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@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  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.


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#3861 Blot

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 08:29 PM

I don't know.  That picture looks shoooped.  I can tell by the pixels.



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 10:40 PM

 

The only Starscream design that was designed towards what media classically associates with Starscream traits is Prime, and to a lesser extent Animated, which give him a silhouette that compliments how shifty and kraven he is.

I like how you specified "what media classically associates with Starscream traits", presumably to specifically exclude Armada Starscream.
 
 
Huh? No. I said that to specify what I meant. Like, I felt like that wording would speak enough on its own, provided one was familiar with most incarnations of Screamer.
 
 

 

The notion that the proportions "don't fit Starscream's character" kind of strike me as odd because G1 Starscream has never had a design that fits his character. He's a sniveling, self-important character whose design comes from a robot designed to be a typical heroic robot, because that's what the Diaclone toy was designed as, and every design afterwards just adopted that. The only Starscream design that was designed towards what media classically associates with Starscream traits is Prime, and to a lesser extent Animated, which give him a silhouette that compliments how shifty and kraven he is.
 
POTP Prime just doubles down on G1 Starscream's powerful anime robot look, so essentially it just built off of what was already there.

 
Are you suggesting that shifty scientists can't hit the gym and get swole, bro?  :-P
 
no, I'm saying popular media tends not to associate those two things with each other when figuring out how to have character design reflect personality.

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 12:35 AM

Isn't Baltmatrix who experimented with reuploading his reviews with the audio track simply replaced with muzak?

 

I'm not immediately concerned, within the scope of this topic, whether good Transformers video reviews don't exist for fresh releases at all, or merely don't exist in English. (Wotafa clearly exists, I'll happily concede my own counterpoint.)

 

What I'm seeing are objections to the reviewer in a discussion of an already-divisive-at-best toy. I'm saying there's nothing anomalous about the review; it induces exactly the amount of sighing and groaning I expect for a random Transformers figure review on YouTube. It most certainly does not make comments about the design choices and process that went into this Starscream ill-considered or hyperbolical by association. That's my concern in the scope of this thread. 

 

A few years ago I was doing some video stuff and I was trying to experiment with making them as short as possible.  The first phase were videos made where I did some stills (or clips) edited together, and added the voiceovers after it was edited down.  This helped me get to 2 minutes or under, and while it didn't get tremendous views I felt really good about the end result.  People told me they'd prefer longer ones, I was trying to come up with something as snappy as an early 1980s 30-second toy commercial as an exercise in fun.

Then I head about Vine - 6 seconds.  That seemed ridiculous, so I gave it a try.

What can I say, I'd love to show as much as I can in the least amount of time.  It's a fun challenge.

 

And to steer this back, I just cracked open the new Metalhawk and boy howdy is he a big gun.  He looks great as a combiner's weapon, which I was not expecting.  Skullgrin is a little bit smaller, or so he feels anyway.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 12:58 AM

I was expecting a BIT of talk from "6 second Toy Talk", but that was pretty fun!



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:55 AM

Yeah, I'd completely forgotten those but absolutely loved them when I first saw them. Those are the perfect format for a Transformers video review. I think if you could expand that rhythm to, say, 30 seconds for something like the PotP Voyagers and Leaders, you'd be one of my favorite references for them. I saw a reviewer somewhere in Asia doing something similar for some 3P fare, and I really liked those, too. 

 

Starscream is a bit of an accident, having those heroic proportions most of the time and a shifty and squirming villain personality most of the time to go with them, but it's not a bad contrast for a character design, and it's certainly done elsewhere intentionally. I think Animated and the section of IDW continuity where he had the inherited Armada body used it to good effect. And honestly, yeah, Armada, too, where his heroic Dorito build was not a bad fit for a brooding, self-loathing defector turned hero. But that's depending on having a media source to work with and play it out. 

 

With Potpie, part of me is thinking that I'm not sure what this design is meant to say about Starscream, and part of me is just not really jiving with the execution in the details. You can take the Starscream out of it and it's a build that seems interesting and different, which is good, but I'm just not quite sold on yet. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 07:29 AM

PotP Starscream is his idealization of his own build type. There he is being his own swole heroic self when suddenly and without his manipulation, gods start wanting to combine with him. And then other Decepticons humbly ask to join him as well, turning him into god king emperor of everything.

And then he wakes up and he's Authentics Starscream.

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 08:23 AM

I like the idea of short video reviews. I vastly prefer picture reviews largely because the major things I want from a review are: 1) size comparisons with relevant toys (same show, alternate versions of the character, or remolds, etc) and 2) any actual design flaws or points of likely breakage.

I only check videos if I can't find pictures providing that information and then I just jump around them looking for the part of the video with the size comparisons.

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 08:58 AM

Just got the Legends Class figs from HTS yesterday. OMG, SLASH IS SOOOOOOO CUTE!


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 09:14 AM

I actually do like watching the transformation process in a video review, because there's a lot of little details of the engineering it tends to show off and you get some sense of how the figure will feel in-hand. I do not like one-long-cut transformation processes with rambling unresearched commentary that demonstrate the transformation of both symmetrical legs and both symmetrical arms individually. = .

 

Articulation rundowns tend to annoy me when demoing a few key poses would look better and tell just as much.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 10 December 2017 - 09:15 AM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 09:39 AM

Where's muh Skywarp and Thundahcrackuh?!

 

Staying the Hell away from this crappy mold, that's for sure.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 12:24 PM

Looks like the Legends class figures are showing up in a bin of Walmart's stocking stuffer display.  Gonna be plenty to go around before Christmas.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:19 PM

I think there''s an echo in here.

 

Found the Scouts today at Wal-Mart. They weren't on the pegs but instead were in one of the Christmas bins near the toy section, so don't forget to check those.

 

 

Looks like the Legends class figures are showing up in a bin of Walmart's stocking stuffer display.  Gonna be plenty to go around before Christmas.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:39 PM

"Scout class"? Hasn't that term not been used since Revenge of the Fallen?

Is the Scout Class equivalent to the current Legends Class? I never bought any back then.
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:41 PM

Yeah, it's the same, old Basics. Randy to Clocker to Seaspray.

 

Edit: Like how the word "Deluxe" went away and came back during the UT, really. 


Edited by Copper Bezel, 10 December 2017 - 01:43 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:59 PM

"SuperCon" will be back. Just you watch!

(Or don't. Because it won't.)

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 02:29 PM

"Headmaster Base" will be back! We will get every artistic variant of Fortress Maximus as Titan Class figures!


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 02:35 PM

I hate saying "Legends Seaspray" and it being ambiguous, so I actually still say "Scout" sometimes, too. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 03:24 PM

So I was once a Voyager Scouting the Legends of the Supercons.  A totally Mega-Deluxe experience, if you could get past the Ultra-Leader pretensions of some of the crew.  A really Titan endeavor, a Super upgrade from our Supreme efforts of those Basic early days. Legions were sent out in those times...



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 03:26 PM

If those cards do have a market I might sell them as I get them, to offset some costs of the actual toys I want.

</jumps up and down waving arms wildly>

 

 

"SuperCon" will be back. Just you watch!

(Or don't. Because it won't.)

Awwwwww. I want MaxCon back just for the sheer, Homer Simpsonian ridiculousness of its sound.

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 03:28 PM

I tend to use the actual name of the class from its release when possible. Probably the only intentional exception would be the old Legends that are the equivalents of modern Legions.

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