-Blade's lines about being disabled, please ignore them. It will be explained much, much later. It's bad writing.
-The background for the tournament is the back side of the TMNT lair playset used for the Safe House.
-Round 1: is straight forward. Star, who by the way did not actually go with us to Botcon that year but is here because he's a core cast character, wins because Archangel is new at this. Simple as that.
-There is a 2 panel verison of most of the main character's Kai Blasts, just for drama flare. This is mostly dropped later on.
-Round 2: If you haven't figured it out Metalsamamon was a MISB collector, hence the box. He's Kai Blast is the Wargreymon attack Terra Force, which is a real attack from Digimon. From time to time I'll do that.
-Round 3: Simple sword fight and I think it's one of the only battle without a Kai Blast in it.
-Round 4: Paladin has a Kai Blast named in the next comic. Honestly didn't think this through with these figures. A lot of them have limited articulation, so Paladin gets one that doesn't need him to move a lot. He takes Agent X down fast and we're all okay with that.
-I still like the arm and leg joke. That broken Go-Bot toy was made for this scene.
-Who could possibly be pointing at the Leader-1?! I mean, that Claw could be anyone!
Tomorrow: Semifinals. Plus, every single new character introduced is a Transformer.
And Then They Fight (Comic Series)
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-Once again keeping fights short and fast.
-Round 1: Did I mention Wing Zero is British.
-Round 2: Silent Death is basically a invisibility Kai Blast. I like opponents like this that have a simple gimmick that I can play around with. The use of ink is a simple way to address the gimmick to while bringing in the 4th summon.
-Summon Character 4: Claw Jaw. He's based on Frog from Chrono Trigger. specifically original English translation that gave him a knight's speech pattern. You're gonna see a lot of Chrono Trigger references in TAOWAR. You might be wondering why not give this personality to Spittor, the frog. Simple, I didn't have a useable toy of Spittor at the time and frankly I wanted the personality to go to one of my favorite toys.
-Claw Jaw is the first summon to have a Kai Blast. Most of the others have one to.
-This also starts how summons work in battle. When they are K.O.ed, they just poof back to wherever they go. This stops them from being killed.
-Round 3: Yeah, I took myself out in the semifinals. I figured no one could complain if the 2 characters that weren't actually there in real life were in the finals.
-The first time the "organization" and "the Master" are mentioned. That term will be confusing later. Also learn Leader-1 is a rogue agent.
-By the time Season 2 starts, all but 2 Botcon '07 exclusive figures appear in TAOWAR. Ironically the 2 that have not made it into a comic are the only 2 I still own. So that Springer and Seekers, long gone.
-Box Set Name Drop.
-And now there's the B.i.S., the Bots in Silver. Yet another group shows up and like GI Joe I never got to focus enough on it. They are basically reserve Men in Black. Instead of hiding aliens from the world, they go to other worlds to track down their own. Because Transformers live on Earth they aren't hiding from the public at all.
Tomorrow: The finals, some pirating, and more lore to explain what a Go-Bot.
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-If that logo on the chair looks familiar, that's the Logo in the top left corner of any of the covers ATTF has. It is the DE-MOS logo.
-You didn't think I forgot to put in Bugbite the Go-Bot in this plot about Go-Bots, did you? Honestly, he was written in late. Otherwise he would've been in the Botcon arc.
-Bugbite is one of the Four Masters and the one mentioned last time. 4 four are seen by the end of the season.
-Who is THE Master? He's a random collection of Joe parts I had lying around. No, you're not going to get a better answer out of me then that right now.
-The background in THE Master's room is the insert background form Lio Convoy's box.
-"Holy father of Prima" is one of those made up Transformer swears I always hoped would catch on and I still use it today.
-Technobabble technobabble technobabbleup. It's all to set up the next season. Is it important? Yeah, it's just exposition for a different, or rather larger, story.
-Agent S being able to use the chips means that yes, he will be in season 2.
-There's a plot hole here that I can't talk about until later.
-W's speech had to happen. It's literally happening on July 4th and he's a President. All it needed it to be is full on hammy and I think it did it's job well.
-FINALLY! Someone said it! The villains collectively call the heroes the "Bush Raiders." It's the joke that keeps on giving. It is never explained, no one every laughs, no one except Blade ever reacts to that name as anything but a name. At the time I was planning to start calling them TAOWAR in season 2 with a forced acronym like DE-MOS has. Bush Raiders was just going to be the joke name until the real name was put in. The group is never called TAOWAR. Not once.
-I kept Weirdwolf around for one reason, I wanted him and Yoda to fight.
-And so the final battle begins. This was a similar to the first Go-Bots fight, but the idea to make it different here was to follow W. as he broke through the enemy forces while interacting with most of the characters. I feel it could be better, mainly with some odd angles, but I think it can be followed well enough. If nothing else, it was fun to make.
Tomorrow: Yoda vs Weirdwolf and fighting in the Oval Office!
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-Oh hey, There is a little more of Arm Bullet and Gasket. I forgot.
-The Renegades aka I did it first Hasbro! This is a group of Joes from the early 90's. The ones I had as a kid.
-Captain Grid-Iron > Duke. At the very least better than the Duke in this comic.
-Couple of Forum Characters are here as well mainly to give Wing Zero an attack that works.
-Don't worry about Spay-C. He isn't dead. He's a zombie.
-I want to use Stretcher again some day. The idea of him using a stretcher as a weapon/shield/etc. is great.
-So Leader-1 got a power up. That's the Justice League Watch Tower playset. Fun fact: I use to display it between Unicron and Primus both in planet mode...think about that.
-I destroyed a screen shot of ID4 for that effect.
-So yeah, we have some more minions for Leader-1 here.
-For something different I decided Claw should fight someone else other then W. Also, the scorpion drone from Arc 1 is under Claw's command now.
-Kai Blast: Midas Claw. Yeah, Claw gets one. It's based on the ability of Soi Fong has in Bleach that's an instant death attack if it hits twice. Here I combined it with the Midas touch.
-Claw Jaw is talking correctly again...while fighting Mousers.
-That droid came with the flame parts. I set up the fight just to use them. It would look great if not for that huge stand in the shot. Why did I never make more of an effort to crop thos out?
-The MASSIVE ONE POINT OF ARTICULATION droid became a recurring character in Filler Funnies and specials. He's so unabashedly one note that I loved using him whenever I could.
-W is being useful again...it just feels wrong.
-"Buttons" I think we all know where this is going.
-I forgot a to comment on the Weather Channel back at the beginning of the Botcon arc. At the time Archangel would always be watching the Weather Channel and pretty rarely anything else. We loved giving him shit about that. His come back was always "there's never reruns."
-Anyways, I love this small talk while waiting on an elevator in the middle of a battle joke. It cuts the tension in all the right ways.
-Yep, "buttons." I also like W. whistling nonchalantly while walking away.
Tomorrow: The Season 1 finale. Twists and turns and the real final battle. Also, Blade's awful, awful, hat.
Posted 27 April 2018 - 08:55 PM
And now the season 1 finale.
-Bill Clinton is here. Why? Because I figured I should make fun of both sides. I think this is the only time he ever appears.
-I do love this Stretcher bit. Seriously wished I used him more.
-Oh yeah, did I mention the Renegades are made up of Blade's old squad? Inserting Blade into the squad I watched as a kid is probably one of the more Mary Sue thing I've done with him.
-And this is why Midas Claw is a thing. I had a Golden Jack Sparrow toy and wanted to use it. Rollbar's death felt cheap so I decided to add an extra loss to the heroes with this.
-So THE Master is dead. That pizza joke is his longest appearance. Guess he was just a filler boss for Cobra Commander. What a waste *whistles nonchalantly*
-Cobra Commander name drops the next arc.
-A nice call back to the "not-I'm Mary Poppins y'all" joke. I also like Blade admiting he sucks at his job.
-And Bugbite is the final boss. I mean, he is one of the Four Masters. He also found Weirdwolf's sword gun thing so he'd have a weapon.
-Kai Blast: Mind Storm. This is overpowered, but only because I wanted to end on a one-on-one fight. I don't think it's based on anything, I just needed it to happen. I want to say mind control was in Bugbite's Botcon bio or the Botcon comic.
-Command Line. I needed for Blade to have something special. The original idea was armor. I wanted to use a MSiA Gundam Astray Red Frame as armor but didn't have it. Thought about using the Kicker figure, but didn't for some reason. Eventually I used a modded Transmetal Rattrap...you might be thinking "that's not Rattrap" and you are correct. The sword I was using with Rattrap broke while shooting the comic. The alternate fight scene will be posted next time.
-The toy I ended up using in the final comic, High Score 100, was a rush job to finish the comic. I have named this form the Boomeraider. Next time Boomeraider appears it has a completely new paint job.
-Command Line itself is a reference to the show ReBoot where Matrix could issue voice commands to his gun using that phrase. It's also the old green a black computer interface which seemed right for the type of thing it is.
-The "henshin," of course, comes from Kamen Rider (and Japanese Beast Wars). I was watching Kamen Rider Kabuto at the time. That show had so much style with it's transformations and I wanted that.
-Adapted Darkwing Duck's bit for this. This was much better than just stealing the other catchphrase.
-Speaking of Darkwing Duck, check out that mistake of a hat. What was I thinking with that hat and cape?! If Boomeraider wasn't such a good name, I'd call this Hipster form.
-Everything Blade tells Bugbite about Command Line is bull shit. In season 2, Command Line is explained in much greater detail. Everything here is just me trying to make it clear that Blade isn't a full on Transformer.
-One thing I like about this version of the fight is the summon combo. It's not in the alternate fight.
-Once I knew Bugbite was the final boss, I planned for him to go out this way, gun downed by the whole cast after losing an arm (I love ball socket joints).
-And now the other 3 Masters: Lord Zedd, Baroness, and Darth Malak. Bugbite is replaced next season. I always enjoyed making Zedd and Malak fight.
-Hehe...Stretcher makes a Cowboy Bebop reference.
-Oh god that hat. It's even worse on the normal Blade figure!
-Oh hey, I guess Agent X-B did appear again.This is the last time though.
-Just tying up loose ends here while having fun with a press conference.
-I love that there's a note about me not forgetting a plot point followed by a foreshadowing scene I DID forget about. Thankfully, I have found a way to address it in the finale.
-Credits. Neat idea, but dumb for this comic. What can I say? I wanted a post credits scene.
-Remember that plot hole I mentioned? Yeah, Blade has a computer inside him and Archangel knows about it, but doesn't mention it. I had already planned this before that, I just should've wrote it better to foreshadow the twist or had someone else say it.
-I think this is where it becomes clear that there isn't a good starting point other than the beginning. As of right now this paradox has not been resolved and I can not allow myself to continue with new stories of these characters until I'm finished with it.
Next Time: Alternate final battle and Filler Funnies 10-14. I plan to take the weekend off, so expect those Monday night.
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