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@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)

Absolutely.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:59 AM)

we'll move to the open garage if it's raining

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

every Halloween since we got a house, TMM and I chill in the driveway with a fire bowl and roast things while handing out candy. It's pretty great.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 November 2019 - 03:42 AM)

Peter Cullen voiced King Kong let that sink in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:42 PM)

I've noticed that after a year or two, though, people with children will start getting into it for their kids

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:41 PM)

I think a lot of the decline you see in Halloween is due to newcomers to Canada who don't really get it... I mean,there are only a handful of countries in the world that practice this particular oddity

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (06 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I recently attended a talk on Samhain and its associated mythology by a professor from Limerick.

@  Otaku : (06 November 2019 - 11:49 AM)

Trunk or Treats have become more popular because it is supposed to be safer, and even if it isn't, it just tends to be easier for the Trick-or-Treaters.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 November 2019 - 11:00 AM)

That's okay: between ever more extreme weather, ever more violent society, and general paranoia of parents: halloweens not doing to well out here either.

@  Anonymous X : (06 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

We used to have Bonfire Night here in the UK as our thing instead of Halloween... It's withered away for the most part. Halloween used to be the strange American tradition you knew of from ET or various cartoons


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#2021 Noideaforaname

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:17 PM

I guess I'm a Star Wars collector now.
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I mean, I've had Grievous and some critters for ages now, but I recently got Sidious and Vader out of weird dumb mix of dislike of the new films and re-interest in the old stuff, then I bought the two bug-ish bounty hunters because I found a $20 on the ground and thought why the hell not. And now I'm scouring Rebel Scum to see what else there is (as it turns out, a lot).

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 04:29 PM

"A lot" is an understatement! :D
 
 
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Posted 15 August 2019 - 03:11 PM

My local Walmart had 6" Solo Han, Qi'ra, and Landon for only $4. So I had to get Qi'ra.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:08 PM

Man - I always thought the Tatooine Skiff was a great little vehicle and then Hasbro up and redid it (yeah - it's been out for like a month but Pulse only just shipped mine :D ).

 

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 07:30 PM

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 10:08 PM

The new skiff is pretty terrific. I'm...kinda tempted to get a second one to complete the scene.
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Posted 08 September 2019 - 09:13 AM

Yup. I ordered two right out of the gate.

 

My only minor complaint is the stands are so tall (mostly necessary due to the little "fin spire" things at the back) - I need to figure out a way to elevate the sail barge because now the skiffs sit about halfway between the upper and lower decks.


 
 
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 08:28 PM

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Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Spoopy Doctor Dalek picked a great day to arrive!

 

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"Not quite...."

 

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 01:26 PM

https://www.youtube....h?v=Bj4t7vIuRDY

 

Big Lucasfilm reveal of toys and merchandise for next week.  Lots of Pops and Star Wars Black series, but Daisy Ridley did get to show off the Galaxy of Adventures figure.



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Posted 27 September 2019 - 06:48 AM

S.H. Figurarts Rise of the Skywalker Rey, Kylo, and Sith Trooper.

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 11:06 AM

So watching Force Friday and looking over the various reveals...

Are non-lego small toy spaceships not a thing anymore? No more micro machines or those little hot wheels die cast ships?

If thats the case, I think my Star Wars collecting days are over. :(

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#2032 HellCat

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 01:08 PM

Didn't the Micro Machines revival kinda do terribly at retail?



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Posted 28 September 2019 - 02:02 PM

I would say so. It's why it seems Mattel is still putting out Ships as a branch of the Hot Wheels line last knew and Micro Machines aren't to be seen.



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Posted 28 September 2019 - 05:34 PM

I do like Star Wars Lego sets. Especially when they offer tantalizing glimpses of unreleased media.


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Posted 28 September 2019 - 06:00 PM

So watching Force Friday and looking over the various reveals...

Are non-lego small toy spaceships not a thing anymore? No more micro machines or those little hot wheels die cast ships?

If thats the case, I think my Star Wars collecting days are over. :(

 

I think Mattel has discovered the same complication that Hasbro did before with the Titaniums. My theory is production costs are difficult to recuperate without being able to release multiple repaints that people aren't really interested in buying (and they haven't been doing it as long, so they haven't built up a pool like Hasbro had).

 

I did see Mattel is rereleasing a number of ships painted in silver - commemorative editions, one for each film - and they each come with a piece to build a small Death Star.

 

Prior to that, the last new ships I've seen were three of the ships from Resistance.


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#2036 Noideaforaname

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:38 PM

I know everyone's getting ready for Force Friday, but I'm excited to find non-toddler toys at Burlington. $10 Tie Fighter, hell yeah!

 

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 08:12 AM

I don't understand how Force Friday is still a thing.  People still get THAT worked up about Star Wars toys?  



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Posted 04 October 2019 - 04:30 PM

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:56 PM

https://news.toyark....-details-357428
 
Cue the death of the line and collector freak outs.
 
But, that new Galaxy of Adventure style is what Star Wars has needed for a while: a refreshing change.  At $10, the articulation is ASTOUNDING.  The stylization is well done (definitely evoking that Infinity vibe) and I'm eager to see what Hasbro does with this new format.  I've seen complaints about vehicles....but we aren't exactly swimming in them as is and the market trend I see is kids are buying fewer action figures, and they tend to focus on "core characters".  I'm curious how much the Episode 9 figures will cut in the articulation department (the Endgame basic figures are passively articulated).
 
I'm hoping we see a generic "Marvel" line like this next year.  To me, these mega brands NEED a venue to keep classic characters and concepts in circulation.  GoA was on the right track with its character selections, but tripped up by using existing tools at an inflated price.  This new format I think will really help breathe some life into the Star Wars toy segment.


Incredibly, incredibly late replying to this, but there actually was a line similar to this called Disney Toy Box. It was Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters all together in that same, unified Disney Infinity art style, just as action figures instead of Toys-to-Life figurines. The only problem with it was that, as far as I know, it was exclusive to Disney Stores.

Didn't pick any up today, but I did see them out and I'm definitely interested in them. Smaller than I'd expected, but otherwise they seem rad.

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:57 PM

I don't understand how Force Friday is still a thing.  People still get THAT worked up about Star Wars toys?  


I went to Walmart after work intending to just pick up a little figure or something because I like Star Wars.

There was literally a hole in the toy section where the Star Wars stuff used to be: Completely cleaned out.

Tried Target and they had stuff - not a lot but stuff. I ended up with a Funko Jetrooper to keep the stormtrooper I have at work company.

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