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    On top of the book shelf: Beastformers, select Transformers, Microman.<br><br>Out the speakers: Cage, Eno, NON, Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, Jeff Beck<br><br>Required bathroom reading: Works of M P Hall, Crowley, Gurdieffian, H P Blavatsky, Paul Twitchel, Levi, Voltaire, Nietzsche.<br><br>On the coffee table and walls: Giger, Dali, Polick, the Dada period, German impresionism.<br><br>On film and DVD: Anything by Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Stanly Kubrick, every Star Wars film (yes that includes the new ones, pure genius) select indipendant and Anime films.<br>
  1. This was a surprise???? I just walked into Walmart and transformers prime deluxe toys JUMPED to $15.89! Toy selection is sparce...not enough of the new figures....too many damn bees. No classics in sight, oh but wait when we do get those, they are too small too simple and wait for it....................$15!!!! Star Wars are about the only line that's got it's act together...and the show has been on summer hiatus!!! Movie lines do help out but high prices are totally blowing the deal. For me once I get all of the DOTM stuff I passed over at normal retail in favor of waiting for ROSS, I'm pretty much done with toy collecting for a while, at least till Hasbro comes back to planet earth where they need to lower the prices back to a realist cost like $10 a deluxe figure...seriously. The Amazon specials look pretty reasonable. I want a bruticus so I'll get the $60 set.
  2. "Hasbro decided to expand the toy brand beyond the norm of actual transformers to include human piloted mechs, more involved than the more simple HA line, would you buy them?" Hell Yeah!!!! I'd buy that!
  3. Now the most expensive transforming toy (or about of any toy I have purchased) is the Toynami book set of Robotech transforming jet and it's armor / booster add on set. Total cost $160. The damn toy was so fragile that parts would just fall off. So I thought I would never spend that kind of money on a toy ever again. My toy budget limit is set to $30 a month, providing that I do have the extra $10-$30 to spend to spend on my hobby. With tough economy I have really tightened up. Toys are so cool and so fun but are so below the bottom of my priority list :)
  4. most i have ever spent? $20!!! Best deal I have ever with $20? Leader Starscream, at Ross.
  5. to me the only Leader sized toy under the Hasbro label that was more gear toward adults was Leader Starscream with out question!!! Other leader toys seemed to be to simple and just bricks filled with electronics to make lights and sounds for the kiddies. The only other adult friendly line was the Human Alliance main line and some of the classics.
  6. Finally! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-63LRHHx5E
  7. 1. Factual when you or anyone else goes to moviemistakes.com you are bombarded by ads upon ads, even you click on the actual movie title to see it's mistakes you get redirected to another site trying to sell you something. Click on the title again same thing happens. You'll eventually get to what you went to the site for but you have to go through an "bomber raid" of ads before you get there. This is typical of sites that are just bursting with viruses, trojan horses, and spyware; all types of malware. So have your anti-virus/malware up and running and up to date before you go. *note to admins: please don't post links to sites like this ever again. Moviemistakes.com is it's own mistake, and is a dangerous site...just the fact you get hit with ad after ad after ad is a clue*
  8. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay More cool toys on the way :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay
  9. In a situation like this I would have just at the very least snaged a couple for myself..."cool, hasbro wants to destroy merch and waste plastic, then me taking a few of these into my truck is really not stealing, Hasbro has elected to not make money on them anyways". And I would do that. Now what is surprising is that hasbro has not done what they have done with their special toys before and just wait a few months and send them off to ROSS at a discount...make sense right? But I can see that their main goal is to keep the value of the comicon special high by destroying the extras that wont sell. Limited is limited and they had their extras...time to destroy them. If you were lucky to be there grab what you can "Mission Impossible style" and don't call Hasbro, call it a day :thumb
  10. Thanks for the explanation, guys. Wasn't aware those stores just toss 'em back to the shelf for someone else to purchase. If you don't want to go hunting for that soldering kit, might I suggest Wire Glue( http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/b70c/?srp=4 )? Seems like it'd be good* for a project like this. *I bought a thing of it, but haven't yet came across a project to use it with yet, so I can't say how well it works. :lol Hmmmmmm wire glue, you know I saw some glue looking shit on those leads to the trouble LED; not solder, fucking GLUE! Anyways when I was taking the chest / head assembly apart, it was only 1 lead that came off...then eventually the other lead fell out. Everything else (chest lights) seems pretty secure and does not look like will suffer from over use but the design on that head needs to change. So when I get into this again, I will not only need to solder the leads but also figure out some way where the LED is not attached to the head head so you can freely pose the head with out worry that something will bet worn out and break again
  11. Alright I finally took this guy apart...the area that has the lights and cockpit...wow what a major paint in the ass. anyhow it is loose wiring to the head...yes who ever designed this thought it was a great idea to mount the led to the head instead of it free floating from the neck...so if you pose leader starscream too much and move his head the wiring goes with him..."great job Hastak". Also the leads were not soldered in just held in by some kind of tubing. Putting this all back together is a real bitch and when I find my soldering kit and a few months have gone by I might do this again.
  12. Its because those stores do not return them back to the distributor or mark it as defective product. If you've paid attention to all the toy-swapping horror stories, you'll realise that stores with tape it back up and put it back on the shelf for sale. This means some other unluck kid is going to end up buying that broken toy. Thanks you for posting this! :thumb now that part of the conversation is squashed are there any mod geniuses that has worked with this toy that could help me out here?
  13. :agree I don't see how it's wrong, or horrible, if you're swapping a brand new (but defective) toy for a same brand new, but non-defective, toy. :tfhuh I'd understand if it's a figure that's been owned since original release, but it's not, is it? Oh I get your point, I've had mine for about 2 weeks now, packaging is in the trash, so it would have to be a total swap. I see what you mean about the whole defect issue (and I take care of my figures so it is like new so a swap is possible) but because these are clearance items, this toy is going back on to the shelf if I bring it back and I really would hate for someone to get my unfixed toy...but the real issue is that Ross is not getting anymore Starscreams Period...they got the few they got and that is it. So he is really hard to find as it is. The one I got was the last one they had. Selling leaders for $20 is a huge kick in the shorts for hasbro so ($60 collectible for $20!) don't expect to see more of these. I would really like to read from someone who understands the electronics on this guy and maybe they could help me out before I open him up. I think it is a loose wire but where? Someone with real experience moding this toy can help by telling the known issues with the lights and sounds. Maybe even give me hints on how to avoid these issues later. To get another clearance Starscream only means I will eventually get the same issue.
  14. Sorry Puma...not going that route largely due to the fact he's becoming very scarce. Plus it would be wrong anyways ;) John...that was my first thought. I hope someone here who have taken this guy apart can help me out.
  15. What do I do...my brand new leader Starscreams eyes won't light up anymore though his chest lights and front intake lights still work. So what do I do? Any help from those who have had this happen to them or know how to deal with the lights on Leader Starscream, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.
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