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@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I'm also only reading the trades. So I'm still missing... two volumes that are currently only available as hardcovers? Three?

@  Trpodeca : (17 January 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Astro City is great. Since I only read the trades, there probably won't be a big change for me.

@  ZakuConvoy : (17 January 2019 - 05:34 PM)

I have. Great series. Hopefully the transition to OGNs will be a smooth one.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 07:20 AM)

Anyone here reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City?

@  Verity Carlo : (16 January 2019 - 01:12 PM)

https://sites.google...ations---part-1awwwww shit

@  Benbot : (16 January 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Remember the Noid? He steals pizzas!

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:47 AM)

That said, the old "Nester" character from Nintendo Power IS owned by Nintendo, and I could see a homage in there

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:46 AM)

Because technically DiC created the character, Nintendo does not own him.

@  Paladin : (16 January 2019 - 10:28 AM)

sidebar- why is "Captain N" not in Smash yet? that seems like such an easy option.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2019 - 09:18 AM)

The 90's mario cartoons had exactly three character aspects to work with: fat, italian and plumber. He wasn't exactly wrenching pipes in every episode, so they had to do something...

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2019 - 07:31 AM)

It's in another castle.

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:24 AM)

i HOpE sHe mADe LotSA SPAGHETTI

@  Locoman : (16 January 2019 - 06:17 AM)

Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEELP!

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:07 AM)

That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario *wheeze*

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2019 - 02:24 AM)

It's too hot here.

@  Echowarrior : (15 January 2019 - 11:03 PM)

I liked the Super Mario Brothers Super Show the best myself.

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There's always the three Mario cartoons DiC made back in the 80s.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 09:48 PM)

So they could make a show that everyone would scream was an adventure time knockoff? I get what you're saying, but I can't see it being well received.

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 January 2019 - 08:47 PM)

The fact that Adventure Time was on the air for 8 years and at no point did Nintendo hand the creators a large sack of money and say, "Please make a Mario thing for us" will forever anger me.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was so much awesome put into design and conception of the super mario bros. movie, and it didn't even need the branding: but it wouldn't have made it to the screen without the branding.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:56 PM)

Many aspects of it have stuck in my memory, though. The boots, the devolution ray, the aesthetic of the dinosaur city

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

I had no idea there was another Mario Bros. movie coming out, though. Doubt it'll top the first one, it was just so bizarre

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

They already act a bit like minions; they just aren't stupid

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 05:35 PM)

The trouble is: I honestly can't decide if making them minions would be better or worse than the continuously shrill voices they've used for the last 20 years.

@  Paladin : (15 January 2019 - 05:27 PM)

hope everyone's ready for Toads to look, act & sound like the Minions forever...

@  Lancer : (15 January 2019 - 04:54 PM)

I mean, considering Illumination is making the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. 1993 won't be the worst Mario movie anymore

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 04:36 PM)

"Sir, your pizza's here." "Not now!"

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Actually, yeah. I think I need to watch it again. Great movie.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 03:44 PM)

It's a fun movie with amazing sets. As long as you don't try to connect it to anything else Mario, it's fine.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Damn, I haven't thought about the Super Mario Bros. feature film in forever. Need to watch it again, soon; I can only imagine it gets better with time.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

Re:Zero is a fantastic series.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 03:10 PM)

Yeah it's not a bad concept, it's just that lately the term is associated with "I, a Loser Everyman, Woke Up In a Generic Fantasy Setting Where I'm Super Special So Now Girls Orbit Me"

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 12:59 PM)

So too is the old Super Mario Bros movie

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM)

I went and looked up the term "isekai"... that's not actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 12:19 PM)

I'm not sure, but the cartoon segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show are.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Wait. A. Minute. Is Blaster Master an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (15 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

*Dragon Slave*

@  Xellos : (15 January 2019 - 06:22 AM)

I used to use a pic like that as my avatar for years, but that... is a secret.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 02:07 AM)

Is Flatland an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (14 January 2019 - 11:16 PM)

@Xellos Every time I see you post, I picture Xellos' infuriating smug grin and finger waggling with the "sore wa hi*mi*tsu*desu <3"

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 09:50 PM)

The Last Starfighter is also one of those

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

Astronaut gets shot through a wornhole and ends up on a living starship full of escaped alien prisoners.

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

I realized a few months ago that Farscape is a sci-fi-based Isekai.

@  Sabrblade : (14 January 2019 - 09:03 PM)

The Thor movies and Enchanted, as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 January 2019 - 08:45 PM)

@xellos We get to many of those in Hollywood movies.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 January 2019 - 08:13 PM)

Re:Creators!

@  Xellos : (14 January 2019 - 07:47 PM)

There is also Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, where people regularly get summoned to a fantasy world, then eventually sent back with their accumulated powers (and the main character smuggles the demon lord's daugher by his request, which is a no-no)

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 07:23 PM)

We need more inverse isekais, like The Devil is a Part-Timer

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 January 2019 - 04:11 PM)

I feel like Tron is pushing it but I can't actually come up with an argument to that effect

@  Pennpenn : (14 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

To Arazyr- I don't see why it wouldn't be.


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#1 Shrug

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 10:19 PM

The trilogy has come to an end. The sequel is a prequel and now all the little dudes come in two packs.

Titans Return got me back into collecting Transformers by finally putting a Powermaster Prime in front of me and dangling the bait just long enough. That same week I caught wind of G2 Combiner boxsets hitting discounts stores and before I knew it I had two combiners and a handful of Headmasters.

Things weren't perfect in my relationship with Prime Wars. I'd luck into hard to find waves at MSRP or lower only to get struck by several quality control issues. But I finally had a modern Kup I was happy with. And Overlord. And G2 colored Bruticus. And Powermaster Prime. And a pretty sweet Ultra Magnus. And a not-horrible High Brow. And a blue Swoop. And Dreadwind/Darkwing. And Sky Lynx. And Rodimus Prime. And (some) Pretenders. Oh, and Gnaw. So many Gnaws.

Huh.

I never sat down and thought about how many things I never expected to happen... happened. Heck, the focus on post-movie G1 meant I started getting colors I like again.


Obviously I would have changed some things if I were the powers to be, but getting so many things I wanted is definitely better than getting none of the things I wanted. Overall, I'd say I was happy with the trilogy. As WFC shifts the aesthetic a little and we move forward, I still see several things I'll want to at least try out, but I'm glad we got this segment of collecting with late G1 characters and line-wide gimmicks involving little robots connecting to bigger robots.

So... how did the whole ordeal treat you?

Edited by Shrug, 04 August 2018 - 10:22 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2018 - 10:45 PM

I wish TR would have kept going on and on. The Pretender armor was fun in Potpie, but it should have just been more Headmasters inside!

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 10:54 PM

Oh hey, here's another super improbable thing we got:

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 11:22 PM

Prime Wars feels like it was the finale to the entire classics line starting from 2007. Between the three series it plugged so many gaps and desired characters and concepts like combiner groups and headmasters. Were the character assortments and every aesthetic choice perfect? No, but it is impressive how much we got.

I hope that War for Cybertron trilogy branches beyond basic G1, but it does seem like a good starting place for new collections.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 11:36 PM

I got a Scrounge. I don't buy Generations anymore and probably have a half-dozen toys total from all three parts, but...I have a Scrounge.

 

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#6 Noideaforaname

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 11:36 PM

I never did complete a combiner. I got Sky Lynx, and that's it.

Hell, the only other "mainline" figures i got were sorta-Strika and okish-Obsidian (Quake and Triggerhappy). All the others have been the smaller stuff: Insecticons, Slash, Shockwave, Crashbash, Shuffler, Battleslash. Might as well not even have bothered with the gimmicks as far as i'm concerned.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:03 AM

Combiners have always been my favorite TF gimmick, so CW comes in as my favorite TF line of all time. With PotP carrying on its legacy, it ranks up there as well. Right now, Devastator, Predaking, Menasor, Bruticus, and Abominus are dominating my computer desk. I just wish I had enough space to give them some more company.

 

Aside from all the combiners, these lines have given us some really nice collections of Headmasters, Targetmasters, a good Galvatron and Rodimus Prime (albeit not at the right relative sizes), a full set of the triple changers, and a lot of really nice surprises. And while it's not part of the PWT, having Studio Series come along during this era has just made things that much better.

 

Sure, I could always think of some things I would've liked even more, but as far as I'm concerned, this has been the golden age of Transformers. The only thing I can really think of that would have made me significantly happier during these last few years would be if the RiD line had given us better representations of those characters, and especially more of that series's Decepticons.



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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:06 AM

It was a superb trilogy and looking back I wish I had been a completist for it. And it's still going out on a high note with Punch / Counterpunch!

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:14 AM

Best Transformers figures since Cybertron
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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:27 AM


It was SUPER expensive for me. This is how I collect right now: I buy new Generations style toys of G1 characters (and occasional G2/BW/BM) that either a) have not had a modern update before or b) are significantly improved in some way from a previous Generations style release and I organize them by year of original release.

Prime Wars has filled in nearly every 84 to 86 hole that remained some of them pretty large, done almost all of 1987 single-handedly, done a passable swipe at a chunk of 88. It was a line pretty directly aimed at me.

I say with no malice that I'd be happy if WFC aims at me a bit less and lightens my need to purchase. Those micromasters though and folks like Cog and Lionizer are still very much in my "need" category.


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:35 AM

It's my hope it isn't over yet - there are always plenty of opportunities for weird exclusives, redeco toys, and the like at conventions or elsewhere.

 

What really struck me as fantastic about Combiner Wars - and the Titans Return, and Power of the Primes - is that it was pretty cohesive.  Actual play gimmicks were brought in so that almost every toy has some level of compatibility or play with other toys beyond transformation, and I don't think I heard many or any complaints.     I loved how they managed to do collector-friendly characters with generally less annoying transformations and a bunch of incredible goodies.  We got Metroplex in Thrilling 30, but the Prime Wars run got us Devastator, Fort Max, Trypticon and Predaking.   And a Headmaster Arcee, the Monsterbots, tributes to some of the rarest Japan-only toys, upgraded versions of things seemingly for no reason other than they were popular in the comics (hiya Phase Sixers), and almost all of the Minibots.  And Dinobots.  And the main three Insecticons.  And Optimus' container on a Classic toy, finally.

 

We weren't given all that many repaints either - we got some swell G2 items, and almost everything else had at least a new head or a pre-existing reason for a redeco.   Also the Comic-Con exclusives were generally nifty.

 

I'm a little surprised by a few of the things we didn't get yet.

 

Like we got just about every major, significant Minibot - but no Cliffjumper since the red Bumblebee of Thrilling 30.   Or a reasonably sized Generations Shockwave for the masses.  (Lovin' Cyber Battalion though.)  Or the Seacons, given they're the only US team that was left out so far.

 

After the slow trickle of classic characters from 2007-2013, it's kind of remarkable that we've got all the main Autobot and Decepticon Headmasters, at least one or more toy from most of the major Movie/Season 3 players, and most shocking of all we only got one Bumblebee in the last three lines.  That takes restraint.  (Granted we got, what, close to a dozen Optimus and Optimish toys?)

 

It's both good and bad that we are at a point now where I'd say every line ended with most of us wanting a little bit more.  More Combiners.  Full headmasters of Nightbeat, Hosehead, and so forth.   A few more mini Pretenders.  (Well, at least Trent will have something fun to make.)

 

From what we've seen from Siege so far it looks like new characters will be minimal, but I get it - people buy things they love, and so many of us have soft spots for Optimus, Ultra Magnus, and the 1984 cars.  But Cog and the Weaponizers have me pretty jazzed, mostly because I've been dreaming of the day I could get some awesome Target Masters.   It's also interesting that there is a clear shift from "play" to "display" now, and I have to say I'm still a little disappointed Hasbro US has had those hexagonal display stand ports on all of their toys yet has yet to make a stand for us to buy. Easy money.  I'm into it.

 

Here's hoping they sneak out more of the "old" Prime Wars Trilogy molds out again as repaints or retools - I'll buy combiner limbs as long as they keep making new ones.



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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:41 AM

More than anything, the thing I liked in the trilogy was the return to Classics '06 "simplicity".  In the post movie world, the figures had gotten complex in ways that made them more fiddly, with conflicting tabs and large panels hanging off thing limbs and whanot.  Not that every toy from '08 to pre-Trilogy was a Universe Sunstreaker or WFC Bumblebee, but for toys that I just want to play with, the ratio for Prime Wars is certainly a lot better than the things that came before it.

 

Additionally, it was Prime Wars that we really saw Hasbro step up what a retool could be.  At first we were grateful when a toy got a new head.  Then we were floored when a waist swivel could result in two "different" looking robots.  Now we have three Decepticon Targetmasters who only share legs, three Monsterbots who mostly do the same, and the sheer "what" that a helicopter, a flying bathtub, and a jet are all technically the same mold.  

 

I mean, I have an Abominus where only one figure is a mold that isn't shared with some other figure, and yet all five feel unique!

 

Also, I have an Abominus.

 

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:51 AM

I love Titan Masters and I hope we get more of them some day

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 12:58 AM

The Trilogy was a resounding triumph, I feel, and I'm lucky to be in a territory with an active, listening distributor.

 

The main thing that stands out for me is a comment some idiot (not on here) made about the line "finally having a direction" after Archer's team. Because the only "direction" this goober understood was "giving me what I want, all Geewun With Knees all the time." But that's what any enterprise gets when it leans hard into catering to fan tastes. 

 

Heading into Combiner Wars I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was excited. Coming off of T30 was a huge rush, as that particular iteration of Generations was stellar -- Arcee, Chromia, Windblade, lots of MTMTE-inspired stuff, Mini-Cons. But I WAS excited, because the previews looked good. Besides, here Hasbro was, venturing into territory it had heretofore chosen not to dwell in: combiner assortments.

 

And what followed was a master class in mold reuse and design sharing. The same people who were giddy that the line finally had "direction" kept moaning about the number of redecos and retools when it was the only way they even GOT their beloved Combiners. My only complaints were about some engineering bits --  I am perhaps too easy to please, but it's hard to enjoy the stuff when the relevant car half doesn't hold together in arm mode. Well, those and like 1/3 of the line being the 84 crew. But hey, it HAS been an absurd amount of time since the original Classics etc molds were released, so these aren't really FOR me. 

 

Hasbro, the only remaining combiner I want now is a G2 Defensor. C'mon. Amazon that up. I'll be all over it.

(edit: well, the only combiner from existing molds.)

 

I was firmly in the minority with with Titans Return, as I didn't like that Headmasters became a linewide gimmick, meaning my improved Hot Rod and Blurr and Kup and Perceptor now had detachable heads. I AM a purist about some things, I guess, whaddyagonnado. But the molds were pretty good in general, and the Hot Rod thing got resolved handily one line later, so. :) I DID like how that gave the figures a new "bot and driver" play pattern, something that especially gave the Legends class figures a nice unifying design principle that really clicked. 

 

Power of the Primes was an obvious mess of a line, a mixed bag of gimmicks and characters that needed to be crossed off a list. But for all of that it was another excellent demo of mold reuse and generally fun ideas (the Evolution leaders and sure, tiny Pretenders), enough to really make it feel as cut short as it was. It's unfortunate Takara couldn't luxury up the line like they did with Unite Warriors and Legends-line TR.

 

The trilogy can't really be discussed without their complementary exclusives, which seemed to be very aggressive efforts from Hasbro to fill gaps, both in terms of what couldn't fit in the regular retail lineup and what couldn't be offered by the usual Club avenue. This many giftsets and exclusives was also a Generations first, IIRC. I liked them all, although one could REALLY tell it was a tough process finding avenues for them, especially with TRU's collapse. It was a rare set of lines where I went all in on these as well, from the Combiner Wars box sets to Arcee and Grotusque to the Trilogy trio from Amazon. 

 

I look back fondly on the trilogy, despite freely snarking at it being so obviously G1 With Knees, and hope that now that Hasbro's gotten this out of its system they can feel free to experiment more with Stege onward. While, y'know, finding room for the remaining stuff on that checklist. (And that they balance that out with plenty of Studio Series because I need a break from G1 every now and then, and without RID2015 that's harder to have.)

 

And it's hard not to look back fondly. Even though the line design was transparently "84-87+ checklist", it was a nice list to be crossing off and I hope we're not completely done with it. We got some real standouts and memorable releases, too.

CW - Ultra Magnus, Computron (two distinct box sets!) and SCROUNGE, Sky Lynx, Liokaiser, Rook

TR - Nautica, Finally Headmaster Arcee, Gnaw, Brawn, Galvatron, Hardhead/Quake, the Jumpstarters, Overlord

POTP - Rodimus Prime, Abominus, Battleslash/Roadtrap, Slash, Punch/Counterpunch


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 02:13 AM

Lot of really solid concepts and engineering that ended up feeling half-baked in the execution. Didn't take any of the ideas presented anywhere nearly as far or as interesting as they could be, and PotPie was just almost entirely the junk/filler line rather than having its own design identity beyond 'shoestring budget'.

 

Legends Class was more or less pretty great aside from the weird Cassette thing.


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 07:51 AM

I love combiners, Headmasters, and Targetmasters. I got all of these here. So therefore I loved the figures originating from this line.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:26 AM

I want Rook to hit me over the head with a combiner fist killing me instantly.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:36 AM

Some lovely engineering and cool new characters and designs hamstrung by a refusal to reinvent things anywhere near as much as previous Generations lines.


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 10:46 AM

OK so the legend of the 13 first came to popularity when The Fallen was in War Within: The Dark Ages, and Vector Prime was in Cybertron. And a perhaps over-enthusiastic fandom begged for the other 12 to be patched together.

Eventually The Aligned continuity and certain binders promised us a cohesive use of them but Prime's direction was mangled and the Covenant was not as memorable as the case it came in. Those 13 were relegulated to being A 13 and not THE THIRTEEN.

So years later Alpha Lion, an awesome figure, promises another go at revealing the legends, straight from Hasbro. Who would these mysterious ancestors be?. And?

They're... tiny dudes dressed as other tiny dudes from 1988.

Oh well! At least we now get a new Titan every year. We were regularly told they were impossible with Hasbro citing drop tests.
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Posted 05 August 2018 - 10:54 AM

Yeah, I honestly sometimes forget there is any form of fiction connected to the toylines because they're just so bad and/or half-assedconverted.



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