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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 January 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Twitter's revamp is so dumb. Nowadays, even when I am logged out of my account, right-clicking an image on Google Chrome won't let me access a URL to easily get the image's full size. That functionality was so useful!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 January 2020 - 10:01 PM)

But when was the last time you saw a major retailer (since TRU) actually allot shelf space for a Transformers Titan? Or the Vintage Collection Poe X-Wing? There's clearly some sort of disparity between "girls" and "boys" toys that give companies justification to create $100+ items in the girls segment in FAR greater frequency than in boys.

@  fourteenwings : (25 January 2020 - 12:56 AM)

"how expensive they were" Tell that to L.O.L. O.M.G. and the $129 Amazing Surprise (I mean I guess when it comes to the toy aisle Power Rangers isn't a juggernaut like L.O.L.)

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:18 PM)

I think the big reason we didn't see the actual combining Zords at retail was because of how expensive they were. It would cost $100 to get enough of them to make a Megazord, $160+ if you want the Ultrazord. Or parents could just get the dang Ultrazord for $40 even if it didn't combine.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Because they are "kids toys" not "collector toys"

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 03:27 PM)

1) I don't have Target. 2) can't go into my walmart. I'm surprised Hasbro won't sell the toys on Pulse

@  Bass X0 : (24 January 2020 - 02:43 PM)

I dreamt my phone was ringing and woke up to answer it.

@  Sabrblade : (24 January 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Lightning Collection figures, the smaller normal-sized Beast Morphers Ranger/enemy/Beast-Bot figures, the role-play morpher and weapon toys, and the simplistic non-combining megazord toys have all been very easy to find at various Targets and Walmarts. It's only been the actual combining Beast Morphers zord toys (which are bizarrely being sold individually this time) that have been hard to find in stores.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Thought I do question Hasbro's almost reluctance to have the toys available anywhere.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 01:44 PM)

i've been trying to sell mine for weeks...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I hadn't opened mine yet, but from what I've seen, the general agreement is that the Beast Morpher zords are much better than Bandais.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

I'm guessing if they're going to do anything on the level of Legacy Zords, it's being discussed behind NDAs at Toy Fair

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 January 2020 - 10:38 AM)

Lightning Collection is good, and they're taking their sweet time on making Zords that are better than Bandai's Zords.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 10:34 AM)

So, what's the general PR fandom consensus of the Hasbro run of PR so far? I pretty much stepped out of the community after I got the Bandai Legacy zords I wanted.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 08:46 AM)

that would require someone to BUY Hasbro PR toys...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 07:17 AM)

Well hopefully see some cool PR stuff. Wish BBTS sold Hasbro PR toys.

@  fourteenwings : (24 January 2020 - 07:01 AM)

February 22nd through 25th, I feel like it was earlier last year...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 06:32 AM)

When is NY TF?

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 08:08 PM


Best Starscream at his best!

I'm not sure how often he's actually lying to cover up schemes vs. being truthful but with an amazing eye for opportunity.


Megatron apparently saved Starscream from being crushed to death. Why? Who knows, doesn't seem like he needs him, and Airachnid immediately tattles on something he did... or didn't do, rather. Do the Decepticons just need a punching bag? Is it all an elaborate punishment? Whatever the case, the Nemesis has gotten really unpleasant...


Airachnid and Starscream pair up to look for the crashed ship Screamer neglected to report about (hmm...). He reveals that he was the one to kill Cliffjumper and Airachnid sounds rather impressed -- like *A* kill is a huge deal for Decepticons. Er, right.

They find the ship and Airachnid turns on the computers, immediately drawing the Autobots attention. Which Starscream just warned her about. Man, he is seriously the only Decepticon that knows what he's doing. The 'Bots arrive, Arcee immediately chases after Airachnid (criminey this is happening a lot), while Starscream surrenders to an optimistic Optimus. Hurray for a Prime with an olive branch!


Airacnhid finds the immobiliser and the Autobots give chase (Bee has a neat fake out move), with Arcee staying behind to watch Starscream so she doesn't fly into a fit of revenge. Just as it the two find some common ground, Starscream lets it slip he killed Cliffjumper and Arcee flies into a fit of revenge. And OH GOD Starscream's caught Megatron's eye problems. What the hell, animators? Is this why the Autobots have exposed eyeballs?? Do the Decepticons have corrective lenses that weirdly refract their eyes or something???


Well anyways, they fight and Arcee is about to decapitate Screamer, but lets him go because Bumblebee shows up with sad puppy dog eyes (actually, Bumblebee's eyes are kinda weird here, too, with the 'pupils' turning on and off from scene to scene). So Starscream scampers off and the 'Bots return to base, where Ratchet calls Arcee "resilient for a two-wheeler"... which sounds kinda wrong. Like, I assume the idea is that it's a miracle someone could survive getting stabbed by nails as big as they are, but it sort of comes across like Ratchet's prejudiced.


Megatron recognizes how valuable Starscream is! ...or at least what Starscream knows is. Not that is really explains why Megs kept sparing him, but it's an interesting truth about Screamer that rarely gets brought up.



And Starscream goes off to do his own thing, hurray! But not in this season, aw...

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 10:09 PM


Miko decides to run off into danger AGAIN. Getting Bulkhead into serious trouble AGAIN. Oy, it's not like she actually enjoys the danger she always gets into. Plus, it's too bad the writers couldn't adapt these plots for the other Autobots/humans, give them some development.


They muck around with a data cylinder that fires off it's data as a fail-safe directly into Bulk's head. That... seems highly exploitable. Like the Decepticons absolutely would sacrifice one of their own to gain a living encyclopedia. Heck the Vehicons are practically designed for that purpose.


Bulkhead starts painting the formula for synthetic Energon, reminiscent of a similar scene in Revenge of the Fallen (kitten calendar kitten calendar kitten calendar kitten calendar kitten calendar kitten calendar) And they work in an old Simpsons joke, har-de-harhar! But he's slowly loosing his memories, a fact Ratchet tried sparing Miko because he's slowly coming around on these humans.


Miko takes Bulk to a monster truck arena to try and jog his memories, but Knock Out and Breakdown arrive yet somehow can't distinguish Bulkhead from all the big wheeled monster trucks. Huh. They eventually do locate him and


OK, the episode is totally worth it now. :D


The data streams out of Bulkhead when Miko falls on him but not when Knock Out threatened to cut his head off. Huh. It registers all bots as "friendly" and the weird squishy organic alien as "threat", but still. Maybe it can't tell Bulkhead is anything other than a container?


I enjoyed this episode, but boy I did not notice how repetitive this show got this early.


"Innocent vehicles battling for the entertainment of human spectators? Bloodsport!"


Stronger, Faster

On this very special episode... HOO-AAAAhhhh!


Suddenly the bots are in dire need of Energon. It's... a rather strange development. As often as we've seen the Decepticons mine the stuff, the show's never really established anything about it. Are the 'Cons just breaking even? Have they been playing a war of attrition the entire time? Where HAVE the Autobots been getting their supply?


Ratchet makes synthetic energon using everything Bulkhead painted last ep and tests it on himself! The result is basically every anti-drug special ever, but somehow it manages to be one of the show's very best episodes.


"How's it hummin'?"

"It's all right! I'm an emergency vehicle!"


"Get melted, wheel-grinder!"
"Melted? Now there's a concept." *blowtorch!*




'Roided Ratchet goes on the rampage, even decking Megatron in the face! ("Alright then.") 'Course, Megs just curbstomps him right after, ouch!


Ratch manages to smash the vial of synth-en so Knock Out can't use it (almost)... though somehow that huge pool of energon he bled out isn't usable? I guess maybe it's contaminated by the cave floor, while the container its purified.



The miner 'Cons that show up here are tiny. I thought they were literally just the standard Vehicon with paired visors but no, they're half the size!


And Breakdown's got the hots for Airachnid (not that it'd work out), which he's sharing with... some random miner? Huh.



So yeah, on of the show's bests, if not the entire franchise's.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 11:48 PM

One Shall Fall; One Shall Rise

Things happen I guess


Out of nowhere we get some prophecy about planets and Unicron and whatnot, and well, so many cartoons nowadays are doing the slow burn/drip feed thing it makes this show feel really dated. ("you DO need to catch up on certain other, better cartoons, you know." shut up brain)


Megatron has something resembling a plan! Well, he goes crazy from Unicron, gathers up Dark Energon to try to revive him, promptly forgets that bit because Dark Energon's just spewing out everywhere, fights Optimus a little, tries to strike a deal with Unicron but fails, and teams up with the Autobots against Unicron because Megatron apparently wants to conquer Earth for some reason. Uh... huh...


Big reveal is, of course, Unicron is Earth! That's kinda neat. He's "transcended physical being", which is a handy way to have him do stuff without destroying the planet and sorta makes him a bit more... abstract, more than just a bigger robot. The result isn't all that remarkable, though, and John Noble isn't all that memorable.

Dark Energon pouring out of volcanoes seems like it should be noticed by people (or is that somehow part of the prophecy nonsense), although there IS a real-world phenomenon where lava can appear blue because of sulfur...




Also, the Thirteen show up in a flashback! ....I forget how much we knew about them back then. Like, I want to say "nothing" but I remember people were making educated guesses, so? Granted looking at them now I can barely identify any of them...


Meanwhile there's an odd subplot where acting-commander Airachnid, quite rationally, decides to abandon their leader who's lost his mind and the planet that's about to explode into an eldritch devil. But Soundwave's smacks her down because, I dunno, loyalty or something. We get a flashback that shows he was one of Megatron's first followers, but there's just nothing to it. Was Soundwave oppressed by the old system on Cybertron? Is Soundwave Megatron's significant other? Is Soundwave the TRUE mastermind behind the cause and Megatron just a puppet figurehead? Does Soundwave just assume Megatron will fix everything?



(also during that flashback, we see Megatron(us) defeat some giant ass robot armadillo thing. What WAS that?!?!)
(Hmm, one of the Thirteen was some big doggie monster thing...)




And all throughout I just kept wondering...



What did Starscream make of all this?



So that's Season One and boy the rewatch was NOT kind to my opinion on this show. It rekindled my love of Starscream (and to a lesser extent Knock Out and Ratchet), and I do appreciate seeing an Optimus that attempts the peaceful route no matter how many times he's blown off, but I dunno if I really want to sit through all 40 of the other episodes now. Especially if nobody's gonna comment, heh.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:33 AM

HAHA! Oh my gosh that's amazing. I feel like Starscream needs a drink to complete the picture.


Especially if nobody's gonna comment, heh.


Yeah, I'd have to like, rewatch it, too, for how much an impression it left on me. I'm doing a lot of nodding and "oh, I'd completely forgotten that was a thing" in reading your writeups. I remember the third season really being the point at which the main plot became watchably interesting, but it's still something I've only seen once and there are a lot of reasons it might have left an unwarranted favorable impression with me. 

Edited by Copper Bezel, 14 December 2017 - 01:33 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 14 December 2017 - 01:51 AM

I'm not sure what to say about individual episodes much of the time even when I remember the specifics.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:37 AM

I hate this show

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 11:43 PM

HAHA! Oh my gosh that's amazing. I feel like Starscream needs a drink to complete the picture.


I knew I was forgetting something.


There we go!



So tomorrow Trollhunters gets a new season and Steven Universe has some new episodes, and I'm still behind on DuckTales and Star Vs..... so, uh, it might be a while before I get back to this one.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 11:47 PM



It's perfect. Ohmygod. b36.png

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 15 December 2017 - 09:59 PM

I'll confess that Prime was so-so for me, so I'm skimming your reviews. I love the art, though.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 01:11 AM

Orion Pax

At this point Prime was no longer a contender for "best Transformers show"...


By using the Matrix against Unicron, Optimus looses all memory of being a Prime and reverts back to Orion Pax. He sees Megatron not as the evil warlord that he is but as his old mentor, and joins his side! Meanwhile, Jack becomes something of an honorary Prime and goes onto a quest to Vector Sigma, which is on dead old Cybertron.

... which all should be FASCINATING, especially since this is a three-parter, but NOPE. We manage to learn nothing about any of them, and the ending obliterates anything that might've happened anyways! Wow, what was even the goddamn point?



Orion Pax (who Peter doesn't even play any differently; you'd think he'd be 'looser') is welcomed into the Decepticon ranks, but immediately shoved into a tiny cubicle doing computer stuff. And Megatron and Soundwave's attempts at keeping him in the dark are atrocious. 'Wave erased the database of anything incriminating while Megs made up some story about Ratchet being a genocidal despot (heh), but then they switch gears and claim "Optimus Prime" (using Ultra Magnus' image) is the evil leader... which Orion quickly finds out it's all fake by doing computer stuff.

:drunk I -ugh- I dunno. These guys are Decepticons but they're so bad at deception. You'd think Megatron would use his presumed mentor status to, like, teach Orion his ways or something, maybe even try to take the Matrix while he's at it since he wanted to be a Prime and all. But no.


The idea of a medic somehow becoming mad with power is kind of interesting, though. It's not really a main villain type we see, is it? (there are bad guys with Dr. in their name, but not actual practicing medical doctors)


Also, Starscream!  :love  Despite being mostly played for laughs here, he's actually sorta competent. Sneaks aboard the Nemesis undetected, manages to escape mostly unscathed (actually, it's kinda implied this isn't his first trip, so there's that), and negotiates some medical care from the Autobots after nearly blowing the entire deal. Pretty impressive for a guy all on his own. Plus he unintentionally messed up Megatron's plans! Heheh.

His little bout with the air Vehicon makes me wish this show had more dogfights.


The Autobots concoct a plan to hijack the Decepticon Space Bridge to send Jack to Cybertron and OH GOD RATCHET YOUR FACE!!!! It's just NOT THERE!


There's your Doctor of Doom!


Christ almighty.


So, uh... something something and Star Wars reference! And everyone's "oh shit no" reaction then Fowler's delayed "hug what did I just do" face and Breakdown's unexpected kindly reply! Alright, as much as I've been harping on this trilogy, this is actually one of my favorite moments from the series.


Jack gets to Cybertron and works his way to Vector Sigma -- which for some reason here is basically a backup to the Matrix. I thought it created new Transformer life? Well whatever, during this he is menaced by both a big old Insecticon and a swarm of Scraplets! So he sics the little creeps on the big one. Savage!
Then he gets back to Earth and blah, everything's back to how it was. Meh.


The space bridge is kept open for a damn long time. You'd think maybe Megatron would get tossed in and the controls smashed, but no. And the Autobots open another portal right next to it without any problems, no "shadowzoning" anyone. Hmm.



Random design observation: The Matrix of Leadership's got a shard of... er, Energon? in the center. An odd change from the usual sphere, although it makes for an interesting parallel with the chunk of Dark Energon in Megatron's chest.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:15 PM

The show had many things going for it, not the least was Jack, the least annoying human sidekick since...well...ever, maybe.

I loved the idea of him using the scraplets against the Insecticon.
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:28 PM

That Ratchet is so wonderful. Just - *kiss blowing noise*

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 19 December 2017 - 12:55 PM

Jack's the least annoying, but that's not all that hard since Raf's that cliche god-tier hacker and Miko keeps blindly running off into danger --- actually, she hasn't these last few eps. Huh. Center of the world and an alien planet and she actually sits out.

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 11:21 PM

Operation Bumblebee

He finally gets a spotlight episode... but is quickly upstaged by Ratchet and Starscream! Which just means this is actually a decent watch.



Megatron finally gets something resembling direction. That is, he's looking for all the relics Orion located because... I dunno, defeat the Autobots? Eh. I don't need anything complex, just a clear motive. Megs just sort of reacts to things.


MECH tears out Bumblebee's t-cog, locking him in robot mode, unable to even deploy his guns. Huh. I wonder how a t-cog actually functions? Like is it a, well, cog that spins around and mechanically moves parts? Or is it more like a part of the nervous system that 'orders' parts to move? It apparently is also connected with scanning (and presumably generating) alt modes, and are irreplaceable "bio-mechanisms", so... hmm.


Bee understandably gets upset over his loss, and the kids try to cheer him up with TV... which just unintentionally mocks him, haha!

Ratchet offers Bee his own t-cog, which is actually rather practical given how rarely he goes out in the field (I think he's transformed twice the whole show...).  Less practical is how this requires someone else to operate on him. That... seems bound for trouble.


"Do I hear a Fuzor in need of voice-box repair?"
"What's a Fuzor!? What's going on over there!?
"I am able! Just ask Bantor! He was all mandrill before I put a tiger in his tank."



FUZORS!!! These guys were my childhood Transformers, so I'm always happy to see a reference. I think this is the only time it's anywhere near "weren't those toys weird?", oddly enough.


Ratchet also offers Raf a ride with the sirens on. That's adorable!



Starscream tries joining up with MECH. It all goes disastrously bad for him. Hubris and desperation are a dangerous mix.

"Time to jet—because I can!"

Oh you poor foolish bastard...



Loose Cannons

Wheeljack's back. Yay?

And he brought Dreadwing. A recolor of Skyquake, but he had a neat design that deserves more than two episodes, and Dreadwing's got a neat color scheme.


Megatron seems kinda indifferent about the added muscle. He warns Dreadwing not to go after the Autobots, but doesn't really bother with stopping him or anything. Dude comes from across the galaxy, killing all the Wreckers and vowing revenge against all Autobots, and Megs just writes him off as good as dead at first opportunity. Feh.


Also, Seaspray's a Wrecker. Weird. I mean, I guess that's not really much weirder than like Kup or Perceptor, but still. And, uh, I suppose it's even less weird if you look at that Movie(?) toy of him.

(also also, Whirl isn't one of the named dead Wreckers, yay!)


Dreadwing's a fairly honorable Decepticon, which is a refreshing change of pace.


"Sorry, fishies!"






And unrelated to the episodes, I went and got a Starscream toy cause this re-watch made me regret selling the Voyager.


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 09:12 PM

That Ratchet is so wonderful. Just - *kiss blowing noise*



Complete agreement.  Prime Ratchet is the Ratchet that all other Ratchets are measured against now.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 09:19 PM

Not quite what I meant but it'll do. X ]

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 20 December 2017 - 09:20 PM




So Megatron decides to kill off Airachnid for.... some reason. She's not exactly trustworthy, but like apart from that time he went mad while the world was ending she's actually been rather supportive of Megs. Her murderous ways or preference to working alone never really comes up. Almost seems like Soundwave's holding a grudge...

Of course, Airachnid is far too genre savvy to fall for this trap, and kills her would-be killer. But not before delivering a few puns!


"I know we've never seen eyes-to-eye, but that doesn't mean we can't patch things up. *wink*"


So much for all those plot threads surrounding Breakdown. And, really, the sense that Prime will carry out anything......


At this point Airachnid's story is basically the same as Starscream's, the main difference being Starscream keeps making things worse for himself while Airachnid suddenly finds she has an entire army under her control. One would think this might lead somewhere, like hardship would force Starscream to grow into a better (though not necessarily good-er) person while Airachnid grows complacent by being given everything.

Oh well.


The Insecticons get their ridiculous demon donkey scream in this episode! WHE-LE-LE-LE-LE-LEY!


Starscream is still able to use his missiles despite the lack of a t-cog, because he doesn't need to transform any to use them - in fact we saw before he simply moves his hands a certain way. That actually involved quite a bit of planning on the show creator's part, didn't it? Like, most of the bots' weapons are in their arms, I think Megatron and the Jet Twins might be the only other exceptions. Huh.


Optimus can't condone killing any defenseless opponent but goes to shoot a defenseless Megatron. Hmmm. Too bad that little contradiction never got brought up.


And we get a closeup of Megatron's head in jet mode. How odd. He's got no eyes, which sorta seemed the point to his exposed noggin. *shrug*



Nemesis Prime

MECH builds their robot... which is just a copy of Optimus. You'd think maybe they'd start with something simple, maybe even military themed or something, but I guess the idea is really clones and not just a loose imitation of robots that turn into vehicles. Hmm, Nemesis Prime is basically Shattered Glass colors, kinda would've been interesting to see what colors other "nemeses" would've been painted.

I wonder how NP got so rusted and beat up this early?


Fowler gets to be a hero this episode, hurray! And we get a tidbit of background info on Silas.


*beep boop badapoop*

"I'm sorry. What?"


And Silas goes... squish!

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:40 PM




Starscream and Airachnid both send their armadas against Megatron on the same day, because the writers really want them doing the same thing I guess? My memory had this pegged as two separate episodes, but no it's just the one. I dunno, this parallel is just weird. Was this all supposed to be part of something bigger that got rushed because of behind-the-scenes troubles?


This episode opens with Bulkhead killing Starscream! Well, a clone of him, anyways. Hell of a way to start things off.

Arcee ends up trapping her nemesis in stasis, which is treated as the "right" thing. Um, hmm. Autobot morality is... questionable, to say the least.


Starscream gets into cloning himself. There are sparks and electricity EVERYWHERE (good thing he's not organic) and the protoforms just sort of blink into being copies. It's the stuff of hokey b-movies! Speaking of the protoforms...


I'm fascinated by how their basically stripped-down Vehicons. Were these intended to be Vehicons, or do all Decepticons (or even all Transformers) start off this way? If the latter, how do they become proper individuals? Do they "earn" it? Are they designed by someone? How does this all fit in with the caste system the Decepticons were originally founded to fight against? Have they become the very thing they hate???

... man I'm glad the IDW comics actually went into this sort of thing.





..........what was this episode about again? Oh, bugs and clones and stuff.


An Insecticon flies into a damn tree, bounces back into another Insecticon and even knocks Airachnid off a cliff! Trees, my god.

Airachnid gets captured and the bugs all immediately bow down to Megatron. It seems like this is supposed to be a big moment, but the Cons already have numeric advantage over the Autobots, so uh, whatever.


Meanwhile with Starscream and Starscream:

"I feel your pain. Really, I do."

"AAAAAAAARAGHHHHH! Scrap, that hurt!"




Flying Mind

The Decepticon warship crash lands and Optimus decides to use the spark extractor to kill all the 'Cons in one blow. But it's a GOOD thing that Arcee didn't kill Airachnid! Yeaaaahh...


Megatron pumps the ship full of Dark Energon to fix it and put it completely under his control (kinda seemed like it was under Soundwave's control before)... but it becomes sentient and attacks all Transformers on either side, and decides to take all the Iacon relics for its own. This would make a LOT of sense if the show actually followed the rest of Aligned and made the Nemesis Trypticon, but apparently it's just the ship spontaneously coming to life. And, er, I guess it's just mindlessly following directives on the relic hunting? I honestly do wonder what it'd have even done with them.


The humans get to save the day, since the ship simply doesn't view organic beings as "life." Jack in particular gets some hero moments, so there's that. Ratchet, too!




But the next episodes are all relic hunting, argh!

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 07:24 PM

So, the infamous fetch quest, the part where the show hastily wrapped up a bunch of ongoing plots and sent its characters off for a bunch of items they'll never use, and you get the awful feeling you're only still watching the cartoon for Starscream...

(kinda makes me want to re-watch Jackie Chan Adventures or Xiaolin Showdown, y'know, shows that did the whole item gathering thing but, like, good)


Tunnel Vision

The bots go to New York City and meet exactly one whole person. *cough*


The main things about this episode are Knock Out getting ran over by a train, alien conspiracy guy Vogel, and the crushing disappointment that he never turned his train into a transforming robot. Sigh. Could you imagine if he quite innocently turned to MECH to do so?







The episode starts off with Starscream attempting to preform surgery on himself. That is pretty darn creepy, but kinda fascinating too. Could he have even done it just by himself?


He, Dreadwing, and Optimus all go to the Antarctic looking for the thingy. Optimus tries the peaceful approach with Dreadwing but isn't putting up with any of Starscream's shit, and who can blame him? I kinda wonder what Prime would've done with him had things gone right? Take him prisoner or let Dreadwing bring him back to Megatron (and almost certain execution)


While Dreadwing and Optimus fight, Starscream takes the moment to steal the relic for himself. He actually wins for once!!! He gets sent to the bottom of the ocean, but still, Hooray!




Wait, a second episode starting with "Tri-", but this is kinda of a four-parter. Huh?


Soundwave does something! Nothing terribly exciting, but it's still something, I guess.


Ratchet teams up with Wheeljack and they have to learn to play nice with each other or whatever. They get into a dogfight with Soundwave but end up chasing Laserbeak the entire time... and the little birdie is able to one-shot Wheeljack's ship! Why isn't he used more?? They keep referring to Laserbeak as a "drone", seemingly to justify stuffing him with bombs and viruses to hurt the Decepticons. Autobot morality!


Wheeljack fights Soundwave and busts his face... which most shows would've probably made a "reveal" moment, like either there's a face under there or it's just a TV screen. *shrug* Eh, I guess people can still interpret it as they wish. (I'm for TV face!)


Soundwave wins and gains a sound-based weapon (heh), and Knock Out's noticeably angry at him. You'd almost think maybe he was planning something against him... Laserbeak carrying the Autobot's virus is obvious bait for that, too.



Ugh, these episodes are blah and the next ones are blah, but let me end with something silly

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 08:18 PM

Was Xiaolin Showdown even all that good about item quests? I vaguely remember it getting weird when it remained as the focus despite introducing characters not so dependent on getting new loot.

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