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@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

I'd have loved it if Studio Series Grimlock offered a superior Volcanicus....

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 07:17 AM)

I feel the '80s music would be jarring when running over current-day CGI instead of well, '80s visuals.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 05:39 AM)

Not a remake, reanimated scene for scene, like that fan vid titled they were always real to me.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2020 - 04:37 AM)

Because we need more remakes these days.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:36 AM)

Be a hoot if these Studio Series 86 toys led to Transformers The Move Reanimated like Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

@  Paladin : (20 October 2020 - 05:15 PM)

only takes three pounds to be a cereal killer.

@  Kalidor : (20 October 2020 - 04:54 PM)

5 pounds is a lot of cereal! /deadpan

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 October 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Seems the area near my work place is due to be gentrified. Electric car ports, fifty pound haircuts and five pound bowls of cereal in breakfast cafes I'll bet.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 11:31 PM)

@ZakuConvoy Lumines Electric Symphony. So still halfway interesting, and it’ll play on the PS TV

@  Demovere Xeno : (19 October 2020 - 10:36 PM)

@Maximus: I paired the Battle Patrol with Ironworks and they look good together, though the Off Road Patrol would probably fit best as vehicles you're likely to find at a construction site.

@  ZakuConvoy : (19 October 2020 - 09:39 PM)

So...was it something like Tearaway or Gravity Rush or was it just a FIFA or a Madden?

@  wonko the sane? : (19 October 2020 - 08:26 PM)

Sounds like they need to clean more often.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 06:51 PM)

From the depths of Walmart's backroom comes...a Playstation Vita game in 2020?

@  Telly : (19 October 2020 - 02:20 PM)

and my bow

@  Donocropolis : (19 October 2020 - 11:49 AM)

<GIMLI> And my axe! </GIMLI>

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Poll: Do you feel we should cover ONLY Transformers or a wide range of action figures and toys? (41 member(s) have cast votes)


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#1 Kalidor



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 10:17 PM

I've made a poll on Twitter to get feedback on something that I've been on the fence about for years. It's time for your voice to be heard.


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 10:56 PM

Why did you chose to do a Twitter poll instead of just a poll here on the forums?

Unless I'm mistaken, I and everyone else without a Twitter account can't take part in the poll.

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 11:15 PM

Well I wanted to consolidate it into a single location and Twitter seemed like a good as place as any due to the convenience. 


For the sake of clarity I can duplicate it here since the forum community is definitely the heart. Twitter is the beady eyes. 

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 04:56 AM

as a happy Allsparkler option 2 seems to be the best one 

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 02:19 PM

What do you mean by "cover"?  We discuss a lot of things here, so I'm not sure what this would entail.  Extra subforums?  In that case my answer would be no, since we're just not big enough and it would only be more clicks to see little to no activity.  I prefer everything dumped in General for ease of use.  It's not like we have a thread turnover problem.

Edited by Benbot, 22 February 2020 - 02:19 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 02:29 PM

"Cover" would, I assume, refer to what news is seen on the front page.

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 02:39 PM

Yes, we mean in terms of news that is posted to the front page. :)

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:21 PM

I can't imagine limiting the news options further. What is even the point of the Allspark if Greg can't post D&D articles?


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:03 PM

Personally, I liked it when we covered all the geek news. 

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:13 PM

Like I said on FB, I think there's a void in western new sources for Japanese mecha toylines. We could fill that void. That or branch out to other Hasbro lines would make the most sense.
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Well one of those descriptive words is accurate I suppose!

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:15 PM

I dont mind any cool toy/game news along with TF stuff


But what I do mind is the fact that we would post that kinda poll on twitter first before posting on the thing we want people see and interact with the most (The Allspark its self) we have to do better there this is the place we must think of first not the other way around

Edited by tec, 22 February 2020 - 07:16 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:19 PM

I dont mind any cool toy/game news along with TF stuff


But what I do mind is the fact that we would post that kinda poll on twitter first before posting on the thing we want people see and interact with the most (The Allspark its self) we have to do better there this is the place we must think of first not the other way around


Well like I mentioned, I just wanted to compile it in one place. And a news feed is 99% of what Twitter is for as it tweets when a new article gets posted to the front page. 


While in here, I see more TFW links posted to things we already posted about and I'm still a little hurt over the "There's a front page?" jabs. 

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 09:42 PM

Only Transformers. If I wanted to see news for other stuff, I'd go to a website for other stuff.


Also, the front page desperately needs a makeover. Right now when you first load it, you only see one story. As you scroll down, you can only ever see 1-2 tops because of the layout. That's awful design - you should be able to see several headlines/stories at once, and then click on the ones you want to read in further in depth. The "trending" and "tags" are several screens down. Maybe it's a mobile design thing? But it looks really bad on desktop.


Also eff twitter.

Edited by Magnusblitz, 22 February 2020 - 09:43 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 09:59 PM

I think Allspark should say true to its core and primary focus on Transformers than anything else unless its a slow news day then maybe some other properties that a large chunk of users have a interst in for example My Little Pony, as I said try to stay true to the core values otherwise the site will likely become a mess and disorganised and that leads to disaster.


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:49 PM

A compromise could be some sort of filter for the news feed that only shows Transformers-related news when turned on and shows all geek-related news when turned off.

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

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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 23 February 2020 - 01:44 AM

While in here, I see more TFW links posted to things we already posted about and I'm still a little hurt over the "There's a front page?" jabs. 

Some of the front page ignorance might be due to mobile users? My wifes smartphone jumps right to the Allspark forums and skips the front page; Ive never told it to do that, it just does.

My flip phone always brings up the front page, but it doesnt handle any pictures posted there very well. Which is probably an issue for few or no other users besides me, but it is the reason I tend to jump to tfw2005 for images if I dont have my wifes phone handy.

As far as what news gets covered, TF news should get priority, but Im not against The Allspark covering other relevant news. I think you need more coverage of Gobot news, but the general lack of new Gobot news may have more to do with that than any reporting bias? ;-)

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 07:09 AM

I'm fine with coverage of big news related to Transformers' sister brands from Hasbro and Tomy. Diaclone, Shinkalion, Gi-Joe and such. By big, I mean the Joe revival for example would have a lot of crossover interest with Transformers fans, so is frontpage worthy, while small stories like Coffeecupco releasing a purple cobra coffee mug probably isn't. Given how sparse official Transfomers news can be, it would help keep the front page looking busy if nothing else.

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 11:33 AM

As I said on Twitter, I'm happy with any kind of toy/comic news. We're a big forum and people talk about a lot of different things here.


And, like, there's room for emphasis.  Like, Allspark could cover multiple different companies and such, but maintain a primary focus on Hasbro and Transformers, much like the forum itself.



.... though judging by the current poll results, that's totally not what's going to be the result.


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 02:04 PM

Yeah. Transformers exclusive stuff looks favored over 'other stuff'. I'm sure there will be a few insertions. GI Joe would certainly be ok, but maybe D&D and video games wouldn't. 

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 09:09 AM

Voting is over on this. Results favor Transformers only news and updates. 

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