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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 May 2019 - 03:26 PM)

We named the dog "Indiana".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 May 2019 - 03:25 PM)

Happy 30 years to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2019 - 01:35 PM)

Truly they are the compleat package.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (24 May 2019 - 01:24 PM)

Made from the metallized ashes of their previous enemies.

@  MEDdMI : (24 May 2019 - 07:40 AM)

They fight you with sparkles.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2019 - 03:40 AM)

Phyrexians are the bishie-est.

@  unluckiness : (24 May 2019 - 12:29 AM)

That's why they always wear long sleeved shirts and long pants

@  fourteenwings : (23 May 2019 - 11:36 PM)

Everybody knows the most bishie thing about any bishie is his exposed sinew.

@  MEDdMI : (23 May 2019 - 10:04 PM)

*looks up the humanoid slivers* ...really? People were calling those bishies?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 May 2019 - 12:45 PM)

Have they made a sliver planeswalker yet?

@  RichardT1977 : (23 May 2019 - 10:29 AM)

"DECOMPOSE!"

@  Paladin : (23 May 2019 - 06:29 AM)

will they next evolve into Inhumanoids?

@  Ashley : (23 May 2019 - 02:42 AM)

the original slivers were spikey monsters. then the evolved into humanoids. now they're back to spikey bug monsters.

@  MEDdMI : (22 May 2019 - 10:42 PM)

Wait. Slivers were bishies???

@  unluckiness : (22 May 2019 - 10:40 PM)

They haven't necessarily looped yet. It's possible they're stuck in "yaoi anatomy"

@  Ashley : (22 May 2019 - 10:35 PM)

I think Slivers in MTG have crossed the bishonen line and looped back around to monstrous

@  wonko the sane? : (22 May 2019 - 09:48 PM)

Maxi, provigo, loblaws.

@  RichardT1977 : (22 May 2019 - 09:42 PM)

Which store brand is it?

@  wonko the sane? : (22 May 2019 - 05:52 PM)

I need to buy more "no name" foods. This pizza is freaking awesome.

@  Bass X0 : (20 May 2019 - 11:16 AM)

SEND THE BOOKS!!

@  Cybersnark : (20 May 2019 - 08:52 AM)

So, now that Game of Thrones is over, when can we get back to The Dragon Prince?

@  unluckiness : (20 May 2019 - 12:19 AM)

Like, half of them nowadays are montages of tweet screencaps from the writer's inbox

@  unluckiness : (20 May 2019 - 12:18 AM)

lol you expected integrity from internet news

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 11:33 PM)

I'm mostly confused how news sites went from "Analysing all the amazingness of Game of Thrones" to "Fans sure don't like this season!", like... way to prioritize clicks over a solid editorial opinion

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 11:30 PM)

[and there's a recurring setting of a "derelict industrial site"] is this like the Toei Quarry?

@  MEDdMI : (19 May 2019 - 11:17 PM)

@Foffy and then that giant lasagna just tipped over and killed everyone, to be later known as the infamous Bad Monday event.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 PM)

Ahahaha!!! Go read the reactions for yourself. To say anything more here risks spoiling the finale for subscribing Allsparkers, the quality of this season notwithstanding.

@  Foffy : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 PM)

pretty wild how heathcliff was in the game of thrones finale, i was not expecting that crossover

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 10:48 PM)

were they still super pissed?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 May 2019 - 10:48 PM)

Well, as someone who is not into Game of Thrones, it sure was entertaining to open up social media this evening to unexpectedly see headlines about fan reactions to the finale. Lmao.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:12 PM)

But it's also a SUPER-well known location in my region, so these extensive exterior shots without any post production alterations completely ruin the illusion for me.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:11 PM)

I mean, I get why they did it: It's an existing location that fits the purpose, it's open for the public, and they had to shoot some scenes in my home state anyway to due a subsidizing deal.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Needless to say, it's not in Berlin, and even what's seen onscreen is waaaaay too modern for something that's supposed to exist in 1929 (even moreso as a derelict site in 1929). The structures seen haven't even been built until the 1960s!

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:07 PM)

I'm currently in the process of watching season 2 of Babylon Berlin, and there's a recurring setting of a "derelict industrial site" or whatever it's supposed to be on the show, and I easily recognize it as a place only a few minutes from where I live (it's actually a former ironworks site that's been turned into a public park).

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:52 PM)

Ever since I went to Japan last year, I have friend who dread watching anime with me due to that...

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:51 PM)

Not hugely, but I am the type to notice places once I have been there and say "Hey, I've been there!"

@  wonko the sane? : (19 May 2019 - 05:50 PM)

Half of new york city (on tape.) is actually montreal.

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 05:50 PM)

I watched Death Wish 5 last night and clearly recognized Toronto streets; didn't pull me out of Bronson's 1-man war on drugs or fashion or whatever it was that pissed him off that time

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 05:49 PM)

it's nice to finally be thought of as exotic by somebody! lol

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 05:48 PM)

In an "I cannot possibly make my brain ignore the location I'm familiar with and pretend it's whatever the story claims it is" way?

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 05:42 PM)

Question for those of you living in exotic locations such as the US or the UK: If you watch a movie or a TV show that features a real-life location as a stand-in for someplace else, and you recognize the real-life location due to having been there in person, does that pull you out of the story?

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:15 PM)

Maybe you should have installed macOS in your house instead.

@  Noideaforaname : (19 May 2019 - 04:40 PM)

Nothing like coming home after a long day to find a bird in the house. And then once you sit down for a well-earned rest after leading the bird back outside, you find it had a friend. A friend who *really* doesn't understand how windows work...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 May 2019 - 01:26 PM)

Bingo. The big polls don't tell people what's actually happening because that doesn't sell.

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 AM)

IIRC there are good polls but data is easily manipulated so they give people what they want to hear

@  wonko the sane? : (19 May 2019 - 10:58 AM)

The only way to get people interested in politics is to make into reality TV. So they lie to do it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 May 2019 - 01:38 AM)

Yeah, polling these days is garbage.

@  Sean Whitmore : (18 May 2019 - 11:53 PM)

Well, he was an honest man. He wasn’t gonna lie to a 5-year-old.

@  Paladin : (18 May 2019 - 08:34 PM)

Grandfather once said to me, "I'm going upstairs and hug your grandma."

@  Sabrblade : (18 May 2019 - 07:08 PM)

Mama always said that you can tell a lot 'bout a person from 'is shoes...


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Phil's review of Studio Series Bumblebee (VW Beetle)


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#1 Philister

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 12:40 PM

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Prelude: There is a Bumblebee moving coming out this Christmas, maybe you’ve heard of it. Starring everyone’s favorite kid-appeal, spine-tearing, head-impaling, evil-Arab-killing yellow Autobot hero. And in order to capture the nostalgia crowd, he becomes a Volkswagen Beetle again. Yeah, kids, Bumblebee was originally a Volkswagen Beetle, not a Camaro or some other sports car. But hey, that was 34 years ago, so it’s been a while. But now Bee is back as a Beetle on the big screen and in the Studio Series. Here we go!

Robot Mode: First thing you need to know about this robot is that he is mostly a so-called shell-former. The largest part of the chassis of his car mode is folded together on his back. Only parts of his chest and the back of his legs are actually part of the car. He is actually quite similar in engineering to the first Studio Series Bumblebee, despite being an entirely new mold. So Bumblebee is a shell-former. If that is not your cup of tea, this might not be the figure for you.

Anyway, the figure is highly detailed and very nicely articulated, but a good deal smaller than other Deluxe class figures (such as the aforementioned Camaro Bee). This fits with his appearance in the movie trailers, actually, so no complaints here, just mentioning it. He also comes with a number of accessories. Like Camaro Bee he can switch out his right lower arm for a blaster. He also carries a blade that can attach to either forearm. Finally he has a battle mask, which he can switch out with his regular face. Cue an appearance from Optimus Prime, saying “give me your face!”. Sorry, that’s one of those jokes you just have to make. Anyway, both the battle mask and the blaster can be stored on Bee’s back. Not the blade, though.

Overall I must say that I like this robot mode. He doesn’t look at all like G1 Bumblebee despite the similar vehicle mode, but that isn’t really a requirement. So bottom line, a nice robot mode and looking sufficiently different from the endless parade of Movie Bumblebees we’ve had over the last decade to be interesting.

Alternate Mode: There was never really a question for me about getting this figure, mostly due to its alternate mode. And no, not because it’s the same alternate mode G1 Bumblebee had, but rather because both my father and my mother-in-law used to drive a Beetle themselves (though my dad’s was green). So yeah, Bumblebee transformers into a Volkswagen Beetle. Given that he is a shell former, this is mostly him curling up and unfolding his backpack.

Now I have heard from multiple sources that a lot of Bumblebees have some QC problems here, making it difficult (if not impossible) to properly tab the shell together. Luckily my Bee seems to have been spared these problems (not everything connects perfectly, but well enough), but it’s still not an easy feat to get everything lined up and tabbed in correctly. Once you have done it, though, you get a nice little Volkswagen Beetle. Both of Bee’s weapons and his battle mask can be stored underneath the car and you even get the fully screen-accurate visible robot head there. So bottom line, a very nice car mode.

Remarks: The Bumblebee Movie isn’t out yet, so we only know what we’ve seen in the trailers so far. It’s a prequel to the 2007 movie (or possibly a reboot, we’ll see) and shows Bumblebee hiding out on Earth and making friends with a human girl, all the while being hunted by Decepticons and WWE wrestler John Cena. The fact that this plot summary sounds really mundane when compared with other Transformers movies gives me hope.

As for the figure itself, I like it. It’s not perfect and apparently quite a few of him have quality control problems, but speaking solely for myself, this is my favorite Movie-style Bumblebee so far. The fact that it’s a Volkswagen Beetle plays a big part here, granted, but even disregarding that, I still like him. So if you are tired of Movie-style Bumblebees that all more or less look alike, here is finally something (semi-)new for you. Recommended to everyone who isn’t completely sick of Movie-style Bee yet.

Rating: B

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