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@  Pennpenn : (19 September 2018 - 09:07 AM)

It's an annoying thing to have happen in any game. I'm hoping they actually finish releasing all the story mode parts before 3 comes out.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 September 2018 - 06:24 AM)

Ahh. Hadn't played that in a long time.. Since before the PVP I think.

@  Pennpenn : (19 September 2018 - 04:33 AM)

Kingdom Hearts Union Cross. Specifically the PVP fights.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 September 2018 - 04:31 AM)

What game PennPenn

@  Pennpenn : (19 September 2018 - 03:13 AM)

Man, I love it when you've got limited attempts at something in a game, said game crashes at the end of the thing, so you lose the attempt but don't get any credit.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 September 2018 - 08:44 PM)

I know. I'm back to the classic purple for the first time since the comic theme was introduced.

@  Fenix Twilight : (18 September 2018 - 08:32 PM)

Alright thanks, gonna be weird without the speech bubble boxes but I'll manage.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 September 2018 - 07:59 PM)

Nope, ongoing problem for a bunch of us. The mods know, so... just hunker down and wait. In the mean time: changing themes will sort it out for a bit. Only the comic theme is affected.

@  Fenix Twilight : (18 September 2018 - 05:36 PM)

Is something going on? I'm missing the buttons to go to the newest post and there's no banner for the forum list, it just says "logo" in the corner.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2018 - 06:03 AM)

Leader-1!

@  Whirl Maximus : (18 September 2018 - 02:25 AM)

"huh?" 'chuckle' in every reaction shot. That's all I remember of Armada.

@  Paladin : (16 September 2018 - 07:36 PM)

if youre looking for sympathy its in the dictionary between shit & syphilis.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 September 2018 - 03:10 PM)

Uuuhhhhhh.......

@  Rycochet : (15 September 2018 - 11:56 AM)

Due to it's concentrated lousiness, even small doses of Energon will age you, yes.

@  Lazy Garou : (15 September 2018 - 10:32 AM)

unicron trilogy video was great, but made me feel a hundred years old.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 September 2018 - 07:32 AM)

Awesome. Good job man.

@  Lazy Garou : (11 September 2018 - 09:30 PM)

cleaning up, mostly.but the little plastic piece where the power cable hooked up was broken. That I managed to put back together.

@  Patch : (11 September 2018 - 04:48 PM)

So he also has White Castle-like qualities?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2018 - 02:23 PM)

Just keep him away from the plumbing, he's really hard on the pipes.

@  RichardT1977 : (11 September 2018 - 01:22 PM)

Overlord has some castle-like qualities to him

@  wonko the sane? : (11 September 2018 - 12:15 PM)

Fix it, like, found a working power adaptor, or fix it like: there was saudering involved.

@  Lazy Garou : (11 September 2018 - 11:58 AM)

that feeling when you fix something and works like a dream. we now have a working snes in my house and I have tested 10 games on it and they all work.

@  Arazyr : (11 September 2018 - 10:44 AM)

...Now I want a Transformer that turns into a castle.

@  wonko the sane? : (11 September 2018 - 09:37 AM)

You should be careful man, lots of allsparkers life in castle law states. It's a good way to get shot you know.

@  ▲ndrusi : (11 September 2018 - 09:35 AM)

Which house? Mine? Dammit I thought I locked my door!

@  GrungeWerX : (11 September 2018 - 01:20 AM)

GrungeWerX in tha HOUSE!!! WOOT!!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2018 - 11:54 PM)

There's been consistently good sc-fi flicks; most just fly under the radar as lower-budget or indie pictures

@  Steevy Maximus : (10 September 2018 - 09:28 PM)

If you can forget about that garbage Ghost in the Shell feature...

@  Steevy Maximus : (10 September 2018 - 09:27 PM)

Upgrade is a GREAT dark sci fi throwback film. Kind of feels like the genre has been nailing some good stuff after a LONG time of drek

@  Sabrblade : (10 September 2018 - 06:34 PM)

Hey, Steve is a Vehicon!

@  abates : (10 September 2018 - 04:44 PM)

I thought it was spelled "Stege".

@  Arazyr : (10 September 2018 - 02:10 PM)

So, "I before E, except after Siege"? :D

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 September 2018 - 01:59 PM)

Memorandum to all: the word "siege" is spelled with the "i" before the "e".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (08 September 2018 - 12:55 PM)

Happy birthday to Star Trek and Star Trek: The Animated Series!

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2018 - 07:55 AM)

*smacks TMM upside the head*

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 September 2018 - 02:51 AM)

& Knuckles.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2018 - 11:01 PM)

Re: Coded?

@  Waspinator : (07 September 2018 - 09:14 PM)

Final Fantasy: The Movie: The Game: Pocket Edition HD Boogaloo

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (07 September 2018 - 01:03 AM)

Funny thing is, I think the pocket edition graphics give the game more personality.

@  MEDdMI : (06 September 2018 - 11:10 PM)

Final Finception

@  Waspinator : (06 September 2018 - 10:29 PM)

They've made a PS4 version of Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition. For those keeping score, it's the PS4 version of a smartphone version of a PS4 game.

@  wonko the sane? : (05 September 2018 - 09:20 PM)

Ah HA! turns out the trick to installing the rift software was to run it as an admin. Stupid windows 10.

@  wonko the sane? : (05 September 2018 - 04:58 PM)

Awright! I got the display port working! Which means I can now connect my occulus rift!

@  MEDdMI : (04 September 2018 - 10:38 PM)

*just stares*

@  Noideaforaname : (04 September 2018 - 09:36 PM)

Hello there

@  wonko the sane? : (04 September 2018 - 09:06 PM)

Howdy.

@  RichardT1977 : (03 September 2018 - 07:11 PM)

Or just a set of arms and shoulder cannons that combined Legends Godbomber with CW Optimus.

@  RichardT1977 : (03 September 2018 - 07:10 PM)

I still wish someone would make an upgrade kit for Combiner Wars Optimus that transformed from a trailer to a set of limbs with Powermaster shoulder cannons...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (03 September 2018 - 09:48 AM)

I read that as "Basilisky" for some reason.

@  Anonymous X : (03 September 2018 - 03:45 AM)

Basicslly


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Phil's review of Mastermind Creations Kultur aka Tarn


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#1 Philister

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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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