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@  MEDdMI : (01 March 2017 - 02:38 PM)

I'm genuinely amused/impressed, even if it wasn't intentional.

@  Benbot : (01 March 2017 - 02:38 PM)

That's a lot of shouting

@  MEDdMI : (01 March 2017 - 02:37 PM)

Wow, Bass, your post took up the entire Shoutbox exactly without being over/under a line.

@  ShadowMan024 : (01 March 2017 - 02:36 PM)

The best Marvel issue is, was, and always will be Decepticon Graffiti. The Battlechargers are awesome.

@  Bass X0 : (01 March 2017 - 02:27 PM)

ReGeneration was criticised for being too slow paced and drawn out way too long, yet the Decepticon leaders are introduced and dispatched just to tick the box that they made an appearance. I also preferred the single stand alone stories from the original Marvel comics instead of each issue having like four different plots running through it, which didn't make for satisfying reading IMO. If a writer is writing for a trade, don't release individual issues. I also thought the artwork was poor - before, the Marvel comics tried to have the best artwork they could at the time, whereas now they were intentionally limiting themselves to appear "retro", and it shows. The pacing was the worst though, some characters just stand around doing nothing to progress their part of the story, like Shockwave's segments. In contrast, compare any six consecutive issues from the Marvel comics and a whole lot more happens than in RG1. Furman also fell into his pattern of wasting space world building and pointless scenes when the story had to end at #100.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (01 March 2017 - 02:10 PM)

Even then, Furman's material never really had a huge toy-push aspect to it, other than "here's new character!"

@  LBD "Nyt... : (01 March 2017 - 02:09 PM)

Considering it was a wrap-up for a story whose toyline had ended anyway, I feel like it worked out well enough. I mean, the last major iteration did play an important part in things.

@  Steevy Maximus : (01 March 2017 - 02:04 PM)

New comics didn't need to shill any toys at all...so there wasn't any push to do weird and different things.

@  Steevy Maximus : (01 March 2017 - 02:03 PM)

The big problem is that stuff like the old comics were produced under the idea of shilling toys...which ultimately resulted in a lot of the weirdness people remember

@  Rycochet : (01 March 2017 - 02:01 PM)

He was hired to write an exercise in nostalgia and that's what he produced.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (01 March 2017 - 01:38 PM)

Speaking of Marvel, finally read the rest of ReGeneration One, thanks to a Comixology sale. I... don't understand the hate.

@  lastmaximal : (28 February 2017 - 09:09 PM)

Works for some, not all. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trademark

@  Waspinator : (28 February 2017 - 08:57 PM)

Yeah, making it "Autobot X" seems to be their way of getting around many of those issues with overly generic terms

@  Rycochet : (28 February 2017 - 08:41 PM)

Hasbro would just call the toys Marvel's Thunderstrike or Autobot/Decepticon Thunderstrike.

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 08:19 PM)

D.C. owns Bumblebee and they've made toys of her, so if a Mattel licensee can share names with a TF...

@  Telly : (28 February 2017 - 07:42 PM)

doesnt marvel own that? i know theyve got the comic character, not sure about the name for toys though. there ever been a thunderstrike figure? would it even be in the same area as a tf name?

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 07:38 PM)

You know, "Thunderstrike" would actually be a pretty kickass TF name! Surprised it's never been used!

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 07:27 PM)

Thunderstruck.

@  Waspinator : (28 February 2017 - 07:25 PM)

How about Thunderblust? http://gatherer.wiza...iverseid=157411

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 07:23 PM)

Or Shockburninator, who turns into a satellite and a dragon.

@  Waspinator : (28 February 2017 - 07:22 PM)

Burninationblastatron

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 07:22 PM)

It's Thunderblast, but she turns into a wingaling dragon instead of "transforming" into a boat.

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 07:22 PM)

Thunderburninator.

@  Waspinator : (28 February 2017 - 07:20 PM)

You need to get "blast" in there somewhere

@  ShadowMan024 : (28 February 2017 - 11:26 AM)

THATCH-ROOF COTTAGEEEEEEEEES

@  TheMightyMol... : (28 February 2017 - 03:06 AM)

Only if the packaging looks like a thatch-roofed cottage.

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 09:27 PM)

They need to make a dragonbot named "Burninatron."

@  BlackMax : (27 February 2017 - 09:15 PM)

I find upcoming Last Knght's Steelbane sexy. A very Skyrim name for a giant robot who is also a dragon? Be still my heart.

@  MEDdMI : (27 February 2017 - 06:24 PM)

I never found most Hollywood heartthrobs sexy, even if they were around my age. I think I knew even back then that the char they play doesn't reflect how the actor really looks/behaves.

@  Rycochet : (27 February 2017 - 06:11 PM)

The only thing I've seen with Megan Fox in is the Jonah Hex movie... She was bad, but everyone and everything was bad.

@  RichardT1977 : (27 February 2017 - 05:53 PM)

Modern western culture, ladies and gentlemen...

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 February 2017 - 04:50 PM)

Ha! You can't fool a true Z-block afficionado like me! That's actually an S-block viewed from behind!

@  The Doctor Who : (27 February 2017 - 04:36 PM)

*unveils a Tetris Z-Block in moody lighting* Not at aaaaall?

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 February 2017 - 04:27 PM)

That would be silly.

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 February 2017 - 04:26 PM)

Because I definitely wasn't. Nope. Not at all.

@  ▲ndrusi : (27 February 2017 - 04:26 PM)

Am I the only straight male Nintendo fan who was never strangely aroused by the Tetris Z-block?

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 01:28 PM)

Her acting makes her come across as a living Pat Lee illustration.

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 01:27 PM)

No. No, you're not.

@  Bass X0 : (27 February 2017 - 01:26 PM)

And am I the only straight male Transformers fan who never found Megan Fox attractive?

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 01:21 PM)

Especially since she's the same age as my parents.

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 01:19 PM)

It's like I instinctually knew that by the time I watched the movies, it'd be weird since IRL she was way older than me.

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 01:18 PM)

Am I, like, the only straight male Star Wars fan who never had a thing for Leia?

@  Bass X0 : (27 February 2017 - 12:44 PM)

Call the police!

@  Paladin : (27 February 2017 - 08:24 AM)

Kubo got robbed. TWICE.

@  Lazy Garou : (27 February 2017 - 08:10 AM)

god! Thrawn is awesome.he's got super detective skills!

@  Telly : (27 February 2017 - 01:10 AM)

i didnt. not until '83 anyway :thumbsup

@  TM2-Megatron : (27 February 2017 - 01:00 AM)

Yeah, that was a hard one to take. So many nerds from '77 on must've grown up having a crush on her

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 12:34 AM)

I mean, I knew it was coming, but just hearing Carrie say "May the Force be with you" hurt :(

@  ShadowMan024 : (27 February 2017 - 12:32 AM)

They always save the saddest deaths for last in the "in memoriam" sequence.

@  TM2-Megatron : (27 February 2017 - 12:30 AM)

I am glad they made the right choice with Best Animated, even if it was a tough call this year.


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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

 
 
IS WHAT?!

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

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Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
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You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.

#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. :)



#191 NightViper

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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?

I forgot that spaghetti was a pasta really.


#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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#195 zephyrX9

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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.

#196 Fear or Courage

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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.

Edited by Broadside, 15 February 2017 - 11:40 AM.

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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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