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@  Maximus Ambus : (14 July 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Han shot first. Plain and simple.

@  -LittleAutob... : (13 July 2020 - 06:21 PM)


@  Bass X0 : (13 July 2020 - 05:26 PM)

"Here's a little---whatever. A little thing. A disclosure. An insight. Revisionism---I've always been fascinated by it. By the idea of a writer going back and altering things. Make no mistake: an edit is a profoundly aggressive act. As Froid once said, we grieve for the murdered word. If you want to get the measure of an author, don't look at what they've left on the page.... look at what they've taken away." -- Rung (MTMTE #28)

@  Verno : (11 July 2020 - 11:20 PM)

2021: :idea :rolleyes :p :D

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 July 2020 - 06:20 PM)

Perfection. :thumbsup

@  Patch : (11 July 2020 - 06:17 PM)

My plans:  :hmm  2020:  :)

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 July 2020 - 06:02 PM)

Our plans for 2020 were as amazing as Optimus Prime. But then 2020 came like Hot Rod.

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 July 2020 - 05:50 PM)


@  Bass X0 : (11 July 2020 - 05:40 PM)

"He who dies with the most toys wins."

@  Rycochet : (11 July 2020 - 01:11 PM)

Hey you, get moving, it's not too far, you're looking good so come as you are. Hey you, you never know what you'll see, when it's through that door with the 73.

@  Rycochet : (11 July 2020 - 01:10 PM)

Hey you, get ready, get on your feet. Get into gear and hit the street.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 July 2020 - 12:46 PM)

I recall number 73 (old british show) discussing the Transformers movie and had the presenters trying to transform a few figures, one argued his deflated beach ball was a Transformer too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 July 2020 - 08:03 AM)

And he's a big ball, but he's not the biggest ball of them all. (That'll be Pulse Unicron.)

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 July 2020 - 07:37 AM)

Trypticon so scared my Primus figure he turned into a ball.

@  ▲ndrusi : (09 July 2020 - 09:56 PM)

King Nine, however, will not return.

@  Bass X0 : (09 July 2020 - 05:05 PM)

Bass_X0 will return after these messages ^^^

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 July 2020 - 03:37 PM)


@  -LittleAutob... : (09 July 2020 - 02:06 PM)


@  Otaku : (09 July 2020 - 07:47 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Ah, but the series itself has pronounced "Bass" both ways. ;)  Oh, 90s English Capcom video game voice acting...

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 July 2020 - 03:14 AM)

Looking at my Titan Returns collection I can see they realised they didn't have to paint the Titan Masters after wave one, lazy bums.

@  Maruten : (08 July 2020 - 09:13 PM)

No, I'm going with "fish".

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 July 2020 - 04:19 PM)

He stated that it's in reference to the Mega Man character, so it follows the series' tradition of music names.

@  Cybersnark : (08 July 2020 - 03:59 PM)

The real question is if it's "bass" as in music or "bass" as in the fish.

@  Otaku : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^'  Rather, I think I'd just forgotten.  In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online.  Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Extremely unimpressed with your idea that someone making a negative observation you don't like means they "got triggered."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (08 July 2020 - 11:16 AM)

You know somebody asked "And this would be in relation to... what exactly?"

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 11:15 AM)

Its because someone got triggered over my random musings instead of just ignoring them. If I read one of your comments that is of no relevance or interest to me, I don't feel the need to say so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (08 July 2020 - 10:56 AM)

All this over someone's username lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 08:34 AM)


@  Tm_Silverclaw : (08 July 2020 - 06:34 AM)

It could be Bass 10-0

@  Nevermore : (08 July 2020 - 06:11 AM)

How do you pronounce yourself? "Bass Ex-O" or "Bass Ex-Zero"?

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 03:23 AM)

I did almost go with Vile Bass X0, because Vile is cool too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 July 2020 - 08:34 PM)

Bossk Saw

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 July 2020 - 04:16 PM)

Bass XD

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 03:43 PM)

And its not Bass XO, its Bass X0, as in Bass, X and Zero from the Mega Man series.

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:33 PM)

@Trpodeca :( :(

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Thats what a gray rock is? Then I'm not one.

@  Trpodeca : (07 July 2020 - 02:12 PM)

Man I just learnt about what seemed like a really cool show, only to realize it was a dream and it dosen't really exist.

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 01:02 PM)

Just something I read that I wanted to share. I heard "gray rock" mentioned in a video, so I looked it up and that was the definition.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 July 2020 - 12:20 PM)

It's a fancy way of saying "Ignore annoying people".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (07 July 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Bass XO has a habit of pasting random drivel here as if doing so were profound.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 July 2020 - 11:30 AM)

And this would be in relation to... what exactly?

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 11:25 AM)

"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"

@  Nevermore : (06 July 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Oh wow. Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee is awesome. His articulation is amazing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (06 July 2020 - 11:18 AM)


@  Maximus Ambus : (05 July 2020 - 01:10 AM)

I got Studio Series 39 Cogman yesterday and woke up to find he'd decapitated my titans returns figures.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 July 2020 - 10:19 PM)

If I had a sarcasm powered mouth.. ooohh waaaiiittt...

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 05:01 PM)


@  Bass X0 : (04 July 2020 - 02:56 PM)

"If I had sarcasm-powered legs, I'd do a happy dance...!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 July 2020 - 02:39 PM)

The real clones were the friends we made along the way.


Transformers #54 Review and Discussion!

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#1 Luke

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 11:00 PM

When we last left our stalwart heroes, Galvatronus had used the Onyx Code that's distributed around the Earth (thanks, Blackrock!) to force-merge two new Combiners! How could they possibly be defeated?! Fear not, Superion will beat them with his mind!


Yes, I said Superion.


Credit where it's due, that actually was a pretty clever resolution. At the same time though, it also feels really anticlimactic. The teased Combiner throwdown largely happens offscreen and is actually settled via not fighting, and the only reason I expected a Combiner throwdown is because after building it up for a year the Onxy Code turns out to basically just Enigma of Combination II: Enigma Harder. The Onyx Code could have been anything, but it's just a Super-Saiyan Enigma, and like the original Enigma it promises a Combiner War that isn't delivered on.


Over in Otptimusland (capital of Planet Optimus, your new arm of Cybertron in the Sol system, plan your next vacation today!), it turns out a single dog will keep an army at bay. There you go, Optimus: a trip to the pound and some puppy liners on your seats and you'll never get attacked again. Optimus repeatedly trying to explain to Soundwave why he can't kill humans was my favorite part of the issue, striking a nice balance of being amusing and pretty dramatic.


Then Optimus suddenly realizes there's a freaking TITAN under his feet. Holy crap man. how deep was THAT buried to never be detected? With all conflicts settled, our brave adventurers listen to the swelling sounds of the fade-out music as All Hail Optimus... whazzat? There's more?


Well okay, but this feels more like the final issue of the arc than the penultimate one. I'm still largely enjoying this arc so I don't want to sound terribly negative, but it just smells of a "padding for the event" non-ending. I'd accuse editorial of tacking on another issue when the writer was already finished if Barber wasn't also the editor...


Still, I have to keep reading. I need to know if the Titan will take Buster for walkies.

#2 Sockie

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 11:55 PM

I'd accuse editorial of tacking on another issue when the writer was already finished if Barber wasn't also the editor...

Carlos Guzman is the editor of this book, though...

And I remember wondering if Soundwave could read human minds or not. Guess that answers that! (and is also kind of a clever way to get him to turn his recent opinions on humanity around)

Edited by Sockie, 14 June 2016 - 11:58 PM.

#3 Luke

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:40 AM

Carlos Guzman is the editor of this book, though...

Sure he is.

I don't mean to sound cynical, but in cases like this where the writer is the brand editor, the book's editor probably isn't doing much more than correcting typos.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:48 AM

I was wondering whether Superion was going to turn into Betatron as a result of putting the Enigma in his mind, but I guess that's a future plot hook if I ever saw one.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:51 AM

That was MUCH better than last issue. Felt like we actually got somewhere with the plot.  Nice to see Soundwave actually coming to terms with Humans and surprised that a new titan turned up, but makes sense since earth is supposed to be the 13th colony.

Edited by Lothar Hex, 15 June 2016 - 06:54 AM.

#6 Broadside



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:53 AM

Yeah, I liked this issue on the whole, but the new combiners felt like an anticlimax; and Soundwave's sudden face turn felt more forced than even Autobot Megatron's reveal.


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:10 AM

Ha ha, Soundwave sure is stupid!

if you can see this, i apologize for the above tweet, i was young and stupid and had nothing of value to say. please support lgbtq rights and listen to women's voices. that's all that really matters now. the right is evil, and should be opposed. thanks.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:34 AM

Superion is strong...stronger than you.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:44 AM

I liked it. I crapped my pants at the Titan reveal.

Edited by Master Fwiffo, 15 June 2016 - 07:44 AM.


#10 Jenny

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:47 AM

take that starscream you dumb motherhugger

Edited by Summer, 15 June 2016 - 07:48 AM.

#11 Powered Convoy

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:55 AM

Did Skywarp do anything?  I haven't picked mine up yet.


#12 ▲ndrusi


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:57 AM

I'm not sure I actually have any positivity or negativity about this issue. I was just constantly veering between "?????" and "!!!!!"

Did Skywarp do anything? I haven't picked mine up yet.

He did!

Edited by ▲ndrusi, 15 June 2016 - 07:59 AM.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:06 AM

So how many colony Titans do we know now?
  • Caminus
  • Navitas
  • Dead guy on Devision
  • Chela
  • Prion
  • Carcer
  • Tempo
  • Earth guy
  • The metrotitan head on that planet with the Garnak-looking people running around, whatever that was
I'll eat my hat if the Junkions from the -acys aren't revealed to be descendants of Quisquilae, or something, down the line.

#14 Jenny

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:07 AM

The metrotitan head on that planet with the Garnak-looking people running around, whatever that was




#15 Locoman



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:10 AM

It's from the penultimate issue of Combiner Wars, I think.

Right after Metroplex freaks out and opens his space bridge, all the combiners fall onto this desert planet with a giant head sitting in the middle of nowhere. Green Garnak-like folks are shown watching the combiners beat one another up.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 09:45 AM



Optimus Maximus's birthplace.


Re-reading that sequence across the two issues, I've just now noticed that you never actually see them wind up on Eukaris, despite Tigatron and Airazor finding a footprint at the end... *shrugs*

Edited by Jalaguy, 15 June 2016 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 11:29 AM


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 11:45 AM

I'm afraid I don't understand Soundwave's change of heart.  He acts as if he's never read a human's mind and then in the next scene, Spike reacts as if he's had his mind read by Soundwave before.


As for the rest of it, eh.  Prime's been far too hand-wringy in this arc thus far and instead of his conviction carrying the day, he summons Metro-Guffin and attains the biggest stick.  I've been really disappointed in this book since AHO started, which is a shame because for my money it was soundly beating MTMTE in the 40s for the most part in terms of my personal reading enjoyment.

#19 Sockie

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 11:56 AM

I'm afraid I don't understand Soundwave's change of heart.  He acts as if he's never read a human's mind and then in the next scene, Spike reacts as if he's had his mind read by Soundwave before.

The wiki assumes that Spike's referring to Soundwave's big screech from AHM #9, which may have been telepathic, as he never read anyone's mind in the story. Even then, this reads like Optimus just got Soundwave to finally realize the significance of what his reading humans' minds actually means.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:29 PM

Autogod vs Deceptigod here we come...