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@  MEDdMI : (28 April 2017 - 05:49 AM)

instead of blackjack, we have dice rolls in the RP and there was an actual card game in another thread.

@  Bass X0 : (28 April 2017 - 05:19 AM)

They could start their own Beast Mayhem with Blackjack and Hookers.

@  MEDdMI : (28 April 2017 - 05:16 AM)

There's plenty of talented artists in Beast Mayhem! ....though we tend to draw things that can't be posted anyway. :doh

@  wlg3 : (28 April 2017 - 01:15 AM)

I really enjoy the creative sub forums of TFW, though, like their kitbash and fan art forums. The creative forums have lots of talented, friendly people and is an active, supportive community.

@  wlg3 : (28 April 2017 - 01:13 AM)

Gotta agree with Evac... TFW has a lot of cool, talented people, but they're overwhelmingly outnumbered by unbearable neckbeards

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 10:20 PM)

I do enjoy the TFW podcast. and that subforum's usually very civil. It's the best place to actually talk about TFers there :D also the Radicons forum is ok if you just like looking at kitbash pr0n

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 10:18 PM)

There's some cool people on the site, thankfully. It's just the morons tend to outnumber them... Which is generally the rule on most forums thanks to the GIFT.

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 10:17 PM)

In all honesty, the better parts of the site are the non-TF parts.

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 10:13 PM)

yeah, and their love of 3p is just...i don't get it.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 10:03 PM)

TFW can be... literal with the rules sometimes. Like, a discussion about favorite human characters gets LOCKED if you mention Agent Fowler because "all Prime discussion belongs in the RiD forums".

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 09:48 PM)

Also, as far as TFW's No Politics goes...it's nice in theory but then you end up with the current IDW stories that lean HEAVILY into politics and religion. I've had more than a few lengthy posts exploring the parallels between the IDW Decepticon movement and various real world socialist movements deleted because it was technically "politics." So hug 'em. I really only visit there these days to poke around the podcast subforum.

@  LordGigaIce : (27 April 2017 - 09:45 PM)

My person canon is that the Quintessons created Cybertron as a factory to make the TFers as mechs, but they became self aware and they revolted. then Cybertronian society began to develop and the events of the revolt became mythologised as the stories of the Knights of Cyberton, the Thirteen, etc...real events that became the basis for religion, essentially.

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 09:34 PM)

Timeout. Does it convert?

@  Nutjob R/T : (27 April 2017 - 09:29 PM)

.... Wait I think those are actually ninjas

@  Nutjob R/T : (27 April 2017 - 09:29 PM)

Fact: Transformers are mammals. Fact: The purpose of a Transformer is to flip out and kill people

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 April 2017 - 06:54 PM)

Transformers are alien space robots from space.]

@  Rycochet : (27 April 2017 - 06:49 PM)

Transformers believe they were created by <X>, others believe they were created by <Y> and/or <Z>. There are lots of theories, disagreements but ultimately nobody knows for sure.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 05:11 PM)

Squid robits build machines. Machines decide they had enough of that and kicked the squid robits off the planet. Everything's pretty chill for a while until machines get mad for dumb reasons and break the planet. THE END

@  Bass X0 : (27 April 2017 - 04:22 PM)

Primus created Cybertron and The Thirteen. Then later, the Quintessons come to the planet they call Seibertron and use Primus' power; the plasma energy chamber to forge military robots Destrons and consumer robots Cybertrons. The Cybertrons and Destrons rise up and drive the Quintessons away but are unable to live in peace with each other. And so the Cybertron population become the Autobot army and the Destrons become Decepticons, with the Autobots renaming their planet Cybertron. Far far later still, bacteria that was present on the asteroid Primus imprisoned himself within has evolved into organic life within Cybertron...

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 03:35 PM)

But aside from the ending Trent and Siph made for them at FunPub, the 3H Wreckers comics kinda sucked.

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 03:34 PM)

That's what the 3H Wreckers comics kind of did, actually.

@  wonko the sane? : (27 April 2017 - 03:30 PM)

So, what? The maker of the makers kinda thing?

@  Bass X0 : (27 April 2017 - 02:55 PM)

My fanon is both the Quintesson and Primus origins. They're compatible.

@  Rycochet : (27 April 2017 - 02:37 PM)

I prefer the profile book/movie interpretation of the Quintessons, a race whose entire purpose is to capture and execute those who escape Unicron.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 02:03 PM)

I like the Quintesson origin partly because it's a twist on the robot revolution cliche, partly because of the irony of a people uniting against their own creators just to fall into endless civil war, and mostly because i just really like the Quintessons themselves.

@  Diecast : (27 April 2017 - 12:03 PM)

I preferred the Primus origin until it became the more common origin, fiction wise.

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 April 2017 - 11:08 AM)

Since the analogy to humans isn't perfect, it could also be interpreted as closer to "maternity ward."

@  Locoman : (27 April 2017 - 11:02 AM)

I think the most unfortunately named Transformer in their society would probably be Hot Spot, which is like having a human named "Placenta."

@  Locoman : (27 April 2017 - 11:02 AM)

Confusing, I bet.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 10:58 AM)

I wonder what everyday Transformer society is like where half the population are named after common objects and stuff...

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 April 2017 - 10:53 AM)

I bet Gears hates this.

@  Noideaforaname : (27 April 2017 - 10:18 AM)

Naturally occuring gears! (hey, if bugs can do it...)

@  Evac : (27 April 2017 - 10:00 AM)

They're both better than the Primus origin.

@  unluckiness : (27 April 2017 - 09:56 AM)

The Allspark sucks. I much prefer the quintessons origin.

@  Dracula : (27 April 2017 - 07:23 AM)

I hate the allspark! That's why it's been the only TF forum I've bothered with for almost 10 years!

@  Robowang : (27 April 2017 - 07:13 AM)

As much as I pick on us, that's a really big reason why I like it here too. Plus the traffic isn't so heavy that anything you post gets lost in five minutes.

@  Rycochet : (27 April 2017 - 06:00 AM)

The Allspark is one of the first Transformers sites I've been to where there's no weird hero worship of the staff or two or three staffers who are weirdly aggressive about certain transformers related topics and never fail to show it. This is probably the first site in my near two decades in the fandom I can post and not feel I'm a few steps away from falling afoul of some unwritten rule that will cause people to pile on, so yay Allspark.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (27 April 2017 - 05:31 AM)

*pops in* "Hm, I wonder where the conversation has gone since last night..." *reads* "...huh. I did not see any of that coming."

@  MEDdMI : (27 April 2017 - 05:26 AM)

*apart!

@  MEDdMI : (27 April 2017 - 05:26 AM)

This board has provided me with the only RP campaign that didn't fall a

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 April 2017 - 05:17 AM)

So what? We're disciples of Primus and they're disciples of Unicron?

@  lastmaximal : (27 April 2017 - 04:26 AM)

I'm really not surprised.

@  Nevermore : (27 April 2017 - 04:16 AM)

Well, the users over on TFW in return accuse the Allspark of being an elitist clique that ostracizes everyone who doesn't act like they do (i.e. civil), whereas TFW is more welcoming to everyone regardless of their views.

@  Pennpenn : (27 April 2017 - 03:23 AM)

Hard G. I don't give a solitary shit what the creators call it, the first word in the acronym is "Graphical". I have no idea why they'd think any sane human could, would, or should pronounce it any other way.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 April 2017 - 03:13 AM)

I acknowledge what the creators say, but whether I remember to use their pronunciation or not is hit or miss. Heck, I think I usually think of it in my head as "gee-i-ef", in parallel to "JPG" and "PNG".

@  Waspinator : (27 April 2017 - 02:50 AM)

Let's heat things up: what are everyone's opinions on how GIF should be pronounced?

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 11:11 PM)

But I will say that a lot of fandom forums are generally more tolerable nowadays because most belligerent types stick to Facebook groups

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 11:09 PM)

I do like their hard no-politics rule. Now that I do the occasional freelance writing for some local politics and I like zero percent of it my hobby space now. But holy cow, do they replace it with neck beard drama.

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 10:30 PM)

like Noideaforaname I posted on TFW for a while. I came here after I got harassed for daring to suggest that Play With This Too was run by unoriginal hacks, and yeah. This place so much more preferable.

@  Nutjob R/T : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 PM)

And you're turning us on


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#181 Spectre

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:14 PM

That's when I learned the Allspark ignores emoji. I submit this in its place: 

 

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#182 G.B.Blackrock

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:24 PM

I always thought Flak was pretty lovely-lookin' and a much nicer deco than a G1 Flak look would have been. but you sorta wonder why he was Flak at all, then. Like, either pick the guy with Flak's alt mode, call him Flak, and deco him to look like Flak, or DON'T call him Flak and give him a different deco so there's no logical expectation.

 

(There's other nice stuff in it to be sure but next to 2005, 2009 was certainly the one FP set where my overriding memory of it is no memory at all followed by "oh yeah, that one, huh.")

 

Someone in the know can correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding of the order of events was:

 

* Fun Pub decided to do Flak (having "picked the guy with Flak's alt mode," etc.)

* Fun Pub created Flak head for toy

* Hasbro informed them that a non-Flak in Flak's deco was already being done, and thus Flak can't look like Flak.

* Fun Pub had to decide whether to scrap their existing efforts (including labor on the new head) or go ahead, but with a new color scheme.

 

If all this is true, I can't fault them for going ahead with the Flak in non-Flak colors. The other option would seem to have been "call him something else, even though he'll still have Flak's head," which would have seemed a waste of limited head-sculpting resources on a new character, and then we'd be complaining about THAT.

 

(EDIT: What NightViper said. As to the other comment. I'll just assume that "Powerbomb" is a thing, but it's a thing that would have been meaningless to me. Still would be now if it weren't for the Wiki. I love the Wiki, and obscure references are fine, but again, I'm not going to fault them for failing to remember such an obscurity in whatever limited time they must have had.)


Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 14 February 2017 - 05:30 PM.


#183 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:33 PM

Hard to top Landquake's deco, though. That Allspark blue is

 
 
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A murderer! Allspark Blue killed Spectre! See, he's a ghost now!

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#184 Chris McFeely

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:35 PM

Well he's prettier anyway.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:57 PM

Powerbomb is the Takara release of Flak from Zone/Return of Convoy.

 

He's blue. With yellow arms. And a gray chest. So... Kinda like that Scattershot guy. :(


Edited by NightViper, 14 February 2017 - 05:57 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2017 - 06:06 PM

Well he's prettier anyway.

 

The translucency does wonders for me, doesn't it. 


Edited by Spectre, 15 February 2017 - 12:37 PM.


#187 zephyrX9

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:28 PM

Actually, you know what? Double kudos goes to Kick-Off for having the single best headsculpt made by Fun-Pub, and being able to pop in a way Jazz couldn't.

I nominate Kick-Off for best FunPub toy.

#188 LV!

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:01 PM

Powerbomb is the Takara release of Flak from Zone/Return of Convoy.

 

He's blue. With yellow arms. And a gray chest. So... Kinda like that Scattershot guy. :(

 

Most of them had grey arms, but yeah, Powerbomb colors are basically Scattorshot colors.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 11:44 PM

Botcon 2007 translucent Mirage and Alpha Trion.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:17 AM

* Fun Pub had to decide whether to scrap their existing efforts (including labor on the new head) or go ahead, but with a new color scheme.

It's actually pretty likely that everything was "locked in" mold-wise, so they couldn't scrap their efforts. There would be no other options, so the only thing they could do at that point is to change the colors and roll with it, as they did.

 

It's a minor quibble with what you said, but the devil is in the details. :)



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:45 AM

I think Megaplex is the only example of a figure getting a mold change after Hasbro fully approved a concept. On the rare occasions names and colors could be changed. And very, very rarely accessories could be added/swapped.

 

So yeah, dropping Flak was probably never an option. 



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:50 AM

Was Megaplex supposed to be a different mold initially?

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#193 NightViper

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:53 AM

There was a different initial concept, yeah.

 

Then Hasbro sent Fun Pub a TF Prime Dreadwing sample and there was a span of two days or so where a decision had to get made to use the new mold or not.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 10:10 AM

I nominate Kick-Off for best FunPub toy.

 

Wait! The Mayhem Attack Squad forms Thunder Mayhem, the most powerful robot! They should rule!


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 10:38 AM

I nominate Kick-Off for best FunPub toy.

 
Wait! The Mayhem Attack Squad forms Thunder Mayhem, the most powerful robot! They should rule!

Kick-Off superior, Windsweeper, Ruckus, and Bludgeon inferior!

*a-hem* My main problem with the Mayhem Attack Squad is the horde of QC problems on mine. Windsweeper won't click together properly, Ruckus' paint jams joints, and trying to combine Bludgeon's guns broke them. Throw in the awful Scoop Targetmasters and the fact that the only truly GREAT CW molds in the set were Needlenose and Bludgeon, and even the goofy Thunder Mayhem can't save it.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:00 AM

There was a different initial concept, yeah.

 

Then Hasbro sent Fun Pub a TF Prime Dreadwing sample and there was a span of two days or so where a decision had to get made to use the new mold or not.

Wait, can you tell us what the alt concept was?

 

Also, was the rest of the set locked-in at that point?

 

I always wondered why that mold wasn't done up as Starscream instead of Megaplex, since it a) fits better and b) works on another level due to it being a Skyquake as well, but if they received it late enough in the game that the rest of the set (including Terradive Starscream) was already planned out, and too difficult to shuffle around, that could explain the choice.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:19 AM

Based on this thread I finally broke down and picked up a Thrustinator. Maybe he can hang with VP and Heinrad on my shelves.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:38 AM

Okay, in reverse chronological order, the things I've looked at and said "ooh, I really want that":
 
2016:
  • Pretender Megatron/Spacewarp
  • Unit-3
  • Airazor
  • G2 Ratchet
2015:
  • Cybertron's Most Wanted box set
  • Waruder set
  • Galva Convoy
  • Old Snake
  • Marissa Faireborn
  • Nova Prime
  • Krok
  • Serpent OR
  • Tarantulas
2014:
  • Cannonball
  • Ginrai
  • Scorponok
  • Hunter
  • Dread Pirate Crew/Decepticon Clones
  • Transmutate
  • Barricade
  • Thrustinator
  • Treadshot
2013:
  • Strika
  • TFA Jackpot
  • Slipstream
  • Ultra Mammoth
  • Depth Charge
2012:
  • SG Octopunch
  • Kick-Off
2011:
  • TFA Fisitron
  • TFA Sideswipe
  • SG Galvatron
  • SG Thundercracker
  • G2 Ramjet
2010:
  • Clench
  • Slice
  • Double Punch
My favourite overall sets would probably be BotCon 2015 and the TFSS 2.0.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:10 PM

Hah, I forgot all about SG Galvatron, but that was pretty brilliant mold use.  I'll never be a fan of that face, but that's not FP's fault by any stretch.


Fall of Cybertron will blow your mind. That is all.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:17 PM

That's when I learned the Allspark ignores emoji.
 
 


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