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@  Benbot : (20 November 2018 - 06:54 PM)

We're not actually back, this is all a dream.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 November 2018 - 06:12 PM)

It was, we're just humoring you.

@  Arazyr : (20 November 2018 - 02:17 PM)

I was wondering if that was just me...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 November 2018 - 02:01 PM)

And we are back after that round of Forum downtime.

@  Pennpenn : (20 November 2018 - 06:30 AM)

Feels like it's been so long since there's been a proper storm that I've been awake for. This one even has pink lightning, which always great.

@  Pennpenn : (20 November 2018 - 06:22 AM)

So long as he has an R by his name. Even if the R is for "Recepticons"

@  Nevermore : (20 November 2018 - 06:18 AM)

Sadly, my first reaction was "And I'm sure way too many people would seriously, unironically really vote for the blatant bad guy and still cheer at him while he's slaughtering the masses because they saw him on TV and he's cool."

@  Nevermore : (20 November 2018 - 06:17 AM)

Someone over at TFW2005 just discovered an old photo of political campaign signs, with one saying "Vote Megatron! Global Domination."

@  Paladin : (19 November 2018 - 07:02 AM)

let's be real. at this rate we're not lasting until 2075.

@  Maximus Ambus : (19 November 2018 - 06:34 AM)

The rest of the world may build a wall around the US in 2075.

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:53 AM)

Tell an conservative conspiracy maniac that women are literally the Satan's spawn out to infect humanity with the gender virus that will turn everyone into communist Muslims who eat children, and they will be like, "Well of course! That makes perfect sense!"

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:49 AM)

It's evidence of Poe's Law.

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:48 AM)

The world is insane.

@  Nevermore : (19 November 2018 - 05:48 AM)

Geeez, I just read a story about a liberal satire Facebook page that would publish absolutely outlandish, ridiculous made-up conservative propaganda, stuff so absurd nobody with half a brain could take it seriously... and conservatives are taking it at face value.

@  Pennpenn : (19 November 2018 - 02:27 AM)

Oh don't make me go talk to Peter Dutton. My week has been painful enough as it is...

@  Telly : (18 November 2018 - 09:13 PM)

he cant leave quarantine until he talks to the king of the potato people

@  Pennpenn : (18 November 2018 - 01:03 AM)

Debateable. It's a sunday anyway. Wonder if I'll still feel up and ready to go tomorrow. Don't want to take too many days off leading up to the end of the year.

@  MEDdMI : (18 November 2018 - 12:01 AM)

@Pennpenn hooray! Now you can leave quarantine.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2018 - 08:58 PM)

The national tour is currently in Raleigh-Durham.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2018 - 06:29 PM)

Ok, feeling much better now.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 November 2018 - 06:20 PM)

Is hamilton playing in hamilton?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 November 2018 - 03:34 PM)

Maybe the show in the city?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 November 2018 - 01:21 PM)

To the show or the city?

@  The Doctor Who : (17 November 2018 - 11:01 AM)

Niiice!

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2018 - 10:48 AM)

My mom won two tickets to Hamilton!

@  wonko the sane? : (17 November 2018 - 09:46 AM)

Welp, good morning so far. My brother helped me get my sister in law's christmas gift, and reminded me I still had to get my mom's calendar for next year.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2018 - 08:22 AM)

Oh yeah, feeling feverish. What fun.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 November 2018 - 10:07 PM)

My father used to ask his boss that question. Then he STOPPED asking, and got used to twiddling his thumbs. Made things so much easier, and didn't actually change how his bosses thought of him.

@  Nevermore : (16 November 2018 - 07:31 PM)

So of course you wait until the end of your shift like everyone else, THEN you walk up to the manager on duty and ask him what you're supposed to do during the requested overtime.

@  Nevermore : (16 November 2018 - 07:30 PM)

Fun: The employer allows (paid) voluntary overtime, cannot backtrack on the permit, and before the regular end of your shift, you notice you're rapidly running out of work.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 November 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Fear is a state of mind.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 November 2018 - 06:25 PM)

Did you just assume my sociopolitical status?

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2018 - 06:13 PM)

Oh stop being such a pack of drama monarchs!

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 November 2018 - 06:11 PM)

Too late. They can smell your fear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (16 November 2018 - 04:10 PM)

Nobody say anything and you'll be safe from the mob.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 November 2018 - 03:41 PM)

It used to be

@  Arazyr : (16 November 2018 - 02:05 PM)

I would agree.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 November 2018 - 01:15 PM)

I say yes, but I imagine many would disagree with me.

@  Paladin : (16 November 2018 - 12:34 PM)

settle a bet: is "drama queen" a gender-neutral description?

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 November 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Sounds like management is the same everywhere :p

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2018 - 08:12 PM)

My bosses are too busy trying to see if they can have their heads up their own asses while still being able to kiss the asses of everyone above them. It'd be amusing to watch if I wasn't one of the ones trying to get everything done to cover for it.

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 07:05 PM)

He's living by the standard "bow to those below you; kick at those above you. You got more people below you than above you."

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 07:04 PM)

Whenever we go on strike, he's there with us. He told me that this is the only completely legal way for him to show his own bosses the finger,

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 07:03 PM)

Well, this guy has been getting flak from above, it's just that he doesn't care. He's doing what he thinks is right. He's easily the smartest of my superiors, and also the one with the biggest balls.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2018 - 05:24 PM)

Must be nice, having a boss that cares.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 November 2018 - 01:03 PM)

Indeed.

@  Echowarrior : (15 November 2018 - 11:58 AM)

That's a good superior.

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 06:21 AM)

Arguing in my favor that I was working under sub-par conditions, there were problems with sudden halts of the conveyor and other issues that affected my productivity, and besides, why was this guy giving a feedback to one of HIS subordinates, wich was his job?

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 06:19 AM)

Also, yesterday he stood up for me when a superior from the department I was sent to was giving me a productivity feedback.

@  Nevermore : (15 November 2018 - 06:19 AM)

So this week all of my superiors save one guy are absent, and I'm not noticing a difference. Which says a lot about this guy.


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Phil's review of Mastermind Creations Kultur aka Tarn


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 05:56 AM

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Prelude: Legal stuff first as always. Kultur is not a figure released by Hasbro nor by Takara-Tomy and thus isn’t officially a Transformer. He hails from third party company Mastermind Creations and is of course meant to be Tarn, the leader of the Decepticon Justice Division from the IDW comics. For legal reasons he can’t be called by that name. Not sure why MMC chose the German word Kultur (engl. culture), but that’s his official name.

Robot Mode: Design-wise Kultur is, to me, one of the coolest looking robots in a long time. Both in shape and in color he is the quintessential Decepticon. Of course there is his mask resembling the Decepticon crest, but his torso has also been designed to somewhat mimic the symbol. The triple tank treads that form his shoulders make him look enormously wide and powerful and the double gun on his arm completes the look. Yes, this is a robotic bad guy, a Decepticon. No doubt at all.

Kultur is about the size of a Voyager-class figure and very nicely articulated. He’s even got opening hands and poseable toes. The design of his shoulders makes some of his arm movements slightly awkward, but that’s really just a minor thing. So neither in looks nor in articulation do I find any room for complaint here. The two guns on his arm can be removed and held in hand if you want. Additionally Kultur has missiles in his toes, though those are more for use in tank mode.

It is possible to remove the Decepticon mask from Kultur’s head to unveil his face. Now I must admit that I am not quite certain whether or not Tarn’s true identity was already known by the time this figure’s head was designed (it was released in early 2017, Tarn’s identity was revealed in July 2016), so while Kultur’s unmasked face somewhat resembles that of Roller (wrongly suspected to be Tarn for a long time), it also bears some resemblance to the restored face of Glitch (the actual Tarn). Basically it’s generic enough to be almost anybody. Anyway, Mastermind Creations later on released a second head for Kultur alongside its Tyrantron (Megatron) figure, now revealing the cyclops-eyed face of Glitch underneath the mask. Use whichever head you prefer and read the remarks below for the somewhat complicated story of Tarn’s identity.

Overall I can only repeat what I wrote above: one of the best-looking robot designs in a long time. Very nicely done!

Alternate Mode: A surprisingly simple and straight-forward transformation changes Kultur into a science-fiction-styled tank. The twin gun from his arm goes on top as a turret and there is no sign of a robot mode to be found anymore. Nicely done. As additional weapons besides the twin cannons, the tank features three opening panels (though the middle one can only be opened when the turret is removed), unveiling missile launchers. The center launcher merely has sculpted missiles, but the two side launchers (previously the toes of the robot mode) have actual removable missiles. Four tiny missiles of perfect size to clog the airways of pets and small children, in fact. Best leave them inside. Bottom line: a very nice tank mode, no complaints here, either.

Remarks: Among the most interesting characters introduced in James Roberts’ lengthy run on the IDW Transformers comics was Tarn, the leader of the Decepticon Justice Division. The DJD was specifically tasked with hunting down Decepticon traitors and deserters and Tarn was among Megatron’s most fanatical and devout followers. He fashioned himself a being of culture (hence the name, I guess), liked to listen to music, and preferred talking his enemies to death by using his special voice to modulate their spark into self-destruction. Tarn’s face was hidden behind a mask resembling the Decepticon symbol and his true identity was a long-running plot point.

Sadly the reveal of said identity was rather anti-climatic. For a long time Tarn had been teased to be Roller, an old friend and comrade-in-arms of Orion Pax (aka Optimus Prime), who disappeared shortly after the war began. That turned out to be a red herring, though, and Tarn was revealed to actually be… Glitch! And if you have no idea who Glitch is, don’t worry, that’s perfectly understandable. Glitch appeared but briefly before this reveal, namely in two flashbacks to pre-war Cybertron, where he worked with Orion Pax to oppose Cybertron’s corrupt Senate. So… yeah, while I really adore James Roberts’ run on the IDW TF comics in general, this was not one of his better plot twists. Much like Darth Vader, Tarn was a much better villain before we got a look at the man/bot behind the mask.

Side note: as mentioned above the MMC Tyrantron figure came with an alternate head for Kultur/Tarn that would reveal the visage of Glitch behind the mask. Nice, but not entirely accurate, as this new head shows Glitch with the single cyclopean eye of an Empurata victim (this was how he looked in the flashbacks mentioned above), but when he was unmasked in present day he sported a humanoid looking face, revealing that he had his original pre-Empurata face restored before hiding it behind Tarn’s mask. But that’s just something for the avid comic fans to complain about.

As for the figure itself, it has the usual downside of a third party figure in that it’s quite a bit more expensive than an official Transformers toy, but otherwise I really don’t have anything bad to say here. Kultur is looking great, has no design flaws, and even if you are not a comic book reader and have no relation to the character, I daresay he will be a piece of pride in any Decepticon collection. Fully recommended.

Rating: A-

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