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@  Pennpenn : (20 June 2019 - 08:43 AM)

I hate it when the spicy version of something is in almost identical packaging to the non-spicy version. Especially when I don't notice until I've got home.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 June 2019 - 05:44 PM)

They make a lot of pills for that.

@  Nevermore : (19 June 2019 - 05:42 PM)

I got the results of the test back. I definitely have no sense of humor.

@  Paladin : (18 June 2019 - 05:59 PM)

so anyway how is your sex life?

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 June 2019 - 10:50 AM)

These jokes are tearing me apart.

@  unluckiness : (18 June 2019 - 08:55 AM)

Only if the customer reviews give it all high marks.

@  Patch : (18 June 2019 - 04:42 AM)

Are they going to call it "I-Did-Nawtflix?"

@  unluckiness : (18 June 2019 - 12:48 AM)

I see, so what the world needs is a Tommy Wiseau streaming service.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 June 2019 - 11:02 PM)

Well, Conan did start the trend that resulted in a wave of Barbarian films in the mid to late 80s

@  MEDdMI : (17 June 2019 - 10:57 PM)

I keep wanting to read Corman as Conan

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 June 2019 - 10:29 PM)

There needs to be some streaming service that caters to connoisseurs of schlock. Otherwise, a huge part of our cultural history will be wiped away. While many of these films are available on blu-ray, with more coming out each month, it's good they're also available for the streaming crowd.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 June 2019 - 10:18 PM)

Corman did make an impressive number of barbarian films back in the day. If impressive is the word

@  Steevy Maximus : (17 June 2019 - 08:11 PM)

I mean, where else are you going to see the entire Roger Corman barbarian fantasy library (legally) for free?

@  Steevy Maximus : (17 June 2019 - 08:09 PM)

Oh Tubi TV, you are a haven for terrible films. Netflix, Hulu and Crackle all push for mainstream appeal and prestige, you got the guts to have ready access to dregs even the SyFy channel wouldn't air

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 June 2019 - 01:33 PM)

Also you have Bayonetta and a bunch of Fire Emblem people.

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 June 2019 - 01:33 PM)

...I mean, Tales character. Probably up to/for it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 June 2019 - 01:26 PM)

But what if I need to kill a god? Or several of them?

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 June 2019 - 11:25 AM)

Kratos is allowed, but only the one from Tales of Symphonia

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 June 2019 - 10:56 AM)

So no Kratos?

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 June 2019 - 10:42 AM)

In any case I'd rather have another Fire Emblem character than another character from a PlayStation exclusive game who teeeeeechnically was in a spinoff.

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 June 2019 - 10:39 AM)

Kong had his name on the games first, but Mario was the protagonist first. It's debatable.

@  Rycochet : (17 June 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Wouldn't Mario be the one spun off from the Donkey Kong franchise, given that Kong was first?

@  Pennpenn : (17 June 2019 - 05:19 AM)

I would count Wario and Yoshi, but not DK (might be because I wasn't even aware DK was spun off from the Mario franchise until I was in my mid-20s, but whatever)

@  unluckiness : (17 June 2019 - 04:13 AM)

But to be fair, Corrin is the only one I particularly dislike and it's really more boredom due to their blandness as characters

@  unluckiness : (17 June 2019 - 04:09 AM)

It would depend on whether or not you count DK, Wario and Yoshi as part of the Mario franchise or separate. Scratch that, there are more Mario characters even with just the mushroom symbol people but it's a close call.

@  Pennpenn : (17 June 2019 - 02:55 AM)

You'd figure Fire Emblem would have enough characters in Smash. Kinda feels like there's more FE characters than Mario characters.

@  unluckiness : (16 June 2019 - 01:20 AM)

And for hug's sake, I hope that the new Fire Emblem's PC isn't one of the DLC

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 June 2019 - 04:11 PM)

Smash Bros could never touch a new franchise again, and I'd still have laundry lists of side characters and villains I'd love to see included.

@  unluckiness : (15 June 2019 - 09:36 AM)

DINNER

@  SG Roadbuster : (15 June 2019 - 09:36 AM)

cuz i wanna fight a boat

@  SG Roadbuster : (15 June 2019 - 09:35 AM)

if we must have another zelda character, id want the king of red lion

@  MEDdMI : (14 June 2019 - 10:38 PM)

I would unironically love Tingle in Smash.

@  Paladin : (14 June 2019 - 02:06 PM)

they HAVE to put Travis Touchdown in at some point now, right???

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 June 2019 - 01:24 PM)

Right after Shaq.

@  Locoman : (14 June 2019 - 12:36 PM)

When will we get Bluster Kong in Smash?

@  unluckiness : (14 June 2019 - 08:20 AM)

The last three DLC characters are Tingle, Charles Barkley and L Tetris block with Reverse L Tetris block as an Echo fighter.

@  MEDdMI : (14 June 2019 - 08:09 AM)

Pipe dream Smash entry: The Prince from the Katamari series. :D

@  MEDdMI : (14 June 2019 - 06:35 AM)

The space/time around them gets frozen too! ....or something.

@  unluckiness : (14 June 2019 - 06:01 AM)

I still want to find out how freezing people suspends them in midair

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 June 2019 - 02:45 AM)

We really need Subzero or Scorpion in Smash. Violence aside, they are pretty big gaming icons as well.

@  Steevy Maximus : (13 June 2019 - 08:18 PM)

Given Nintendo's relationship with Tecmo, I'm still waiting for Ryu Hyabusa

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 June 2019 - 07:19 PM)

I'm still waiting for Doomguy.

@  Steevy Maximus : (13 June 2019 - 06:47 PM)

I just started watching High School DxD (don't judge me...) and I caught on the Nintendo Treehouse some request Rias for Smash lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 June 2019 - 11:25 AM)

I have having to watch a video to find out why someone wanted me to watch the video

@  Nevermore : (11 June 2019 - 04:58 PM)

I remember when the TPB for The Dark Age 2 was delayed for an entire year...

@  Trpodeca : (11 June 2019 - 03:55 AM)

I just wish they'd release the Astro City paperback trades.

@  Nevermore : (10 June 2019 - 05:31 AM)

As an open-minded heterosexual, I wouldn't mind seeing more of that.

@  Nevermore : (10 June 2019 - 05:29 AM)

Currently in the process of re-reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City. Big props for the issue featuring the "Dancing Master" and its portrayal of non-stereotypical gay characters.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 June 2019 - 05:25 AM)

Don't phone charges often contain special rapid charge circuitry, though? The voltage might be higher too, given the selfie stick probably has a very basic battery.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (09 June 2019 - 11:28 PM)

Glad to be of assistance!


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#1 Boltax

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:28 AM

Well... it's been a long while since we've done this! But it's that time again! See, in Australia we have these awful children's magazines -- printed in a A5 format -- which are basically glorified catalogues for whatever pop culture product ephemera large corporations are shilling. And I use "glorified" in the loosest possible sense.

 

Hey... I know a piece of pop culture ephemera shilled by a large corporation! Transformers!

 

It just so happens I pick up these magazines whenever I see Transformers on the cover -- which usually only happens around the time of the movies. And, say... there's a new movie!

 

So the mag I get the most -- the one that seems to most regularly have TF content -- is Mania. Here are some scans from issue #165. Mild Transformers 4 spoiler warning -- there MAY be character reveals in this stuff -- but... no... not really. (They think Swoop's in the movie, guys.)

 

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Believe it or not, Mania's covers are restrained compared to some of these Magazines. I'll scan K-Zone later and you'll see what I mean.

 

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This little page doesn't really feature anything to do with Transformers... but... I dunno. It was tangentially related? Robots, right?

 

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Ahhh, now we're at the meat of it. The article above is exactly the kinda crap you expect from Mania. I mean... just... wow. So wonderfully written. But that's nothing compared to the next article:

 

Mania_165_005.jpg

 

Yeah... I'm not sure that the writers at Mania know what Anime actually is.

 

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I included the final page entirely because... well... it tells you there's going to be more, guys. So much more.

 

--Andrew S.

 

 


Edited by Boltax, 07 July 2014 - 09:27 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

The Unicorn only gets a 6 and all they mention is a single beam saber?

 

.........No sir, I do NOT approve.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

RAD



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:38 AM

You get a free red Wheelie bootleg with this?


Fall of Cybertron will blow your mind. That is all.

#5 Boltax

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:44 AM

Next issue I will! This issue I got a plastic soccer game thingie. 

 

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:45 AM

Come on, that has to be real!  The package says "Transformers Robot," so.


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#7 Boltax

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:49 AM

Hrm. Having re-read the K-zone articles about Transformers 4 I think I'll hold off. There's nothing in there that people don't already know... but... well... if you're trying to avoid spoilers there are a few tidbits in there that might ruin the fun of gawking at awful kids' magazines.

 

So for now just have this from K-zone Vol 15 #7 (which is the issue I'm otherwise not scanning yet):

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

YEAH SCIENCE!


Fall of Cybertron will blow your mind. That is all.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:17 PM

Ah, Mania, never change. I still have the bizarre bootleg Optimus Prime from one of their earlier issues.

#10 Boltax

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:00 PM

It's true. Despite all its faults, Mania is completely consistent in its raditude over the years.

 

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:48 AM

This doesn't seem that bad. I don't see this as any more or less a "bootleg" than a TFCon or third party toy.

 

They didn't use any trademarks on it so by calling it "Transforming Robot Warrior" they did alright.

 

Nice little collectable.



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:58 AM

Hasbro gets annihilated by 3P yet again, can't wait to own this amazing piece!


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:34 AM

This doesn't seem that bad. I don't see this as any more or less a "bootleg" than a TFCon or third party toy.

 

They didn't use any trademarks on it so by calling it "Transforming Robot Warrior" they did alright.

 

Nice little collectable.

Well, the third party toys ARE bootlegs, so...



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:37 AM

A few years ago, the German Mickey Mouse magazine advertised DOTM with a knockoff of 2007 Movie Legends Class Bumblebee, referred to as a "Roboter Hero".

Edited by Nevermore, 02 July 2014 - 12:25 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:43 AM

Seriously though, Kal. If a straight up knockoff of a TF mold isn't a bootleg, what IS? This isn't an original sculpt, man!

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:10 PM

Yeah, you're right. I mean it's along the same lines as the dollar general or easter basket KOs.

 

I really wasn't trying to express an opinion either way, just that I personally thought it was neat, but you're in that it's a copy of a real toy.

 

I was just meaning it wasn't something trying to be misrepresented as a Hasbro/Takara product,

 

When I think of "bootleg" (as opposed to just knock off) I tend to think of stuff like this:

 

http://4.bp.blogspot...00/DSC_0219.JPG

 

Actual counterfeit items, as opposed to a recast.



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

Here's my old thread about the KO from the German Mickey Mouse magazine I mentioned:
http://www.allspark....mouse-magazine/
"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

http://4.bp.blogspot...00/DSC_0219.JPG
 
Actual counterfeit items, as opposed to a recast.


"Dinobot Bommander"?

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

Nobody's Berfect.



#20 Nevermore

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:37 PM

Basically, a "knockoff" is an unauthorized copy of an existing toy usually released in inaccurate colors, with wacky decos, tooling differences and under names such as "Fite Rorot Tansform". It's copying the original, but not really putting much effort into pretending to be the real deal. The purpose is to make a quick buck without having to come up with something entirely original.

A "bootleg" is a very faithful recreation of the original product in packaging very closely mimicking the original. The purpose is to deceive the buyer into thinking he's buying the real deal, thereby making a hefty profit.

Edited by Nevermore, 02 July 2014 - 12:38 PM.

"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
- Volker Pispers, German comedian