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@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:05 PM)

i wish theyd dub double zeta. thats the only one im missing for the "amuro vs char" thing (and chars not even in it so...). but given some of the things ive heard about it, its probly best that they dont dub it

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:02 PM)

and im on vacation next week so ill have lots of time to watch all this lol

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:01 PM)

@zaku ive got war in the pocket on standard dvd already. amazon didnt have it on blu ray. bonus points to it for having character designs by haruhiku mikimoto. and this collecction is only "new" in as much as its new to me on blu ray. ive had burnt dvd copies of it all for years

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 09:44 PM)

Yeah, 00 was pretty good, and I recently watched Build Divers, and found it really fun. Got both limited editions of IBO... still need to watch them...

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 April 2019 - 08:30 PM)

00 is also pretty good, basically a refined version of the Wing concept, and IBO is great.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 April 2019 - 08:29 PM)

I'll be the requisite "Build Fighters is actually pretty good" chime in

@  MEDdMI : (24 April 2019 - 07:52 PM)

G Gundam was the best. Horse mecha! Piloted by.... a HORSE!

@  ZakuConvoy : (24 April 2019 - 07:31 PM)

I'd probably recommend tracking down 0080 War in the Pocket to go along with your new collection, but you might have enough to watch for right now.

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 06:53 PM)

G Gundam will likely always rank first for me, as it is the one I find the most fun, but 8th MS was great for being the most "realistic" of the UC stuff.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 06:17 PM)

the only other gundam series ive watched-which was also the FIRST gundam series i watched-is wing (and ill probly get that on blu ray soon too). i know i havent watched everything tied to it, but the UC is quite enough for me lol

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 06:14 PM)

i think 8th team is my favorite, but cant say why. maybe it has something to do with them not being newtypes. i dont particularly like that concept

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 06:11 PM)

8th M Team, 0083, and Zeta are my favorites of the original timeline. Have yet to watch Origin, but it is loooow on my list, as I never particularly liked Char. Quattro Bajeena was actually kinda cool, though.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 05:49 PM)

so i just did something insane. i bought gundam origin, first gundam, 08th ms team, operation stardust, zeta gundam AND chars counterattack on bluray...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2019 - 05:46 PM)

Hollywood stereotypes, eh? Don't get me started on how sheerly unrealistic that can be, and how badly Hollywood loves to stick to them.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:44 PM)

Also, fun fact: To me, Dutch is the language that sounds harsh compared to German.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:37 PM)

Generally, nobody shouts at each other in Germany unless they're either a) morons or b) doing it for comedic effect.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:36 PM)

... based on an outdated way of speaking (I mean, does anyone in the US still speak like Joe Friday?)... which might also have been at least partially a regional thing.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Generally, many native English speakers' primary conception of the German language and its perceived harshness comes from Hollywood movies... created by non-native German speakers, with non-native German actors giving their impression of what they think the German language sounds like...

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:33 PM)

I might be severely biased, but as a native German speaker, I think the perception of the "harsh German language" is at least in part due to a myth created by Hollywood.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (24 April 2019 - 05:32 PM)

I wish I knew if that Blue autobot in the background in the movie Bumblebee was Blurr.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Blood is blue before coming into contact with air from outside.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 April 2019 - 09:50 AM)

I had to use a whole ten percent of my brain to understand that.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (24 April 2019 - 08:32 AM)

I think I saw a debunking of that like at least a decade ago when I still relied on TV for things.

@  Paladin : (24 April 2019 - 08:21 AM)

isn't the whole "lemmings jump to their death" thing proven false now too???

@  Pennpenn : (24 April 2019 - 03:05 AM)

It's like how the whole "alpha male" thing doesn't really show up in wolf packs in the wild.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 01:54 AM)

Aaaaand another myth busted.

@  CORVUS : (24 April 2019 - 12:27 AM)

Quite welcome! :)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 09:51 PM)

@Corvus Huh, did not know that part. Thanks for imparting knowledge!

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 09:27 PM)

No because it's true.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 April 2019 - 09:17 PM)

Would I be jaded if i said that's a good lesson about people as well?

@  CORVUS : (23 April 2019 - 09:01 PM)

Overstated risk. Most observations of sexual cannibalism in the Praying Mantis occurred in captivity, versus nature. When entomologists began observing them in nature instead, they found that sexual cannibalism took place around 30% of the time. Basically, if a male Mantis avoids thin, hungry females, his chances are pretty good. #yesimanerd

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 07:52 PM)

Are you a male mantis?

@  MEDdMI : (23 April 2019 - 07:27 PM)

Death by snu snu

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2019 - 06:40 PM)

There's a joke about going out with a bang to be made here.

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 06:38 PM)

I would hope getting laid is preferred over dying :p

@  Nevermore : (23 April 2019 - 05:20 PM)

Don't we all want to get laid?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2019 - 04:53 PM)

I'd spend the first few loops just taking an extended nap.

@  Dekafox : (23 April 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Endless death time loops certainly happen enough in Star Trek

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 03:50 PM)

That's not what I had in mind but if that is what you would do in that scenario then that is pretty messed up. I would not want to be stuck in a perpetual loop of death. More like getting laid but that is just me.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 01:58 PM)

Happy death day to you!

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 01:45 PM)

.... I would love that. To be stuck in an endless loop where no one remembers what happened... The possibilities :D

@  ZakuConvoy : (23 April 2019 - 01:43 PM)

Are you stuck in a Groundhogs Day situation? Because if you are, you need to tell the rest of us so we can take advantage, too.

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 11:10 AM)

Lol today needs to end asap so that I can start over tomorrow

@  Ashley : (21 April 2019 - 10:08 PM)

They frequently do, but yeah there's no rule. Google will usually answer it for a specific restaurant, though

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 April 2019 - 02:57 PM)

Depends on the restaurant and the area. There's no universal rule about it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 April 2019 - 02:41 PM)

I thought restaurants were one of the few things that stayed open on holidays, along with movie theatres and the like

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (21 April 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Well here I am hungry on a Sunday afternoon and I head to Chipotle only to find out right then and there that the place is closed for Easter. Yay.

@  MEDdMI : (19 April 2019 - 09:21 PM)

oof, yikes. Good luck.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 April 2019 - 09:18 PM)

We're in the middle of a kitchen reno and NOTHING will be done until tuesday. I could beat a four day weekend with a hammer right now if it meant I could use my stove again.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 April 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Can't beat 4 day weekends either.


Optimus Prime Annual 2018 Discussion

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#1 Jalaguy


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:19 AM

Discuss the issue here!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:50 AM

How do you manage to do a Tim and Eric style visual gag in a comic? Unbelievable, what a good 'un.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 04:04 AM

Hey, what the hell is going on that we're getting Transformers comics with Lars Von Trier references in them now.


I have other thoughts but its 3 AM and that's the most coherent one I can muster at the moment. This was a good issue though.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:31 AM

Heh-heh, 'Karen Fishnet".  Barber, you scamp.


I must say, Proxima being a cinematographer makes a lot more sense in terms of Caminus culture than just the "Girl Perceptor" she was designed as.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:24 AM

This issue was pretty awesome. I would be down for an ongoing with Thundercracker trying for a career in film.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:30 AM

This was utter silly bobbins and I loved it.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:55 AM

This was everything I wanted and more. I lost it at the Tape
Bros title page.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:15 AM

Five stars. A cinematic masterpiece.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:17 AM

Every time I say that we've reached Peak John Barber I am mistaken.


Gloriously, gloriously mistaken.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:48 PM

Yeah, this was pretty great. A good combo of wackiness and some more serious character moments. I think my favorite line was TC (playing Starscream) talking up how great sonic booms are and how lame teleportation is. :)


And hey, G2 Sideswipe is really taking form!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

I love it. That's all I can really say. I love it, I love it, I love it! Great humor, brilliant character work with TC, fantastic cameos, and super relatable content for me as an actor (I know your pain, Acid Storm, body paint is the worst). All around, this was a wonderful book.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:11 PM

Does Flamewar play Megatron in the movie? I dont have the issue but I saw that she was in it on the wiki

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:30 PM

I loved this very, very much. Glad to see characters like Acid Storm and Flamewar get to do some stuff. And hey, even Proxima!

Does Flamewar play Megatron in the movie? I dont have the issue but I saw that she was in it on the wiki

No, she plays Rodimus. Tankor plays Megatron.

Edited by Sockie, 28 February 2018 - 10:31 PM.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:55 PM

I spent about half of the book thinking “oh god, can this screenwriting Thundercracker thing die already?” Because it was fun at first, but I find it a little tedious at this point. “Hoho TC is a crap writer”... it can be funny but it can also be cheap and yawny.

But there was ultimately enough other stuff going on here. Notably TC being bridged to an ambush, that was interesting. Between this and OP, I wouldn’t call this one of Barber’s best weeks but it is nice to take a few pages to have fun (good clean Not Roberts fun) when everything else is all here-comes-Unicron-everything-will-end drama.


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:43 AM

Honestly, I think this issue was the freshest the "screenwriter Thundercracker" thread has been for a while. Like, as much I've always loved it, for a long time it's just basically been pure comic relief rather than part of a real character story for TC. But in this issue the filmmaking is the story, and Thundercracker genuinely has a little arc about him growing and changing as an artist and reflecting on what he's doing with his life.

Edited by Jalaguy, 01 March 2018 - 04:45 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:23 PM

I do wish they'd managed to work Skullgrin in. Especially as he has a toy on shelves right now! Missed opportunity. 


("Monstercon from Mars" is one of those iconic TF memories from my childhood. I really ought to get hold of a G1 Skullgrin. They seem to go for reasonable prices.)

Edited by Maruten, 01 March 2018 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

This is probably my favorite TF comic issue in a long time.  It was really fun and actually had a lot of earnestness to Thundercracker's story.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 05:21 PM

I do wish they'd managed to work Skullgrin in. Especially as he has a toy on shelves right now! Missed opportunity. 


("Monstercon from Mars" is one of those iconic TF memories from my childhood. I really ought to get hold of a G1 Skullgrin. They seem to go for reasonable prices.)

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 12:00 PM

I liked this one for the most part. Ties a nice bow on Thundercracker's trajectory as a character and makes me wonder if this is the last time we'll really get a chance to hang out with him. I liked the little vignettes where we got to see what each of the surviving Seekers were up to. Barber gets continuity to work for him, and that's always fun. I legit laughed out loud at the "Megatron shoots down Air Force One" sequence. And there's fun little touches to show how amateurish TC's film work is, like the exterior shot of the Jhiaxian Academy where the institution's name is called out on the building, in a subtitle, and in the dialogue. 


Ruining it a bit for me was the artwork. This tends to be a problem in Annuals where artists have to stretch their talents across a larger number of pages, but even with a couple of guest artists, I could see the seams coming apart in Tramontano's work from panel to panel. Just very inconsistent on proportions and mechanical detail. And Bove is getting better, but most of the time he's not doing her any favors. Utilitarian at best. 



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:27 PM

Lovely stuff - gives us new information and angles on various characters, plays a lot with what we know VS what the cast knows, and is really funny.

(Only bit that was odd was Starscream ordering a hit. It doesn't fit with post-Scott Starscream or with Barber writing him as burned out in Falling)

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