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@  Patchouli Kn... : (29 May 2016 - 03:00 PM)

It means you're not very well-rounded.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (29 May 2016 - 02:46 PM)

What happens if you don't like pi?

@  Bass X0 : (29 May 2016 - 01:29 PM)

He who doesn't like pie are destined to become the contents of pie.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (29 May 2016 - 12:09 PM)

No you don't. You think you do, but you really don't.

@  Echowarrior : (29 May 2016 - 10:37 AM)

I like pie.

@  Pennpenn : (29 May 2016 - 05:18 AM)

There is no war in Ba Sing Se.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (29 May 2016 - 05:11 AM)

We have always been at war with East Asia.

@  unluckiness : (29 May 2016 - 04:04 AM)

His big scene in the big Astrotrain battle for leadership was also great. Too bad Starscream suckerpunched him after he beat everybody else up

@  Pennpenn : (29 May 2016 - 01:00 AM)

Of course he has. I mean, remember when Trailbreaker had to pretend to be him in Masquerade?

@  zephyrX9 : (29 May 2016 - 12:47 AM)

offroad has always been there

@  Plokatron : (28 May 2016 - 11:18 PM)

Transfer Uplinks look cool but in the wrong hands could be OP. Hmmm Just a funny thought what if Mainframe from G1 had a TU? He could make about anything period. Also does anyone know if CatSCAN ever received a spark? His wiki article says he is a spark less build when he was created surly he has one now.

@  tffan01 : (28 May 2016 - 02:33 PM)

@beetleman, ok.

@  Touch My Thighs : (28 May 2016 - 05:06 AM)

https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/videos/1603190709971770/ Wow it's just like old times.

@  Bass X0 : (28 May 2016 - 12:29 AM)

bueller...?

@  Bass X0 : (28 May 2016 - 12:29 AM)

bueller?

@  beetleman : (27 May 2016 - 07:07 PM)

sorry i was searching for a member

@  tffan01 : (27 May 2016 - 06:54 PM)

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@  beetleman : (27 May 2016 - 06:44 PM)

vbbjune

@  beetleman : (27 May 2016 - 06:43 PM)

vbbjune

@  Liege : (27 May 2016 - 05:12 PM)

As an UK expat, I have to say I miss the actual thrill of hunting in stores as frustrating as it was when distribution was bad. I feel spoiled for choice in America in comparison lol.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2016 - 04:48 PM)

And depending on where you live, even American stores

@  wonko the sane? : (27 May 2016 - 02:59 PM)

Or canadian stores, or australian stores, or german stores...

@  Bass X0 : (27 May 2016 - 02:14 PM)

at least you got the exercise. i ordered all of them online. there's no point in being a serious collector if someone is only going to rely on using UK stores.

@  Whirl Maximus : (27 May 2016 - 02:13 PM)

This day last year I walked five miles to Asda to collect all the Defensor components. I was a dumb kid.

@  wonko the sane? : (27 May 2016 - 12:47 PM)

It... can be...

@  Dracula : (27 May 2016 - 12:33 PM)

Is LSD something you drink...?

@  Plokatron : (27 May 2016 - 12:26 PM)

Someone drank a gallon of LSD.

@  Paladin : (27 May 2016 - 11:40 AM)

allthesesquaresmakeacircle, allthesesquaresmakeacircle, allthesesquaresmakeacircle, allthesesquaresmakeacircle, allthesesquaresmakeacircle, allthesesquaresmakeacircle.....

@  Bass X0 : (27 May 2016 - 11:17 AM)

v That's what she said...?

@  Robowang : (27 May 2016 - 10:39 AM)

Nothing better than a big ol' black one right in my mouth. Gotta love licorice.

@  Dracula : (27 May 2016 - 07:26 AM)

The one I go to gives me a discount on each issue's cover price. I still have to go there to pick up my comics but I'm sure I'll never miss any of them

@  Dracula : (27 May 2016 - 07:26 AM)

Plokatron, I don't think many comics companies do direct subscriptions like that anymore. However many local comic shops will reserve comics for you in a subscription fashion.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (27 May 2016 - 06:46 AM)

I have a friend who is one of the illegitimte comics trivia masters on the planet, and he says all the animation was hand-drawn by Muppets.

@  Scavgraphics : (27 May 2016 - 04:21 AM)

@Telly I got a friend who's one of the legit comics trivia masters on the planet. I've asked if he knows.

@  Plokatron : (26 May 2016 - 10:35 PM)

Been wondering and I'm probly being a complete slag brain and not notice whats in front of me. But does IDW have subscriptions available on their site? I'm thinking of signing up for monthly comics and Transformers is da one.

@  unluckiness : (26 May 2016 - 09:01 PM)

No idea, but I'd guess it'd be some in-studio job otherwise, given the obssessiveness nerds can have over about 50 years, we'd know by now.

@  Telly : (26 May 2016 - 08:54 PM)

does anyone know who did the "animation" for the 1960s batman show? been wondering for years and i cant find an answer anywhere. looks to me like either jack kirby or john romita

@  Dracula : (26 May 2016 - 03:36 PM)

YEAH GOT MY ORDER NOTICE TOO

@  Dracula : (26 May 2016 - 02:38 PM)

Sweet. Been hyped for this toy since I heard about it last year...mine is coming from HLJ

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 May 2016 - 11:34 AM)

Big Bad Toy Store.

@  Dracula : (26 May 2016 - 11:32 AM)

AW YES DIA BATTLES. What site did you order from

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 May 2016 - 11:06 AM)

I got my 10 day email for Dia Battles. GET. HYPE.

@  Lazy Garou : (26 May 2016 - 11:05 AM)

right now to avoid spoilers and such you have to basically leave the planet.

@  Lazy Garou : (26 May 2016 - 11:04 AM)

it's the first thing you see on facebook once you turn on the laptop.

@  Lazy Garou : (26 May 2016 - 11:03 AM)

by now it's everywhere on the internet, with big bold letters in every social network and forum.

@  TriBlurr : (26 May 2016 - 10:42 AM)

I like cheese

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2016 - 09:39 AM)

They apparently did it for "shock value", despite it not being particularly shocking or having value.

@  Touch My Thighs : (26 May 2016 - 09:39 AM)

Wow, way to spoil it for people.

@  Lazy Garou : (26 May 2016 - 09:03 AM)

Captain America Hidra Agent all this time? Bleugh, sounds like something DC would do.

@  Plokatron : (25 May 2016 - 10:25 PM)

@MEDdMI Number 1 super bot.


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#1 Fangwing

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:15 AM

We've got several staffers out in the sunny and smoggy subcontinent known as California, and we'll be getting news updates round the clock! Remember: this is going to be some of the latest news we've gotten in terms of Botcons, since this is the first time in several years the convention's been held in the Pacific timezone. So you Easterners are going to have to stay up past your bedtimes!

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:17 AM

Is there news yet? icon-fire.gif

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:32 AM

The con just started. Cool your jets, kiddo!


Head over to ASMZine's live photostream if you want pictures.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:33 AM

Newsnewsnewsnewsnewsnews

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:04 PM

Our own ChessPieceFace is checking in from the con with a few bits of info.

As noted in the TFD thread, Animated is officially ending. Spoiler about the last episode: HIGHLIGHT to view:
They wanted to show the Dinobots, Wreck-gar, and the Constructicons alive at the end of the show, but they ran out of time.

Edited by Galenraff, 29 May 2009 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:14 PM

Movie Writer's Panel starting, with Kurtzman and Orci.

I'll pretty much just copy and paste what ChessPieceFace feeds me, and serially edit the same post as long as it's on the same subject.

Edited by Galenraff, 29 May 2009 - 02:23 PM.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:15 PM

they wrote a 20pg outline 2 weeks before strike, then afterwards bay locked them in a hotel room 5 blocks from his office to finish, popping in constantly. massive room service bills. 4 months later, script done, shooting.

more robot screen time, more mythology, just as funny and crazy

blah blah blah need a good villian blah rise of a hero blah wanted to do tf justice blah blah.

For 3rd movie, Megatron vs. Enterprise. (kidding, of course)

Lots of questions about how awesome Shia is. "Shia's nice. He hurt his hand. He ran a lot."

Originally they wanted Soundwave, Ravage, and Arcee in TF1. (So basically, it sounds like a lot of people asking questions at this year's con didn't read the interviews from the 2007 con.)

For TF2, Michael created some characters, Hasbro suggested others, and some were put in for story or gags they thought of.

has hasbro ever dictated stuff a char needs to do, so they can sell a toy? no. hasbro's awesome. they showed them the history, said "pick what you want." they'd show them some ideas, but they'd only use what they thought was cool.

how do you deal with criticism of the first movie? tried to take it into account for sequel, now they're coming off success, tech's better, more freedom - you can't please everybody

is the char named demolishor or scavenger? can't answer, but there's a reason why there's 2 different names

Will Primus or Unicron be in TF3? Dunno, maybe.

Will we see what happened to Dispensor or the XBox360? You might figure it out, but you won't see them married with kids.

Is Michael Bay crazy? Half - he uses it to get what he wants, partially an act.

Tell us about Ehren Kruger? Was a big TF fan, impressive, cool. Good to have a new perspective.

Would you write a Beast Wars movie? Maybe.

Is Nimoy talking to Bay? Don't know.

Will we see the matrix or the quintessons in the movie? "Great question." Applause.

Why is Sideswipe not a Lambo? Where's Sunstreaker? Bay has all the say about cars. He loves cars. Script had him as a Lambo.

Who designed the faces of the twins? A Bay designer along with Hasbro designers. Since they were new and funny, they gave them weird physical appearances. It was driven by the studio. Bay just thinks those guys are so funny!

how much offscreen backstory did you think about? we thought about science, parallel evolution, we tried not to drown the movie in technobabble, but we love that stuff.

do we get backstory on how stuff combines, what happens to minds, etc? nah. michael wanted it to just happen.

how do you manage all the chars and storylines? we try to figure out the big stuff, unanswered questions from TF1, and find the story. we do actually read the comics, sometimes one panel can be a great inspiration.

"There's less criticism from boards for TF2", "Bay's a target" (tossed out bits in response to blurted out questions)

did the studio reluctance to have them talk make Bumblebee talk thru radio? no that can from ET, and they wanted the first robot to speak to be prime. Their sense is that people like the radio speak.

Was Bumblebee's face purposefully more human? Yup.

Blackout vs. Grindor? Spoiler material, can't answer.

More Soundwave tapes? Something new in that category, not one you know.

(Question about reanimating TFs). That's a big part of what the 'cons have to figure out.

Why Jetfire's cane? He's old.

And that's it, session's over.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:27 PM

Is it weird/bad that I have no respect for Kurtzman and Orci as writers?

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:45 PM

I'm more disappointed in all the silly questions of people just looking for revelations and stuff which, even if they did know, the writers wouldn't be able to talk about.

I wish more people bothered to ask about their process. I got this impression in 2007 too...kind of a wasted opportunity having these guys there if people don't want to ask about the actual writing.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 03:22 PM

That's all that was said about Animated?
That it's ending?

Well, there are two more panels Saturday that might have more to say.


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Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE(Galenraff @ May 29 2009, 02:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Our own ChessPieceFace is checking in from the con with a few bits of info.

As noted in the TFD thread, Animated is officially ending. Spoiler about the last episode: HIGHLIGHT to view:
They wanted to show the Dinobots, Wreck-gar, and the Constructicons alive at the end of the show, but they ran out of time.

I don't like that news. icon-screamer.gif You can have it back if you'll make it not true. icon-screamer.gif icon-screamer.gif icon-screamer.gif

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:02 PM

Apparently, the Animated panel had one or two new shorts no one had seen before.

I hope to god they put the remaining ones on the last DVD. It's not like there's many other options for them.
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE(The Predaking @ May 29 2009, 03:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it weird/bad that I have no respect for Kurtzman and Orci as writers?


It's weird/bad that that's all that you post about it.

Is there any news yet? Someone told me that Black Deluxe Scorponok is being named Stalker now.
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:52 PM

His placard lists him as "Stalker Scorponok". I may pick the little dude up.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE(Thunderous Iron Moose 3000! @ May 29 2009, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(The Predaking @ May 29 2009, 03:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it weird/bad that I have no respect for Kurtzman and Orci as writers?


It's weird/bad that that's all that you post about it.

Is there any news yet? Someone told me that Black Deluxe Scorponok is being named Stalker now.


Didn't like their rip of of Clonus Horror that they called The Island. Didn't really care for Star Trek or Transformers 2007's script either.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 07:29 PM

So to clarify, respect and enjoyment of work are coterminous to you?

(I am pleased that you know of Parts, though. Nicely done. )
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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:42 PM

I'm sure that they are nice people, but I find their work to be highly over-rated. They lost my respect when they "wrote" The Island.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:56 PM

i have heard freeway jazz is on display ugh i wanna see but there is no photo

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:00 PM

Who rates them highly? Star Trek, from what I hear, was largely due to Damon Lindelof's influence. Aside from that, I think most people consider them pretty hack-y.


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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:21 PM

There are photos of Freeway Jazz and Electrostatic Soundwave (sans Ratbat) @ Tformers. According to the signs, they are available now. Good to see Hasbro is nice and organized, as usual.
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