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@  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.

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 08:03 AM)

And still the same so-called "humor" but worse

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 February 2019 - 08:00 AM)

New writers, new showrunners, fatigue. That shows had many changes over the years.

@  unluckiness : (11 February 2019 - 06:35 AM)

I don't know how it's possible but Family Guy has somehow gotten less funny.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 February 2019 - 08:47 PM)

Do you mean the retail price from when ToyBiz were making ML or the current price of vintage ToyBiz specimens?

@  B-Fox : (10 February 2019 - 08:40 PM)

Target had the entirety of the ML Deadpool Sauron BAF wave on discount. Got Omega Red and X-23 for the cost of 2 Toy Biz Marvel Legends.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 February 2019 - 02:30 PM)

How long do y'all wager it will be until Evolution Optimal Optimus shows at Ollie's in the U.S.?

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 February 2019 - 01:17 PM)

Kingdom Hearts 4: The Search For More Money.

@  fourteenwings : (10 February 2019 - 11:09 AM)

Actual lyrics to the ending theme of KH3: "I'm only crying 'cause I never dreamed it'd take this long."

@  Paladin : (10 February 2019 - 08:25 AM)

somebody wins, somebody dies, Disney gets all the money ever. The End.

@  Pennpenn : (10 February 2019 - 02:48 AM)

Please don't go into the details of the ending of KH3 any more than you have so far in the shoutbox. Thank you.

@  unluckiness : (10 February 2019 - 12:06 AM)

Oh well, at least it's over. Oh wait, sequel hook. Hope my grandkids like KH4 lol

@  unluckiness : (10 February 2019 - 12:05 AM)

Like, if I wait a decade for the conclusion, I want something better than a friendship and love generic anime ending

@  unluckiness : (10 February 2019 - 12:04 AM)

I like resident Evil far better because it doesn't pretend to be anything other than stupid popcorn movies.

@  fourteenwings : (10 February 2019 - 12:02 AM)

At least Resident Evil doesn't have a chart for every incarnation of every involved and how they're also secretly somebody else (especially, somehow, the protagonist).

@  unluckiness : (09 February 2019 - 11:55 PM)

Kingdom Hearts gives the Resident Evil movies a run for their money in terms of convoluted plot.

@  Pennpenn : (09 February 2019 - 07:48 PM)

Something is hidden there, obviously.


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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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