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@  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.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 02:18 AM)

Can I just say that right now... I hate the USA?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

There are languages where the days are named for numbers and Sunday is "one". Like Arabic.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 01:31 AM)

Isn't it sort of a religious thing for Sunday to be the start of the week but most people just go with the first day they go to work for the week?

@  unitremover : (20 January 2018 - 01:02 AM)

I feel like I've known plenty of Americans who'd say Monday is the first day of the week.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

Personally Monday will always be the first day of the week for me. The notion that Sunday is somehow the first day of the week seems completely nonsensical to me.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

I'm fairly sure it is in Australia, but that tends to get blurred because of US influence.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:19 AM)

(It's Sunday here in the U.S.)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:18 AM)

Anyone here live in a country where Monday is considered the first day of the week?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 08:40 PM)

Maybe?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

But do they search barf?

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Under water, the fish don't stink.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 07:42 PM)

I read that at first as "Everyone is a fish...."


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Huh. I won Botcon 2011 Galvatron for ?32.90 on Ebay


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#1 Bass X0

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 06:36 PM

Thats pretty cheap for a Botcon toy, Evac was only ?20 originally. Or is Galvatron undesired? I thought for sure I'd get outbid.



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Posted 04 August 2011 - 06:49 PM

I had a similar experience. I ended up paying $62.99 for Galvatron including shipping, which according to the current currency conversions on Google comes to 38.68 pounds. Thundercracker sells for more than Galvatron these days.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 08:53 PM

Probably not much desire for the figure, and quite a few were produced compared to previous exclusives.

Perhaps if he shows up more in fiction, desire will go up.

I think just being a redeco doesn't help much. Though things like SG Optimus and SG Rodimus are expensive contrary to that fact.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 09:29 PM

Coincidentally, FP just posted a whole bunch of leftover Botcon stuff.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 10:02 PM

Presumably, most people wanted Thundercracker and a lot of them ended up hawking their Galvy on eBay to recoup costs. I think he probably would have been more popular if he had a new head sculpt, Primus knows I have three different EVACs already, an expensive exclusive kinda needed to bring more to the table than paint masks.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 10:19 PM

Plenty of expensive exclusives only bring to the table a few paint masks. Heck with just a couple exceptions, pretty much all of eHobby's exclusives are straight redecoes. Same goes for the Wonderfest toys when Takara has them. Not to mention the Million Publishing exclusives.

Besides, Evac's head is already the perfect heroic Galvatron head. That's why the toy was chosen.


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Posted 04 August 2011 - 10:26 PM

EHobby's exclusives aren't expensive, though. Sure it's ~$40 for a deluxe. But United deluxes are like $35 after import markup anyway. That is, when importers aren't fleecing you ($50 for Tracks, etc) like they do with the various store exclusives.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 10:28 PM

I would argue that a lot of larger BotCon exclusives are perfectly fine without new heads, and that they're certainly not a "necessity." And it's not like 2011 had an odd shortage of new heads in its lineup. Sometimes expectations can be unreasonable.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 12:37 AM

I picked up a Botcon Galvatron for about that much. It seems to be about the going rate-ish.

I have to disagree about the head, though. Previous discussions make it clear that I'm a minority on that, but I think it's at best a passable head, and meaningfully different from how he looks in the comic. I understand why they didn't use a head remold when Evac's head wasn't offensively far from Galvatron's, but I'm still disappointed that a faction leader didn't get more.

No one recognizes him as Galvatron on the shelf, even though they recognize the classics Galvatron who's right beside him. I think that's more the body shape and paint than the head, though.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:48 AM

Is that in hand in the UK or are you paying a small fortune for shipping? It makes all the difference!

From my experience of hunting for him TC has been going for much more than Galvatron since the beginning; despite nominally being SG Thundercracker I imagine he has wider appeal as more fans see him as Classics Action Master Thundercracker. Not to mention those with their sick Classics Seeker mould obsession... icon-arcee.gif

I got my set of the two for about ?82 shipped. Even with the club having them back up at $92 for members it would work out at more than that once shipping is involved.

#11 Bass X0

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:59 AM

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Is that in hand in the UK or are you paying a small fortune for shipping? It makes all the difference!


?32.90 including shipping.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:04 AM

QUOTE(Bass X0 @ Aug 5 2011, 11:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Is that in hand in the UK or are you paying a small fortune for shipping? It makes all the difference!


?32.90 including shipping.


Nice one! I so often see US-based auctions which look like a reasonable price before I see the shipping. ?32.90 actually almost looks like a shipping charge.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:13 AM

QUOTE(kinjacono @ Aug 5 2011, 06:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not to mention those with their sick Classics Seeker mould obsession... icon-arcee.gif

Huh?

I just want to clarify that I wasn't saying Galvatron needed a new head, just that not having one may make him slightly less popular (but it could be any number of things).

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:38 AM

QUOTE(Powered Convoy @ Aug 5 2011, 12:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(kinjacono @ Aug 5 2011, 06:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not to mention those with their sick Classics Seeker mould obsession... icon-arcee.gif

Huh?


You could take it as a compliment! After all, I is livin' in South East London innit.

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I just want to clarify that I wasn't saying Galvatron needed a new head, just that not having one may make him slightly less popular (but it could be any number of things).


It's kind of a shame he isn't more popular, it's quite a good mould and the colour scheme is nice. That said mine's still sealed and I'm torn over selling it. Though considering the deal Bass X0 got maybe I should hang on after all.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:21 AM

I'm kind of surprised that they're going for so little. I think I overpaid a bit at $85 shipped, but it was the only exclusive this year that appealed to me.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 09:13 AM

QUOTE(Professor @ Aug 4 2011, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No one recognizes him as Galvatron on the shelf,

This is demonstrably untrue. LOTS of people have gone on record as how "Galvatrony" this figure is.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:07 AM

It feels like kind of a red herring to be debating how much he passes for G1 Galvatron anyway, considering he ain't.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:10 AM

QUOTE(Darknova4life @ Aug 5 2011, 09:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm kind of surprised that they're going for so little. I think I overpaid a bit at $85 shipped, but it was the only exclusive this year that appealed to me.

Considering they were $92 or something at the convention, plus tax people were paying around $100 for them. I'd say you didn't, unless you're just talking about Galvatron and not the pair.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:15 AM

QUOTE(Give Me Ur Face @ Aug 4 2011, 08:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Coincidentally, FP just posted a whole bunch of leftover Botcon stuff.


I just saw that myself. You can't buy the loose sets unless you've already purchased the box set. While I sort of get the idea behind that, it still seems sort of crazy. They still have last year's loose set in stock as well. How many people will dump another 200 plus bucks on this set (except scalpers of course who can turn around and use it recoup some of their losses)?
 
 
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 06:49 AM

Just got him in the post today.

I do have a concern though, the hinge at the waist seems weaker than my Live Convoy's and I had to use a little force to transform him, although I remained cautious. I also noticed a very tiny stress mark after I had done so. Is this a common problem? I didn't get the Blades or Springer repaint so I don't know if the mold has been degrading over the years or of its new to Galvatron.


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