TOS Merchandise Section Launches

See above.

The new TOS merchandise section - screengrabNineteen days since the last update? Ouch.

To rectify, then. TOS has launched a new Merchandise section to replace the now-defunct Red Dwarf shops. For all the effort that’s gone into it, there’s little to say apart from: FANTASTIC. It’s an excellent bit of design – you can search via country or type of product, and it’s extremely easy to use.

With my web standards hat on, I’ve always had a few issues with the design of reddwarf.co.uk – mainly that I don’t like a site requiring javascript when it doesn’t really need to. But ignoring that, as part of the existing design, this works wonderfully. In fact, it’s so good that you wonder why they ever went to the trouble of setting up the shops, and just didn’t always go with this idea.

It’s especially interesting investigating what countries other than the UK and the USA offer – check out Japan’s Better Than Life cover. It’s lovely having images and descriptions of some of the more obscure stuff, all in one place.

Oh, and a nice little link to the Webboard has been added to the navbar too. The sad thing is, I actually think this is an important thing to put on record for generations to come. Archaeological Roman digs? Swivel. Sadly, it does mean the end of the Arcade section, which never reached – or even started to reach – its full potential, although Beat The Geek will be more than consolation for this. This also means the end of Simulants’ Revenge – whether it’s available anywhere else online, I don’t know. I can’t find it off-hand.

Speaking of merchandise, TOS also announced last week that Series 1 has been released in Poland – Re-mastered, vanilla, you know the drill. The information on the dub is very interesting – just one voice doing all the characters? Odd. I’m sure I’d get confused, but I guess it must work if that’s what you’re used to.

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  1. It’s especially interesting investigating what countries other than the UK and the USA offer – check out Japan’s Better Than Life cover.

    As mentioned on OD, and as me, Ian and Cappsy discovered before we learned that they’d been put in the Merchandise section, the Estonian book covers are veeery interesting…

  2. Hey, Andrew. Re:

    > Since the retraction of the Red Dwarf Shops, it’s become clear that fans come to rd.co.uk for the information.

    You either don’t own rd.co.uk or you haven’t set it up, so you realy shouldn’t be doing that, old boy…

  3. Actually, you can’t use two-letter .uk names.

    I must say, it probably is bad form – but I constantly use od.org for Observation Dome in emails, and I’ve probably slipped and used it at least once on the site somewhere.

    Anyway, Andrew should start using TOS :-)

  4. > You either don’t own rd.co.uk or you haven’t set it up, so you realy shouldn’t be doing that, old boy…

    Well, the show’s name isn’t “RD’ but we call it that all the time. So – why not? I don’t think it’s confusing anyone…

    > Anyway, Andrew should start using TOS :-)

    Yeah, that’ll happen. :-)

  5. Actually, although the registration rules state that you can’t use 2 letter .uk names, this doesn’t apply if you have a large enough bank balance.

    Hence http://www.o2.co.uk

  6. Now, that I *didn’t* know. Veeery interesting.

  7. Actually, iNads, it’s nothing to do with bank balance. Only two alphabetic characters is disallowed – one alphabetic and one numeric or two numeric are both allowed.

  8. > Actually, you can’t use two-letter .uk names.

    what is .co.uk if not a two-letter .uk name? ;)

  9. Actually, just .uk is the TLD. The .co is the second level domain.

    But yeah, I should have said two-letter .co.uk names. HAPPY NOW?

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