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@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2020 - 06:25 PM)

grinding wheel on a dremel and a lot of patience.

@  Darkstream : (07 April 2020 - 06:11 PM)

What do you use to sharpen it? I was debating buying one of those kits on Amazon

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2020 - 11:49 AM)

Wasn't the first time. I probably did it one of the times the chain jumped the blade, or when I was cleaning it or sharpening it.

@  Darkstream : (07 April 2020 - 11:38 AM)

Sounds like something I'd do. I always install things backwards first.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2020 - 07:32 AM)

Not while I'm outside working with the chainsaw. If it's working fine: then I don't need it. If it's NOT working; I use hand tools cause there is a job that brought me out there. No time to read.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 April 2020 - 03:07 AM)

You can Google manuals these days.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2020 - 06:06 PM)

I can't. One: we don't know where dad hide the damn manual. Not that he read it either. And 2.) I'm congenitally incapable of reading it, being as I'm male.

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 April 2020 - 01:52 PM)

Lesson learned: RTFM.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2020 - 11:45 AM)

It's time for todays lesson! Did you know there's a wrong way to install a chainsaw blade? I didn't. I thought the damn thing was just blunted, but nope. Backwards.

@  CORVUS : (05 April 2020 - 06:41 PM)

CONTAGION is on my current watchlist. I'm kicking it off with OUTBREAK, and I have a whole lineup of pandemic-based films. I treat this stuff as a fear-innoculant.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:52 PM)

My point is that of late, Taiwan's government executed lockdown procedures to great success. Vietnam has done similarly.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (05 April 2020 - 03:34 PM)

Didn't SARS just suddenly stop before it got very far?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:24 PM)

*raises eyebrows due to familial knowledge of SARS*

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:43 PM)

It was uncomfortably real in 2011, it's downright scary in relation to the current pandemic.

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:42 PM)

It is, almost to an uncomfortable point.The virus portrayed in that film was FAR more aggressive and fatal than Coronavirus, but the sourcing and spread and impact hit REALLY close to home compared to what we're dealing with now

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 04:50 AM)

Actually on the subject, I've hard a lot of people refer to a 2011 film called Contagion that they think is relevant.

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 01:11 AM)

Ah well, I'll stick to the classic British sitcoms: One Foot in the Grave, Til Death Do Us Part and They Think It's All Over.

@  TM2-Megatron : (05 April 2020 - 12:53 AM)

There's always the original, cheesy as it is

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 April 2020 - 12:10 AM)

Dunno... Tonight one of the major networks showed a movie with plagues.. including that listening to their leader causes the first born to die. ;P So nah.. I think the Stand could work. :D

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 April 2020 - 09:18 PM)

That's probably the last thing anyone needs to see, at the moment. Maybe when we get to the end of June/beginning of July and we can venture back out, it might be possible to find some enjoyment in The Stand.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 April 2020 - 02:08 PM)

I suppose the CBS adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand will be delayed.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:26 AM)

We'll always be together. Together in electric dreams.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Please remember that in these times of social distancing, we'll always be together however far it seems.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 12:41 PM)

It arrived! Yay!

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Given how the virus lasts about 3-4 days on metals and plastics, it's about the only way to go about getting stuff right now. I ordered a monitor mount for my desk and the delivery has been pushed back twice already.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 11:04 AM)

He ordered it online, says it was to keep those delivery boys in business. I did the same a week ago with some Transformers Studio Series figures off Kapow. Don't know if it's wise or not considering.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 09:12 AM)

You'd be the first. Everyone else has either been frustrated cause the one they wanted was sold out (like during boxing week.) or rushing to replace something broken.

@  RYNO : (03 April 2020 - 08:53 AM)

I actually walked into a store the other day and just randomly decided to buy at 32inch TV. It was just a Vizio, and grabbed a Mounting Bracket for it. No duress. Just a spur of the moment wanted a TV for my master bedroom.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:31 AM)

Conversely: I've never met a person who wasn't buying a TV under duress... so... yeah.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:20 AM)

I think I've met maybe two people other than myself who count cables before buying a TV.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (03 April 2020 - 05:33 AM)

Seriously.. HDMI splitters and switches are so bloody finicky, but most tvs don't have enough inputs.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 05:09 AM)

Just spent a hour trying to get my brothers new Samsung TV to read his Playstation and Blu Ray player only to find he was using a HDMI splitter.

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 April 2020 - 11:07 AM)

I could never master oral bullshittery. But in my day I was quite adept with the written word.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 April 2020 - 11:32 PM)

You have mastered the art of Bulljive. You must use this power only for good, or entertainment.

@  Sabrblade : (01 April 2020 - 08:58 PM)

This morning, for one of my online classes, I had to give a positive oral presentation about a play that I hated having to watch. I went into it completely unprepared and just winged it. My professor LOVED my presentation and thought it was excellent. She believed every word I said and honestly thought that I enjoyed that miserable play. Best April Fools ever!

@  ▲ndrusi : (01 April 2020 - 10:06 AM)

Happy Everyone Thinks They're A Comedian Now Day!

@  Donocropolis : (31 March 2020 - 05:45 AM)

Who, I might add, has never been photographed together with Byteman. Just sayin'.

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 10:27 PM)

Bruce Wayne's cyberpunk cousin?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 09:27 PM)

Laser Wayne

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 09:08 PM)

Luther Unum

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 07:09 PM)

Or Lee Derwon.

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:51 PM)

Not to be confused with Leader I

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was Leader Uno

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was the OTHER Leader 1

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 March 2020 - 06:29 PM)

Or Sideways.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 05:26 PM)

On the other hand, this is Armada we're talking about. It could have actually been Metroplex.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 March 2020 - 11:08 PM)

Oh yeah, that was Fort Max. My bad.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:12 PM)

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Peritus_Maximus

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Christmas Maximus?

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 March 2020 - 01:13 PM)

At least the ozone layer is healing. unless this is a 0.0000000001% thing it's sounds like good news.


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#61 Sabrblade

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 02:25 PM

 

- Question asked about Mini-Cons, how they came about, why it was decided to bring them into the brand, where they came from story-wise, how they were seen at first, where it was hoped they'd eventually go, and which one of the Mini-Cons is Archer's favorite? Mini-Cons were Archer's first project in his 13 years with the brand. He got told by his boss through the new president who was then the Hasbro CEO that he wanted a collectible line out of Transformers. They wanted to get back to vehicles, Beast Machines was perceived as a little too cerebral and kind of funky designs. They wanted to get back to cats and trucks and jets and look like ones that people know.

- The idea was "How do we get a collectible line with cars and stuff?" Takara presented Micromasters again, and then they played around with that and figured out how to make them the trigger of the action. Once it was decided that they were gonna be the popcorn that would come with everything and trigger everything, the story started to unfold and it became kinda cool. It was a unique time in space where you got a lot of value out of an Armada purchase featurally with the extra character cards. It was fun early days. Archer named them "Mini-Cons", they developed the logo, the M logo, the "baseball field" logo. Takara was very interested in that, they loved the micro play pattern, so it was a good fit for the co-development of the show and products between Hasbro and Takara, it just fit for everybody's needs.

- Archer has a few favorite Mini-Cons. He did all the first wave sets, some are better than others, but he's fond of all of them since it was his learning curve. The decos on those "stink", the mold plan isn't very well laid out in most cases, and that's all him learning. He's happy they're as popular as they are, but he looks back and goes "Man, I wish I knew more then." But if he had to pick a favorite one, he likes the one that came with the Skywarp they redid, put new wings on the Mini-Con and looked a little different, he likes that guy (Thunderclash).

- Being honest with us, after working on probably 3000 individual robot toys, Archer can't keep their names straight, particularly when each package comes with two named characters. He apologizes for not remembering the brand as well as us fans, but he had to rewrite a lot of the information to get to the next thing.

- He also likes the planet Mini-Con that came with Unicron. Originally they were gonna call that Gobotron, and they cleared it since Hasbro at the time owned the name "Gobotron", but they thought that was a little too much on the head, so they didn't really want to make an inside joke on a character like Unicron, but he likes that Mini-Con (Dead End) also.

 

 

 

- Question: "Over the years, we've had a lot of different incarnations of the brand, some of them more universe driven where you have the characters established in a certain setting and then they go through what that setting establishes, whereas other incarnations of the brand have been more character driven and driven the stories about the relationships between the characters, and I'm wondering how that is approached from a corporate level in terms of strategy and in terms of building a direction forward for the brand."

- Hasbro would try to partner with the best people that they could partner with at the time, and that's often how the flow of development would happen. Cartoon Network has a particular flow that was very engaging in partnering with them. Hasbro Studios had a different goal in set that they were needing to do to launch a network. So, every show kinda takes on its own feel. If you look at the Unicron Trilogy, that's very toy focused, it's essentially a commercial for the features of the products, and when two toy companies make a show that's what they look like. When professional animator people make a show independent of toys, they make Prime. So, it's just a different point of view and it's really who the development team is that does it. He'd like to say it was more tactical, they went "this kind of writing" or "that kind of writing", it's a little more research than that. They want to get into young audiences: Rescue Bots. They want to get into a movie-like universe: Prime. It's not directed any much more than that until the scripts start coming in at different points.

- Question: "As for yourself as a storyteller, what do you feel are the strengths of the Transformers brand with regards to those different storytelling ideas?" -- Whether it's good or bad, Archer thinks there's a lot of pliability in the Transformers franchise, it's been so many things, but it has kept a center spine. There's a big different between RID and Prime, between Armada and Beast Wars, but it's all legitimately Transformers, and feels like Transformers.


Edited by Sabrblade, 01 February 2019 - 02:25 PM.

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QUOTE(Bass X0 @ Aug 17 2013, 08:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the concept of being educated and being able to educate is something that more people need more of in their lives.

No, we don't all know everything but we should spread and share that what we do know.

If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:21 PM

 

By the way- James Robear? Have I been saying it wrong? I always say Rob-erts.

Earlier in the panel (in one of the earlier videos posted in this thread), he said he used to tell people as joke that it was "Ro-bear" (the French pronunciation of "Robert") instead of the American-sounding "Rob-erts", but some that he told took him seriously instead of realizing he was jesting. 

 

Similarly, he also used to jokingly say that "Ravage" was said as the French-esque "Ra-VAHZH" instead as "RAV-ehj", and was again taken seriously by those he told.

 

 

It's pronounced "Col-bear re-pore".


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:57 PM

La anglophonie est drôle.
遊び終わ。- ブレラ・スターン少佐西暦2059年

 

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:19 PM

Alvarez got so much older and hobo-ier in these most recent videos.



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 03:47 AM

Failing to crowdfund a line of knockoffs aged him.

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 05:54 AM

Alvarez got so much older and hobo-ier in these most recent videos.


Unicron's Mini-Con wasn't supposed to be Gobotron... he was meaning to say Hobotron.
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Posted 02 February 2019 - 06:01 AM

You leave my bedroom out of this.



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 08:59 AM

somebody say something nice about Rik to balance all this salt.
Woooo!

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 09:43 AM

Rik helped a lot with Legacy. Many of the pieces in the unreleased art section came directly from Hasbro via him, and they wouldn't have without his digging through the archives. Though he's no longer with the company he remains supportive of my current work.

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 11:26 AM

 

- For the Transformers Vault book, they researched everything. Archer went to Takara in Tokyo with the lead publisher for Hasbro, Michael Kelly, and they went in a room with Takara and they looked at models and paintings and wood two-up heads of Devastator, Demolishor, and stuff like video tapes that transformed just as cool as the micro-cassettes. They couldn't fit everything in, it would have just been a treasury of cool art and photos.

- What also happened with that particular book, which is sad, is that that company that put it out also put out a Star Wars book the year before, and it's huge and awesome. But when the economy changed and the U.S. publishing industry changed considerably, the Vault book got compromised somewhat by what can really be supported by people still buying books and at what price. They had to make a decision to lower the price and take a lot out. It's still a great treasure trove of Transformers knowledge but there would always be more if there could be. So it's unfortunate that that all didn't come out.

- One of Hasbro's biggest things they always tried to do was "How many Optimuses have there been?" They'd get their list, they'd get Takara's list, they'd consult some fans and get their lists, and realize that there are so many ways to count. Do you count exclusives? Do you count Takara items and Hasbro items? So, they don't know the real number, even now. It was one of those research projects that never found time or budget to get done.

 

 

 

- Question: "You have to create so much even for just one universe, and in Generation 1, for example, there were so many inconsistencies. Some of them were obvious, some of them were less obvious. How do you guys manage to decrease the amount of inconsistencies?" -- Archer doesn't believe that they always do, or that the animation partner always does, or that the comic partner always does. He talked about that malleability of the brand before, and thinks all of us as fans know from time to time we have to kinda squint and go "Ehh, I'm not gonna call that guy that name 'cause he should be this," so you have to make those calls.

- When asked about how, in some shows, they'll do one thing in one episode and then completely forget about it in the next episode, it just comes down to the management of the animation production, they should have people who are checking that. Talking of inconsistencies within the show, the shows were made kind of haphazardly, we can admit that we probably didn't know we'd be watching them and critically looking at them on the 200th viewing. So, things that probably didn't go noticed too much at times in the early days are now very obvious. With the newer shows and newer comics, you try, but when you put out as much volume of Transformers material that has come out, it's very hard.


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QUOTE(Bass X0 @ Aug 17 2013, 08:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the concept of being educated and being able to educate is something that more people need more of in their lives.

No, we don't all know everything but we should spread and share that what we do know.

If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 12:46 PM

 

- When asked if it's become a conscious decision for Megatron to be made more sympathetic in recent years, Archer believes that it's not a conscious decision by Hasbro but that the writers are trying to find new avenues to tell Megatron's stories. A big part of the Aligned universe was trying to understand why Megatron and Optimus initially were friends and Optimus learned how to fight from Megatron and then they had their rift. That rift is at the core of the thing.

- It has shifted in the last 20-25 years to villains being really cool and sometimes seem to be the main characters of the movie, and he thinks that's also happening on Transformers.

- When asked about the presence of more leader characters, citing the shift from just Optimus and Megatron in Beast Wars-Armada to having those two plus the four planet leaders in Cybertron (Override, Metroplex, etc.), to the numerous Primes in Animated, to there being lots of different Optimus toys in lines nowadays, if that's a conscious marketing decision related to the idea of, in a few years, everyone will be a leader of themselves. Archer isn't sure if he can answer this, but he thinks what it comes down to is, not unlike the attitude towards Megatron, how do you make some of these guys different? Are there characters like a Starscream who are beloved but which you want to find a way to give him his due, which they did in Cybertron. But, he doesn't know if there's a real good answer.


"When there's gold feathers, punch behind you!!"
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QUOTE(Bass X0 @ Aug 17 2013, 08:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the concept of being educated and being able to educate is something that more people need more of in their lives.

No, we don't all know everything but we should spread and share that what we do know.

If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.



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