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@  Waspinator : (17 December 2018 - 12:29 AM)

I'd say it's more of a crushing sensation than a sucking one.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 December 2018 - 09:57 PM)

Whole heartedly agree.

@  Paladin : (16 December 2018 - 07:22 PM)

migraines suck.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 December 2018 - 04:39 PM)

They may have had it earlier than that; Risa uses weather control tech to maintain its resort-style climate, and it was shown to already be established in the late 22nd century

@  wonko the sane? : (16 December 2018 - 03:13 PM)

By next gen they had weather control on earth, and were even in the process of upgrading the geologic stability network. So yeah: habitat maintenance on the next level.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 December 2018 - 02:51 PM)

Something something invert polarity something technobabble something.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 December 2018 - 02:38 PM)

I imagine World War III managed to decimate enough of the industrial economies that they inadvertently managed to exceed their carbon reduction targets from the Paris Accords, and then by the time Earth got back on its feet after the development of warp drive and first contact with the Vulcans, electricity was able to be generated cleanly and much more efficiently

@  The Doctor Who : (16 December 2018 - 01:48 PM)

I mean, they have futuristic weather control satellites and everything, I would imagine that global warming is a thing of the past in Trek.

@  unluckiness : (16 December 2018 - 09:39 AM)

How's that unrealistic? Not even the ocean wants it.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 December 2018 - 01:35 AM)

The most unrealistic thing (from a U.S. perspective) is that Florida isn't underwater!

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 December 2018 - 01:35 AM)

I was reminded today of a funny thing about Star Trek:

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 09:58 PM)

Whatever they can sell it for?

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 December 2018 - 09:48 PM)

Geez, WTF do those China sellers on eBay need my phone number for?

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 09:44 PM)

Does the PotP voyager Starscream's chest stick out so far in combiner torso mode? It's kinda weird how much Elita Infinite's back seems so empty up top but very... protruding lower down.

@  Pennpenn : (15 December 2018 - 01:26 AM)

Trying to fit Elita One's combiner head back into her torso is a pain in the arse (and not just because her torso becomes her arse in combiner torso mode)

@  RichardT1977 : (14 December 2018 - 10:04 PM)

Power corrupts and corruption empowers.

@  Echowarrior : (14 December 2018 - 07:10 PM)

Welcome to real life...at least until enough people get fed up and they break out the guillotines.

@  Pennpenn : (14 December 2018 - 06:58 PM)

It's almost as if the people with the most money have funneled money into making the systems of government and law serve their purposes in retaining their wealth, no matter how harmful, counterintuitive, or just flat out evil they have to be. Huh.

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:49 PM)

https://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/10/mother-jones-vandersloot-melaleuca-lawsuit/

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:45 PM)

Some states have laws against that, but they're in a tiny minority. There are plenty of cases where rich people have gone after journalists and their employers for accurate reporting, lost, but still left their targets saddled with hundreds of thousands ofdollars in legal fees and no hope of recovering anyof the money because a partisan judge has decreed that while they're innocent, they're not innocent enough.

@  Rycochet : (14 December 2018 - 02:43 PM)

The american system is as bad, there are plenty of cases of billionaires or corporations filing libel suits purely to kill reporting or activisim against their activities. SLAPP suits. Strategic Lawsuits against public participation.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2018 - 12:48 PM)

e.g. British libel laws place the burden of proof on the accuser, which is how we wind up with Emirati billionaires suing Western journalists in British courts

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2018 - 12:46 PM)

Never visited the UK in my life, but reading about British laws in the news gives me the vibe that British culture inherently protects the wealthy and established.

@  Anonymous X : (14 December 2018 - 12:39 PM)

Sounds a lot better than labour law in the UK. It's bare minimum standards here, you don't get any employment rights as such in the first two years of employment (and the employer can arbitrarily reset the clock). Unions are limited to a few public sector professions as well; in the private sector, there basically aren't any unions.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:25 PM)

Bonus points if your company has a works council. The employer is required by law to hear the works council prior to giving you your termination. The works council cannot prevent your termination if the employer really insists on going through with it, but if the employer failed to hear the works council, didn't wait for the works council to respond, or failed to tell the works council *all* the relevant details, the termination is legally invalid due to a technicality.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:23 PM)

The employer has to tell you the reason for your termination if you explicitly ask for it, and if you can prove the reason is factually incorrect, the employer may lose the case.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

For all its flaws, I really like a lot about our German labor law. Here, if you're under a permanent contract and have been continually employed for over six months, employers can only fire you for reasons that fall into one of three categories defined by law, and the burden of proof is on the employer's side in a potential court case.

@  Paladin : (13 December 2018 - 05:38 PM)

in brightest day or blackest night?

@  Bass X0 : (13 December 2018 - 05:25 PM)

Finally we get a Greenlight toy.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 December 2018 - 04:58 PM)

See.. In America they would just fire you for having the wrong color shoes on or some BS reason.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:13 AM)

And hey, in addition to the clocked extra hours, I earned an additional 50% overtime bonus.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:12 AM)

This past Saturday, in full expectance of a strike this week, I worked a full extra shift. They assigned me and some of the other volunteers to a totally pointless task, while some ladies were seriously sweeping the floor. When asked how long I was planning to stay, I smiled and said "a full shift!"

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

"You were asking for volunteers, right? I'm staying." - "But we have no more work for you!" - "I don't see how that's *my* problem..."

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

It's possible to use that to troll the employer a little, though... Once they allow voluntary overtime, they cannot backtrack from that. So once you notice you're rapidly running out of work, you just decide to do overtime out of spite.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:08 AM)

Now if there's *no* strike... people eventually run out of work.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:07 AM)

Amazon is prepared for strikes... they just hire way too many people for the Christmas season. If there's a strike, they still have enough (albeit inexperienced) workers.

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 07:49 PM)

Not one bit :p

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (12 December 2018 - 06:46 PM)

@Steevy Did you read TM2's post? "Amazon.de".

@  Paladin : (12 December 2018 - 06:37 PM)

just wait until the European economy collapses up its Brexit-shaped asshole.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 06:22 PM)

Probably not a ton of people, no. Although I'd say I order from one European Amazon site once every month or two, myself. Usually UK, but sometimes Germany as well. France and Italy a couple times, too. There are some good Blu-Ray releases that are exclusive to Europe

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 06:00 PM)

I'm not sure a European strike is going to impact North American customers.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 04:13 PM)

Well, somebody must've been working 'cuz I had an order in with Amazon.de that got shipped out the other day

@  Echowarrior : (12 December 2018 - 01:29 PM)

Amazon.

@  Benbot : (12 December 2018 - 01:01 PM)

AOL?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:22 PM)

Also, strike has been extended. So no working for 50 minutes. Would have been fun, though.

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:21 PM)

I said numerous times already that I work at that big American corporation that begins with "A".

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

Preferably the equivalent of Lara Croft or Indiana Jones a thousand years from now

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 December 2018 - 02:26 PM)

The turkeys... The answer is always the Turkeys.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 December 2018 - 02:05 PM)

Who would be the heroes in this situation?

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 02:03 PM)

When I die, I want my body to be part of a puzzle solution. Like, have my skeleton pointing at the clue the heroes are supposed to find.


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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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