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@  Rycochet : (24 June 2017 - 05:28 PM)

And a better headsculpt.

@  unluckiness : (24 June 2017 - 05:23 PM)

It actually has half decent gimmicks too.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 June 2017 - 04:03 PM)

It's still crap but at least it takes up less space.

@  Rycochet : (24 June 2017 - 10:31 AM)

I'd rather have Armada Sideswipe than Alternator Sideswipe.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 June 2017 - 09:50 AM)

What he's really doing is buying all the sideswipe, so that after the apocolypse.. He'll have an army to take ove the world!

@  unluckiness : (24 June 2017 - 09:00 AM)

We could be taking this the wrong way. What if this person means to sacrifice their own money to prevent Armada Sideswipes from falling into the hands of those who don't know better?

@  Rycochet : (24 June 2017 - 06:26 AM)

People say silly things online all the time, usually followed by a smilie or a wink. Take away the context and they go from being a joke to absurd hyperbole.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 June 2017 - 06:07 AM)

But that would miss the entire point of hyperbole.

@  Pennpenn : (24 June 2017 - 06:03 AM)

Well that's a stupid attitude from someone who would waste a lot of money. I mean, they should just... not buy movie toys?

@  Bass X0 : (24 June 2017 - 04:52 AM)

Most insane thing I read of the day: "I would rather buy 100 Armada Sideswipes and PRiD Airachnids than buy any Bayformers crap"

@  Nevermore : (23 June 2017 - 06:10 PM)

His dialogue is full of allusions to his infamous lookalike, though sometimes as subversions. Oh, and sometimes he sings Karaoke. Check his rendition of "My Way", it's on Youtube.

@  Nevermore : (23 June 2017 - 06:09 PM)

The entire idea behind the character is that he looks and talks like Hitler, but is actually a good guy. Maybe with a dickish attitude, but he's not the villain.

@  Nevermore : (23 June 2017 - 06:08 PM)

Alfons Hatler is a supporting character from a German Edgar Wallace parody movie and its sequel.

@  Nevermore : (23 June 2017 - 06:07 PM)

I'd like to remind everyone that Alfons Hatler exists, which is all sorts of awesome.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 June 2017 - 05:41 PM)

See, you say that and you know there's new a bubsy game coming. Don't make us keep re-baselining our horror reactions.

@  Sean Whitmore : (23 June 2017 - 03:31 PM)

Epilogue is the worst thing to happen to mankind. And I'm including, like, all the wars and stuff.

@  Evac : (23 June 2017 - 02:11 PM)

... Did Linkara cover that one?

@  Paladin : (23 June 2017 - 01:50 PM)

the comics where Barbara quit being Batgirl after she was beaten into a miscarriage.

@  Boomhauer : (23 June 2017 - 01:20 PM)

His choice to be Batman had more punch when he was a completely normal guy met with the same dillema instead of the DNA garbage that muddies the message for no other reason than to give Old Bruce another ass-kiss before the show is over. It's a boring episode whose entire concept is repeating things already known and spark Squawkbox arguments.

@  The Predaking : (23 June 2017 - 01:11 PM)

But he still chose to be batman. Not only did he chose to be batman, he did it better.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (23 June 2017 - 12:46 PM)

I have to agree.. Part of the problem with Epilogue is it takes away from "Terry CHOSE to be batman" and changed it a bit to "Terry was designed to be batman."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 June 2017 - 12:13 PM)

Do you mean the DCAU continuity comics or Future's End?

@  Paladin : (23 June 2017 - 11:36 AM)

can we all at least agree it's a better ending for Batman Beyond than the comics?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 June 2017 - 10:52 AM)

There was no evidence of it to support it in the show, and generally using someone to MAKE a batman is a jerkish thing to do.

@  Benbot : (23 June 2017 - 10:37 AM)

why does it matter?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (23 June 2017 - 10:25 AM)

I think the problem with Epilogue was making Terry effectivly Batman's son.

@  Benbot : (23 June 2017 - 10:24 AM)

what's your problem with it?

@  The Predaking : (23 June 2017 - 10:02 AM)

Epilogue give a great end to Batman Beyond and even has a Mask of the Phantasm character

@  MrBlud : (23 June 2017 - 09:55 AM)

I don't post in the Shoutbox often, but when I do, it's to confirm "Epilogue" is garbage.

@  Paladin : (23 June 2017 - 08:43 AM)

even "Epilogue" ? (braces for that argument again)

@  The Predaking : (23 June 2017 - 08:26 AM)

Its a really great show.

@  The Predaking : (23 June 2017 - 08:25 AM)

Justice League unlimited

@  unluckiness : (23 June 2017 - 08:14 AM)

Sprinkles or nothing!

@  MEDdMI : (23 June 2017 - 07:06 AM)

>_< 3 hrs, $5,628 to go for the Two Scoops Kickstarter http://kck.st/2qgIkCd

@  wonko the sane? : (23 June 2017 - 06:16 AM)

Yeah, miles is only used when accuracy doesn't actually matter, or we're dealing with americans.

@  Nevermore : (23 June 2017 - 03:55 AM)

We even use "miles" in similar contexts in German even though we use kilometers for actual measurements.

@  The Doctor Who : (23 June 2017 - 02:40 AM)

Makes sense, really. Colloquialisms exist in their own weird little universe where terminology can persist after it's no longer relevant otherwise.

@  abates : (23 June 2017 - 01:17 AM)

We also measure car milage in kilometres but still call it milage.

@  Bass X0 : (22 June 2017 - 05:47 PM)

No. We still say miles. Kilometers is only really used for actual specific distances whereas miles being used in a common phrase is still miles.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (22 June 2017 - 04:59 PM)

People from outside the U.S.: as we are all English-proficient here, do you ever use the phrase "I saw it coming from miles away.", or do you say "kilometers" instead?

@  Hg Dragon : (22 June 2017 - 04:06 PM)

Wow, that was supposed to :shout" hours ago...

@  Hg Dragon : (22 June 2017 - 04:05 PM)

Indeed. Especially on opening week. We're talking avg, 5-8%. It's more at your discount/sub-run houses.

@  Steevy Maximus : (22 June 2017 - 10:25 AM)

AMC knows it, freakin $7 for a regular drink

@  Paladin : (22 June 2017 - 08:22 AM)

and if you want to support your theaters, buy more concessions. because they get SHIT from the ticket sales...

@  Hg Dragon : (22 June 2017 - 08:15 AM)

So, we charged an extra $1 per. F'em

@  Hg Dragon : (22 June 2017 - 08:13 AM)

First, they threatened to stop sending us digital because we weren't upcharging for it (back when we were still "mixed" format). Then they threatened to stop sendingus 3D because we didn't upcharge for those either initially.

@  Hg Dragon : (22 June 2017 - 08:12 AM)

Can't blame the theater totally for those ticket prices. The studios have a say in them as well.

@  Noideaforaname : (22 June 2017 - 12:00 AM)

Charge 'em for the lice! Extra for the mice! Two percent for looking in the mirror twice!

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 June 2017 - 11:45 PM)

Even here in Canada where price gouging is commonplace, IMAX 3-D is still $19.50

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 June 2017 - 11:44 PM)

$27 a ticket? That's ludicrous


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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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#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.


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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.

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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?

#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.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:17 PM

That's when I learned the Allspark ignores emoji.
 
 


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