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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 01 June 2018 - 04:29 AM

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Prelude: The original G1 Battletrap was a so-called Duocon, meaning a robot that fell apart into two separate vehicles. Now technically this new incarnation of Battletrap is NOT a Duocon, he is a combiner consisting of two separate robots, each with their own vehicle mode. So we will first take a short look at those two individual robots and then see how they work combined.

Roadtrap: Roadtrap is a Legends-sized blue robot with red and yellow highlights. His proportions are pretty well done, considering that he basically transforms into a pair of legs, and it’s nice that the front of his car mode forms the feet. I always like it when vehicle parts are a big part of the robot mode. Articulation is very good thanks to ball joints and while you can see the seam where he splits into a pair of legs, he holds together very well. No weapon, sadly, but that’s the only downside.

Roadtrap transforms into a blue car. Overall the car looks pretty good, though the rear roof of it is clearly the chest of the robot mode and the rear end of the car is kind of open. Still, a nice-looking car and as much detailing as you can reasonably expect in this size class. Overall a nice car mode. Not spectacular, but good.

Battleslash: The second Legends-sized robot is Battleslash, a white robot with blue and black highlights. Battleslash isn’t quite as nicely proportioned as his partner, being almost as wide as he’s tall with rather short arms and massive hips. Still, he is nicely articulated and actually has a weapon, kind of, in that he has the rotor of his copter mode on his arm. Not as nice a robot as Roadtrap, but okay.

Battleslash transforms into a white military helicopter. It’s not the most realistic helicopter mode ever, but you can clearly recognize it for what it is. Not much more I can say here. A sufficient vehicle mode, but no more than that.

Combined Mode: The combined mode of both robots is called Battletrap. Roadtrap becomes the hip and legs, while Battleslash becomes the upper body, arms, and head. Roadtrap’s robot mode basically splits down the middle with the chest pieces sliding down to become kneepads, while Battleslash’s legs become the arms and a new, bigger head emerges from the helicopter cockpit that is the chest. The resulting robot is about Deluxe-sized or thereabouts and looks fabulous.

Battletrap couldn’t look more 1980s anime mecha if he tried. The combination of aircraft upper body with car legs looks great and the robot itself is extremely nicely articulated, too. Battletrap can bend with the best of them, no limitations I could see. Amazing for a figure put together from two other figures.

There are at least three different ways to put together Battletrap’s back, where the rotor from the helicopter ends up. The instruction sheets would have you just put Battleslash’ smaller arms straight down with the rotor between them. You can configure them differently, though, if you want the rotor to be able to spin or stand at an angle. See the pictures. Personally I prefer the third version, which is also the one I used for the bigger image map.

In total I must say that I just love Battletrap’s combined mode. I wasn’t sure I would, as I was never that big a fan of the original Duocons and didn’t expect too much from a combiner made from two Legends-sized figures, but I was proven wrong. Battletrap is fabulous, nothing else I can say here. Look, articulation, everything. The only thing missing is a weapon. The package art shows Battletrap wielding the rotor like a sword, but it’s not really meant to detach and he can’t hold it in his hand if it was. But that’s just about the only downside. Otherwise: a five-star combined mode.

Remarks: Battletrap never appeared in the original Transformers cartoon, but had minor roles in both the Marvel comics – where he was a member of the Mayhem Attack Squad – and the Japanese Headmasters cartoon. He was briefly mentioned in the Dreamwave comics, too, where the Duocons were the prototypes for Shockwave’s experiments to create a triple changer. Still, he got the most personality form his original tech spec profile, which stated that – unlike fellow Duocon Flywheels – he was sane and able to use his two separate vehicle forms in harmony.

The original G1 Duocons were little more than a gimmick, but this Power of the Primes update is a really nice all-around toy. Did we need the two vehicles to have robot modes of their own? Probably not, as I at least will display Battletrap exclusively in his combined form. But it’s nice that they have them and everything works well together. Plus I adore the look, which is pure late 80s anime mecha look. Very nicely done. Now we can but hope that we will get a Flywheels, too. (Flytrap and Tankwheel?). So to sum it up: a near-perfect execution of the underlying concept. No complaints.

Rating: A-

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 02:29 PM

I hope they find a way to get a Flywheels to retail, otherwise this feels lonely.

 

He's really a great example of what Classics can be at it's best.  However, he's not toy of the year material.  I suppose he was the best one of our very limited options.


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