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@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)


@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)


@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.

@  Paladin : (17 January 2018 - 01:14 PM)

well all the idiots who invested in "bitcoin" will be selling theirs en masse to make ends meet so you might be able to find something cheap if you watch auctions.

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 12:59 PM)

Is now a good time to buy a computer? Or should I wait?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 12:01 PM)

I pointed out that I'm on disabilty.. I don't have to pretend to be an adult anymore. ;D

@  MEDdMI : (17 January 2018 - 11:25 AM)

Also Bayonetta 3.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:55 AM)

Nintendo also announced Dark Souls for the Switch, so those people should shut up.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:51 AM)

Apparently people are freaking out that Nintendo announced something for kids and kids at heart. And people are absolutely freaking out about it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:23 AM)


@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:16 AM)

Why is something for kids and "kids at heart" so bad? :(

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 January 2018 - 09:05 PM)

I vote kidnap Reggie.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 January 2018 - 07:20 PM)

Just post it on the net.. Or maybe kidnapp Reggie and make them do a Nintendo Direct about it. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2018 - 06:50 PM)

Rent a space and do a webcast?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2018 - 06:22 PM)

They could just do a panel at RI ComicCon or something.

@  abates : (16 January 2018 - 05:51 PM)

I wonder how they'll do the Hall of Fame this year without a convention to hold the award ceremony at.

@  B-Fox : (16 January 2018 - 01:33 PM)


@  Shrug : (16 January 2018 - 01:21 PM)

I love RotF Mixmaster, if that means anything.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 January 2018 - 12:42 PM)

Ehh.. when they get to complicated.. it gets annoying. PotP Optimus is decent. Rodimus pushes it just a little.

@  Locoman : (16 January 2018 - 12:32 PM)

Part of the appeal of Transformers for me has always been the mechanical puzzle angle, so I really enjoyed the ROTF/TF2010 line when that angle hit its zenith.

@  Locoman : (16 January 2018 - 12:31 PM)

I'm probably one of the few people who really enjoys complicated, fiddly transformations.

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

Some were decent, but many suffered from that "collector mentality" where it just LOOKED good in both modes...but the engineering was complex merely for the sake of it.

@  Shrug : (16 January 2018 - 10:30 AM)

Huh. That's dissapointing. I had completely missed the Alternators and had just always assumed they were good based on how they looked in photos.

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2018 - 03:34 AM)

I liked the Alternator Tracks mold. I think everyone agrees the Grimjack mold was just kinda shit even if you didn't care about it being Grimlock as a car.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 January 2018 - 09:16 PM)

My local dept. store Shopko always seemed to get a few late run gems, like Blast Attack Optimus Primal and hard to find collection 2 Revenge of the Sith toys.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 January 2018 - 09:15 PM)

Still wish I had snagged that extra Swerve I saw on clearance at Shopko, though

@  RichardT1977 : (15 January 2018 - 08:50 PM)

Smokescreen was the only Alternator I ever got.

@  Telly : (15 January 2018 - 07:24 PM)

i sold all my alternators last year

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 January 2018 - 05:27 PM)

Hound isn't bad, and, uh........

@  Paladin : (15 January 2018 - 05:23 PM)

there's only like 3 Alternator molds at most that still hold up...

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Costa's Run Is An Under-Rated Gem

IDW Comics Costa

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#101 Sean Whitmore

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:30 PM

Again, that's what the editor would be for to remind the writer of.


The Prowl thing was doubly annoying as Schmidt edited the book that established Machiavelli Prowl, he could and should have told Costa that having him be the one who rashly played the hero was grossly out of character, but no, then the attempt to 'fix' it with a spotlight didn't really help as it did nothing to help fix his transformation into just another guy.


For all we know, he did. And maybe Costa said, "Thanks, now let me get back to telling my story my way", as is his prerogative.


This wasn't some long-established continuity he was upturning. It was a quite recent change that happened in essentially a backup story. And much as I prefered Roberts' take, I can't fault the writer of the ongoing for not feeling beholden to that.




Took the Ironhide mini to redeem him, though the resurrection that voided all memory of his misdeed did feel like a "get out of jail free" card.


Nothing wrong with that, shared characters like these deserve "get out of jail free" cards. What, am I supposed to hold a grudge against Ironhide forever because one guy wrote him terribly?


If someone writes, say, Preacher 2 and undoes Cassidy's crimes, that's something else, then.




I think McCarthy gets a bit much flak re: "he disregarded Furman's stuff".


I'm not convinced that's actually the case; the way his story was structured, there wasn't really much of anything to touch on in the first 3-4 issues to establish this, and so people read it as "disregarding old stuff".


Nowadays I don't devote much headspace to stories I didn't like, so I don't even remember most of my complaints about AMH. But I do remember being amused that the combiner process was apparently perfected off-panel, and wondering why the Decepticons didn't just fix up the side effects of Ore-13 while they were at it.




To be fair, Mirage's original character was conceived as "unsure of the Autobot cause," as well as being wealthy and aloof (causes friction with more "blue-collar" Autobots?) and the episode writer ran with that, so it does have deeper roots in the franchise than just that one episode.


Yeah, but the Autobots didn't read his bio any more than they watched "Traitor", so the story really should have done more to make us understand why they'd be so quick to believe the worst about Mirage. There was a quick line about him holding different opinions about the war, but that's not nearly enough to justify Ironhide's almost psychotic mistrust.



I stand by my belief that a large percentage of fans who got pissy about that only did so because they don't actually read other comics, and Transformers comics had never actually truly had to deal with the pretty standard "one writer booted, new writer takes over with a fresh start" process before AHM, nor the "time skip, OMG things are different/that's the point, you doofus, DC literally JUST did this" narrative. 


As someone who's spent more time on comic book message boards than Transformers ones...no. Pissiness about this is not tempered by knowledge that it happens a lot.


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:54 PM

(The humans dying in AHM never seemed as bad as some said. About on terms with the first two Bay films.)

And we all know how much people love the Bay films for their handling of pointless shock-value death (human or otherwise).

Seriously, this whole "it happens elsewhere so why be this bothered" thing might have something to it, but it doesn't really invalidate that the design inconsistency and sudden dip in writing quality were not things to be liked. When they happen elsewhere it's an annoyance that people have become numb to at the very least, but it's not excused there either.

Furthermore, I don't really recall people getting terribly upset specifically because Furman was being replaced AT ALL. It seemed to have more to do with the COST of replacing the writer at that precise point: the fact that this sudden shift in direction was going to truncate a long-game plot he had been building over several arcs and involving a well-reeived wider variety of characters and concepts. All to essentially be shelved in favor of what was shaping up to be a nostalgia fest that wasn't beholden to the idea of continuing any of those threads.

Then again, I only have my Allspark discussion recall to work with, other boards might have certainly gotten more riled up about "anyone but Furman" coming in.

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:03 AM

For all we know, he did. And maybe Costa said, "Thanks, now let me get back to telling my story my way", as is his prerogative.


This wasn't some long-established continuity he was upturning. It was a quite recent change that happened in essentially a backup story. And much as I preferred Roberts' take, I can't fault the writer of the ongoing for not feeling beholden to that.


Even ignoring the Machiavelli aspect to Prowl, it still didn't fit with the character as established by IDW at all and wasn't really a story that needed to be told. Two thirds of the Autobot ranks are rash do-gooders who would put themselves into the line of fire because it's the right thing to do, I don't see much point in turning one of the few that think before they act into that same, bland heroic mush then decimating the Transformers population to justify it, their war becoming a galaxy wide conflict fought by a race that numbers in the 5 digit range.