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@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:34 AM)

I'd also like to take the opportunity to say I despise Ebay for showing the list prices in US money.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:23 AM)

Well there is an overpriced limited edition, but I don't want to pay that much money for it.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:21 AM)

Well great. The one Usagi Yojimbo volume I don't have and it's out of stock.

@  Rycochet : (17 January 2020 - 06:15 PM)

I both love and hate that the Alien franchise seems to have had more luck finding a niche as a line of children's toys than it has at producing worthwhile films.

@  Donocropolis : (17 January 2020 - 06:35 AM)

I've seen them on the shelves at Walmart. They're pretty great looking retro Aliens toys. https://www.walmart....-Vary/934039489

@  fourteenwings : (17 January 2020 - 01:11 AM)

IIRC somebody on here mentioned an unbranded Alien toy a couple of weeks ago? It seems like it was actually part of a collection for the Alien movie series by Lanard. Mattel's making some stuff too.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 January 2020 - 03:12 PM)

Is it really a worse name than say, HMS Spanker?

@  Maximus Ambus : (16 January 2020 - 02:36 PM)

'Boaty McBoatface' was a actual thing?! Wow.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (14 January 2020 - 02:00 PM)

Might be worth bringing back this thread.

@  ThunderWear : (14 January 2020 - 01:53 PM)

Of course I had the idea to download all the pdfs like a week too late. Anyone got an archive?

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 January 2020 - 12:48 PM)

The Collector Club is dead. Seems like it all came down shortly after New Year

@  ThunderWear : (13 January 2020 - 11:06 PM)

I can't get to the collector club website. anyone else? I was literally going to download all the fiction to finish reading.

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 January 2020 - 04:50 AM)

News today is all 'there's a CHANCE it would snow in July' and 'dogs COULD bite back'.

@  Benbot : (12 January 2020 - 10:05 PM)

Holy crap, do many people get hurt by them?

@  wonko the sane? : (12 January 2020 - 02:11 PM)

Even in fallout, they never carpet bombed with nukes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 January 2020 - 12:43 PM)

I hope the stockpiled nuclear weapons of the US and Russia are accounted for then.

@  Nevermore : (12 January 2020 - 12:22 PM)

Geez. 1760 (!) bombs from World War II that had not detonated and were still armed have been found. That's only the numbers for the federal state of Germany I live in, and only for the first three quarters of 2019. For all of 2018, the total number was 2811 (!!) bombs.

@  CVReynolds : (11 January 2020 - 11:05 PM)

I've been wanting a Tarantulas that turns into a more realistic tarantula for a long time. Maybe Takara will someday do a Masterpiece, which would be neat. But I really want to see a modernized look like in the IDW comics.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 January 2020 - 09:43 PM)

We need more Waspinators.. and rattraps.

@  Ashley : (11 January 2020 - 07:09 PM)

I'm on board with that

@  Dekafox : (11 January 2020 - 06:17 PM)

What I'm hearing is we need Cyberverse Waspinator

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 January 2020 - 01:27 AM)

He's appeared across more branding changes than Waspinator, so maybe it's more the other way around.

@  Ashley : (10 January 2020 - 12:01 AM)

is C3PO the Waspinator of Star Wars? he'll live forever, because it's funny for him to suffer

@  Sabrblade : (09 January 2020 - 11:52 PM)

He's still waiting for them to be funny.

@  ▲ndrusi : (09 January 2020 - 10:35 PM)

Why?

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 January 2020 - 04:02 PM)

I've been watching South Park, Family Guy and The Simpsons with a straight face for a decade now.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 January 2020 - 03:18 PM)

If that's what it takes to get you to take the medication, sure.

@  Bass X0 : (09 January 2020 - 01:52 PM)

If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?

@  fourteenwings : (09 January 2020 - 11:37 AM)

I mean, it is easier to protect HDDs, and you can retransfer the data over and over forever?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 January 2020 - 10:45 AM)

Not in this comparison. He's making his own files, so they're (presumably) not restricted by DRM, so he can copy them as many times as he wants. It's potentially more reliable in the long term than hoping the specific copies you originally bought never accrue any damage for the rest of your life.

@  Echowarrior : (09 January 2020 - 10:44 AM)

I prefer physical copies too. Easier to protect something physical and tangible.

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 January 2020 - 09:55 AM)

I prefer having physical copies.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 January 2020 - 08:56 AM)

I have plenty of physical media I turn into digital media for my plex server. Just finished ripping Ultra Seven

@  fourteenwings : (09 January 2020 - 08:50 AM)

Isn't the general consensus that we're supposed to be over physical media anyways?

@  Paladin : (09 January 2020 - 08:17 AM)

i still don't own a Blu-Ray player.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 January 2020 - 07:35 AM)

My current TV works just fine. I don't see a need to upgrade. And by the time I do, the Next Big Thing will probably be out anyway.

@  Benbot : (09 January 2020 - 03:58 AM)

Me neither. I'm no rebel, though. I'm just poor.


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#201 Shadoman

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 02:41 AM

I think the thing about the lack of noses is that it helps create a definitive TF look that carries across character designs and helps define them as distinct from other kinds of humanoid robots.

 

Like the Gundam faceplate + v-fin combo sort of.

 

See for me, that definitive look has more to do with designs looking like they're made of their alt mode. That's not a hard and fast rule, and there's plenty of exceptions, but in general I find that to be what separates Transformers from other humanoid robots, including other transforming robots. A lot of traditional Japanese transforming mecha tend to turn into vehicles that look like a folded up robot; where as TFs look like an unraveled  vehicle, creature, or other things. It's like the robot mode is the primary consideration of most of the former, where the vehicle is for the later.



#202 Tyranno

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 02:45 AM

 

I think the thing about the lack of noses is that it helps create a definitive TF look that carries across character designs and helps define them as distinct from other kinds of humanoid robots.

 

Like the Gundam faceplate + v-fin combo sort of.

 

See for me, that definitive look has more to do with designs looking like they're made of their alt mode. That's not a hard and fast rule, and there's plenty of exceptions, but in general I find that to be what separates Transformers from other humanoid robots, including other transforming robots. A lot of traditional Japanese transforming mecha tend to turn into vehicles that look like a folded up robot; where as TFs look like an unraveled  vehicle, creature, or other things. It's like the robot mode is the primary consideration of most of the former, where the vehicle is for the later.

 

unfortunately, that's not an inherently TF thing. It's never been a TF exclusive thing really, even when it was just Diaclone. Robots that turn into what are more or less believable vehicles have existed in parallel to TFs since Machine Robo/Go-Bots still existed.

 

In this case, its TFs' prevalence that works against them. An offbrand transforming vehicle gets assumed as a Transformer pretty easily. Hasbro needs something that stands out as uniquely theirs.


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Posted 26 July 2014 - 02:50 AM

I thought that was what faction symbols were for
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#204 Tyranno

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 02:53 AM

not as prominent as one would like to believe, especially since they've been rather "blend into the design" as of late.


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#205 Copper Bezel

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 03:43 AM

Beyond the aesthetics of the transformation itself, it's good if Transformers have a few distinctive traits, and it's certainly not much to ask within a single universe of the TF multiverse. And, you know, almost every line has had unifying traits of what the Vitruvian Man Transformer would look like, and the noses thing is just a small part of it in Animated, Prime, and RiD.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


#206 Mecheon

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:34 AM

If no Transformer ever has a nose ever again, I will die happy.

(Note: that statement is not intended to suggest that the absence of Transformer noses will in some way hasten or contribute to my demise.)

Frankly I'd be pretty okay with Bay cutting off Wahlberg's nose for Transfivemers.

Love the designs, happy with the animation though I'd prefer something hand-drawn. Cannot wait.

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I'm uh, looking up at Fortress Maximus right now, because I keep Fortress Maximus on top of my computer...

 

Y'know he has a nose, right?



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 12:01 PM

It's been an interesting evolution it seems. As I look at the Animated figures, there are many without proper noses, but usually their "helmet" has a nose-guard like protrusion, similar to a Spartan or Trojan helm, that still gives the general appearance of a nose. Then we move into Prime where the nose guards get significantly shortened with a few removed all together. Now we have no nose/nose guards at all.

 

I think I prefer the aesthetics of the nose guard at a minimum; it adds a little extra character to the faces. I guess that is being replaced by eyebrows which (so far) make the characters look douchey.


 
 
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#208 Jet

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 12:05 PM

It makes me think of Greek statues of gods.

That's actually what Roche was going for when he made Overlord :D



#209 Copper Bezel

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

And as I said, it works when appropriate! = D


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


#210 Mouse_Pad

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:09 PM

No nose? But how do they smell?



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

Terrible.
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Posted 26 July 2014 - 11:55 PM

People like to complain that G1 designs were boxy, but this is ridiculous. Bumblebee looks like he transforms into a cardboard box decorated to look like a car.

And the animation reminds me of Transformers Energon.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 09:57 AM

People like to complain that G1 designs were boxy, but this is ridiculous. Bumblebee looks like he transforms into a cardboard box decorated to look like a car.

Yeah, no. The only problem with him is that his alt-mode parts aren't that obvious, but he's a HELL of a lot more streamlined than the "boxes on top of boxes" look from G1. The only really box-shaped one is Strongarm, and she's supposed to be a big bruiser - 'Bee and Sideswipe are kind of the streamlined sort of boxish you'd see in TFA.
 

And the animation reminds me of Transformers Energon.

The only thing they have in common is that they're both cel-shaded. This show has actual movement instead of shuffling along weightlessly, the lines are scaled in for each shot, and the characters have actual facial expressions :/