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@  Cybersnark : (09 December 2018 - 09:36 PM)

But The Pillows prefer to kill you with Poison Rock'N'Roll

@  Rodimus Supreme : (09 December 2018 - 10:23 AM)

Pillows can kill you softly.

@  Pennpenn : (09 December 2018 - 07:26 AM)

His song.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 December 2018 - 05:34 AM)

But is anything killing you softly?

@  Pennpenn : (09 December 2018 - 03:03 AM)

Oh don't be ridiculous. Some things are killing us quickly!

@  Rodimus Supreme : (08 December 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Isn't everything just killing us all slowly?...

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2018 - 09:23 PM)

Except the planet of junk actually fosters life, as opposed to the garbage patch which is just killing us all slowly.

@  RichardT1977 : (08 December 2018 - 11:11 AM)

I realized the other day that the Planet of Junk/Junkion is the interstellar counterpart to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

@  unluckiness : (08 December 2018 - 08:56 AM)

awards are a joke to begin with. One for video games makes it twice so.

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 December 2018 - 03:21 AM)

Sorry, I had beans.

@  Waspinator : (07 December 2018 - 11:50 PM)

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2018 - 10:33 PM)

Always hopeful yet discontent, he knows changes aren't permanent, but change is!

@  Pennpenn : (07 December 2018 - 07:16 PM)

Nonsense. Everything changes, the cycle is an illusion.

@  Waspinator : (07 December 2018 - 07:03 PM)

Turning, turning, turning through the years. Minutes into hours, and the hours into years. Nothing changes, nothing ever can. Round about the roundabout. Round and round and back where you began!

@  Pennpenn : (07 December 2018 - 06:56 PM)

The change was you got something off your wishlist. Be happy about that if nothing else!

@  wonko the sane? : (07 December 2018 - 02:09 PM)

I finally got something off my steam wishlist! but managed to add another title immediately: so there was no change. Dang it.

@  Dekafox : (07 December 2018 - 01:46 PM)

They're the thieves everyone is talking about though!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (07 December 2018 - 11:06 AM)

Wrong Phantom thieves!

@  Dekafox : (07 December 2018 - 11:04 AM)

I thought they were just trying to take the Lupin Collection pieces

@  MEDdMI : (07 December 2018 - 09:25 AM)

damn you Phantom Thieves and your "Take Your heart wallet" motto!

@  MEDdMI : (07 December 2018 - 09:23 AM)

@Tm_Silverclaw whaaaaa????? :o *sees trailer* AAAAARRGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

@  unluckiness : (07 December 2018 - 03:15 AM)

Great, Waspinator got exploded again.

@  Waspinator : (07 December 2018 - 02:39 AM)

Taka, Tora, Batta: Ta-To-Ba! Tatoba, Ta-To-Ba!

@  unluckiness : (07 December 2018 - 12:08 AM)


@  Waspinator : (06 December 2018 - 11:39 PM)

that is super weird

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (06 December 2018 - 11:32 PM)

My brain broke!


Joker... From Persona 5... In Smash....

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (06 December 2018 - 10:25 PM)

That doesn't suprise me.. I'm more waiting for Rockstar to pull a Bethesda.

@  Steevy Maximus : (06 December 2018 - 09:46 PM)

Red Dead is running wild over the Game Awards. More than a few have been awarded where I don't feel they should have won.

@  Steevy Maximus : (06 December 2018 - 09:11 PM)

Marvel Ultimate Allience 3 Switch Exclusive for 2019!?

@  unluckiness : (06 December 2018 - 08:57 AM)

The red plastic holding it together kinda worries me. It's the gummi kind of clear plasstic andmoving it feels uncpomfortably close to tearing.

@  Shrug : (06 December 2018 - 08:17 AM)

Yeah, that happened to mine a few weeks ago. Common problem.

@  Pennpenn : (06 December 2018 - 08:05 AM)

Oh for cryin' out loud, the yellow part on the back hinge of my TR Weirdwolf broke. Bleh. At least the red is still there I guess.

@  unluckiness : (06 December 2018 - 04:59 AM)

Man, I still haven't gotten past Rock Tunnel.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (06 December 2018 - 03:28 AM)

You know nothing.. NOTHING! Eevee is our lord and savior! He will give us the cuteness we need! ;) No seriously.. Both Pika and Eevee in the games are way OP and Eevee can learn elemental moves to replace evolving.

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 December 2018 - 03:22 AM)

It's cute, what other point does it need?

@  Pennpenn : (06 December 2018 - 03:17 AM)

I can get Pikachu not evolving, the species has had decades of not evolving. But Eevee without evolution seems... pointless?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (06 December 2018 - 03:15 AM)

Neither can Pikachu... And you don't need Eevee to evolve!

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 December 2018 - 03:15 AM)

Neither of them can evolve as starters.

@  Pennpenn : (06 December 2018 - 02:30 AM)

Also damn it my mouse wheel broke. What a pisser.

@  Pennpenn : (06 December 2018 - 02:30 AM)

It can't evolve.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (06 December 2018 - 02:29 AM)

How dare you! You KNOW Eevee is the obvious choice!

@  wonko the sane? : (05 December 2018 - 05:48 PM)

Finished mine a few days ago, and just bought myself (I really shouldn't have, but did anyway.) let's go pikachu with the pokeball.

@  Cybersnark : (05 December 2018 - 03:47 PM)

Mostly. There's a book en route to my mom's house from the UK and I don't know if it'll arrive before January.

@  Cybersnark : (05 December 2018 - 03:46 PM)

Christmas shopping: complete.

@  RichardT1977 : (05 December 2018 - 12:37 PM)

(which would lead to a bunch of bad jokes about him selling a line of cashews, almonds, and pecans)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 December 2018 - 12:37 PM)

That would make sense per the precedent of Kamen Rider OOO ("Kamen Raidā Ōzu").

@  RichardT1977 : (05 December 2018 - 12:35 PM)

Wouldn't it be pronounced "Kamen Rider D's"?

@  fourteenwings : (05 December 2018 - 11:37 AM)

Kamen Rider Dream Drop Distance?

@  Sabrblade : (05 December 2018 - 09:57 AM)

Kamen Rider DDD, or "3D" as it would be pronounced.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 December 2018 - 06:50 AM)

Dedede is secretly a Kamen Rider? You know what? Why not. I honestly wouldn't be suprised!


Phil's review of Power of the Primes Punch / Counterpunch

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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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