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@  TriBlurr : (13 October 2019 - 12:16 AM)

Honor-Roll

@  Arazyr : (11 October 2019 - 08:18 AM)

I like that one.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 October 2019 - 10:39 PM)

Oh, how about Dropout?

@  Pinkcolliebot : (09 October 2019 - 07:47 PM)

Hey Everyone I'm beginning to put together The TF Roll Out Short Hot Rod's Presentation!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 October 2019 - 02:35 PM)

Truant.

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 October 2019 - 12:26 PM)

Haslab Unicron may change the direction of Cyberverse or the netflix series.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 October 2019 - 11:31 AM)

Bluecheesewagon

@  Benbot : (09 October 2019 - 07:09 AM)

Those are too friendly--what if he was a Decepticon?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (08 October 2019 - 07:23 PM)

Cheesewagon

@  Dekafox : (08 October 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Bus-Top has a very GoBot vibe

@  Bass X0 : (08 October 2019 - 10:51 AM)

I actually never heard of the name Megalodon until recently.

@  Noideaforaname : (08 October 2019 - 09:44 AM)

Bus-Top, Omnibus, Cerebus, Busicus, Busicon

@  unluckiness : (08 October 2019 - 09:32 AM)

Otto

@  unluckiness : (08 October 2019 - 09:32 AM)

Frizzle

@  Dekafox : (08 October 2019 - 09:10 AM)

Crankshaft?

@  Benbot : (08 October 2019 - 08:55 AM)

What's a good name for a school bus Transformer?

@  lastmaximal : (08 October 2019 - 12:57 AM)

Huh. There's a neat name for Beast Hunters Sharkticon Megs.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 October 2019 - 11:44 AM)

It's a submarine, we swear!

@  Otaku : (07 October 2019 - 11:26 AM)

@Bass X0 Letting myself comment to say "That's a good one!" and ask "Would a megalodon be a good fit for Megatron?"

@  Benbot : (07 October 2019 - 07:59 AM)

Ohhh good one

@  Bass X0 : (07 October 2019 - 07:39 AM)

I now want a Decepticon shark called Megalotron.

@  TriBlurr : (06 October 2019 - 05:47 PM)

Gives them time to screw up the color of his hands. :p

@  TheMightyMol... : (06 October 2019 - 12:33 PM)

His bulk is too great to teleport across such distances.

@  Sabrblade : (06 October 2019 - 11:09 AM)

Cuz it'll take that long to mass produce.

@  Darth Gonzo : (06 October 2019 - 10:47 AM)

Why is Unicron coming in 2021 and not 2020?

@  wonko the sane? : (06 October 2019 - 06:47 AM)

Shut up rattrap.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 October 2019 - 11:58 PM)

We're all gonna die!

@  Rodimus Supreme : (05 October 2019 - 09:29 PM)

UNICRON GOT MADE, BOIS!!!

@  Trpodeca : (05 October 2019 - 07:19 AM)

They seem to be treating all the games with the same reverence.Even ReCoded, which was just an excuse to redo the first game again.

@  Trpodeca : (05 October 2019 - 07:18 AM)

For the first time in about eight years,I've played a Kingdom Hearts game.

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 October 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Redjac Redjac Redjac

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 October 2019 - 10:48 PM)

dual 4ks are the way to go

@  wonko the sane? : (04 October 2019 - 06:29 PM)

And checking: those monitors are REALLY expensive.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 October 2019 - 09:30 AM)

Eh, I'm happy with multiple 1080's personally.

@  Benbot : (03 October 2019 - 07:21 PM)

Everyone needs a 1440 monitor. Just set up my new battle station and I never knew how much I was missing!

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 October 2019 - 06:59 PM)

Each part of a combiner is a complete toy in itself, so no, not really.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (03 October 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Aren't combiners technically BAFs?

@  Rycochet : (03 October 2019 - 02:16 PM)

The Anniversary Beast Wars figures had BAF parts over a decade ago, the minicons of RiD2 had BAF stuff too, heck, the Takara PVC line had Build A Figures back in the early 2000s.

@  Paladin : (03 October 2019 - 01:35 PM)

can't believe Build A Figures finally came to Transformers...

@  RichardT1977 : (03 October 2019 - 11:26 AM)

Originally Galoob made Micro Machines, but Hasbro bought Galoob.

@  Steevy Maximus : (03 October 2019 - 09:49 AM)

Hasbro owns the IP, but licensed it out to WCT. Hasbro owns Tonka, but hasn't actually made a legit Tonka product in years. Basic Fun (IIRC) is taking that over next year from the existing licensee

@  Benbot : (03 October 2019 - 07:09 AM)

I thought Hasbro made Micro Machines

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 October 2019 - 10:40 AM)

Jazzwares bought Wicked Cool Toys. So I guess Jazzwares is going to be making Micro Machines :p

@  Sabrblade : (02 October 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Go, Mud!

@  Dekafox : (02 October 2019 - 08:50 AM)

With our powers combined, we made... mud. Warm, bubbly mud.

@  MEDdMI : (02 October 2019 - 07:36 AM)

water, heart!

@  wonko the sane? : (02 October 2019 - 07:33 AM)

earth, wind and fire...

@  unluckiness : (02 October 2019 - 07:19 AM)

Earthblast

@  Shrug : (02 October 2019 - 06:07 AM)

Earthearth

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 October 2019 - 04:07 AM)

Earthfast


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Mike Stackpole makes his triumphant return to the Battletech universe


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#1 Ryougabot

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:19 AM

https://www.amazon.c...=gateway&sr=8-5

 

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 11:49 AM

On the one hand...

HELLS YES

Stackpole was bar none the BEST BT author of the pack. When Loren Coleman took over, things took a severe down turn for me so Stackpole writing again is a huge win.

On the other:

Stackpole did a couple novels for the Dark Age era ('Ghost War' in 02 and 'Masters of War' in 07) so he didn't exactly fully leave the franchise after 'Prince of Havok'. Also this is a collection of 3 short stories on the Kell Hounds - not the start of a huge story like the 4th Succession War (Warrior Trilogy), the Clan Invasion (Blood of Kerensky), the Refusal War or Twillight of the Clans
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 01:21 PM

On the one hand...

HELLS YES

Stackpole was bar none the BEST BT author of the pack. When Loren Coleman took over, things took a severe down turn for me so Stackpole writing again is a huge win.

On the other:

Stackpole did a couple novels for the Dark Age era ('Ghost War' in 02 and 'Masters of War' in 07) so he didn't exactly fully leave the franchise after 'Prince of Havok'. Also this is a collection of 3 short stories on the Kell Hounds - not the start of a huge story like the 4th Succession War (Warrior Trilogy), the Clan Invasion (Blood of Kerensky), the Refusal War or Twillight of the Clans

When I met with him, before the news broke that he was leaving the franchise (but he knew), I asked him how that whole process worked.  He said that all of the authors (Weisman, Babcock, Coleman, Kieth, Thurston, Pardoe, Milan, and a few others) met over a week and laid out the major events in universe for that year.  Once the major events were set in stone, each author volunteered to take sections of the story and tell that section.  Stackpole always handled politics, Fedcom, Wolves, Kell Hounds, and Comstar.  Coleman always took Laio. Thurston took Jade Faclons. Keith took Grey Death.  Charette took Kurita.  Other authors filled needed holes.  There was an agreement that the other authors would not touch certain characters that other authors were developing, and you could not kill another author's character.  They then gave their outline to FASA, and source book authors would work with primary authors to make scenarios and literature.  That must have been an awesome (pun intended) meeting.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:33 PM

That image needs a Drac Combine logo somewhere on it to complete it.

 

Also are there other new books?  I noticed some titles coming up on Amazon's "Related Items" that I didn't remember



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:01 PM

Coleman always took Laio.

Coleman's hard on obsession with Liao was obvious. EVERY Coleman novel had the same structure. Main plot for a few chapters, then a chapter in Sun Tsu Liao's throneroom which ALWAYS was: Sun Tsu meets with his top aides to discuss current affairs. Intricate description of Sun Tsu's attire, focusing on one different article of clothing which featured gold, making sure to drop a line how gold was a color reserved for him. Sun Tsu chewing out one aide (always a different one each time) over a failure of their plan (regarding that novel's main plot), but how he is magnanimous in "forgiving" said failure and implying future failures will not be tolerated. Purple prose on how he is a master statesman that everyone underestimate, he gives his instructions, chapter ends. Then more plot chapters, followed by another such chapter in the throneroom *that followed the exact same structure*.

That pattern changed when he got the "main" storyline, but compared to Stackpole... yeah it didn't measure up.

Plus he killed Omi. You know, one of Stackpole's characters.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:51 PM

so when are they bringing back the cartoon?

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=A-_-8D8R4CU


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:58 PM

That image needs a Drac Combine logo somewhere on it to complete it.

 

Also are there other new books?  I noticed some titles coming up on Amazon's "Related Items" that I didn't remember

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Coleman always took Laio.

Coleman's hard on obsession with Liao was obvious. EVERY Coleman novel had the same structure. Main plot for a few chapters, then a chapter in Sun Tsu Liao's throneroom which ALWAYS was: Sun Tsu meets with his top aides to discuss current affairs. Intricate description of Sun Tsu's attire, focusing on one different article of clothing which featured gold, making sure to drop a line how gold was a color reserved for him. Sun Tsu chewing out one aide (always a different one each time) over a failure of their plan (regarding that novel's main plot), but how he is magnanimous in "forgiving" said failure and implying future failures will not be tolerated. Purple prose on how he is a master statesman that everyone underestimate, he gives his instructions, chapter ends. Then more plot chapters, followed by another such chapter in the throneroom *that followed the exact same structure*.

That pattern changed when he got the "main" storyline, but compared to Stackpole... yeah it didn't measure up.

Plus he killed Omi. You know, one of Stackpole's characters.

 

They talked.  That might have happened after he quit

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:00 PM

so when are they bringing back the cartoon?

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=A-_-8D8R4CU

When they figure out who owns it...I hope they don't resort to rebooting it in the style of She-ra


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:02 PM

Oh I know. And the setup for it was in the final "classic era" novel Stackpole wrote. Still doesn't change the fact that it was Coleman that "pulled the trigger". And all the "wash-rince-repeat" style writing Coleman had re: structure was well before he left.

In short: Stackpole MUCH superior to Coleman.
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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:39 AM

Oh I know. And the setup for it was in the final "classic era" novel Stackpole wrote. Still doesn't change the fact that it was Coleman that "pulled the trigger". And all the "wash-rince-repeat" style writing Coleman had re: structure was well before he left.

In short: Stackpole MUCH superior to Coleman.

I have always thought of Coleman as the Rakshasa to Stackpole's Timber Wolf.


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 03:25 PM

Was he the writer for a chunk of the good X-Wing books I always liked them

 

I tried with the Battletech stuff but the clans and stuff sapped my enjoyment of them and made them kinda clunky


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 03:28 PM

Yeah, he wrote the X-Wing Rogue Squadron books for Star Wars.



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Posted 26 August 2019 - 07:52 AM

These just showed up as a surprise, I definitely married the right one

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:41 PM

so when are they bringing back the cartoon?

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=A-_-8D8R4CU

I liked that cartoon. Sadly, thanks to the mess with various corporate structures, no one knows who actually owns it! Seems preposterous, but there you go.

 

He did excellent work with the X-Wing novels--some of the Good Star Wars EU. Sadly, "I, Jedi" was hampered by crossing over with Kevin J Anderson's Jedi Academy series.


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