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Basement Time Capsule: Wonder Woman

wonder woman statues and busts

One wall in our living room has a fireplace, a cubbyhole for a television, and a built-in shelving unit for electronic equipment. Above all of that is a giant display niche, where most people would put big vases and fake plants. Since we are both collectors, we've had several different ideas of what to display there. Until we can decide on a single cohesive display, we've just been sticking things up there as the mood strikes us.

One week, my pile at the comic book store included three Wonder Woman statues. I gleefully opened them (one included a live spider as a free bonus pet!) and placed them in the big niche next to another Wonder Woman statue that was already up there. It was an instant theme and I knew I could expand it, so I ventured into the basement and found two Wonder Woman busts.

A Little Something for the RSS Fans

I turned on the new site map overnight, and it has RSS feeds as far as the eye can see. Not just for the front page and each separate blog section, but for each part of the Forum, each category of Classified Ad, and each 'tag' that we put on posts and articles. (For example: Do you like Toy2R? There's a feed just for items tagged with their name!)

If you click just the link, you'll go to that part of the site, so remember that you'll need to click on the orange symbol next to the link to get to the corresponding RSS feed.

Site Update: Classified Ads, Updated Forum, New Location & RSS Feed for the News Section

February 2012 - We have moved a few things around and have updated the look of the site!

The news section can now be found at: http://www.toymania.com/blog/153. We've also added a fancypants RSS feed for the news posts for you modern folks.

There is also a separate RSS feed for the items that stream through the front page, but just as on the older version of the site, the front page won't be changing on a daily basis.

The ToyBuzz forum format has changed to something written in this century. The new forum can be found here, although your old bookmarks should still work to get you there. We've split the forum into two parts: toys and off-topic. We've also added registration, so now you can have avatars and sig files and whatnot. Both forums have spoiler tags, so there's no reason to be ruining the ending of movies for anyone anymore. (If you are reading this on the front page, click the "read more" link to get the rest of this post!)

The Mobile Site Is Working Again

Updated on 2-4: it seems to be working again now!

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(December 2011) - It was working on the test url, but until I move the new site out of the subdomain, it's not working over here. (It did work pretty well on the test site, which was exciting. I was even able to post in the forum with my nearly-featureless cell phone over wi-fi.)

I'm leaving the links at the top and side of the page, though, as a reminder to myself to make sure I fix it when the time comes.

Added a mobile version of the site

It's not pretty, but you don't need pretty when you're paying for mobile bandwidth...

http://m.toymania.com

It'll get tweaked eventually, but so far the big issue I have with it is that I don't think the "full site" link actually takes you to the full site.

Also, I am not sure about keeping those links/tabs at the very top of the screen, so I added another link to the forum over on the left side, above the classified ads link, so that people can find the forum on the mobile site. (Those top tab links don't show up right now on the mobile version.)

Please Try Out the Classified Ads

The Classified Ads will be replacing the Shop Center/MarketBuzz.

The ads will last for 30 days, but it should send you an email or a PM when the ad is about to expire, so that you can go in and renew it if you'd like. You should also be able to edit your ad.

The ad contents are part of what gets searched using the new search box, so that will make things easier to find if you are wanting to buy or trade for something. There may be a delay in new ads showing up in search results, but we'll work out the right time frame for those updates.

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