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@  wonko the sane? : (28 February 2020 - 10:37 AM)

Console or PC?

@  Benbot : (28 February 2020 - 09:52 AM)

Is Skyrim worth playing in 2020?

@  Paladin : (28 February 2020 - 07:45 AM)

when you use the character as a header image for a frontpage story, i think you lose the right to complain about anyone else "spoiling things."

@  Nevermore : (28 February 2020 - 04:45 AM)

Did I say that? I must have been joking.

@  Sabrblade : (27 February 2020 - 11:46 PM)

And you say you have no sense of humor, Nevermore. ;)

@  Nevermore : (27 February 2020 - 09:07 PM)

Gonzo, start a thread in the main "Transformers Discussion" forum with that information in the title instead.

@  Sabrblade : (27 February 2020 - 08:33 PM)

Gonzo, please don't go spoiling things like that in the chat box.

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 February 2020 - 05:53 PM)

Neat.

@  Darth Gonzo : (27 February 2020 - 05:53 PM)

Tarn is in Cyberverse.

@  Benbot : (27 February 2020 - 10:24 AM)

I really don't like that guy. Show the toys, not your face. I'm tired of looking at him.

@  RCX : (27 February 2020 - 09:25 AM)

Toy Galaxy is excellent.

@  Benbot : (27 February 2020 - 09:03 AM)

I think you'll be save in Greenland.

@  CORVUS : (27 February 2020 - 01:12 AM)

Toy Galaxy is my favorite overall toy-related channel on YouTube.

@  fourteenwings : (26 February 2020 - 11:29 PM)

Last year's coverage via Toy YouTubers was brilliant. However, since YouTube's new (unfortunately necessary) guidelines the companies barely invited any of them back, so all we get is super-popular collector's info.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 February 2020 - 09:19 PM)

If it weren't for Toy Galaxy's coverage video, I would not have known about the Defenders of the Earth figures. New toys of Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician? In 2020? I would have said you were smoking something strong.

@  Nevermore : (26 February 2020 - 06:32 PM)

So the question is... has Madagascar closed down all its ports yet?

@  Nevermore : (26 February 2020 - 06:31 PM)

A couple that got infected attended a Carnival event with over 300 people in attendance.

@  Nevermore : (26 February 2020 - 06:25 PM)

So the Corona virus keeps getting closer to where I live. Several confirmed cases in my federal state already.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 February 2020 - 02:20 PM)

Man, only having collector sites to get Toy Fair news from sucks. Did you know there is a 4" line of kids figures for the new Avengers game coming?

@  Dekafox : (26 February 2020 - 11:54 AM)

Since Omega already exists they could name it Auntie

@  Otaku : (26 February 2020 - 10:07 AM)

Oh, and one last Titan,provided we can fudge things a bit to include a character from Transformers: Animated; how about something at least resembling TF:A Omega Supreme?

@  Otaku : (26 February 2020 - 10:05 AM)

How about they find a way to make a mold they can use for both Broadside and Tidal Wave?

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 February 2020 - 02:13 AM)

Optimus Maximus, the mysterious titan of the Arisen, also Iaconus from Cyberverse.

@  TriBlurr : (25 February 2020 - 12:41 AM)

I think the only other Titan class character that would interest me after Scoponok would be Tidal Wave

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 February 2020 - 07:34 PM)

A Titan would have more room for other toys to hang out, assuming one has the table space for it.

@  Darth Gonzo : (24 February 2020 - 03:32 PM)

Play wise which would be better a Commander Class Aircraft Carrier Mode Broadside or a Titan Class Aircraft Carrier Mode Broadside?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (24 February 2020 - 01:53 PM)

I'd be interested in a deluxe or voyager Fort Max in Armada flashback red-and-green.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 February 2020 - 10:49 AM)

I'd honestly be more interested in Commander-class Scorponok and Fort Max. I don't have the space for Titans.

@  Maximus Ambus : (24 February 2020 - 10:44 AM)

Make Commander class city bots to annoy collectors too

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 February 2020 - 10:43 AM)

Make two Broadsides. One Voyager-sized that only turns into a jet, and one Titan-sized that only turns into an aircraft carrier. Piss off everyone on both sides of the scale.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 February 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Since they seem to also go by the oh-so holy cartoon scale thing, he'd probably be a Commander Class figure.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 February 2020 - 10:34 AM)

Broadside is an aircraft carrier. He should probably be metroplex sized.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 February 2020 - 10:21 AM)

Broadside's more of a Commander Class.

@  Darth Gonzo : (24 February 2020 - 04:47 AM)

I think Broadside should be the next Titan Class figure.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 February 2020 - 09:38 PM)

I tan nicely! But also have a family history of cancer... so... yeah, pasty for me it is.

@  Otaku : (23 February 2020 - 04:22 PM)

I really do begin to get sunburned after about 5 minutes of direct exposure, nowadays.  Side effect of already being pasty then going on a particular medication.  Yay?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 February 2020 - 01:36 PM)

It makes me burn. Accursed daystar.

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 February 2020 - 01:33 PM)

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy....

@  Vexwing : (22 February 2020 - 03:26 AM)

I watched L.I.L.Y.Cat on there a while back, it was surprisingly good.

@  Steevy Maximus : (21 February 2020 - 08:47 PM)

@Dekafox, no DTP, but they DO have LILY Cat ;)

@  CORVUS : (21 February 2020 - 08:46 PM)

For me, it's "chocolate therapy".

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2020 - 08:32 PM)

Tonight dough owns my soul.

@  CORVUS : (21 February 2020 - 07:28 PM)

Stupid, delicious Ben & Jerry's.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2020 - 06:42 PM)

Ahh. I remember watching Bubblegum Crisis 2020 or whatever.

@  Dekafox : (21 February 2020 - 06:25 PM)

Next you'll say they have Dominion Tank Police and L.I.L.Y.Cat

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 February 2020 - 06:06 PM)

Bubblegum Crisis, going by several shouts down.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2020 - 05:38 PM)

BGC?

@  Bass X0 : (21 February 2020 - 02:33 PM)

Enjoy the fudgy icing of this Hostess Cup Cake!

@  Telly : (21 February 2020 - 02:31 PM)

harlock is on tubi as well. not dubbed though :(

@  Rhinox42 : (21 February 2020 - 01:19 PM)

Blugh, the english dub of BGC is atrocious.


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#1 Cybersnark

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 02:21 PM

So, a year ago, a Japanese production company called Every Star put out a call for general outlines for a 60-minute mecha anime. Finalists (last June) presented entries in character design, mecha design, and screenplay, and Every Star then used that to produce these five short promo videos.

The video with the most views by the end of March will be turned into a full production --place your votes, folks.

(Before the bitching begins, let me repeat again, these are proof-of-concept PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS, so yes, the production values aren't up to whatever cinematic standards you're surely comparing them too. :rolleyes )

Enthusiast! -The Custom-
Looks like a straightforward shounen sports anime, with car-based robots performing parkour racing.

RS Project
Looks like a straightforward alien invasion story, where the hero pilots a mecha that screws with his mind.

deadEndSparks
Years ago, giant monsters attacked and were defeated by a super hero team of mecha pilots. Now, those same mecha have turned up in the hands of a terrorist organization, and it's up to an amnesiac ex-hero to stop them.

Gyoko no Dean-Drive/Day Break Dean-Drive
Another fairly-standard alien invasion story, made interesting by the setting (post-apocalypse reconstruction-era), the mecha (which has been excavated from the ruins), and the lead character (who is a female lead in a mecha series).

Hoshi no Yarikago/Star Storks
This is the interesting one: mankind is extinct, and a race of intelligent mecha are trying to restore humanity and fight off an invasion. They produce one successful human, and three mecha try to escort the child to another galaxy in search of more humans.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:49 PM

Of the concepts, the only one that grabbed me was Gyoko no Dean-Drive. Seems like a nice blend of action and cute, but not over the top cute.

Enthusiast seemed like it was missing an oppurtunity by not having the mechs transform from car to robot. That would be interesting to see, the pilots controlling the transformations as they maneuver the courses. The mech designs also seem lazy, with the car parts basically just sitting on to of the frame.

RS Project feels like something I've seen before, and the mech designs feel like they're meant to be made into model kits. The story might drive this one, but this promo does nothing for me.

deadEndSparks sounds like an interesting take on the Sentai genre, but I didn't see anything like that in the promo. The promo also didn't feel as fleshed out as the other four with all the repeated footage.

Star Storks looks like it could make for a great kids anime, but really didn't do anything for me.
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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:12 PM

They're all decent pitches but at the same time not a million miles away from what we get anyway. Dean Drive for instance feels like something I'd expect to see from either Sunrise or Bones.

 

The Custom is easily the weakest. The designs are boring and impractical (you can bounce straight out of them with no harness at that speed?)

 

Star Storks is the one I hope wins. It's a clever concept and I like that apparently certain robots have evolved to the point their designs look semi-organic. Would be a more interesting story to explore than the millionth 'angsty teen must pilot elite mecha'.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:01 PM

Star Storks is the only one that grabbed me, everything else smacks of the same cookie cutter "style over substance" snoozefest I've encountered again and again.

Unfortunately, I didn't much care for its animation quality. Concept and design are fantastic, though. If it wins, I hope it's visually more appealing than what is shown in that promo.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:11 PM

I actually kinda like the Enthusiast designs in concept. The thing that was bothering me was the feet - they need proper wheels. I think the exposed pilot bottoms are cute, as are the literal car parts. It doesn't offer anything all that interesting as a story concept, and I know it'd be Rideback all over again. (A girl who used to be a dancer finds a new competition in illegal street racing and begins to regain confidence in herself and make new bonds - and then WAR TERRORISM ALIENS SEKRIT TECHNOLOGY SAVE THE WORLD.)

 

Star Storks does seem interesting as a concept, but I don't like it visually.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 01 March 2015 - 06:11 PM.

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?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:21 PM

I actually kinda like the Enthusiast designs in concept. The thing that was bothering me was the feet - they need proper wheels. I think the exposed pilot bottoms are cute, as are the literal car parts. It doesn't offer anything all that interesting as a story concept, and I know it'd be Rideback all over again. (A girl who used to be a dancer finds a new competition in illegal street racing and begins to regain confidence in herself and make new bonds - and then WAR TERRORISM ALIENS SEKRIT TECHNOLOGY SAVE THE WORLD.)

 

Star Storks does seem interesting as a concept, but I don't like it visually.

For me it's the fact that they look like a very bland cross between cars and robots. We've seen that idea done with other mecha shows and more dynamically. Heck, Go Nagai credits cars as the inspiration for how the pilot docks with Mazinger Z.

 

The designs are kinda realistic but in a way that feels boring. If it got picked up, I'd want to see more dynamic and customised units.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:25 PM

Based on premise alone Star Storks appeals the most, I like AI and it seems like a nice play on Brave series tropes.

 

I like the mecha design in RS the most, but I'd probably enjoy Dean-Drive. Dead End Sparks sounds like the one whose plot might be the most interesting, but to be honestly any of these shows could have potential.

 

 

 I know it'd be Rideback all over again. (A girl who used to be a dancer finds a new competition in illegal street racing and begins to regain confidence in herself and make new bonds - and then WAR TERRORISM ALIENS SEKRIT TECHNOLOGY SAVE THE WORLD.)

 

Uh, what are you talking about? There were no aliens or world salvation or anything like that in Rideback.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:34 PM

A valid question- how many of these aren't gonna be meddled with further if they do win?

 

It's not unheard of for an anime show to produce a pilot reel that is markedly different from what we actually get when the show starts airing.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:42 PM

Honestly unless the show is designed for a product kit line right away it's not likely at all.

 

Most mecha anime these days just does its' run and then plamo or whatever get announced after the show has aired and disseminated.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:45 PM

Uh, what are you talking about? There were no aliens or world salvation or anything like that in Rideback.

I exaggerated. The premise could have been interesting, and then it went in stupidly grandiose directions.


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?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:49 PM

 

Uh, what are you talking about? There were no aliens or world salvation or anything like that in Rideback.

I exaggerated. The premise could have been interesting, and then it went in stupidly grandiose directions.

 

 

No, it really didn't. It's literally a mecha anime about a college activist.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:56 PM

There's an honest to god yer-a-wizard-Harry moment in there, there's the totally unnecessary backstory idea that the mechs were weapons that changed the course of the war, etc., etc. There were nods toward a conceit that the machines were just this world's analogue to motorcycles, and that would have been a more interesting series to me. I couldn't take the series as delivered seriously. 


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?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:58 PM

Honestly I have no idea what you're on about. Those two concepts aren't mutually exclusive.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:14 PM

It's like if model trains were revealed to be secretly the most effective counter-terrorism weapon known to science. 

 

But, like, I don't actually care if you know what I'm on about? I didn't like the series? I wouldn't like to see a "sports" anime awkwardly saddled with a premise from some other genre entirely, and worry that Enthusiast! here would be saddled with the same phenomenon? 


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?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:26 PM

 

It's like if model trains were revealed to be secretly the most effective counter-terrorism weapon known to science.

 

No, it's like how the military pioneers technology first then it ends up in civilian use. Don't be obtuse.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:36 PM

Don't be obtuse.

You're saying that to me, right now, in this conversation? I got nothing.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 01 March 2015 - 07:36 PM.

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?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:41 PM

 

Don't be obtuse.

You're saying that to me, right now, in this conversation? I got nothing.

 

 

Oh yeah? How about a photo?

 

Let's see, a vehicle that was designed by the military, was part of a movement towards new tactics and strategies that changed the face of warfare, then was remade for civilian life. And then it and others like it ended up part of terrorist groups and dissident rebels the world over.

 

Hmm.

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:43 PM

Hime, I'm being entirely serious right now. If you feel that that is a reasonable comparison, or if you think that I care enough about Rideback to explain why it's not, I'm going to have to leave it to you to sort out the details why you're wrong.


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?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:47 PM

Hime, I'm being entirely serious right now. If you feel that that is a reasonable comparison, or if you think that I care enough about Rideback to explain why it's not, I'm going to have to leave it to you to sort out the details why you're wrong.

 

So I'm wrong because you made a silly hyperbolic statement about why some show is unrealistic when the same thing happened in real life?

 

Okay then.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 08:10 PM

I think that an attempt at being "realistic" actually isn't one of Rideback's faults in the first place and wouldn't be the way to defend it, but mostly I just don't feel like playing this game with you today. Some other time.


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?