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@  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 based on an outdated way of speaking (I mean, does anyone in the US still speak like Joe Friday?)...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.

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

I prefer later shifts myself, but my 3 day weekend shift isn't bad. Nice to work without those administration busy bodies poking around.

@  Nevermore : (19 April 2019 - 04:12 AM)

Yeah, traffic is a plus as well. Rarely got any trouble getting to work on late shift (even with the neverending construction site on the highway), and when my shift is over, there's hardly any traffic at all anymore.

@  MEDdMI : (18 April 2019 - 06:27 PM)

while I don't have weekends consistently off, working 2nd shift isn't so bad. I'm more likely to do stuff before work than after (when I'm already tired). Plus no rush hour traffic

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 April 2019 - 05:03 PM)

Switching shifts constantly is never good for one's health. There was a time when I worked overnights steady for about 2 years; did wonders for my health, as well


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Phil's review of Mastermind Creations Tyrantron (aka Megatron)


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#1 Philister

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 12:16 PM

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Prelude: Legal stuff first as always. Tyrantron is not a figure released by Hasbro nor Takara-Tomy and thus not officially a Transformers toy. He hails form third party company Mastermind Creations and depicts Megatron as he currently appears in the IDW comics, but for legal reasons he can’t be called by that name.

Robot Mode: Tyrantron is a pretty big robot, by Hasbro standards he’s probably be considered Ultra-Class. It’s easy to see that he is supposed to be Megatron, as he has the classic bucket helmet, the big gun on the arm, the silver and black coloring, and even those squiggly lines on his chest that harken back to his original Walther P-38 mode. There is even a smaller gun barrel sticking out behind his back, hinting at the original gun mode’s gun barrel. He clearly doesn’t transform into a gun, though, having tank tracks on the back of his arms and legs. Nearly unnoticeable are the two folded wings on his shoulders, which hint at a flying alternate mode.

Personally I like the look of this Megatron very much. He looks powerful, but lean. The face sculpt is very nicely done. Articulation is excellent and leaves no room for complaint. He also comes with Megatron’s traditional add-on weapons, a purple energy Morning star and a purple energy sword (seen in the first season of the cartoon and the 1986 movie respectively).

The kicker of the robot mode is, of course, that it’s actually two robot modes in one. Present-day warlord Megatron can change into long-ago lowly miner Megatron. You switch out the head, chest plate, shoulder pieces, and arm cannon, and suddenly you have a robot that is still clearly the same guy, but looking decidedly different. Instead of a cannon he now carries a big drill on his arm and a small drill takes the place of the smaller gun barrel on his back. Oh, this mode is actually called Tyrantronus, not Tyrantron (harkening back to the idea that Megatron was originally called Megatronus, named after one of the original 13 Primes).

To slowly transform miner Megatron into warlord Megatron, you can replace the drill piece on his arm with a gun barrel that strongly resembles the silencer from his original gun mode. Since Tyrantron(us) can actually carry his big gun / drill on either arm, it’s even possible to make him wield two giant guns all at once, if you’re so inclined.

Bottom line: an excellent robot mode. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it two robot modes because it’s clearly still the same guy, but the switch from miner to warlord works great and gives you plenty of options. Add in the extra weapons and the robot mode offers lots of fun.

Alternate Mode: I don’t believe we’ve actually seen Megatron transform into alternate mode since he became part of the main cast of More Than Meets the Eye / Lost Light and started wearing this body here, so the designers were pretty free here. Tyrantron transforms into a space jet somewhat resembling that of Animated Megatron. The big gun serves as the nose of the jet, the small wings unfold and the tank tracks serve as landing gear. It’s not a terribly intricate alternate mode, but it works quite well.

Just like the robot mode the vehicle mode, too, can be slightly changed. Since Megatron used to be a miner, his alternate mode here is a drilling vehicle. Gone are the wings, replaced by yellow-and-black striped warning plates. The jet nose is replaced by a drill and… yeah, that’s pretty much it. To tell the truth it still looks more like some kind of space jet than a mining vehicle, but it is somewhat recognizable for what it’s supposed to be. So while the “transformation” from present-day to days-of-yore alternate mode doesn’t work as well here as it does in robot mode, I still award some points for effort. Bottom line, though: the alternate modes aren’t bad, but certainly not the reason to buy this figure.

Accessories: Aside from the aforementioned accessories that come with Tyrantron for his two robot and vehicle modes, he also comes with a new head, complete with face mask, for the previous MMC figure Kultur (aka Tarn). Seeing as Tarn’s true identity wasn’t known by the time the original figure came out, you can now put the head of Glitch (his original identity) on the Kultur body and remove the face mask at will. Tyrantron can also carry the face mask (aka the Decepticon symbol) on his chest, held in place by a magnet.

Remarks: In the IDW comics More than Meets the Eye / Lost Light author James Roberts managed the feat of turning Megatron, usually the stereotypical evil overlord, into an almost sympathetic character. Flashbacks showed Megatron’s beginnings as a humble miner who, at first, planned to change the Cybertronian caste system through non-violent means. His evolution into a fanatical warlord and his path to redemption were painted with care and now Megatron is exiled on a parallel world that never saw an uprising against the caste system, where he looks to repeat history (though without a genocidal galaxy-wide war this time).

Tyrantron is far from the first figure MMC did based on the IDW comics and it works pretty well, all in all. The alternate modes aren’t that spectacular, but the robot mode(s) work pretty well and it’s easily the best-looking Megatron figure in my collection right now. Recommended to Megatron fans who are not put off by the third party price.

Rating: B+

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