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@  ThunderWear : (27 January 2020 - 08:56 PM)

Think of it positively, maybe your face just has optional no-slip surfaces

@  Maximus Ambus : (27 January 2020 - 05:38 PM)

I have dyspraxia so use a electric trimmer, it's never smooth. NEVER!

@  Benbot : (27 January 2020 - 12:52 PM)

don't you hate it when you shave but miss a whisker and it bugs you all day long and you try to yank it out but you can't because it's too short to get a hold of but your hand keeps finding it whenever you touch your face?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 January 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Twitter's revamp is so dumb. Nowadays, even when I am logged out of my account, right-clicking an image on Google Chrome won't let me access a URL to easily get the image's full size. That functionality was so useful!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 January 2020 - 10:01 PM)

But when was the last time you saw a major retailer (since TRU) actually allot shelf space for a Transformers Titan? Or the Vintage Collection Poe X-Wing? There's clearly some sort of disparity between "girls" and "boys" toys that give companies justification to create $100+ items in the girls segment in FAR greater frequency than in boys.

@  fourteenwings : (25 January 2020 - 12:56 AM)

"how expensive they were" Tell that to L.O.L. O.M.G. and the $129 Amazing Surprise (I mean I guess when it comes to the toy aisle Power Rangers isn't a juggernaut like L.O.L.)

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:18 PM)

I think the big reason we didn't see the actual combining Zords at retail was because of how expensive they were. It would cost $100 to get enough of them to make a Megazord, $160+ if you want the Ultrazord. Or parents could just get the dang Ultrazord for $40 even if it didn't combine.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Because they are "kids toys" not "collector toys"

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 03:27 PM)

1) I don't have Target. 2) can't go into my walmart. I'm surprised Hasbro won't sell the toys on Pulse

@  Bass X0 : (24 January 2020 - 02:43 PM)

I dreamt my phone was ringing and woke up to answer it.

@  Sabrblade : (24 January 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Lightning Collection figures, the smaller normal-sized Beast Morphers Ranger/enemy/Beast-Bot figures, the role-play morpher and weapon toys, and the simplistic non-combining megazord toys have all been very easy to find at various Targets and Walmarts. It's only been the actual combining Beast Morphers zord toys (which are bizarrely being sold individually this time) that have been hard to find in stores.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Thought I do question Hasbro's almost reluctance to have the toys available anywhere.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 01:44 PM)

i've been trying to sell mine for weeks...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I hadn't opened mine yet, but from what I've seen, the general agreement is that the Beast Morpher zords are much better than Bandais.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

I'm guessing if they're going to do anything on the level of Legacy Zords, it's being discussed behind NDAs at Toy Fair

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 January 2020 - 10:38 AM)

Lightning Collection is good, and they're taking their sweet time on making Zords that are better than Bandai's Zords.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 10:34 AM)

So, what's the general PR fandom consensus of the Hasbro run of PR so far? I pretty much stepped out of the community after I got the Bandai Legacy zords I wanted.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 08:46 AM)

that would require someone to BUY Hasbro PR toys...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 07:17 AM)

Well hopefully see some cool PR stuff. Wish BBTS sold Hasbro PR toys.

@  fourteenwings : (24 January 2020 - 07:01 AM)

February 22nd through 25th, I feel like it was earlier last year...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 06:32 AM)

When is NY TF?

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE


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#181 Chris McFeely

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:04 AM

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(This was before I was aware that Tara Strong was everyone all the characters Grey DeLisle isn't.)

FTFY.

Incidentally, why hasn't Grey DeLisle gotten a role on FiM yet? I seriously had expected that to happen by now. Maybe it's because she's not Canadian.


That would be exactly why. You can't just swagger up there and record, you need a visa and all that. Tara's a Canadian native and has dual citizenship.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:58 AM

Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:22 AM

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Every time somebody neglects to mention Tress MacNeille, the animation gods kill one of whatever things the Animaniacs were.

Think of those things.

There's only three of them. Their all probably dead by now... which explains the lack of come-back.

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Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

In fairness. Canadian actors and writers can't all be "lucky" enough to make it in hollywood, and hollywoods ability to grandly over-expose individuals would make it harder for canadian talent to find work even in our own industry if it was easy for those people to waltz into any place they want and claim work.

Now mind you: I don't necessarily agree with how actra does it, but I can understand why they do it.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:07 AM

It's such a tough industry to break into.

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#185 pao

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:30 PM

Re: Canadians: Fair enough.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:40 PM

Tara got on the show because Lauren Faust already knew her and wanted her to play Pinkie Pie. Then they did some test recordings in her home studio and decided she'd make a better Twilight Sparkle. This was all before the rest of the casting was done.

I imagine any relevant unions would have to defer to the fact that it is, ultimately, an American show that just happens to be outsourcing 90% of the work. So they could bring as many LA-based actors as they wanted if they thought it was worth it. But really, is putting American TV voice actors on the show just because they are who they are any different from the stunt casting that animated films all do nowadays, or the endless parades of guest stars on The Simpsons?

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:20 PM

No, but that scenario seems unlikely, since in the great scheme of things few people know who various VAs are anyways. (Grey DeLisle came to my mind specifically because of her work on Foster's, thus establishing a Lauren Faust connection.)

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:38 PM

There are only so many good VAs out there. Those who can do it really have a gift.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:46 PM

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Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

How did John De Lancie manage to get a VA part on the show then?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:33 AM

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How did John De Lancie manage to get a VA part on the show then?

Because he has a great voice.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:26 AM

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Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

How did John De Lancie manage to get a VA part on the show then?

Hey musta jumped through all the hoops. Say's he was born and raised in philly.

Actually, considering he was already on numerous canadian productions (I know he was on star gate, which was mostly canadian in conception.) he must already be registered or what have you.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:07 PM

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Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

How did John De Lancie manage to get a VA part on the show then?

Hey musta jumped through all the hoops. Say's he was born and raised in philly.

Actually, considering he was already on numerous canadian productions (I know he was on star gate, which was mostly canadian in conception.) he must already be registered or what have you.

It sounds pretty simple to get registered. How much paper work does it involve?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:13 PM

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Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

How did John De Lancie manage to get a VA part on the show then?

Hey musta jumped through all the hoops. Say's he was born and raised in philly.

Actually, considering he was already on numerous canadian productions (I know he was on star gate, which was mostly canadian in conception.) he must already be registered or what have you.

It sounds pretty simple to get registered. How much paper work does it involve?

I really have no idea. But given its a canadian bureaucracy, I would guess enough to deforest our northern reaches.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:41 PM

You need a certain number of screen credits to join ACTRA and move up through their hierarchy (which you can only get by working aboard an ACTRA-certified production. See the catch-22?).

There's also the (monthly?) dues that have to be paid, and being banned from working on non-ACTRA productions, which can be enough to ruin a working actor, since so few indie productions can affort ACTRA rates. It's great if you happen to be a reasonably big name who can get regular high-profile jobs (i.e., if you have friends in America who can get you into the American films that come up here), but for the vast majority, those small, domestic, non-union gigs are how they put food on the table.

(I have actor friends who are deliberately avoiding ACTRA for as long as possible, "because [they] like to work.")

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:45 PM

I'm glad I'm not an actor.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:27 AM

QUOTE(Cybersnark @ Oct 4 2012, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You need a certain number of screen credits to join ACTRA and move up through their hierarchy (which you can only get by working aboard an ACTRA-certified production. See the catch-22?).

There's also the (monthly?) dues that have to be paid, and being banned from working on non-ACTRA productions, which can be enough to ruin a working actor, since so few indie productions can affort ACTRA rates. It's great if you happen to be a reasonably big name who can get regular high-profile jobs (i.e., if you have friends in America who can get you into the American films that come up here), but for the vast majority, those small, domestic, non-union gigs are how they put food on the table.

(I have actor friends who are deliberately avoiding ACTRA for as long as possible, "because [they] like to work.")

Um, it sounds more like the ACTRA is designed to get more American actors in and keep Canadian actors out. All you have to do is have an American company film in Canada and your in the club?

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Not just a Visa, you need to be part of ACTRA (the Canadian actors' union). There's a whole mountain of legal red tape designed to "protect" the Canadian film/TV industry from being "taken over" by American talent.

How did John De Lancie manage to get a VA part on the show then?

Hey musta jumped through all the hoops. Say's he was born and raised in philly.

Actually, considering he was already on numerous canadian productions (I know he was on star gate, which was mostly canadian in conception.) he must already be registered or what have you.

It sounds pretty simple to get registered. How much paper work does it involve?

I really have no idea. But given its a canadian bureaucracy, I would guess enough to deforest our northern reaches.

More then American bureaucracy? Doubtful, I hear tell they barely use their social security number in Canada. In America, just to get a job interview you need to sign a 15 page contract with each page needing to be signed and dated three times along with your social security number and proof of ID. One would imagine that is would save a lot of time if they only had to sign it once at the end.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:49 AM

I've never had to sign a contract just to get an interview, Sobana. I work for a large government contractor and I didn't have to provide any proof that I could work legally in the US until after I accepted the offer, and IIRC just had to initial each page of the employment contract (to prove I'd seen it.)

So YMMV.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:24 AM

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Um, it sounds more like the ACTRA is designed to get more American actors in and keep Canadian actors out. All you have to do is have an American company film in Canada and your in the club?

It's less about nationality than about budget; Canada actually has two different film industries; the American industry (with budgets measured in millions and billions) comes up here and films, hiring Canadian talent (in order to qualify for tax breaks, meaning that they have legally-mandated hiring quotas).

The domestic industry has budgets measured in the tens of dollars, is usually run out of the director's basement, and films only on weekends, and is done as a hobby by people who rely on other jobs for a paycheque (my typical interviews go "What do you do?" "I'm a script supervisor." "No, I mean what do you do for a living?"). In order to get money, Canadian producers have to go co-pro (most "Canadian" films/series that you hear about are actually Canada/France or Canada/South Africa or Canada/China co-productions).

ACTRA is designed to protect Canadian actors, ensuring that they get well paid for their work, unfortunately that means that most internal Canadian productions can't afford to pay full ACTRA rates (or if they do, it means no-one else gets paid --most of the "work" I get is on the volunteer basis).

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:43 PM

I do extra work sometimes. Mostly background stuff in movies: all the american productions I've been on have been these enormous affairs, where everyone was well treated and paid. The CBC productions, of which I have done two or three, were crap in comparison. Americans pay for everyone to have lunch: the canadians pay for the star actor to have lunch.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:19 PM

It's a similar situation down here. Local productions don't pay well if at all (a lot of work is for screen credits only) so we actively encourage big productions to bring work here. We require that they hire local talent for a specified portion of the work, and in exchange we offer tax incentives and really cheap filming permits (sometimes free).

The big productions are great. Everyone gets paid, and everyone gets a lunch. Even extras get a lunch.

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