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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 Punch / Counterpunch


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#1 Philister

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 03:01 PM

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Prelude: To me Punch is one of the most criminally underused characters in Transformers history. He is a spy working undercover among the Decepticons, using a secondary robot mode (that may or may not be developing its own personality) to remain undiscovered. The story potential here is enormous, but the closest we’ve ever come to see it realized was with Animated Shockwave. But hey, now that Punch and his undercover ID Counterpunch have a new toy in Power of the Primes, maybe we will finally see him appear in a non-Japanese-exclusive story one day. Here’s hoping!

Quick-Fix: Before we go into the actual figure, you should be aware that Punch comes misassembled. The two shoulder pieces, where the arms connect to the torso, are switched, which makes it rather hard (though not impossible) to properly align Punch’s arms in car mode. It’s an easy fix, though, and you don’t even need any tools. Just remove the arms, pull the chest slightly apart, and switch out the shoulder pieces, done.

Robot Mode: Let us start with Punch’s “true” robot mode, a robot with an orange torso, blue limbs, and red hands. Here Punch looks the quintessential Autobot, complete with a very Optimus-Prime-like head and face. The robot is very nicely articulated and the detailing looks pretty good, too. Also, you can look at Punch from the back without immediately noticing that there is another robot mode hidden there. The black helmet Punch wears obscures that he has another face on the back of his head quite nicely.

Punch comes with an orange gun and the obligatory chest armor / combiner fist that all Power of the Prime deluxe figures have. It’s a little strange, given that Punch cannot become a combiner limb, but he can still wear the chest armor. He shouldn’t, though, it looks dumb. Anyway, Punch is a very nice looking robot. Barely any car kibble, very lean-looking, and just plain fun. Nothing to complain about.

In order to assume his secondary robot mode as Counterpunch, you basically turn Punch around. His Autobot insignia is covered, the Decepticon insignia is uncovered. The shoulder pieces are folded out sideways, the helmet is tipped back, and the red hands are flipped for black ones. Done! Now you have Counterpunch, who is looking every inch the Decepticon in blue and black. Just as well-articulated as Punch, just as nicely detailed as Punch, but looking very much different. The hand-switching gimmick is a nice idea, but sadly he wields the same orange gun as Punch. Would have been better to go with two different weapons here like G1 Punch/Counterpunch did. Apart from that, though, very nice. A perfect secondary robot mode.

Alternate Mode: Punch transforms into a generic blue sports car with red wheels. A large portion of the chassis actually emerges from the robot’s legs, which is pretty impressive engineering. Not quite Prime Vehicon levels, but good. The resulting car looks pretty nice, too, and there is no hint of a robot mode to be seen. Okay, he’s got visible head syndrome on the car’s underside, but as we have learned from the Bumblebee movie trailers, that is canon. Punch’s gun can be stored on the underside, too (and even hides the head a bit) and if you really want, you can mount the gun and/or the combiner fist chest armor on top of the car, too. So all in all, a pretty nice car mode. A bit boring when compared to having two robot modes, but good.

Partners: Punch / Counterpunch comes with Prima, a translucent version of the Prime Master we’ve already seen in the Throne of the Primes set. So if you want Prima but don’t want to buy the entire big set, you can get him with Punch, too. Of course that still means you’re missing three Prime Masters who came exclusively with that set. Anyway, Prima can be put into the chest armor for Punch or Counterpunch to wear. That’s pretty much it.

Remarks: Punch and his Decepticon counterpart had but a very brief showing in the finale of the original Transformers series. He starred more extensively in the Japanese Headmaster series, but served as little more than a convenient way for the Cybertrons to be kept apprised of the Destrons’ movements. That’s pretty much it apart from a few small comic cameos. We’re still waiting for the definitive Punch / Counterpunch story, something not even IDW attempted in their lengthy run. Sadly it seems we need to wait on.

Punch / Counterpunch is the third Amazon exclusive connected to the Prime Wars series, preceded by Blast-Off (Combiner Wars) and Repugnus (Titans Return). I ordered him almost the moment he was available on the Amazon website and do not regret it. He is a very good figure, far superior to the previous incarnation of the character, Timelines Punch, and just a good Transformers toy overall. He very nicely implements the double spy gimmick, has no flaws, and apart from being misassembled out of the box there is nothing to complain about here. Fully recommended.

Rating: A-

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