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@  BillBarclay : (30 November 2015 - 05:49 PM)


@  Cabooceratops : (30 November 2015 - 04:08 PM)

I always thought I might be bad, now I'm sure that it's true. 'Cause I think you're so good, and I'm nothing like you.

@  Glenn : (30 November 2015 - 11:02 AM)

I assume its a reference similar to the american "states rights" argument 

@  Patchouli Kn... : (30 November 2015 - 10:13 AM)

Fourth home?

@  Whirl Maximus : (30 November 2015 - 09:06 AM)

Sugary drink to be taxed in the UK. MPs deserve fourth home for this!

@  Touch My Thighs : (30 November 2015 - 08:44 AM)

Um, whoops. This thing embeds videos? My bad.

@  Touch My Thighs : (30 November 2015 - 08:42 AM)

holy god the person they got to do Luke's voice is terrible.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 November 2015 - 08:24 AM)

Now I remember why I don't drink.

@  unluckiness : (30 November 2015 - 08:16 AM)

You threw them out the window in a fit of passion. You said you were never going to need them again

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 November 2015 - 08:13 AM)

Honey! Where are my paaaaaaaaaaaants?

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 November 2015 - 07:54 AM)

Where am I, what day is it, and where are my pants?

@  Touch My Thighs : (30 November 2015 - 06:19 AM)

No, this is Patrick.

@  unluckiness : (30 November 2015 - 05:01 AM)

Hello? Is this the Krusty Krab?

@  Whirl Maximus : (30 November 2015 - 04:58 AM)

Zetca just debunked 'Peace through Tyranny' with 'Memoirs of a Empty turned quantum Engineer'.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (29 November 2015 - 02:35 PM)

It's winter, there's nothing wrong with enjoying your beef with a Hot Dickens Cider.

@  abates : (29 November 2015 - 02:32 PM)

Hmm, it's almost that month I spell Decept<backspace><backspace>mber.

@  Rycochet : (29 November 2015 - 10:32 AM)

Perfect for bagels.

@  Cabooceratops : (29 November 2015 - 10:17 AM)

Montana Burgers: Freshly Dicked for Your Enjoyment

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 November 2015 - 08:16 AM)

Remind me never to buy a burger in Montana.

@  unluckiness : (29 November 2015 - 08:07 AM)

I thought the duck went inside a turkey.

@  Boomhauer : (29 November 2015 - 07:58 AM)

You didnt have to censor that you already made your intentions to the cow pretty clear

@  Patchouli Kn... : (28 November 2015 - 11:53 PM)


@  Paladin : (28 November 2015 - 10:41 PM)

It's Midnight in Montana and I Can't Get My D*ck Out Of This Cow.

@  vertigo : (28 November 2015 - 11:22 AM)

Luckily I have a networked hard drive that I copied pictures and about 2/3 of my music to so it wasn't as bad as it could have been

@  unluckiness : (28 November 2015 - 11:00 AM)

I'm sorry.

@  Fnu Aw : (28 November 2015 - 10:56 AM)

New Pony episode starting!

@  Patchouli Kn... : (28 November 2015 - 10:44 AM)


@  vertigo : (28 November 2015 - 10:25 AM)

So my mac just died so spectacularly that it took the external hard drive out with it. I now has a sad.

@  Glenn : (27 November 2015 - 12:57 PM)

Mine came on Wednesday as well and I also chose free shipping

@  Confuzor : (26 November 2015 - 12:55 AM)

Well, I kinda lied about my friends buying him for me so that I can avoid the "spending money I don't have" lecture ^_^;;

@  GodmasterElvis : (25 November 2015 - 11:32 PM)

That's lucky. I chose free shipping, mine didn't even ship for a week or so, and when it did they just slapped a shipping label on the box.

@  Telly : (25 November 2015 - 11:24 PM)

youre more of a man than i am. i wouldnt be able to wait that long

@  Confuzor : (25 November 2015 - 11:23 PM)

Naw, I'm going to wait for my birthday (Dec 7)

@  Telly : (25 November 2015 - 10:52 PM)

have you opened him? he is glorious

@  Confuzor : (25 November 2015 - 10:25 PM)

My Amazon CW Devastator arrived today! I opted for free shipping and it was supposed to arrive some time next week. NOPE! Free 3-day shipping!

@  Telly : (25 November 2015 - 10:04 PM)

i dont want to see a single glimpse of spidey until im sitting in the theater. if marvel is smart (and they can do it) theyll do it that way

@  Paladin : (25 November 2015 - 08:34 PM)

not good enough! I demand pictures of MCU Spider-Man!

@  BillBarclay : (25 November 2015 - 08:03 PM)

& noone's mentioning the Civil War trailer in this shout! c'mon! give Black Panther some love

@  Mighty Maximal : (25 November 2015 - 04:36 PM)

There sure are a lot of Black Friday Console offers in my neck of the woods nearly £100 of a Ps4 is not uncoomon

@  Paladin : (25 November 2015 - 10:53 AM)

i've been hoping the same for almost six years. even the 3rd Parties don't seem to care about Omega much... :(

@  Shockwave 75 : (25 November 2015 - 10:39 AM)

Hoping for a G1/Animated hybrid Omega Supreme.

@  Paladin : (25 November 2015 - 10:08 AM)

why are there no preorders open yet for Victorion, anyway?

@  Boomhauer : (25 November 2015 - 10:02 AM)

Scorponok is Jeb cuz he has no chance of winning. B ^ )

@  Paladin : (25 November 2015 - 10:00 AM)

so what does that make Scorponok? Ben Carson?

@  unluckiness : (25 November 2015 - 09:59 AM)

I believe that was Victorion in the last ex-RID issue.

@  Rycochet : (25 November 2015 - 09:58 AM)

I don't recall Trypticon ever making an arse of himself demanding to see Optimus Prime's birth certificate. Must have happened during the Costa era after I just stopped caring.

@  Boomhauer : (25 November 2015 - 09:58 AM)

There's Autobots coming in and energon coming out. And I say: We need to build a giant dinosaur wall. #Trypticon2017

@  unluckiness : (25 November 2015 - 09:56 AM)

One's a barely-intelligent walking engine of war that destroys anything he touches. The other is a dinosaur that turns into a city.

@  Paladin : (25 November 2015 - 09:54 AM)

i'm not sure comparing Trypticon to Donald Trump is the best way to win votes... #VoteOmegaSupreme

@  Boomhauer : (25 November 2015 - 09:49 AM)

Make Kaon great again. #Trypticon2017


Phil's review of TF Prime Deluxe Soundwave

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#1 Philister


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:10 AM

For more pics, click on the image above

Prelude: Many thanks to my good buddy James aka Caked-Up, who gave me Soundwave here for my birthday this year.

Robot Mode: First off, Prime Soundwave very closely resembles the character we see on the TV screen, to get that out of the way. Some details may be off, but overall the likeness is spot on. No complaints on that front. And while the resemblance to either G1 Soundwave (the original) or War for Cybertron Soundwave (who's supposed to be the same guy) is very much non-existent, I do not have a problem with that. Prime Soundwave is his own character and he looks very cool.

Second, who here remembers the Breast Force? Yes, there actually was an official Transformes subgroup called Breast Force. They appeared (naturally) in Japan as part of the Victory toyline and Prime Soundwave here is an honorary member. Just like those ill-named robots of yore, he has a smaller partner integrated into his chest, Laserbeak. Unlike the cassette tapes of G1 days, Laserbeak actually becomes part of his chest here instead of just being inside it. The design here is very nicely done as Soundwave manages to look good with and without the bird-chestplate. Laserbeak himself is a rather simplified version of a robotic bird and can't do much more than flap his wings a bit, but as an extra for Soundwave he works very well.

Soundwave does have some problems, though. First off, the head. It looks very nice, no doubt, but it's a crime in my opinion that his big face plate is just painted instead of transparent with light piping. It's supposed to light up, people. I have no doubt that Reprolabels will sooner or later bring out a face sticker for Soundwave (possibly several), but this was a missed opportunity right here.

Second flaw, the legs. While Soundwave has nicely articulated arms (no small feat considering they are the wings of his alternate mode), the legs are a different matter. They can move freely at the hip, but the knees are backwards-bending and move only very, very little. Which makes dynamic poses rather difficult for this guy. One might argue that Soundwave isn't supposed to pose dramatically, he's supposed to stand in the background and look menacing, but still. More leg movement would have been appreciated.

Overall Soundwave is a very cool-looking robot who nicely portrays the TV character, but with (I believe) some simple changes he could have been a lot better.

Alternate Mode: Soundwave transforms into a so-called UAV, an unmanned aerial vehicle strongly resembling a Predator drone (as seen in the first live-action Transformers movie). The positive side here are the wings, which very nicely convert from the robot mode arms, and the front portion, which is formed from the robot legs. Sadly the rest of the vehicle is not up to par, as the middle and rear of the jet retains the ?alien tech? look of the robot mode and doesn?t really fit with the rest. There are no obvious robot bits, but it still looks more like an alien space craft than a man-made recon drone.

The drone has a front landing gear, but the rear end rests on parts of the robot mode. Also, Laserbeak can either remain integrated into Soundwave?s chest (now the lower rear of the drone) or be attached to the top of the drone. The latter looks cool, but makes it look even more alien than it already is. So bottom line: a functional vehicle mode that nicely disguises the robot, but with some shortcomings.

Remarks: Ever since Movie Bumblebee, it seems to have become hip to include at least one non-verbal character on each team who communicates only through sound bites, if at all. Soundwave has yet to speak in Transformers Prime, though he does manage to be pretty cool regardless and established himself as a heavyweight by soundly humiliating Airracchnid during her short-lived attempt at Decepticon leadership. Here?s hoping he?ll do more of that in season 2 and less standing-around on the bridge of the Nemesis.

Soundwave as a toy is really a bit of a mixed blessing. The emphasis here was clearly on bringing the cool look of the robot from the TV series into toy form and in that it succeeds. Soundwave looks really cool as a robot and while the drone mode has some short comings, it still looks good. Unfortunately Soundwave also comes with several drawbacks that, in my mind, could have been avoided. Little things like the face-screen having no light piping gimmick, only half a landing gear in vehicle mode, or the lack of proper leg articulation in robot mode. Little things all, but they add up. So in closing I?d say yes, you should get Soundwave, but more because he?s part of the cartoon?s main cast rather than the toy?s own merits.

Rating: B-

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE(Philister @ Apr 3 2012, 01:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
only half a landing gear in vehicle mode

That's probably accurate to the real-life UAV.

RotF Skystalker/Sunspot is the same way.



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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:49 AM

His face isn't clear? WTF
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:57 AM

His face isn't clear? WTF

Truth be told I can't determine for myself if it is or isn't. I do wish it had light piping though.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:58 AM

QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ Apr 3 2012, 10:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Philister @ Apr 3 2012, 01:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
only half a landing gear in vehicle mode

That's probably accurate to the real-life UAV.

RotF Skystalker/Sunspot is the same way.

Very true for Skystalker, but I saw one of these parked on the flight line at the 2010 Jacksonville Air Show and it has landing gear so I am kind of sad they couldn't put two more wheels somewhere.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

His lightpipe piece is moulded in dark gray plastic with silver paint on it, and his face area is painted as a seperate application with semi gloss black, possibly transparent.

They could have moulded his lightpipe peice in a clear color, and just paint his face the same way, but leave an unpainted 'soundwave' light bar accross it.



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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

I guess I just assumed he would have the light piping. Can't think of a figure where it would have ever made more sense. Naturally I am sure that is why he doesn't have it.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:47 PM

Yeah, confused me too, I took his head apart for detailing, and he was clearly engineered to have a light pipe effect.

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