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@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  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.


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:09 AM

Well now I kinda just want one of those, just to have an Allspark for display... 


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:22 AM

The entirety of the TLK line feels bizarrely like Hasbro didn't know when the movie was coming out and had to scramble to be ready to have anything on the shelves. (A bunch of mold reuse in the first wave of everything, none of the exclusives lined up for the launch date, reshipping big displays of wave 1 product to Walmart and Target when in any other year we'd have already seen wave 2 of most of the sizes and "several of types of product (including Allspark Tech, the masks, R/C Sqweeks, big Dragonstorm) not being available at all a month after launch",)

 

I will/would definitely pick up one or two of the Allspark Tech figures to see what their deal is at retail; there's almost no chance I'm going to track them down and overpay for them from eBay or something to get one from Singapore.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

I was trying to explain to my 9 year old son who wants a Nitro Zues (to be the body for his TM Apeface) why Nitro and Cogman may be hard to impossible to get.

Part of what I told him was how previous waves had to sell through to some extent for the later waves to show up, and also how many repaints of previous toys of characters not in or not important in the movie were in the first waves this time. He was frustrated and asked why they did that, and I told him I honestly had no good answer to that.

This toyline feels like someone wasn't paying attention until some important deadline had passed and then had to pull toys together as well as they could after that. It's just really poorly focused on this actual film in a lot of ways. That first wave of Deluxes and Voyagers is kinda a waste outside of Barricade. (Yes you need a BB and OP I guess but still)

-ZacWilliam, all that and Zero retail focus on the Baby Dinos it's just all... off point...

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:50 AM

I can't get over the fact that Hasbro made a bunch of new product for a guy who's in the movie for, like, 10 seconds, and none of it was redecoed from the previous guy whose model he shares.

Like, how much of a friggin' miscommunication would there have to be for that?


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:52 AM

I can't get over the fact that Hasbro made a bunch of new product for a guy who's in the movie for, like, 10 seconds, and none of it was redecoed from the previous guy whose model he shares.

Like, how much of a friggin' miscommunication would there have to be for that?

 

Maybe its just a case of wanting to re-do the toy better? 


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:57 AM

It seems very likely to me that, at the stage at which Hasbro had to be developing toys, they knew "here are the batch of Decepticons in the movie" and little to nothing about their individual roles. It's possible at that point not even the filmmakers knew their individual roles, or it's also possible that they couldn't or wouldn't share that information (And let's face it, Decepticons in the movies tend to be pretty interchangeable.)

 

So they went all-in on Berserker and picked wrong. (Well, "wrong". I think he's pretty memorable, myself, but probably not worth being the only new member of Megatron's gang to get multiple toys. And I don't think Dreadbot or Onslaught would necessarily have sold any better as a wave 1 Deluxe than he did.)

 

I have to believe I would have said "well, we don't know who's the biggest guy, so let's make Guy A a Legion, and Guy B a One-Step, and Guy C a Deluxe" but there are drawbacks to that too.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 12:15 PM



The entirety of the TLK line feels bizarrely like Hasbro didn't know when the movie was coming out and had to scramble to be ready to have anything on the shelves. (A bunch of mold reuse in the first wave of everything, none of the exclusives lined up for the launch date, reshipping big displays of wave 1 product to Walmart and Target when in any other year we'd have already seen wave 2 of most of the sizes and "several of types of product (including Allspark Tech, the masks, R/C Sqweeks, big Dragonstorm) not being available at all a month after launch",)

It is totally bizarre, especially with decisions like staggering the Leader wave release so relatively far after the movie and having so many frontloaded redecoes.  Or even just the redeco of AoE Bumblebee in the first wave and a brand new one in almost the same deco so soon after, like the new mold just wasn't ready yet.  The store exclusives point is even more odd, especially for Target, which has had something for every opening weekend till now.

 



This toyline feels like someone wasn't paying attention until some important deadline had passed and then had to pull toys together as well as they could after that. It's just really poorly focused on this actual film in a lot of ways. That first wave of Deluxes and Voyagers is kinda a waste outside of Barricade. (Yes you need a BB and OP I guess but still)

I really don't think the movie stuff is a high priority for the current TF team, as weird as that sounds.  I kind of suspected it with AoE's toyline size and random "yeah whatever" exclusives, but TLK having a decade+ old redeco as the one "big ticket" item while Generations is going full steam with stuff like a shiny new Trypticon feels like a confirmation.


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 12:29 PM

The actual big ticket item for TLK is the $100 Mega One-Step Dragonstorm.

 

Somehow convincing TRU to carry a $150 Cybertron was a nice bonus, though.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 12:37 PM

That TRU Primus feels like a Platinum release that ended up in the wrong box.


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 01:32 PM

Heh, continuing with the old repaint discussion, found these today.20170706_142946.jpg

Three are repaints from previous lines, as well as being used in wave 1 of the regular Legion releases. But I am a major sucker when it comes to Legion class Transformers.

Also, thanks for the Skullitron and Megatron links, got them ordered now.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 01:48 PM

I wish that Rippersnapper mold would crumble already.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 02:57 PM

I wish Hasbro would stop trying trying to convince us that that's a T-Rex.


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:00 PM

I thought from the start that Rippersnapper would make a decent Grimlock, but at what point do such high-profile characters not warrant new molds? As another example, we shouldn't still be seeing the ROTF Optimus legion mold.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:27 PM

I just don't know why we're still getting that mold as Grimlock when there's a perfectly good actual Legion Grimlock over in RID.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 04:28 PM

They should've used RID legion Grimlock. He doesn't look like movie Grimlock, but at least he's actually a T.rex.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 06:07 PM

I'm still gobsmacked that Legion Berserker is somehow not the Legion Crankcase mold.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 06:15 PM

We can't be having any sense in the TLK line, now can we?



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 06:29 PM

I'm a fool. I know where the deco "variant" for Skullitron is from... the leaked European packaging stock photo we saw a while back.

Compare, again:

United States/Australian/Canadian/Latin American/Asian packaging
ToysRUs_Deluxe_Class_Skullitron_packaging_US.jpg ToysRUs_Deluxe_Class_Skullitron_robot1.jpg

European packaging
ToysRUs_Deluxe_Class_Skullitron_packaging_EU.jpg ToysRUs_Deluxe_Class_Skullitron_robot2.jpg
"'[Foreigners] at least need to be able to speak proper German.' Okay, what the hell is that supposed to be? Proper German'? Where do they speak that? Have you ever been there? Are you German? Can you engage in a conversation in a Swabian pub? Most people from Cologne already fail at asking for directions in the Eifel region."
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Posted 06 July 2017 - 06:47 PM

I mean, it's fine, because it justifies repurposing Silas Breakdown as Aligned Berserker.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 07:28 PM

I'm a fool. I know where the deco "variant" for Skullitron is from... the leaked European packaging stock photo we saw a while back.


But which one does the actual toy look like?



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