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1  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: NYCC Matty Toy Fair reveals......JLU, DCU, WWE, MOTUC Hover Board!!!! on: February 12, 2012, 05:48:08 pm
No real surprises with MOTUC. Still that's a good thing in some ways.
2  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: Star Trek TNG gets a Blu-Ray edition - completely remastered for HD on: February 11, 2012, 08:38:49 am
Anyhoo,back on subject.When i started watching TNG when it originally aired i really enjoyed and looked forward to it and i'm pretty sure i've seen almost all episodes.I even went to a Trek Convention down at Darling Harbour where Michael Dorn was the main Celebrity Guest[weird day!].

I truly had little to no memory of TOS as i watched it when i was much younger but never truly got into it much.So the comparative direction between the 2 series held no real meaning to me.
Guess what i'm saying is i'm content enough seeing it when i remember to actually watch it on the telly these days but the overall pleasure i experienced years ago for me personally is pretty much over.I'm sure these remasters will do well and i do believe it's a good thing they have been updated.However they won't be making anything out of me.

The problem is that there's a complete continuity butchering with the entire TNG period. It starts out slowly with Encounter at Farpoint, but by First Contact, it's completely butchered TOS established history.

First Contact originally took place between the Alpha Centaurians (Zeframe Cochrane was originally Alpha Centaurian) and Earth as the result of a 25 year long voyage, with WW3 taking place in the 1990s. Entire classes of ships, the formation of Starfleet and the Federation, the first Enterprise, the time when Jeffrey Archer existed, were all chopped and changed- and unlike the most recent movie, there's no plot points to justify those changes.

With a Prequel, you can forgive it to some extent where things might not have fit as well together as originally thought when the previous shows were written, so there are minor changes needed to create continuity.

However for a sequel that has no such constraints put on it, there's no way of justifying it.
3  The Collector's Life / Traders' Trove / Re: eBay sellers who suck! on: February 11, 2012, 08:24:43 am
fountainal: won a Nocturne Kozebane Kermit and a Steppin Out Fozzie from him on ebay which were to be Valentines Day presents for my recently engaged fiancee.

While he was initially very helpful and commmunicative, once I paid for them, he went "conveniently" silent- to the point where he cannot even be reached by phone. Considering he's also ripped off 2 other people recently as well; it's safe to consider him a scammer to avoid at all costs.

Bummer  Sad That's pretty crap

I hope she got engaged to you? If so, a hearty congrats buddy!  rock.gif

Yeah she di and thanks. Fortunately I've also found another Nocturne Kermit for slightly more- the annoying bit is that I have to wait til the 16th to get my money from the claim.
4  The Collector's Life / Traders' Trove / Re: eBay sellers who suck! on: February 06, 2012, 06:26:59 am
fountainal: won a Nocturne Kozebane Kermit and a Steppin Out Fozzie from him on ebay which were to be Valentines Day presents for my recently engaged fiancee.

While he was initially very helpful and commmunicative, once I paid for them, he went "conveniently" silent- to the point where he cannot even be reached by phone. Considering he's also ripped off 2 other people recently as well; it's safe to consider him a scammer to avoid at all costs.
5  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: Star Trek TNG gets a Blu-Ray edition - completely remastered for HD on: January 20, 2012, 03:12:50 am
FB I wasn't specifically referring to you so my apologies if it sounded like I was, and granted, hate was probably too strong a choice of wording. I just noticed multiple people in here who have continuity issues (such as midichloreans) with the PT and were interested in a TNG release.

But it's not just people here. It seems like TNG gets way more of a free pass than the PT does. TNG had no story points it had to make work into TOS the way a prequel would. All it had to do is maintain history and dates in the story, yet it couldn't do that.

Right from the getgo, it disregarded established history from TOS and official publications, until you reach the point of Star Trek 8 where the entire First Contact story got changed around. The only justification there seems to be "because we can".

There's no causality to consider in terms of TOS, no continuity limitations in terms of where the plot eventuates. It just literally needed to stay true to certain dates (not to mention races in the case of Zeframe Cochrane), yet the original source material could not even be respected enough to do that.
6  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: Star Trek TNG gets a Blu-Ray edition - completely remastered for HD on: January 19, 2012, 07:46:30 pm
So let me get this straight- you guys hate the Prequel Trilogy of Star Wars because it goes in a different direction to what was expected to set up things for the OT, but love the sequel series of Star Trek which screws up the original continuity of Star Trek just because the writers can?
7  Action Figure Blues / Fanboy Free-for-all / Re: Bowspearer needs a laptop - help him choose. on: January 19, 2012, 07:07:25 am
Looks like I'm about to find out FMS. Toshiba are clearing out their old stock and found a retailer in Canberra offering an even better spec'd Toshiba for $900. I'm picking it up on Friday next week when the money hits my account from my student loan.
8  The Collector's Life / The House of Retro Toys / Re: Toys I grew up with presents: Thundercats!!! on: January 18, 2012, 04:30:37 am
Nice! What's your opinion of the new series and any plans to track down a Cat's Lair?
9  Action Figure Blues / Fanboy Free-for-all / Bowspearer needs a laptop - help him choose. on: January 18, 2012, 04:24:12 am
So in the last couple of months, my laptop has started going on me and so I've decided to replace it. As last time I went reconditioned for around $400 and only got a few years out of it; this time I'm going for top of the line and brand new (student loan approved today- money in my account Friday next week)

The thing is that trying to choose is doing my head in, as I've just discovered that forget about cost of doing it- you cannot upgrade anything core in a laptop like the CPU.

What I'm looking at are 2 machines:

Lenovo Thinkpad E520 Edge with discrete graphics:

  • Intel Core i7-2640M Processor (2.80GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz with Intel HD Graphics 3000)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
  • 6 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
  • 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
  • 15.6" HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Anti-Glare, Midnight Black
  • AMD Mobility Radeon 2GB
  • DVD Recordable
  • 6 Cell 2.2Ah Li-Ion Battery
  • ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n
  • Broadcom Bluetooth 3.0 with antenna
  • 720p HD Camera
  • NO Fingerprint Reader
  • 1 Year Depot/Express Warranty
Dell Inspiron 15R
  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (English)
  • 15.6" (39.6cm) HD WLED True-Life (1366x768)
  • 6GB3 DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
  • 500GB2 SATA hard drive (5400RPM)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M - 1GB (For QUAD Core CPU)
  • 1Yr Carry-In Service after Remote Diagnosis
What do people reckon is the better way to go?
10  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The LCS / Re: Greatest toy regret from childhood? on: December 30, 2011, 06:48:53 am
That my imbecilic jerk of a father threw out--threw out!!--all my old toys when I turned 13. I had just about every Mego figure and playset they made, and he just chucked 'em in the trash!!! I never let him forget what they eventually were worth.

Ouch, totally don't blame you on the constant reminders.

Mine would have to be buying 2 Soundwaves to keep one MISB at age 11, only to give one away to charity for their Christmas drive.
11  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: If not midichloreans, then what? on: December 30, 2011, 05:15:46 am
The question becomes whether Midichloreans are the best option, or whether there was a better option.

To be honest, it all fell apart for me when they said something along the lines of "The force is strong with this one". How did they know? Up until then, the force was always something everyone could aspire to if they just tried hard enough and believed. The same goes for telekinesis. The theory is there and they say we don't access the full potential of our brain so who knows?

Except that this argument is flawed. In ESB, Obi Wan says "That boy is our last hope." When Yoda corrects him, it's only to point out that Leia exists and even then, his retort is limited solely to Leia. Bearing in mind that Leia had no training whatsoever, that limits that "hope" to purely genetic lines.

In Star Wars, Moff Tarkin says "The Jedi are extinct." This is before he goes on to say that Vader was the last of the Jedi. Even in the OT it was a case of the Jedi being something which only a select few could aspire to- it's only fan interpretations which fly in the face of canon established even in the OT, which say otherwise.


Because as opposed to the usual "rant/rave" arguments about the subject I was going for an intelligent discussion.


Does sounding patronising come naturally to you, or do you work at it?  Wink


Except that there's nothing patronising there. There are different levels of discussion, ranging from casual conversation to in depth subject analysies- all of which having varying depth.
12  The Collector's Life / Traders' Trove / Re: eBay sellers who suck! on: December 20, 2011, 05:59:14 am

From what you've told me, you should be leaving neg feedback anyway. The guy sounds like a complete asshole and people who might deal with him need to know what kind of a headache they're in for if they did decide to deal with him.

Why would make you assume i wouldn't leave neg feedback?

It just sounded like you were saying you were taking a wait and see approach based on the Paypal dispute outcome is all, no biggie Smiley
13  The Collector's Life / Traders' Trove / Re: eBay sellers who suck! on: December 19, 2011, 10:46:52 pm
I'm really sorry to hear that Mike,you're definitely one of the most stand-up Sellers i've ever known.The fact that he didn't even bother to contact you is such poor form.


I've just opened a Claim myself with a seller.Basically they sent me an incorrect item,even though they enclosed a copy of the Sale Page with the correct Item.I informed them immediately and they blamed Ebay's system for the error rather than themselves.
I asked about their Return Policy which was 7 days even though it had taken 16 days to get to me plus other questions to which they didn't answer any and just gave me arrogant replies.I even offered to keep the item even though i didn't want it at a reduced price.No go,they wanted full cost.Oh,and they also overcharged me on the Freight.I gave them every opportunity to fix it and remained polite but they just didn't want to comply so my only option left was to make a Claim.They seem to be trying to string me along to make it past the Claim expiry date.
Now it's in Ebay/Paypal's hands,I haven't left feedback yet,waiting to see the final outcome first.

From what you've told me, you should be leaving neg feedback anyway. The guy sounds like a complete asshole and people who might deal with him need to know what kind of a headache they're in for if they did decide to deal with him.

When sellers make mistakes (and they're human so it's bound to happen sometime or another), it should just be a simple case of rectifying the problem and looking and what systems weren't in place or where systems that were in place failed for such a mistake to happen- then making the appropriate changes.

There should be no reason for arrogance or being defensive. The moment that happens (especially when you get arrogant responses), then the problem IS the seller and they need to be flagged so people know to steer clear of them.
14  The Collector's Life / Traders' Trove / Re: eBay sellers who suck! on: December 19, 2011, 10:41:47 pm
3-day - it looks like it was next day delivery.  Sent out Priority Mail.

Part of the puzzle is starting to make sense (in terms of the reason why you'd be only having some kind of a response now).

Don't get me wrong, the guy should definitely have contacted you, but this whole situation reminds me of those car accidents where one driver swerves to get out of the way of another driver and hits another car, only to be blamed for the accident and charged with reckless driving. In this case you're that swerving driver and that third car is the USPS.

One thing the USPS has been under fire of late for is how Priority Mail International has become more like "slow boat to China" Mail International and the same being true of the domestic service.

For example, with stuff from NY now, I've just come to expect that anything sent out via Priority from there will take about 4 weeks to reach me, even though it's supposed to take 6-10 business days. That said I've found it varies from state to state so it might not be the case in CA.

It honestly wouldn't surprise me if the guy had only received the item the day the feedback had been left (I've heard horror stories of letters sent via Priority within the US taking 2 weeks to arrive).

One thing I think that might be worth taking from the experience Mike is that around Christmas time, it's probably better to ship stuff via Express rather than Priority, as with Express, there's a money-back guarantee if items are late (hence the USPS will make sure they actually arrive on time).

Even with that, the buyer still needs to learn how to communicate. You should only be looking at leaving negative feedback or neutral feedback when someone actually has a bad attitude and something can't be resolved.
15  The Collector's Life / The House of Retro Toys / Re: TIGUW PRESENTS: The most groundbreaking playsets of the 1980s on: December 19, 2011, 10:21:26 am
Sorry guys, I just spoke to Devall and he wants it as an exclusive for TWO.
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