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@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P


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#1 Maruten

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 01:17 AM

Like, I am presuming that they Aren't Cool.

But there's precedent for discussing them, okay. Well at least a little.

Bakugan is back! Picked up this guy just to see what the new stuff is like and I'm digging it. This guy's tail is beefy with super-strong springs, so he does a flip as he opens and lands in this crouching pose. The rectangular metal-lined arena cards have been turned into little hexagonal cards, and instead of getting your figures to stop on top of the cards your goal is to grab them in passing, and your figure flips over the card and reveals its bonus. This Garganoid winds up with the card on the end of its tail.
 
As for backward-compatibility, the new engineering makes them work poorly with the older metal "gate cards" because they get in the way of flipping over. They don't "stand" by the definition of the old rules. Also, since the new ones don't have attribute symbols, technically by the old rules they can't get anything from the old cards anyway. There seems to also be a full TCG aspect of it now that I haven't checked out. It looks like there's a game with just rolling the figures for a quick game or TCG rules for a longer game?
 
Update, only the "Ultra" Bakugan do the auto-flip, the regular ones just open like classic Bakugan. And I just noticed for some odd reason the entire Subterra attribute has been removed.
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These little guys had never been a thing I was really aware of, but my son got some recently and I was shocked by how amazing the better ones are.

Some of them are rubbish, but some of them pack surprisingly fun little transformations inside their spring-loaded spheres. At their best (which seems to mean "a few of the Ultra-class ones"), they're a hell of a lot better than any Transformer I've ever seen that tried to turn into a tiny ball - they're certainly far more impressive than the RID15 minicons or your average Botbot.

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The "game" you can "play" with them seems like pointless rubbish, and I assume the various anime series are too. But I was really astounded by how great the best of these are. (NOTE: not all bangerganks pictured can be classified as "best")

Admittedly, "can't transform them without a magnet" is a fairly serious limitation.

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#2 Engledogg

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 08:34 AM

I have a ton of the older ones that I've picked up at yard sales/flea markets over the years. 

 

I've had some trouble identifying them as I haven't really found a good ID site for them.  Plenty of sites that cover them, but nothing like a checklist or ID guide.

 

I noticed that they have these new ones at Walmart and they do seem to be a bit more complex than the older ones.

 

That spider you picture above is pretty awesome, actually.

 

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 08:40 AM

TMM and I have a few of those from the first run. I think an eyeball one is still on our fridge. The praying mantis and spider are really cool.



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Posted 21 September 2019 - 10:34 AM

Yeah that mantis and spider are pretty rad.
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Posted 21 September 2019 - 11:18 AM

I was absolutely obsessed with Bakugan during the original run, and I have a lot of my original ones. I watched all the anime, and I even played all the games (I still have the second way-less-popular PSP one somewhere).

 

When the hype was building up around the reboot, I was similarly obsessed. Then I burned out really badly. I think, mainly, this was due to the new anime. It is... very taxing to sit through, and I forced myself through about 18 episodes. I do like some of the new designs (they're bigger because I think Takara and Spin Master don't have the rights to whatever the original smaller mechanism was, that belongs to SEGA).

 

I also like that because Subterra wasn't really as popular as any of the other attributes in the first series, they rebranded it the shiny gold Aurelus. They even kept it from the first couple of lines and have only started releasing it in the third wave.

 

In terms of the new designs, I quite like Pegatrix and Gorthion. I didn't like Trox when I saw him, but watching the anime endeared me to him. Similarly, selling Cubbo as The Saviour of Toyhood really made him endearing (that card where he's dabbing is hilarious). The bigger Ultra balls seem excessive, but they seem to be making it work in that people are buying them. The new card game seems really fun, and I would have liked to get some of the cards, but I'm still kind of iffy on getting back into it.


Edited by fourteenwings, 21 September 2019 - 12:37 PM.

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 11:26 AM

I've had some trouble identifying them as I haven't really found a good ID site for them.  Plenty of sites that cover them, but nothing like a checklist or ID guide.

 

MIKE

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Would something like this work?

 

https://bakugan.wiki...ugan_Identifier


Edited by ZakuConvoy, 21 September 2019 - 11:27 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 03:43 PM

The spider was the first one my son got, and I was just like... that's a bloody great little robot spider. Then I threw it into the fire after discovering how insanely difficult it is to get all the legs in place simultaneously for re-ballification. The mantis also is superb but with a much more graceful and charismatic transformation.

Haven't handled Trox but did walk past one and it was the first dude that made me think holy cow - try to beat that, Hasbro! Because the Ultra version looks crazy great for something that pops out of a tiny Cybertron.

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 04:52 PM

Oh yeah, Bakugan exists. 


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#9 Maruten

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 05:47 PM

Apparently!

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 07:01 PM

Oh yeah, Ultra Trox is a brilliant little T-rex ball. Also agreeing that the spider is a pain in the butt to close up. I'd like to get into the more complex version of the card game, but alas I pretty much have zero IRL friends.


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 08:36 PM

 

I've had some trouble identifying them as I haven't really found a good ID site for them.  Plenty of sites that cover them, but nothing like a checklist or ID guide.

 

MIKE

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Would something like this work?

 

https://bakugan.wiki...ugan_Identifier

 

Yep, that helps a bit with the base names (thanks!), but I'm not quite sure how to progress beyond that.

 

For example, I have a "Delta Dragonoid", but it's black and purple.  So, I'm assuming that's the "Darkus" version...I think?

 

It would be nice if they had year of release, as I try to keep track of these types of details.

 

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#12 PlutoniumBoss

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 09:02 PM

For example, I have a "Delta Dragonoid", but it's black and purple.  So, I'm assuming that's the "Darkus" version...I think?

Pretty much, yep. The old ones also have faction symbols on them, because there were a lot of special decos that don't match their faction (or "affinity") colors.


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Posted 22 September 2019 - 11:25 AM

I think any of the toys can come as any of the 6 "factions".

 

And you *might* be able to use the release dates of the corresponding anime to get a rough idea of when the toys came out.  Not perfect or exact, but it'd give you some idea, anyway.  There seems to be a lot more coverage of the anime than the toy line, at least on English-sites.

 

And I did like the original anime when it came out.  Nothing special, mind.  Not even as good as stuff like Yu-Gi-Oh or even the first season of Cardfight Vanguard, but enjoyable enough.  The new show is...trying a little too hard to be hip, I think.  The first episode DOES have a pretty funny moment, though...

 

Spoiler
 

 

Here's another fansite:

http://www.bakuganbuzz.com/

 

It doesn't have the best layout, but it does seem have a little more detail on some of the Bakugan toys, like Delta Dragonoid

http://www.bakuganbu...ta-dragonoid-2/


Edited by ZakuConvoy, 22 September 2019 - 11:49 AM.


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Posted 22 September 2019 - 01:01 PM

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 09:17 PM

I really had no idea that there were so many of these things, lol.

I have some that are smaller than the standard size guys, and some that are much larger.

I've figured out that the big ones are called "Deka" figures, but I'm not sure what the small ones are called. Admittedly, I haven't yet looked at all the pages linked to all that closely, so maybe I just haven't read that info yet.

I also have a few that have keychains attached to them, and some simplistic ones that are likely Happy Meal toys.

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Edited by Engledogg, 23 September 2019 - 06:47 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:53 AM

Pretty sure they got me.

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#17 PlutoniumBoss

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 08:49 PM

Just found a Diamond Nillious. Should I open, sell, or save?


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:52 AM

I'm not usually a "buy stuff and then screw people on eBay" kind of guy but the fandom is so crazy for Diamonds, and they're so ugly, that I support selling them at ludicrous prices.

Or semi-ludicrous prices. I mean let's be civilised.

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#19 PlutoniumBoss

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 01:15 PM

And it's not as if the basic Nillious mold is otherwise hard to come by. On the other hand, this may be the only diamond I come across.


Edited by PlutoniumBoss, 14 November 2019 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 05:41 PM

Very true. A lot of people can never find one. Shiny Pokemon!


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