PM)

Went to the bathroom, shaved, baked a cake... wait, I only got up to get some water...

@  unluckiness : (14 December 2019 - 09:01 AM)

That's a common misconception. You see compared to the first run, it's a new mold.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (14 December 2019 - 03:27 AM)

Wouldn't that just add packaging authenticity? :D

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2019 - 01:44 AM)

I read a anecdote of someone recently receiving a Glacialord with mold because apparently online stores' warehouses have been sitting on Fansproject products like that for years.

@  Rycochet : (13 December 2019 - 11:56 AM)

Unlike many of his peers, Morton diesn't seem to have gone out of his way to try and take every drug going so he's aged remarkably well.

@  Donocropolis : (13 December 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Doesn't seem to have been a market for it, which is too bad, because it perfectly does what it sets out to do.

@  Donocropolis : (13 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Just opened it and suddenly I'm 9 years old again.

@  Donocropolis : (13 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Bought myself Fansproject Glacialord for my birthday during their Black Friday sale.

@  Nevermore : (12 December 2019 - 07:45 PM)

Morten Harket of A-ha might have aged 35 years on the outside, but his voice is still pretty much the same as it was in 1984. That's some great training and exercise for you.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 December 2019 - 06:59 PM)

Depends entirely on how badly you cooked them. What?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 December 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Can it raise the dead?

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Cheddar can do just about anything.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Cream cheese has to be on a bagel or crackers.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:31 PM)

(for example: I like Swiss cheese on sandwiches, but find it merely tolerable by itself)

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:30 PM)

I mean are you eating it by itself? With crackers? On a sandwich?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

I would ask, but I'd rather not know.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

With my mouth, usually.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 08:48 AM)

Depends on how you're eating it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 01:40 AM)

Havarti, without a doubt.

@  Greebtron : (12 December 2019 - 01:28 AM)

Not Don, thanks. I'd like a writer who actually cares enough to do the job properly

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2019 - 03:48 AM)

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.


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Hasbro GI Joe Q&A 2011 Round 6 - due Monday, October 31


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#81 NightViper

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE(Dake @ Sep 2 2011, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Powered Convoy @ Sep 2 2011, 10:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No answer for #2 aye?


QUOTE(NightViper @ Sep 2 2011, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nah. That's usually the GI Joe Q&A MO. Ask three questions and they'll pick two of them to answer.


Well, that and the fact the question has been asked numerous times in slightly different ways over the last couple of years. It really is just a "will you make figure X" question. I'm glad they ignored it vs the usual, "We're always excited to leave the doors open to future possibilities but no plans for now -stay tuned!"


Well...yes... icon-hotrod.gif

But the ask 3 get 2 thing has been going on for about as long as the Allspark has been participating.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 03:27 PM

QUOTE(NightViper @ Sep 2 2011, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But the ask 3 get 2 thing has been going on for about as long as the Allspark has been participating.

True, true - though they are known to answer all three if it's something they feel like doing.

In any case, I've got my next question request based on their response to JoeBattlelines' question actually.

Q: In the last round of QnAs regarding exclusives it was stated that, "Typically we choose figures that would never be produced in mainline. The mainline sales just wouldn't support the development costs. We are able to get away with more with our SDCC exclusives." (bolded for emphasis) This seems contradictory. Mainline sales don't support the cost, so how does exclusive tooling for a limited release support the cost? In the aftermarket, Pink Zarana was selling for 80+ dollars though she has sold for as little as thirty recently. Cold Slither has sold for anywhere from 50 to 100+. The market is there, the buyers are there, the money is there. The only thing that isn't there is the quantity being offered for sale. What is the benefit of frustrating fans and feeding scalpers over making a few more and selling them for a little more? The nature of exclusives is fine and the Cold Slither version of Zarana was perfect for the lucky few, but surely we would all be happier to give you our money for the pink version than watch scalpers get fat off of the Hasbro team's hard work. Can you elaborate on this seemingly counter-intuitive strategy - how can something that is cost-effective to design, tool and produce in limited quantities not be even more effective in even marginally larger numbers?

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#83 Chip

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:09 PM

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Number three kind of sounds like bull to me. It doesn't exactly explain the 12" Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows that went nowhere, and the odd lesser 12" subline from the movie.


In this day and age, more kids than ever have family members or people they know involved in the ninja arts.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE(Chip @ Sep 2 2011, 04:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spark @ Sep 2 2011, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Number three kind of sounds like bull to me. It doesn't exactly explain the 12" Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows that went nowhere, and the odd lesser 12" subline from the movie.


In this day and age, more kids than ever have family members or people they know involved in the ninja arts.


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#85 Spark

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 08:28 PM

Ninjas' family members would NEVER know.

Otherwise, they weren't ninjas.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Sep 2 2011, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Number three kind of sounds like bull to me. It doesn't exactly explain the 12" Snake Eyes and Storm Shadows that went nowhere, and the odd lesser 12" subline from the movie.

They're referring to this newest 12" attempt, not the 12" attempts made during Rise of Cobra.

And I would've bought the 12" Storm Shadow if he'd come with the voice clips, but in my bilingual area all he had was laser gun sounds.

You're far too young to be this bitter and angry at the world....

I'm reading that with Roy's voice. Heck, I read everything you post in a laconic Irish accent.

 


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:53 PM

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Not entirely true-- there's a big difference in pricing, and margins.

A basic figure costs $8 and sells for less than that-- I've been asked not to say how much, but the margins aren't and never were great on Kenner or Hasbro action figures. (Particularly if Wal-Mart is in a price war mood.)

Meanwhile, an SDCC figure gets to sell for $14. Even when you factor in the Star Case and retail space (booth), it's still a huge, huge markup for Hasbro over what Target would pay for a regular figure, plus Hasbro gets 100% of that. Even if all Hasbro nets per SDCC Zarana is $8 of that $14, that's still significantly better than what they make off an $8 Steel Brigade figure at the Toys R Us or your favorite online toy shop. They also don't necessarily have to deal with as many distribution steps-- depending on their supply chain, it can go straight from the factory to the boat to SDCC, rather than having to make stops off in Hasbro's distribution centers or the DCs of various retail giants.

I don't know Hasbro's quantities on an SDCC release vs. normal basic Joes these days, but I do know SDCC items get significantly better margins, cost more to the consumer, and actually GET marketing support because every blog under the sun will report on them. You might see MTV or CNN mention an SDCC figure, they'll never mention the regular stuff, it's a great way to make something for collectors that stands a chance of succeeding due to the hype and the heat from the show.

Add to the mix retro packaging and a figure sculpted in the 25th Anniversary "classic" style AND the fact that the main line includes NO female figures right now, and this is probably Hasbro trying to cover their butts by putting this particular figure out in the safest possible environment to guarantee a speedy sell-through.

Seeing how Low-Light was very 1980s-ey in his look, they could probably stick in more "classic" figures and do just fine, and I'd be genuinely curious to see how a female figure would sell through in Joe these days. Obviously, Hasbro isn't as curious, so at least we got A Zarana which will probably get cheaper and cheaper on eBay as time goes on rather than no Zarana at all.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:12 PM

So in other words, there is zero excuse for not making more exclusives, because they can make MORE money off of them. That's essentially my point though maybe I should reword the question slightly. NV does a great job with the editing though normally. icon-hotrod.gif
 
 
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#89 Adam16bit

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE(Dake @ Sep 3 2011, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So in other words, there is zero excuse for not making more exclusives, because they can make MORE money off of them. That's essentially my point though maybe I should reword the question slightly. NV does a great job with the editing though normally. icon-hotrod.gif


Not quite-- there's zero excuse for not making more *Comic-Con* exclusives, or exclusives they sell directly. Zarana and the SDCC items would be a sneak peek into what Hasbro might do if they adopted a Matty model-- a figure costs twice as much and comes with a repaint right off the bat. Good? Bad? Certainly different.

Hasbro doesn't like to sell exclusives directly as much because (from some conversations) they prefer to sell to their biggest customers-- it's a lot of work to warehouse, pick, pack, and ship items to individual retail consumers (i.e., collectors) when you can sell a LARGER number to Wal-Mart and only have to interact with one very large client. I believe I was told that the reason their old toy shop, HasbroCollectors.com shut down, was largely due to complaints from some of Hasbro's biggest clients not wanting Hasbro to compete with their business. (Which is sort of ridiculous, as Wal/K/Target/TRU make up like 80%+ of the business in the USA.)

Exclusives tend to be lower run and in the 1990s were treated as a "thank you" to a large customer, as back then with the bigger brands, it was a real novelty and it might actually cause more customers to go to your store. Today... well, not so special. But considering the numbers Wal-Mart or Costco or whoever can move, they're still a good and important part of the business... but Wal-Mart and Hasbro probably wouldn't be particularly thrilled with the results of a Joe exclusive in 2011. (With the movie in 2012, this may be a different story.)

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:34 PM

QUOTE(Adam16bit @ Sep 4 2011, 05:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not quite-- there's zero excuse for not making more *Comic-Con* exclusives, or exclusives they sell directly.

There ya go - that's what I was getting at.
 
 
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:47 PM

*Bump*

Questions are due Monday!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:55 PM

BTW, the answers are set to be returned October 21st. That's after NYCC.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:37 PM

Can you share the story behind Shadow Tracker? He's a really unusual figure, with his mask over a skull-like face, but we have no information at all about his character or personality. What's this guy's deal in the world of G.I. Joe? If there isn't any bio information available, could you ask the figure's designer for something from behind the scenes?
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#94 Dake

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:48 PM

Well, I'll resubmit a reworded version of my earlier rant that may have a better chance of receiving a response.

Did the extremely rapid and absolute sell-out of SDCC Zarana - and her continued high secondary market prices - offer any positive support to the powers that be regarding female figures in the GIJOE line? While the line may have a hard time supporting four figures in drab gray and black, figures like Helix in the main retail line and now Zarana seem testaments to the idea that original and well-executed women can be as compelling as their male counterparts. We are very excited to see the upcoming Renegades Scarlet and hope that maybe the door has been reopened to a Renegades Lady Jaye, Jinx or even a Zanya?

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 03:17 PM

The Cobra (The Enemy) figure was released in the 30th line with two variants (one with fewer accessories). In addition, ALL of the released Renegades figures (Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Firefly) have seen a rather notable number of accessories dropped, despite being mentioned on the figures' packaging (or shown at trade shows). Could the reasons behind this be elaborated on, and can we expect to see this in future figure releases?

2. There is a significant gap in the price points for GI Joe. There are no products prices between $6.99 (3.75 single figures) and $19.99 (Basic 12" figures and 3.75 Bravo vehicles). Why did this occur?

I can probably extrapolate answers based on past trends and actions, but I'm curious to read Hasbro's response.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:50 PM

Those are both good questions that could probably be artfully combined into a two-for.

Something like:
It appears the current waves of 30th Ann figures seem to be shipping with fewer accessories than the last of the Pursuit of Cobra carded, likewise it appears the midrange Alpha-class pricepoint is gone all together. Do these indicate a permanent shift in the future direction of the line or is it just a transition period and what might we expect down the road?

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:51 PM

QUOTE(Steevy Maximus @ Oct 1 2011, 04:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Cobra (The Enemy) figure was released in the 30th line with two variants (one with fewer accessories). In addition, ALL of the released Renegades figures (Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Firefly) have seen a rather notable number of accessories dropped, despite being mentioned on the figures' packaging (or shown at trade shows). Could the reasons behind this be elaborated on, and can we expect to see this in future figure releases?

IIRC, didn't a previous Q&A even state something about the accessory packouts and how they were trying to give more bang for your buck? Would be interesting to dig that up and append it to this somehow, but I'm not sure that could be done without getting confrontational and sounding entitled. I'd prefer to send them a "so what changed?" than a "WHAT THE HELL?!", you know? icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:57 PM

QUOTE(Lukeblast @ Oct 1 2011, 05:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
IIRC, didn't a previous Q&A even state something about the accessory packouts and how they were trying to give more bang for your buck? Would be interesting to dig that up and append it to this somehow, but I'm not sure that could be done without getting confrontational and sounding entitled. I'd prefer to send them a "so what changed?" than a "WHAT THE HELL?!", you know? icon-hotrod.gif


Yep - they responded a couple of times saying they were actively trying to include more accessories in response to the positive feedback from the collector community. Maybe it got too expensive but I am curious as to the change.
 
 
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE(SwiftEagle @ Oct 1 2011, 03:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you share the story behind Shadow Tracker? He's a really unusual figure, with his mask over a skull-like face, but we have no information at all about his character or personality. What's this guy's deal in the world of G.I. Joe? If there isn't any bio information available, could you ask the figure's designer for something from behind the scenes?

I want this one answered.

My question:
The 30th Anniversary figure filecards seem to be subtly weaving a background story regarding "Compound Z" and the Zombie Vipers (when they appear). This is much more artful approach than straightforward line themes, like "Valor vs. Venom" and "Spy Troops" in the past. Will this welcome trend be continuing?
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:57 PM

I thought of another:

In the days of ARAH the mini-poster-sized pack-in toy adverts were fantastic; they were full of all the greatness we had to look forward to for that season. These have slowly scaled back to the small fold-up pack-ins that have perhaps one wave worth of figures and the couple of vehicles. Now, the most recent 30th Anniversary figures such as Renegades Firefly, Duke and Cobra Commander are being packed with the same old Wave 1/2 Pursuit of Cobra ad with figures that - Arctic Destro aside - haven't been on pegs for going on a year now. If these pack-in ads aren't being updated for the new line, why include them at all?

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