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@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)


@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:59 AM)

we'll move to the open garage if it's raining

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

every Halloween since we got a house, TMM and I chill in the driveway with a fire bowl and roast things while handing out candy. It's pretty great.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 November 2019 - 03:42 AM)

Peter Cullen voiced King Kong let that sink in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:42 PM)

I've noticed that after a year or two, though, people with children will start getting into it for their kids

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:41 PM)

I think a lot of the decline you see in Halloween is due to newcomers to Canada who don't really get it... I mean,there are only a handful of countries in the world that practice this particular oddity

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Combiner Wars / POTP PACKRAT

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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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