Childhood's End

The Toymaker Assassination Saga


24th Nov 2018, 10:26 PM
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lirvilas 24th Nov 2018, 10:26 PM
Wendell! Get some!
Microraptor 25th Nov 2018, 9:01 AM
@ Lirv: I approve of the music choice! :-D

Also, I wonder if the miniature bayonets of the toy soldiers are indeed functional... (As guns I mean, not just for stabbing.)
Downscaling (as well as upscaling) stuff is a common challenge in engineering. But ToyCo probably has a lot of very good engineers.
And the bullets may be of a very small calibre, but I guess if they can gain enough speed, it would still be nasty to get hit with them.


ProfEtheric 25th Nov 2018, 12:43 AM
I wish I could say that Wendell is a lovable idiot, but he is in no way lovable. Those toys are downright terrifying.

And I have a feeling that her cavaliers are even worse...

(By the way, she sounds a bit like a child in panel two. This is in no way bad, especially for someone connected to a toy company. Also, it ups the creep factor immensely.)

Also this is the second time we have heard one of the Toyco peeps use the word "dance". It makes sense, though, given that these two seem to spend time in proximity to each other.
Microraptor 25th Nov 2018, 9:08 AM
Sounding like a child may be a bit counterproductive though, when your older brother doesn't take you seriously and still treats you like one.
anonymous coward 25th Nov 2018, 4:24 PM
Tiny firearms don't strike me as terribly likely. The calibre on those would probably be way below .22, and the dimensions would be short too, which means they'd have no range or stopping power. That many anything at all could be a lethal threat if it were usefully deployed though: Hundreds of independently targeted laser pointers is easily a lethal threat.

I am curious about the cultural source behind these people using the word 'dance' for fighting/combat/being attacked. Are these folks fans of Star Control 2, and the Orz frenemies from it?
Microraptor 25th Nov 2018, 5:19 PM
It's very probable that the square-cube law, that dreaded enemy of everyone who tries to have kaijus and whatnot make physical sense, would come into play here.
A downscaled gun with the same proportions as its normal sized counterpart would for example have rather thin walls, which means a greater risk of bursting if you want to propel the bullet with any sufficient amount of force.
(Though if your soldiers are machines, then at least you don't have to fear them suing you because of accidents of that kind ;-) )

As for the dancing, in the case presented on this page it makes sense due to the heavy references to a work of which the most famous adaption is a ballet.
In general, I'd say dancing can also be something that can be done "playfully". (I mean, because they are a toy company and stuff.)
anonymous coward 26th Nov 2018, 3:17 PM
It's not so much the tiny size of the guns limiting the propulsive blast pressure that is the problem I think, although in all probability it is another nail in the coffin. Look at the dimensions of those matchstick musket accessories: They're shorter and narrower than a .22 by a fair bit, so a bullet coming out of that would also be narrower and shorter too.

A .22 already has pretty shit effective range and stopping power if you want to hurt a person with it: A bullet half the length and half the diameter has an eighth the mass, which means even if that thing can exit the gun barrel at supersonic speeds it'll slow down to subsonic inside of a much, much, shorter distance. It's pretty much a hand-to-hand weapon at that point, even if you were able to raise the muzzle velocity without it exploding. Plus, a smaller bullet will be lacking on the "m" part of ½mv² as well, rendering it ineffective.
AmeliaP 17th Dec 2018, 6:37 PM
Make him dance without a chance of surrendering!
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