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@  TheMightyMol... : (18 July 2018 - 03:11 AM)

We had people still trying to shop while we were being pushed by state police to shut the store down due to flooding. The police finally had to help herd them out.

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:36 PM)

Or working for an airline and people complaining about not being able to take off in severe weather, and expecting us to know when the bad weather will end. *points at window*

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Outages/fire alarms are fun when you work retail and people complain that they can't keep shopping.

@  Echowarrior : (17 July 2018 - 07:11 PM)

Outages occasionally happened at the fulfillment center I used to work at. Never fun.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

Apparently the early shift (i.e. those who didn't participate in the walkout) were sitting in the cafeteria, waiting for power to return, while the late shift couldn't even enter the building.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 04:18 PM)

Oh, wow. I thought the news about the website outtage would have been the topper, but that pretty much wins.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

Whoopsie.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

First the union called for a two-day strike yesterday, and then today the entire city where the Amazon warehouse I work at is located apparently had a power outage.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

So,uh. Seems like Amazon's Prime Day really didn't go well this year.

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 09:55 AM)

It wasn't just blander and more polite bacon like I was expecting

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 July 2018 - 09:51 AM)

Canadian bacon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 09:15 AM)

And the even more important question is: is that ballpit deep enough to conceal a body... what?

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 05:35 AM)

THe more important question is if they have a ball pit

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 July 2018 - 10:18 PM)

How many attendees on average does TFcon get? And how about TFNation?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 06:31 PM)

I stopped reading it.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 06:04 PM)

If talking about it here is all it takes to get you, why hasn't the oreo thread killed you yet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. Of your stomach.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

Hey man, how you deal with yo problems is yo bidness.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 04:08 PM)

I did no such thing! I am innocent of the pop tart corruption!

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 02:57 PM)

You guys made me buy cinnamon roll Pop Tarts today.

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:38 PM)

@D Immortalis Just fill the bag with air first and pop that? XP Oh, and you won't like that I grew up microwaving them more often than actually toasting. ;)

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:37 PM)

@MEDdMI Yeah, the even more artificial flavors like S'more are the ones that usually taste good cold. There exceptions... I think it was Sugar Cookie that needed to be toasted...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 02:19 PM)

And.. Amazon is borked.

@  Donocropolis : (16 July 2018 - 05:55 AM)

@Tm_Silverclaw - Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered him and P/CP

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 01:41 AM)

Repugnus up

@  Paladin : (15 July 2018 - 07:41 PM)

or add peanut butter.

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 07:33 PM)

Nuke them enough in the microwave....?

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 06:43 PM)

if po tarts dont POP then they become a lie.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 05:10 PM)

I typically just went for the traditional flavours... I think mostly Rasberry or Strawberry. I'll have to pick up a box next time I'm out

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

@Otaku I've tried that too with a few of them. I liked the soda flavored ones they had. Too bad they were limited. :(

@  Otaku : (15 July 2018 - 03:48 PM)

@D Immortalis Most Pop-Tarts I like are better eaten frozen... and the only reason I started doing that is because Pop-Tarts commercials told me to try them that way. XD

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 03:03 PM)

woohoo, just got my tickets to see From Ashes To New and Hollywood Undead on the 26th!

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 10:07 AM)

oh wow Jazz has heel spurs.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 July 2018 - 06:32 AM)

That's basically what happened to me. I was on that aisle for completely other reasons, caught sight of them in my peripheral, and then... just couldn't stop thinking about them.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 02:47 AM)

Hungry for pop tarts now - haven't had those in years

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

anyone that doesnt put theit pop tarts in a toaster is a heretic.

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

Do they still make the cinnamon-brown sugar ones?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:03 PM)

Yup. And?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 08:29 PM)

Aren't Pop Tarts like, totally junk for you by the definition of the word?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Four IS standard... but it's been so long I had forgotten.

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 July 2018 - 07:29 PM)

Bah, wonko, I remember when 4 was STANDARD

@  Paladin : (14 July 2018 - 04:10 PM)

https://twitter.com/NickRoche/status/1018234094310879234 people suck...

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 01:10 PM)

Me: opening a box of pop tarts. "Oh my god! There's FOUR in here?!?! Score!"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Well, some people are into shopping, anyway.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Taiwanese Costco also has lots of things that shoppers would want!

@  unluckiness : (14 July 2018 - 10:18 AM)

The Taiwan Costco I visited once was nice but I have to question why our guide thought it'd be a good place to bring tourists.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:40 AM)

Lower prices, lower taxes, bigger selection... yeah, I can see that happening.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 09:14 AM)

Didn't a Washington Costco make the news a couple years ago for being sheerly flooded with customers from British Columbia?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 July 2018 - 01:25 AM)

That's cool. There's a Sam's Club in Niagara Falls, where I tend to cross the border, but I've never been in. I'm a Costco member, but not Sam's Club; and unfortunately Costco makes sure there aren't any locations in the US too near the Canadian border

@  wonko the sane? : (13 July 2018 - 07:02 PM)

Nope, not the battle damaged version. He got it from his cousin, whose family has a camping ground in... I wanna say new york state, but I'm probably wrong. Just across the border anyway.


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 01:13 PM

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Prelude: Tidal Wave is a repaint with some mold changes of Titans Return Broadside. I skipped Broadside, though, so this is my first go at this figure. He was originally part of the Siege on Cybertron set, but thankfully there was fellow TF-fan Kim Conter, who sold me this figure at a bargain.

Robot Mode: Let us start by comparing this figure to the original Tidal Wave from Armada. He’s…. well, shorter. A lot shorter. I mean, Armada Tidal Wave was an Ultra-Class toy, but due to his design and slim build he stood as tall as most Leader-class toys. Titans Return Tidal Wave, on the other hand, is a stocky Voyager toy, barely half as tall as his previous incarnation. He also carries a different paint job, more reminiscent of the Takara Shockwave version of Tidal Wave.

Size differences aside, TR Tidal Wave does bear some resemblance to Armada Tidal Wave, but not a whole lot. Still, he looks like a powerful robot warrior, so mission accomplished… somewhat. Anyway, the robot has good articulation and nice detailing, no problems here. Only a single weapon is included, a translucent orange rifle. While he lacks the characteristic chest guns his Armada predecessor had, you can somewhat approximate them by flipping out the pegs on his chest (actually used in his aircraft carrier mode).

So overall, a nice robot mode. Not really that much resemblance to the Transformer whose name he carries, but nicely done.

Alternate Modes: Tidal Wave is a triple changer, meaning he’s got two alternate modes. The first and much better one is an aircraft carrier. While it’s basically just Tidal Wave lying on his stomach, the aligning plates on his back nicely form a flight deck for a pretty big aircraft carrier. The tower can flip open and become a seat for his Titan Master partner Fathom (see below). Tidal Wave also comes with a number of small aircraft drones (originally meant to be the Aerialbots for the Broadside version of this figure) to give a sense of scale here. The orange gun can be attached to the side or on top and Fathom can sit in the gunner’s seat. Overall a very nice carrier mode, no complaints.

The same can not be said for the jet mode. The front portion of the jet looks pretty good and has an opening cockpit for Fathom, but the rear is basically just a big, not very aerodynamic block formed form the robot mode legs. The jet mode can be modified somewhat by stretching out the legs instead (see pictures 18 through 20), making it slightly more aerodynamic, but it still doesn’t look all that great. So yes, Tidal Wave can become a jet, but there really is no need to transform him into this mode. Leave him as robot or aircraft carrier, he looks way better like that.

Partner / Add-On: Being part of Titans Return, Tidal Wave is a Headmaster, naturally. His head becomes Fathom, a Titan Master whose name was never once mentioned in either the instructions or on the Siege on Cybertron box. We only know his name thanks to Trypticon’s Titan Master Crunch. Seriously! He’s a standard Titan Master, nothing more to say here.

Remarks: Tidal Wave was among the newly created characters in Transformers: Armada. He was by far the biggest and most powerful Decepticon, nearly taking out the entire Autobot crew during his first appearance and making an impressive showing in the Armada video game, too. Yes, in the tradition of big, powerful guys he wasn’t all that smart. His dialogue was mostly restricted to shouting his own name a whole lot. Still, he survived the Unicron Battles and went on to appear in the Energon series, where he was then reformatted into the much smaller Mirage. Since then Tidal Wave has appeared in the IDW Sins of the Wreckers series, where he sported an organic mode (a whale).

Repurposing the Broadside figure for Tidal Wave isn’t a perfect match, but he works. I wouldn’t say he is a must-have, especially if you already own the Broadside version of this figure, but if you like Tidal Wave or just need another big, broad Decepticon powerhouse to round out your troops, he is a good choice. Just don’t buy him for the jet mode!

Rating: B-


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