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@  Liege : (14 February 2016 - 03:42 PM)

Selling some stuff, check the BST thread for my topic.

@  MEDdMI : (14 February 2016 - 10:02 AM)

-30 degree windchill over here and my car won't start. Hope everyone else is staying warm!

@  Paladin : (14 February 2016 - 09:11 AM)

Valentine's Day. Bummer.

@  Smokey : (14 February 2016 - 04:42 AM)

Oh, and happy birthday Razorsaw.

@  Smokey : (14 February 2016 - 04:39 AM)

I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!

@  Smokey : (14 February 2016 - 04:33 AM)

*punches through a silk screen* SILENCE!!!

@  Plokatron : (14 February 2016 - 02:53 AM)

@Smokey Nimcombots! You useless hunk of junk wheres my cheese omelet?!!

@  Smokey : (14 February 2016 - 02:32 AM)

Snoo PINGAS usual, I see?

@  Plokatron : (14 February 2016 - 01:52 AM)

Going to try and dress up as AoSTH Robotnik. Only two things I see being had for the costume. The Moustache and the classic yellow target belt thing. May need some help. :drunk

@  Plokatron : (14 February 2016 - 01:40 AM)

Hmmm bit of cool news for me. I'm going to my first Comic Con!! No not the Comicon a comic con in cape girardeau. First Con thats been close enough for me to go to!! Blast it will be.

@  unluckiness : (14 February 2016 - 01:31 AM)

Chromedome aside, it's not like they're doing anything in MTMTE.

@  Whirl Maximus : (14 February 2016 - 01:23 AM)

It just hit me, MTMTE might lose Brainstorm, Chromedome, Fort Max, Rewind, Ravage and Blaster to RiD.

@  Cabooceratops : (13 February 2016 - 11:45 PM)

Decepticons, Transform and Rise Up!

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 08:04 PM)

I'm actually rather fond of the phrase "You are being decieved," to be honest.

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 08:03 PM)

"You are being decieved."

@  Boomhauer : (13 February 2016 - 07:57 PM)

"Hope is not real"- Scourge, from IDW comic Autobots Wage Their Battle

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 07:50 PM)

We can only hope.

@  Boomhauer : (13 February 2016 - 07:46 PM)

Also the Season 2 Trailer makes me hopeful for Clampdown getting more toys since he seems to be one of the blessed escapees

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 07:20 PM)

I had been hoping we'd get a good Windblade toy, and RID delivered this time.

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 07:20 PM)

Yeah, RID Windblade is basically a gigantic slap in the face to the people who think RID could NEVER be anywhere near as good as "collector's" lines like Generations.

@  Boomhauer : (13 February 2016 - 07:13 PM)

Bisk is fun, but I'm more excited about Strongarm's fishgun, Scorponok with a different transformation for once and a Windblade that can stand up

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 06:43 PM)

One-steps are pretty much the most fun thing ever. It's kind of addicting to just shift from one mode to another over and over again.

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 06:41 PM)

That makes him even better than a Warrior.

@  Cabooceratops : (13 February 2016 - 06:39 PM)

Bisk is a 1-Step

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 04:38 PM)

I hope Bisk is either a Legends or he's less messed up than he looks.

@  Plokatron : (13 February 2016 - 01:53 PM)

@Rycochet He is indeed voiced by Wierd Al. He is also a awesome brother. :D

@  Rycochet : (13 February 2016 - 07:15 AM)

Polkatron dares to be stupid and is voiced by A. Yankovic.

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 February 2016 - 07:07 AM)

He got all the musical talent in the family.

@  BillBarclay : (13 February 2016 - 05:59 AM)

Polkatron? is he Plokatron's spotty brother?

@  BillBarclay : (13 February 2016 - 05:58 AM)

Polkatron? is he Ploj

@  Plokatron : (12 February 2016 - 11:21 PM)

@Cabooceratops So was what I said. :D

@  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...


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#21 Fishbug

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:14 PM

That's twice now that Over-Run has been used in a "Crap! We need a new name!" situation.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:44 PM

Wasn't "Runabout" already known to be unavailable way back when Hasbro had to call his Cybertron counterpart Runamuck instead?

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:17 PM

QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 02:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wasn't "Runabout" already known to be unavailable way back when Hasbro had to call his Cybertron counterpart Runamuck instead?

Yes but a lot can change in 7 years.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:45 PM

It seems like FunPub doesn't check until the toys are being produced for some reason, which seems odd. Same thing happened with Botcon Streetwise.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:46 PM

Couldn't they do Run-a-bout instead or will that not get around the problem?
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:47 PM

QUOTE(ShinRa Inc @ Jan 27 2012, 03:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It seems like FunPub doesn't check until the toys are being produced for some reason, which seems odd. Same thing happened with Botcon Streetwise.


Well, it's not an instant process. Especially since it has to go through Hasbro Legal.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:51 PM

QUOTE(C16 @ Jan 27 2012, 03:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Couldn't they do Run-a-bout instead or will that not get around the problem?


Any new trademark would have delayed the toys. Any trademark that would require a check by Hasbro Legal (whether it was due to age or other reasons) would have delayed the toys. So to keep the toys on schedule, a name from the past couple years was reused.

And this is of course just for the toy. Anything that has to do with the character in fiction will still call him "Runabout".

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE(C16 @ Jan 27 2012, 03:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Couldn't they do Run-a-bout instead or will that not get around the problem?

No.


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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

Given how long we've known these guys were coming, and obviously FP has known for even longer, it does seem more than a little odd that they are seemingly just now discovering "Runabout" wasn't available. It smacks of a lack of planning.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:04 PM

Look! It's Over-RUN, he's ABOUT ready to join the battle!
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:05 PM

QUOTE(LV! @ Jan 27 2012, 03:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Given how long we've known these guys were coming, and obviously FP has known for even longer, it does seem more than a little odd that they are seemingly just now discovering "Runabout" wasn't available. It smacks of a lack of planning.


Fun Pub doesn't hold any trademarks. That all belongs to Hasbro. So Hasbro have to be the ones to check to see if they own/can own the names. Fun Pub can't check anything.

So Fun Pub can plan all they want. And it can be a 100% fool proof plan on their end. But after all of that, they still have to rely on Hasbro for the whole thing to come together.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

QUOTE(NightViper @ Jan 27 2012, 09:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fun Pub doesn't hold any trademarks. That all belongs to Hasbro. So Hasbro have to be the ones to check to see if they own/can own the names. Fun Pub can't check anything.

So Fun Pub can plan all they want. And it can be a 100% fool proof plan on their end. But after all of that, they still have to rely on Hasbro for the whole thing to come together.

Believe me, I know all too well how relying on Hasbro can work. Nonetheless, given this (in the form of Streetwise) has bitten FP in the past, I would think they might spend a little more time asking the appropriate parties "Hey, you ever find out if we can use 'Runabout'?".

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE(NightViper @ Jan 27 2012, 08:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(C16 @ Jan 27 2012, 03:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Couldn't they do Run-a-bout instead or will that not get around the problem?


Any new trademark would have delayed the toys. Any trademark that would require a check by Hasbro Legal (whether it was due to age or other reasons) would have delayed the toys. So to keep the toys on schedule, a name from the past couple years was reused.

And this is of course just for the toy. Anything that has to do with the character in fiction will still call him "Runabout".


I prefer to use the name on the packaging in most cases and think of a reason why they would change their name in fiction when upgrading to their new form. Whether its by choice like Bumblebee to Goldbug or forced changed names like Octane to Tankor.

Obviously I won't use names like Beast Changer.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:41 PM

Have they made a mention about what week they were gonna put the preorder up??

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:43 PM

Next week, supposedly.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 08:18 PM

They could have made him Canadian and called him Runaboot.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 08:21 PM

Should have called him Run-Over.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 08:38 PM

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Should have called him Run-Over.


The last (and only) time Run-Over was used was 2003. Nine years ago.

That's quite some time since someone at Hasbro checked on the name. It more than likely would have required a search.

Over-Run was used last year. No search necessary.

So if the time constraints were such that they could not wait for a search, Run-Over wasn't an option.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:07 AM

Battle Charger then. Last used a year ago. An appropriate name that does not change anything about him. When having to change a character's name, the original team name if they were in one should be the first thing to check.

But obviously I wouldn't want Octane to be given the name "Triple Changer" on his packaging.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:10 PM

I am very tempted to join the club for this toy. Gorgeous.



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