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@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:36 PM)

Or working for an airline and people complaining about not being able to take off in severe weather, and expecting us to know when the bad weather will end. *points at window*

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Outages/fire alarms are fun when you work retail and people complain that they can't keep shopping.

@  Echowarrior : (17 July 2018 - 07:11 PM)

Outages occasionally happened at the fulfillment center I used to work at. Never fun.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

Apparently the early shift (i.e. those who didn't participate in the walkout) were sitting in the cafeteria, waiting for power to return, while the late shift couldn't even enter the building.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 04:18 PM)

Oh, wow. I thought the news about the website outtage would have been the topper, but that pretty much wins.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

Whoopsie.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

First the union called for a two-day strike yesterday, and then today the entire city where the Amazon warehouse I work at is located apparently had a power outage.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

So,uh. Seems like Amazon's Prime Day really didn't go well this year.

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 09:55 AM)

It wasn't just blander and more polite bacon like I was expecting

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 July 2018 - 09:51 AM)

Canadian bacon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 09:15 AM)

And the even more important question is: is that ballpit deep enough to conceal a body... what?

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 05:35 AM)

THe more important question is if they have a ball pit

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 July 2018 - 10:18 PM)

How many attendees on average does TFcon get? And how about TFNation?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 06:31 PM)

I stopped reading it.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 06:04 PM)

If talking about it here is all it takes to get you, why hasn't the oreo thread killed you yet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. Of your stomach.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

Hey man, how you deal with yo problems is yo bidness.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 04:08 PM)

I did no such thing! I am innocent of the pop tart corruption!

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 02:57 PM)

You guys made me buy cinnamon roll Pop Tarts today.

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:38 PM)

@D Immortalis Just fill the bag with air first and pop that? XP Oh, and you won't like that I grew up microwaving them more often than actually toasting. ;)

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:37 PM)

@MEDdMI Yeah, the even more artificial flavors like S'more are the ones that usually taste good cold. There exceptions... I think it was Sugar Cookie that needed to be toasted...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 02:19 PM)

And.. Amazon is borked.

@  Donocropolis : (16 July 2018 - 05:55 AM)

@Tm_Silverclaw - Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered him and P/CP

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 01:41 AM)

Repugnus up

@  Paladin : (15 July 2018 - 07:41 PM)

or add peanut butter.

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 07:33 PM)

Nuke them enough in the microwave....?

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 06:43 PM)

if po tarts dont POP then they become a lie.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 05:10 PM)

I typically just went for the traditional flavours... I think mostly Rasberry or Strawberry. I'll have to pick up a box next time I'm out

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

@Otaku I've tried that too with a few of them. I liked the soda flavored ones they had. Too bad they were limited. :(

@  Otaku : (15 July 2018 - 03:48 PM)

@D Immortalis Most Pop-Tarts I like are better eaten frozen... and the only reason I started doing that is because Pop-Tarts commercials told me to try them that way. XD

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 03:03 PM)

woohoo, just got my tickets to see From Ashes To New and Hollywood Undead on the 26th!

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 10:07 AM)

oh wow Jazz has heel spurs.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 July 2018 - 06:32 AM)

That's basically what happened to me. I was on that aisle for completely other reasons, caught sight of them in my peripheral, and then... just couldn't stop thinking about them.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 02:47 AM)

Hungry for pop tarts now - haven't had those in years

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

anyone that doesnt put theit pop tarts in a toaster is a heretic.

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

Do they still make the cinnamon-brown sugar ones?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:03 PM)

Yup. And?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 08:29 PM)

Aren't Pop Tarts like, totally junk for you by the definition of the word?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Four IS standard... but it's been so long I had forgotten.

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 July 2018 - 07:29 PM)

Bah, wonko, I remember when 4 was STANDARD

@  Paladin : (14 July 2018 - 04:10 PM)

https://twitter.com/NickRoche/status/1018234094310879234 people suck...

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 01:10 PM)

Me: opening a box of pop tarts. "Oh my god! There's FOUR in here?!?! Score!"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Well, some people are into shopping, anyway.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Taiwanese Costco also has lots of things that shoppers would want!

@  unluckiness : (14 July 2018 - 10:18 AM)

The Taiwan Costco I visited once was nice but I have to question why our guide thought it'd be a good place to bring tourists.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:40 AM)

Lower prices, lower taxes, bigger selection... yeah, I can see that happening.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 09:14 AM)

Didn't a Washington Costco make the news a couple years ago for being sheerly flooded with customers from British Columbia?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 July 2018 - 01:25 AM)

That's cool. There's a Sam's Club in Niagara Falls, where I tend to cross the border, but I've never been in. I'm a Costco member, but not Sam's Club; and unfortunately Costco makes sure there aren't any locations in the US too near the Canadian border

@  wonko the sane? : (13 July 2018 - 07:02 PM)

Nope, not the battle damaged version. He got it from his cousin, whose family has a camping ground in... I wanna say new york state, but I'm probably wrong. Just across the border anyway.

@  Nevermore : (13 July 2018 - 06:36 PM)

Sam's Club exclusive was the battle damaged version, right?


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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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