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@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)

https://imgur.com/fkyjpza

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 03:32 PM)

Three more crashes since I pulled the ram. Verifying the OS now... tonight might be a reinstalling kinda night.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 11:46 AM)

And thankfully it wasn't totally dead, so it was working on occassion. If the problem is actually solved, I just need to wait and see if the program/system crashes are over.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 11:45 AM)

Got it. I wound up running the memtest four more times, because of course it's always the last dimm. But I got the culprit. I lost 8 gig, but I'm still at three times the "recommended" amount.

@  Hg Dragon : (07 September 2019 - 11:09 AM)

DL and run MemTest86. It'll help weed out issues. Run 1 stick at a time. Then run a stick that passed in each slot. Will help you find out if it's the RAM or the slot/motherboard

@  Patch : (07 September 2019 - 10:45 AM)

How many RAM sticks do you have total?

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 09:57 AM)

Great, two weeks of random BSODs, and I manage to finally work out some ram has gone bad. Just need to work out which one(s) and then I can go from there.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:25 AM)

*just stares*

@  unluckiness : (07 September 2019 - 04:27 AM)

My french is rusty but I'd guess Italienne-americain pain du sauce

@  Nevermore : (07 September 2019 - 02:58 AM)

What do they want "pizza" to be called? Crpes superior?

@  unluckiness : (07 September 2019 - 01:11 AM)

Are they still suing Italian restaurants for having food that's insufficiently French?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 September 2019 - 10:31 PM)

Not even Quebec likes Quebec?

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 September 2019 - 08:51 PM)

Quebec's a special case; they just have an insatiable lust for hate

@  Ashley : (06 September 2019 - 07:48 PM)

Those weird language laws are basically anti-everyone. Who does it help to stop certain toys from being sold there?

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 September 2019 - 04:56 PM)

Canada is one of those rare countries that's paradoxically both anti-business (except for the chosen few) and anti-consumer


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#3001 Betty Nor

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:19 PM

I try to avoid all aircraft, Joe or otherwise. They're just too big/odd-shaped and take of up too much space.

I see people that display their aircraft on the floor next to their shelves, and I've always felt that it looked too cluttered, even for a toy display.

Short of having an entire squadron suspended from your ceiling or a huge toy room with custom shelves, they're just not that feasible to collect.

As much as I like my Crimson Command Copter, I'm going to have to part with it much sooner than other pieces in my collection.

Edited by Betty Nor, 10 July 2013 - 01:50 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:49 AM

Aw man, I just looked up the ROCC and RHINO, and now I wish Hasbro would make them into Optimus, Magnus, and Springer icon-screamer.gif Even more bummed that there won't be anymore crossovers now.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:01 PM

QUOTE(Lukeblast @ Jul 9 2013, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On top of that, several of the remaining characters have seen their regular versions done by the Club (Dial-Tone, Footloose, SAW-Viper, probably more but I'm tired). I think it would piss a lot of people off to see the regular versions as expensive, limited exclusives while retail gets the repaints.

I know there would be some bickering. But I still think that enough of us would rather have the obscure repaints at regular retail price than no figure at all given how expensive the club figures are. For instance, I would much rather have a regular Dial Tone and Law. But it isn't going to happen given how expensive they are. I'd be grateful if Hasbro released the Sonic Fighters repaints of them at retail. At least I'd have the character at a price I could afford even if it was a more obscure repaint.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:39 PM

QUOTE(Betty Nor @ Jul 9 2013, 10:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I try to avoid all aircraft, Joe or otherwise. They're just too big/odd-shaped and take of up too much space.

I'd love to agree with you, but almost all my favorite vehicles outside of the HISS and its iterations are Cobra aircraft. Actually, pretty much the only vehicles I've ever bought are all Cobra. That sweet, sweet Cobra Hurricane and Mamba...

QUOTE(Aberration @ Jul 10 2013, 01:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Even more bummed that there won't be anymore crossovers now.

Eh? Why's that?

QUOTE(FAKER II @ Jul 10 2013, 02:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Lukeblast @ Jul 9 2013, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On top of that, several of the remaining characters have seen their regular versions done by the Club (Dial-Tone, Footloose, SAW-Viper, probably more but I'm tired). I think it would piss a lot of people off to see the regular versions as expensive, limited exclusives while retail gets the repaints.

I know there would be some bickering. But I still think that enough of us would rather have the obscure repaints at regular retail price than no figure at all given how expensive the club figures are. For instance, I would much rather have a regular Dial Tone and Law. But it isn't going to happen given how expensive they are. I'd be grateful if Hasbro released the Sonic Fighters repaints of them at retail. At least I'd have the character at a price I could afford even if it was a more obscure repaint.

Am I the only person who'd rather have new stuff at retail and for the Club to distribute the rehashes? More Data Vipers and Hazard Vipers and Shadow Trackers and whatever new Joe guys have appeared (any?), less "Beachhead now in darker tan with three more guns!".
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 02:00 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Jul 10 2013, 11:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Aberration @ Jul 10 2013, 01:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Even more bummed that there won't be anymore crossovers now.

Eh? Why's that?

This year's SDCC Hound/Jetfire says "The Epic Conclusion!" on the box, which sounds like they're done with Joe vehicles as Transformers, sadly.

#3006 Steevy Maximus

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE(Dake @ Jul 9 2013, 01:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone playing the new GI Joe Battlegrounds? Similar but different than the Transformers game by the same folks. The artwork similarly is an odd combination of new and borrowed stuff. Some are old card-back illustrations while others are more modern updates.

Yeah, I've been playing (invite code is 7yigRr if anyone hasn't downloaded yet. I'm one Stormy away from an "impure" Epic level card!). During a lull in TF Legends I tried Blood Brothers from the same comany: it's the same game, albeit in GI Joe flavor.

A good bit more complex, and leveling up takes a LOT more time, worst than TF Legends ever was, so it's unlikely I'll ever get a "pure" epic card from this game. Has some of the same flaws as Legends, in that, the common and uncommon cards are basically worthless aside from fodder for skills or credits. Used some Moba coins and got a couple Lady Jayes, an epic Xamot, Shipwreck and a couple rare Fireflys.
Need more "rare" Joes though...

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Jul 10 2013, 01:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(FAKER II @ Jul 10 2013, 02:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Lukeblast @ Jul 9 2013, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On top of that, several of the remaining characters have seen their regular versions done by the Club (Dial-Tone, Footloose, SAW-Viper, probably more but I'm tired). I think it would piss a lot of people off to see the regular versions as expensive, limited exclusives while retail gets the repaints.

I know there would be some bickering. But I still think that enough of us would rather have the obscure repaints at regular retail price than no figure at all given how expensive the club figures are. For instance, I would much rather have a regular Dial Tone and Law. But it isn't going to happen given how expensive they are. I'd be grateful if Hasbro released the Sonic Fighters repaints of them at retail. At least I'd have the character at a price I could afford even if it was a more obscure repaint.

Am I the only person who'd rather have new stuff at retail and for the Club to distribute the rehashes? More Data Vipers and Hazard Vipers and Shadow Trackers and whatever new Joe guys have appeared (any?), less "Beachhead now in darker tan with three more guns!".


Thing is, not only are Club prices so high as to be out of reach for a lot of collectors, a lot of us fans still remember the data breach incident and so wouldn't do business with them even if they had the money in the first place.

As a result, seeing the "original" versions of long hoped-for figures like Dial-Tone and Footloose released as Club exclusives rather than mass-market was a sucker punch a la "how Surefire and Big Brawler got their file names". (I was on the Devil's Due Publishing forums at the time. Not pretty.)

What's more, a number of the other guys, like Lifeline and the Techno-Viper, disappeared shortly after hitting shelves, leaving a lot of fans without.

With the recolors, however, that gives us fans a final chance to get these figures at prices most of us can actually, potentially afford. What's more, it would help Hasbro pad out future production waves by letting them have "new" figures and product with minimal costs. For example, Flint and Roadblock are in the spotlight right now due to the movie, and so Hasbro would likely be putting more of them out in future waves anyway; by going for Tiger Force Roadblock and Battle Corps Rangers Flint, they'll have a triple play on their hands: happy kids ("New Flint and Roadblock!"), happy collectors ("Tiger Force and BCR are getting love after all this time!"), and happy accountants ("Only a single new head mold between two new figures!").

What's more, the money saved by using redecos to help pad out individual waves will give Hasbro a little more money to spend elsewhere. For example, I'd be cool with a Tiger Force Bazooka taking a spot in a wave if it meant that, say, we could get a 1991-style Sci-Fi with full gear instead of a 1991 Sci-Fi with just his laser rifle and backpack.

Even having these things as store exclusives (like TRU or Wal-Mart) would be better than having them be Club-exclusive or just not releasing them at all. After all, most of us can get to a TRU or a Wal-Mart relatively easily and so we'd still have a fighting chance of getting our hands on them.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:00 PM

Quite honestly, these would do better basically anywhere but the shelves, especially at current prices. Go for BBTS box sets or something. Target the online fans, since that's pretty much all Joe's got when it comes to stuff like this.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:41 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Jul 10 2013, 08:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Quite honestly, these would do better basically anywhere but the shelves, especially at current prices. Go for BBTS box sets or something. Target the online fans, since that's pretty much all Joe's got when it comes to stuff like this.


BBTS isn't much better, as they bundle everything into boxed sets that, like the Club figures, are simply too expensive for a lot of fans to seriously consider.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:28 PM

I'm getting the feeling "fans" in most of these cases just means "me". Sometimes a boxed set is the only way to get the less desirable characters to move in the first place.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:49 PM

Well the best part about having those "must have" figures like Dial tone and Footloose as club incentives is that it gives people an incentive to join the club. I know I would feel bummed to have a redeco of cobra commander as a club incentive as opposed to getting a figure hasbro hasn't gotten around to. Sometimes that's going to be the way to get some of the more collector drawn stuff than to expect it at retail. The retail market just seems poor still. They can't release all of the wanted figures all of the time.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:43 AM

QUOTE(Spark @ Jul 10 2013, 10:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm getting the feeling "fans" in most of these cases just means "me". Sometimes a boxed set is the only way to get the less desirable characters to move in the first place.

Pretty much, yeah. If you want a Dial-Tone that badly, nothing's stopping you from customizing one from what's available at retail, or hit a comic shop that might still have a few older figures, or scout ebay for deals to get fodder.

Plus, a lot of these, we've had new, single-carded, readily-available figures of very recently (Tunnel Rat, Airtight, Lifeline, Law & Order, Dusty, Viper, Roadblock, Ripcord, Shipwreck, Rock-Viper, Techno-Viper, Flint) with a number of others coming up in the very near future (Roadblock, Flint, Jinx) so releasing them in rather garish colors isn't a wise marketing strategy.

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#3013 Steevy Maximus

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:11 PM

I still find an odd disparity among Joe collectors (or even how Joe is perceived among "multi line" collectors) view of the brand:
Joe collectors have been resistant to acknowledging the fact GI Joe is NOT a thriving property, and many of the things taken for granted (like the collector focused figures and the often "lower than par" retail price) were done to try and SELL the line. And it hasn't worked. On top of that, you have the vintage RAH line, which was produced and sold in such massive quantities, many pieces remain exceptionally affordable (often more so than the modern product!).

BUT, we've reached a point where Hasbro has seemingly lost a lot of faith in the brand's ability to perform, and downsized accordingly, thus leaving the club as the only reliable venue for a LOT of potential product. But fans are used to the line being a cheap mass market item (even when catering to collector tastes, like 25th).

The fans (as a general rule) still don't view their product as "collectibles", but still want to be treated as though they are. Does that make any sense?

#3014 Detour

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

Thanks to the fine folks at Raginspoon, I now have a more permanent belt for my HISS Driver:

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

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:27 PM

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I still find an odd disparity among Joe collectors (or even how Joe is perceived among "multi line" collectors) view of the brand:
Joe collectors have been resistant to acknowledging the fact GI Joe is NOT a thriving property, and many of the things taken for granted (like the collector focused figures and the often "lower than par" retail price) were done to try and SELL the line. And it hasn't worked. On top of that, you have the vintage RAH line, which was produced and sold in such massive quantities, many pieces remain exceptionally affordable (often more so than the modern product!).

BUT, we've reached a point where Hasbro has seemingly lost a lot of faith in the brand's ability to perform, and downsized accordingly, thus leaving the club as the only reliable venue for a LOT of potential product. But fans are used to the line being a cheap mass market item (even when catering to collector tastes, like 25th).

The fans (as a general rule) still don't view their product as "collectibles", but still want to be treated as though they are. Does that make any sense?

Well, the latest movie and its toyline seem to have reversed some of that, but I'm still of the mind that the best thing for G. I. Joe would be to basically ignore the fans, particularly the most hardcore ones. Unfortunately, since one of said fans is in charge of the brand right now, that won't happen and neither will any risks. At least, not outside of stupid ones like hacking away articulation despite multiple past experiences showing that doesn't fix anything.
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:02 AM

Joe desperately needs a Beast Wars level reimagining.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:07 AM

They tried with Renegades... But the fandom at large complained about it relentlessly, Hasbro decided not to go forward with a full toyline support and they decided not to renew it for a second season.
Just a lot of boneheadedness with what could've given Joe that much-needed breath of fresh air.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:09 AM

Wouldn't Extreme be Joe's Beast Wars? I wonder if things would've gone differently for that iteration if it was the same characters and story, but with more traditional toys.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:45 AM

Detour your HiSS driver is wonderful.

QUOTE(Aberration @ Jul 12 2013, 02:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wouldn't Extreme be Joe's Beast Wars? I wonder if things would've gone differently for that iteration if it was the same characters and story, but with more traditional toys.


Technically A Real American Hero or Adventure Team was G.I. Joes Beastwars, either the switch from Military to punching yetis or going from 1/6 to 1/18 scale, that shook up the brand that started in the 60s.


I'll take whatever good stuff they can squeeze out for the 4inch figures. I don't expect it to last forever.

Edited by Dr Syn, 12 July 2013 - 03:46 AM.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:49 AM

And what about Sigma 6? That was a pretty gross departure (toy-wise).

No, G.I. Joe just needs a way to capture the new generation. They need a TMNT-esque revolution.



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