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@  Pennpenn : (18 October 2017 - 09:04 PM)

It's interesting how life gives you a good thing and then a bad thing. Like, just got my tax return and it was quite robust, and then I found an INCH LONG EARWIG IN MY HEADPHONES. AHHHHH-

@  BlackMax : (18 October 2017 - 05:50 PM)

I'm not completely sure what I missed but I think I love it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2017 - 04:20 PM)

The S is for Sucks!

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2017 - 03:49 PM)

And the thatch-roofed cottagggggggggggges!

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2017 - 03:30 PM)

BURN! BURN TO THE GRBURN! BURN TO THBURN! BURN TO THE GROUND!

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2017 - 03:06 PM)

Infinity Big Bang Storm! Burn in the everlasting hellfire of creation! Be utterly annihilated, down to the very last scrap of D N A!

@  Shrug : (18 October 2017 - 02:57 PM)

YES, MY QUEEN!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 October 2017 - 02:37 PM)

BUUUUURN! FOR THE ROYALTY!

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2017 - 02:25 PM)

BUUUUUUUUUUUURN, BABY BURN! DISCO INFERNO!

@  Agamus : (18 October 2017 - 01:55 PM)

LETS BERNNNN RRRRUBBER!!!!

@  Arazyr : (18 October 2017 - 01:12 PM)

No, thanks. I'll leave that to his wife. :p

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 October 2017 - 01:08 PM)

FEEL THE BERNNNNNN!!!!!

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2017 - 11:52 AM)

BERNIEEEEEEEE...

@  Shrug : (18 October 2017 - 10:47 AM)

I'm not saying they're the same. They're clearly not. But members of both parties do receive large sums of money from telecom companies. When it comes to net neutrality, the issue isn't solely bipartisan so much as it's Old Politicians that don't understand technology.  Republicans do seem intent on making it worse intentionally though.

@  Paladin : (18 October 2017 - 10:40 AM)

anyone who still says "they're both the same!" after the past 10 months is WILLFULLY ignorant.

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2017 - 10:22 AM)

I'm not American. Should I do something about it or just ignore it.

@  Shrug : (18 October 2017 - 08:48 AM)

I doubt we'd have a chance with Hillary either. Didn't she get like 100k from Comcast? Both parties are pretty dang corrupt. If only Bernie...

@  2017 : (17 October 2017 - 05:56 PM)

It scared me!

@  Kalidor : (17 October 2017 - 05:42 PM)

Yes - here is more information - https://www.battleforthenet.com/

@  Darth Gonzo : (17 October 2017 - 05:36 PM)

Hello?

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:39 PM)

Yeah, it's the Allspark.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 October 2017 - 04:35 PM)

Okay, so it is the allspark doing it, and not some piece of malware I need to run a system scan over, that's basically all I wanted to know.

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:34 PM)

If, say, Hillary or Bernie was president, we'd have a chance, but with the current administration... We're pretty much hugged.

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:32 PM)

I don't know why we're even bothering; there's no way in hell a GOP-controlled congress would listen to common proles like us.

@  Evac : (17 October 2017 - 04:32 PM)

Yeah, so did I.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 October 2017 - 04:19 PM)

Okay, so I just got a pop up telling me I need to call congress about the FCC killing net neutrality. Anyone else get that?

@  Dracula : (17 October 2017 - 09:45 AM)

I'd probably use a primer coat on either of them.

@  unluckiness : (17 October 2017 - 07:21 AM)

Wonder if Overboard or Crashbash would be easier to paint over. Generally dark colors are harder but then again, screaming fuschia seems like it'd be difficult to cover too.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2017 - 02:46 PM)

Damn, the shoutbox won't accept those characters. I mean "open-mid back unrounded vowel" on Wikipedia.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2017 - 02:46 PM)

Λ

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2017 - 02:45 PM)

@Bass X0 Ha, I think some Asian accents of English, that mispronunciation would be considered standard, as those accents lack [ʌ].

@  MEDdMI : (16 October 2017 - 12:08 PM)

She's the last thing you hear before your doom.

@  Noideaforaname : (15 October 2017 - 07:34 PM)

The cat can talk?!

@  MEDdMI : (15 October 2017 - 06:30 PM)

TMM's first cat was Cookie b/c that's the first word he said when he saw her

@  Bass X0 : (15 October 2017 - 05:34 PM)

Reminds me of when my nephew was one year old and my sister got him a puppy. He couldn't say puppy properly and it sounded like poppy, so Poppy is what they called her.

@  Arazyr : (15 October 2017 - 02:36 PM)

Yeah. I thought it had some interesting informational articles too.

@  Bass X0 : (15 October 2017 - 01:59 PM)

does anyone else miss the ToyFare magazine? I just read it for the pictures and jokes rather than using it as a serious guide for buying and selling toys.

@  Arazyr : (15 October 2017 - 09:21 AM)

Uncle Bobby Peach, baby! Uncle Bobby Peach!

@  Arazyr : (15 October 2017 - 09:21 AM)

Last night, playing Mario Kart with my daughter, I misread Baby Peach as "Bobby Peach".

@  Onyxstrike : (15 October 2017 - 09:03 AM)

Yeah, I might've forgotten that the Beast is pretty much just a mindless killing machine. That's pretty much what I get for going off of the TFWiki summaries without having actually read any of it.

@  tffan01 : (15 October 2017 - 08:34 AM)

@Onyxstrike Well, to be fair, the quality of the story aside, Beast Within illustrates the fact that Dinobots are feral in nature, with what would happen if they actually lost control. That's a character flaw in a way, correct? 

@  2017 : (15 October 2017 - 08:21 AM)

Send me a PM if you need help getting to the true ending, also.

@  Strafe : (15 October 2017 - 08:15 AM)

Thinking about quirky robots occupies 30% of my brain's daily processing power. I can't remember birthdays and I never know where my phone is, but it's totally worth it.

@  2017 : (15 October 2017 - 08:03 AM)

Yay, I look forward to your dealings with quirky robots!

@  Strafe : (15 October 2017 - 08:01 AM)

Definitely, I started setting aside funds a month ago for the inevitable Black Friday digital sales in the Playstation and Xbox stores. Going to be ready this year, and that's one of the many games on my list!

@  2017 : (15 October 2017 - 07:30 AM)

Hey Strafe will you ever play Nier: Automata?

@  Onyxstrike : (15 October 2017 - 07:19 AM)

Plus, The Beast Within is overall not a very good story.

@  Onyxstrike : (15 October 2017 - 07:19 AM)

The problem is is that Victory's dreams are meant to prey on the Dinobot's character flaws. For instance, Grimlock downing every Decepticon in his path, but falling for Starscream's begging for mercy schtick, preys on his arrogence. What character flaws does The Beast Within prey on? Nothing. The entire premise of the book was to please the many fans who posed the many hypothetical "What if the Dinobots combined?" scenarios way back when, with a gratuitous death count to boot.

@  Bass X0 : (15 October 2017 - 05:51 AM)

What's wrong with wanting it to be a canon dream sequence?

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 October 2017 - 01:14 PM)

go home bass you are drunk


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#1 Maz

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:04 PM

Hi all,

After the good reception I received for the collectors' partner interviews a couple of weeks ago, I decided to make further use of the community this week for TFSource blog's weekly articles. I've asked a number of long-time and prominent collectors in their field to offer up one rare/obscure/surprising toy from their areas of interest and talk a little about it. The hope is that these knowledgeable collectors will highlight to the wider community some of the more unknown difficult toys from various sub-categories of TF collecting.

The first part in the series concentrates more on production Transformers from various countries, and I would like to thank Mijo, Jon Krause, Martin Lund, Heroic Decepticon, HighPrime and Marco Salerno for their fantastic contributions and for sharing their passion and knowledge.

Enjoy!

In Their Own Words ? Part 1 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

interesting but it got better towards the end with rarer toys and not just toys that are rare because its a package variant.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE(Darkstream @ Apr 3 2012, 03:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
interesting but it got better towards the end with rarer toys and not just toys that are rare because its a package variant.


Well it depends on what you collect. If like the collectors featured you've been around for some time and are done actually finding the toys/moulds/recolours themselves, it's very possible for someone to start focusing on their own country's history of releases. I've started collecting UK gold boxed classics for example icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:31 PM

Excellent article, but, man, am I incredulous towards AFA stuff. I consider it totally artificial price inflation and it feels like it's now created a sort of artificial rarity to boot.

Also, seeing that Doubleclouder really makes me want to see it side-by-side with the Taiwanese Tercel Metamorphs bootleg from the '80s, which is mostly the same but the dominant color is either white or olive drab.

I'm also curious to know what year Brandon Yap got D-319 Guzzle, since I was beaten in an auction (darn you, bad timing!) for one in exactly the same condition a while back.

Edited by Spark, 03 April 2012 - 07:37 PM.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:38 PM

I've always wanted a Doubleclouder.

He looks great.

Another awesome article Maz. icon-ironhide.gif

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Apr 3 2012, 08:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Excellent article, but, man, am I incredulous towards AFA stuff. I consider it totally artificial price inflation and it feels like it's now created a sort of artificial rarity to boot.

Agreed. I really do not like AFA.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:47 AM

QUOTE(Spark @ Apr 4 2012, 12:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm also curious to know what year Brandon Yap got D-319 Guzzle, since I was beaten in an auction (darn you, bad timing!) for one in exactly the same condition a while back.

2010, but in a set of six from a shop in Hong Kong; http://heroicdecepti...zle-sizzle.html.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:06 AM

I was completely unaware of Guzzle's existance, even with owning a copy of Generations. I certainly hadn't appreciated the name issue. How interesting.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

I'm certainly not a fan of the AFA and in private with my friends have always criticised their influence in the hobby and disagreed with people like Curt who would take figures and grade them for purposes that I understood, but didn't truly agree with. Grading loose toys was really ridiculous in my opinion.

However for the purposes of the article, after clearly rubbing some the wrong way by using my position in being able to publish my thoughts and feelings through a medium that reaches a significant number of collectors through TFSource to express how I felt about hoarders, I just felt it better to stick to the facts, show more respect for the contributors' preferences and let the reader decide how they felt about the whole thing icon-hotrod.gif

I would love to have a completely separate private blog where I rant and rave about what grinds my gears in the hobby, but clearly as shown here a few weeks ago, TFSource blog is not the place to do it.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

I think that's fair enough. It's an article about what a group of other people consider interesting. Some of them seem dull choices to me, but some were gems.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:06 PM

I didn't realize Guzzle was supposed to be particularly rare. I'd think fewer US collectors would have Sizzle, considering you'd have to be stupid enough to pay many times the cost of a Flamefeather to get one.

(I have one, of course. Curse of the Firecons.)

(Firecons used to be a lot cheaper.)

(Also how sucky is it that pretty much all my Sparkstalkers yellowed despite lack of exposure to light?)

(Pretty sucky.)

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:00 PM

QUOTE(Specimen-17 @ Apr 4 2012, 06:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spark @ Apr 4 2012, 12:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm also curious to know what year Brandon Yap got D-319 Guzzle, since I was beaten in an auction (darn you, bad timing!) for one in exactly the same condition a while back.

2010, but in a set of six from a shop in Hong Kong; http://heroicdecepti...zle-sizzle.html.

Hah, okay. I was fighting someone on Yahoo Japan for one in January of 2011, so I wondered if it was him. I've wanted a guzzle since I saw one on PrimeSaber's site years and years ago, because nothing is cooler than a tiny firebreathing Transformer Godzilla to fight my existing American Firecon kaiju.

QUOTE(Maz @ Apr 4 2012, 10:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However for the purposes of the article, after clearly rubbing some the wrong way by using my position in being able to publish my thoughts and feelings through a medium that reaches a significant number of collectors through TFSource to express how I felt about hoarders, I just felt it better to stick to the facts, show more respect for the contributors' preferences and let the reader decide how they felt about the whole thing icon-hotrod.gif

It's probably the best approach. As for the hoarder thing, troop builder collectors don't like it being pointed out that there's not much difference between that and hoarding. And they're vocal about it.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:11 AM

What, did I miss drama on the internets?
"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE(Nevermore @ Apr 5 2012, 04:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What, did I miss drama on the internets?


I'm not sure if we're referring to the same thing, but I disappointed a few readers with my attempt to discuss a few of the kinds of collectors that populate the G1 fandom. They gave strong feedback, I made excuses icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:54 PM

And here's Part 2 of the "In Their Own Words" series, again featuring some really fantastic contributions from the likes of Hydra, Ras, Paul Hitchens , Morgan Evans, Might Gaine and Arkvander.

We move a little away from standard G1 Transformers toys and explore some more recent stuff and even peripheral TF products. Enjoy!

In Their Own Words ? Part 2 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ






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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:05 AM

That Star/Lord KO has taunted me for years. I haven't even read the article yet, but, just... AAAAARRRGGGGGHHHH.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:30 AM

EDIT: Should've read first. Kmart Legends Bumblebee and Jazz were sold with their weapons swapped? Huh.

Edited by Nevermore, 11 April 2012 - 09:31 AM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

QUOTE(Nevermore @ Apr 11 2012, 10:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
EDIT: Should've read first. Kmart Legends Bumblebee and Jazz were sold with their weapons swapped? Huh.

Yup. It was a surprise to me years and years ago when I got Legends Jazz and Pretender Bumblebee and they had the same gun.

Also, any chance of Hydra taking a picture of the Microns with something bright and colorful beside to illustrate that those pictures aren't in grayscale? That team always looks like someone just turned off the color.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

So Scorpia actually replaced "Takara Kronoform" with "Transformers Generation 2". Interesting.

That seals the one I have as being the Kronoform watch then, which I assume is in much less demand than the Generation 2 watch.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:13 PM

ah the destruction team.....I've owned 2/3rds of the set and the set, plus sold off a set. ( still only one full set have i owned)

Took me 7 years to grab a complete set for 500. Sold it for 550 i think. I dont know if i would have gone with those being the rarest, granted they are basically the rarest set. I might have gone with Runner-up Lucky draw minicon Emergency team set. I haven't even SEEN the other ones, and only own the makeshift version out of dumb luck. ( paid like 50 for it)

I havent even seen pictures of this set all together either. I just know they exist and only Hydra and Duce are the only other two i know of seeking them.

But i understand why you would go with these. They are uber hard to find and well least you can get all three together in a picture.

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