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@  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.

@  Telly : (23 April 2017 - 02:59 AM)

looks the same to me. maybe it looks different cause its smaller?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (23 April 2017 - 02:57 AM)

@unluckiness why/how is your avatar here different than the one in your profile

@  unluckiness : (23 April 2017 - 02:44 AM)

Revengeance

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2017 - 01:33 AM)

Some people say revenge is sweet. Others say revenge is a dish best served cold. So basically, revenge is ice cream.

@  Verity Carlo : (22 April 2017 - 05:51 PM)

Retribution is fun.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (22 April 2017 - 05:39 PM)

'Sides, we all know the best G.I. Joe movie is Street Fighter, even if people haven't realized it yet.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (22 April 2017 - 05:39 PM)

I thought it was... okay. Okay as a movie, kinda fun, but not quite really feeling the G.I. Joe. I heard the sequel fixed that, but I've yet to see it.

@  Daith : (22 April 2017 - 05:26 PM)

Not sure about others but tried too hard to mainstream the idea to the public, making Baroness and the future Cobra Commander Duke's ex fiance and her brother was stupid and convoluted, and the power armor was a bit dumb

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (22 April 2017 - 05:14 PM)

What's the general opinion here about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra?

@  BlackMax : (22 April 2017 - 02:55 PM)

In response to whether Arachnid Base or Orcanoch is the weirder.

@  BlackMax : (22 April 2017 - 02:55 PM)

My friend Take: "My vote goes to Spider Volcanobutt."

@  Rycochet : (22 April 2017 - 02:37 PM)

When I find myself in times of trouble, small marsupials come to me. Chattering and hissing, wallabies.


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Pre-CHUGUR: Looking back at Hasbro's thought processes


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#1 Thylacine 2000

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:06 AM


Have I mentioned recently that it's nice that the ATT archive never ever goes away?

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QUOTE(Hasbro to fan roundtable - November 2004)
"Think of the Star Wars Vintage Collection series, with old-fashioned
packaging and all-new mold updates of vintage characters. Would that
be interesting for Transformers? Would fans be willing to pay more
money than a toy's size point usually gets, if the money went into
extra detailing and features and/or better packaging? (I asked for
clarification--'do you mean *totally* new updates, or things like
RobotMasters which have already been out for months or years, and so
by the time they come out in America the fans would already have had
the chance to buy them for an equal or lesser amount of money?"
Hasbro: "Assume for the moment we're discussing all-new designs.")


And we saw the first images of resin Classics Starscream and Megatron in June 2005.

Have to wonder just how confident they were, back at that time, in making this decision. Maybe they were really trying to draw a firm line between their core product and the recent animes?


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:04 AM

I remember poring over that report, and being genuinely impressed and glad that the conference call had taken place. It was a cool thing to have happen, and has gotten cooler in hindsight.

Edited by lastmaximal, 22 February 2012 - 03:27 AM.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:23 AM

I remember doing the same. Shame it hasn't come around again, because I'd say that was really the start of Hasbro's real corporate interaction with the fans, as opposed to strictly convention-related stuff or not-quite-acknowledged stuff like Orson's World. I think the Transformer website's first looks at upcoming stuff kicked in around the same time, too.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:12 AM

It wasn't the first time they'd done something like this... just the first demi-public one. They'd been kind of ambivalently dipping the toe into "back to G1 kinda stuff" for a bit then.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:31 AM

The other reactions in that thread remind me of why it's also fun to look back at FANDOM thought/reaction processes. icon-hotrod.gif


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:05 AM

I recall there was something back at BotCon 1997 that got me anticipating basically Classics. An update G1 type line.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:49 AM

^ You mean... Machine Wars? Although the wiki says that the announcement was made at BotCon 1996, not 1997.

Edited by Item42, 22 February 2012 - 09:49 AM.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:52 AM

No, definitely not.
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#9 Fear or Courage

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:18 PM

Man, this just makes me think. When I came into the online fandom during the Beast Era, people would have crapped their pants if they knew in a decade we'd be getting something like Classics. Back then we were happy when Starscream cameo'd in a Beast Wars episode.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:10 PM

Transmetals was sort of a big damn deal, because hey, wheels! icon-fire.gif

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:10 PM

Someones been useing the Delorean again...

I rember disscussing this back then someone even suggested choping up G1 molds just to give thim ball joints

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:04 PM

QUOTE(gargunkle @ Feb 22 2012, 06:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I recall there was something back at BotCon 1997 that got me anticipating basically Classics. An update G1 type line.


Heroes of Cybetron, the original line. Long forgotten - it was to be Action Master style though. But the robots looked a lot better, I especially liked the anime styled designs. I know some site had pics back in the day, not sure if they are still around or not.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE(GALVATRON I @ Feb 22 2012, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(gargunkle @ Feb 22 2012, 06:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I recall there was something back at BotCon 1997 that got me anticipating basically Classics. An update G1 type line.


Heroes of Cybetron, the original line. Long forgotten - it was to be Action Master style though. But the robots looked a lot better, I especially liked the anime styled designs. I know some site had pics back in the day, not sure if they are still around or not.

Actually, those popped up around 2000, or 2001. I know they appeared during the Beast Machines days, well after Botcon 1997.

I'm not sure what gargunkle is talking about, I do recall reading about the "G1 sequel line with modern engineering and Rodimus, Arcee, and Starscream" being talked about in 1996, but don't recall anything in 1997 (maybe because Machine Wars had hit and such?).


Something I do kind of miss from that era? When homages and remakes were considered special, and it was a TREAT to see such in the mainline. Now? The more recent fans (the ones brought in by Classics and the movie) are just HORRENDOUSLY spoiled (Note: While I joined HERE in 2006, I've been active since 2003 at TFW, and following the line since 1997). For all the complaints about distribution and such, Transformers fans are astoundingly well taken care of. For every wave or two that doesn't see solid saturations, you've already had another half dozen filled with fan favorites.

Edited by Steevy Maximus, 22 February 2012 - 08:18 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:41 PM

In my Beast-era rereading I came across a few discussions on a TF G3, some even tied to suposed Toy Fair 96 announcements. It has been fun to read back in assorted eras, knowing what I know now. icon-hotrod.gif


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:30 PM

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-What about Star Wars Unleashed? Would TF fans want immobile "action
shots" of major characters like that? (Universal response was 'no'.
Not a single person involved in the conference call had bought any of
the statues or busts, and nobody seemed to like the possibility of an
Unleashed line.)

Considering how unanimous it was, it's surprising that they made Unleashed for the first movie anyway.

QUOTE(Steevy Maximus @ Feb 22 2012, 09:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(GALVATRON I @ Feb 22 2012, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(gargunkle @ Feb 22 2012, 06:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I recall there was something back at BotCon 1997 that got me anticipating basically Classics. An update G1 type line.


Heroes of Cybetron, the original line. Long forgotten - it was to be Action Master style though. But the robots looked a lot better, I especially liked the anime styled designs. I know some site had pics back in the day, not sure if they are still around or not.

Actually, those popped up around 2000, or 2001. I know they appeared during the Beast Machines days, well after Botcon 1997.

It was earlier than that: I remember reading about that Heroes of Cybertron line around the same time that the last episodes of Beast Wars first aired, which was in 1999.

And when I Google "Heroes of Cybertron 1999", I find this: they were unvelied at New Jersey Toy Expo on March 13, 1999.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:31 PM

Geez, that takes me back; I'd forgotten those had ever been planned!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:16 AM

Whoa. I had no idea these even existed.

Odd how everyone has their G1 designs, except for Optimus, who has some kind of proto-U.T. look.

Edit: Upon closer inspection, they're all kind of loose interpretations of their original designs, like modern CHUG. Optimus is just the most obvious one due to his arm and shoulder structure.

Edited by Fear or Courage, 23 February 2012 - 12:18 AM.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:32 AM

QUOTE(Moroboshi @ Feb 22 2012, 11:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Geez, that takes me back; I'd forgotten those had ever been planned!

Same here. How time doth fly!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:15 AM

QUOTE(NovaSaber @ Feb 23 2012, 10:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It was earlier than that: I remember reading about that Heroes of Cybertron line around the same time that the last episodes of Beast Wars first aired, which was in 1999.

And when I Google "Heroes of Cybertron 1999", I find this: they were unvelied at New Jersey Toy Expo on March 13, 1999.
http://www.reocities...menuHEROES.html

Wow, that page looks really old. Seriously.
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Sadly, it appears that "HEROES OF CYBERTRON" will remain only a concept. An idea that will probably never materialize into the form of an actual toy line.

I guess it never actually got updated. Oddly enough, the site's main page has been updated, and acknowledges that HOC did get made, but not that specific page.

Edited by Item42, 23 February 2012 - 02:23 AM.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:17 AM

I miss 90s style web design this brings me back

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