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@  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 based on an outdated way of speaking (I mean, does anyone in the US still speak like Joe Friday?)...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.

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

I prefer later shifts myself, but my 3 day weekend shift isn't bad. Nice to work without those administration busy bodies poking around.

@  Nevermore : (19 April 2019 - 04:12 AM)

Yeah, traffic is a plus as well. Rarely got any trouble getting to work on late shift (even with the neverending construction site on the highway), and when my shift is over, there's hardly any traffic at all anymore.

@  MEDdMI : (18 April 2019 - 06:27 PM)

while I don't have weekends consistently off, working 2nd shift isn't so bad. I'm more likely to do stuff before work than after (when I'm already tired). Plus no rush hour traffic

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 April 2019 - 05:03 PM)

Switching shifts constantly is never good for one's health. There was a time when I worked overnights steady for about 2 years; did wonders for my health, as well


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Phil's review of Beast Wars Fox Kids Transmetal Cheetor


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 08:29 AM

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Prelude: In 1999 Fox Kids rebroadcast the Beast Wars series alongside the first season of Beast Machines. Hasbro grabbed the opportunity to make some more money with existing molds and reissued several Beast Wars toys in new colors and with the Fox Kids logo prominent on the packaging. One of them was Cheetor, originally solicited as “Mech Tech” Cheetor (one of his prophetic dreams, possibly, foreseeing the Dark of the Moon subline 12 years in the future), who is a redeco of the original Transmetal Cheetor. Seeing as it’s been 13 years since I reviewed that figure, let’s give this another full go.

Robot Mode: The idea behind the Transmetals was that their beast modes become fully robotic, while their robot modes inherited the organic qualities of their former beast modes. Case in point Cheetor, who has an organic looking chest plate, complete with spots, that disappears in beast mode. Most of him does look robotic, too, though, and what a great little robot he is. Cheetor adheres to Beast Wars’ great level of articulation and detailing, so absolutely no complaints here. Speaking of detailing, Fox Kids Cheetor is mostly a simple color swap from the original. Grey became red, turquoise became black, and yellow became grey.

Unlike most beast formers that transform into four-legged beasts, Cheetor’s arms aren’t the forelegs of the beast mode, but rather form the beast head. Hence his hands are actually the halves of his cheetah head. A strange, but very nice design. In the cartoon Cheetor fired energy bursts by bringing his hands together in front of him. This does work for the toy, too, but only if you unclasp the shoulders. As an additional weapon Cheetor carries his cheetah tail as a combination of whip and blade.

Overall I really like this robot mode and it looks very cool in the new colors. Better or worse than the original TM Cheetor? That’s entirely subjective, of course, but I really like this darker design with the red and silver. So two thumbs up for the robot mode. Truly excellent.

Alternate Mode:
Cheetor still transforms into a robotic cheetah (or rather a generic-looking big cat) with the same color swap as in robot mode. Additionally the chromed golden parts of the original TM Cheetor are still chromed gold, but of a lighter tone. Cheetor retains the excellent articulation of the robot mode. The front legs aren’t quite as poseable as the rear ones, but you can still put the kitty in numerous poses. Sadly the head is immobile, but that’s a result of the design.

Like all Transmetals Cheetor has a third mode, a flight mode in his case. He unfolds to jet engines from his torso, giving him short wings. It’s a rather simplistic change, but it works very well, as you end up with a big chromed cat with booster rockets. Strange, weird, and fabulous looking. Pretty much like Beast Wars as a whole. So bottom line for the alternate mode(s): no complaints at all. Great likeness to the TV character (apart from the colors, of course) and just a fun mode.

Remarks: Transmetal Cheetor featured prominently in the second and early third season of Beast Wars, but was never shown sporting these particular colors. The figure has since been repurposed, though, to portray the Predacon Cataclysm, a character from the Botcon 2000 comic book “Terminus”, published by 3H Productions. Cataclysm was a herald of Shokaract and was chosen to travel back in time to the Beast Wars Earth to protect the Dark Essence, the life force of Unicron, which Shokaract would eventually absorb to become the all-powerful ruler of the galaxy. Cataclysm failed, though, and was erased from existence together with his master.

When I reviewed the original Transmetal Cheetor back in 2005 I have him a straight A rating and I see no reason not to do the same here. TM Cheetor is to me the best Cheetor figure overall, a great likeness to the TV character, and with a simple yet effective gimmick. Just about the only thing I would change regarding this figure is the quality of the chrome paint, seeing as my original TM Cheetor is shedding like crazy and I fear this one will start to do the same sooner or later. Apart from that, though, a brilliant figure, even if it is just a repaint. Recommended to Beast Wars enthusiasts and lovers of good beast-mode Transformers.

Rating: A

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