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@  Waspinator : (21 August 2017 - 11:02 PM)

Thankfully, Dracula's castle didn't escape the eclipse this time.

@  Nevermore : (21 August 2017 - 09:41 PM)

In retaliation, President Trump threatens to nuke the moon.

@  Nevermore : (21 August 2017 - 09:40 PM)

This just in: ISIS claims responsibility for the eclipse.

@  Diecast : (21 August 2017 - 06:09 PM)

Which left like a hundred disappointed middle schoolers.

@  Diecast : (21 August 2017 - 06:09 PM)

Where I'm located got 95% eclipse. Which lacked a worthwhile climax. I really should have driven into it, but I planned on going to my science teacher wife's school thing that got cancelled last minute.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 August 2017 - 03:44 PM)

I was considering trying to get the day off for it and driving down south to the US far enough that I could see the total eclipse, but after looking into it it seems like there's another total eclipse coming up in 2024 where the totality will be visible just 45 minutes south-west of me, so I figure I'll wait it out

@  Bass X0 : (21 August 2017 - 03:30 PM)

don't worry, social media didn't.

@  MEDdMI : (21 August 2017 - 02:59 PM)

shoot... I forgot all about the eclipse.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 August 2017 - 02:36 PM)

lewd

@  Bass X0 : (21 August 2017 - 01:30 PM)

i wanted a peek at the sun's peak too.

@  Noideaforaname : (21 August 2017 - 01:02 PM)

Just caught a peak of the 'bitten' sun. COOL!!

@  Noideaforaname : (21 August 2017 - 12:46 PM)

I got my cereal box eclipse viewer ready. Hopefully these clouds part...

@  Dracula : (21 August 2017 - 09:44 AM)

well I'm supposed to be permanently sealed in a dimensional rift today so I've gotta stay on guard

@  Diecast : (21 August 2017 - 09:38 AM)

Any of you nerds going outside today?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 August 2017 - 07:52 AM)

"Would have been?" Isn't he still on the Batgirl thing?

@  unluckiness : (21 August 2017 - 07:46 AM)

It probably wouldn't be worse but it sure would have been really samey to everything else he's done.

@  Paladin : (21 August 2017 - 06:42 AM)

i am still not convinced he could do a worse job with Batgirl than Bruce Timm already did.

@  Pennpenn : (21 August 2017 - 03:42 AM)

The thing to remember about Madman is that they are often more enthusiastic than they are reliable.

@  2017 : (21 August 2017 - 12:01 AM)

Yeah, I'm pretty surprised.

@  Maruten : (20 August 2017 - 10:13 PM)

This stuff I think. http://www.vulture.c...-hypocrite.html

@  Confuzor : (20 August 2017 - 10:05 PM)

The what now?

@  2017 : (20 August 2017 - 09:39 PM)

This news about Joss Whedon sure was a thing to wake up to.

@  Sabrblade : (20 August 2017 - 06:59 PM)

To back up to the original question about Scramble City's existence in regards to the English-language cartoon continuity, the pack-in comic that came with the Australian DVD boxed set released by Madman did feature a timeline of events that included a point in history titles "Scramble City", so that comic may at least want us to "pretend" that Scramble City happened in the cartoon continuity. But then again, that same comic also used the Marvel Comics' asteroid crisis as the true reason for the Ark's launch, and included the Beast Wars as being unambiguously part of this timeline, so make of that comic's timeline what you will.

@  NightViper : (20 August 2017 - 09:16 AM)

And unlike Takara's JG1 that has been steadily evolving and passing itself down from writer to writer in more-or-less smooth transition, anyone going back now to Hasbro's G1 does feel a bit more like changing history rather than reviving or continuing it.

@  NightViper : (20 August 2017 - 09:11 AM)

Editors at Fun Pub didn't feel it was right to try to "fix" or otherwise change or alter other writers' works. Which is why everything Fun Pub-written became its own stream (Animated was written by the same creative team as the show, so it's one of the very few stories still set in its original continuity). So rather than write words into the original creative team's mouths, Wings only sought to offer one possible solution to the Constructicons weirdness.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 August 2017 - 08:24 PM)

Too bad there weren't that many Wings stories. On the other hand, JG1 is still continuing with stories!

@  Spacewarp : (19 August 2017 - 06:10 PM)

Wings is obviously not cartoon continuity, but is heavily indebted to it.

@  Spacewarp : (19 August 2017 - 06:09 PM)

Basically what my original point was that continuities based on the original cartoon but not actually a part of it have used what Pennpenn originally said.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 August 2017 - 05:42 PM)

I get what you mean, but the wording is awful. It's not possible for Wings to "alter" or "destroy" something it was never part of, nor really interacted with.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 August 2017 - 05:40 PM)

It didn't "alter the existing continuity". It's an entirely new one that left the cartoon's continuity exactly as it ever was.

@  Bass X0 : (19 August 2017 - 05:24 PM)

didn't it take the original cartoon continuity but change parts of it to make a new continuity? i said i'd have preferred it stayed within the original cartoon continuity instead of altering the existing continuity. thats what i would have done. stories would have been written around the existing stories.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 August 2017 - 04:24 PM)

Wings can't "destroy it even further" when it was never the cartoon continuity in the first place.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 August 2017 - 03:57 PM)

The problem is that it isn't really fixable without redoing it from the ground up. Or going into insane retcons and rewrites, which A) is about the same thing, and B) is kinda Takara's thing.

@  Bass X0 : (19 August 2017 - 03:22 PM)

I find its better to fix a broken continuity than to destroy it even further.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 August 2017 - 03:06 PM)

The cartoon couldn't even stay consistent with the cartoon, so why worry when something else can't, either?

@  Bass X0 : (19 August 2017 - 02:53 PM)

I never connected with the whole "Wings is similar to the cartoon continuity but several things are different" thing they had going on. they should really have done it so that it stayed in continuity with the cartoon but focused on the off-screen events prior, during and after the cartoon stories.

@  unluckiness : (19 August 2017 - 10:42 AM)

Not like it's ever relevant anyway.

@  Pennpenn : (19 August 2017 - 10:00 AM)

I mean, it doesn't make sense otherwise, regardless of how official particular fiction is.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 August 2017 - 09:57 AM)

Wings is officially not really cartoon continuity, though.

@  Spacewarp : (19 August 2017 - 09:55 AM)

@Pennpenn: There is some fiction that does actually use the whole "they were rebuilt on Earth" explanation. The Fun Pub Wings stuff comes to mind.

@  Pennpenn : (19 August 2017 - 08:36 AM)

Oh absolutely

@  unluckiness : (19 August 2017 - 05:00 AM)

point is, the cartoon's continuity was hugged to begin with.

@  Pennpenn : (19 August 2017 - 03:53 AM)

My brain usually parses that as "Constructicons built him on contract or something so weren't evil then, and Megatron meant rebuilt in Heavy Metal War". Yeah it's a stretch, but whatever

@  unluckiness : (19 August 2017 - 03:16 AM)

Just like the evil constructicons built Megatron then turned good and then were robosmashed back to evil and then somehow built on Earth.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 August 2017 - 06:28 PM)

Though to be fair, Japanese continuity itself did not reconcile how Dinosaurer was destroyed in the 1980s and rebuilt in 2010 until the Unite Warriors manga of 2017.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 August 2017 - 05:45 PM)

Also, Scramble City has Trypticon in existence while the English version had Trypticon built in 2005 in season 3.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 August 2017 - 04:15 PM)

English and Japanese dubs of the cartoon are officially different continuities from each other, so...

@  Bass X0 : (18 August 2017 - 04:07 PM)

Is Scramble City canon or in continuity with the U.S. 80s Transformers cartoon despite not being dubbed?

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 August 2017 - 03:10 PM)

Make it a link instead of just pasting the URL.

@  Evac : (18 August 2017 - 02:56 PM)

If I could post youtube links without them becoming videos in the box, I'd link to the "parrot singing 'Let The Bodies Hit The Floor'" video.


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#21 Spark

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 03:33 PM

I never could get past the dinky noggin on that one.

 

Oh, and I really should add Thrustinator, since 1) It's absurd, and 2) It's a mold that's relatively rare and obscure in its own right.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 03:36 PM

But for reals, probably Oilmaster. I don't own it but I've been sorely tempted.

 

While Oilmaster lacks in someways, it probably is one of their best, or at least one of the biggest accomplishments.

 

Something I didn't see mentioned already that I really like, maybe didn't use much creativity behind it, and had some mold tolerance issues, but I think the "Universe/Energon" Seacon set is superb. Taking Hasbro's unused deco, but actually getting it produced and making a wonderful giftset box with cut-out windows in great re-creation of late G1 Japanese packaging.



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 03:48 PM

Never having owned any of it, the stuff I was always most envious of in general was the Neo-G2 releases, like Ramjet, Starscream and Rapido.

 

Also, Shattered Glass Thundercracker for just...being what it was. And the original Punch/Counterpunch.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 03:57 PM

Ugh, so many choices.

 

TFSS Krok.  Utterly beautiful and with his AM partner!

Botcon Kickoff: Love him!

The audacity and obscurity of Oilmaster delights me, but I won't have the mold until TFSS 5.0 ships

 

I'd go with Krok, and give special mention to The Predacus - love the way he turned out, especially in combined mode.  



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 03:57 PM

 

But for reals, probably Oilmaster. I don't own it but I've been sorely tempted.

 

While Oilmaster lacks in someways, it probably is one of their best, or at least one of the biggest accomplishments.

 

Something I didn't see mentioned already that I really like, maybe didn't use much creativity behind it, and had some mold tolerance issues, but I think the "Universe/Energon" Seacon set is superb. Taking Hasbro's unused deco, but actually getting it produced and making a wonderful giftset box with cut-out windows in great re-creation of late G1 Japanese packaging.

 

Oh yes, mold rot be damned, getting the Universe Seacons out there was pretty great, even if it was kind of limited.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:04 PM

TCC Scalor is still Archerbot to me.



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:08 PM

In retrospect, I kind of wish they'd done a little more that, like getting the G2 Combat Hero Prime and Megatron out since the molds still existed, etc.  And the Club members are basically exactly the audience that'd care about that, especially early on.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:14 PM

I joined the Club just to get my hands on Runamuck and Runabout...and almost Nightbeat, but thankfully I held off on that.
 
Krok and Treadshot are pretty good, as several have noted.  Thunder Mayhem as well.
 
I do like Timelines Rampage in concept, especially the big X on his chest, but the execution was a little lacking.  That tiny head looks really off standing next to Timelines Depthcharge.


While I'm still undecided on who I will nominate for Funpubs best job, I want to agree with you on Rampage, wonderful figure & concept but boy don't I wish it were voyager mold instead...

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:19 PM

I'd have to go with Actionmaster Thundercracker, Krok, and Rapido as my top three.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:30 PM

Seeing multiple people mention Rapido warms my heart. Love that guy.

Love that year in general. The new head sculpts were so perfectly on-point; Rapido, Clench, Sky-byte, and Breakdown are still some of what I'd consider their all-time best.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:31 PM

Nobody's bringing up the excellent Botcon 2011 TFA set? Those were fantastic, in no small part due to having the involvement of people who worked on the show.

Depth Charge is a favorite of mine too.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:37 PM

The '06 Dawn of Futures Past set remains my most-loved Fun Pub set of anything I've gotten ahold of. I keep it on a shelf on its own, in pride of place.


I feel the same way. My only complaint about that set is that they opted to match the weird coloring of BW10th Dinobot's toy.

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:48 PM

G2 Redux is probably my favorite set as a whole, followed closely by Dawn of Future's Past.  DoFP could have used a couple more head sculpts.



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:51 PM

BEST CHARACTER REPRESENTATIONS:
Clench
Krok
TM3 Megatron
Airazor
Sideburn


BEST UNEXPECTED WACKY STUFF:
Double Punch
Sky Byte
Hunter Shokaract

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 04:52 PM

I never owned any and most likely wont

 

But there are some exclusives I would have liked dont know what set there from or who made them

 

The G1 Scrop from Energon Scorp

Cromedome from Prime Wheeljack

G2 Rapido


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 05:06 PM

Botcon '07 Thundercracker for being the instigator of so much impotent rage. (And even after the mass release figures, I was able to sell that set for enough money to buy a new computer, so suck it, fandumb)

 

But for reals, probably Oilmaster. I don't own it but I've been sorely tempted.

 

BotCon 07 happened the summer I got laid off, and it was already paid for before then, and Classics was so utterly uninteresting to me that I didn't have any qualms about selling them. So that was a nice set of exclusives.

 

By that same standard, SG Rodimus got me more than the trade-in on my 12 year old Nissan and paid for most of a week's worth of day care, so that's a favorite of mine.



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 05:14 PM

Yeah, thinking on it, I have not owned a single Fun Pub item since Botcon '07. 

 

But I greatly admired that G2 set. Rapido might be the only use of that mold that I actually like!


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 05:22 PM

The 2014 Botcon set is high on my likes followed by Runabout and Runamuck. If I had to pick one favorite individually it'd be Kick Over.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 07:00 PM

Banzai-Tron, Kick-Off, Cannonball, Bluestreak, the Autotroopers, Shockaract, Treadshot, and Depth Charge ALL rank among my favorite toys to just pick up and fiddle with.

Honorable mentions go to Scorponok and Nexus Prime for being friggin' gutsy, and Ginrai for being delicious.

Dishonorable mentions go to Overlord and Windsweeper for bad QC problems, and to 2014 Flamewar because I hate that mold that badly.
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Posted 02 February 2017 - 07:23 PM

 


If you put your thumb near the hinge for support, or grab the panel lower, closer to the hinge, it should put less stress on the rest of the panel and greatly reduce the chance of cracking your chrome.

 

I learned that all way too late though :(

 

Yikes!  I'm afraid to even look at mine, or touch it at this point.  :doh

 

Luckily I have both Gigatron and RiD Galvatron so I don't have to transform Megatron.  He just looks so damn beautiful!

 

I'd also like to add my love for Predacus and Thunder Mayhem.  Considering the club had a directive from Hasbro to utilize more up-to-date molds based off the current releases, their use of the molds, head sculpts, and paint apps were executed extremely well.





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