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@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:47 AM)

(And the 0th anniversary of the last time I couldn't do math.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day we fought off an alien invasion with the help of Will Smith.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Oh the end of the Ottoman Empire of course.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 10:14 AM)

*ahem* 4th of July....

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 08:14 AM)

Nothing of importance has happened before, and nothing of importance will happen again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Nothing of importance happened today.

@  Telly : (03 July 2020 - 09:54 PM)

i want a "i survived 'rona and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 July 2020 - 03:42 PM)

Slogan for 2021: "I Lived, Bitch."

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

They should make the next book in the Survivors series 'I SURVIVED CORONA VIRUS 2020'

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

YEEEE I'M A SURVIVOR-

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 July 2020 - 03:14 PM)

Convert him to Maple Syrup.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 03:10 PM)

what would Canada do with Yogi?

@  Cyoti : (01 July 2020 - 12:51 PM)

We can deport Yogi back to Canada now.

@  Sabrblade : (01 July 2020 - 12:50 PM)

Jellystone National Pawk. A westful wetweat.

@  Rycochet : (01 July 2020 - 12:47 PM)

Jellystone. We're going to be plunged into a decade of poor animation. Fortunately we've been led by bad cartoon characters for years so we won't notice much difference.

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 July 2020 - 06:19 AM)

what next? YELLOWSTONE?

@  Nevermore : (01 July 2020 - 05:46 AM)

Thanks, dead person.

@  Bass X0 : (01 July 2020 - 05:06 AM)

congratulations to all survivors of the first half of 2020.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 June 2020 - 10:21 PM)

21 for me, but after numerous repetitions I got it down to 17 and a half.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 June 2020 - 06:16 PM)

I transform in six steps from human to human sitting on my ass at the computer and back again!

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 June 2020 - 05:55 PM)

x-x when in vehicle mode we can travel much F A R T H E R-

@  wonko the sane? : (30 June 2020 - 05:52 PM)

Because despite the fact that we can travel around the world in the time it takes to get a good nights sleep and a couple of meals: people rarely wander more than 25 miles away from home for the duration of their lives.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 05:49 PM)

I don't know how many days that trip takes - especially while sightseeing - but explaining they're 3936 kilometers (2445 miles) apart gives an idea, paradoxically because it is too large to easily picture.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 05:44 PM)

Aye.  When I catch lay people discussing miles and not how long the trip takes, it is in an attempt to stress how far away something is... like NYC to LA.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:20 PM)

But I can imagine 45 *minutes* easily.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:20 PM)

I can imagine a mile, it's a distance I've run. I can't really imagine 45 miles.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:19 PM)

I think there's also an element of the thing where things that are much bigger than us all blur together.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:49 AM)

If you're not, then you're more concerned with how long it takes.  Actual distance doesn't tell you that very well.  Besides traffic and road conditions, you'll need to know what kind of driving (city/interstate/rural/etc.).

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:47 AM)

Distance matters if you're being paid by the mile.

@  TM2-Megatron : (30 June 2020 - 11:44 AM)

Canadians are the same way, for the most part. If you're driving somewhere far, especially, it helps you plan out the day more than a distance in KM would.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:42 AM)

We use the time it takes to get someplace because that is what is relevant to us.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 June 2020 - 10:55 AM)

Because even we can't figure out miles half the time.

@  Paladin : (30 June 2020 - 09:54 AM)

it's a big country with a lot of empty space. between our citizens' ears.

@  Bass X0 : (30 June 2020 - 09:52 AM)

Why do most Americans measure distance by hours of driving?

@  TM2-Megatron : (29 June 2020 - 07:26 PM)

And as a result the world's lone blu-ray release of the film, an Australian disc that came out 7 years ago, now goes for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Thanks Disney.

@  TM2-Megatron : (29 June 2020 - 06:21 PM)

Well, they censored Daryl Hannah's butt in Splash :rolleyes

@  Paladin : (29 June 2020 - 05:43 PM)

maybe New Mutants is too bad even for D+.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 June 2020 - 05:00 PM)

X-Men films are coming to Disney+ next month. But will they censor Hugh Jackman's butt?

@  -LittleAutob... : (29 June 2020 - 12:44 PM)

Pft.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 June 2020 - 11:59 AM)

Behold! Night Strike Galvatron!

@  Bass X0 : (29 June 2020 - 09:53 AM)

I will grant you a recolored body, and recolored troops to command.

@  Cybersnark : (29 June 2020 - 09:47 AM)

I don't want to be reissued. This body sucks, I wanna be updated.

@  Nevermore : (29 June 2020 - 09:43 AM)

I definitely don't intend to be reissued. Nobody would buy me.

@  Bass X0 : (29 June 2020 - 08:31 AM)

will anybody else attempt to be reissued?

@  wonko the sane? : (29 June 2020 - 07:51 AM)

*Gasp* Decepticons re-writing history to serve their own needs?!?!

@  Nevermore : (29 June 2020 - 05:48 AM)

The whole point of the DJD is that they're fanatical Megatron fanboys (especially Tarn) to the point of having their own headcanon taking priority of the actual canon, simply speaking.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 June 2020 - 04:01 AM)

They didn't know the war was over until later. And then they denied it anyway.


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#381 Bass X0

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 03:50 PM

Toy based decos on generations style toys are always more interesting than animation accuracy.

 

I'm still shocked that now MP Datsun mold has the original toy sticker details.

 

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#382 LBD "Nytetrayn"

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 06:58 AM

Well, if Energon Rodimus' robot mode didn't need to be compromised for the combination gimmick, I'm sure they likely would've incorporated those iconic elements.

 
Not necessarily since Energon Rodimus's transformation was also an update of G2 Hero Optimus's transformation.

Funny you should mention that, actually -- I was trying to think of what might do well to accommodate what I had in mind, and I think using G2 Laser Prime as a base would do the job rather well.

With the chest being the underside, it could not only get away from the "fake truck chest" issue, but do something different without being beholden to how the front of the truck looks. (And no, I'm not saying "put a fake car hood underneath the truck," either.)

The back of the truck mode would need some extra stuff to fill it out into a proper rocket-truck, but I'm thinking that maybe the rockets could slide up into the cab in robot mode, giving him a jet pack, and maybe the spoiler on top could flip forward, similar to the 2008 Universe Legends class toy.

Instead of the traditional truck smokestacks and tanks on the side, have something similar to the pipes on the PotP toy that can rotate into his arm blasters in robot mode.

And one of the neat parts of using G2 Laser Prime as a basis is that it not only gives Rodimus his tall shoulders (and then some), but it also keeps the shoulder guns from the Energon Design (one of my favorite elements there. At least, I think they were used as guns? I pretended they were).

Maybe I'll try to create a mock-up sometime, if I have the time, unless someone more capable wants to try taking a stab at it.

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 07:51 AM

In retrospect I'm uncomfortable with such blatant Holocaust imagery in More Than Meets The Eyes issue 49.

 

I get that it's meant to be horrible, but it seem iffy to put this kind of thing in a toy robot comic. 

 

Or at least that's how it feels to me.


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Posted 02 July 2020 - 08:46 AM

Combiners become exponentially more boring the bigger they are, the more unstoppable they are, and the more mythology is foisted upon them.

 

Multiple guys combining into one big guy is a neat visual with a short half-life because, ultimately, there's not that much to it.

 

Ironically, the best way I can think of to make the concept more interesting is to make combining less of a nuclear threat and more commonplace in Cybertronian society, so it has room to be explored.


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#385 Sabrblade

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:44 AM

In retrospect I'm uncomfortable with such blatant Holocaust imagery in More Than Meets The Eyes issue 49.

 

I get that it's meant to be horrible, but it seem iffy to put this kind of thing in a toy robot comic. 

 

Or at least that's how it feels to me.

 

There was also some Holocaust-esque imagery back in Episode 7 of Beast Machines.


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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.

#386 Cybersnark

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 10:27 AM

Funny you should mention that, actually -- I was trying to think of what might do well to accommodate what I had in mind, and I think using G2 Laser Prime as a base would do the job rather well.

With the chest being the underside, it could not only get away from the "fake truck chest" issue, but do something different without being beholden to how the front of the truck looks. (And no, I'm not saying "put a fake car hood underneath the truck," either.)

The back of the truck mode would need some extra stuff to fill it out into a proper rocket-truck, but I'm thinking that maybe the rockets could slide up into the cab in robot mode, giving him a jet pack, and maybe the spoiler on top could flip forward, similar to the 2008 Universe Legends class toy.


I've often thought that the Warrior-class RiD15 Optimus Prime mold(s) would make a good basis for a vaguely Energon-like Rodimus. Again you have the fake chest, the big shoulders, forearm kibble that could be turned into arm-pipes, and enough back-kibble that could probably be re-hinged some way to provide spoiler-wings. He has a longer "trailer," but it's not a separate piece and looks passably like a pair of ridculously-large engines.

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 11:55 AM

Combiners can be interesting, it's just that nine times out of ten, they're just not. They're usually mcguffins, created by mcguffins after mcguffins rather than actual characters, but that's a common problem with Transformers in general. There are stories that could be told with the concept but generally aren't, in favour of ''Oh no, it's X!', 'Stop that evildoer! I, Bigulon shall stop you!' or 'Bigulon has fallen, Megatron has won!'

 

Give us stories of Combiners who don't want to separate and risk never existing again because their constituent parts aren't as powerful, stories of members of fallen combiners who can still feel the presence of their departed teammates like phantom limbs and such. They're characters and need to be used as such.


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Posted 02 July 2020 - 12:00 PM

Combiners can be interesting, it's just that nine times out of ten, they're just not. They're usually mcguffins, created by mcguffins after mcguffins rather than actual characters, but that's a common problem with Transformers in general. There are stories that could be told with the concept but generally aren't, in favour of ''Oh no, it's X!', 'Stop that evildoer! I, Bigulon shall stop you!' or 'Bigulon has fallen, Megatron has won!'

 

That last part is definitely an unpopular opinion. :p


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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.

#389 Rycochet

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 01:18 PM

Well yeah, lots of Bigulon stans on the allspark.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 01:25 PM

Bigulon did nothing wrong



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 01:44 PM

Combiners can be interesting, it's just that nine times out of ten, they're just not. They're usually mcguffins, created by mcguffins after mcguffins rather than actual characters, but that's a common problem with Transformers in general. There are stories that could be told with the concept but generally aren't, in favour of ''Oh no, it's X!', 'Stop that evildoer! I, Bigulon shall stop you!' or 'Bigulon has fallen, Megatron has won!'
 
Give us stories of Combiners who don't want to separate and risk never existing again because their constituent parts aren't as powerful, stories of members of fallen combiners who can still feel the presence of their departed teammates like phantom limbs and such. They're characters and need to be used as such.


I always imagined that Optimus Grand Prime / Optimus Maximus would never want to separate with how well the team meshed together, their personalities and abilities.

Having worked together for a long time, using Optimus strength and wisdom, Prowl's tactical mind and processing, Ironhide's experience and courage, Sunstreaker's ruthlessness and battle prowess, and Mirage's invisibility and snobbishness. That said combine would never want to separate and outmatch all other Combiners in a one on one fight. Seeing themselves as superior. Eventually letting the bad half of these five mostly good characters become a villain that the other Autobots have to take down / separate. That these great heroes become a powerful monster.
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Posted 02 July 2020 - 02:00 PM

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become 20% of the villain.





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