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@  Pennpenn : (27 April 2017 - 03:23 AM)

Hard G. I don't give a solitary shit what the creators call it, the first word in the acronym is "Graphical". I have no idea why they'd think any sane human could, would, or should pronounce it any other way.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 April 2017 - 03:13 AM)

I acknowledge what the creators say, but whether I remember to use their pronunciation or not is hit or miss. Heck, I think I usually think of it in my head as "gee-i-ef", in parallel to "JPG" and "PNG".

@  Waspinator : (27 April 2017 - 02:50 AM)

Let's heat things up: what are everyone's opinions on how GIF should be pronounced?

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 11:11 PM)

But I will say that a lot of fandom forums are generally more tolerable nowadays because most belligerent types stick to Facebook groups

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 11:09 PM)

I do like their hard no-politics rule. Now that I do the occasional freelance writing for some local politics and I like zero percent of it my hobby space now. But holy cow, do they replace it with neck beard drama.

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 10:30 PM)

like Noideaforaname I posted on TFW for a while. I came here after I got harassed for daring to suggest that Play With This Too was run by unoriginal hacks, and yeah. This place so much more preferable.

@  Nutjob R/T : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 PM)

And you're turning us on

@  Nutjob R/T : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 PM)

The terrible secret of the Allspark: We all have this twisted fetish for rational thought processes

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:13 PM)

Not everyone likes everything, and people aren't blind to shortfalls or annoyances resulting from constraints of how the brand is handled. We make many a joke out of these things. But it's a rare thing when entitlement replaces logic on here, where that seems to be poster raison d'etre everywhere else.

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:11 PM)

It's utterly weird how these here boards seem so impervious an oasis when it comes to that depth of idiocy. Worshipping 3p and demanding the official companies "step it up" and stop being so lazy? Insisting the movies be done THEIR way, crapping on every single thing revealed about the films or toyline, then whining that they can't find (insert hot movie to here) or the official release of a movie figure doesn't capture the look in the film they hated? Etc

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:09 PM)

It's not even a "brand pissing contest" or "board loyalty" thing, not least due to the fact that those don't really even happen here all that much. I'm just happy to be with levelheaded people who've outgrown the usual fan dumb tropes. You can have a civilized conversation here and people don't shit on things only to hide behind "but but but to each their own right?" when their myopic BS is challenged.

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:07 PM)

With each time nonsense like this flares up on tfw or on local discussion venues (and it does quite a bit) I'm just reminded of why I've essentially been allspark bound for the last... Fifteen or so years.

@  Noideaforaname : (26 April 2017 - 10:07 PM)

On the plus side, tho, TFW has "appreciation threads" for practically everything, even stuff like Kre-O and PCC. And their toy database is quite handy.

@  Noideaforaname : (26 April 2017 - 10:03 PM)

I've been happily posting on TFW for years. Then, after being *here* for a few months, I look back and wonder how the hell I even bothered with it. I mean, my ignore list had hundreds of people on it. Literally HUNDREDS of ignored people. I even showed off said gargantuan list once (with a small thumbnail that you couldn't read any of the names on, mind you). That... that really should have been a warning sign, I suppose...

@  WorkbenchManiac : (26 April 2017 - 08:03 PM)

Thanks, I enjoyed reading the nerdrage. I should hang out over there more often.

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 07:07 PM)

I mean, Reveal Your Shield. That gets complained about too.

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 07:04 PM)

One of the reveal the shield news threads at TFW has movie fans and G1 fans arguing over who has it worse

@  WorkbenchManiac : (26 April 2017 - 06:49 PM)

You got me awfully curious. What thread ware we talking about?

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 02:17 PM)

That was a quality read. Both sides of that thread's argument went pretty crazy.

@  Noideaforaname : (26 April 2017 - 02:11 PM)

"When Beast Wars made Optimus a monkey nobody complained" ~ someone desperate for a 'gotcha'

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 02:05 PM)

I want to find the rock they've been under that there isn't constantly complaining about something.

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 02:04 PM)

For the lack if a better word, it baffles me when someone starts a discussion somewhere that's like "Does anyone else not like the movies?"

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 April 2017 - 12:13 PM)

Careful, it might have something to say about that.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 12:13 PM)

I'm gonna have to check your opinion out real good to make sure.

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 April 2017 - 11:55 AM)

Oppinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, but mine is better so shut up.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 11:08 AM)

To clarify on point 1 since I was typing early in the morning again, "you must hate exactly what I hate" and "you msut like exactly what I like" aren't actually the same statement but they're the same thought process which is "my opinions are objective facts." If you see someone espousing one, they're probably thinking the other, too.

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:57 AM)

... what.

@  Bass X0 : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 AM)

Andrusi, I imagine to some people online, there isn't that much of a world of difference, at least going by the venom they post; although not at RiD specifically.

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 08:55 AM)

The scale of liking and hating is an interval one so you can not like something but not hate it. Pretty sure there's apathy and dislike in between there at least.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And humans are perfectly capable of hating things in unison while being divided on liking.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:34 AM)

On the other hand, there's a world of difference between "I hate RID" and "I hate Nazis."

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:27 AM)

On one hand, "hating what I hate" IS "liking what I like." One of those cultures can't be worse than the other because they're literally the same culture.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:26 AM)

I think that comparison is both an oversimplification AND a meaningless distinction.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 07:16 AM)

That's the internet effect. Distance and anonimity make for easy and consequence-less extremism.

@  Bass X0 : (26 April 2017 - 06:58 AM)

I think the aggressive "How dare you not hate exactly what I hate" culture online is worse than the aggressive "How dare you not like exactly what I like" culture.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 06:19 AM)

And now that song/scene and its many many parodies are running through my head.

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 06:18 AM)

Patrick Swayze didnt!

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:58 AM)

lol. As long as they knock first.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:57 AM)

Or as ghosts. I guess ghosts would be acceptable.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:57 AM)

For now, I'd just find some small comfort in knowing those who have passed actually are in some sort of better place.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:56 AM)

I'd find comfort in knowing that one way or another, that suffering would eventually end and a new, potentially happier beginning awaits.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:54 AM)

@LBD At the same time, I can't imagine wanting to stay in even a happy afterlife when fleshies are still suffering.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:49 AM)

Celebrating and welcoming death just gives them more ideological hoops to justify killing others. So yeah, no thanks.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:48 AM)

The idea of death doesn't bother me so much as no longer existing.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:48 AM)

at the very least, my body will feed the grass which feeds the antelope which feeds the lio- ....wait

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:47 AM)

Yeah, that's kind of the thing.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:47 AM)

Some cultures celebrate/welcome death (of course, those also have some form of afterlife)

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 05:45 AM)

You shouldn't be. What with having absolutely no knowledge or control over it.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:45 AM)

Death is scary, which is why we either spend our lives avoiding the subject or staying up late overthinking it.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:44 AM)

"Never did want to live forever." I'm more bothered about what -- if anything -- is next.


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#241 Alpha Omega Trion Supreme

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Jan 31 2012, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Jeremy @ Jan 31 2012, 08:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You also have to factor in that there's going to be a massive rush from the hardcore fans right at the beginning, and those figures aren't likely to be consistent throughout the sale.

This is a very important disclaimer. There's definitely a declining curve involved.

That said, the difficulties of getting through, coupled with the break between yesterday's order period and whenever things open up again (today?), make it harder than usual to predict what will happen this time around.

I hope you guys are right about the initial rush. I'll tell you that the email from TCC about *only* 20% selling during that short time wasn't exactly consoling when I read it.

#242 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:49 PM

QUOTE(Powered Convoy @ Jan 31 2012, 07:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's also shown as storing the swords, so I believe (despite owning 4 versions of that mold - both Drifts and both Blurrs) he can't store his little guns in their holsters as Drift's holsters are made for the swords only (they tooling is different from Drift to Blurr).

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Confirmed experimentally. Also confirmed that Drift's swords can't fit in Blurr's holsters, either. (Man, I really thought that would work, too...)

QUOTE(orionpax44 @ Jun 24 2012, 01:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
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You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.

#243 Paranoia Dragon

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:52 PM

QUOTE(Alpha Omega Trion Supreme @ Jan 31 2012, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Jan 31 2012, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Jeremy @ Jan 31 2012, 08:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You also have to factor in that there's going to be a massive rush from the hardcore fans right at the beginning, and those figures aren't likely to be consistent throughout the sale.

This is a very important disclaimer. There's definitely a declining curve involved.

That said, the difficulties of getting through, coupled with the break between yesterday's order period and whenever things open up again (today?), make it harder than usual to predict what will happen this time around.

I hope you guys are right about the initial rush. I'll tell you that the email from TCC about *only* 20% selling during that short time wasn't exactly consoling when I read it.


My thoughts exactly! 20% in like, what, an hour at the most?? That's alot to me. I really don't want to end up with JUST Runamuck!

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:34 PM

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QUOTE(Dake @ Jan 31 2012, 03:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As much as I loathe something like Mattycollector's subscriptions, I would happily have given the Club the money for Over-Runabout after the first photoshops were out and they could just ship him when he's ready.
That's... exactly what we're doing here, though? I mean the reason Matty does that is so they have a guaranteed baseline of how many of each figure to make. Fun Pub has already determined their production runs fairly decently, and they don't have as many figures to juggle.


Well, not precisely. Matty's numbers - if Toyguru can be believed - are set way ahead of time. They just want as many presold as possible. They have flat out stated they are only making X number of figures and if they get to a point where they have X-1 subscriptions then there will only be one extra figure for sale on sale day. After the 2012 subs were closed they announced they are even scaling back production despite the fact that new figures continue to sell out though it may take a week instead of an hour. They constantly warn there will be fewer and fewer figures available for day-of sales and they don't seem to care if people who can't or won't foot the bill for a year's worth of figures sight unseen are out of luck.

I think the difference with Fun Pub comes from the fact they aren't having to plan out a year's worth of figures, just two. Let's say they normally make 2000 figures. If they sell 2500 or 3000 preorders/donations then boom - they can plan on making more before the factory even gets going. Then, they can tack on an extra couple of hundred for Botcon and webstore stock. It also strikes at the scalping mentality too. Why should someone else make 100% profit off of their product if Fun Pub could actually make enough for everyone that wants one and pocket the money themselves?

Edited by Dake, 31 January 2012 - 08:37 PM.

 
 
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#245 Rosicrucian

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:43 PM

To really do that, you need to do preorders at least six months in advance, as I understand it. That's the kind of turnaround time on production numbers.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:58 PM

Well, they had the final decos done for this year's figures by their August 12th update with the mockups the following month so that's not too far off. Now admittedly, they only teased Runamuck in September and sat on Overrunabout for some time afterwards but it didn't sound like they had to do that - it was just building suspense.

Edited by Dake, 31 January 2012 - 08:59 PM.

 
 
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#247 *Deathblade

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

Need to keep the word out on this, members are reporting fraud charges after ordering from funpub AGAIN.

http://www.tfw2005.c...ep-eye-out.html

http://www.allspark....s...=84493&st=0

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:07 AM

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Need to keep the word out on this, members are reporting fraud charges after ordering from funpub AGAIN.

http://www.tfw2005.c...ep-eye-out.html

http://www.allspark....s...=84493&st=0

I'd exercise caution before suggesting that FunPub is to blame. If you'll read the thread on TFW, there are some factors that suggest it might possibly be something else causing the trouble, unrelated to any FunPub transactions.

I'm not absolving them, but these are serious accusations, and we need more evidence (and, just as important, the evidence pointing in other directions must also be explained) before we start rumors that could have such serious implications for a company.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:41 AM

https://www.facebook...151255348266785

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Just to let everyone know, we have upgraded our online security systems this week after a recent audit of our internal and external procedures. Online security is a serious business and Fun Publications takes it seriously. We have implemented an ongoing review process of these security systems so that as internet thieves become more sophisticated, so will our defense systems. If you have any concerns, please let us know. When you order from anyone on any kind of device, make sure that https starts the url. This means it is under a secure socket layer and is encrypted during transmission. Additionally all information in our database is encrypted under a 256K algorithm.


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There have only been a handful of fraud problems and we haven't confirmed how many IF ANY were on our end. This upgrade was a precautionary measure. Fraud can come from many sources and it is difficult to determine with 100% certainty what happened in those rare cases. We are dedicated to solving any problems and will do whatever is necessary to make shopping with the Club a secure experience.


Or basically what G.B. said. With the added information about them stepping up their security now and in the future.

#250 Sprocket

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:01 PM

Looks like they're back up.

Edited by Sprocket, 01 February 2012 - 04:01 PM.

Being part of any fandom is fundamentally embarassing.

#251 Kira Kira

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

Not quite yet...

They're on the front page; links don't work.
Although I did manage to get one in my cart, but by the time I checked out it was gone again and I couldn't process my order. Lol.
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#252 SoS

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

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Looks like they're back up.

Not yet, they're testing out the links. If you try to order them it won't go through.


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:04 PM

QUOTE(Kira Kira @ Feb 1 2012, 04:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not quite yet...

They're on the front page; links don't work.
Although I did manage to get one in my cart, but by the time I checked out it was gone again and I couldn't process my order. Lol.

Lol, same happened me.


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#254 Paranoia Dragon

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:07 PM

Gah, hurry up & get those links up, I have to leave for work! I hope they're still in stock when I get back in several hours. Still don't like that "only" 20% thing icon-primal.gif


AHHHH! I got my order in!!!!!! Please, let there be nothing stopping that order from ....whatever! icon-fire.gif

Edited by Paranoia Dragon, 01 February 2012 - 04:11 PM.


#255 SoS

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:08 PM

It's up now!


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#256 Kira Kira

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:08 PM

They're up!

I got Runabout! Sweet.

...oh, and look at that. I just got my confirmation e-mail too. ( ^ ~^ )
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#257 Dake

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

YAY! I Got Overrun!
 
 
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#258 SoS

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

Done with my order and got confirmation email. Thank goodness.


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:15 PM

First time through I got the same error.

Second time it worked though.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:20 PM

It worked! Awesome!

Can't wait to get those Battlechargers together. icon-hotrod.gif

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.