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@  wonko the sane? : (23 January 2018 - 07:02 AM)

He's actually interfacing with the public and is generally charismatic. He's no more effective than harper, but at least he can work a room.

@  Locoman : (23 January 2018 - 12:39 AM)

-shrugs- He says the right things more often, at least.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (22 January 2018 - 11:03 PM)

Well is Trudeau an improvement over Harper?

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 10:54 PM)

Most of the country is sick of trudeau, they very well might get in anyway. Might as well vote for the shmuck who actually wants to do good, but will accidentally screw it up, over the shmucks who'll lie about it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 07:14 PM)

Voting NDP is how the Conservatives get in, though

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 07:12 PM)

because the road to hell is, after all, paved with good intentions.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 07:12 PM)

There isn't one of those in this lot. Vote for the one whom won't deliberately do damage... so NDP.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 07:09 PM)

I usually feel an obligation to vote in any election, but I honestly won't know who to vote for next time around. I don't like any of them, and I think the best we can hope for is someone who won't do any more damage

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 07:04 PM)

Pretending to try to figure out how to undo the absolutely flawless system of wealth concentration they and their predecessors designed

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 07:04 PM)

Well, they're all off to Davos now, supposedly to lament the horribly skewed wealth distribution that's gotten even worse since last year's meeting

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 07:03 PM)

Conversely, being impressed by politicians isn't something you should be happy about.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 07:02 PM)

The other side of the canadian coin right now is a harper clone. If trudeau runs again, the choice is NDP or liberal. It all depends on how the NDP plays out under the new guy, but so far I am unimpressed.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 07:00 PM)

I don't disagree. Trudeau is a clown and he's been a huge disappointment. I was naive enough to believe he'd actually stick to his word and do something to help the middle class. He's never getting my vote again

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 07:00 PM)

This little raptor is freaking BOSS! Also, I've been drinking, so kinda mellow.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 07:00 PM)

Been playing with slash for the last hour though, totally worth it.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 06:59 PM)

After duties and the exchange AND shipping. I'm not even going to bother appealing, it'll take ages and achieve nothing.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:59 PM)

I assuming it was toys, and those have a 0% duty rate even when the object isn't of North American manufacture. In that case, it just should've been taxes and the processing fee

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 06:58 PM)

We won't get it. Nothing the trudeau government has done has actually helped the end level canadian citizen, and with trump on the other side: it'll only get worse.

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:58 PM)

Wonko, if you feel the customs weren't assessed properly you can always contact them to appeal. Generally, the fee should only be taxes (GST/QST in your case) + duties (if applicable, depending on the type of item where it was made) + Canada Post's processing fee. If the item was properly valued on the parcel, it usually shouldn't reach paid twice territory

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

One of the things I'm hoping comes out of these NAFTA talks (assuming they don't kill it) is Canada adopting an increased duty-free limit. $20 compared to the American's $800 is really ridiculous

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:47 PM)

Stuff sent via more expensive shipping methods, though, might attract their attention more often

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:46 PM)

Although it might depend what method it was sent via USPS. Pretty much the only things I receive from the US anymore in Canada are sent First Class Parcel (which is trackable), and I don't think Customs really scrutinizes those ones that much

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:41 PM)

In fact I almost never get charged. Only when the stated value on the package is in the extreme range, like $300 or more

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 06:41 PM)

Strange the duties were so high. I've been hit by UPS with their insane fees, but I've always had good experiences with USPS and Canada Post

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 05:36 PM)

USPS then canada post.

@  RichardT1977 : (22 January 2018 - 05:25 PM)

Very carefully, I hope

@  TM2-Megatron : (22 January 2018 - 03:32 PM)

How was it delivered?

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 02:24 PM)

the duties pushed the cost of it into "paid twice" range.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2018 - 02:06 PM)

Well, at least hospitalization won't send you into bankruptcy. There's always that.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (22 January 2018 - 01:52 PM)

o.O

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 01:40 PM)

And not happy anymore. 40 bucks on duties. Free trade my ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 January 2018 - 11:26 AM)

Yay! I should get my package from BBTS today!

@  Arazyr : (22 January 2018 - 10:50 AM)

Okay, now I get the snake thing. Thanks for the Pokemon reference. It was a bit after my time... 8^)

@  CastletonSnob : (22 January 2018 - 08:05 AM)

This is a Transformers fansite. Do you like big bots and you cannot lie?

@  Telly : (22 January 2018 - 03:32 AM)

no. was just making a silly/stupid joke

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2018 - 03:22 AM)

Onyx is a stone. Onix is a rock snake. Do you even Pokemon, bro?

@  Telly : (22 January 2018 - 02:44 AM)

could be a rock made of snakes. we just dont know!

@  Foffy : (22 January 2018 - 02:15 AM)

He is a snake made of rock, though

@  Jetstream C-18 : (21 January 2018 - 08:56 PM)

No, Onyx is a snake.

@  Arazyr : (21 January 2018 - 01:12 PM)

Something I only just "got" last night: Of course IDW's GB Blackrock is associated with Onyx Prime. Onyx is a black rock.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 January 2018 - 07:37 AM)

Bet a lot of military people won't want to work this monday. ;(

@  Pennpenn : (21 January 2018 - 07:27 AM)

It seems sort of intuitive for a lot of people because it's the first day in the week that you're working.

@  Nevermore : (21 January 2018 - 04:54 AM)

Germany considers Monday the first day of the week.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (21 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

The judge obviously had a more material motive than the one he claimed, there need to be some serious investigation of that case.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 05:04 PM)

The reason is even worse. :(

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 04:34 PM)

That moron is a shame to his profession.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 09:34 AM)

I just think a Judge going on and Jury Tampering, trying to make the Jury think a sex taffiker is innocent is sickening. *won't say why he did that as that goes in P&R*

@  Sabrblade : (20 January 2018 - 09:21 AM)

Heh, the schedules for my work weeks begin with Saturday

@  wonko the sane? : (20 January 2018 - 07:01 AM)

Thing about the US is... you can say that any time you want as much as you want. You're still going to get shot, but it might not be because you said that though.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 02:20 AM)

You just did.


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#1 Luke

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:03 PM

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:43 PM

Pics of next year's TCC exclusives are up at TCC's Twitter Feed.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:45 PM

That probably means no official Runabout/Runamuck in Generations for while. Not that I'm very interested in these, Wheeljack doesn't feel like he fits as a base all that well.

At this rate a third party company will be on them pretty quick...

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:48 PM

Man, I really wish that Drift was the free Club toy. I have no real interest in that Runabout. I guess he can hang out with my Cybertron version, or I could sell him...
Hopefully there will be some people who buy the Drift/Runamuck two pack who'd want to trade Drift for Runabout. Wait, they'll already have him, most likely, since he's the free club toy. Crap.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:49 PM

So Classic style Runamuck (the white one), as member figure? Can we make him SG Runabout?

So SG Drift is Marvel's Deadpool?

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:51 PM

QUOTE(Octavius Prime @ Jun 4 2011, 06:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Man, I really wish that Drift was the free Club toy. I have no real interest in that Runabout. I guess he can hang out with my Cybertron version, or I could sell him...

The way they did it is smarter/more devious.
You're getting one half of a duo for free. Interest in buying the other will probably be higher.
(Although, How do they relate to the Elite Guard storyline? I thought the three incentive figures after the nexus guys were supposed to be related.)

Edited by Silent_Magnus, 04 June 2011 - 05:52 PM.



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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:53 PM

Not making one of the Battlechargers the Tracks version of the WJ mold seems like a bit of a missed opportunity for an easy differentiation.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:58 PM

QUOTE(Chris McFeely @ Jun 4 2011, 06:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not making one of the Battlechargers the Tracks version of the WJ mold seems like a bit of a missed opportunity for an easy differentiation.

It'll be cheaper for them. of course the price for US will still be crazy high, but cheaper for the club

Edited by hupla, 04 June 2011 - 06:10 PM.


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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:00 PM

Hahahahahhahahahahaha subscription figures.
Most Joe fans are outright condemning that idea, considering the service is incredibly expensive, for a LOT of toys, ordered not only sight unseen, but CHARACTER unseen too.

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 04 June 2011 - 06:05 PM

QUOTE(Detour @ Jun 4 2011, 06:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hahahahahhahahahahaha subscription figures.


It makes sense, that's what Mattel do with their He-Man line. Some fans WILL want to collect everything, and won't want to risk missing out.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:09 PM

Yes, but that and SDCC exclusives are pretty much all He-Man fans get.


By comparison, TF and Joe fans get tons of retail toys, huge convention box sets, fan club membership figures, other figures to buy... and in this economy, after all those expenses, signing up for twelve toys sight unseen in incredibly unwise.

Someone on a Joe board really summed it up best:

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I'm the rare kind of enthusiast who, if he had the disposable income, would probably buy a subscription and just eat or sell at a loss those figures I didn't really want, even at $25 per.

But the pricing and the timing of this seems to indicate a total lack of economic awareness on the Club's part. Food and gas are taking much larger bites out of average folks' wallets these days, and responsible adult collectors aren't shorting those critical items (or their 401k contributions and kids' college savings plans) to buy more toys. Especially not high-priced exclusives.

Even if they're banking on the irresponsible/impulsive collector who doesn't mind assuming high-interest credit debt to feed his plastic crack habit, don't they realize they'll be competing with themselves next year when guys at or near their credit limits have to choose between this subscription and going to the Con or buying a homefront set?

It's just short sighted (you'd think they'd prefer to guarantee a more modest recurring revenue stream rather than bankrupting their target market in a single year) and, frankly, greedy.

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 04 June 2011 - 06:21 PM

It's just an additional option though isn't it? No-one's being forced to?

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:24 PM

QUOTE(Detour @ Jun 4 2011, 06:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
By comparison, TF and Joe fans get tons of retail toys, huge convention box sets, fan club membership figures, other figures to buy... and in this economy, after all those expenses, signing up for twelve toys sight unseen in incredibly unwise.

Of course, as usual, Joe fans don't know squat aside from a "2 figure a month subscription service", coming in late 2011, and the first two will be Previously-cancelled-figures Arctic Scarlett and Nano BAT. I'm sure the Club knows they can't pull a Mattel and ask for a blind faith in such a service with an up front commitment. I'm personally expecting the first 1/2 to 3/4s of the figures to be revealed when the Club is ACTUALLY READY TO GO THROUGH with it, and probably a general idea of the rest.
Which is a hell of a lot more than what Mattel gives out.

And considering how much the Club stuff costs, I'm completely baffled by any "price issues" that might be brought up. If they are in the same ballpark as prior exclusives ($20-25 a figure basically), it is nothing new. Most are apt to be complaining because most still view the entire situation as "Hasbro's screwing fans over by letting FunPub make figures that SHOULD be at retail. For $5"

That said, I personally feel the Transformers fans are probably a better target for such a service (even though I understand that with Hasbro and Takara's current output, much more difficult than Joe). In general, the Joe collectors tend to come across as "cheap" while TF fans seem more apt to spend on higher ticket and exclusive items.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:28 PM

QUOTE(Chris McFeely @ Jun 4 2011, 11:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not making one of the Battlechargers the Tracks version of the WJ mold seems like a bit of a missed opportunity for an easy differentiation.


Giving one Tracks' legs would make them less accurate in robot mode than they could have been. Their original toys both have the front of the car as their feet making Wheeljack the best version for both of them.

I think many people would prefer accuracy over change for the sake of change.

Edited by Bass X0, 04 June 2011 - 06:30 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:31 PM

QUOTE(Blueshift @ Jun 4 2011, 06:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's just an additional option though isn't it? No-one's being forced to?

"But I HAVE to get this obscure repaint/comic character or retro repaint for my collection! They should be available at Walmart RIGHT NOW for $5, Hasbro is totally screwing over the real fans that keep this brand alive!"

That kind of sums up the Joe collector response to that.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:44 PM

QUOTE(Steevy Maximus @ Jun 4 2011, 07:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Blueshift @ Jun 4 2011, 06:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's just an additional option though isn't it? No-one's being forced to?

"But I HAVE to get this obscure repaint/comic character or retro repaint for my collection! They should be available at Walmart RIGHT NOW for $5, Hasbro is totally screwing over the real fans that keep this brand alive!"

That kind of sums up the Joe collector response to that.

So, this is for the few hundred fans who can afford to buy anything and everything, then?

What kind of profit are they hoping to get on such a small production run?

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 04 June 2011 - 06:48 PM

But they're exclusives. The name of the game has always been cough up the dough or go home.

I get what you're saying, but even in these economic times, I fail to see how this is any different than any other exclusive in the history of the world.
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:56 PM

I don't understand the Fort Max question. 80 tools? What does that mean? 80 sheets of parts? O_o Are they talking about the G1 toy??

Edit--yeah, cross-checked with some other reports and it sounds like the question was for a Fort Max reissue.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE(NICKSTART @ Jun 4 2011, 07:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But they're exclusives. The name of the game has always been cough up the dough or go home.

I get what you're saying, but even in these economic times, I fail to see how this is any different than any other exclusive in the history of the world.

Because, as the post I quoted points out... the Club basically ends up competing with themselves.

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.