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@  Darth Gonzo : (24 February 2020 - 03:32 PM)

Play wise which would be better a Commander Class Aircraft Carrier Mode Broadside or a Titan Class Aircraft Carrier Mode Broadside?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (24 February 2020 - 01:53 PM)

I'd be interested in a deluxe or voyager Fort Max in Armada flashback red-and-green.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 February 2020 - 10:49 AM)

I'd honestly be more interested in Commander-class Scorponok and Fort Max. I don't have the space for Titans.

@  Maximus Ambus : (24 February 2020 - 10:44 AM)

Make Commander class city bots to annoy collectors too

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 February 2020 - 10:43 AM)

Make two Broadsides. One Voyager-sized that only turns into a jet, and one Titan-sized that only turns into an aircraft carrier. Piss off everyone on both sides of the scale.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 February 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Since they seem to also go by the oh-so holy cartoon scale thing, he'd probably be a Commander Class figure.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 February 2020 - 10:34 AM)

Broadside is an aircraft carrier. He should probably be metroplex sized.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 February 2020 - 10:21 AM)

Broadside's more of a Commander Class.

@  Darth Gonzo : (24 February 2020 - 04:47 AM)

I think Broadside should be the next Titan Class figure.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 February 2020 - 09:38 PM)

I tan nicely! But also have a family history of cancer... so... yeah, pasty for me it is.

@  Otaku : (23 February 2020 - 04:22 PM)

I really do begin to get sunburned after about 5 minutes of direct exposure, nowadays.  Side effect of already being pasty then going on a particular medication.  Yay?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 February 2020 - 01:36 PM)

It makes me burn. Accursed daystar.

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 February 2020 - 01:33 PM)

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy....

@  Vexwing : (22 February 2020 - 03:26 AM)

I watched L.I.L.Y.Cat on there a while back, it was surprisingly good.

@  Steevy Maximus : (21 February 2020 - 08:47 PM)

@Dekafox, no DTP, but they DO have LILY Cat ;)

@  CORVUS : (21 February 2020 - 08:46 PM)

For me, it's "chocolate therapy".

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2020 - 08:32 PM)

Tonight dough owns my soul.

@  CORVUS : (21 February 2020 - 07:28 PM)

Stupid, delicious Ben & Jerry's.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2020 - 06:42 PM)

Ahh. I remember watching Bubblegum Crisis 2020 or whatever.

@  Dekafox : (21 February 2020 - 06:25 PM)

Next you'll say they have Dominion Tank Police and L.I.L.Y.Cat

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 February 2020 - 06:06 PM)

Bubblegum Crisis, going by several shouts down.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2020 - 05:38 PM)

BGC?

@  Bass X0 : (21 February 2020 - 02:33 PM)

Enjoy the fudgy icing of this Hostess Cup Cake!

@  Telly : (21 February 2020 - 02:31 PM)

harlock is on tubi as well. not dubbed though :(

@  Rhinox42 : (21 February 2020 - 01:19 PM)

Blugh, the english dub of BGC is atrocious.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2020 - 07:02 AM)

I might need to update my software, or they face regional limitations, cause I found no evidence of either.

@  Steevy Maximus : (20 February 2020 - 10:31 PM)

DUDE! Starcom and COPS are on Tubi too!

@  Steevy Maximus : (20 February 2020 - 09:29 PM)

Spiffy! The english dub of Bubblegum Crisis on Tubi. It's gotten so hard to find these oldies on modern streaming services.

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2020 - 08:44 PM)

And now I know and now I know and now I know that you can hear me, know that you can hear me, know that you can hear me.

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2020 - 08:31 PM)

Oh, oh, people can you hear me? People can you hear me? People can you hear me?

@  Echowarrior : (20 February 2020 - 06:39 PM)

Let me go-o-o-o!

@  Telly : (20 February 2020 - 05:41 PM)

Galileo Galileo!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (20 February 2020 - 05:36 PM)

Very very fright-ning me!

@  Sabrblade : (20 February 2020 - 04:02 PM)

*thunder and lightning*

@  ▲ndrusi : (20 February 2020 - 03:46 PM)

Ah, ah, ah!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (20 February 2020 - 03:33 PM)

Already did. It didn't take long.

@  Dekafox : (19 February 2020 - 06:14 PM)

Count Zero?

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 February 2020 - 03:53 PM)

Oh boy, here we go.

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2020 - 02:34 PM)

Or do Japan's cultural values vary depending on exactly who you're trying to shut down?

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2020 - 02:33 PM)

Could it be that, perhaps, these different cultural values might lead to a different approach seeming appropriate?

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Hm. Back when we were arguing about the Legends comic, I seem to recall being repeatedly told that Japan had different cultural values than the US (and therefore anyone who had a problem with anything at all was wrong to voice that opinion ever).

@  fourteenwings : (19 February 2020 - 07:23 AM)

Plus, as much as I hate to admit it, every single anime character is built to suit the audience's tastes so they buy more merch/do other things that allow $$$ to flow in the production committees direction, so the authenticity is certainly not for representation's sake.

@  fourteenwings : (19 February 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Both those anime air at midnight and are aimed at a very specific audience in a whole other media landscape. Major projects have press releases about almost everything, and there are groups just waiting to pat anybody on the back for doing what they want (GLAAD, HRC, etc)

@  B-Fox : (19 February 2020 - 03:16 AM)

It's funny that a friggin' anime about zombie idols and an anime about a school of anthropomorphic animals can have really positive trans characters WITHOUT a press release about their inclusion in the series prior to the episodes airing or having the creators announcing it on social media and patting themselves on the back for doing a thing.

@  TriBlurr : (18 February 2020 - 10:26 PM)

Vegan meat needs bacon

@  Paladin : (18 February 2020 - 08:43 PM)

vegan meat must taste delicious. they're grass-fed and regularly exercised....

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Vegans are better than kids if you don't talk to them. They'll keep the lawn trimmed anyway.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 February 2020 - 06:02 PM)

Do you want vegans? Because that's how you get vegans.

@  CORVUS : (18 February 2020 - 04:33 PM)

Hook up your sprinkler system to a canister of healthy organic carrot-juice. The kids won't be able to get off your lawn fast enough.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 February 2020 - 03:59 PM)

Just use the hose.


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#1 Broadside

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:02 PM

 

A CONCISE HISTORY OF AQUATRON

- abridged from the works of Cybertronian historian Lancer
 
The ancient Titan named Hydrax, a loyal servant of Quintus Prime, once rested atop the Hydrax Plateau on Cybertron; but that changed when the followers of the Primes departed the planet to explore and colonise the galaxy. When Quintus ordered her followers to seek out a deeper understanding of the universe and its mysteries, Hydrax took flight with a crew of theoretical scientists and quantum engineers, pledging to bring knowledge and insight back to Cybertron. What the Titan and its crew didn't know was that their journey would be cut short before they could return to their homeland.
 
A mere few hundred years after their voyage began, Hydrax's systems - including its engines - were damaged by a quantum flare while investigating a rift in the Benzuli Expanse. Phyophore, the head overseer of the crew, ordered that the Titan set down on an uninhabited nearby world; but the crew was unaware that their scanners had also been damaged. When Hydrax breached the planet's thick cloud cover, rather than setting down on rock and earth as they expected, the Titan's crew found themselves hitting seawater - an endless expanse of ocean. Realizing their mistake too late, and with Hydrax's propulsion systems compromised, the populace was unable to do anything to stop their city-ship from sinking to the ocean floor, falling ever faster as it took on water and was subjected to the crushing pressures of the unfathomable depths.
 
 
In the aftermath of the crash, the Hydraxans struggled; huge amounts of the Titan's infrastructure had sustained catastrophic damage, and much of their leadership had been killed in the crash. It was Hydrax itself that provided them with hope: the Titan ignited its own inbuilt hot spot, producing the sparks of new life, and unfurled great metal tentacles to anchor itself into the seafloor. Coming to understand that life, especially for Cybertronians, requires change and adaptation, the Hydraxans worked to rebuild; they began to excavate into the rock and metal beneath their city, and started to modify and upgrade their bodies in order to survive in the inhospitable ocean of the planet, which they named "Aquatron".
 
In the years since the inadvertent founding of their colony, the Aquatronians' settlements grew; they expanded Hydrax outwards with newly built structures around the Titan, and dug out the caverns and tunnels under the city to create a maze-like warren to house the newborn Cybertronians born from the hot spot. Others set out in immense city-like watercraft, propelled on treads, legs or hoverfans - and some even founded new settlements, such as the Gulf, a city of bridges and hollows in rock faces built across the span of an impossibly deep crevasse. A few would try to "go it alone", but this rarely ended well; the most "successful" of these ventures would evolve over millenia into the Sharkticon tribes that hunted on the seafloor.
 
 
In adapting to life in the depths, the Aquatronians' bodies - both those original settlers, and those born from their Titan - diverged significantly from their original Cybertronian frames. Where the majority of Hydraxans had before converted into sleek, advanced spacecraft, they now changed to specialised alternate modes for the purpose of sea exploration, taking forms that blurred the line between vehicle and beast as a matter of necessity. So, too, did their robot forms change, taking on wildly alien appearances compared to the Cybertronian standard; from incredibly squat, dense frames to spindly, skeletal and fragile-looking bodies.
Many had unconventional body-plans; missing or additional limbs were common, as were unusually-articulated ones, including fully prehensile tentacles. Transparent or translucent body-plating and photoluminescent paintwork were frequent sights. Their faces were strange even by Cybertronian standards; additional eyes, lenses that moved around the face, wide and unmoving circular optics, and articulated mandibles are only a small selection of what could be found on an Aquatronian. Some had no apparent facial features at all, and some even lacked head units entirely!
 
The adaptations were not merely cosmetic. As a result of the immense pressures in the ocean's depths, Aquatronians were extraordinarily resilient, with incredibly strong mechanisms and tough but lightweight armor that made any of them a match for the most powerful Transformers of other worlds. Their optics were adapted to see huge distances through the water with very little light to see by, though a side effect meant they could be stunned or blinded in bright light; on top of that, they had exceptionally high radio- and electro-sensitivity, to the extent that many of them could read surface-level thoughts and emotions.
 
 
When Cybertron made contact with Aquatron during the attempt to reunite the colonies, their initial encounter was with the lone above-water civilisation on the planet, the outpost city of Guyot, which perched atop an immense undersea mountain. First contact proved uneasy; the pressure of both air and water at the bottom of the ocean were debilitating to Cybertron's ambassadors, and in turn, the vast majority of Aquatronians lacked experience with existing on the surface. Eventually, through a combination of specially-resilient representatives and selective depressurisation, Cybertronians were able to be introduced to Hydrax; the diplomatic process was enabled by Aquatron's representative, an elderly triple-changer named Agonizer, though he preferred to be known as "the Curator".
 
Despite this effort, relations between Aquatron and the other Cybertronian worlds have since been rather frosty. Aquatronians are notoriously terse, rarely elaborating on their thoughts; and though they are naturally curious, this makes for a poor combination with their lack of understanding of (or regard for) other cultures' etiquette - many a would-be diplomat has been made uncomfortable or unnerved by Aquatronians staring at them blankly, invading their personal space, or "reading their minds". All this gives Aquatronians a rather poor reputation among other Transformers, and though many Aquatronians would jump at the chance to experience other worlds, they rarely have any interest in getting to know their cousins.
 
A last, more disturbing element of Aquatronians is a side effect of their electro-sensitivity, which gives them a greater-than-average vulnerability to mental manipulation by outside forces. Though it's rare that any are ever effected by this, it may have something to do with the legends and rumors from the Gulf about the whispers of "the one beneath"...

 

So it's not exactly a fanfic, but I spent enough time writing this that I decided to give it its own thread. Because.


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Posted 23 August 2018 - 10:30 PM

This is great stuff. I really enjoyed this, I hope you continue to do more of these.

Also, I think things like these deserve their own threads in Chronicles. :)


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