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@  Paladin : (17 February 2019 - 11:57 AM)

The cow was slaughtered in the abattoir.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 February 2019 - 08:53 AM)

It's not a pretty name: abattoir is literally just the french word for slaughterhouse.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 February 2019 - 08:46 AM)

Giving it a pretty name won't make it a pretty place.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 February 2019 - 02:45 AM)

I do believe there is an aphorism about the U.S.A. and yogurt being different because after 200 years the latter will have a culture.

@  Maruten : (16 February 2019 - 11:30 PM)

There's another word for "abattoir"?! Honestly you people, "slaughterhouse" is a bit on the nose.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 February 2019 - 10:09 PM)

I learned this week that the French-style term abattoir is prevalent in the UK/Commonwealth in place of where U.S.-American Anglophones would say "slaughterhouse". Fascinating.

@  MEDdMI : (16 February 2019 - 08:51 PM)

Nonsense. Everybody loves all my posts.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (16 February 2019 - 08:27 PM)

Or dislike them. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Wish we could like the shout posts...

@  Patch : (16 February 2019 - 04:26 PM)

Uh oh. Here comes a flock of Wah-Wahs.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (16 February 2019 - 10:54 AM)

Oh, that makes more sense.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2019 - 07:31 AM)

Haven't given it to him yet. Not sure when I will, but soon. Wah Wah is what he calls any vehicle with a siren, and the little bugger just LOVES firetrucks. So I got him a rescue bot heatwave.

@  repowers : (16 February 2019 - 02:41 AM)

I hope he said "You've given me a wah-wah"

@  Dekafox : (16 February 2019 - 12:48 AM)

A red panda?

@  Rodimus Supreme : (15 February 2019 - 11:06 PM)

*WAH

@  Rodimus Supreme : (15 February 2019 - 11:05 PM)

THE HECK IS A WHAH WAH?!?!?!

@  wonko the sane? : (15 February 2019 - 08:54 PM)

Yay! My nephew's Wah Wah showed up today!

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 February 2019 - 08:12 PM)

BotBots are GLORIOUS

@  Pennpenn : (14 February 2019 - 07:07 PM)

A day best ignored if you're not the target demographic. Can be difficult sometimes though.

@  Paladin : (14 February 2019 - 11:55 AM)

Valentine's Day. bummer.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 February 2019 - 08:55 AM)

Or you could come to canada, where bureaucracy is a publically funded art form! So garbage and used condoms trying to make a statement about something or other, not entirely sure what.

@  Nevermore : (14 February 2019 - 06:10 AM)

We've turned it into an art form.

@  Nevermore : (14 February 2019 - 06:10 AM)

You think you know bureaucracy, but you've never been to Germany.

@  RichardT1977 : (13 February 2019 - 11:48 PM)

I think a better counterpart would be "society".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (13 February 2019 - 11:24 PM)

Sounds like the cobra effect.

@  Echowarrior : (13 February 2019 - 05:58 PM)

I think a better counterpart for it would be bureaucracy.

@  MEDdMI : (13 February 2019 - 08:33 AM)

Is Verbesserschlimmerung a change that was intented to make things worse but made them better instead?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 February 2019 - 07:35 AM)

We have a similar word in english "government".

@  Nevermore : (13 February 2019 - 06:05 AM)

The meaning of this word is: A change that was intended as an improvement but ended up making things worse.

@  Nevermore : (13 February 2019 - 06:04 AM)

It's a portmanteau of "Verbesserung", which means "improvement", and "Verschlimmerung", which means "worsening".

@  Nevermore : (13 February 2019 - 06:04 AM)

Your new German word for today: Verschlimmbesserung.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 February 2019 - 02:17 PM)

Fortunately it's been long enough now that the possibility exists another label like Shout Factory or Arrow could pick it up and give it an updated release.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 February 2019 - 02:16 PM)

It's the same with their Dawn of the Dead blu-ray, and several others

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 February 2019 - 02:11 PM)

In Volcano's case it isn't so much a case just of amazon or eBay sellers... it looks like rather than releasing it directly, Fox licensed it out to Starz/Anchor Bay, and it's subsequently gone out of print

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (12 February 2019 - 01:28 PM)

There's Amazon sellers for you.

@  Telly : (12 February 2019 - 12:49 PM)

thought about buying volcano on bluray last night, until i saw the price on amazon: $135. the used ones arent much cheaper at $90. i know the 3p sellers can set any price they want, but come on. $90-$135 for a 20 year old movie that was only so-so?

@  unluckiness : (12 February 2019 - 05:12 AM)

GOt my hopes up there for a bit. Last I heard it was nebulously in 2019.

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 February 2019 - 05:00 AM)

Nope, none for REmake or Zero either.

@  unluckiness : (12 February 2019 - 04:13 AM)

Do we have a release date?

@  Maximus Ambus : (12 February 2019 - 03:51 AM)

Looking forward to RE4 on Switch, it will be my annual playthrough.

@  unluckiness : (12 February 2019 - 01:40 AM)

Don't call Floridans that. It's degrading to marine mammals.

@  Ashley : (12 February 2019 - 12:41 AM)

Oh, the huge manatee

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 February 2019 - 10:55 PM)

Anyone here ever been to the Manatee Viewing Center right outside Apollo Beach, Florida?

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 08:35 PM)

The manatees were extra eager that day.

@  ▲ndrusi : (11 February 2019 - 08:10 PM)

Maybe they accidentally got some editorial oversight for a while or something.

@  Shrug : (11 February 2019 - 07:03 PM)

And it shifted gears the season after, it's like there was a different head writer or editor or something one year

@  Shrug : (11 February 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was some random season after the cancellation that I thought was amazing, but I don't watch the show closely enough to tell you which one it was

@  Benbot : (11 February 2019 - 01:20 PM)

Your unintentional typo is right. It is definitely tp-tier material.

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 08:36 AM)

It was never tp-tier material but I used to be able to keep it on as white noise while I'm doing something else Now, I have to switch the channel because it just pisses me off at how unfunny it is.

@  Benbot : (11 February 2019 - 08:23 AM)

I don't think it's ever been very good since the initial cancellation/revival.


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#1 Philister

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:18 AM

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Robot Mode: In more than one way this figure is a very straight-forward adaption of the classic G1 Ultra Magnus, both the toy as well as the cartoon character. Not only is it pretty much the exact same size as the original City Commander (though much better proportioned), he is also clearly recognizable as the character and looks pretty spiffy. Naturally the figure is much better articulated (G1 Magnus was a brick except for his arms) and can pull off all sorts of cool poses. No complaints on this front.

In terms of weapons Magnus has his trademark white box missile launchers on the shoulders, as well as two black rifles. These four weapons can combine into a big war hammer, seeing as ever since Animated Ultra Magnus it’s pretty much a must for a Magnus figure to carry a hammer, too. The figure also adapts the fact that the original G1 Magnus was basically just a suit of armor for a smaller robot. Magnus can open up his chest and flip back his head, revealing a cockpit for his small companion robot Minimus Ambus (more on that below).

The only downside of this otherwise excellent figure is, to me, that he has several visibly hollow parts. The missile launchers are hollow, so are the thighs. It doesn’t really hurt the figure in any way, mind you, but it makes it feel a bit cheap. Otherwise, though, a great Ultra Magnus robot. Thumbs up!

Alternate Mode: Like in days of yore Magnus transforms into a white truck pulling a blue and red car transport trailer. Much like in robot mode he is pretty much the exact same size as his G1 predecessor and basically features the same gimmicks, too, namely the ability to transport several Deluxe-sized cars. Both the box missile launchers and his black rifles can be mounted on the trailer. So bottom line: a very faithful adaption of the classic Ultra Magnus alternate mode. No complaints.

Partner / Add-On: Ultra Magnus comes with Minimus Ambus, a small white and green robot that transforms into a futuristic car and can take a seat inside Magnus’ chest. Ambus is as articulated and detailed as you can reasonably expect for a figure his size, so no complaints here. The car mode isn’t terribly exciting, but you don’t get this figure for the car mode.

Remarks: Ultra Magnus has been a mainstay of Transformers since his debut in the 1986 Transformers movie, but this figure here is specifically modelled after the Ultra Magnus appearing in the current IDW comics. Here it has been revealed that the original Ultra Magnus died long ago, shortly after the Great War began. In order to uphold morale and create an image of a legendary, immortal law man, other Autobots have worn his armor through the years, pretending to be the original. The most recent of these is Minimus Ambus, a small Autobot with a special load-bearer spark that allows him to power robotic bodies much bigger than his own.

Interesting side note: roughly 90% of the time Ultra Magnus (or at least part of him) is a repaint of an Optimus Prime figure. Not this time, though, where Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus was heavily retooled into Titans Return Powermaster Optimus Prime. Second interesting side note: the Japanese Legends version of this figure has repainted Minimus Ambus into Alpha Trion, given that the IDW comics featuring Ambus are not published in Japan, so Japanese fans are less likely to know who this guy is.

Overall I mostly got this guy because I sold exceptionally well at the 2017 CONS convention and had cash left over. I was happy with my Fansproject City Commander and didn’t really need another Ultra Magnus. That said, this figure is pretty good. The fact that there is no separate white Optimus Prime look-alike included doesn’t bother me at all and Magnus looks pretty cool, with the figure having no serious flaws. So bottom line: the best non-Third-Party Ultra Magnus for your Classics / Generations line-up. Go and buy him if you haven’t already.

Rating: B+

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#2 DINOBOT SLUDGE

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 01:39 PM

To me, this kills City Commander which has always looked a bit awkward and doesn't really turn into anything in vehicle mode.  City Commander was amazing at the time, but we've come a long way thanks to our strong presence and purchasing power which was never doubted by me.   :)

 

I have the TakaraTomy version and it's one of my favorite Classics.  My only complaints are that his legs have some awkward articulation, as do all of the leaders from Combiner Wars.


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