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@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 09:52 PM)

maybe there's underground demolition derbies too

@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 09:25 PM)

Every single sports car was one of those two jobs? Considering how many there seem to be....

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Athletic Entertainment

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2018 - 03:32 PM)

It's mentioned in one issue that Bumblebee was a courier. The only other fast cars I can remember seeing in Functionist times were Blur and a couple of Stunticons, as racers.

@  SG Roadbuster : (21 October 2018 - 12:14 PM)

i figured the sports cars were either racers or couriers.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 12:13 PM)

Upper Class. They're clearly not made for manual labor.

@  Locoman : (21 October 2018 - 12:09 PM)

Functionism only really makes sense for certain alternate modes like mining or construction equipment; where do things like sports cars fit in?

@  Xellos : (21 October 2018 - 11:51 AM)

At least in the movies they can switch to a (similar) alt mode at will, it seems. Especially if they want to sell more toys per movie.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2018 - 10:44 AM)

They are a race of adaptive machines. Maybe they were expected to change themselves to fit the role?

@  RichardT1977 : (21 October 2018 - 10:06 AM)

IDW-verse discrimination still made more sense than the backstory in TF: Exodus, where everyone's caste was assigned seemingly at random with no regard for their aptitudes (altmode or otherwise)

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:55 AM)

Lost Light is good too, so far.

@  MEDdMI : (21 October 2018 - 07:54 AM)

I'm not terribly into Transformers in general, but I did mostly enjoy the More Than Meets The Eye series.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:11 AM)

Which has been in the state constitution since 1946, but was never actually executed according to documents, and is currently not in effect because the German federal constitution, which takes priority over state constitution, has banned the death penalty back in 1949.

@  Nevermore : (21 October 2018 - 05:09 AM)

Huh. So next weekend, when the German state of Hesse will have its state election, there will also be a ballot about changing the state constitution... and one of the proposed changes will be abolishing the death penalty.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 03:44 AM)

I really need to read those comics

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:28 AM)

Up to and including the fact that certain alternate modes could end up being classified as "surplus to requirements" and systematically murdered.

@  Pennpenn : (21 October 2018 - 03:26 AM)

And in IDW comics where it is/was literally a form of apartheid where your alternate mode pretty much dictated how you were treated by society, what jobs you could pursue, pretty much everything.

@  Waspinator : (21 October 2018 - 02:24 AM)

We do get hints of that from time to time in Transformers, with stuff like some jets acting smug towards cars and whatnot.

@  RichardT1977 : (20 October 2018 - 08:10 PM)

"No shotgun of Mine is going to marry a rocket launcher" sounds like something that Targetmasters (or WFC Siege Micromasters) might say...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 08:06 PM)

The characters are actually kinda nice. Sure a bunch of them are from New Jersey, but you get a few aliens too.. But if you do that, you might want to go digital delux verisons.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:38 PM)

My only issue is that the aside from Fox, the looks of the characters are kinda bland. If anything, I'll at least get it on Black Friday, as they almost always have deals on the toys to life stuff.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 06:07 PM)

Well I can tell you, if you are going physical version because you want the toys. The Switch version has the best Ship mount as you just slide the joycons into it. The PS4 ship mount is wired. The game itself is very good in my opionion. In some ways it starts to turn into an RTS without being an RTS. You've got to start focus on keeping your planets from being taken back over. It has a LOT to do. It does have some repitive missions, because well, trying to let you level up all pilots and ships and such. The switch version -ALSO- has starfox only missions and the characters are incorporated into the story.

@  Xellos : (20 October 2018 - 06:03 PM)

How is Starlink anyways? Been thinking of getting the Switch version for StarFox, which is quite unusal for me, as I almost always pick the PS4 versions (favorite controller and I already have so many Trophys on it).

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:42 PM)

No shotgun of mine is going to marry a rocket launcher!

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 October 2018 - 05:22 PM)

Should they be allowed to marry outside of their own caliber?

@  Waspinator : (20 October 2018 - 05:18 PM)

I'm conflicted on the subject of marriage rights for shotguns.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:24 PM)

You say, "Damn it, what do you think this is, a shotgun wedding?"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 03:23 PM)

What do you do if someone wants to bring their concealed-carry to your American wedding?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 01:58 PM)

Benbot, I was streaming the PS4 version of Starlink

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:25 PM)

Ergo their reporting will have its own slant on the facts as they choose, not the most neutral way possible.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2018 - 01:24 PM)

I find it sad to realize that the prestigious New York Times which I trusted a lot as a kid in fact has its own editorial agenda.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:20 PM)

The end result is NOT that stupid bullshit gets equal coverage as reasonable arguments. That would be problematic in itself (the "false balance" bias), but the provlem is that the controversial stupid bullshit gets MORE coverage than the reasonable arguments.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

The media doesn't want to miss the opportunity to report on a controversy, and as a consequence makes sure that the controversial statements reach an audience.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:17 PM)

Because they realized that saying controversial shit is guaranteed to get coverage.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:16 PM)

It's the same here in Germany. Our right-wing moron party is still a political minority, yet they succeed in driving the topics the media keeps reporting.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

The main problem was that Trump was banking on controversy, and the media was reporting controversy because it gave them ratings.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 01:15 PM)

"Fairness" was not the media's main problem.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 October 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Holy fish! Second life is still a thing?!?!

@  Benbot : (20 October 2018 - 08:32 AM)

What were you streaming, Silverclaw?

@  Shrug : (20 October 2018 - 05:28 AM)

Russian interference should have been fighting an uphill battle, but as far as I'm concerned we gave them a head start.

@  Shrug : (20 October 2018 - 05:23 AM)

I disagree with Hillary being a good choice to run against Trump. Plenty of mixed feelings about her long before 2016 within our own party. When the DNC has to rig it's own primaries to get their chosen candidate running, maybe you shouldn't expect an easy landslide at the actual election.

@  Pennpenn : (20 October 2018 - 05:20 AM)

It would have also helped if the US was also an actualy democracy where the candidate who gets the most votes wins, but hey.

@  Rycochet : (20 October 2018 - 04:42 AM)

You helped destroy western democracy, but hey, at least no-one can accuse you of bias... Oh wait, they did, still do, and are going to keep doing so as long as you report facts.

@  Rycochet : (20 October 2018 - 04:39 AM)

Hillary was a good choice to run against Trump, the big problem was the media crawling all over themselves to try and push the idea of fairness, and threw her under the bus to do so. Any hint of impropriety was treated as being exactly the same as actual proven criminal acts by Trump in order to avoid being seen as biased... and at the end of it all, he turned around and bit them for doing so because that's who he is.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:37 AM)

Many right-wingers are using its name as part of our version of the term "libtards": "Left-green filthy".

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:35 AM)

It's the only of the "established" parties (it's almost 40 years old at this point) that has remained true to its principles.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:34 AM)

Meanwhile, some uplifting news from Germany: While our big parties are rapidly losing voters, and our new "we're not really extreme" right-wing party is gaining voters, there is one other party that is scoring massive points, both in polls and the recent Bavarian state election: The Green Party.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:33 AM)

I still think having Hillary run against Drumpf was a bad choice.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 October 2018 - 03:32 AM)

Well on the bright side, we know more people voted for HIllary than the cheeto.

@  Nevermore : (20 October 2018 - 03:31 AM)

I guess many a prepper might have also voted for the person most likely to bring about the end of society they are waiting for.


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#1 Philister

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 10:45 AM

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Robot Mode (Orion Pax): The Power of the Primes Evolution Leaders are Deluxe-sized robots that link with power-ups to become bigger, more powerful robots. In this case the smaller robot is Orion Pax, the pre-Prime incarnation of Optimus Prime. Orion Pax is basically designed the same way as the original Powermaster Optimus Prime’s smaller robot. He’s got the front of his vehicle mode on his back, leaving the entire front portion of his body free of vehicle parts. The chest plate and head are taken almost directly from Orion Pax’s on-screen appearance in the episode “War Dawn”, a very good likeness.

Looks aside Orion Pax features excellent articulation and detailing, no complaint on either front. The robot looks pretty streamlined and well-proportioned, which is a minor miracle considering that the torso contains BOTH the Matrix of Leadership and the larger Optimus Prime head for the bigger robot mode. Kudos to the designers. The only slight downside here is that – at least on my version – the ball joints connecting the legs to the hip are not very tight, so the legs easily pop off. Not a big thing, though.

Overall a very nice robot mode. We’ve had toys called Orion Pax before, but this one here is the first one that looks pretty much exactly like he did in the original cartoon. And he’s a good robot apart from that, too. Very nicely done.

Side note: you can also transform Orion Pax into a somewhat intermediate Optimus Prime mode by turning him around and unfolding the larger Optimus head, see 11th picture). Just for the fun of it.

Vehicle Mode: Orion Pax transforms into a red cab-over-engine semi-truck, the classic Optimus Prime vehicle mode. The back of the robot becomes the vehicles front. Given that the torso is already filled up to the brim, the Orion Pax head instead folds back and is tucked between the legs, serving as the trailer coupling. Unfortunately that still leaves the tractor with no idea where to put the robot arms, which are kind of just there behind the truck cabine.

In order to turn Orion Pax’ vehicle mode into Optimus Prime’s vehicle mode, you add Optimus’ classic grey trailer. Unfortunately said trailer has some problems of its own. The arms of the larger robot mode form the roof and are still clearly recognizable as arms, while the shoulder-neck area of the larger robot forms the front of the trailer. Not only is it very red, but also easily recognizable as part of the robot mode.

So overall this vehicle mode, be it with or without trailer, is sadly one of the worst Optimus Prime truck modes I can remember since Ultimate Battle Optimus Prime. It’s not a total loss, but compared to the brilliant robot modes of this figure, it’s a disappointment.

Robot Mode (Optimus Prime): We go from disappointment straight up to brilliant with the larger robot mode, called (who’d have guessed?) Optimus Prime. Once again the design is classic Powermaster Optimus Prime with the trailer becoming a suit of armor with an empty chest, while the smaller robot folds together into a cube and is inserted into that chest. The result is nothing short of fantastic, one of the most beautiful Optimus Prime robots I’ve ever seen.

Two minor complaints here, simply to get them out of the way. One, Optimus Prime has strange feet. They are stable, they allow for all sorts of poses, but the proportions are a bit off as it looks like Optimus has very, very long ankles. And two, on the arms and legs you see the grey panels of the trailer, which break up the red and blue color scheme somewhat. Some of those panels (not all, but some) could easily have been painted red, seeing as they are the inner side of the trailer hull, thus providing a more uniform paint job. Some people also complain that Optimus basically carries the legs of Orion Pax as a backpack, but personally that doesn’t really bother me.

Apart from that, though, this is one brilliant Optimus Prime. Articulation is top notch, the large rifle (which can be split into two smaller guns for Orion Pax) looks exactly like it should, the sculpt of the head is superb and the chest opens up (double doors, in fact) to show the Matrix of Leadership inside his chest. The Matrix can be removed and the crystal inside it replaced with a Prime Master, if you wish.

Now I’ve mentioned that this robot here is basically Powermaster Optimus Prime, but one thing is missing: PM Prime’s shoulder guns. Thankfully you can approximate that look easily, as the fist holes of Orion Pax can be used to plug weapons (such as the Prime Masters in weapon mode) into Optimus’ shoulders. Looks great. So bottom line: easily one of the best G1-based Optimus Prime robots ever. Worth getting for this mode alone.

Remarks: First introduced in the second season episode „War Dawn“, Orion Pax was a lowly worker robot that aided the time-lost Aerialbots upon their arrival in the past. When Orion Pax was mortally wounded in the very first Decepticon attack of the Great War, the Aerialbots took him to Alpha Trion, who rebuilt him into – you guessed it – Optimus Prime. Ever since then Orion Pax has gone through numerous different backstories (and even different names, being called “Optronix” in the Dreamwave comics), some making him out to have been a data archiver or a cop instead of a dock worker, but he always ends up getting the Matrix of Leadership and becoming Optimus Prime.

Now I have very much toiled with figuring out what rating to give this toy. The two robot modes are brilliant, no question about it. Some minor point deduction for the larger robot’s feet and him basically carrying Orion Pax’ legs as a backpack, but otherwise: top notch. And then there is the vehicle mode, being among the worst I’ve ever seen in an Optimus Prime figure. Looking at either robot mode I want to give this figure an A, looking at the vehicle mode I would be hard-pressed to give better than a C. Plus there is the fact that there is nothing really new here except for the Orion Pax head and chest plate of the smaller robot, the rest is basically Powermaster Optimus Prime reborn. In direct comparison with Evolution Leader Rodimus Prime I’d have to say that Optimus, while being a better bigger robot, is trailing a bit behind the more rounded toy that is Rodimus.

So bottom line: a very nice figure with two great robot modes and a mediocre vehicle mode. Given that we aren’t exactly lacking in good Optimus Prime figures I won’t call him a must, but still well worth getting.

Rating: B+

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:19 AM

This figure is dying for a proper painted version from TakaraTomy.  Such a shame what happened there.  We end up with this one line that appears it will go down as lesser than the ones around it simply because the two companies couldn't get their acts together.


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