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@  wonko the sane? : (18 November 2017 - 08:37 AM)

You won't be at school or work anymore... so mitigated success.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2017 - 05:21 PM)

Just don't try to plug yourself into an outlet. It won't end well.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2017 - 04:57 PM)

Trying to stay awake at work or school is a lot like using your controller when it's on low battery

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

If you're used to doing it with tabs, that makes sense. It doesn't feel weird for me.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:28 AM)

Also, it just feels weird if switching between webpages uses the same actions as switching between programs.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:21 AM)

I switch between different things on the browser and click on various plugins and stuff far more often than switching from program to program.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:19 AM)

Yeah I'm mostly just venting from frustration rather than trying to convince anyone, though @NotVeryNightly I will point out that the windows for the other programs I'm running are at the bottom of the screen as well.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:09 AM)

Tabs are on the top, near the address bar, browser tools, plugins and whatnot so the cursor will be there frequently anyway. Switching windows would require going down the screen.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 10:03 AM)

I mean, you do you. No bigs. You've just got a fairly unique stance that surprised me.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 09:54 AM)

I haven't seen words on the bottom bar of the screen since XP.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:13 AM)

All of which is put on the point that I don't care if people want to use tabs, I just want the option to not have them present for me on my browser.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:12 AM)

@Shrug- A quick glance at the bottom of the screen shows me what is open and where. Load times are basically so trivial that the load indicator on a tab is something I didn't notice until you mentioned it. The "which instance is playing noise" is a fair point but has basically only really been approaching meaningful for me maybe twice in all the time tabs have existed.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:07 AM)

@NotveryKnightly- I have never encountered a situation where that is true, especially given that tabs are on the other side of the screen to the other things I'm switching through.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:06 AM)

@ Nevermore- The windows at the bottom have the names of the websites on them, presuming you don't collapse them.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:08 AM)

Geez, this is reminding me of the awful pre-tab days.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

I can look at the tab to see if it hasn't finished loading yet. Now you can see which tab is playing sound, so no need to hunt through windows to find a video ad that started playing.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And a quick glance lets me know whats open and where. No clicking multiple windows hunting for something. No waiting for some window preview to pop up (which wasn't available when tabs first started.)

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 06:03 AM)

Switching between tabs is way quicker than between windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:09 AM)

It's like having a clear structore with sub-directores, instead of just having all files on your computer stored in one giant directory.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:08 AM)

This way, I can switch between windows and then select the tab, instead of always trying to remember which window is for which website.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:07 AM)

I find one browser window with multiple tabs a lot easier to handle alongside other windows than multiple browser windows alongside other windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

I find multiple tabs a lot more comfortable than multiple windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

erm... no?

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 03:26 AM)

On mobile devices and whatever I understand why tabs would be a thing, but on a full desktop browser it's just- "Hey, here's a thing that's kind of like opening a new window, but objectively worse in every practical way"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 November 2017 - 01:41 AM)

Someone remind me again: which versions of the CW Hot Spot mold did not suffer from bad hip ratcheting?

@  BlackMax : (16 November 2017 - 06:33 PM)

Holy crap I just pushed the F11 key for the first time on a keyboard since about 1994.

@  Shrug : (16 November 2017 - 01:11 PM)

tabs being wretched bs is definitely an opinion I've never seen before

@  RC85747 : (16 November 2017 - 08:25 AM)

Vivaldi lets you hide the tab bar

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 07:45 AM)

Yeah but that gets rid of everything else as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 November 2017 - 07:33 AM)

Hit F11 Pennpenn

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:15 AM)

I get that people like tabs. Fine. Whatever. I just detest the fact that most current browsers don't let you have the option of just hiding the bar away so I don't have to even think about the wretched bullshit things.

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

Does anyone know of a browser that doesn't force tabs on you? Just... any sodding browser that doesn't have tabs.

@  Telly : (16 November 2017 - 01:59 AM)

being mostly wrong is better than being TOTALLY wrong!

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 09:26 PM)


@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 08:24 PM)

I really hope so. All of my high school drawings and notes (Hand-written notes! God, I'm old.) from girls are in a chest in the attic of my parents house. I'll check when I visit!

@  MEDdMI : (15 November 2017 - 06:39 PM)

Do you still have those drawings?

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 06:31 PM)

I think lesbian ninjas is just an unmitigated good idea. *shrug*

@  Devcon : (15 November 2017 - 05:56 PM)

well, that and Balloon Doggies, Mr secretary

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:12 PM)

It's my crowning Allspark achievement! You're welcome.

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:05 PM)

"Someone" being me. No mystery to it, I used to draw a lot during class when I was in high school. I came up with lesbian ninjas, which were a specialized team of assassins with amazing hair and impeccable style. I scanned some of my drawings and mentioned them a few times on the ezboard 17 years ago, and people seemed to like the idea.

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Thanks in any case!

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Oh, wow. That is ages ago. 

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:03 PM)

ages ago meaning when the spark was still on ezboard

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:02 PM)

i think maybe it was part of a title of a movie someone posted ages ago and the "lesbian ninja" part stood out and people just latched on to it. please note this is possibly totally and completely wrong cause my memory is terrible anymore

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 12:11 PM)

I don't think it's a fandom thing, I think it's an Allspark thing. Or that's been my perception. Mayhem has some lesbian ninja regulars now but I think the reference is much older. = ] 

@  Robowang : (15 November 2017 - 11:02 AM)

Who knows. I always thought it was stupid.

@  RichardT1977 : (15 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

What is this fandom's deal with lesbian ninjas? Is it some fantheory about Nightbird or something?

@  OrionPax44 : (15 November 2017 - 08:26 AM)

Huh my phone didn't even alert me for some reason. Guess it only does on the Mayhem Discord Hangouts??

@  BlackMax : (14 November 2017 - 09:41 PM)

Telly, you are FIRED as my PR agent. :D

@  Telly : (14 November 2017 - 09:05 PM)

you all dont know what you missed. there was fun. there were games. lesbian ninjas. tang and even a couple human sacrifices.


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Rumor mill: Hasbro to acquire TakaraTomy?

08 November 2017 - 07:36 PM


Hahahahahahaha. Ahahahahahahahaha.

EDIT: Wait. I've fallen for Seibertron reporting a months-old story from elsewhere.

Distribution problems, international availability and exclusives

28 October 2017 - 05:52 AM

Spawned off from a point I brought up in the TFWiki thread:
Okay, bear with me folks, this is going to be a complicated multi-faceted topic.

About twenty years ago, it was very straightforward: The United States was Hasbro's primary market when it came to Transformers toys, and all the other international markets were afterthoughts. Toys would usually come out in the US first, then everywhere else, if at all. Meanwhile, international markets often wouldn't get the later waves of a line, because again: US first, evenything else is an afterthought. Also, it appears stores in other countries didn't quite comprehend the whole "wave" system that was a completely foreign concept to them. Store exclusives were also a US-only thing at first, and anyone not living in the US would never be able to get their hands on them other than through expensive imports.

This situation gradually changed. Hasbro's Asian markets started to become more relevant around the turn of the millennium, eventually leading to the situation where new waves would often become available in Asia first before arriving at US retail roughly a month later. Still, this was only a minor change in the system that everyone could adapt to.

About ten years ago, Hasbro decided to make store exclusives available internationally as well. It started with Toys"R"Us exclusives, because if they have a deal with TRU, why shouldn't TRU be able to sell its exclusives in all the countries that have a TRU branch?

A few years ago, Hasbro then decided to make other store exclusives available internationally as well. First it was Walmart exclusives at Walmart Canada, but eventually, they also began to offer figures and sets that were exclusive to one chain in the US to an entirely different chain in another country, with neither chain existing in the other country. For a while, it was an "also available" situation, with most people in the US being none the wiser, though sometimes resulting in surprised reactions (occasionally turning into outright anger, because some people apparently cannot deal rationally with unexpected situations) upon discovering that a toy that was supposedly a Target exclusive was available at Argos in the United Kingdom (where the are no Target stores).

In addition, some toys that are store exclusives in the United States (and Canada, Australia and Europe) are actually available at general retail (i.e. not exclusive to any particular chain) in Hasbro's Asian markets.

Eventually, what was once a rare occurrence worth marking in the calendar became a regular thing: Toys being sighted in international markets (not just Asia, but also Australia, Canada or Europe) before they would ever appear at retail in the United States. Sometimes months earlier. Around the same time, "tail end of the line/of the assortment" syndrome became a recurring thing as well, to the point where there have been numerous toys that never saw a normal release in the US but were widely available in a multitude of other markets. Sometimes these toys wouldn't be available at the major retailers, but would appear at discounters such as TJ Maxx, Ross and the likes. Sometimes these toys were still regularly available from US-based online retailers like Amazon, BBTS, Entertainment Earth or even the online storefronts of retailers such as TRU, Target or Walmart, but sometimes toys weren't even made available through these official US venues, so the figures in question really remain "unreleased" as far the US are concerned despite being available elsewhere.

On top of that, the situation with exclusive figures has become more and more complicated. The following situations have occurred more than once:
  • Toys that were officially announced as store exclusives for the US were released as exclusives to other stores in several international markets, but were ultimately never available through the US venue that was officially announced by Hasbro.
  • Toys that were officially announced as store exclusives for the US were released as exclusives to other stores in several international markets months before becoming available through the US venue that was officially announced by Hasbro.
  • Exclusives were only ever available through the US retailer's online store but were never found in brick and mortar stores.
All of that, coupled with people now buying their toys online rather than putting themselves through the stress of searching for toys at retail only to come back empty-handed, people not being able to constantly keep up with the latest toy release news, and people still operating under the assumption that the toy industry in general, and Transformers in particular, works the same way as it did 20 years ago despite some occasional hiccups, has led to the following phenomena:
  • The infamous "saw this last week/month at my local store, didn't think it was newsworthy" reaction to new toy sightings.
  • The equally infamous "has anyone seen toy X yet?" question being repeated over and over again despite pages upon pages of other people continually voicing their frustration about said toy still being AWOL.
  • People in other countries being surprised that certain figures that are shelfwarming at their local stores being considered "rare", or haven't even been found at all yet in the United States.
  • People who imported a figure months ago being surprised upon learning that said figure still hasn't been released in the US.
  • Keep in mind this is not supposed to be a rant, I'm not complaining about people being unaware of what is available where, I'm just trying to understand and explain the bigger picture which most people aren't able to see because their minds are trained to view everything from a wherever-they-live-centric perspective.

"Energon Igniters" listed at Amazon (links taken down)

11 October 2017 - 03:49 PM

As reported by TFW2005.

I have nothing to contribute except for the UPC barcodes:

Energon Igniters Action Figure (E0700) - UPC # 630509629923

Energon Igniters Action Figure (E0691) - UPC # 630509629206

Walmart getting first dibs? Not allowing preorders for other stores until they got it f...

07 October 2017 - 05:45 AM

So there's been a rumor floating around at a certain other board, which matches certain bizarre patterns observed at various online retailers and is further corroborated by the former (?) owner of an online store who keeps complaining about how frustrating dealing with Hasbro was.

The classic line of argument when it comes to toy retail is that "Hasbro cannot force retailers to stock toys". So basically, Hasbro produces the toys, solicits them to retailers, and everything from that point on is up to the retailers. Hasbro ships out the toys and has no control of distribution beyond that.

But in the past two or so years, there have been numerous incidents where toys that had been announced by Hasbro wouldn't be listed for preorder by any online retailers for months to come. Any argument that it's all up to retailers goes out of the window when retailers who want to order new toys cannot do so because there are no solicits yet. These toys would then sometimes come out in Asia, might be listed by online retailers based out of Asia, but still, the "major" online retailers like Amazon, BBTS, Entertainment Earth, ToyWiz or TFSource wouldn't put up listings for these figures up until a specific date.

Particularly bizarre variations of this pattern were:
- Online retailers would put up instant "in stock" listings for general retail waves, meaning they had already received shipments of these figures but were not allowed to list them on their public website. So no preorders. And I'm not talking about "wave 1 of a movie line with a street date". I'm talking about stuff like "wave 4/5/6 in a Generations sub-line or an RID assortment".
- Online retailers would collectively put up their preorder listings after those waves had already been found at brick and mortar retail, so any advantage online retailers might have over brick and mortar stores in terms of early availability would be out of the window.

Now, the rumor, corroborated by this former online store owner, is that Walmart had specifically given Hasbro orders that Walmart absolutely has to get first dibs on new Transformers product before anyone else was to be allowed to put up a public listing. And if Walmart has no room for these new toys, then that's too bad because it means the online retailers have to wait in line.

This certainly fits in with the recent news story that Hasbro and Mattel are supporting TRU despite its financial problems because the alternative would be that Walmart and Amazon get to dominate the market even more than they already do.

I know that brick and mortar retail has trouble competing with the (seemingly) endless storage space of online retailers, and I agree that online retailers have several unfair advantages over physical stores, but "you don't get new stuff before we do" can't be the answer either, since that would be an unfair advantage of its own, especially if it's really just one store doing it.

Is any of this grounded in reality? Is it just scuttlebutt? If so, then why do the aforementioned weird-ass preorder policies with instant "in stock" listings and brick and mortar stores getting new toys before Amazon, BBTS or EE can even start taking preorders happen?

2002-2006 US/Canadian/Australian Commemorative Series vs. UK releases vs. 2012 Asian re...

19 September 2017 - 08:50 PM

This topic came up several times before at various boards with people being confused with the different packaging types (and mistakenly believing those of them they're unfamiliar with to be knockoffs), but I'd like to have a definite comparison here.

Original run (US, Canada and Australia)

The "Commemorative Series" line of reissues was originally released between 2002 and 2005 as Toys"R"Us exclusives in the United States, Canada and Australia until it was folded when TRU was no longer willing to carry it. Two toys from the final two series were released through unusual venues:

Series VIII Side Swipe (actually spelled that way back then) saw a regular release at TRU in Canada and Australia, but in the United States he only saw very limited distribution to the point were those few sparse sightings we got were considered fake news for a long time until someone managed to produce an actual receipt a few years ago. The remaining unsold stock of Side Swipes was later released as a KB Toys exclusive in 2006 at instant discount prices.

Series IX Astrotrain was never released at TRU. In the United States, he was released in 2005 through Hasbro Toy Shop, the first HTS exlusive ever, serving as a test vehicle to see if exclusives were a viable option for HTS. In Australia, Astrotrain was officially a Kmart exclusive (but somehow was also available at smaller, privately owned shops?), while he never saw an official release in Canada.

UK releases (concurrently with the original run)

In the United Kingdom, the early Commemorative Series figures were originally available in multilingual (six languages, to be precise) European packaging around the same time they were released in the US, Canada and Australia before Hasbro put the line on hold in the UK (not that they would officially say so; it's just that no figures came out in the UK anymore). Jazz was presumably the only Series III figure to see a UK release.

Later UK releases (after the original run)

In 2006, after even the last remaining stragglers (i.e. Side Swipe and Astrotrain) had seen a full release in the US, Hasbro UK released several more, previously unreleased-in-the-UK figures (namely, all Series IV figures plus Inferno and Tracks from Series V, but apparently not Hoist?), this time in English-only packaging that still differed from the packaging used for the US, Canada and Australia due to the lack of trademark claims after names and logos, among other things.


In 2007, Hasbro released a Soundwave reissue as a Toys"R"Us exclusive "Commemorative Edition" in the same general packaging design as the contemporary "Classics" line.

2012 Asian releases

In 2012, Hasbro's Asian division re-released several figures in packaging resembling that of the original TRU exclusive "Commemorative Series" packaging but with numerous changes, including some name changes, updated trademark claims and dropping the name "Commemorative Series" from some, but not all of these new releases. Soundwave was also re-released in packaging resembling that of his 2007 release.


Optimus Prime:

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The 2002 Toys"R"Us US/Canada/Australia release comes in English-only packaging, has a red/orange "Commemorative Series I" label, an "Ages 8+" recommendation, a "choking hazard" warning label with a regular border and an older version of the Hasbro logo.
Photo credits: Go Figure, My Generation Toys
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The 2002 Toys"R"Us UK release comes in "European" packaging featuring six languages (English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish) for pretty much every piece of text other than "Transformers" and has an "8+" recommendation in a white logo depicting "boy" and "girl" pictograms.
Photo credits: Go Figure, eBay
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The 2012 Hasbro Asia release lacks the "Commemorative Series I" label, has a thicker white border around the choking hazard" warning label, a newer version of the Hasbro logo, the age recommendation has been changed from "Ages 8+" to "Ages 5+", the age recommendation and the "choking hazard" warning label have swapped places compared to the 2002 release, and the Hasbro product code number has been moved below the age recommendation.
On top of that, the toy itself is different to: Basically, it's (for the most part) a re-release of the 2008 Universe "25th Anniversary" version with Autobot insignias tampographed onto Optimus's shoulders, a lighter gray trailer and Roller, but Optimus himself (i.e. the cab) has the retooled hitch of Takara's 2011 Chronicle version that allows attaching the ion blaster to the hitch in vehicle mode.
Photo credits: Cybertron.ca, Amazon Canada