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@  Paladin : (17 February 2019 - 11:57 AM)

The cow was slaughtered in the abattoir.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 February 2019 - 08:53 AM)

It's not a pretty name: abattoir is literally just the french word for slaughterhouse.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 February 2019 - 08:46 AM)

Giving it a pretty name won't make it a pretty place.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 February 2019 - 02:45 AM)

I do believe there is an aphorism about the U.S.A. and yogurt being different because after 200 years the latter will have a culture.

@  Maruten : (16 February 2019 - 11:30 PM)

There's another word for "abattoir"?! Honestly you people, "slaughterhouse" is a bit on the nose.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 February 2019 - 10:09 PM)

I learned this week that the French-style term abattoir is prevalent in the UK/Commonwealth in place of where U.S.-American Anglophones would say "slaughterhouse". Fascinating.

@  MEDdMI : (16 February 2019 - 08:51 PM)

Nonsense. Everybody loves all my posts.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (16 February 2019 - 08:27 PM)

Or dislike them. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Wish we could like the shout posts...

@  Patch : (16 February 2019 - 04:26 PM)

Uh oh. Here comes a flock of Wah-Wahs.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (16 February 2019 - 10:54 AM)

Oh, that makes more sense.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2019 - 07:31 AM)

Haven't given it to him yet. Not sure when I will, but soon. Wah Wah is what he calls any vehicle with a siren, and the little bugger just LOVES firetrucks. So I got him a rescue bot heatwave.

@  repowers : (16 February 2019 - 02:41 AM)

I hope he said "You've given me a wah-wah"

@  Dekafox : (16 February 2019 - 12:48 AM)

A red panda?

@  Rodimus Supreme : (15 February 2019 - 11:06 PM)

*WAH

@  Rodimus Supreme : (15 February 2019 - 11:05 PM)

THE HECK IS A WHAH WAH?!?!?!

@  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.


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Phil's review of Planet X Apollo aka FoC Ultra Magnus


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#1 Philister

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 06:22 AM

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Prelude: Legal stuff first as always. Apollo is not a figure released by Hasbro or Takara-Tomy and thus not officially a Transformer. He hails from third party company Planet X and is, of course, meant to be Fall of Cybertron Ultra Magnus, but for legal reasons he can’t be called by that name. Instead he is named after the Greek god of light, the arts, spring, and healing. Or possibly the guy from Battlestar Galactica, who knows.

Robot Mode: Apollo’s standard robot mode is a repaint of Planet X’s previous Jupiter figure, based on Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime. The figure is about Voyager-sized, I’d say, and looking very powerful. Like quite a few Ultra Magnus figures that are repainted from Optimus Prime figures he is mostly white with several blue highlights. He also sports some green highlights, though, referencing Minimus Ambus from Combiner Wars and the IDW Comics.

The figure’s articulation is excellent, no room for complaint here, and the detailing looks pretty good as well. I especially like the way the back is put together with the two wheels and the black panels. A bit fiddly to put together, but looking great. Apollo carries a white rifle for a weapon, which he can either hold in hand or plug into his forearm. His second weapon is a big hammer, which I originally didn’t like at all, but have since grown to adore. There are so many Mighty Thor poses possible here, it just looks cool. Hammer and rifle can also combine, somewhat, into a bigger gun.

Apollo also comes with a blue Matrix of Leadership as an accessory. Now as you would expect said Matrix can be stored inside the figure’s chest. Sadly that fact is not mentioned in the instruction sheet at all and since the chest panels are pretty tight and take a bit of force to open, I initially overlooked this feature (I tried to pry open the chest, but didn’t want to exert too much force since I wasn’t sure whether it was supposed to open). Anyway, the Matrix fits inside the chest very nicely. Sadly, this won’t be the last time the instruction sheet is found wanting.

Overall this is a very nice robot here. While personally I always preferred the War for Cybertron Optimus design to the Fall of Cybertron one, I still very much like this robot mode. Thumbs up and no complaints.

Alternate Mode: Apollo transforms into the same Science-Fiction style truck as Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime, naturally. The transformation is a good deal more complicated than that of the Deluxe-class figure, unsurprisingly, but still not all that hard. Though I have to say, again, that the instruction sheet could be improved a lot. The tiny grey-scale images don’t really help much when something small and fiddly needs to be transformed. Anyway, we end up with a mostly white Science Fiction truck.

The truck looks pretty spiffy and, while a good deal smaller than the robot mode, nicely conveys the image of power. Now according to the instruction sheet you can mount Apollo’s gun on top, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how. It doesn’t help, of course, that said instruction sheet shows Jupiter’s gun instead of Apollo’s, which is quite a bit different. So, maybe you can mount the gun on top, maybe you can’t. Even without it, though, a very nice vehicle mode.

Super Vehicle Mode: In most cases the Magnus armor worn by the various Ultra Magnus figures (those that have a smaller inner robot) takes the form of a trailer. Not this time. Apollo’s vehicle mode is basically being covered by a big armored shell and the resulting super truck looks bigger, more angular, more powerful, and just very, very cool. In this mode you can attach Apollo’s rifle to either side, no problem, and all pieces of the armor are accounted for, no leftovers. The only thing that is left-over in this mode are the black smokestacks on Apollo’s shoulders. They must be removed in order for the bigger shoulder pads with the missile launchers to be attached. Maybe this could have been handled a bit differently. Otherwise, though, a superb armored truck mode. Very nice.

Super Robot Mode:
The main attraction of this figure is, of course, the super robot mode. The white inner robot puts on a big suit of armor, turning an already very powerful looking robot into a hulking fighting machine. I’ve read quite a few negative comments on the look of this mode. Looks like a dwarf, looks like he overdosed on steroids, bla bla bla. To this I can only say: please remember that this isn’t supposed to be G1 Ultra Magnus. It’s an Autobot from the War for Cybertron / Fall of Cybertron video games and those pretty much all look like they can barely walk with the amount of armor and weapons they carry. So Apollo very much fits that look.

Let’s start with the one tiny thing that bothers me here: in order to put on Apollo’s boots, you have to remove those black exhaust pipes that were on the rear end of the vehicle / the back of his thighs. Those are so tight, though, that they are almost impossible to get off unless you’re using pliers. No, I’m not kidding. And, again, the instruction sheets are lacking, because they do not mention those exhaust pipes at all, neither putting them on, nor taking them off.

Apart from that, though, I really love this super robot mode. Apollo, while clearly recognizable as an Ultra Magnus inspired character, has a very unique look about him. He is very muscular-looking, but still nicely articulated. All the armor pieces hold together very nicely, only the shin guards might pop off if you pose him too vividly. His two weapons, rifle and hammer, look great and can be combined (as mentioned above) and attached to his forearm. The entire look of the figure fits nicely with the hammer as a weapon, making him look like a meched-out fantasy character indeed. I love it.

So bottom line: I love this super robot. He’s not perfect, no, but his few tiny flaws don’t take anything away from him. Two thumbs up!

Accessories: Another thing not mentioned in the instruction sheet (I know, it’s becoming a running gag) is that Apollo’s armor pieces can combine not just into a shell for his car mode, but also into a kind of armored wall / weapon storage shed. It’s rather similar to the way the pieces connect for the vehicle shell, but vertical. Apollo can take cover behind his wall and shoot his rifle or store his weapons inside of it. A nice add-on. Now if only they had actually mentioned it in the instructions…

Remarks: Ultra Magnus was not a playable character in the campaigns of the Fall of Cybertron video game. His armored super robot form was available in the Havoc DLC pack for the multiplayer mode, though, while his inner robot is, of course, a white repaint of the Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime design. And yes, technically he is supposed to be the same guy as Prime Ultra Magnus, but the continuity chaos that is the Aligned Continuity is another story.

Planet X is bringing out lots of designs based on War for Cybertron / Fall of Cybertron. While I liked the games, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to get more figures from it. When I saw Apolllo, though, I just had to have him. He reminds me of my very first Third Party figure Fansproject City Commander in all the right ways and while he does have some problems (especially the instruction sheets!!!), he is still a very nice figure. Recommended to all Fall of Cybertron and Ultra Magnus fans.

Rating: B

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