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@  Noideaforaname : (21 September 2018 - 04:34 PM)

I still got that Pikachu Edition Gameboy Color from back in the day. Yellow and Blue and with Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Togepi on the screen.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 September 2018 - 04:30 PM)

Quote of the day: I either need bourbon or aspirin, and I'm pretty sure the liquor cabinet is closer than the medicine chest.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 September 2018 - 02:38 PM)

I don't recall any Pokedex themed DS or Game Boy, but plenty of Pokemon-themed ones. My favourite, and the one I've got myself, was the Pokemon Red/Blue themed 3DS with the swappable faceplates that came out around the time the original games were made available via digital download

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (21 September 2018 - 02:30 PM)

I'm fairly certain Nintendo has done Pokéball red and white, but I don't know about specific Pokédex colors.

@  Paladin : (21 September 2018 - 11:10 AM)

random thought: has Nintendo ever made a 3DS that looks like a Pokedex? because that seems like a GOLDMINE waiting to happen...

@  Nevermore : (21 September 2018 - 03:23 AM)

Wiigii! Titans Return Grotusque for only 60 Euros (actually 70 but I somehow had an eBay gift card for reasons that escape me) with free shipping from within my own country!

@  Whirl Maximus : (21 September 2018 - 03:02 AM)

That was the plan for Predators too with the Super Predators.

@  Waspinator : (21 September 2018 - 01:46 AM)

So, apparently in the new Predator movie, the Predators don't hunt us for honor or the challenge or anything like that, but because they're stealing human DNA to modify themselves. Congrats Hollywood, on making a monster far less cool and scary.

@  Pennpenn : (20 September 2018 - 08:46 AM)

I only started playing it recently so I don't know what it was like before. Actually surprised they haven't finished the story yet. Then again, unless they introduce another world it's pretty much just Maleficent and whatever the Foretellers are playing at left.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 September 2018 - 08:30 AM)

Geeze.. I reloaded up Kingdom Hearts X for the first time in a long time. That game has massivily inflated from when I played it when it first launced in the US.

@  Pennpenn : (19 September 2018 - 09:07 AM)

It's an annoying thing to have happen in any game. I'm hoping they actually finish releasing all the story mode parts before 3 comes out.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 September 2018 - 06:24 AM)

Ahh. Hadn't played that in a long time.. Since before the PVP I think.

@  Pennpenn : (19 September 2018 - 04:33 AM)

Kingdom Hearts Union Cross. Specifically the PVP fights.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 September 2018 - 04:31 AM)

What game PennPenn

@  Pennpenn : (19 September 2018 - 03:13 AM)

Man, I love it when you've got limited attempts at something in a game, said game crashes at the end of the thing, so you lose the attempt but don't get any credit.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 September 2018 - 08:44 PM)

I know. I'm back to the classic purple for the first time since the comic theme was introduced.

@  Fenix Twilight : (18 September 2018 - 08:32 PM)

Alright thanks, gonna be weird without the speech bubble boxes but I'll manage.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 September 2018 - 07:59 PM)

Nope, ongoing problem for a bunch of us. The mods know, so... just hunker down and wait. In the mean time: changing themes will sort it out for a bit. Only the comic theme is affected.

@  Fenix Twilight : (18 September 2018 - 05:36 PM)

Is something going on? I'm missing the buttons to go to the newest post and there's no banner for the forum list, it just says "logo" in the corner.

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@  Whirl Maximus : (18 September 2018 - 02:25 AM)

"huh?" 'chuckle' in every reaction shot. That's all I remember of Armada.

@  Paladin : (16 September 2018 - 07:36 PM)

if youre looking for sympathy its in the dictionary between shit & syphilis.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 September 2018 - 03:10 PM)


@  Rycochet : (15 September 2018 - 11:56 AM)

Due to it's concentrated lousiness, even small doses of Energon will age you, yes.

@  Lazy Garou : (15 September 2018 - 10:32 AM)

unicron trilogy video was great, but made me feel a hundred years old.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 September 2018 - 07:32 AM)

Awesome. Good job man.

@  Lazy Garou : (11 September 2018 - 09:30 PM)

cleaning up, mostly.but the little plastic piece where the power cable hooked up was broken. That I managed to put back together.

@  Patch : (11 September 2018 - 04:48 PM)

So he also has White Castle-like qualities?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2018 - 02:23 PM)

Just keep him away from the plumbing, he's really hard on the pipes.

@  RichardT1977 : (11 September 2018 - 01:22 PM)

Overlord has some castle-like qualities to him

@  wonko the sane? : (11 September 2018 - 12:15 PM)

Fix it, like, found a working power adaptor, or fix it like: there was saudering involved.

@  Lazy Garou : (11 September 2018 - 11:58 AM)

that feeling when you fix something and works like a dream. we now have a working snes in my house and I have tested 10 games on it and they all work.

@  Arazyr : (11 September 2018 - 10:44 AM)

...Now I want a Transformer that turns into a castle.

@  wonko the sane? : (11 September 2018 - 09:37 AM)

You should be careful man, lots of allsparkers life in castle law states. It's a good way to get shot you know.

@  ▲ndrusi : (11 September 2018 - 09:35 AM)

Which house? Mine? Dammit I thought I locked my door!

@  GrungeWerX : (11 September 2018 - 01:20 AM)

GrungeWerX in tha HOUSE!!! WOOT!!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2018 - 11:54 PM)

There's been consistently good sc-fi flicks; most just fly under the radar as lower-budget or indie pictures

@  Steevy Maximus : (10 September 2018 - 09:28 PM)

If you can forget about that garbage Ghost in the Shell feature...

@  Steevy Maximus : (10 September 2018 - 09:27 PM)

Upgrade is a GREAT dark sci fi throwback film. Kind of feels like the genre has been nailing some good stuff after a LONG time of drek

@  Sabrblade : (10 September 2018 - 06:34 PM)

Hey, Steve is a Vehicon!

@  abates : (10 September 2018 - 04:44 PM)

I thought it was spelled "Stege".

@  Arazyr : (10 September 2018 - 02:10 PM)

So, "I before E, except after Siege"? :D

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 September 2018 - 01:59 PM)

Memorandum to all: the word "siege" is spelled with the "i" before the "e".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (08 September 2018 - 12:55 PM)

Happy birthday to Star Trek and Star Trek: The Animated Series!

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2018 - 07:55 AM)

*smacks TMM upside the head*

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 September 2018 - 02:51 AM)

& Knuckles.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2018 - 11:01 PM)

Re: Coded?

@  Waspinator : (07 September 2018 - 09:14 PM)

Final Fantasy: The Movie: The Game: Pocket Edition HD Boogaloo

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (07 September 2018 - 01:03 AM)

Funny thing is, I think the pocket edition graphics give the game more personality.

@  MEDdMI : (06 September 2018 - 11:10 PM)

Final Finception

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Botcon 2016 Aaron Archer Panel

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:04 PM

Aaron Archer starts his panel with a bio of his career and working on Batman, Total Justice, various DC lines. Also did Alien Resurrection and Star Wars Episode 1. Has claim to fame of having worked on more Jar Jar toys than anyone else in the world.

Transtech background. Showing some designs and talking about it being a little too crazy and needing to get back to the core of TFs.

TM2 was his first foray into TFs. Most of team had engineering background, so he was sought out for being an artist. Showing Takara model sheet for TM2 Megatron.

Showing Dinobot and describing how sending Takara general idea and letting them finish it off is better than an overly detailed sheet that they'd match exactly.

Armada Megatron's horns were supposed to be a pincher action unlocked by minicon. Left out for cost and safety concerns.

Showing pics of him at Botcons over the years.

Proudest achievements:
MP Optimus, licensed cars, Alternators, Minicons. TF Animated toys, style. Unicorn toy. Knight Force Ninja Batman.

For content proudest of:
Movies, canonize the 13.

Difference between beast and vehicle designs. 4 legs or animal hairy parts as kibble make them trickier. Also heads can end up in weird places.

Weird seeing his designs redone, like Armada Megatron.

Enduring legacy of Unicron Trilogy was what it allowed Hasbro to do, gave it momentum that led to the movie, the studio, etc.

Walmart was considering delisting Transformers completely after Beast Machines.

Talking about Transtech designs and how many got to prototype phase. 4-5. Some came out later like Megabilt Megatron. There was also to be a larger playset version of Meganilt that would have had small-scale figures of the other characters, and would have captured Maximals, etc.

Considering your own sketchbook? He's an artist not a bookmaker, so not where his interests are. Sometimes shows these on Throwback Thursdays.

Came up with deeper TF mythology (the 13, Prine and Megatron's backstory, etc) with a team.

During Movie 1, planned to make a big shogun Optimus but it never worked out. But generally fairly proud of how well planned they were because pretty much everything came out in some form. Very little surprise to show because it all came out.

Favorite Botcon stories. First Kentucky con because we basically owned that hotel.

Amazing to work with Yoke-San, working with someone humble with such depth of skills, and the cultural experience. He's also an excellent picker of sake.

Armada Hoist SD-74 tampo refers to a night in San Diego and an actual crane during which some time was spent in an adult establishment with Judd Nelson, after which a lot of fun was had with the crane. He may or may not still have a key to that crane with font that matches the SD-74. San Diego still has a new stadium, it was no way harmed by that evening.

Why -con ending for Minicon? In the early years, didn't really know exactly what was important in naming schemes.

Alternators. Hot Shot isn't as cool as a G1 car, so wondered if they could add a realistic licensed car segment, since popularity of the brand was on an uptick. Tried to negotiate brands that would work in both markets. Japan doesn't have pickup trucks, so had to get Dodge Ram to the point it was acceptable for Japanese market, which is why it was Optimus.

Closing remarks about how great this experience is for artists to get such great feedback from fans about what their work means. We should go out with our heads held high.

ALERT: Everything is fine.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:15 PM

Any chance some of those Transtech designs might get posted, or are they the same stuff that have been around for a while?

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:21 PM

Looks to me like the same stuff? Maybe someone else can say more definitively?

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:27 PM

Canceled big Megabolt Megatron playset. Got partially done, "More like Takara's squids". Ask Takara, they keep everything.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:34 PM

For content proudest of:
Movies, canonize the 13.


As in the original 13 concept, or the Covenant/AVP lineup?

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:49 PM

I'd suspect Covenant, considering the large role he had along-side Rik Alvarez in that binder stuff. IIRC Jim took personal credit for canonising the multiverse lineup (considering it was all about to be wrecked anyways) when doing the postmortem of AVP.

Anyways, this is super interesting stuff! I still look up to the guy, even if he insulted Armada Sideways when he reblogged my digibash once...

Edited by Gearshift, 09 April 2016 - 01:51 PM.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:57 PM

IIRC, Jim worked with Simon Furman, James Roberts and... at least one other guy on the lineup? I can't remember if Archer was involved.

e: Yep, it was Archer.

Edited by Broadside, 09 April 2016 - 02:00 PM.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:59 PM

Yeah, Archer was mentioned.


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Posted 09 April 2016 - 05:53 PM

Hot Shot isn't as cool as a G1 car

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if one Walky suddenly cried out in rage and was suddenly silenced.

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:01 PM

Walmart was considering delisting Transformers completely after Beast Machines.


seems like all the walmarts i visit have done that...

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:46 PM

Hot Shot isn't as cool as a G1 car

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if one Walky suddenly cried out in rage and was suddenly silenced.

*removes the silencer from his still-smoking gun*

What? He was screaming like a little girl.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:05 AM

I wish I had been able to make this panel. The concepts Aaron had for transformers were always innovative and I like his insights into that process.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:17 AM

I'm surprised no awkward PWTT questions were asked.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:21 AM

You have to be able to afford to go to BotCon for that one.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:59 AM

Ah, neat, the story  behind SD74.

Virtually every custom as good as the title suggests!

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 03:48 AM

I'm surprised no awkward PWTT questions were asked.


I'm glad people resisted the opportunity to be douchespatters.



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:20 AM

I hesitate to ask, but what's "PWTT"?


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:25 AM

Play With This Too.


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:25 AM

Did they ever call their second Kickstarter Play With This Two? That seems like a missed opportunity if not.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 12:02 PM

I hesitate to ask, but what's "PWTT"?


Failed startup of 3P not-Pretenders that didn't Pretend, entirely staffed by ex-Hasbro types. Their first attempt at a Kickstarter had a not-Octopunch by Aaron Archer, only a relatively short period of time after he decried 3P toys on Tumblr.