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@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:05 PM)

i wish theyd dub double zeta. thats the only one im missing for the "amuro vs char" thing (and chars not even in it so...). but given some of the things ive heard about it, its probly best that they dont dub it

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:02 PM)

and im on vacation next week so ill have lots of time to watch all this lol

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:01 PM)

@zaku ive got war in the pocket on standard dvd already. amazon didnt have it on blu ray. bonus points to it for having character designs by haruhiku mikimoto. and this collecction is only "new" in as much as its new to me on blu ray. ive had burnt dvd copies of it all for years

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 09:44 PM)

Yeah, 00 was pretty good, and I recently watched Build Divers, and found it really fun. Got both limited editions of IBO... still need to watch them...

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 April 2019 - 08:30 PM)

00 is also pretty good, basically a refined version of the Wing concept, and IBO is great.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 April 2019 - 08:29 PM)

I'll be the requisite "Build Fighters is actually pretty good" chime in

@  MEDdMI : (24 April 2019 - 07:52 PM)

G Gundam was the best. Horse mecha! Piloted by.... a HORSE!

@  ZakuConvoy : (24 April 2019 - 07:31 PM)

I'd probably recommend tracking down 0080 War in the Pocket to go along with your new collection, but you might have enough to watch for right now.

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 06:53 PM)

G Gundam will likely always rank first for me, as it is the one I find the most fun, but 8th MS was great for being the most "realistic" of the UC stuff.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 06:17 PM)

the only other gundam series ive watched-which was also the FIRST gundam series i watched-is wing (and ill probly get that on blu ray soon too). i know i havent watched everything tied to it, but the UC is quite enough for me lol

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 06:14 PM)

i think 8th team is my favorite, but cant say why. maybe it has something to do with them not being newtypes. i dont particularly like that concept

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 06:11 PM)

8th M Team, 0083, and Zeta are my favorites of the original timeline. Have yet to watch Origin, but it is loooow on my list, as I never particularly liked Char. Quattro Bajeena was actually kinda cool, though.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 05:49 PM)

so i just did something insane. i bought gundam origin, first gundam, 08th ms team, operation stardust, zeta gundam AND chars counterattack on bluray...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2019 - 05:46 PM)

Hollywood stereotypes, eh? Don't get me started on how sheerly unrealistic that can be, and how badly Hollywood loves to stick to them.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:44 PM)

Also, fun fact: To me, Dutch is the language that sounds harsh compared to German.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:37 PM)

Generally, nobody shouts at each other in Germany unless they're either a) morons or b) doing it for comedic effect.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:36 PM)

... based on an outdated way of speaking (I mean, does anyone in the US still speak like Joe Friday?)... which might also have been at least partially a regional thing.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Generally, many native English speakers' primary conception of the German language and its perceived harshness comes from Hollywood movies... created by non-native German speakers, with non-native German actors giving their impression of what they think the German language sounds like...

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:33 PM)

I might be severely biased, but as a native German speaker, I think the perception of the "harsh German language" is at least in part due to a myth created by Hollywood.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (24 April 2019 - 05:32 PM)

I wish I knew if that Blue autobot in the background in the movie Bumblebee was Blurr.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Blood is blue before coming into contact with air from outside.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 April 2019 - 09:50 AM)

I had to use a whole ten percent of my brain to understand that.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (24 April 2019 - 08:32 AM)

I think I saw a debunking of that like at least a decade ago when I still relied on TV for things.

@  Paladin : (24 April 2019 - 08:21 AM)

isn't the whole "lemmings jump to their death" thing proven false now too???

@  Pennpenn : (24 April 2019 - 03:05 AM)

It's like how the whole "alpha male" thing doesn't really show up in wolf packs in the wild.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 01:54 AM)

Aaaaand another myth busted.

@  CORVUS : (24 April 2019 - 12:27 AM)

Quite welcome! :)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 09:51 PM)

@Corvus Huh, did not know that part. Thanks for imparting knowledge!

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 09:27 PM)

No because it's true.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 April 2019 - 09:17 PM)

Would I be jaded if i said that's a good lesson about people as well?

@  CORVUS : (23 April 2019 - 09:01 PM)

Overstated risk. Most observations of sexual cannibalism in the Praying Mantis occurred in captivity, versus nature. When entomologists began observing them in nature instead, they found that sexual cannibalism took place around 30% of the time. Basically, if a male Mantis avoids thin, hungry females, his chances are pretty good. #yesimanerd

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 07:52 PM)

Are you a male mantis?

@  MEDdMI : (23 April 2019 - 07:27 PM)

Death by snu snu

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2019 - 06:40 PM)

There's a joke about going out with a bang to be made here.

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 06:38 PM)

I would hope getting laid is preferred over dying :p

@  Nevermore : (23 April 2019 - 05:20 PM)

Don't we all want to get laid?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2019 - 04:53 PM)

I'd spend the first few loops just taking an extended nap.

@  Dekafox : (23 April 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Endless death time loops certainly happen enough in Star Trek

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 03:50 PM)

That's not what I had in mind but if that is what you would do in that scenario then that is pretty messed up. I would not want to be stuck in a perpetual loop of death. More like getting laid but that is just me.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 01:58 PM)

Happy death day to you!

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 01:45 PM)

.... I would love that. To be stuck in an endless loop where no one remembers what happened... The possibilities :D

@  ZakuConvoy : (23 April 2019 - 01:43 PM)

Are you stuck in a Groundhogs Day situation? Because if you are, you need to tell the rest of us so we can take advantage, too.

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 11:10 AM)

Lol today needs to end asap so that I can start over tomorrow

@  Ashley : (21 April 2019 - 10:08 PM)

They frequently do, but yeah there's no rule. Google will usually answer it for a specific restaurant, though

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 April 2019 - 02:57 PM)

Depends on the restaurant and the area. There's no universal rule about it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 April 2019 - 02:41 PM)

I thought restaurants were one of the few things that stayed open on holidays, along with movie theatres and the like

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (21 April 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Well here I am hungry on a Sunday afternoon and I head to Chipotle only to find out right then and there that the place is closed for Easter. Yay.

@  MEDdMI : (19 April 2019 - 09:21 PM)

oof, yikes. Good luck.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 April 2019 - 09:18 PM)

We're in the middle of a kitchen reno and NOTHING will be done until tuesday. I could beat a four day weekend with a hammer right now if it meant I could use my stove again.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 April 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Can't beat 4 day weekends either.


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Phil's review of Power of the Primes Blackwing


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#1 Philister

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:23 PM

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Robot Mode: Blackwing is yet another version of the already heavily used Air Raid mold from Combiner Wars, but with extensive retooling. Also, it’s my first go at the mold, so it is a first for me. Two things I noticed about this figure directly after taking it out of the package: one, the fins on the back of his legs are bent from being in the package. And two, there are roughly a dozen different ways you can position his wings and the way they are positioned in the package is not the official one, either. The wings can slide up and down and the connector pieces that secure them to the back of the figure are ball-jointed, so again, many different ways.

Blackwing adheres to the current standard of articulation and detailing, so no complaints here. The proportions of the figure seem a bit strange at first glance due to the rather thick lower legs, but he has no trouble moving. Unlike his buddy Dreadwind, Blackwing actually comes with two guns, which rounds out his very good likeness to the original G1 Darkwing. Which just leaves the question, why didn’t Dreadwind get two guns as well?

Blackwing also comes with the usual Prime armor / combiner hand thing he can put on his arm or his chest, including the little filler gun which can be replaced by a Prime Master. Not much I can say about this gimmick that I haven’t already said elsewhere, so I’ll just copy & paste here: it looks better on his arm or left aside.

Bottom line: a very nice robot mode that captures the essence of the G1 original and makes for a great Decepticon air warrior. No complaints here.

Alternate Mode: Blackwing transforms into a fighter jet somewhat reminiscent of the famous F-14A Tomcat. He’s got the swiveling wings, the double tail fins and engines, but the coloring is all Decepticon. Sadly there is no landing gear, but a very nice jet mode otherwise. The guns go under the wings (and again, why didn’t Dreadwind get two of those as well to make for a far more balanced look in jet mode?) and if you really want to, you can put the Prime Armor / combiner fist on top. It completely ruins the aerodynamics and doesn’t really do anything positive for the look, but it can be done. So bottom line, a cool jet mode. No complaints except for the lack of a landing gear.

Combiner Mode: Blackwing is actually a multiple combiner. For one thing he can become an arm or a leg for any Combiner Wars style combiner. Hardly surprising given the origins of the mold. He can also, though, combine with his buddy Dreadwind into a super jet (called DreadwinG in G1). Basically Blackwing flips back the jet cockpit, while Dreadwind folds back his wings, and the two then interlock. Much like in robot mode there are multiple different ways you can position Blackwing’s wings here, making for quite a few variations in look. Overall I really like that they retained the combined jet mode for these two figures, despite the fact that it doesn’t really look all that aerodynamic and you kind of see Blackwing’s head on top. Still, I like it, more for the nostalgia value than anything else.

Remarks: Blackwing, or Darkwing as he was originally known, is the hetero life-mate of fellow Decepticon Powermaster Dreadwind. Both are basically manic-depressives, but while Dreadwind is more introvert about it, Darkwing projects it outward, looking to make everyone at least as miserable as he is. They never appeared in the G1 cartoon, but had numerous appearances in the Marvel comics, where they mostly worked as free agents rather than following the commands of whoever was the Decepticon leader at the time. Their Japanese versions, Hydra and Buster, had much bigger roles in Transformers: Masterforce, but were entirely different characters.

Overall I got Blackwing, just like Dreadwind, mainly for the nostalgia value, seeing as I’m a big fan of the old Decepticon Powermasters, and also because I didn’t have any versions of the molds yet. Not sure how interesting they will be to people who already own Sky Dive and Air Raid (or any of their various reuses), but the combined jet mode does offer something unique here, at least. Overall, a good Deluxe-class figure, a good homage, and a nice-looking Decepticon air warrior. Recommended.

Rating: B+


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