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#901

We’ve had similar ones but unless it’s just my shitty memory that’s a new bit of info for me. Cheers. It does seem a US quirk as they’ve never appeared like that in the UK or while I was here in Malaysia before digital days.

(Yes I kind of assumed a ‘mystery shopper’ approach to the other thing, there’s not really any other way to do it. Maybe now with digital projection they can send some message back but that doesn’t solve the tickets sold check).


#902

I knew a guy that actually lost his job because of it. Most theaters allow employees free viewings with a guest. However, they generally have to sign in. This guy had brought a date and legitimately went into a showing. I don’t remember if he forgot to sign in or if someone else was suppose to sign him in but the “secret/mystery shopper” did a count and came up off with no sign in data to offset it and he took the fall.


#903

It’s Toy Fair this weekend and these were revealed by Diamond Select:

:heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:
The hair on that Venkman alone is brilliant.


#904

Got to play with some dinobots today.
Swoop is great.

Grimlock has some issues.



#905

Yeah, I’m undecided on whether to bother with Grimlock. Part of me wants him for the complete set and for combination (although a Dinobot combiner is inherently wrong). But I’ve got the Masterpiece, which is pretty perfect. The deluxes (and the new basic one) look good though.


#906

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Beast_(G1)

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Volcanicus

As cool a name as Volcanicus is, I kinda fail to see what it has to do with dinosaurs.


#907

Silly minkie! A volcano is a dinosaur’s bidet!


#908

Oh I know about the Beast. I try to forget, believe me.


#909

Some better shots of the Real Ghostbusters. God these look fantastic.

Anyone know a good place to buy Diamond Select stuff in the UK?


#910

They look Quality.


#911

My son bought this at the weekend.

I’m endlessly impressed with the inventive engineering of Transformers, and I thought this one was particularly clever in the way it turned into a circular UFO-type vehicle.


#912

Cosmo is a nice minibot.


#913

#914

Without reading the article - is it an actual Easter egg?


#915

It’s actually a Cadbury egg.


#916

Nope. It’s just another head from another episode. Kinda cool but I don’t know if it’s an Easter Egg.


#917

#918

Retail experts said Toys R Us’s problems were down to a lack of investment in its stores and website. “It would be easy to blame Amazon, but the reality is that Toys R Us has been a victim of complacency,” said Natalie Berg, an analyst at NBK Retail . “As a specialist retailer, the Toys R Us experience should have been a magical one with in-store events, dedicated play areas and product demonstrations. The reality was a soulless shed.”


#919

That sounds about right. TRU’s problems are almost entirely all TRU’s doing, unfortunately.

As for Maplin, I’ve surprised it’s lasted this long.


#920

An update on TRU: It’s in administration. The website’s stopped taking orders and all stores are clearancing stock and liable to close permanently without notice, so if you’ve got one nearby, go to it sooner or later for bargains (they’ve still been getting in the latest Transformers etc) or a final nostalgia hit.