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@  Cabooceratops : (12 February 2016 - 09:10 PM)

It's called a joke, Polkatron, you may have heard of the concept?

@  Plokatron : (12 February 2016 - 08:06 PM)

@Nutjob R/T @TheMightyMollusk Yesh are you Baybots thinking so litteral?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 February 2016 - 02:41 PM)

Optimus makes a lousy helmet.

@  Nutjob R/T : (12 February 2016 - 02:11 PM)

Wait when did Optimus Prime fly off the top of your head?

@  Plokatron : (12 February 2016 - 01:55 PM)

@Paladin @TheMightyMollusk @NotVeryKnightly Dumb dumb dumb on Hasbros part. Optimus flew withing the first three episodes of the G1 cartoon. No not the glide flight thing that only Deceps uses after that I mean the jetpack part. Plus I can site four other times he flew off the top of my head.

@  Boomhauer : (12 February 2016 - 12:45 PM)

Optimus already got to fly in RID's Season finale, though one could argue he was just falling with style instead of flying properly.

@  Rycochet : (12 February 2016 - 12:09 PM)

The Unicron Trilogy had awful shows but some really neat toys even if it did get off to a shaky start with some of the unnecessarily flawed Armada stuff.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (12 February 2016 - 12:09 PM)

Didn't he fly in Beast Hunters?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (12 February 2016 - 11:58 AM)

What about Animated?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 February 2016 - 11:55 AM)

Someone who never saw the Unicron Trilogy. God do I envy them....

@  Paladin : (12 February 2016 - 11:49 AM)

...Hasbro's billing that new "Power Surge Optimus Prime" as "the first time Optimus takes flight." who thought THAT sounded right....

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 February 2016 - 11:34 AM)

More likely, they'll all follow the same visual style to retain brand coherency. The most you could hope for is better writing, but don't hold your breath.

@  Dracula : (12 February 2016 - 10:25 AM)

Cool. Bay can't possibly direct all of those. Maybe we'll get someone else's vision of what a TF movie could look like.

@  Paladin : (12 February 2016 - 10:14 AM)

ugh. we're apparently getting 1 TF film A YEAR starting 2017. and Bumblebee gets a spinoff film...

@  Plokatron : (11 February 2016 - 03:23 PM)

Guess no one has the comic then. Blast I need that close up of Ironhide's helmet!

@  Arazyr : (11 February 2016 - 01:41 PM)

Happy Birthday, young'un. 8^)

@  D Buster Prime : (11 February 2016 - 01:21 PM)

It's my BIRTHDAY! I'm 35 years young!

@  BillBarclay : (11 February 2016 - 10:54 AM)

nah! it's Venus that's going to Botcon!

@  Paladin : (11 February 2016 - 10:45 AM)

could've also meant Cree Summer...

@  Dracula : (11 February 2016 - 08:39 AM)

Good going, Blackarachnia. I heard it's been hard for her to get roles after Hasbro brought in Airachnid.

@  BillBarclay : (11 February 2016 - 06:34 AM)

you mean Venus Terzo! she's supposed to be going to Botcon

@  Whirl Maximus : (11 February 2016 - 03:23 AM)

Blackarachnia was on Supernatural last night.

@  Plokatron : (10 February 2016 - 11:08 PM)

Ponderous slagging ponderous. Hey anyone got some good Hi-res captures of Ironhide in Infestation? I really need close ups of his head for reference on a project.

@  Plokatron : (09 February 2016 - 10:46 PM)

Ok now this is funny. I ordered a used copy of HoS GN and the one I got was a library copy once. It's marked Union County on it. Thats my home county. :D It never was in my library though. Mine is named after the man who built it not the town or county but still kinda funny.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 February 2016 - 09:44 PM)

Is it sad I read "KF7 Soviet" as "KFC7 Soviet"?

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 February 2016 - 03:38 PM)

Neat.

@  Dracula : (09 February 2016 - 03:35 PM)

A what? Oh, you must mean a KF7 Soviet. Common mistake.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 February 2016 - 03:22 PM)

Can I just get an AK-47 instead?

@  Telly : (09 February 2016 - 02:35 PM)

this is form 47-a. you want form 47-A. start again

@  MEDdMI : (09 February 2016 - 02:07 PM)

Now you didn't fill the form in black or blue ink. Do it again.

@  Rycochet : (09 February 2016 - 02:04 PM)

You made a typo on the first page of the forms, you're going to have to go back and fill the whole form out again, from first to final.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 February 2016 - 01:31 PM)

"bats"

@  Dracula : (09 February 2016 - 01:09 PM)

Nice and soft, you say? This isn't even my final form!!!!

@  Telly : (09 February 2016 - 12:47 PM)

its nice and soft like YOU dracula *bats eyelashes* and thatll probly be the last thing i post in this thing now lol

@  Dracula : (09 February 2016 - 08:52 AM)

It's course and rough...wait that doesn't work

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 February 2016 - 08:43 AM)

It gets everywhere?

@  Paladin : (09 February 2016 - 07:57 AM)

i hate snow.

@  BillBarclay : (08 February 2016 - 04:58 PM)

btw one of the Transformers Victory intro's(not the original music used) on YouTube uses one of the pieces of music used on the US version of Transformers Armada

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 03:55 PM)

You should read it again, it gets better with age!

@  Whirl Maximus : (08 February 2016 - 03:46 PM)

I am fully aware of that story and mentioning it carries the penalty of fifty towel snaps.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 03:31 PM)

Shh, it's a trap!

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 February 2016 - 02:48 PM)

See, you said "awesome" and "The Beast" in the same sentence, and I think you broke my mind with the contradiction.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 02:42 PM)

No-one tell Whirl about the awesome dinobot combiner, The Beast.

@  Plokatron : (08 February 2016 - 02:37 PM)

@Dracula Uh oh were in trouble.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 02:36 PM)

If you think that's cool, wait until you see what other stuff we're hiding from you.

@  Whirl Maximus : (08 February 2016 - 02:33 PM)

Transformers Victory's intro is awesome. And not one of you told me.... WHY?!!!

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 10:43 AM)

It doesn't count those using it on other pages.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 10:43 AM)

If it's the one by IPB Shoutbox, it means the number of people who are viewing the Shoutbox page.

@  tffan01 : (08 February 2016 - 10:34 AM)

Where's the red numbers?

@  Lush City : (08 February 2016 - 09:23 AM)

Ok total newb to the shoutbox, but what do the red numbers in the corner mean?


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#1 Sprocket

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 04:29 PM

Hey all,

Botcon 2007 was my first and only con away from home because I could drive to it. But I really, really want to go to this year's Botcon. Thing is, even a month or two ago I never found a flight cheaper than 300 from JFK Airport to LAX. On top of that, it's half-an-hour to the convention center from the LAX.

For those that have been to Botcon before, how did you fly there, and how did you get to the convention center? The cheaper the answer the better, obviously.
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 04:34 PM

QUOTE(Sprocket @ Apr 28 2011, 02:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey all,

Botcon 2007 was my first and only con away from home because I could drive to it. But I really, really want to go to this year's Botcon. Thing is, even a month or two ago I never found a flight cheaper than 300 from JFK Airport to LAX. On top of that, it's half-an-hour to the convention center from the LAX.

For those that have been to Botcon before, how did you fly there, and how did you get to the convention center? The cheaper the answer the better, obviously.


Since I live here, my flight information is a bit... inverted, but generally, LAX is the cheapest airport by far, although it can be a bit of a zoo compared to others (Burbank is the other one close to Pasadena, although Ontario isn't prohibitive). Most people use "SuperShuttle" to get here from the airport.

If you haven't already, I invite you to check out the "Survival Guide" I put up on my blog some time ago. I try to cover most of the basic travel information, as well as some local places of interest. You'll also see some links there that you might find helpful if you're looking to save money.

Best wishes!

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 03:19 PM

300 is about the right price - I don't think holding out for much cheaper than that is going to work out well. I'd be happy to be wrong here, but everything I was looking at was around the same price.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 01:18 AM

Has there been any word yet about a discount rate for shuttle service from the airport to the hotels? Last time it was from Prime Shuttle service. Are they doing it again, or is there another service?

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 10:23 AM

QUOTE(TrnsfrmGod @ Apr 29 2011, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has there been any word yet about a discount rate for shuttle service from the airport to the hotels? Last time it was from Prime Shuttle service. Are they doing it again, or is there another service?

Check page 3 of the BotCon brochure (just one of many questions answered on the Survival Guide).

To be a little less snarky and more helpful than even that is, it's under "Hotel Accommodations"

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 07:25 PM

Hey,
check out page 3 of my webpage:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3897880/

I am offering shuttle service and tours.

Thanks



QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Apr 30 2011, 08:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(TrnsfrmGod @ Apr 29 2011, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has there been any word yet about a discount rate for shuttle service from the airport to the hotels? Last time it was from Prime Shuttle service. Are they doing it again, or is there another service?

Check page 3 of the BotCon brochure (just one of many questions answered on the Survival Guide).

To be a little less snarky and more helpful than even that is, it's under "Hotel Accommodations"



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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:35 PM

QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Apr 30 2011, 11:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(TrnsfrmGod @ Apr 29 2011, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has there been any word yet about a discount rate for shuttle service from the airport to the hotels? Last time it was from Prime Shuttle service. Are they doing it again, or is there another service?

Check page 3 of the BotCon brochure (just one of many questions answered on the Survival Guide).

To be a little less snarky and more helpful than even that is, it's under "Hotel Accommodations"



QUOTE(G1 Ratchet @ Apr 30 2011, 08:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey,
check out page 3 of my webpage:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3897880/

I am offering shuttle service and tours.

Thanks



QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Apr 30 2011, 08:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(TrnsfrmGod @ Apr 29 2011, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has there been any word yet about a discount rate for shuttle service from the airport to the hotels? Last time it was from Prime Shuttle service. Are they doing it again, or is there another service?

Check page 3 of the BotCon brochure (just one of many questions answered on the Survival Guide).

To be a little less snarky and more helpful than even that is, it's under "Hotel Accommodations"



Somehow, I recall the deal FP had with with Prime Time being more publicized last time around. I thought it was its own big announcement, or at least something beyond just a quick blurb in the brochure

Thank you, to both of you.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:54 AM

Getting between $300 and $400 was the CHEAPER of prices during my searching months ago for ATL to LAX.

I do need to remember to book my shuttle to the airport, though...

That'd be a lonnnnnnnnnng walk.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:41 PM

I don't know what pricetag you put on your time and energy, but if you REALLY want the cheapest,
the bus and rail is $1.50, and will take you 1.5 to 2 hours to get there.
It will save you ~$20 each way, from the looks of the shuttle bus service. (I guess if you had 5 people in a shuttle bus it would only be ~$13.50 more than public transit...) the shuttle bus website is here: www.supershuttle.com with 15% off when you reserve in advance. http://www.metro.net/ for the public transit website.
Looks like the buses are 439('b' or not 'b') and 42 to UNION STATION. Then Metro Gold Line to DEL MAR STATION. (Huh, looks like they cut the line off. It used to go past there.)

Also, add a potential 30 minutes to your bus time at the airport if your terminal is on the far end (north end leaving the airport for the hotel, south end arriving at airport from hotel). It takes that long to get through with all the traffic and stopping at all the terminals to let other people off. (I missed my flight.)
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I guess you want the "C" bus. Green bus sign.

It's not far hoofing it from the public rail terminal to the main hotel. It's like 3 blocks. (0.3 miles, 8 minutes)
As long as you're only carrying one large box on wheels it should be manageable. I always bring a fold-up dolly.
I guess it'll be farther if you're at one of the other hotels though.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 06:38 PM

Yeah, as much as I want to save money, I think I'm going to go with a Shuttle service. I just hope the Club has linked up with one for the convention so people going can get a group discount.

Now if only I could find a roommate or two or three to share the hotel cost with. How do people who don't have a circle of convention friends do it?
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:46 AM

It looks like Prime Time Shuttle is a bit cheaper than Super Shuttle, even after the discount. It's especially cheaper for a private car (what I'll be using since I'll be tired from a flight from Japan and will want to get to the hotel ASAP), and the price includes gratuity even.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:44 AM

QUOTE(Buster Darkwings @ May 20 2011, 12:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It looks like Prime Time Shuttle is a bit cheaper than Super Shuttle, even after the discount. It's especially cheaper for a private car (what I'll be using since I'll be tired from a flight from Japan and will want to get to the hotel ASAP), and the price includes gratuity even.

I see it hasn't been mentioned here (I've posted it on the Survival Guide more recently), but there's also a service called Shuttle2LAX that offers a flat $20 from LAX to anywhere (plus $11 for each additional person). Also cheaper than SuperShuttle, even after the discount.

Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 20 May 2011 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:05 PM

I didn't see PTS as being cheaper than SS--I got $37.20 one-way from PTS, $34 from SS with the group rate.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:43 PM

QUOTE(Defensis Prime @ May 30 2011, 11:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I didn't see PTS as being cheaper than SS--I got $37.20 one-way from PTS, $34 from SS with the group rate.

(<shrug>)
Prime Time Shuttle can be cheaper than Super Shuttle, but I don't pretend to know the ins-and-outs of that (is it based on time of reservation, destination, what?), nor if any such situations exist relevant to BotCon. I am pretty sure Shuttle2LAX beats both prices, though.

Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 30 May 2011 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:57 PM

Trying out Shuttle2LAX - assuming it works out, thanks for the tip! They put us on Prime Time Shuttle for $31 each way for my wife and me together ($20 for one person, $11 for the second). They did, however, estimate almost two hours' travel time from the airport to the Pasadena Sheraton. I'm really hoping that's a giant exaggeration to prevent lateness, as opposed to the actual ETA.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE(Defensis Prime @ May 31 2011, 03:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I didn't see PTS as being cheaper than SS--I got $37.20 one-way from PTS, $34 from SS with the group rate.

(<shrug>)


Prime Time say they give you a 7% discount for booking shared ride vans online, but the prices they show you might already reflect that.



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