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@  Kalidor : (10 April 2021 - 08:50 PM)

The licensed Optimus Prime that transforms itself is the appropriate usage of the term "Third Party"

@  Donocropolis : (10 April 2021 - 08:24 AM)

That Optimus isn't built by Hasbro, only licensed. The company that makes it has been making similar robots for years, so no crowdfundng required.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 08:05 AM)

Apparently they're selling one for 74 and a half thousand dollars.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 April 2021 - 08:01 AM)

We could write boston dynamics and ask?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:59 AM)

Granted, I'm not sure how much robots with elaborate movement tend to go for.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:56 AM)

I think with actual robotics it was easier to justify selling it at a high cost, compared to an unusually large action figure.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 April 2021 - 05:06 AM)

It is a very impressive display of robotics though.

@  tigerhawk : (10 April 2021 - 04:52 AM)

What were they thinking with that self transforming Optimus? should have been another crowd funder for that price.

@  tigerhawk : (08 April 2021 - 03:33 PM)

I wish they'd rerelease Earthrise Ramjet and Dirge.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 April 2021 - 03:04 PM)

Yay! optimus primal just arrived. So now there's... nothing for me to look forward to till scorponok drops... hmmm, I didn't think this through properly...

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 04:26 PM)

It's an older title which recently got a remake so...

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 April 2021 - 01:10 PM)

Ah yes- I think I've heard of that game before. I may be thinking about something else though.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 08:03 AM)

It's a video game. You get hired to revive and restore a series of derelict space stations.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 07:05 AM)

I've got no idea what that is but yes.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 06:34 AM)

so... literally the plot to startopia.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 02:32 AM)

Maybe if the Interstellar Alliance collapsed after the big burn and a 'benefactor' repurposed a space station as a commerce one. Oh wait...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 April 2021 - 04:35 PM)

Babylon 6?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 11:49 AM)

I'd rather have a Toilet Seat: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new on that bowl..

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:19 AM)

Context: my parents had the bathroom redone about a year ago (actually, almost exactly a year ago, as the project was about 4 days from complete and was interrupted by the first pandemic lockdown.). The ridiculous, fancy toilet seat they purchased has since develloped cracks in it and needs to be returned. Dad simply could not get the seat off himself... and see previous shout.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:17 AM)

How to ruin somesones day with one question: Let someone work on a problem for about an hour and a half on their own, come to the realization they need an extra set of hands, ask for help, show you the problem and outright difficulty of it: then ask them "Hey, what does this button do?" and literally solve the two man dilema without doing any work.

@  Dekafox : (06 April 2021 - 09:22 AM)

As far as the TNT move, all of Season 5 was basically epilogue, which didn't help - when it looked like things were ending at Season 4 JMS tried to cram all the major plot threads for his original Season 4 and 5 plan into Season 4, which didn't leave them as much to work with for Season 5. Then TNT totally screwed with Crusade and got it killed before it got a chance to hit the real plot and nothing else really resonated enough to get a series push. A Crusade revival would be the best "B5:TNG" option IMO.

@  electricidad : (06 April 2021 - 08:55 AM)

Peak B5 was the first six episodes of season 4. EVERYTHING CAME TO A HEAD.

@  Kevin S : (06 April 2021 - 08:50 AM)

Generally, I think once B5 moved to TNT things went downhill. The sets didn't look as good (maybe due to ill use of better lighting) and I wasn't always as impressed with casting (Sheridan's new 2nd just didn't work). The movies had decent ideas, but I felt there was something off in the execution. Wonder if TNT pushed for different directors that weren't as familar with B5.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 08:42 AM)

Did the follow up movies do that badly, or does the creator simply feel like his story was told and refuses to allow more content?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 08:23 AM)

I'd rather have a B5: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new in that world.

@  tigerhawk : (06 April 2021 - 01:26 AM)

A reboot would probably be ruined by meddling and different visions anyway. 

@  Echowarrior : (05 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

JMS wrote about half of the first season, a little over half of the second, all of the third and fourth, and all but one episode from the fifth. Given he was also the creator and executive producer, him having so much creative control was likely a condition for getting the show made. Shame he didn't have it for Crusade.

@  Dekafox : (05 April 2021 - 08:44 AM)

They also had JMS write every single script bar maybe 2 or 3? That was another big part of how well it hangs together. Do you think any studio would do that nowadays?

@  tigerhawk : (05 April 2021 - 08:16 AM)

Let it be the first all AI acted series.

@  Echowarrior : (04 April 2021 - 08:31 PM)

Yeah, but would the reboot be as good as the original? B5 had a damn good cast, and they can't replicate that easily.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2021 - 04:33 PM)

One day they'll let a streaminbg service reboot B5 and let the stories be told without the sword of Damocles hanging over them at all times.

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 02:32 PM)

It's aged in the set piece areas.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 April 2021 - 02:22 PM)

I don't remember much of B5... I take it we're not talking about cathode ray tubes...

@  tigerhawk : (04 April 2021 - 11:45 AM)

Babylon 5 CRT tech.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2021 - 06:13 PM)

Bloody hell, thanks for the heads up.

@  Bass X0 : (03 April 2021 - 04:55 PM)

be careful with her. someone on tfw2005 broke her wing taking her out of the packaging.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2021 - 08:15 AM)

I got my airazor on wednesday. Just waiting for the BBTS box to arrive with the rest of the line before I start opening things up. Guess I got her just in time too.

@  Telly : (02 April 2021 - 11:48 PM)

woke to a pre order arrival notice from bbts. was hoping/dreading it was unicron, but turns out it was airazor. and as these things always go, i go to walmart later in the day and see airazor sitting on the shelf...

@  TheMightyMol... : (01 April 2021 - 08:07 PM)

Get one and make a s'more with it.

@  Hg Dragon : (01 April 2021 - 06:48 PM)

If you know, you know...

@  Hg Dragon : (01 April 2021 - 06:48 PM)

I am dissapointed by my lack of medium-sized Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 April 2021 - 02:23 PM)

Fun Fact: It's also my sister in laws birthday. Well, I assume anyway, we've celebrated it for a couple of years, and no one has shouted "april fools" yet, so...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 April 2021 - 11:44 AM)

Happy Regret Using The Internet Day.

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 April 2021 - 09:05 AM)

You know the rules, nOw sAy gOodByE

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (01 April 2021 - 06:17 AM)

We're no strangers to love

@  Sabrblade : (31 March 2021 - 11:18 PM)

Happy Harmless Pranks Day!

@  MEDdMI : (31 March 2021 - 10:07 AM)

Really don't feel like arguing about it with them when I work the phones all day.

@  MEDdMI : (31 March 2021 - 10:06 AM)

Thankfully I had signed up for an HSA for us the year before and that covered most of the costs. But it's still money from my paycheck instead of insurance covering it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 March 2021 - 02:51 PM)

Oh, this was after the insurance. And after the initial bills right after the hospital stay.

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 March 2021 - 08:38 AM)

tHaT's wHy InSuRAnCe iS a ThInG

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Aussie Kids Magazines. UPDATE: Now with TF Mega Quiz!

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#21 Esser-Z


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:39 PM

Mm, fair enough. I've seen bootleg used much more loosely as well, though.

Edited by Esser-Z, 02 July 2014 - 12:39 PM.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:29 PM


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 10:13 AM

Looks like there's THREE possible toys with the issue. All KO's, of course.


I'm checking to get more info, and hopefully, photos.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 07:06 PM

Time for some more magazines! Remember how I said K-Zone had a more accurate guide than Mania... but also a much more cluttered cover? Well check out this cover:




Yeah... believe it or not, K-Zone *still* isn't the most over-the-top cover design. Without doubt the worst, most insane cover design belongs to the magazine called Krash. But... I'm getting ahead of myself.


Here's the guide I was talking about:




And hey... they also have a review for a computer game.


Sorry, "review". 




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Edited by Boltax, 06 July 2014 - 07:07 PM.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

So... I guess it's time for a little bit of education. The latest issue of mania is out, and it looks like this:




In fact, this is what every single one of these magazines looks like when it's on the shelf -- it comes in a plastic packet with some sort of 'free gift' inside it. Considering Mania has a cover price of $5.95, I'm not sure if that "free gift" counts as free. I suspect... and maybe I'm wrong here, maybe I'm just being cynical, but I think maybe the cost of that 'gift' is factored into the cover price.




So this issue has a gift of an okay knock-off toy! 




See the Mania branding and such? This knock-off has come with many issues of Mania in the past -- recycling gifts is not uncommon. I've seen this knock-off at least four times before. This is just the first time I've seen it with actual Transformers content on the cover of the issue.


So... yeah... let's look at the cover again, in detail! After all, the last issue promised us this would be an awesome Transformery issue!




Okay, let's see what other Transformers stuff is inside!!




Yeaaaah... that's it. Damn you Mania, I hate you so much.


--Andrew S.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 01:35 AM

I feel like I know less about Transformers after reading those guides!


(They should have just had a blank two-page spread with "http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Main_Page" printed in the middle.)

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:06 AM



That's not what I was expecting.


That's so close to Henkei Wheelie.


And now there's MORE reports of Jazz being found too.


I don't know if I believe that though.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:40 AM

On the one hand, I want to vomit into my own rage, but on the other, I kinda appreciate their candor. "Hey kids! Bitter thirtysomethings hate this! Woo! YOLO!"

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 04:40 AM

Wait, they themselves use Bayformers to announce where the movie series began, then a page over add a not that the term was actually coined by older fans to be offensive?


.....Why are these people getting paying journalism work when I can't even get an interview?! :angry


Regarding the included toy- It wouldn't surprise me if there is more than one mold. UK magazines for the last two decades have been the same with freebies and it's not unheard of for one to have like eight different variations, with only 2-3 getting a photo in the magazine or a specific one or two appearing in individual stores.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:24 PM

Okay... the last Magazine for now is Krash. Krash is a dollar more expensive than Mania and is about a dollar more garish in its cover design. This issue came with TWO "free gifts". Including a knock-off Transformer (see if you can guess who -- like with Wheelie this guy has shown up on these Magazines many times) and a free Krash-themed watch! The watch band is actually a snap-band thing, like from the 1980s. These seem pretty common in these Magazines -- I got a Regular Show based one with an earlier magazine.




How much more garish is Krash than Mania? Mania came in a clear plastic packet, check out the back of Krash's packet:




And check out how much crap there is on it without the magazine:




This can actually be a pain in the arse, because when the person tries to scan the barcode (which is on the magazine, not the bag) they have to shuffle everything around to get to it. I've bought these things and had the checkout chick have to enter the code manually because the barcode wouldn't scan.


Oh well. Here's the knock-off:



And here's the cover of Krash:




Despite its protestations to not accept any immitators -- take notice that this is issue 127 of Krash, and Mania is at issue 166. Just sayin'.


So here's the first Transformers themed article. A vs. article (which are very common in these magazines -- in fact Krash has one every single issue) which pits Optimus Prime against Ratchet! Oh yeah!




Wait... that's not the Ratchet I was thinking of!



The final article is what the cover promised -- the Transformers Mega Quiz. And they weren't messing around. This is a four page article -- those are incredibly uncommon in these magazines:






--Andrew S.




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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:27 PM

That's so WIKKID, Andy.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:42 PM

Krash's toy takes all the fun out of guessing the mould breakdown. I don't recognise who that's a knockoff of though.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:37 PM

Krash's toy takes all the fun out of guessing the mould breakdown. I don't recognise who that's a knockoff of though.


Here's a hint: you got the name right.  You just spelled it wrong.

Edited by Servitor 2152, 07 July 2014 - 11:38 PM.

Interested in getting TFSS 3.0 Carzap, Nacelle, or G2 Starscream for $50 plus shipping?  PM me if so.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:57 AM

Ahhhhhhh, yes!