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@  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".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

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@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.


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#41 ChessPieceFace


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:12 PM

Oh why not



Well, here goes something.  



Here's my bracket for this round


attachicon.gifMarchMayhembracket crosshairs.pdf


I based my picks upon the fact that I felt that the powermaster and Targetmasters were at a bit of an advantage with having a two-3 man team vs the Headmasters kind of being a bit of a symbiotic relationship. I know not exactly but it's my bracket.  I view Brainstorm and Mindwipe being front runners with their abilities until they come up against a more formidable foe. The brawn side was a bit tougher to choose but in the end I felt Crosshairs' experience be it not quite as much as Primes but still fighting with Prime Kup and Ironhide in the tough days made him a worthy foe and after beating Prime, Prime did the honorable thing by lending Crosshairs his powers.


It's a fantasy world and I can dream.  Go Crosshairs 


All three of you guys have attached empty brackets, as far as I can tell. As Dracula says above, you may need to download the PDF, open it from your HD, edit it, and then save it for the form fields to stay filled. If you're having an issue, perhaps just grab a screenshot and attach that instead of the PDF?


Or try this:

To save a filled PDF form, users should choose the print option from the "File" menu, and in the resulting print dialogue box select "Save as PDF" from the "PDF" menu



You can always check the attachment after you post, to make sure it looks right.

Edited by ChessPieceFace, 10 March 2016 - 05:16 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:29 PM

Well that sucks. Thanks for the heads up. What's weird is that I checked it after attaching it and it was filled. I'll just try again tomorrow.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:31 PM

Mine should be fixed now. If some names aren't clear enough I can make them bigger.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 04:18 PM

Weird.. it wasn't blank when I saved it.  Re-uploaded both a PDF and a jpg version

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:14 PM

Weird.. it wasn't blank when I saved it.  Re-uploaded both a PDF and a jpg version



Mine should be fixed now. If some names aren't clear enough I can make them bigger.


All good now. Glenn, even your PDF worked this time.


Rhinox, yours is still effed.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 10:15 PM

I was bored and earlier this week some assbucketron I didn't recognize walked out of an aisle at my local Walmart with a full LynxSlaught case just as I was turning the corner, so whatever.


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(also i voted against hot rod i feel like such a slaggin' traitorcon)

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:15 PM

Man, I don't even know. I feel like some of my choices were safe and some were way too risky or based on my own biases. Welp.



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#48 Magnusblitz

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 09:33 PM

Attached my bracket below.


Some thoughts:


- I think both of the Zarak bros have tough 1st round matchups despite their high seeds. Sideways and The Headmaster both seem to me like characters who are popular around here.

- Really interested to see how the votes go for characters who weren't originally -masters like Hot Rod, Arcee, Sunstreaker, Scourge, etc. For most of them, being -masters never seemed really important, not sure if people will hold that against them or not. Especially for someone like Arcee, where being a Headmaster made her worse. Hot Rod vs. Bendy Prime looks like a very interesting matchup...

- Does Landfill only have a chance if people think it's RID Landfill?

- Always hard to tell how much my own biases come into play. I've soured on IDW Chromedome but it won't surprise me if he gets tumblr-votestuffed to winning the whole thing, for example.

- Beating Overlord is reserved for Classics Kup

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 11:17 PM

For anyone curious, no, being involved in creating the matchups in no way made it any easier to pick them.  My confidence in this bracket being remotely correct is very low.  It doesn't help that my knowledge of *masters is weak anyway, but there are actually quite a number of interesting matchups and opportunities for big upsets in later rounds.


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 11:43 PM

I'm in

(EDIT) now I'm in


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#51 Magnusblitz

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 02:20 AM

Alright, here's the spreadsheet of everyone's picks so far: http://i.imgur.com/ILLFEHk.png


BScorpinok75, for some reason your PDF cut off the top part of your picks. Also need Rhinox to resubmit his.


And if you wrote your picks in red text and then saved it as a JPEG, you're a bad person and my eyes hate you


Winner picks so far:


Overlord 7, PM Optimus Prime 5, Cyclonus 2, and Fangry, Star Saber, Minerva, Seacons, Brainstorm, Chromedome, Armada Optimus Prime, Crosshairs, Fort Max and "Epic Team Up" with 1 apiece

Edited by Magnusblitz, 13 March 2016 - 02:25 AM.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 02:46 AM

All in!

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 09:18 AM

I'm not sure why I thought that High Tide would beat Fort Max, actually. That was probably wishful thinking. (Come on, guys, Max doesn't have anything going for him except being big and from the 80s!)

Reasonably confident in most of the others, though. Except, like, Apeface. Or Horri-Bull. Or Spinister. Or the Seacons. Or Slugslinger. Or Dreadwind. Or Getaway. Or Hot Rod. Or Darkwing. Okay, so I'm confident with all of my choices after the initial 64.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 12:13 PM

Just like last year, really great work putting this together. The seeding order feels pretty accurate, as well.

Spite in the vote is a wild card, so this year I tried to factor a bit of that in.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 01:31 PM

Well, here's mine. A little predictable? Perhaps, but predictable for a reason.


Fingers crossed... I may never get another shot at Sky Lynx. D=


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 04:32 PM

Alright, here we go! Hopefully it's not blank. I usually find that PDFs open by default in Chrome, and saves as a blank if you edit it *in* Chrome. Might want to include in the first post that it's a good idea to avoid editing it in your Web Browser.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:34 PM


Not sure why I'm having issues so I'll just type it all out.

First-round winners: Fortress Maximus, Mindwipe, Minerva, Black Zarak, Arcee, Hardhead, Chromedome, Snapdragon, Scorpinok, Apeface, Nightbeat, Grand Maximus, Star Saber, Horri-Bull, Brainstorm, Energon Omega Supreme, Powermaster Optimus Prime, Needlenose, Seacons, Artfire, Cyclonus, Doubledealer, Scourge, Dreadwind, Overlord, Pointblank, Kup, Stepper, Armada Optimus Prime, Misfire, Blurr, Darkwing

Second-round winners: Fortress Maximus, Black Zarak, Hardhead, Chromedome, Scorpinok, Nightbeat, Star Saber, Energon Omega Supreme, Powermaster Optimus Prime, Seacons, Cyclonus, Scourge, Overlord, Kup, Armada Optimus Prime, Darkwing

Third-round winners: Fortress Maximus, Chromedome, Nightbeat, Star Saber, Powermaster Optimus Prime, Cyclonus, Overlord, Darkwing

Quarter-Final winners: Fortress Maximus, Star Saber, Powermaster Optimus Prime, Overlord

Semi-Final winners: Fortress Maximus, Powermaster Optimus Prime

Finals winner: Fortress Maximus

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:34 PM

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:00 PM

My son helped me with this one, so if any of you beat me, you're killing the dreams of a six year old boy.  I hope you're happy with yourselves.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 09:31 PM

I'm going the fun route with this because I can and we need more wild card focus.  I predict a lot of popular upsets. Lets Wreck and Rule everyone!

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