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@  Donocropolis : (12 April 2021 - 11:15 AM)

Yes. Color it like the Energon version of Unicron. Also, give us Fortress Tiberious.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 April 2021 - 09:49 AM)

Great. Now I want a borg cube unicron...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (12 April 2021 - 09:00 AM)

We still need Transformers x Star Trek toy.

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 April 2021 - 05:39 AM)

I saw most of them at retail at TRU, but that's not an option in the US anymore.

@  tigerhawk : (12 April 2021 - 04:21 AM)

Dibs on naming the Ark robot Arkonus.

@  Kalidor : (11 April 2021 - 09:48 PM)

The only Titan figure I ever saw at retail was Trypticon at Ollie's

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

Robosen Prime has market crossover with not just the toy collectors, but robotics enthusiasts quite willing to pay that price for a product like this.

@  wonko the sane? : (11 April 2021 - 08:33 PM)

One of my two local TRUs will stock exactly ONE titan at a time. It usually ends up "clearanced" for about 20 bucks off cause no one is willing to pay for at full price OR discounted.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Most stores don't seem to want to stock Commanders or Titans, never mind Unicron.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 April 2021 - 07:55 PM)

I wonder if Unicron going to crowdfuning wasn't just a price issue but also stores not wanting to stock and transport something so huge.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:47 PM)

It is, although this thing could also be considered a STEM educational tool

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:33 PM)

Doesn't change the fact that, for most people, $700 is a pretty hefty investment for a toy.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:17 PM)

I dunno, $700 doesn't seem that bad for what it does. Some of those Masterpiece figures seem to go for at least half that price, and they don't have any actual robots or even electronics.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 05:35 PM)

Not to mention wallet-shattering.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (11 April 2021 - 04:30 PM)

It's a jargon-shattering figure.

@  Kalidor : (10 April 2021 - 08:50 PM)

The licensed Optimus Prime that transforms itself is the appropriate usage of the term "Third Party"

@  Donocropolis : (10 April 2021 - 08:24 AM)

That Optimus isn't built by Hasbro, only licensed. The company that makes it has been making similar robots for years, so no crowdfundng required.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 08:05 AM)

Apparently they're selling one for 74 and a half thousand dollars.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 April 2021 - 08:01 AM)

We could write boston dynamics and ask?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:59 AM)

Granted, I'm not sure how much robots with elaborate movement tend to go for.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:56 AM)

I think with actual robotics it was easier to justify selling it at a high cost, compared to an unusually large action figure.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 April 2021 - 05:06 AM)

It is a very impressive display of robotics though.

@  tigerhawk : (10 April 2021 - 04:52 AM)

What were they thinking with that self transforming Optimus? should have been another crowd funder for that price.

@  tigerhawk : (08 April 2021 - 03:33 PM)

I wish they'd rerelease Earthrise Ramjet and Dirge.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 April 2021 - 03:04 PM)

Yay! optimus primal just arrived. So now there's... nothing for me to look forward to till scorponok drops... hmmm, I didn't think this through properly...

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 04:26 PM)

It's an older title which recently got a remake so...

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 April 2021 - 01:10 PM)

Ah yes- I think I've heard of that game before. I may be thinking about something else though.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 08:03 AM)

It's a video game. You get hired to revive and restore a series of derelict space stations.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 07:05 AM)

I've got no idea what that is but yes.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 06:34 AM)

so... literally the plot to startopia.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 02:32 AM)

Maybe if the Interstellar Alliance collapsed after the big burn and a 'benefactor' repurposed a space station as a commerce one. Oh wait...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 April 2021 - 04:35 PM)

Babylon 6?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 11:49 AM)

I'd rather have a Toilet Seat: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new on that bowl..

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:19 AM)

Context: my parents had the bathroom redone about a year ago (actually, almost exactly a year ago, as the project was about 4 days from complete and was interrupted by the first pandemic lockdown.). The ridiculous, fancy toilet seat they purchased has since develloped cracks in it and needs to be returned. Dad simply could not get the seat off himself... and see previous shout.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:17 AM)

How to ruin somesones day with one question: Let someone work on a problem for about an hour and a half on their own, come to the realization they need an extra set of hands, ask for help, show you the problem and outright difficulty of it: then ask them "Hey, what does this button do?" and literally solve the two man dilema without doing any work.

@  Dekafox : (06 April 2021 - 09:22 AM)

As far as the TNT move, all of Season 5 was basically epilogue, which didn't help - when it looked like things were ending at Season 4 JMS tried to cram all the major plot threads for his original Season 4 and 5 plan into Season 4, which didn't leave them as much to work with for Season 5. Then TNT totally screwed with Crusade and got it killed before it got a chance to hit the real plot and nothing else really resonated enough to get a series push. A Crusade revival would be the best "B5:TNG" option IMO.

@  electricidad : (06 April 2021 - 08:55 AM)

Peak B5 was the first six episodes of season 4. EVERYTHING CAME TO A HEAD.

@  Kevin S : (06 April 2021 - 08:50 AM)

Generally, I think once B5 moved to TNT things went downhill. The sets didn't look as good (maybe due to ill use of better lighting) and I wasn't always as impressed with casting (Sheridan's new 2nd just didn't work). The movies had decent ideas, but I felt there was something off in the execution. Wonder if TNT pushed for different directors that weren't as familar with B5.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 08:42 AM)

Did the follow up movies do that badly, or does the creator simply feel like his story was told and refuses to allow more content?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 08:23 AM)

I'd rather have a B5: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new in that world.

@  tigerhawk : (06 April 2021 - 01:26 AM)

A reboot would probably be ruined by meddling and different visions anyway. 

@  Echowarrior : (05 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

JMS wrote about half of the first season, a little over half of the second, all of the third and fourth, and all but one episode from the fifth. Given he was also the creator and executive producer, him having so much creative control was likely a condition for getting the show made. Shame he didn't have it for Crusade.

@  Dekafox : (05 April 2021 - 08:44 AM)

They also had JMS write every single script bar maybe 2 or 3? That was another big part of how well it hangs together. Do you think any studio would do that nowadays?

@  tigerhawk : (05 April 2021 - 08:16 AM)

Let it be the first all AI acted series.

@  Echowarrior : (04 April 2021 - 08:31 PM)

Yeah, but would the reboot be as good as the original? B5 had a damn good cast, and they can't replicate that easily.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2021 - 04:33 PM)

One day they'll let a streaminbg service reboot B5 and let the stories be told without the sword of Damocles hanging over them at all times.

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 02:32 PM)

It's aged in the set piece areas.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 April 2021 - 02:22 PM)

I don't remember much of B5... I take it we're not talking about cathode ray tubes...

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 11:45 AM)

Babylon 5 CRT tech.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2021 - 06:13 PM)

Bloody hell, thanks for the heads up.


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:17 PM

There's blindbag Mega Blok Hello Kitty out now. I picked one up on a lark...it comes with a half-balloon that looks like a giant ladle with a wavy handle, and HK can't even hold it properly (it was originally part of the scenery of one of the small sets, and designed to rest against a wall). Lego probably looked at the HK Bloks and thought, "Damn, we really should be able to capitalize on the pink girly crap."

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 03:41 PM

I've been doing the SW calendar too and yeah, that X-Wing is cool. I like the lightsaber handles for guns. The mouse droid and black R2 unit are also nice.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 03:57 PM

QUOTE(Dissever @ Dec 16 2011, 10:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been keeping up with my advent calendar, DVD. X-wing and Imperial shuttle are still my faves. icon-hotrod.gif

Also, I will continue to dearly hold onto my sentiments of LEGO for GIRLS is DUMB, they were /already/ for girls. *foot stomping* >:[ >:[ >:[ Belville can go die in a fire.


Blasphemy! Paradisa was awesome. My Blacktron needed a place to go on vacation. icon-fire.gif

And the Superhero sets are obnoxiously overpriced at TRU. I can wait.

Still none of the Bandits + Booze + Bears sets. I know it says Robbers Hideout, but those are Moonshiners... Or meth cookers.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:00 PM

Never buy Lego at full price at TRU, they mark it up and have periodic sales that will let you grab it for a much better price.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:04 PM

QUOTE(Waspinator @ Dec 16 2011, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Never buy Lego at full price at TRU, they mark it up and have periodic sales that will let you grab it for a much better price.


The DC sets in particular. They have the Batman/Catwoman set and the Superman/Wonder Woman/Lex Luther set (as well as some of the Hero Builder sets, but I didn't price those). The Batman set was $18.99 and the Superman set $25.99. I checked online to see how much they're "supposed" to be... $12.99 and $19.99. Yeah, no. I'm not paying $6 more just because TRU got them in first. I'll wait.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:28 PM

And as I said, they often do sales. I've seen "buy one Lego set, get one 50% off" several times at TRU. It makes sense to wait for those.

Man, 2012 is going to be an awesome year for fantasy and building block fans. We're getting Lord of the Rings Lego and Warcraft Mega Bloks. Time for Thrall vs Legolas?
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:04 PM

QUOTE(Waspinator @ Dec 16 2011, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And as I said, they often do sales. I've seen "buy one Lego set, get one 50% off" several times at TRU. It makes sense to wait for those.


That still wouldn't have helped :/

Half of $18.99 is $9.49.
But since both sets are priced $6 more than they should be, that means you're still paying more than you would somewhere else.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:05 PM

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QUOTE(Waspinator @ Dec 16 2011, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Never buy Lego at full price at TRU, they mark it up and have periodic sales that will let you grab it for a much better price.


The DC sets in particular. They have the Batman/Catwoman set and the Superman/Wonder Woman/Lex Luther set (as well as some of the Hero Builder sets, but I didn't price those). The Batman set was $18.99 and the Superman set $25.99. I checked online to see how much they're "supposed" to be... $12.99 and $19.99. Yeah, no. I'm not paying $6 more just because TRU got them in first. I'll wait.

I bought them at TRU. I'm saving the receipt so that when Walmart gets them in cheaper, I'll buy them there, then return them to TRU. That'll learn em.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:16 AM

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QUOTE(Dissever @ Dec 16 2011, 01:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also, I will continue to dearly hold onto my sentiments of LEGO for GIRLS is DUMB, they were /already/ for girls. *foot stomping* >:[ >:[ >:[ Belville can go die in a fire.


Didn't you know? It's not for girls unless it's in three shades of pink!


I think this is more of a problem with the purchaser than the end user. I was always trying to keep my little sister OUT of my Lego, and all of my nieces have like to play with my old bucket-o-bricks. The problem is that when Christmas and birthdays come around, its the parents (and aunts, uncles, etc.) that don't buy them for little girls because in their minds Lego are "boys' toys."

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 09:17 PM

This is a cruddy phone picture, but I thought the X-Wing on a stand was cool enough to share. It's the one of the current Advent calendar plugged into a Bandai Tamashii stage.



And for the record, my mother is a Lego fan and has been since she was a kid so they've never really been boy-only toys outside of the minds of idiot parents.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:05 AM

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There's blindbag Mega Blok Hello Kitty out now. I picked one up on a lark...it comes with a half-balloon that looks like a giant ladle with a wavy handle, and HK can't even hold it properly (it was originally part of the scenery of one of the small sets, and designed to rest against a wall). Lego probably looked at the HK Bloks and thought, "Damn, we really should be able to capitalize on the pink girly crap."

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Lego is doing it FAR batter, IMO. I was kind of hoping the Hello KittyBloks would get my girlfriend into Legos so I'd have a more equal partner-in-crime, but they're the building-block equivalent of a gingerbread house and accessory kit... 10% of the pieces that a "boys" set has for about the same price.

Still, I wanted to get her a HK minifig for Xmas. Target had the blindpacks for $3... and right down the aisle are the same figures with the same accessories, non-blindpacked, in little "scenery" packs, for $5 ($4.23 due to a sale!). A few of the minifigs have different paint, but not nearly to the extent that would justify it. I'm not sure who they're marketing to at this point... the girls getting the sets will already HAVE a ton of the same HK minifigs, so changing the bow color means very little. The women who like HK are likely to notice the better deal/prefer the backdrop and the lack of guessing games.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:19 AM

Okay, I want to know: Are the blind packed mega blocks marvel hero figs any good? I keep seeing them in more places than the blindpacked lego ones and they run about a buck cheaper. I'm also kinda interested in knowing if their compatible with lego studs. The damn things look pretty good, better detailing and articulation than lego figs and I seem to be all about the heroes right now.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:25 AM

There are great deals on Lego in Hungary in some places (like, buy sets over 30$ and you get a free Lego SW keychain-figure - and if you buy over 50$, you get a chance to win a Death Star) - but sets still cost about double the money they cost in the USA. Stupid customs laws.

The old Ninjago sets are all priced to go, which is probably because (I hope) King Hiss and his sssnakemen are coming. icon-hotrod.gif I just wish they were cheaper. 12$ for a single figure with a spinner I have no use of...

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QUOTE(Dissever @ Dec 16 2011, 10:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been keeping up with my advent calendar, DVD. X-wing and Imperial shuttle are still my faves. icon-hotrod.gif

Also, I will continue to dearly hold onto my sentiments of LEGO for GIRLS is DUMB, they were /already/ for girls. *foot stomping* >:[ >:[ >:[ Belville can go die in a fire.


Blasphemy! Paradisa was awesome. My Blacktron needed a place to go on vacation. icon-fire.gif

And the Superhero sets are obnoxiously overpriced at TRU. I can wait.

Still none of the Bandits + Booze + Bears sets. I know it says Robbers Hideout, but those are Moonshiners... Or meth cookers.


Oh yeah, my sis had the big Paradisa hotel. That was awesome, though I often swiped the windows for my spaceships. icon-hotrod.gif
The Belleville or whatnot nonesense that followed was much less awesome, especially the figures. They looked creepy.

I do wish they brought back Fabulon, though. Loved those super-deformed cartoony cars and planes, and animals.

Edited by BB Shockwave, 19 December 2011 - 09:28 AM.


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Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:10 AM

Yes, the blind-packed Mega figures are good. I prefer them over Lego minifigs in a lot of ways.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:14 AM

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Okay, I want to know: Are the blind packed mega blocks marvel hero figs any good? I keep seeing them in more places than the blindpacked lego ones and they run about a buck cheaper. I'm also kinda interested in knowing if their compatible with lego studs. The damn things look pretty good, better detailing and articulation than lego figs and I seem to be all about the heroes right now.


Pros:

*Excellent articulation: knees, hips, waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists, neck

*Come with a 4 * 2 brick that serves as a stand

*Large feet enable some of the more balanced figures to stand on their own on a flat surface

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*Head and limbs must be popped on, which can be tricky.

*Large feet means that figures must stand on edges of bricks and templates if you wish to stick them on pegs.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:16 AM

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Yes, the blind-packed Mega figures are good. I prefer them over Lego minifigs in a lot of ways.

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I very much like the Halo ones, despite never playing the video games. They are just fun little sci-fi dudes.

The Marvel ones are ok, as long as you get the masked ones. The ones with human faces are...off-putting. They're too small for the eyes they put on them, so they look pretty bad, in my opinion.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:42 AM

I like the Halo and Marvel Mega Bloks figures. They're like tiny action figures. Don't really fit in very well next to normal Lego figures, though. They look too different. Much less cartoon-y.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:26 PM

Guess who made the front page of this week's Business Week?

I literally just now got it in my hands, and so haven't been able to read the article for myself yet.

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Yeah, I need this. A pretty nice set of vehicles, a cabin, and a BEAR. Awesome:

http://shop.lego.com...rs-Hideout-4438

You forgot the campaign caps.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:31 PM

Hero Factory! High five, Smitty! icon-hotrod.gif

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