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@  Maximus Ambus : (19 October 2020 - 07:38 AM)

Greasepit for the Sports Car Patrol, Airwave for the Airstrike Patrol, Hot House for the Rescue Patrol, Ironworks for ????

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 04:09 AM)

My local Walmart FINALLY got a restock of Generations during the early September reset and got a big shipment of Earthrise wave 1 (the first I’d seen around here). IF, and that’s a big IF, they restock I’m expecting a bunch of wave 3. Or wave 2. But we’ll be skipping one of those waves.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 04:08 AM)

Barricade hanging around

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 04:08 AM)

Brunt barely appeared here at all, wave 3 was pretty much skipped for a big load of wave 4, with Impactor and

@  wonko the sane? : (18 October 2020 - 10:13 PM)

Brunt is shelfwarming around me. One walmart moved the whole lot of them off to a side shelf, but couldn't be added to liquidate them.

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2020 - 09:01 PM)

Ironworks is a plague. No idea if it was overproduced or if nobody wants it but thing's clogging shelves.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 October 2020 - 04:23 PM)

My walmart the few times I go in will be lucky to have two or three transformers period.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2020 - 10:29 AM)

I mostly just see walls of Ironworks. And the occassional Siege Hound.

@  Paladin : (18 October 2020 - 08:44 AM)


@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 08:40 AM)

My local Symths is still chock full of Earthrise wave 1.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 October 2020 - 08:24 AM)

Yup, generally so much they don't bother with any other waves as the existing stock doesn't sell out.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:56 AM)

All the damn time.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:56 AM)

If there's anything there's going to be plenty of stock, it's wave 1.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:56 AM)

I'm really not worried about wave 1 of a new line EVER.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

At least you got listings for kingdom. walmart canada won't list them until they're actually in stock and that could very well never happen. I'm gonna get mine from BBTS cause I'm not missing out on the maximals.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:32 AM)

And I don't buy the "they all sold out" explanation. The Kingdom figures are still listed.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:32 AM)

I don't see any of Friday's reveals at Walmart.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:23 AM)

There's a difference between "sold out" and "no trace of a listing".

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:23 AM)

There is still a listing for the scalped and sold out Walmart exclusive limited edition version of Gigawatt.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 07:22 AM)

But there should still be a listing.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 October 2020 - 06:30 AM)

Probably got scalped and sold out in seconds.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 04:10 AM)

And I don't see links anywhere either.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2020 - 04:10 AM)

So did Walmart somehow fail put up the Headmasters preorders as promised by Hasbro, or have the listings been taken down again? I cannot find them.

@  Kalidor : (18 October 2020 - 03:02 AM)

My Depth Charge is signed by David Sobolov on the wing.

@  Echowarrior : (16 October 2020 - 09:51 PM)

So do I, and I am one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 October 2020 - 07:33 PM)

I need an adult.

@  -LittleAutob... : (16 October 2020 - 11:26 AM)

Watching people talk here is satisfying-

@  wonko the sane? : (16 October 2020 - 05:57 AM)

Nope, just awesome 80's metal hair.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (15 October 2020 - 12:17 PM)

Feathered Depthcharge? Does he turn into a fish with feathers?

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 October 2020 - 11:57 AM)

i've seen fan vids of feathered Dinobot and Depthcharge (which got a top comment by someone who claims to be his voice actor) which show how CG progressed.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2020 - 08:01 AM)

A great story, and characters which more than make up for the now dated looking (but still clean and fluid.) CGI.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 October 2020 - 03:31 AM)

Thanks to Kingdom I've been rewatching Beast Wars. Still tops.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 October 2020 - 03:19 AM)

If they manage to tie GI Joe into Transformers like I hear they're trying to do, and it manages to put Joe product on the shelves again? I will totally forgive even the worst movie ever.

@  Telly : (15 October 2020 - 12:58 AM)

they LOOK cool, but i dont like the size. i grew up in the late 70s and early 80s where action figure size was 3 3/4, so thats what i prefer

@  fourteenwings : (15 October 2020 - 12:32 AM)

I think the new G.I. Joe Classified figures are pretty cool.

@  Telly : (14 October 2020 - 07:11 PM)

speaking of gi joe, just bought my first gi joe figure since...2011? whenever the 30th anniversary/pursuit of cobra was. got the so-called "retro" storm shadow. only got him cause i missed the ultimate version way back when

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2020 - 02:13 PM)

He has to say something eventually...

@  Bass X0 : (14 October 2020 - 02:11 PM)

New G.I. Joe anything has been a disappointment. The biggest of which is what I hear they will do with SnakeEyes.

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 October 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The disappointment of the new GI Joe game has been offset by the arrival of PRINNYS!

@  Nevermore : (14 October 2020 - 10:45 AM)

Sure, but as a unionized worker myself, it's a hot button topic for me.

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

In fairness, there are FAR more pressing issues than whether a multinational company decides to use cheaper non-union VA for their cartoons

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 October 2020 - 07:24 AM)

That isn't contradictory because "most ethical companies" is just a comparison to other companies. It's like being the fastest snail.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 October 2020 - 03:50 AM)

Was Hasbro in charge of the voice casting?

@  Nevermore : (14 October 2020 - 12:27 AM)

Doesn't sound very ethical to me.

@  Nevermore : (14 October 2020 - 12:26 AM)

Wasn't Hasbro once awarded as one of the "most ethical companies"?

@  Sabrblade : (13 October 2020 - 10:43 AM)

Jason Marsden wasn't too thrilled about it either, in the case of Rescue Bots Academy

@  Paladin : (13 October 2020 - 07:09 AM)

the Netflix show is done with non-union VAs. Cullen & Welker both objected to this before Siege came out. everyone's forgotten already...

@  Sabrblade : (13 October 2020 - 01:12 AM)

More likely they'll all just be recast with local VAs like how Primal was voiced by Ron Perlman in POTP.

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 October 2020 - 12:09 AM)

Gary Chalk, Ian James Corlett, VenusTerzo and Blu Mankuma would be welcome. Chances are, the Beast Wars characters will be unused or a speechless legion referencing their use in IDW1.

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 October 2020 - 05:01 PM)

I'd rather get David Kaye back for Megatron.

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Xal's role in the Multiverse

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 10:03 PM

Xal plays the role of Prometheus in Cybertronian mytho-history, as alluded to by the existence of the play Xal Unbound, a clear reference to Prometheus Unbound, and the deity's characterization as a trickster (at least according to the Allspark Almanac). Based on this admittedly limited information about Xal, I imagine that the play bearing his name (or rather, series of plays if the Prometheia is anything to go by) goes like this: Xal, like Prometheus, stole something from the king of the gods, except instead of Zeus, here it is Primus. In the story of Prometheus, he stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortal man, and was punished for it by having his liver ripped out by an eagle each day. For Xal, I imagine he stole the power of creation, as Primus is the god of creation, order, and light. I imagine that Xal gave the power of creation to the mortals of the Multiverse in the form of magic, which can create, but in a more chaotic way, going against Primus's natural desire for orderly creation in the face of Unicron's chaos and change.

This granting of uncontrolled, raw creative power to mortals goes against the Grand Plan, making the universe more interesting, yes, but more chaotic, and so Primus punishes Xal, perhaps forcing him to fight the Elder God's within their dimensional prison for all eternity as recompence for his actions. Xal's constellation is, after all, the sword. Like Prometheus, however, Xal must inevitably be unbound, perhaps evidenced by the Elder Gods' well-established escapades into the Multiverse. How he did so is mystery, maybe breaking free during the chaos of the Universe War, but regardless of method, Xal is again loose.

This next part is where it gets especially sketchy. In Prometheus's story, he is capable of destroying Zeus by withholding the secret to his downfall, but instead warns Zeus, and so the two reconcile and Prometheus is given the honor he is due. For Xal's tale, it is unknown what Primus's secret is. Perhaps it is that, if left unchecked, the increasingly complicated events happening across the Multiverse (cough FunPub cough) will throw it so into chaos that conflicts like the Universe War and Elder God incursions will become regular, and Unicron will thrive in the disorder and grow too powerful to stop. To preserve creation, Xal informs Primus, and for it, he is granted freedom and worship as the god of trickery and magic, while Primus subtly engineers the Shroud to preserve multiversal order. Thus, Xal's arc ends and the Multiverse is where we leave it today.

One more thing; something interesting to note is that Xal Unbound was written by Shattered Glass Straxus, who lives in a negative polarity universe. Negative universes, being the opposite of "regular" positive ones, have the color schemes, personalities, and even histories of their inhabitants be more or less the exact opposite of their positive counterparts. Thus, it could be assumed that Xal Unbound is the negative-polarity inverse of Xal Bound, from a positive polarity universe. The final installment in the trilogy, then, would be Xal the Magic-Bringer, a play only possible to write by someone observing from a multiversal point of view, like one of the thirteen, the TransTechs, or another deity. Perhaps Alpha Trion, or even Vector Prime (he may have been playing dumb when questioned about Xal. Who remains unaware of an interdimensional deity?!)? Maybe the final play hasn't been written yet, and the trilogy that spans the Multiverse is in the hands of we, the omniscient fandom, to complete.

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 10:38 PM

So multiversal that he escapes the Transformers Discussion dimension? = O

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 01:12 AM

So multiversal that he escapes the Transformers Discussion dimension? = O

This is reaching new levels of meta

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