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@  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.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

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

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

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New incredibly blurry Japanese solicit - Blast Off, potentially major RID spoiler

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:13 AM

This photo isn't exactly filling me with the greatest confidence in blast off, but I'll wait to see what better photos show.

Meanwhile, we appear to have a new Optimus Prime toy, and it appears that he's gone through yet another upgrade. As expensive and articulated as it looks, it also looks like something that would be sold over here. Maybe we'll see it at toy fair.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:27 AM

It's not an exact match, but man it gives me Machine Wars Prime vibes.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:31 AM

Kinda matches the white Legion Optimus seen in the TRU Clash Of line.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:39 AM

Blast Off is looking rather barrel chested, isn't he? Looks like the cockpit halves end up as part of his torso instead of becoming his arms.

That Optimus looks like it needs a 90's-esque moniker. Eagle Strike Optimus or something. I'm pretty burned out on buying
Optimi, but slap some white and gold on it and it'd make a spiffy Nova Prime.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:51 AM

The Optimus, I think, is "Something Surge Optimus Prime". Can't figure out the first bit.

Edited by Jalaguy, 20 January 2016 - 05:02 AM.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:52 AM

So his Minicon is a Raichu?

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:54 AM



Vs packs of the Mini-Con 2-packs with different colored armor and recolored Mini-Cons? The hell? That's just MEAN. Lord I hope the Mini-Cons aren't new characters...


And... Divebomb was already a store giveaway. Are we looking at a redeco, maybe one that's actually show colors? Dragonus and Ratbat there are "Windra" and "Psychobat"... which makes them like the only characters to get a name change from their US releases, unless these molds will get new colors and these are just "what we had on hand for solicitations".


The Optimum, I think, is "Something Surge Optimus Prime". Can't figure out the first bit.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:04 AM

Vortex's helicopter blades are centered on his butt. I assume this is why Hasbro went for two blades and a pair of tailfins to make sure the over-the-shoulder blade look worked out in robot mode without offsetting the rotor. Also, christ that is an unappealingly barrel chested Blast Off and any misgivings I had about Hasbro's release have vanished.

Freedom Eagle Optimus Prime looks amazing, though.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:23 AM

I am so ready for a naked-faced RID Optimus that's reasonably articulated and bigger than the Warriors but not so big that the Warriors look like minicons. Why can't I have that?!

Also thank gosh I don't give a crap about switching in Takara's Blast Off because he doesn't look promising at this point. Fingers crossed for better photos.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:26 AM

Prime's limbs remind me of the Beast Hunters version, but I'm not sure that should be happening.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:36 AM

Blast Off's silhouette does not look too good in any of those three modes.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:46 AM

Ehh, Blast Off looks alright to me, even if he is massively chunky. I'm getting jet Blast Off as well anyway, so I think the exaggerated proportions of this guy will help set him apart. Vortex, on the other hand, looks kinda silly, but I still want him just for diversity's sake.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:46 AM

My gut reaction is not that that's a new in-cartoon upgrade for Optimus, because it looks soooo much like an anime hero's Final Form. SHINING WINGUUU!!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:47 AM

Maybe there'll be a DTV special with this guy.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:49 AM

But remember, everybody, he and Bee stand as equals.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:11 AM

Blastoff needs to go to whatever gym Swindle uses to get himself back into shape, no wonder Hasbro cast someone else in his role.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:21 AM

Does anyone know what this section refers to? Is that a 5mm post being indicated?




Also, Grimlock's combined armour confirmed to fit on his head, which is smashing.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:22 AM

I think the big letters with red outline read "micron joint system".

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:37 AM

That... sure is a Blast Off! Glad the people who wanted G1 can get G1, but his silhouette doesn't look half as cool as the USA repaint version.


That Optimus is insanely garish and actiony. I'm not sure if I love it or if I'm disgusted by it.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:47 AM

I really like the bird Minicon and his interaction with Optimus looks pretty cool with the wings and chest armor.


The current images, though, don't really fill me with confidence that the Optimus figure is all that great. But then again, this design hasn't really caught my interest across the multiple size classes so far, so yet another just isn't wowing me.


I also am liking the decision to make the Minicons partner-figures for the Autobots. And blue energy armor makes so much more sense than the orange...at least as far as the currently aired episodes are concerned. 


But out of all of these TAV/RiD toys, I'll probably just get the Drift and Fracture Minicons that were previously only available as pack-ins with the Deployers.