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@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 10:07 PM)

A toy is not on the same level as a piece of drawn art, true, but it is 100% an entertainment product.

@  Nevermore : (16 May 2021 - 05:05 PM)

A toy is an object of utility, Comparing that to a piece of drawn art is grossly ignoring the difference between the two. Also, you didn't answer my questions. Try again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 04:25 PM)

Part of the difference is that those covers are primarily one person's art. Sure, you probably have an inker and a colorist, but the lines and composition are one person. A toy however is a team design at pretty much all levels.

@  Cyoti : (16 May 2021 - 03:52 PM)

toymaking is a collaborative process, you have to make compromises and factories are going to get things wrong

@  tigerhawk : (16 May 2021 - 03:43 PM)

Earthrise had a few holes, Runamuck's legs YIKES!

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 May 2021 - 03:37 PM)

I doubt that say, the designer for Kingdom Cheetor was happy about every bit of unpainted plastic on it.

@  Bass X0 : (16 May 2021 - 03:28 PM)

J Scott Campbell recently had his Spiderman cover "fixed" by someone online. A few weeks ago, someone on twitter "fixed" someone's Sonic the Hedgehog fan art where Sonic, Tails and Knuckles were drawn as humans. Both times and other times, the "fixer" gets called out and criticised as you shouldn't go around "fixing" someone else's art because its rude and disrespectful to the original artist. And I was thinking isn't "fixed your s*** for ya" exactly what toy customisers do?

@  Nevermore : (16 May 2021 - 02:28 PM)

Have you ever changed your car in any way whatsoever compared to the factory configuration, or are you leaving the designer's art unchanged in that case as well?

@  CORVUS : (16 May 2021 - 02:28 PM)

It's best not to ponder it too hard.

@  Nevermore : (16 May 2021 - 04:16 AM)

Bass X0, I really wonder sometimes how you come up with these random tangents apropos of nothing.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 04:11 AM)

It's collaborative art.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 May 2021 - 04:07 AM)

Toys are subject to budget constraints, so its not like customizing would ruin the designer's vision or whatever.

@  Bass X0 : (16 May 2021 - 03:38 AM)

Isn't customising a toy just "fixing other people's art"?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 May 2021 - 02:58 AM)

Oops, All Berries

@  Sabrblade : (16 May 2021 - 12:47 AM)

Nope, Chuck Berry

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 May 2021 - 10:42 PM)

Nope, Chuck Testa.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 May 2021 - 10:41 PM)

English needs to revive Chuck Finley in everyday text

@  Xero Prime : (15 May 2021 - 09:09 PM)

English needs to revive Mindy in everyday text.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 May 2021 - 08:07 PM)

English needs to revive book in everyday text.

@  Sabrblade : (15 May 2021 - 04:00 PM)

English needs to revive Mook in everyday text

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 May 2021 - 03:42 PM)

English needs to revive Mork in everyday text

@  CORVUS : (15 May 2021 - 02:21 PM)

English needs to revive Morn in everyday text

@  Nevermore : (15 May 2021 - 12:38 PM)

English needs to revive Gorn in everyday text

@  Sabrblade : (15 May 2021 - 09:46 AM)

English needs to revive Gore in everyday text

@  Bass X0 : (15 May 2021 - 09:45 AM)

English needs to revive Gort in everyday text

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 May 2021 - 06:52 AM)

English needs to revive bort in everyday text

@  Telly : (15 May 2021 - 01:12 AM)

English needs to revive bork in everyday text

@  NovaSaber : (15 May 2021 - 12:15 AM)

English needs to revive dork in everyday text.

@  Sabrblade : (14 May 2021 - 09:34 PM)

English needs to revive pork in everyday text.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (14 May 2021 - 09:26 PM)

English needs to revive porn in everyday text.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 May 2021 - 09:10 PM)

English needs to revive Ģorn in everyday text.

@  Patch : (14 May 2021 - 05:53 PM)

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@  Nevermore : (14 May 2021 - 06:09 AM)

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@  TheMightyMol... : (13 May 2021 - 04:41 PM)

Yeah, my hybrid does that when idling or at low speeds. Otherwise it's almost completely silent.

@  ZakuConvoy : (13 May 2021 - 02:27 PM)

That might actually be a fake noise they make electric cars make so pedestrians can hear them. Some cars even let you pick out what noise they make.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 May 2021 - 11:20 AM)

Actually heard a car with that electric, scifi-hum to it. Made me realize that we kinda are living in the future...

@  tigerhawk : (13 May 2021 - 03:28 AM)

Nearly thirty Studio Series figs including the '86 line. "I won't touch that." I said a few years ago when deluxe wave 5 came to my store for a tenner each. My latest one' is 72 Starscream.

@  Steevy Maximus : (10 May 2021 - 05:22 PM)

God, it's such a pain to have a local email address shut down. So many accounts to update...

@  Bass X0 : (10 May 2021 - 04:43 PM)

"Let's make a bargain, shall we? You ask Primus for help and I'll stop the moment He shows up."

@  tigerhawk : (10 May 2021 - 02:56 AM)

The 1988 G1 line up could all have been done as Titan Master things, I figure the Pretenders could be done as Titan Master Drones and Prime Master shells.

@  Cyoti : (08 May 2021 - 11:14 AM)

Perfect is the enemy of the good. And it's still better than making him a remold of RTS Jazz as planned originally. Fact of the matter is: Nightbeat is just not a priority with Hasbro.

@  Demovere Xeno : (08 May 2021 - 08:58 AM)

Generations Nightbeat never really scratched that itch sadly; he looked okay, but his transformation was fiddly, his robot mode had far too many bits and pieces flopping around unsecured, and his chest dragged along the surface in var mode. =/

@  Demovere Xeno : (08 May 2021 - 08:57 AM)

I second wishing that we got a Deluxe Nightbeat from TR, mostly because as a kid he was second-in-command to my old Powermaster Optimus for the longest time. =P

@  tigerhawk : (08 May 2021 - 05:41 AM)

Wipe Out and Wilder it coulda been: Wipe Out is down in the dumps because the Scramble City Trypticon was destroyed and left him a drifting to the point he arrives in Legends World, he finds Wilder and both go on a crime spree subverted by their realisation neither gets any joy from it until they stop a violent crook together and become anti heroes. (Bass XO beat me!)


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#41 Tripredacus

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:08 PM

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 08:42 AM

I just went on a Tracks hike and picked mine up.


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Posted 08 November 2015 - 10:47 PM

Here's a gallery to whet your whistle.


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Posted 09 November 2015 - 03:48 AM

Haven't gotten a confirmation yet, but Action Robo says on their website that they start shipping today.

http://www.actionrob...&product_id=297

And despite no mention of it, I expect he'll come with a coin, just like the MP Wheeljack I ordered from them a while back,

Prices are great, but shipping is painfully slow.

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My FlickR folder...

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 09:52 AM

Just got notification from BBTS that mine has shipped and is on his way; should be here by the end of the week.  Squee!



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Posted 09 November 2015 - 10:09 AM

Here's a gallery to whet your whistle.


Finally, visual confirmation that the ugly yellow hood square is a rotating panel! I'll keep it blue, or maybe put on a simple reprolabel...

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 09:49 PM

I picked up mine today and I couldn't be happier!

 

It's easily the best TFs purchase I made so far this week!

 

That being said, I can't wait until Shockwave is released and in my hands.

 

 

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 12:33 PM

Got mine yesterday. Gotta say, this guy feels like a completely different beast from all the other MP cars so far, in terms of transformation. So many pieces on tiny armatures, awkwardly floating backpack with loose clips, shinguards that don't really line up with the knees, and I didn't see how I was going to separate the legs without snapping something. Took a long time to get through, and tabbed-in bits kept disconnecting throughout. Really not fun at all.

 

Great looking car, okay robot, obnoxious transformation. This one goes at the bottom of my list of MP Autobots. Which sucks, because I really want to want Road Rage...



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 12:41 PM

Can't say I'm surprised he's more finicky than previous car-bots. 


 
 
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Posted 11 November 2015 - 01:32 PM

Only thing I had issue with was the mirrors popping out.  But once you carefully get them in enough they don't pop out any more.

 

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 01:40 PM

I didn't even put in the mirrors. Mostly it was the legs that drove me crazy (and the Alternators Grimlock-y shoulders too). I've never had to watch a review video before to make sure I wasn't going to break a toy just by following its instructions, but I really was convinced the legs would never split without a crowbar.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 01:50 PM

I've seen some speculation that there's a different designer on MP from Tracks onward. He and the van duo do have a bit of a different vibe from the previous guys, and this seems to be evidence in favor of that. Unless somebody just wanted to try something different. 



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 03:18 PM

I've seen some speculation that there's a different designer on MP from Tracks onward. He and the van duo do have a bit of a different vibe from the previous guys, and this seems to be evidence in favor of that. Unless somebody just wanted to try something different. 

 

One thing to remember is that they've stated in the past that the design work is a team effort.

 

Based on this Autobase Aichi article though it seems that another designer was the lead (if I'm getting it right) designer for Ironhide.  http://snakas.blog95...entry-4710.html

 

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 07:26 PM

It's really frustrating to see the design work falter on this series.  I don't know who is designing them, individual or team, but I wish the old group would get back together.  Tracks isn't bad, it's just the little things that bother me.  Like the baffling inclusion of ratcheting joints at the knees and elbows which do nothing to support the figure, but limit articulation and actually make him more floppy due to the play between the ratchets.  You don't need those kind of joints in figures this size, so why include them?  Friction joints are much better.  



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Posted 12 November 2015 - 02:25 AM

Almost broke the clip holding his legs together because it was so tight I needed to pry them apart with a butter knife. But I guess that's why he comes with that butt plug accessory.

 

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 04:51 PM

I'm bummed that only one of his blaster and Blaster can store in vehicle mode, while there's no storage for his flight-mode cannon at all.

There was more than enough space to work something out. A real shame.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 04:56 PM

only one of his blaster and Blaster can store in vehicle mode,

Must be the name conflict.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 05:11 PM

The flight-mode cannon is so tiny, I can't believe they couldn't find a way to make it fold out instead of making it a separate piece.

 

Really just a lot of weird choices on this one.



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Posted 12 November 2015 - 05:21 PM

Just got him in my hot little hands today!  I'm at work now and have him in flight mode; I'll wait to transform him when I get home. 



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Posted 12 November 2015 - 05:51 PM

The flight-mode cannon is so tiny, I can't believe they couldn't find a way to make it fold out instead of making it a separate piece.
 
Really just a lot of weird choices on this one.


To me, that's a MUCH bigger deal than the blaster/Blaster issue. Every Masterpiece Car Robot so far has had vehicle mode storage for ALL the weapons, even when it looks stupid, like on Smokescreen.

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