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@  unitremover : (22 February 2017 - 09:36 PM)

I haven't been up there in a while but one of the Walmarts around here still has AOE deluxes out. Some of the CVSs do too.

@  wonko the sane? : (22 February 2017 - 09:34 PM)

It's been the same thing in local stores for ages up here.

@  BlackMax : (22 February 2017 - 09:33 PM)

One near me is the same - I swear they have over forty Deluxes there, all from many months ago.

@  Telly : (22 February 2017 - 07:43 PM)

my walmart finally filled those empty tr pegs. and of course its a mix of waves one and 2 (wave 1.5?)

@  Steevy Maximus : (22 February 2017 - 07:11 PM)

Got Highbrow, Skullcrusher, Scourge, and Chromedome for $5 a piece

@  Steevy Maximus : (22 February 2017 - 07:10 PM)

My Walmart had a Generations Rattrap hanging for the past 2 and a half years, and in trying to clearance it, inadvertently marked down the entire Generations Deluxe assortment.

@  Steevy Maximus : (22 February 2017 - 07:09 PM)

A shelf warmer's ultimate revenge: being around long enough that in trying to clearance it...the store marks down the entire SKU!

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 February 2017 - 07:59 AM)

Eh, he would've gotten beaten up if the government sent just about anyone.

@  Pennpenn : (22 February 2017 - 07:56 AM)

Regardless, literally everything I've ever seen (and a lot on tfwiki) attributes Megatron's slide into violence to Whirl beating him up while in custody. Maybe not like flicking a switch but Megatron's line "You made me. You taught me words were weightless without force" kinda spells it out.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 February 2017 - 07:38 AM)

I'm not sure if there even was a specific turning point, but he didn't seem kill happy yet when he was with Terminus, and that was after Whirl beating him up.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 February 2017 - 07:24 AM)

It was also before any sort of uprising or him actually doing much of anything.

@  Pennpenn : (22 February 2017 - 07:20 AM)

I mean, the whole thing didn't start as "the great war". It was an uprising that eventually morphed into a the war.

@  Pennpenn : (22 February 2017 - 07:17 AM)

Yeah, of course it's before the war, Whirl beating Megatron while he was in custody was the tipping point that made Megatron turn violent.

@  RC85747 : (22 February 2017 - 07:08 AM)

again

@  RC85747 : (22 February 2017 - 07:04 AM)

Forgot this wasn't a search bar

@  RC85747 : (22 February 2017 - 07:03 AM)

hascon

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 February 2017 - 05:12 AM)

But the thing with Whirl was before he started the war.

@  Pennpenn : (22 February 2017 - 03:28 AM)

Like so many awful things in that universe, it's basically Whirl's fault.

@  Telly : (22 February 2017 - 12:51 AM)

for about 10 minutes. then he got all kill happy

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (21 February 2017 - 10:27 PM)

Wouldn't IDW Megatron kind of count since his main reason for instigating the Great War was to overthrow the Functionist social order?

@  Black Hat : (21 February 2017 - 04:05 PM)

(I haven't read IDW at all please don't sue me)

@  Black Hat : (21 February 2017 - 04:04 PM)

Tyrest? He was chief justice, even :p

@  Bass X0 : (21 February 2017 - 03:24 PM)

I kinda want an Autobot to have the function of "Social Justice Warrior".

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 February 2017 - 12:20 PM)

Even we have limits.

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 12:18 PM)

Good. But let's agree not to do one for Tecumseh.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 February 2017 - 12:12 PM)

Shitting Bull.

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 11:54 AM)

or spending a lot of time taking a Squatto?

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 11:49 AM)

nice

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 February 2017 - 11:42 AM)

Just hope it's clean or you'll be meeting Pukeahontas.

@  Robowang : (21 February 2017 - 10:39 AM)

Snackajawea - REAL Native American food prepackaged for your snacking pleasure!

@  Pennpenn : (19 February 2017 - 04:03 AM)

Oh wait, figured it out. Doi...

@  Pennpenn : (19 February 2017 - 04:02 AM)

I'm kinda disappointed how they messed up Legion Bisk's hands so that his front wheels can't roll.

@  RichardT1977 : (19 February 2017 - 12:45 AM)

One of the Walmarts near me has some pegs full of Wave 1 TR deluxes.

@  Paladin : (18 February 2017 - 09:39 PM)

https://twitter.com/autobase_aichi/status/833142409005391872 ....is that an MP DINOBOT teaser?!?!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 February 2017 - 09:35 PM)

Yeah, never seen a Titans Return Hot Rod

@  LBD "Nyt... : (18 February 2017 - 08:58 PM)

Or Hot Rod. D=

@  LBD "Nyt... : (18 February 2017 - 08:58 PM)

Wow, seriously? I don't think I've even seen him here. =(

@  Msol : (18 February 2017 - 07:50 PM)

Yeah Mindwipe shelfwarmed like crazy in Vancouver.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 February 2017 - 07:36 PM)

My Walmart still has a Rattrap floating around. My frustration is I've seen Hot Rod and Doublecross, but still haven't seen a Highbrow

@  ShadowMan024 : (18 February 2017 - 07:02 PM)

I still haven't seen any Wave 3 Deluxes aside from the Triggerhappy I got off eBay.

@  Pennpenn : (18 February 2017 - 06:54 PM)

Fairly sure the Target near my work still has a CW Wheeljack hanging around the Wave 3 TR deluxes. Just wish we'd gotten Wave 2 deluxes...

@  ShadowMan024 : (18 February 2017 - 06:53 PM)

CW deluxes from the later waves clogged the shelves real bad.

@  ShadowMan024 : (18 February 2017 - 06:52 PM)

Correction: TR deluxes don't shelfwarm.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 February 2017 - 06:47 PM)

Generations deluxes don't shelfwarm.

@  Msol : (18 February 2017 - 06:30 PM)

Hm, interesting. Some of the pegs seem to have the correct names when they've been shelfwarming for a while. So like Mindwipe would be on a peg labelled MINDWIPE next to WOLFWIRE, etc.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 February 2017 - 06:30 PM)

It would make less sense to track individual figures when they're ordered by the assortment anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 February 2017 - 03:02 PM)

Nope. walmart tends to scan the first UPC of the assortment, then use it for the entire assortment. Actually tracking data makes to much sense.

@  Msol : (18 February 2017 - 02:37 PM)

So hey I bought Triggerhappy from Walmart a few days ago and just notice the receipt said TRIGGERHAPPY on it. Not the assortment name or whatever. Are they using this info to better track character sales or something?

@  unluckiness : (18 February 2017 - 07:13 AM)

I think there was a premonition panel in the Devil's Due TF vs JOEs

@  Bass X0 : (18 February 2017 - 05:28 AM)

When an app asks me to give a review or a rating, I decline, but I always look at other people's reviews before I get an app.


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#21 Kalidor

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:03 PM

Oh weird.. somehow I missed the first post and only came into the topic in a later post.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:58 PM

At last, I?m done with this part of the process, now it?s time for the putty to cure.
You might notice that I reworked Applebloom?s face, it was too flat before.



And another picture with PVC Applejack, for scale reference:



Next time: Humongous hair bows.

Edited by WorkbenchManiac, 07 August 2011 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:25 PM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Aug 7 2011, 09:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
At last, I?m done with this part of the process, now it?s time for the putty to cure.

I swear, if you were in charge of making the molds for Hasbro, I'd never keep any money in my wallet.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:03 AM

Those hairbows... they just did not want to cooperate. It took what felt like ages to get them in shape and smoothed, because whenever I gently pushed the front, the backside would deform.

I also did some work on Appleblooms face. this time rounding out her cheeks slightly.

And now Applebloom is finally done. The sculpt anyway, next I?ll make a mold and cast some copies of this figure. I can?t wait to break out the paints and brushes to give this figure a proper paintjob.

The finished sculpt:



The cured putty is all uniformly colored and a bit translucent, so it might be hard to see the details. Notice those lightly colored areas around the base the tail and on the sides of the legs? They might look like fractures or stress marks, but those are simply areas where different layers of putty have been put on top of one another. Due to the transluscence of the putty they are visible from under the sculpt?s surface.


Applebloom with PVC Applejack and the greens of Opal and Gummy:




And finally a scale reference with a can of DrPepper- just to show how miniscule this stuff really is:




So, what do y?all think?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:30 AM

I want this so bad it isn't funny.

(Of course, I'm broke so I can't afford anything right now. SADFACE.)

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:13 AM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Aug 11 2011, 01:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So, what do y?all think?

It's coming along very nicely. And I can certainly understand how the bow could give you a good fight; great work as always.
Also, I approve of your choice in beverages. icon-arcee.gif

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:32 PM

Gorgeous work, man. Like RoboViking, I'm also feeling sorely tempted to try something again myself. Damn, though - I can't believe the scale you're working on. It's incredible.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the tips again, I will try this method with the green stuff!

And Applebloom is looking better and better. icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 01:26 PM

Cheers guys, I appreciate it!

QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Aug 11 2011, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gorgeous work, man. Like RoboViking, I'm also feeling sorely tempted to try something again myself. Damn, though - I can't believe the scale you're working on. It's incredible.

Do it, break out the putty! It would be a lot of fun to have more people around here messing about.

As for the scale, this pony-stuff is a welcome break, usually I sculpt in even smaller scales. The face of the dwarf in my avatar is about as large as one of Applebloom?s eyes.


The mold is done, and the first cast made. This is what a raw cast fresh from the mold looks like:



Since I?m casting manually in flexible silicone molds and only with gravity to push the resin into the mold, I have to use very large resin feeds and a high amount of air ducts and reservoirs. Removing those takes a bit of careful work, so as to avoid any blemishes on the cast.
Since the resin I use has a very low viscosity, it can flow in between the two halves of the mold, creating a thin layer of flash. But flash is no problem, it?s easy to remove, since it is so very thin and will often break off on it?s own.
While I?m at it I also remove the mold lines- at this point I have already spend so much time and effort on the clean up, I won?t have that spoiled by ungainly mold lines.

After carefully cleaning the model with a scalpel and then filling in a few holes (resulting from tiny air bubbles in the resin) with putty we are now ready to start painting:



The light grey color makes it so much easier to see the sculpt, doesn?t it?

Next up: Painting Applebloom.

#30 Robot Viking

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:33 PM

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Just how hard is making your own molds? I've only ever made pieces one at a time, never tried duplicating them...

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:11 PM

QUOTE(RoboViking @ Aug 15 2011, 03:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Just how hard is making your own molds? I've only ever made pieces one at a time, never tried duplicating them...

It?s not that hard, really.

The basic "recipe" is as follows:

1. Make a frame to pour the molding silicone into. I use Lego bricks, they are sturdy, cheap, reusable and the ABS plastic does not react with the silicone/hardener.

2. Fill the lower half of the frame with non-hardening putty, like plasticine or play-doh.

3. Embed the sculpt into the putty.

4. Pour the silicone for the first half of the mold into the frame and let it harden.

5. Flip over the frame and remove the putty, leaving the sculpt embedded in the silicone.

6. Pour the silicone for the second half into the frame and let it cure.

7. Remove the frame and take the two halves of the mold apart. Remove the sculpt and cut the feeds and air-ducts into the mold.


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 01:58 AM

The figure is now painted.



More images can be found here: http://www.allspark....showtopic=81614

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:54 PM

I have started my next pony project: A show accurate version of Fluttershy in scale to the PVC figures. And to top it off I have accepted a dare to finish the sculpt this weekend. This means I?ll need every bit of motivation I can get to keep me going for hours on end, so I?ll be counting on you guys.

Alright, let?s kick this off, then:
After a night of sculpting I have now established the rough proportions and started smoothing out the surfaces. There is still a lot to be done of course, but I?m done for today.



I went with the prone pose for Fluttershy, because it both fits her character and adds welcome variation to the regular standing ponies.

Tomorrow I?ll finish this stage of the sculpting process by finishing the face, fixing some odds and ends that still bug me and further smoothing out the surfaces and then I?ll start on the mane, tail and wings.

Until then, I?m off to bed.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:56 PM

QUOTE(WorkbenchManiac @ Sep 2 2011, 11:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Until then, I?m off to bed.

A nice start. Best of luck with it!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 11:10 AM

Yay!

Consider me signed up for the preorder. = D

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:12 PM

Awesome work so far.
I can't wait until you've sculpted the mane.

She's gonna be soooo awesome! /)^3^(\

This Emoticon should give you enough motivation until i've got enough internets for skype.

Keep up the good work!

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:17 AM

Much appreciated, guys!


Sometimes I really hate bilateral symmetry. You think you?re done, and then you notice that the right hind hoof is just a tad smaller than the left one... so you start over with that hoof, rework the surrounding areas accordingly, smooth it all out again... and then you notice another little thing.

Making sure everything is symmetrical took a lot of work, but I think it paid off.



Now it?s off to the oven, then I?ll get started on the mane, tail and wings.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 08:05 AM

the curves are looking very smooth and matching for the character's model so far. And at least it's not Scootaloo, so you won't have the smell of roasting chicken as it bakes in the oven. icon-arcee.gif

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 09:52 AM

Yeah, this is looking awesome.

So I take it, then, you got a molding process figured out (without having to use so many sections?) I know that came up in regard to the PVCs, but I thought it was a concern with your resin casting on Fluttershy, too.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:50 AM

QUOTE(RoboViking @ Sep 4 2011, 08:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And at least it's not Scootaloo, so you won't have the smell of roasting chicken as it bakes in the oven. icon-arcee.gif

Ooh, gotta keep in mind to take a picture of Scootaloo in the oven when I get around to her.

QUOTE(Copper Bezel @ Sep 4 2011, 09:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I take it, then, you got a molding process figured out (without having to use so many sections?) I know that came up in regard to the PVCs, but I thought it was a concern with your resin casting on Fluttershy, too.

The problem lies with undercuts, i.e. sections of the sculpt, that, when molded, hinder release, because molding material has wrapped itself around them. Since silicone is elastic it allows for a certain degree of undercuts, but it will tear when stretched too far. In comparison, steel molds do not allow for even the slightest undercuts, due to their rigidity.

Have a crude drawing to visualize it:


The legs are the main problem, but the same would be true for most extremities, such as wings. The usual approach is to seperate the figure into individual pieces, but for the pony stuff I?d rather keep them as solid pieces instead of model kits.

With Apple Bloom I got around this issue by not having space in between the legs. Her hair bow made me worry a bit about release, but it worked out fine.

Fluttershy?s pose eliminates the legs as a source of trouble. Mane and tail will be a challenge, but since I?m casting manually anyway, I can work around that in ways that would be impossible with casting machines, which ar nowhere as forgiving of undercuts. I recently had to majorly retool the dwarf lord seen in my avatar, because the company I sculpted it for had issues with his undercuts tearing their molds.