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@  tigerhawk : (23 June 2021 - 10:09 AM)

"This never happened to the other fellow." -  One of my fave meta jokes in movies from 007: On her Majesty's Secret Service.

@  Sabrblade : (21 June 2021 - 08:58 PM)


@  Kalidor : (21 June 2021 - 04:50 PM)

Not just any girl - your mom!

@  Steevy Maximus : (20 June 2021 - 08:19 AM)

Happy Knocked-Up-A-Girl Day!

@  Bass X0 : (20 June 2021 - 02:13 AM)

Happy father's day!

@  Hot Rod Mustang : (19 June 2021 - 07:45 PM)

what up sluts?

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 June 2021 - 07:20 PM)

Only 6? Filthy casual.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2021 - 04:26 PM)

Multiplaying as in "playing with other people" or multiplaying as in "6 WoW accounts running at the same time"?

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 June 2021 - 01:45 PM)

Oh no! Darkeklaw is multiplaying! (See birthday box)

@  tigerhawk : (19 June 2021 - 11:54 AM)

In my Marvel comic canon the second wave of special teams were handpicked active robots whose experience would theoretically make more stable combiners, the Combaticons came from Cybertron, the Protectobots were imprinted from crystals explaining both Onslauhghts ancestry and First Aid's experience.

@  Dekafox : (18 June 2021 - 05:24 PM)

Spotlight: Lioconvoy?

@  Bass X0 : (18 June 2021 - 04:15 PM)

How long until IDW puts out an Optimus Pride Month comic?

@  Cyoti : (18 June 2021 - 03:32 PM)

Even with B5, it didn't follow its original 5-year plan. Summaries from the supplementary materials for the scriptbooks demonstrates that was originally planned was very different from the actual product. Sinclair's actor's departure seemingly changed the show to the point that the stuff with the Vorlons/Shadows, the Minbari and the ending were all changed. Mapping out a show years in advance is difficult because of changing bts stuff like writers/actors leaving the show or suddenly having to retool because of ratings/execs. No plan survives intact especially in a chaotic environment of television production.

@  Rycochet : (18 June 2021 - 11:27 AM)

To be like Babylon 5, you need to cram a 2 season story arc into one because you fear being cancelled, then get further seasons you have no more material for. You also need a spinoff which the network heads don't want and do everything in their power to kill it while it's on air.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 June 2021 - 10:33 AM)

The required effort is probably why we don't have babylon 6; TNG.

@  Dekafox : (18 June 2021 - 10:23 AM)

Everyone wants to be like Babylon 5 but no one wants to put in the effort

@  Nevermore : (18 June 2021 - 09:36 AM)

And then, after five years of hosting their own official podcast where they would answer fan questions and always encouraged their audience to pay attention to the mysteries, after the show had ended, they claimed the show was never really about the mysteries, it was all about the characters.

@  Nevermore : (18 June 2021 - 09:34 AM)

What really bugs me with "Lost" is that the producers had willfully negotiated a set end date with the network halfway through season 3 (the show ended with season 6, as planned) specifically so they could plan out the plot for the remainder of the show. Then... the plot wasn't resolved properly.

@  tigerhawk : (18 June 2021 - 04:17 AM)

By then I had lost interest in arc TV shows, I followed a few and got the impression they were just making them up as they went along. Seemed to be a trend starting with new Galactica and Lost though in actuality began with The X Files and has become a trope called 'The Chris Carter Effect'.

@  Nevermore : (18 June 2021 - 02:12 AM)

I think it was season 3 part 1 specifically, since they had two separate plot "arcs" for season 3.

@  Nevermore : (18 June 2021 - 02:11 AM)

They threw everything in there, with no clear story structure, no clear stakes, and characters flip-flopping wherever the episode's writer needed them to go for their half-baked plot.

@  Nevermore : (18 June 2021 - 02:10 AM)

Season 3 was the worst, with a terrible meandering random events plot.

@  tigerhawk : (17 June 2021 - 11:59 PM)

'save the cheerleader' then in season 3 he tears her skull open, scans her power and she simply heals. They didn't think any of it through.

@  Shockwave 75 : (17 June 2021 - 07:04 PM)

Well, you know Hollywood; if something's popular, run it into the ground!

@  Cybersnark : (17 June 2021 - 04:40 PM)

And then there was the Writers' Strike, which isn't the show's fault.

@  Cybersnark : (17 June 2021 - 04:40 PM)

Yeah, Sylar should've been, if not killed off, at least left to rest.

@  Nevermore : (17 June 2021 - 03:43 PM)

It never truly recovered from that.

@  Nevermore : (17 June 2021 - 03:43 PM)

Season 1 was good until the finale.

@  Paladin : (17 June 2021 - 09:37 AM)

because it sucked.

@  tigerhawk : (17 June 2021 - 08:58 AM)

Heroes was cancelled twice.

@  Nevermore : (17 June 2021 - 06:33 AM)

The song's official name is "Holding Out for a Hero".

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 June 2021 - 12:54 AM)

That's a long time to wait for a sandwich.

@  Maruten : (16 June 2021 - 07:13 PM)

Lucky there's a hero arriving in July.

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 June 2021 - 05:38 PM)

I think I've heard "I Need a Hero" more times this past week than I have in the past several years.

@  tigerhawk : (16 June 2021 - 12:41 PM)

Thanks to Earthrise I can recreate the end of Return of Optimus Prime part 1.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 June 2021 - 11:19 AM)

I wish they would do something like that here: but then it would become obvious in which provinces you're getting gouged.

@  Nevermore : (16 June 2021 - 10:42 AM)

Here in Germany, the price you see is the price you pay, tax included.

@  Nevermore : (16 June 2021 - 10:42 AM)

I always find it weaird hearing that stores in the US don't initially already taxes in their prices.

@  Nevermore : (16 June 2021 - 04:33 AM)

You know what's kewl? Poor literacy.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 June 2021 - 04:31 PM)

Awesome, thanks for the heads up.

@  CORVUS : (15 June 2021 - 04:12 PM)

Kewl. Thanks!

@  Kalidor : (15 June 2021 - 02:08 PM)

Hey everybody! I wanted to announce that Sarahthecutevixen is our newest addition to the Allspark staff. She's primarily looking over discord stuff, but I wanted to make sure she got a welcome over here as well.

@  NovaSaber : (14 June 2021 - 11:07 AM)

Turn-Bass RPG

@  Sabrblade : (14 June 2021 - 10:21 AM)

Do not X0 quietly into the night.

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 June 2021 - 10:13 AM)

All your Bass are--

@  Donocropolis : (14 June 2021 - 05:56 AM)

*Bass X0 not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

@  Steevy Maximus : (13 June 2021 - 07:36 PM)

Get your own Big Mouth BassX0 for the low price of $19.95 (plusshippingandhandling)

@  repowers : (13 June 2021 - 12:45 PM)

Mr. Speaker, we are for the Bass X0.

@  Nevermore : (13 June 2021 - 06:04 AM)

It's all about that Bass XD.

@  tigerhawk : (13 June 2021 - 02:16 AM)

Will altering the moons orbit in any way help.

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Combiner Wars / POTP PACKRAT

Repaint Modification

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 09:45 AM

Back when FunPub had the Subscription Service we were given a reimagining of the classic Botcon toy Fractyl as a combiner limb with a jet alt mode. Personally I always felt his Set Mate should have been given the same treatment. Sure, Packrat was present in Most Wanted... but I wanted a combiner limb.
The choice of alt mode was easy. Rattrap was a motorcycle in Dawn of Future's Past... but I didn't want to use Ransack. And unfortunately for me I completely missed out on Groove. 
Enter POTP Wreck Gar.
In the States he's a Walgreen's exclusive but here in Canada its EBGames who carries him. And sure enough the 1st EB I went to had multiples so I bought 2: one to keep as Wreck Gar and one to modify. I then planned on getting a loose generations Rattrap for parts as I intended to use the head and the arms.
But when  I got home I fell on 2 obstacles. First the arms as they use different sizes ball joints and also as Wreck Gar's arm houses the kickstand. Ok forget the arms I'll just repaint them. But the 2nd problem I cant ignore: the head. Wreck Gar uses a balljoint but Rattrap is on a mushroom peg. No head, no dice.
So I opted for the solution I used for my Dragnet custom I did all those years ago: I made a green stuff cast of Rattrap's head.
First I applied vegetable oil on Rattrap's face to ensure the green stuff wouldn't stick to it, then pushed a glob of Green Stuff on the face. Let that cure overnight.
With that done I repeated the procedure the next day but on the back of the head. The following day I had my mold's 2 parts: front and back.
Having my mold the next step was to make sure it would fit on the balljoint. Removing Wreck Gar's head, I once again used veggie oil to prevent stickage and then filled my mold with more green stuff, then sticking the thing on the balljoint. Let it cure one day again, then I un-molded. There we go: a Packrat head fitting the Wreck Gar balljoint.
OK so we're ready to start for real now! I opted to base the color scheme on the Transmetal version as this is a vehicle - but still wanted to keep SOME elements of the original, which were carried over to the Most Wanted version. 1st the head: I wanted the head to be mostly blue (like the original) but with a green "cap" like the transmetal toy. For the arms I opted to replicate the "blue forearms/gold hands" the original had, so just a coat of blue while leaving the hands unpainted worked.
One thing I REALLY wanted to replicate was the vacuum metalized look of the transmetal toy, and I had a method. Using Cheetimus's technique of painting headlights, I adapted that to larger surfaces. I used the wheels as a test 1st. So I spray painted the wheels with my silver paint (the same can I use for my SG Dinobots) and after, gave the thing a generous layer of clear blue. After 2 layers of blue I basically achieved the effect. (Fun fact: in the picture of the painted head 2 images above this paragraph you can see the back piece in silver, awaiting its 1st coat of clear blue)
Now we're getting somewhere. I painted the entire back torso in this method but the front needed something more. To evoke the transmetal version I gave him a gray chest but painted the left "pectoral" green to match the green panel on the transmetal toy.
Moving on, I painted the lower legs using the same method (man I never used so much clear blue before), but gave the biceps and thighs a light grey color. I opted for green for the feet as when in vehicle mode, these would match the green panels on the back of packrat's beast mode.
So all that's left is the windshield! Using masking tape I covered all the clear parts and gave it the silver spray treatment. Then of course I gave it a couple clear blue coats, and replaced the autobot symbol with a maximal one. Just need to reassemble the sucker!!
So there we have it, COMBINER WARS/POTP PACKRAT! My Fractyl  now has his counterpart. All in all this took me 2 weeks working on and off on this. Getting the blues to match was tough but I'm pleased with the result. The windshield looks a bit "frosted" due to the sealant I used but I don't mind. The clear paint makes the joints EXTREMELY tight so I wont transform him too often but he'll join the rest of my pre-Beast Wars cast on the shelf. Woohoo!!!

Edited by Devcon, 11 September 2018 - 12:50 PM.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:37 PM

That is impressive work and an impressively good!

Kudos Devcon!



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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:36 PM

That's like the best looking "transmetal" painjob I've ever seen. Good Job man.


wow, that's impressive. 


I love when details like the hands here - just workout when doing a custom. 


also the Headmold you did is loads better than most of the botcon stuff I've seen XD 


thanks for not adding the gross yellow sideburns from the transmetal toy btw 

Edited by Destron D-69, 11 September 2018 - 05:37 PM.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:46 PM

That is some truly incredible work you've done here, Devcon. The colors and paint applications on Packrat look fantastic.




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