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@  Ashley : (23 October 2019 - 12:15 AM)

I'll probably try waving treats in front of her and whistling it, see if I can encourage it

@  Ashley : (23 October 2019 - 12:14 AM)

I'll try. She's not the most obedient bird, so it's going to take some work to get her to do it on demand.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 October 2019 - 10:03 PM)

In fact; we demand video.

@  MEDdMI : (22 October 2019 - 09:26 PM)

Now you have to get it on video

@  Ashley : (22 October 2019 - 08:11 PM)

I'm so proud

@  Ashley : (22 October 2019 - 08:11 PM)

My parrot just whistled the Transformers theme music

@  Steevy Maximus : (22 October 2019 - 06:10 PM)

Yeah, I think both are too old and too expensive at this stage. Hasbro/Paramount are going to try for younger actors that can do multiple films AND can be locked into a multifilm contract cheaply

@  Paladin : (22 October 2019 - 06:05 PM)

so he'd probably be sixty by the time they get to another GI Joe project.

@  Patch : (22 October 2019 - 06:04 PM)

According to Wikipedia he's 51.

@  Paladin : (22 October 2019 - 05:38 PM)

isn't Crews like sixty now???

@  wonko the sane? : (22 October 2019 - 02:11 PM)

... I could get behind that.

@  RichardT1977 : (22 October 2019 - 12:33 PM)

Who thinks that, in the event of a GI Joe cinematic reboot, John Cena and Terry Crews would be perfect for Duke and Roadblock, respectively?

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 05:17 PM)

nevermind

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:59 PM)

I've barely used them over the years, so I'm sure they won't miss me, but I'm done too. Thankfully Pulse put up the Seacons today.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:58 PM)

i didnt complete it, which is why this is confusing and pi$$ing me off. theres no record of it in my order history. i emailed them about it, so we will see what happens. either way, i think im done using them after this

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

Either we're both unlucky or they're trying to force payment now for these takaratomy mall exclusives.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I asked them to kindly undo that and I got a sternly worded email about how I should use their website right.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

Yeah, if you completed the order, they charged you the money now. Mine said stack before I finished checking out. I only noticed I was charged because of Paypal.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:53 PM)

i wasnt even wanting to pay now. i was going to add them to my stack but i didnt get the chance after i was done setting up paypal

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:53 PM)

If you haven't officially placed the order, I don't think so? Although, I had to request a cancellation with them last week because their system changed details about my order after I placed it, so I don't exactly trust them.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

so im not actually being charged then?

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:48 PM)

So, if you were one click away from purchasing, then they probably did the pre-authorization already. The next click will charge you the money now.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

TFsource charges upfront for regular pre-orders.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i was considering buying the upcoming seacons from tfsource. i had them in my cart and was on the checkout page. i set up a credit card through paypal, and before i even hit the "place order" button, i got a text saying that a charge or hold was placed on my card! is this normal? is it just checking to see if i have the money? why did it do it before i even placed the order??

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2019 - 01:23 PM)

It's a torture device.

@  Benbot : (21 October 2019 - 09:42 AM)

what's this about Hot Rod?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2019 - 10:36 PM)

Ex-Bundeswehr personnel, eh? Fascinating.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (20 October 2019 - 09:43 PM)

TF Roll Out Hot Rod's Presentation is coming real soon!!

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:05 PM)

So whenever he addresses his troops, he keeps cracking jokes. Sometimes these jokes are about the blunders he himself had made in his speech the previous day.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:01 PM)

At the moment, I'm blessed with a pretty nice superior. He's got a military background, but he takes an oddly entertaining approach to it. Imagine a stand-up comedian who accidentally enlisted as a drill sergeant.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Another type of everyday absurdity: Imagine you're leaving your workplace for your lunchbreak. Upon your return, you discover that your workplace has been cordened and/or gated off during your break, with "construction site" warning signs everywhere. You go to your superior and tell him: "I can no longer access my workplace! Why is there suddenly a construction site?" Your superior takes a surpised look and says: "I don't know, first time I see this." You figure: "Must be a Tuesday, then."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:51 PM)

It's kind of surreal, really.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:50 PM)

They agree that things are less than ideal, but they acknowledge that their scope of making decisions is limited. Oddly, I keep getting that regardless of how high up the chain of command I bother people.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:49 PM)

"I hear you, but you know how it is, there's nothing I can do about it." That's it, basically.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 October 2019 - 06:40 AM)

What's it like to have management that's willing to listen to things they don't want to hear? I've never seen that.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:41 AM)

I manage to argue within the company's own internal logic and point out the flaws, shortcomings and discrepancies between "official company policy" and "everyday company reality".

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:40 AM)

Many of my coworkers are scared to even talk to managers. I often discuss company matters with them I disagree with, and it isn't a rare occurrence that they say "yeah, you're right..."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:38 AM)

I know how to watch my tone, and I prefer to keep things straightforward and factual, never to attack the person, always the problem itself.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:37 AM)

The good thing for me is ever since a minor hiccup many years ago when I was still non-permanent, I've always managed to along just fine with my various superiors (I've been through over a dozen already). And that's despite my outspokenness, my blunt honesty and my oftentimes harsh criticism.

@  Sabrblade : (18 October 2019 - 11:04 PM)

With visuals presented by the Cybernet Space Cube

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

And don't forget to sign up for a cybersecurity seminar while you're there

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Well you can always strap on some cyberlimbs and go into cyberspace for a cyberpunk experience

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 October 2019 - 04:28 PM)

You know that "cyber" doesn't mean "cyborg", right?

@  Maximus Ambus : (18 October 2019 - 04:16 PM)

So where's the Cyborgs on CYBERtron?

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Click here and we can send you notifications about your desire to discontinue notifications!

@  Benbot : (18 October 2019 - 10:40 AM)

Why does every damn website want to send me notifications? NO, no one wants your popups! Quit asking!

@  Echowarrior : (18 October 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Amazon in the US has pretty good benefits, though, and even the temp workers had forty hours a week to start with. Even with minimum wage, that's pretty good pay.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2019 - 01:20 AM)

Oh, the turnover rates are high here as well.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Amazon.com and .ca, on the other hand, can be pretty terrible. I know from your squawkbox posts that you guys have your issues with Amazon over there, although you're lucky to have stronger government regulations and a union there. I gather the warehouse workers in the USA and Canada have it pretty crappy, with very high turnover, close to minimum wage pay, and no unions

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:38 PM)

Amazon.de doesn't really have the same issue. I've ordered from them (and UK, FR, IT and JP) several times, and their packaging is much better


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Gundam Discussion: The Wings of A Boy Who Killed Adolescence

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#12421 HomelessOne

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 12:10 AM

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New images of the Metal Build Astraea, packing the Proto GN High Mega Launcher


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Posted 28 January 2019 - 04:12 PM

I definitely need to try an SD kit I think.

I had somehow failed to notice how SD-Gundammy the Samurai Pizza Cats were.

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Got a few I'm trying to get rid of, actually. 

 

They're all in partial stages of completion as well. I got them off of someone who had been trying to build them, but real life intervened. I figured I could finish them, but then real life hit me as well. 



#12423 tec

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 06:19 PM

Why the hell did I pull out the Albion from storage and display it?? I got no room for it!!


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 05:24 AM

Have started sampling shows. To my surprise, Wing is the one that's grabbed me the most, which... makes me feel kind of lame.

But this... POW! I hate your envelope! I'll kill you! Yep.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 07:06 AM

Have started sampling shows. To my surprise, Wing is the one that's grabbed me the most, which... makes me feel kind of lame.

But this... POW! I hate your envelope! I'll kill you! Yep.

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Hey, it's the show that captivated America back when it first aired. No shame in that.

 

Or, if there is shame, it's the fun kind, where you get a reminder that being alive is pretty much a constant stream of embarrassment. 

 

It's a show that prioritizing style above all else, with everyone being melodramatic to the point of doing things like taking baths in rose petals. If that kind of thing clicks for you, Wing is going to be much more fun than Tomino's distinctive approach, SEED's interpersonal melodrama, or IBO's shooting children in the head with sniper rifles in episode 1.

 

One of the fun things about Gundam is how much variety there is, after all.




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Posted 30 January 2019 - 01:00 PM

I think you've got to watch Wing at least twice to recognise how ridiculous parts of it were.  But yes, style up the wazoo at least.

 

00's a better version of Wing with most of the kinks ironed-out.


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 01:12 PM

Wing is still tops for me the Gundam designs are far superior IMO

 

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

Ah Relena. The first of many Gundam waifus.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 03:21 PM

Ah Relena. The first of many Gundam waifus.

 

I was more into Dorothy.  The bad girl eyebrows did it for teenage me.



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Posted 30 January 2019 - 03:36 PM

It was Noin or Catherine for me. The sexy military woman with bluish hair, or the cute as heck circus girl. And damn one thing Frozen Teardrop did right was make Catherine look even hotter and deadlier with a knife it looks like :D

 

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Oh and it never gets better than that "I'll Kill You" scene Maruten. That's the scene that hooked me :D

 

Sadly he never does make good on it in the show.


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#12431 tec

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 04:24 PM

I to liked Catherine


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 07:19 PM

Okay so back to model kits, how common are bootlegs? If I'm shopping around on ebay or whatever, do I have to watch out for cunning fakes?


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 07:22 PM

If it has a Pikachu for a head you know your in KO territory


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 09:17 PM

Okay so back to model kits, how common are bootlegs? If I'm shopping around on ebay or whatever, do I have to watch out for cunning fakes?

If the seller is in China, I'd avoid it.  Bandai just had a major push on some counterfeiters in China, but there's likely some supply out there.  That said...official Gundam kits are easy to get and not terribly expensive barring older or P-Bandai kits.  Bandai has been pretty good in keeping stuff from the last 20 or so years in rotation to some degree or another.  The Astray you built is from 2003-ish

 

My top picks are:

Banzai Hobby (a direct importer in Japan).  Lowest per kit prices I've seen...but selection is a touch limited as are secondary items.  Shipping can be pricey or you suffer lengthy shipping times.

Gundam Planet (US based importer).  On the pricier end per kit, but they have a good shop setup, good notification system and fairly quick shipping.

HLJ- One of the top import stops, price is pretty much in the middle between the above, but I've not ordered from them so I can't say much.



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Posted 30 January 2019 - 09:28 PM

What has Bandai not made a Taurus kit?

 

Hell The Leo ,Air Leo and Space all got even GIA figures and Merc and Veatte got kits but the Taurus is still a no show


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 11:13 PM

They have made a Taurus kit.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 11:50 PM

Huh..I never seen the kit for sale anywhere even during the hight of Wing


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 12:04 AM

 

Galvaria in action. Odds are we'll see other forms in the future.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 01:36 AM

The Astray you built is from 2003-ish.


Get out of town!!

I've bought a bunch of other stuff from HLJ and always been happy. They have a lot of Gundam kits that are waaay cheaper than ive seen them anywhere else, but I heard recently that they bumped up their shipping rates a while back so that may balance that out somewhat. These Japanese stores that are all "place your order and we'll tell you the shipping later MWAHAHAHAHAHA"... it's a worry sometimes.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 02:22 AM

 

The Astray you built is from 2003-ish.


Get out of town!!

I've bought a bunch of other stuff from HLJ and always been happy. They have a lot of Gundam kits that are waaay cheaper than ive seen them anywhere else, but I heard recently that they bumped up their shipping rates a while back so that may balance that out somewhat. These Japanese stores that are all "place your order and we'll tell you the shipping later MWAHAHAHAHAHA"... it's a worry sometimes.

I've ordered from HLJ fairly often and have had no problems (save for that one time where they sent me the wrong Figuarts, but that's another story :D ).

 

And if you liked the Astray Blue Frame, this might be of interest to you: its in-story and real-life upgrade, the Astray Blue Frame Second L, a radically-customized version of that base Astray. :) Also, that site, Dalong's Gunpla Review, is a great site to scope out the kits of units that catch your eye - or cause you to spend even more on this money sink of a hobby. :wtf

 

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I was going to wait until I had the Valuable Pod before assembling this guy, but I felt like putting something easy together. :D

 

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Kind of a shame that the Revive Gyan isn't fully-compatible with the Valuable Pod, but this older version still holds up somewhat, I think.

 

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