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@  Bass X0 : (27 October 2016 - 02:22 PM)

Gnaw way, dude!

@  Kalidor : (27 October 2016 - 02:10 PM)

You may not care about Gnaw, but Gnaw cares about you. -Quintessons 3:20

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 October 2016 - 10:52 AM)

There was one solitary one in Dreamwave, but the company died before he could do anything except be Wheelie's pet.

@  Bass X0 : (27 October 2016 - 10:08 AM)

Who cares about Gnaw as an individual, not just one of many generic Sharkticons? The Sharkticons never showed individuality in the cartoon or comics so I don't care for it now.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 October 2016 - 12:10 AM)

Supposing that Hillary wins, then Bill will become First Ladies' Man. Hee hee.

@  Locoman : (26 October 2016 - 07:05 PM)

Dude got off pretty lightly, there are far worse things to be turned into than a cat if you think about it.

@  Pennpenn : (26 October 2016 - 06:22 PM)

Wasn't the cat a person who'd been transformed into a cat as a punishment? If so, was Salem his actual name as a human? Because calling a cat that is one thing, naming a child that is another...

@  wonko the sane? : (26 October 2016 - 04:24 PM)

Hey, careful with that joke there, it's an antique.

@  Bass X0 : (26 October 2016 - 03:42 PM)

The witches from the show "Sabrina" have a cat named Salem. That's like a Jewish family having a cat named Auschwitz.

@  Bass X0 : (26 October 2016 - 11:35 AM)

"So the clown doesn't really hurt him or anything. He just sort of points at him and calls him fat. What a jerk."

@  Locoman : (25 October 2016 - 09:59 PM)

http://www.clickhole.com/article/6-classic-episodes-game-thrones-where-characters-m-5003 I would totally watch Game of Thrones if it involved this.

@  Rycochet : (25 October 2016 - 07:21 PM)

I hope whatever line follows Titans Return gives us more large Autobot Targetmasters, I want a new Crosshairs even if it ends up being a retool of the inevitable Kup.

@  zephyrX9 : (25 October 2016 - 07:14 PM)

john warden's love of his job is so pure, so good

@  Pennpenn : (25 October 2016 - 06:23 PM)

I hate how small objects disappear into some kind of space-time breach when dropped, making it nearly impossible to find them.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (25 October 2016 - 04:42 PM)

I recall a Blurr in that '86 movie boxset. Drift retool Blurr that is. Is that set still happening?

@  Bass X0 : (25 October 2016 - 02:05 PM)

I suppose Chromedome would work again repainted red as Pointblank. I'd have preferred that to their Breakaway.

@  Blues : (25 October 2016 - 01:34 PM)

I'm still expecting a blurr with just more paint under the platinum line, but it seems like those random releases slowed down.

@  Bass X0 : (25 October 2016 - 01:31 PM)

There is surprisingly a lack of Deluxe cars in Titans Return. Knowing Hasbro we would get a red repaint of Blurr as Pointblank.

@  Blues : (25 October 2016 - 01:30 PM)

Yeah but I don't own a chromedome, and the only ones around me are nearly twenty dollars

@  Bass X0 : (25 October 2016 - 01:24 PM)

Chromedome is the best mold for Nightbeat and Siren. Blurr and Hot Rod just wouldn't work for either of them.

@  Blues : (25 October 2016 - 01:06 PM)

hmmmm I kinda want to paint my hasbro blurr into a body for takara nightbeat

@  unluckiness : (25 October 2016 - 08:34 AM)

Maybe if they'd announced it before G2 Dudicus

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2016 - 08:32 AM)

I'll wait for the Urban Camo version.

@  OrionPax44 : (25 October 2016 - 08:25 AM)

If they wanna make him more authentic they need to make the plastic out of even cheaper materials. I want that KO plastic feel. It won't be Ruination without it.

@  Jalaguy : (25 October 2016 - 07:24 AM)

Yup, the new figure's bio on TakTom Mall mentions it.

@  Pennpenn : (25 October 2016 - 03:37 AM)

I wonder if he's still powered by coffee milk?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2016 - 03:34 AM)


@  Razorsaw : (25 October 2016 - 01:17 AM)


@  Anguirus : (24 October 2016 - 10:55 PM)

I deliberately avoided the tieins, 1-50 pure straight through

@  The Doctor Who : (24 October 2016 - 10:40 PM)

Then skip to 20, then back to 5, then to 10, then to 47, then back to 30, then 50, then 22, then...

@  Liege : (24 October 2016 - 08:01 PM)

Start at 1

@  Benbot : (24 October 2016 - 07:10 PM)

So should you start at issue one, or are there later jumping in points?

@  Liege : (24 October 2016 - 06:33 PM)

Totally agree: 1-50 is like Ultimate Turtles in the sense it takes all that has come before and mixes it into a satisfying revigoration that still feels fresh. I read a few issues after 50 and felt lost because I missed some of the miniseries.

@  Anguirus : (24 October 2016 - 06:02 PM)

current bit ymmv but 1-50 is a triumphant reinvention of the turtles. I can only compare it to that point in 2012 with RiD/MtMtE when we all realized "wait, TF comics can be THIS?"

@  Liege : (24 October 2016 - 05:57 PM)

It was great up til issue 50. The current direction is an interesting one (splinter and the turtles lead the foot) but the execution is lacking imho.

@  Bass X0 : (24 October 2016 - 03:13 PM)

Never read it. What was so bad about it?

@  D.M : (24 October 2016 - 10:14 AM)

Extremely no. >:p

@  Anguirus : (24 October 2016 - 09:22 AM)


@  Benbot : (24 October 2016 - 08:10 AM)

Is the IDW TMNT series worth reading?

@  Whirl Maximus : (24 October 2016 - 07:13 AM)

Nothing but bag of nickels for the next few years.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 October 2016 - 04:13 PM)

It was a shame how he carried on.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2016 - 05:22 AM)

Party like a Russian! End of discussion!

@  MEDdMI : (23 October 2016 - 05:20 AM)

Russia's greatest love machine

@  zephyrX9 : (23 October 2016 - 03:12 AM)


@  TheMightyMol... : (23 October 2016 - 02:08 AM)


@  Telly : (22 October 2016 - 10:42 PM)

cubs in the world series. never thought id see the day...

@  Locoman : (22 October 2016 - 09:03 PM)

Get some extra shelves to store your shelves on.

@  Telly : (22 October 2016 - 08:53 PM)

its the chicken and the egg all over again

@  The Doctor Who : (22 October 2016 - 02:34 PM)

@Andrusi:  Too many toys or not enough shelves, eh?

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 October 2016 - 11:15 AM)

Needs more dakka shelves.


Esser-Reviews: DOTM Voyager Sentinel Prime

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:39 AM

Click hotlinks to see more images!

Robot Mode: I'll start here, because it be what he comes packaged in! Sentinel Prime is a very nice looking robot. I'm not entirely sure how accurate he is to the movie, as I've not seen it in months, but he's very nice looking. Articulation is good, with full shoulder and hip. Rotation at elbow and knee, both of which bend to 90 degrees. No wrist articulation, despite looking like there is, sadly. Neck turns, ankles hinge forward on a transformation joint. Headsculpt is good. I do wish some paint had gone onto his beard to differentiate it from his face, but that's a pretty tiny application. He comes across as rather old and noble, just like Optimus Prime expected!

Immensely noticeable in this mode is his kibble: Effectively all of it folds flat into what looks to my eye to be a cape. I'll comment a bit more on this later. He's painted pretty well, I think. I love the silver on his chest. I'm not sure I like the pure transparent plastic for his lightpiping. It gives him dead eyes even when they're glowing. Could be an intentional choice, given his role in the movie! I'm generally pleased with this mode. He wields his weapon nicely in either of its forms. Speaking of...

Mechtech Gimmick: Sentinel Prime, like all Voyagers in the DOTM line except Ironhide, has a Mechtech weapon that locks into one of two modes. The base form is used as a water cannon is his alt mode. For robot mode, I personally consider it a machine gun or similar. It looks pretty good to my eye, a nice solid big gun. Pushing down and turning a black wheel on the back moves a chunk of the gun forward on struts, creating a large barrel. This is official a fusion cannon, and I see no reason to disagree. It certainly looks like a powerful gun! I see Sentinel as flipping the gun into this mode for a more powerful shot, video game style.

Transformation: I don't intend to walk you through the transformation. Instead I will actually review it. I'll be honest. He's an utter shellformer. That cape I mentioned before? That's 90% of his alt mode, the rest being on his lower thighs and feet. Normally, I'd be really annoyed by this... But Sentinel's not a BW Neo or RID style shellformer. By that I mean he's not at all frustrating to transform. His limbs fold up readily and his shell actually fits around perfectly. One complaint--putting his front wheels into place for either mode always makes me feel like I'm going to break them. An a word of warning: Make sure his head's facing forward before you transforming the chest panel, or you may damage his crest!

Vehicle Mode: I'm biased. I've wanted a full size airport firetruck TF since I was a kid. And Sentinel Prime delivers. Thanks to his shell transformation, the alt mode is mostly unmarred by the needs of transformation. It's very nicely detailed--I love the rubbing-off Autobot logos on the back. Really makes him look old and also fits into his role in the movie. Holds together quite well in my experience. I suppose I should mention that he has no painted hubcaps, but honestly? I don't care about those!

Water cannon's oversized, but I'm perfectly willing to sacrifice a bit of aesthetics for play features. I, for one, love using the mechtech gimmick in this mode. It turns him into an alt mode seen previously on Cybertron Prime: Firepower Truck.

Overall: I suck at number ratings, so I'm not even going to try. Should you buy this toy? I say yes! He looks great in both modes, and his transformation is shell-based but mostly painless (excepting the front wheels), unlike his Leader counterpart. He lacks the sword and shield of his other versions, but he has an awesome BFG. I'm very pleased with him!

[I'd appreciate feedback on my review style. Content I should add? Things I should do differently? I want to know!]

Edited by Esser-Z, 02 January 2012 - 02:38 PM.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:44 PM

If you want "things you should do differently", well, maybe include some photos. They help emphasize your points, like how so much of the altmode becomes back kibble. show a picture of the back to emphasize that point.

I forgot that spaghetti was a pasta really.

#3 Esser-Z


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

Hm, good point. I do love taking pictures!

I'll update with some in a bit.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

I have added images.



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Posted 03 January 2012 - 05:05 AM

Unpainted hubs are expected here - they are black in real life. To be honest I'm surprised they aren't painted then. I was surprised to find Generations Wheeljack had them painted, one of the toys where I wouldn't have minded them blank. And they painted them on one of the Bumblebees when this time he has gunmetal black wheels too. I'll never get the randomness.

But the rest of the toy - he needs paint. Badly. I was looking him over on vacation while my wife was browsing at Target and I could not believe how plain he was. Honestly I was shocked and thought he was hugged up until I saw another one. I don't think his design is bad at all, but the execution was not there for me at all. He looked like he had been left out in the sun and all the color had faded away.

Edited by GALVATRON I, 03 January 2012 - 05:06 AM.

What is singature?

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:18 PM

And now that damaged bit of headcrest has snapped off. So, uh, be careful of that.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 11:30 PM

Yeah, I'm rather surprised they didn't make that out of a rubbery material or something.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:04 AM

I see the smaller gun muzzle seems like a minicon port. Can he use minicons there?
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:05 AM

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:06 AM

icon-ironhide.gif cool !
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:07 AM

Yeah, can't believe I forgot to mention it. That was one of the first things I noticed when I saw pictures of the toy. I'm always on the prowl for minicon ports. icon-fire.gif