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@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 11:59 PM

Written by: James Roberts
Art by: Alex Milne
Colors by: Joana LaFuente
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: John Barber

Elegant Chaos, Part 2: Stet

 

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I didn’t intend to review this. Last time I worked really hard on a Quantum Leap joke and not one person commented, liked, or even groaned in exasperation. Then Kalidor told me that failure to review the comic would result in my being lost to the timestream. Something about the last board upgrade making him a Time Lord… I laughed, but then he threatened to change history and prevent coffee from existing. I can’t take the chance that he’s serious.

 

So! The penultimate chapter of “Elegant Chaos” sees our time-hopping heroes continuing to chase Brainstorm through Cybertron’s past. They comb the city-state of Rodion, trying to be inconspicuous and barely doing so. Tailgate and Cyclonus have a great moment together. We also see the world through the eyes of Ultra Magnus again, albeit very briefly. I love that gag so much.

 

After Brainstorm eludes Cyclonus and makes another time-jump, the crew follows him further into the past. Here we’re treated to a fantastic alternate POV on some scenes from Transformers #20 and MTMTE #9. It’s always fun to see Roberts show his hand on his long setups. Sometimes I wonder how much of it’s actually planned and how much of it he just throws in hoping to make sense of it later, but I’m not sure the difference matters as long as he can keep pulling it off.

 

Chromedome and Rewind get their own great moment together, and I’m really thrilled at Whirl’s use of “junxy”. It’s Whirl so he means it in a somewhat demeaning manner, but somehow this equivalent to “hubby” or “wifey” still manages to be a nice little affirmation of their relationship. Immediately following that, four different holy-crap/did-that-just-happen/that-can’t-be-good things occur in as many pages and just when I can’t take any more–To Be Concluded!

 

I don’t want to overlook Milne and LaFuente’s contributions here. Under their care the characters practically breathe (well, if they weren’t robots) and Cybertron is just… alive. When Cyclonus needs a moment to compose himself, I’m right there with him. Somehow with all the detail that’s being packed into the main characters, Milne still makes room for Easter eggs too!

 

Favorite Line: “I think we’ve made a huge mistake” –Megatron, who I now desperately want to hear voiced by Will Arnett.

 

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 03:27 AM

So I think I just pieced together Brainstorm's plan, while coupling it with other information we know about Megatron:

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Of course, I expect Roberts to blow this theory away in issue 38, but it was fun to brainstorm.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 03:44 AM

Of course, I expect Roberts to blow this theory away in issue 38, but it was fun to brainstorm.

 

HA HA BRAINSTORM.

 

(This issue was great, by the way.)



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 03:46 AM

 

Of course, I expect Roberts to blow this theory away in issue 38, but it was fun to brainstorm.

 

HA HA BRAINSTORM.

 

(This issue was great, by the way.)

 

Oh wow, I didn't even realize I did that. Ha.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 03:58 AM

I'm not sure about it being Brainstorm's PLAN, but I'm fairly certain it's what will wind up HAPPENING (mainly because I'm not sold on the idea that Brainstorm's a straight-up Con). The next issue text mentions a "terrible, terrible choice" - perhaps Rodimus's team are faced not just with saving Megatron, but with actually CREATING him, essentially making them responsible for the war.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:01 AM

As always, a great book. Megatron and Impactor hanging out in a bar is something I could happily have read a hundred more pages of.

The "aaiiieee brainstorm is actually after Megatron not Prime" moment was a little less shocking than I expected, but yeah, not over yet -- I'm sure the final chapter will bring some surprises.

Poor Rung. (x2)

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:26 AM

I'm not sure about it being Brainstorm's PLAN, but I'm fairly certain it's what will wind up HAPPENING (mainly because I'm not sold on the idea that Brainstorm's a straight-up Con). The next issue text mentions a "terrible, terrible choice" - perhaps Rodimus's team are faced not just with saving Megatron, but with actually CREATING him, essentially making them responsible for the war.

Well, Brainstorm may know what's going on to SOME extent. He DID take out Rung.

Either he was trying to prevent the barroom brawl by doing that, or he was making sure there weren't two in the same room at once.

If he knows Rung was there it's possible he was somehow eavesdropping during the therapy session - he HAD been standing near the door after all. As if he knows Rung was involved in the encounter, only way I can think of he'd know that was from hearing the therapy session, in which Rung himself didn't remember being there.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 05:13 AM

I'm not sure about it being Brainstorm's PLAN, but I'm fairly certain it's what will wind up HAPPENING (mainly because I'm not sold on the idea that Brainstorm's a straight-up Con). The next issue text mentions a "terrible, terrible choice" - perhaps Rodimus's team are faced not just with saving Megatron, but with actually CREATING him, essentially making them responsible for the war.

 

And in some ways, our view as readers of the awful totalitarian future that would have otherwise come to pass is a way of redeeming them as characters for making that call.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 05:23 AM

 

I'm not sure about it being Brainstorm's PLAN, but I'm fairly certain it's what will wind up HAPPENING (mainly because I'm not sold on the idea that Brainstorm's a straight-up Con). The next issue text mentions a "terrible, terrible choice" - perhaps Rodimus's team are faced not just with saving Megatron, but with actually CREATING him, essentially making them responsible for the war.

Well, Brainstorm may know what's going on to SOME extent. He DID take out Rung.

Either he was trying to prevent the barroom brawl by doing that, or he was making sure there weren't two in the same room at once.

If he knows Rung was there it's possible he was somehow eavesdropping during the therapy session - he HAD been standing near the door after all. As if he knows Rung was involved in the encounter, only way I can think of he'd know that was from hearing the therapy session, in which Rung himself didn't remember being there.

 

 

I'm certain the idea is that Brainstorm was attempting to stop the bar-room brawl from happening by knocking out Past-Rung. That's why he groans "unbeLIEvable" when it happens anyway. He's trying to stop Megatron from starting the war, not ensure the timeline as we know it.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:00 AM

I continue to be intrigued by the constant suggestions that the everything the time-travellers do is already part of established history - Hammer and Anvil never did turn up in Chaos Theory, Rodimus was safely born in Nyon, and I'd bet anything that it was always a future Rung that got beaten up at Maccadam's.

Quite what this would imply, though, considering that the "Functionist Dystopia" timeline is clearly a thing, and the present day is getting weird time effects, I don't know.

My guess would that "our" timeline is actually the result of time travel, with Brainstorm's attempts to change history inadvertently ensuring it plays out as expected. This would be consistent with the time travel we saw way back in RID #10, which used the 'immutable history' rules also seen in (to pick an example off the top of my head) the Harry Potter books. i.e. Turmoil always lost his eye to a time-travelling Orion, Varta was always killed by a time-travelling Bludgeon, etc.

The "altered" timeline, then, is a glimpse at how events would've played out otherwise, without any time-travel, and it's asserting itself for (sigh) "timey-wimey" reasons whilst the time machine is active. Once all the time travellers are back and the machine is disabled, history will snap back to the established events.

Also, it was nice to see that the four pages from Chaos Theory and Shadowplay were included 'free of charge' - there was still the standard 22 pages of new content.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:39 AM

Two things that intrigue me:

 

First, I'm pretty sure that some of those shapes in the past are female Cybertronians. I wonder how that connects to Barber's retcon that females were somehow lost and forgotten in the past.

 

Second, just who did Whirl kill? You KNOW that has to be important.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 07:45 AM

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 09:24 AM

This story gets better all the time. And the idea that Megatron is made from a future time travelling spark brought back by Brainstorm and tye gang just makes me wonder about who Megatron would have been otherwise.

Also, i did go back and fix my not liking the Quantum Leap joke. Pity i can't actually go back a fix my forgetting to do it at the time of course. :)

And now i'm trying to cast a TF version of Quantum Leap. Who should be Al?

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:11 AM

I'm not sure about it being Brainstorm's PLAN, but I'm fairly certain it's what will wind up HAPPENING (mainly because I'm not sold on the idea that Brainstorm's a straight-up Con). The next issue text mentions a "terrible, terrible choice" - perhaps Rodimus's team are faced not just with saving Megatron, but with actually CREATING him, essentially making them responsible for the war.

 

Yeah, I can see the stolen 0,1% spark coming into play, but not like that. Brainstorm would be just closing a time loop that already happened, and if he was a dedicated COn... why would he do that after Megs surrendered? Wouldn't NOT doing it and watching the paradox destroying the universe be more in line with his mad scientist persona?



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:17 AM

Two things that intrigue me:

 

First, I'm pretty sure that some of those shapes in the past are female Cybertronians. I wonder how that connects to Barber's retcon that females were somehow lost and forgotten in the past.

 

Second, just who did Whirl kill? You KNOW that has to be important.

Well, we know there were female bodytypes running around at that time - they were background extras in Megatron Origin.

 

How that reconciles with Arcee has never really been fully explained, unless once Jhiaxus rediscovered females, they made it into the population as a trial balloon.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:20 AM

So the question I've yet to see anyone touch on... how did Hammer and Anvil KNOWING impact the timeline we all know and love? After all, it's specifically called out that Chromedome can't mindwipe them.

 

They may be grunts, but it's pretty obvious to anyone that the attacking 'bots are time travelers by how the LL crew are talking. And there's a few key things that got spilled, like them being there to arrest Shockwave in a year.

 

...unless, of course, THIS is the "juicy intel" that the Senate got re: Shockwave, that in a year he'd slip up.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 10:28 AM

So the question I've yet to see anyone touch on... how did Hammer and Anvil KNOWING impact the timeline we all know and love? After all, it's specifically called out that Chromedome can't mindwipe them.

 

They may be grunts, but it's pretty obvious to anyone that the attacking 'bots are time travelers by how the LL crew are talking. And there's a few key things that got spilled, like them being there to arrest Shockwave in a year.

 

...unless, of course, THIS is the "juicy intel" that the Senate got re: Shockwave, that in a year he'd slip up.

 

Having not read this yet, are those two the "Heavies"? They guys Orion kills in the Shockwave/Matrix plot flashback? Yeah, they seemed to have a combined intelligence score of 1 so I would not worry about them understanding anything. :D



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 11:53 AM

Regarding the Heavies:

From #37 – "I don't want them being tipped off about future events—"
From #11 – "Best. Tip off. Ever."

The emphasis in the first quote is Roberts'. Yup.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:01 PM

For trivia-watchers, one of the cadets in the bar mentions "The Progenitors" - which, in Eugenesis, was the name of the precursors of the Quintessons.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:27 PM

Having not read this yet, are those two the "Heavies"? They guys Orion kills in the Shockwave/Matrix plot flashback? Yeah, they seemed to have a combined intelligence score of 1 so I would not worry about them understanding anything. :D

 

This clip seems on topic. 
 

 

 

 

Another great issue. I'm pretty sure Brainstorm's plan was to only kill Megatron if he had to. Up until the end of the issue, Brainstorm's goal seems to be to just avert the war. In other words, we aren't dealing with a let's kill Hitler plot, but rather a let's stop Hitler gaining power plot.