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@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I'm also only reading the trades. So I'm still missing... two volumes that are currently only available as hardcovers? Three?

@  Trpodeca : (17 January 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Astro City is great. Since I only read the trades, there probably won't be a big change for me.

@  ZakuConvoy : (17 January 2019 - 05:34 PM)

I have. Great series. Hopefully the transition to OGNs will be a smooth one.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 07:20 AM)

Anyone here reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City?

@  Verity Carlo : (16 January 2019 - 01:12 PM)

https://sites.google...ations---part-1awwwww shit

@  Benbot : (16 January 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Remember the Noid? He steals pizzas!

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:47 AM)

That said, the old "Nester" character from Nintendo Power IS owned by Nintendo, and I could see a homage in there

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:46 AM)

Because technically DiC created the character, Nintendo does not own him.

@  Paladin : (16 January 2019 - 10:28 AM)

sidebar- why is "Captain N" not in Smash yet? that seems like such an easy option.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2019 - 09:18 AM)

The 90's mario cartoons had exactly three character aspects to work with: fat, italian and plumber. He wasn't exactly wrenching pipes in every episode, so they had to do something...

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2019 - 07:31 AM)

It's in another castle.

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:24 AM)


@  Locoman : (16 January 2019 - 06:17 AM)

Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEELP!

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:07 AM)

That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario *wheeze*

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2019 - 02:24 AM)

It's too hot here.

@  Echowarrior : (15 January 2019 - 11:03 PM)

I liked the Super Mario Brothers Super Show the best myself.

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There's always the three Mario cartoons DiC made back in the 80s.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 09:48 PM)

So they could make a show that everyone would scream was an adventure time knockoff? I get what you're saying, but I can't see it being well received.

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 January 2019 - 08:47 PM)

The fact that Adventure Time was on the air for 8 years and at no point did Nintendo hand the creators a large sack of money and say, "Please make a Mario thing for us" will forever anger me.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was so much awesome put into design and conception of the super mario bros. movie, and it didn't even need the branding: but it wouldn't have made it to the screen without the branding.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:56 PM)

Many aspects of it have stuck in my memory, though. The boots, the devolution ray, the aesthetic of the dinosaur city

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

I had no idea there was another Mario Bros. movie coming out, though. Doubt it'll top the first one, it was just so bizarre

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

They already act a bit like minions; they just aren't stupid

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 05:35 PM)

The trouble is: I honestly can't decide if making them minions would be better or worse than the continuously shrill voices they've used for the last 20 years.

@  Paladin : (15 January 2019 - 05:27 PM)

hope everyone's ready for Toads to look, act & sound like the Minions forever...

@  Lancer : (15 January 2019 - 04:54 PM)

I mean, considering Illumination is making the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. 1993 won't be the worst Mario movie anymore

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 04:36 PM)

"Sir, your pizza's here." "Not now!"

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Actually, yeah. I think I need to watch it again. Great movie.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 03:44 PM)

It's a fun movie with amazing sets. As long as you don't try to connect it to anything else Mario, it's fine.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Damn, I haven't thought about the Super Mario Bros. feature film in forever. Need to watch it again, soon; I can only imagine it gets better with time.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

Re:Zero is a fantastic series.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 03:10 PM)

Yeah it's not a bad concept, it's just that lately the term is associated with "I, a Loser Everyman, Woke Up In a Generic Fantasy Setting Where I'm Super Special So Now Girls Orbit Me"

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 12:59 PM)

So too is the old Super Mario Bros movie

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM)

I went and looked up the term "isekai"... that's not actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 12:19 PM)

I'm not sure, but the cartoon segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show are.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Wait. A. Minute. Is Blaster Master an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (15 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

*Dragon Slave*

@  Xellos : (15 January 2019 - 06:22 AM)

I used to use a pic like that as my avatar for years, but that... is a secret.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 02:07 AM)

Is Flatland an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (14 January 2019 - 11:16 PM)

@Xellos Every time I see you post, I picture Xellos' infuriating smug grin and finger waggling with the "sore wa hi*mi*tsu*desu <3"

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 09:50 PM)

The Last Starfighter is also one of those

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

Astronaut gets shot through a wornhole and ends up on a living starship full of escaped alien prisoners.

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

I realized a few months ago that Farscape is a sci-fi-based Isekai.

@  Sabrblade : (14 January 2019 - 09:03 PM)

The Thor movies and Enchanted, as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 January 2019 - 08:45 PM)

@xellos We get to many of those in Hollywood movies.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 January 2019 - 08:13 PM)


@  Xellos : (14 January 2019 - 07:47 PM)

There is also Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, where people regularly get summoned to a fantasy world, then eventually sent back with their accumulated powers (and the main character smuggles the demon lord's daugher by his request, which is a no-no)

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 07:23 PM)

We need more inverse isekais, like The Devil is a Part-Timer

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 January 2019 - 04:11 PM)

I feel like Tron is pushing it but I can't actually come up with an argument to that effect

@  Pennpenn : (14 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

To Arazyr- I don't see why it wouldn't be.


Phil's review of Energon Landquake

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 06:24 AM

For more pics, click on the image above

Prelude: Once upon a time there were three brothers, all of them named after the land. The eldest was called Landmine of the Energon line and he came into the possession of this humble reviewer in the distant past of 2004. The youngest was called Landshark and he emerged from the elite lineage of Botcon, appearing in 2009. The middle brother, however, though nearly of the same age as the eldest, remained hidden for long, only rumored to appear in the accounts of the Dreamwave. It was not until the waning of the year 2018 that this brother, called Landquake, finally appeared. And as it has been a near-decade since I last gazed upon this mold in a review manner, we shall now deign to do so again.

Robot Mode: Landquake consists of two separate modules, one being the actual robot, the other a trailer that becomes a power-up for his so-called “Brute Mode”. The normal robot mode is about Voyager-sized by today’s standard and looks pretty cool. I love his big, stompy feet and those triple exhaust pipes on his shoulders. Landquake is very nicely articulated for a figure from 2004. No twisting wrists or hip, but everything else moves and he can pull of some cool poses, including kicking other robots in the face with those huge feet of his. Landquake doesn’t carry any hand weapons, but if you want you can swivel those triple exhaust pipes forward to basically give him guns.

Side note: Something that has only occurred to me once Landquake got here, this robot would have made a very good Prime. The normal robot is the pre-Matrix version, the Brute Mode is the powered-up one. I think this figure would have made an awesome Rodimus Prime or Nova Prime.

Landquake’s Brute Mode applies the two tank tracks and claws to his arms and the platform with the crane and missile launcher from his vehicle mode to his back. Wings flip up behind his head and his head is framed by two weapons (or one weapon and a crane). The results looks extremely cool and powerful. Landquake retains his full poseability, hampered only slightly by the bulky arms. Sure, his head is pretty much encased and he’s got zero side vision, but I’m sure a robot can compensate that somehow.

The only very, very slight downside of this awesome robot mode are the heels, which aren’t the most stable in the world and can easily flip in. He’s got a solid stance if the heels are in the right position, though. So bottom line: an awesome robot, with or without the Brute Mode.

Alternate Mode: Landquake’s robot mode transforms into a truck with a big snow plow up front and links up with his trailer, which gives him a towing crane and a missile launcher. The combined vehicle mode looks like something from a Mad Max movie (if it were dirtier and rustier, mind you) and I really, really like it. You can turn the platform on the rear bring the crane arm and missile launcher into different positions, too. The towing hook from the crane is on a string and can be pulled out a good bit, retracting when you push the button on top. So bottom line: a superb vehicle mode.

Landquake’s trailer can also become a sort-of battle station. It basically rises up, using the tracks and wings as legs, allowing robot mode Landquake (or a similar-sized robot) to stand behind it as a gunner. Not the most intricate base mode ever, but pretty good.

Remarks: Like in most toy lines the Energon line, too, saw many of its toys repainted in order to reuse the molds. Interestingly enough many of those repaints actually did appear in the cartoon, usually as powered-up versions of the same character, even when the toy got a different name and profile. Landquake was one such case, the toy being described as a separate character, but appearing in the cartoon as a powered-up version of Landmine. Landquake did appear as himself only in the pages of the Dreamwave Energon comics (though with an entirely different head mold), where he was part of the Autobot force defending Earth from a massive Terrorcon attack.

Having already owned Landmine and currently owning Landshark, I didn’t really plan on getting Landquake, too, but when I saw him for a steal on ebay, I couldn’t resist. The Landmine mold is, to me, one of the best molds from Energon, probably the best Autobot mold, and simply a great figure. I’m not sure which paintjob I like best, but Landquake definitely looks very good. So bottom line: a great figure. I recommend having at least one version of it in your Transformers collection.

Rating: A

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:41 PM

This era, despite many issues, did manage to pump out some exceptional looking figures from time to time and this is one of them.  He looks great and plays great, two hallmarks of TF at it's finest.

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