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@  Dracula : (24 April 2017 - 04:10 PM)

bot can not be straight

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 April 2017 - 01:49 PM)

Hey man, don't dongshame.

@  Benbot : (24 April 2017 - 12:32 PM)

#crotchproblems

@  Robowang : (24 April 2017 - 11:53 AM)

Menasor's problem is that his crotch is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too high. I couldn't care less about those other issues. If your dong is a chestburster, something ain't right.

@  BlackMax : (24 April 2017 - 11:40 AM)

Seems like all the combiners have an issue like that, the legs can never be completely straight in combined mode, the finished big bot is always looming eerily or hip-thrusting.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2017 - 11:39 AM)

I doubt having an integrated trailer would have swayed me into buying CW Motormaster. But what definitely put me off were Internet reports of awful hip ratcheting.

@  BlackMax : (24 April 2017 - 11:36 AM)

I might also mention that ~not~ being a big truck has worked for the Internet pretty well.

@  unluckiness : (24 April 2017 - 11:32 AM)

I moaned about Motormaster because his combiner mode was awful

@  Rycochet : (24 April 2017 - 11:31 AM)

People moaned about the choices made during Combiner wars.that meant characters like Motormaster/Menasor weren't G1G1G1.

@  BlackMax : (24 April 2017 - 11:23 AM)

He could always be a very small red truck.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 April 2017 - 10:59 AM)

But how will you know it's Optimus Prime if he's not a big red truck?

@  Broadside : (24 April 2017 - 10:20 AM)

Personally, I'm not a fan of the extreme-accuracy trend. The character choices are kind of sure-fine-whatever, but outside of stuff like Alpha Trion that's a huge divergence from the source material, there doesn't feel like there's much imagination in the designs any more.

@  Pennpenn : (24 April 2017 - 05:03 AM)

Because you might as well start as you mean to go on?

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2017 - 04:16 AM)

It does. Preview image is Legion's penis tongue.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2017 - 04:15 AM)

Hold it. Please tell me Kiss Players doesn't have a GoBox.

@  Autobot Bubbs : (24 April 2017 - 03:10 AM)

That is epically messed up

@  Autobot Bubbs : (24 April 2017 - 03:10 AM)

GURD.... youtube just auto-played a new trailer for the Alien flick.... featuring John Denver's 'country roads' as BG music....

@  Noideaforaname : (24 April 2017 - 12:37 AM)

The Generations lineup should be decided by hitting Random Page on the wiki. "Next one is... Crankstart." 'Alright, I love the Scavengers!' "No, no, CrankSTART. The repaint of a repaint of a repaint of a Scout version of a Deluxe based on a background vehicle from the Live Action film." 'Oh'

@  RichardT1977 : (23 April 2017 - 11:31 PM)

After we get a couple of Pretenders. And a Titans Return Star Saber (not a difficult retool from Galvatron).

@  BlackMax : (23 April 2017 - 10:21 PM)

I really do like all the attention to the 80s toys, being from that era myself. However, I would be really happy if (let's say post Trypticon) the Generations line turns to the 2001 RiD line, Beast Wars stuff, and moves forwarda bit.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2017 - 08:19 PM)

I'm curious because I'm not an 80s kid nor have I ever held an actual 80s toy in my hands, but I'm pretty sure a mathematically significant portion of 80s kids here do have a like for cartoon accuracy.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2017 - 08:15 PM)

How much of this community favors versus not favors the current Hasbro design team's general trend of accuracy to classic 1980s toys and lack of attention to any other era of Transformers?

@  Fruitloop Mu... : (23 April 2017 - 07:36 PM)

Telly, ah, got it.

@  Evac : (23 April 2017 - 06:41 PM)

"You can do magic things!" "It's called evil, kid."

@  Foffy : (23 April 2017 - 06:27 PM)

Potatoes don't have ears. That's corn.

@  Telly : (23 April 2017 - 06:27 PM)

little furry potatos

@  Evac : (23 April 2017 - 06:24 PM)

This potato's got big ears...

@  Foffy : (23 April 2017 - 06:18 PM)

The potato rebellion will be swift and brutal.

@  Waspinator : (23 April 2017 - 03:48 PM)

IT'S WATCHING US

@  Telly : (23 April 2017 - 03:34 PM)

yeah, at the time im posting this, theres a "2" next to it and me and fruitloop are shown to be the 2 people reading it

@  Telly : (23 April 2017 - 03:33 PM)

i think it just means that someone is reading the shoutbox

@  Fruitloop Mu... : (23 April 2017 - 03:25 PM)

Re The Rise of Cobra: I like bad movies and action sequences involving elite ninjas, so I watched / fast-forwarded through it on Netflix a couple of years ago.

@  Fruitloop Mu... : (23 April 2017 - 03:23 PM)

Can anyone tell me why the Shoutbox has a notification (a "1") when I login sometimes? I scroll through and don't see anything addressed to me. What does it mean?

@  ▲ndrusi : (23 April 2017 - 01:33 PM)

I miss the 2000s when my local stores got new toys more than once a year.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 April 2017 - 01:09 PM)

I mean, it might be hard to not know about something before release at all, but the degree of familiarity that you described is only attainable if you intentionally seek things out.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 April 2017 - 12:59 PM)

That's at least partially your own fault. The "in motion" part sounds like you even watched videos, which require conscious effort, unlike pictures that might be hard to even avoid.

@  Bass X0 : (23 April 2017 - 12:22 PM)

I miss the 80s where the first time I ever saw Transformers toys was on the toy shelves and hadn't already saw the toy from every angle and in motion several months beforehand. It made seeing a toy in the store something very special to me that I can't recapture now.

@  Evac : (23 April 2017 - 12:14 PM)

I could see Generations becoming a TRU exclusive line, now that I think about it.

@  Xellos : (23 April 2017 - 12:14 PM)

Also, Generations weathered AOE, and the TLK line seems to be short as well, so I think we'll still be seeing some room for Generations.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2017 - 12:11 PM)

Titans aren't really wide-released anyway. About the only brick-and-mortar chain to reliably carry them is Toys R Us.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 April 2017 - 12:08 PM)

Isn't Trypticon still a long way from now?

@  Evac : (23 April 2017 - 11:57 AM)

They wouldn't let a big-ticket item like that get cancelled.

@  Evac : (23 April 2017 - 11:57 AM)

Counter argument: They still haven't released Trypticon.

@  unluckiness : (23 April 2017 - 09:25 AM)

But yeah, not having any big-name media means it's the most likely, although the premiere series packaging might convince retailers to dedicate more shelf space, kinda like SW Black.

@  unluckiness : (23 April 2017 - 09:24 AM)

I'd expect Generations to be the sacrificial lamb since they can't possibly stock RID any less.

@  RichardT1977 : (23 April 2017 - 09:06 AM)

I'm thinking the subline that doesn't have a movie or TV show will be the one on the cutting board.

@  RichardT1977 : (23 April 2017 - 09:05 AM)

Back to TF toys: the question is whether or not retailers will be willing to commit the peg/shelf space for three sublines. And which one will be sidelined if space is at a premium.

@  unluckiness : (23 April 2017 - 06:28 AM)

No idea.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2017 - 03:40 AM)

Sometimes the Shoutbox takes a little longer to catch up to a new avatar.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 April 2017 - 03:00 AM)

In the Shoutbox I'm seeing the pink thing instead of that guy with the weird eyes.


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#1 Jackpot

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:54 PM

Heeeeeeee hee hee hee hee. Pete Sinclair, you coy bastard.

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So Dion is clearly getting set up to become Ultra Magnus when Magnus tells him, "Perhaps one solar cycle, you'd make a great Magnum...," and Dion replies, "You know, I like the sound of that!" But when the two of them are gravely injured, Alpha Trion's prognosis is written intentionally vaguely, and then when Ultra Magnus does appear, the most information we get is Optimus calling him "old friend." I think the weight of evidence, such as it is, is on Dion's side, but why would Alpha Trion rebuild him to look so much like Magnum? Maybe he used Magnum's body for raw materials? Kind of gruesome, but I guess this is a robot war we're talking about...
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Based on the dialogue in the Paradron-bound ship, I think we're meant to believe Rumbler is one of Sprocket's hallucinations. That's kind of neat - does anyone know if Rumbler's appearances in this storyline have ever contradicted that idea? I'm pretty sure they've only been shown together.

Overall, it seems the purpose of this issue is to fill G1-'toon plot holes and find places for "Wings"-specific characters to go. It came across a little pat to me, but there are clever bits, like the explanation for Kup's conspicuous agedness in the present. I thought it all felt more G1-'toon-y than most of the rest of "Wings", probably because the references suddenly got way more explicit. I liked that, but I'm happy the setting is going to jump to the present. The "Wings" stories never grabbed me, and the idea of filling in plot holes doesn't appeal that strongly to me when it's not actually meant to be the same universe. But G2 is great underexplored territory, and I'm looking forward to seeing where that goes.

Edited by Jackpot, 09 December 2011 - 03:55 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE(Jackpot @ Dec 9 2011, 12:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Non-Dion spoilers, HIGHLIGHT to view:
Based on the dialogue in the Paradron-bound ship, I think we're meant to believe Rumbler is one of Sprocket's hallucinations. That's kind of neat - does anyone know if Rumbler's appearances in this storyline have ever contradicted that idea? I'm pretty sure they've only been shown together.


An interesting idea, but not really what happened icon-hotrod.gif

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Look at the two-page spread in Part 5. And then check out the wounded Autobots in the medical bay that Ratchet et al are working on. Rumbler WAS real...


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:31 PM

Rumbler was one of the dudes seen exploded by Shockwave in the big-ass two-page spread in the previous installment. Not that this destroys your hypothesis completely...

Now that folks are getting their copies in earnest, here's what bummed me out about this story:

Apparently this two-year story wasn't about what I thought it was about. It starts out with Dion, thinking all of his friends are dead, joining the Elite Guard with a new body. Meanwhile, Dion's friend, who Dion thinks is dead, is also rebuilt and joins the rival Autobot group. I really thought something was going to happen with that. I really did. There's pathos and angst there, untapped.

The Dion/Magnus thing was clever (if only because we still don't definitively know, thank god), but who Dion is has never been an issue to me. I'd be pretty happy if I got payoff for the Dion/Orion thing instead.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:07 PM

QUOTE(Code of Walky @ Dec 9 2011, 01:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently this two-year story wasn't about what I thought it was about. It starts out with Dion, thinking all of his friends are dead, joining the Elite Guard with a new body. Meanwhile, Dion's friend, who Dion thinks is dead, is also rebuilt and joins the rival Autobot group. I really thought something was going to happen with that. I really did. There's pathos and angst there, untapped.

The Dion/Magnus thing was clever (if only because we still don't definitively know, thank god), but who Dion is has never been an issue to me. I'd be pretty happy if I got payoff for the Dion/Orion thing instead.


I had similar thoughts about this when it started and then when it was revealed that Optimus was alive (and not that it was some spin on what if Orion died and Dion lived). I have a feeling that the story was originally heading that way but for reasons we're unaware of it had to change for one reason or another.

I really liked Dion too, so I'm hoping some how he made it through it all as himself.

By the way, who is Shattered Glass Slamdance's colors based on? He reminds me of Zarak but that seems like an odd homage.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:15 PM

QUOTE(Jackpot @ Dec 9 2011, 12:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Overall, it seems the purpose of this issue is to fill G1-'toon plot holes and find places for "Wings"-specific characters to go. It came across a little pat to me, but there are clever bits, like the explanation for Kup's conspicuous agedness in the present. I thought it all felt more G1-'toon-y than most of the rest of "Wings", probably because the references suddenly got way more explicit. I liked that, but I'm happy the setting is going to jump to the present. The "Wings" stories never grabbed me, and the idea of filling in plot holes doesn't appeal that strongly to me when it's not actually meant to be the same universe. But G2 is great underexplored territory, and I'm looking forward to seeing where that goes.


The universe itself does contain all of the G1 episodes, so it was important to wrap some of that up.

Also, I think, this issue was meant not just to tie up loose ends, but to tie it ALL together.
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We see Autobots leaving for Paradron, Kup's age explained, the formation of the Autobot army as we know it in 1984 and the startof the Micromaster initiative (granted, this was outside of the toon)... And of course, taking everything in to consideration, it made perfect sense to leave WHO Ultra Magnus is open-ended. Optimus viewed both as friends.

At the end of the day, this is probably it for the Wings of Honor portion of the Wings universe. I don't see us telling anymore stories from the distant past.

It was extremely fun to write this story though. Getting to do a "Sunbow" version of the distant past was cool. But I gotta tell you, I am really pleased with how the script for "A Flash Forward" turned out and I think everyone will be blown away by the way Matt Frank is bringing it to life! His pages just rock! I think you will enjoy that story...

Edited by Pete@BotCon, 09 December 2011 - 02:16 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:23 PM

Any chance we'll be getting a preview page of "A Flash Foward" before it hits mailboxes Pete?

I thought for a moment Side Burn was going to be quite happy being left behind on a planet that seemingly devoid of any other Autobots other than the Female Autobots. But then I remembered Kup, Thunderclash, and the 1985 guys were all still there.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:27 PM

It doesn't seem to be explicit on whether Side Burn was one of those who got in a pod or not. I guess it depends on whether you'd want Original Recipe or Dirty Old Man Side Burn to show up in A Flash Forward.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE(Code of Walky @ Dec 9 2011, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It doesn't seem to be explicit on whether Side Burn was one of those who got in a pod or not. I guess it depends on whether you'd want Original Recipe or Dirty Old Man Side Burn to show up in A Flash Forward.


HA!

Well. Not really a spoiler, but Side Burn does hop in a pod. Try's to squeeze in with Flare Up/Firestar's. THAT did not go so well...

Edited by Pete@BotCon, 09 December 2011 - 02:30 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:01 PM

I hope when Kup wakes them up four million years later, he remembers what to say.



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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:06 PM

So who is Slamdance's colors based on? icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:12 PM

That is a very good question.

I do not know if (or how) I will ever be able to translate this into a four-to-five panel comic, so this is Slamdance's deal:

Grandslam thinks he is half of a real journalist. Raindance thinks he's half of a fake comedy journalist. They combine into someone who sounds, amazingly, just like Stephen Colbert. Evil Stephen Colbert. And, given that G1 Slamdance kind of rules out a patriotic red/white/blue color scheme for SG Slamdance, I had to find some other inspiration for an evil Stephen Colbert.



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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE(NightViper @ Dec 9 2011, 10:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
HIGHLIGHT to view:
Look at the two-page spread in Part 5. And then check out the wounded Autobots in the medical bay that Ratchet et al are working on. Rumbler WAS real...

HIGHLIGHT to view:
Huh. Emphasis on "was," I guess. That's actually neater - now Sprocket's got this phantom dead brother in his head. I want to see a Rumbler Durden story. And/or a story about the shock that would happen if Rumbler survived and millenia later met up with Sprocket again.

QUOTE(Pete@BotCon @ Dec 9 2011, 11:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The universe itself does contain all of the G1 episodes, so it was important to wrap some of that up.

Ah, that's the first time I've heard that. So basically, characters might not be in exactly the same bodies, but the events we saw onscreen are the same?

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Also, I think, this issue was meant not just to tie up loose ends, but to tie it ALL together.
HIGHLIGHT to view:
We see Autobots leaving for Paradron, Kup's age explained, the formation of the Autobot army as we know it in 1984 and the startof the Micromaster initiative (granted, this was outside of the toon)... And of course, taking everything in to consideration, it made perfect sense to leave WHO Ultra Magnus is open-ended. Optimus viewed both as friends.

Honestly, it's the tie-it-ALL-together-ness that made it feel pat to me. For instance, HIGHLIGHT to view:
I liked the "great Magnum" line because it was all we needed to put Dion on that path and still leave some room for uncertainty. So I was a little disappointed that "perhaps one solar cycle" ended up being basically the next day, spelling out for the reader SEE WE MEANT ULTRA MAGNUS without adding any value to the story.

Now, that having been said, I did appreciate stuff like the explanation for where the season-2 'Bots came from and why they don't seem to have four million extra years' worth of war under their belts. I'm not sure if it's meant to account for the cybertonium depletion too, but I can imagine ways in which it could.


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It was extremely fun to write this story though. Getting to do a "Sunbow" version of the distant past was cool.

You did a good job capturing the characters' voices. Like I said, this issue in particular really embodied the vibe for me.

Edited by Jackpot, 09 December 2011 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:30 PM

QUOTE(Code of Walky @ Dec 9 2011, 03:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is a very good question.

I do not know if (or how) I will ever be able to translate this into a four-to-five panel comic, so this is Slamdance's deal:

Grandslam thinks he is half of a real journalist. Raindance thinks he's half of a fake comedy journalist. They combine into someone who sounds, amazingly, just like Stephen Colbert. Evil Stephen Colbert. And, given that G1 Slamdance kind of rules out a patriotic red/white/blue color scheme for SG Slamdance, I had to find some other inspiration for an evil Stephen Colbert.


Brililant! And thank you for the answer.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:15 PM

QUOTE(Jackpot @ Dec 9 2011, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You did a good job capturing the characters' voices. Like I said, this issue in particular really embodied the vibe for me.


It's funny you say that. Now, Jesse does the majority of the dialogue. I do more of the framing and pacing. So as I was editing, going back and reading the Optimus Prime lines, I totally heard Peter Cullen. Was really kind of weird actually lol. But cool.



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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:25 PM

ittsy bittsy teeny weeny.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:30 PM

Magnum is Magnus because Hasbro said Dion wasn't rebuilt into anybody. Nyeh nyeh.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:13 AM

I hope there will be some way for us non-Club members to be able to get this stuff collected somehow...

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:13 AM

I am upset that Dion had to "die" for some form of closure. I was looking forward to seeing him pop up again in stories set in the present/future, as I see Dion to FunPub as Drift to IDW. A character we can learn about through their journies rather than assembling a assumed history about a guy we've seen in cartoon's and comics.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:45 AM

QUOTE(Agent X @ Dec 10 2011, 10:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am upset that Dion had to "die" for some form of closure. I was looking forward to seeing him pop up again in stories set in the present/future, as I see Dion to FunPub as Drift to IDW. A character we can learn about through their journies rather than assembling a assumed history about a guy we've seen in cartoon's and comics.

Yeah. I mean, I'm not sure I'd say "upset," really. It just seemed unnecessary. Could have just let him fade away with no reference to the old "who did he become" argument, and I'd have been just fine.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:57 AM

QUOTE(G.B.Blackrock @ Dec 11 2011, 01:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Agent X @ Dec 10 2011, 10:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am upset that Dion had to "die" for some form of closure. I was looking forward to seeing him pop up again in stories set in the present/future, as I see Dion to FunPub as Drift to IDW. A character we can learn about through their journies rather than assembling a assumed history about a guy we've seen in cartoon's and comics.

Yeah. I mean, I'm not sure I'd say "upset," really. It just seemed unnecessary. Could have just let him fade away with no reference to the old "who did he become" argument, and I'd have been just fine.


Well, he didn't "have" to "die"... However, it served a few purposes, one being that it does bring an end to the "old" and ushers in the new. Essentially everyone from the Elite Guard is gone. By the time we get to the present, only Kup is still alive on Cybertron. (Odds are Thunderclash will have died at some point during the 4 million years). Also, since the Dion argument has been going on since fans found their way online, figured it was a nice little nod to that i.e. Who IS Ultra Magnus? Those were just a couple points...

But really, we felt we took Dion as far as he could go. There will be plenty of surprises in "A Flash Forward" though... So excited about this 36 page story!