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@  wonko the sane? : (08 April 2020 - 08:42 AM)

It is. Thankfully, we don't use the thing too often. It was purchased to help take down one tree and spends about 362 days a year sitting in the shop.

@  Darkstream : (08 April 2020 - 08:23 AM)

Sounds tedious

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2020 - 06:25 PM)

grinding wheel on a dremel and a lot of patience.

@  Darkstream : (07 April 2020 - 06:11 PM)

What do you use to sharpen it? I was debating buying one of those kits on Amazon

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2020 - 11:49 AM)

Wasn't the first time. I probably did it one of the times the chain jumped the blade, or when I was cleaning it or sharpening it.

@  Darkstream : (07 April 2020 - 11:38 AM)

Sounds like something I'd do. I always install things backwards first.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2020 - 07:32 AM)

Not while I'm outside working with the chainsaw. If it's working fine: then I don't need it. If it's NOT working; I use hand tools cause there is a job that brought me out there. No time to read.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 April 2020 - 03:07 AM)

You can Google manuals these days.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2020 - 06:06 PM)

I can't. One: we don't know where dad hide the damn manual. Not that he read it either. And 2.) I'm congenitally incapable of reading it, being as I'm male.

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 April 2020 - 01:52 PM)

Lesson learned: RTFM.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2020 - 11:45 AM)

It's time for todays lesson! Did you know there's a wrong way to install a chainsaw blade? I didn't. I thought the damn thing was just blunted, but nope. Backwards.

@  CORVUS : (05 April 2020 - 06:41 PM)

CONTAGION is on my current watchlist. I'm kicking it off with OUTBREAK, and I have a whole lineup of pandemic-based films. I treat this stuff as a fear-innoculant.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:52 PM)

My point is that of late, Taiwan's government executed lockdown procedures to great success. Vietnam has done similarly.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (05 April 2020 - 03:34 PM)

Didn't SARS just suddenly stop before it got very far?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:24 PM)

*raises eyebrows due to familial knowledge of SARS*

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:43 PM)

It was uncomfortably real in 2011, it's downright scary in relation to the current pandemic.

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:42 PM)

It is, almost to an uncomfortable point.The virus portrayed in that film was FAR more aggressive and fatal than Coronavirus, but the sourcing and spread and impact hit REALLY close to home compared to what we're dealing with now

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 04:50 AM)

Actually on the subject, I've hard a lot of people refer to a 2011 film called Contagion that they think is relevant.

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 01:11 AM)

Ah well, I'll stick to the classic British sitcoms: One Foot in the Grave, Til Death Do Us Part and They Think It's All Over.

@  TM2-Megatron : (05 April 2020 - 12:53 AM)

There's always the original, cheesy as it is

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 April 2020 - 12:10 AM)

Dunno... Tonight one of the major networks showed a movie with plagues.. including that listening to their leader causes the first born to die. ;P So nah.. I think the Stand could work. :D

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 April 2020 - 09:18 PM)

That's probably the last thing anyone needs to see, at the moment. Maybe when we get to the end of June/beginning of July and we can venture back out, it might be possible to find some enjoyment in The Stand.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 April 2020 - 02:08 PM)

I suppose the CBS adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand will be delayed.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:26 AM)

We'll always be together. Together in electric dreams.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Please remember that in these times of social distancing, we'll always be together however far it seems.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 12:41 PM)

It arrived! Yay!

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Given how the virus lasts about 3-4 days on metals and plastics, it's about the only way to go about getting stuff right now. I ordered a monitor mount for my desk and the delivery has been pushed back twice already.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 11:04 AM)

He ordered it online, says it was to keep those delivery boys in business. I did the same a week ago with some Transformers Studio Series figures off Kapow. Don't know if it's wise or not considering.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 09:12 AM)

You'd be the first. Everyone else has either been frustrated cause the one they wanted was sold out (like during boxing week.) or rushing to replace something broken.

@  RYNO : (03 April 2020 - 08:53 AM)

I actually walked into a store the other day and just randomly decided to buy at 32inch TV. It was just a Vizio, and grabbed a Mounting Bracket for it. No duress. Just a spur of the moment wanted a TV for my master bedroom.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:31 AM)

Conversely: I've never met a person who wasn't buying a TV under duress... so... yeah.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:20 AM)

I think I've met maybe two people other than myself who count cables before buying a TV.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (03 April 2020 - 05:33 AM)

Seriously.. HDMI splitters and switches are so bloody finicky, but most tvs don't have enough inputs.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 05:09 AM)

Just spent a hour trying to get my brothers new Samsung TV to read his Playstation and Blu Ray player only to find he was using a HDMI splitter.

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 April 2020 - 11:07 AM)

I could never master oral bullshittery. But in my day I was quite adept with the written word.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 April 2020 - 11:32 PM)

You have mastered the art of Bulljive. You must use this power only for good, or entertainment.

@  Sabrblade : (01 April 2020 - 08:58 PM)

This morning, for one of my online classes, I had to give a positive oral presentation about a play that I hated having to watch. I went into it completely unprepared and just winged it. My professor LOVED my presentation and thought it was excellent. She believed every word I said and honestly thought that I enjoyed that miserable play. Best April Fools ever!

@  ▲ndrusi : (01 April 2020 - 10:06 AM)

Happy Everyone Thinks They're A Comedian Now Day!

@  Donocropolis : (31 March 2020 - 05:45 AM)

Who, I might add, has never been photographed together with Byteman. Just sayin'.

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 10:27 PM)

Bruce Wayne's cyberpunk cousin?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 09:27 PM)

Laser Wayne

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 09:08 PM)

Luther Unum

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 07:09 PM)

Or Lee Derwon.

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:51 PM)

Not to be confused with Leader I

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was Leader Uno

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was the OTHER Leader 1

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 March 2020 - 06:29 PM)

Or Sideways.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 05:26 PM)

On the other hand, this is Armada we're talking about. It could have actually been Metroplex.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 March 2020 - 11:08 PM)

Oh yeah, that was Fort Max. My bad.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:12 PM)

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Peritus_Maximus


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#1281 Sean Whitmore

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:44 PM

I considered army-building Red Fang at one point, but he was already out of stores (it was a complete fluke I found even one; at a Walmart in Vegas, of all places) and a little too pricey online.

But at the same time, the ROC Shockblast/Night Creeper 2-pack was hitting Ross for, like, $4 or whatever, so I just made Red Fang the leader of a bunch of Night Creepers and used the Shockblasts to make lazy rank-and-file-Joe customs.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:15 PM

I found loads and loads of Red Fangs at a local Ross and decided that for $4, I might as well buy one. He's just sort of decent as he is, but it annoys me to this day that he's just the entire Neo Viper body with a different head stuck on. Plus I hate movie Storm Shadow's dinky swords.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:34 PM

Went on a parts hunt for Joecustom's #50, found SF to be 90% clear of Joes, aside from a 30th cache at a hardware store, one Target, and TRU. Hell, Shopko is cleared... if they even had any to begin with that is.

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#1284 Detour

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:28 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Aug 3 2012, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found loads and loads of Red Fangs at a local Ross and decided that for $4, I might as well buy one. He's just sort of decent as he is, but it annoys me to this day that he's just the entire Neo Viper body with a different head stuck on. Plus I hate movie Storm Shadow's dinky swords.

I really don't get the hatred for the Neo-Viper body. I think it's a fine body base.

I get what you're saying about the swords, though. But personally I'm just really happy to have ninja swords that STAY in a figure's hands.

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 August 2012 - 12:17 AM


They are pretty neat. They were pretty easy to find, too, so I have a couple.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:31 AM

Review of the SDCC Jinx figures...

Packaging is pretty standard 25th style in a clamshell packaging. Nothing really to say here. The use of "Kim Arashikage" annoys the heck out of me... I know the reason for it, but in terms of silly workarounds, using the "file name" just takes all the fun out of things for me. It loses all the depth and mystique of the fiction and gives me a lady going to a costume party.

The back is different for each, which is an unexpected and nice touch. I found it disappointing that the file card doesn't explicitly mention her relation to Storm Shadow (they're cousins), as that was a major part of her character in the Marvel Comic.

The red suit is functional and... well, that's about it really. Once you appreciate the folds and lay of the "fabric", there's not a lot of additional detail. There are a few black highlights in the obvious and expected places and the dragon on the left shoulder carried over from the original figure. She doesn't have the footwear or nail polish of the original. The outfit is more in line with the traditional gi, which has resulted in a rather low neckline. To be honest, this is probably the only part of the figure I don't like, simply because I think it looks awkward to have a fully wrapped head with an exposed neck.

Jinx comes with a stand, her signature staff, two swords, and a sheath. Not a big kit, but it matches her original gear pretty well. Everything fits nicely in her hands. I've had some trouble with the stands though; it seems the holes in her feet may be a bit too shallow. It may not be apparent in the pics, but both figures have one sword blade painted mostly black. I'm unsure of the significance, if any.

The variant Jinx is in a white gi with a grey dragon motif on one arm and leg and red highlights. It's a very simple look that at once ties her to Storm Shadow yet is also immediately unique to her. The head is a very good sculpt with the hair tied back to minimize interference with her sheath. I don't find it has quite the range of movement I'd like, but it's a minor thing that only affects a few poses I tried.

This version comes with a kusari-gama instead of the staff, and I have to say I'm not pleased with the substitution. It's a thick weapon and she can't hold it very well. In fact, I'd say the hands are an issue with this figure in general; they are sculpted at an angle and pose that limit the way she can hold things. I'm generally not one to complain about articulation in "modern era" Joe figures... I appreciate all the cool poses, but I don't need every character to have double knees and rocker ankles (or even ankles at all). However, when a character is given those benefits and then has other parts limited in any way, it's very apparent and annoying.

Overall I like both versions of the figure. With other versions in the Retaliation line (eventually) and the GI Joe Club Figure Subscription Service (again, eventually), she makes for a nice SDCC exclusive without being the only way a fan can ever get the character. They are both well-done and simple without being lacking, with the variant being nice yet not something a collection is incomplete without.

#1287 Detour

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:42 PM

QUOTE(Moroboshi @ Aug 4 2012, 01:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

They are pretty neat. They were pretty easy to find, too, so I have a couple.

Lucky.

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 August 2012 - 02:57 PM

QUOTE(ChessPieceFace @ Jul 9 2012, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hell, the Zombie Viper has already come and gone, and it was hard to find? That's the only GI Joe figure I've wanted since the Matt Trakker homage... but I'm not really excited about paying eBay prices for a rare-ish figure.

Found a nice batch of the wave at TRU this morning! I didn't figure I'd get that lucky. The techno-viper looked cool, but I decided to just pick up one of the zombies. I don't need to start a GI Joe collection here. :-)

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

QUOTE(ChessPieceFace @ Aug 4 2012, 03:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(ChessPieceFace @ Jul 9 2012, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hell, the Zombie Viper has already come and gone, and it was hard to find? That's the only GI Joe figure I've wanted since the Matt Trakker homage... but I'm not really excited about paying eBay prices for a rare-ish figure.

Found a nice batch of the wave at TRU this morning! I didn't figure I'd get that lucky. The techno-viper looked cool, but I decided to just pick up one of the zombies. I don't need to start a GI Joe collection here. :-)



My TRu got in the old Alley Viper wave this week. I searched everywhere for that damn AV when he was new.


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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:05 PM

The Red Fang ninja is all right. Love the goggles he gets (from the comic pack firefly aren't they?) plus those swords are really sold with good hilts to grip.


However the head makes for a great easy custom fodder, be it for spicing up your various Cobra troopers or on to the Dr Rex bodies for instant Cobra Science!!!!
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:20 PM

QUOTE(Detour @ Aug 3 2012, 11:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spark @ Aug 3 2012, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found loads and loads of Red Fangs at a local Ross and decided that for $4, I might as well buy one. He's just sort of decent as he is, but it annoys me to this day that he's just the entire Neo Viper body with a different head stuck on. Plus I hate movie Storm Shadow's dinky swords.

I really don't get the hatred for the Neo-Viper body. I think it's a fine body base.

I just really don't like that body when used for a ninja, since it's doesn't exactly say anything like "stealth" or "speed".

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I get what you're saying about the swords, though. But personally I'm just really happy to have ninja swords that STAY in a figure's hands.

They would've been nicer if they'd had longer, not quite so chunky blades.
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#1292 Moroboshi

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:22 PM

I've been having a lot of fun with the Pit lately! I wish we'd get another big play set designed for modern figures at some point.



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Posted 05 August 2012 - 01:26 AM

The Pit pretty much guaranteed we won't be getting another playset thing for years to come unless it's at SDCC or something. They should've started with that submarine concept instead.
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#1294 Betty Nor

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:01 AM

The Pit works well when you use it like you did for your pictures - narrow, confined images. When viewed as a whole, it looks like a hot mess.

I got mine at 50% off, and it was worth it... sort of. I would have preferred a more structure-oriented look instead of the goofy transformer that tried too hard.

It doesn't speak well when the bases of yester-year are better than one developed with all-new tooling from the ground up.

So yeah. I don't expect to see a new base anytime soon at all. Hasbro seems to view bases/playsets in general as anathema - hence why we can't get a new Metroplex, and the closest thing we get is a "stand-up-to-transform" Optimus Prime.

Edited by Betty Nor, 05 August 2012 - 09:02 AM.


#1295 Detour

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:49 AM

The interesting part is that Dynamo, the guys behind Sigma Six and Xevoz, did work on that.

They posted control art on their website. It looked considerably more proportional to the figures in it. Not to mention each section "feels" more complete:
http://www.dynamodev...arters-playset/

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 05 August 2012 - 11:07 AM

Yeah, it's pretty unfair to use the Pitt as justification for "playsets don't sell' as it is soooo much lamer than any of the 80s bases. It's really bad, incomplete and unfun compaired to any of them.


-ZacWilliam really wants to argue with Hasbro over Metroplex and co too as I think there are a number of factors that will make them always work beyond their being playsets... Primarily ALSO being a super powerful action figure on their own AND coming with smaller figures included that use their base mode.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:28 AM

They seem to have found a comfortable middle ground with Star Wars big vehicles/playsets and they tried to apply that to the PIT, the problem being the "vehicle" was an unrecognizable motor home.
 
 
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:48 AM

Since the SDCC Marvel Helicarrier sold, that may be a viable option for Joe bases in the future, but the regular store shelves definitely won't tolerate them anymore. I think it's fair to say that anything over $20 in the vehicle department isn't going to sell much at all.
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#1299 Betty Nor

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:07 PM

Meh, I really don't need Hasbro to make a new Joe base. I bought those playsets that came out from the World Heroes or whatever line (the bombed out desert building & the generic military building), and those work just fine for me.

Until I get a domicile that will allow for ginormous dioramas, I'm content to avoid anymore space-sucking structures.

#1300 Detour

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE(ZacWilliam1 @ Aug 5 2012, 12:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, it's pretty unfair to use the Pitt as justification for "playsets don't sell' as it is soooo much lamer than any of the 80s bases. It's really bad, incomplete and unfun compaired to any of them.

80s AND 90s. Love the 1990's Joe HQ.

QUOTE(Dake @ Aug 5 2012, 12:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They seem to have found a comfortable middle ground with Star Wars big vehicles/playsets and they tried to apply that to the PIT, the problem being the "vehicle" was an unrecognizable motor home.

The control art made it feel more "whole" but it looks like they made it smaller and neutered a lot of the features to seller it at a lower pricepoint.

QUOTE(Spark @ Aug 5 2012, 12:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Since the SDCC Marvel Helicarrier sold, that may be a viable option for Joe bases in the future, but the regular store shelves definitely won't tolerate them anymore. I think it's fair to say that anything over $20 in the vehicle department isn't going to sell much at all.

What's the difference between the SDCC Helicarrier and the retail one?

QUOTE(Betty Nor @ Aug 5 2012, 01:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Meh, I really don't need Hasbro to make a new Joe base. I bought those playsets that came out from the World Heroes or whatever line (the bombed out desert building & the generic military building), and those work just fine for me.

Until I get a domicile that will allow for ginormous dioramas, I'm content to avoid anymore space-sucking structures.

World Peacekeepers.
And yeah, those sets definitely offer a lot of possibilities at a much more acceptable scale. A nice two-level facade with some good interiors on the other side....

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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