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@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Damn!

@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/954066379610628097

@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.

@  Paladin : (17 January 2018 - 01:14 PM)

well all the idiots who invested in "bitcoin" will be selling theirs en masse to make ends meet so you might be able to find something cheap if you watch auctions.

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 12:59 PM)

Is now a good time to buy a computer? Or should I wait?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 12:01 PM)

I pointed out that I'm on disabilty.. I don't have to pretend to be an adult anymore. ;D

@  MEDdMI : (17 January 2018 - 11:25 AM)

Also Bayonetta 3.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:55 AM)

Nintendo also announced Dark Souls for the Switch, so those people should shut up.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:51 AM)

Apparently people are freaking out that Nintendo announced something for kids and kids at heart. And people are absolutely freaking out about it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:23 AM)

...what?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:16 AM)

Why is something for kids and "kids at heart" so bad? :(

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 January 2018 - 09:05 PM)

I vote kidnap Reggie.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 January 2018 - 07:20 PM)

Just post it on the net.. Or maybe kidnapp Reggie and make them do a Nintendo Direct about it. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2018 - 06:50 PM)

Rent a space and do a webcast?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2018 - 06:22 PM)

They could just do a panel at RI ComicCon or something.

@  abates : (16 January 2018 - 05:51 PM)

I wonder how they'll do the Hall of Fame this year without a convention to hold the award ceremony at.

@  B-Fox : (16 January 2018 - 01:33 PM)

metalhawk

@  Shrug : (16 January 2018 - 01:21 PM)

I love RotF Mixmaster, if that means anything.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 January 2018 - 12:42 PM)

Ehh.. when they get to complicated.. it gets annoying. PotP Optimus is decent. Rodimus pushes it just a little.

@  Locoman : (16 January 2018 - 12:32 PM)

Part of the appeal of Transformers for me has always been the mechanical puzzle angle, so I really enjoyed the ROTF/TF2010 line when that angle hit its zenith.

@  Locoman : (16 January 2018 - 12:31 PM)

I'm probably one of the few people who really enjoys complicated, fiddly transformations.

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

Some were decent, but many suffered from that "collector mentality" where it just LOOKED good in both modes...but the engineering was complex merely for the sake of it.

@  Shrug : (16 January 2018 - 10:30 AM)

Huh. That's dissapointing. I had completely missed the Alternators and had just always assumed they were good based on how they looked in photos.

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2018 - 03:34 AM)

I liked the Alternator Tracks mold. I think everyone agrees the Grimjack mold was just kinda shit even if you didn't care about it being Grimlock as a car.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 January 2018 - 09:16 PM)

My local dept. store Shopko always seemed to get a few late run gems, like Blast Attack Optimus Primal and hard to find collection 2 Revenge of the Sith toys.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 January 2018 - 09:15 PM)

Still wish I had snagged that extra Swerve I saw on clearance at Shopko, though

@  RichardT1977 : (15 January 2018 - 08:50 PM)

Smokescreen was the only Alternator I ever got.

@  Telly : (15 January 2018 - 07:24 PM)

i sold all my alternators last year

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 January 2018 - 05:27 PM)

Hound isn't bad, and, uh........

@  Paladin : (15 January 2018 - 05:23 PM)

there's only like 3 Alternator molds at most that still hold up...


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#41 NotVeryKnightly

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:28 AM

QUOTE(Might Gaine @ Feb 25 2012, 11:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cybertron Unicron. Hard to one-up a toy that is 90% homage to a fan favorite character with a toy that takes a lot more liberties and is a lot smaller.

I think that one was an intentional downgrade. I mean, it's smaller, and represents Unicron restored in a less imposing form after his body was destroyed.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE(Item42 @ Feb 26 2012, 11:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Might Gaine @ Feb 25 2012, 11:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cybertron Unicron. Hard to one-up a toy that is 90% homage to a fan favorite character with a toy that takes a lot more liberties and is a lot smaller.

I think that one was an intentional downgrade. I mean, it's smaller, and represents Unicron restored in a less imposing form after his body was destroyed.


On the plus side though, you can stand him on Cybertron if you have Primus. Then he's massive!

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:24 PM

Pretender Bumblebee was much better than the original with that ugly faceplate. He had toon face, a rifle and his arms didn't just move up.

Legends are terrible upgrades. If they had repainted their larger counterparts for the Classics like Starscream and Blades, then they would have been great but I just think, for the most part, they're too small and cheap. Noone can defend Legends Hound. Jazz might have worked for me as a Scout. I know most of you like them so we'll agree to differ.

Powermaster Prime is terrible. Oversized bug eyed head and stumpy arms. People complain about Energon Prime but he can reach past his 'belly'. If he looked like he does in the packaging on the back of the box, then I'd be impressed.

ROTF Nightbeat. Beautiful car mode, possibly my favourite repaint of all time but the Movie-style, alien head just doesn't suit my favourite Autobot detective.

Edited by windsweeper, 26 February 2012 - 12:26 PM.


#44 Mako Crab

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:33 PM

Transmetal Megatron to Dragon Megatron.

I think his TM body is the best look he ever had. Tan, black and purple color scheme. Cool robotic looking T-rex beast mode. The giant shoulder pads. The chest plate with the super evil looking Predacon emblem. The giant boots. The whole thing worked and he was just cool. Then he gets upgraded into a dragon and he. . .

* has that stupid yellow visor on his head
* tail coming off his head
* no shoulder pads
* cool chestplate is replaced by a. . . yellow orb in his gut? Makes him look like he's got a pot belly.
* Long dragon neck for an arm. Not as cool as the tail canon of his TM form.
* Red and yellow color scheme. Why even change his colors?? He's always been purple. At least when he loses the war, he'll have a job waiting for him at McDonald's. Red and yellow, y'know.

I was so disappointed when I first saw his dragon form on the show. Only 3 episodes to go, and they do that to him. Just sad.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE(windsweeper @ Feb 26 2012, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretender Bumblebee was much better than the original with that ugly faceplate. He had toon face, a rifle and his arms didn't just move up.


He had CLIFFJUMPER's toon face though.



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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

QUOTE(Mako Crab @ Feb 26 2012, 12:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Transmetal Megatron to Dragon Megatron.

I think his TM body is the best look he ever had. Tan, black and purple color scheme. Cool robotic looking T-rex beast mode. The giant shoulder pads. The chest plate with the super evil looking Predacon emblem. The giant boots. The whole thing worked and he was just cool. Then he gets upgraded into a dragon and he. . .

* has that stupid yellow visor on his head
* tail coming off his head
* no shoulder pads
* cool chestplate is replaced by a. . . yellow orb in his gut? Makes him look like he's got a pot belly.
* Long dragon neck for an arm. Not as cool as the tail canon of his TM form.
* Red and yellow color scheme. Why even change his colors?? He's always been purple. At least when he loses the war, he'll have a job waiting for him at McDonald's. Red and yellow, y'know.

I was so disappointed when I first saw his dragon form on the show. Only 3 episodes to go, and they do that to him. Just sad.

Agreed, I don't like Dragon Megatron very much at all.
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#47 Professor

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:51 PM

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He had CLIFFJUMPER's toon face though.

Well, yeah, because in the cartoon so did Bumblebee.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE(Cat @ Feb 26 2012, 12:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(windsweeper @ Feb 26 2012, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretender Bumblebee was much better than the original with that ugly faceplate. He had toon face, a rifle and his arms didn't just move up.


He had CLIFFJUMPER's toon face though.

Which, to me, still looked more like Bumblebee on the cartoon than the Minibot's head did.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:57 PM

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QUOTE(Cat @ Feb 26 2012, 12:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(windsweeper @ Feb 26 2012, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretender Bumblebee was much better than the original with that ugly faceplate. He had toon face, a rifle and his arms didn't just move up.


He had CLIFFJUMPER's toon face though.

Which, to me, still looked more like Bumblebee on the cartoon than the Minibot's head did.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:25 PM

I'm going to throw my hat in here and say any version of Soundwave past the original, in any continuity. Even third party versions have blown it thus far, and while Takara's MP3 version is very nice, its inability to store the guns and lack of an attempt at tape interaction (unlike USB Blaster) kind of kills it. Let's not speak of Cybertron Soundwave (although Prime Soundwave feels an awful lot like a better take on that design).
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:56 PM

Oh yeah, and Optimal Optimus. It's crap. It's always been crap, even when everyone was raving over the damn thing when it came out. The colors are horrible. It looks bad in all four "modes", two of which are so tacked on it's painful. The original Ultra was a hell of a lot better.

Edited by Spark, 26 February 2012 - 02:56 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:58 PM

Soundwave's original toy is just too good. Weapon storage, simple but really fun transformation, not too bad in terms of articulation.

But the real kicker is the interaction with the tapes. The tapes are SUCH fun toys -- and there's SOOOOO many of them, especially nowadays.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:05 PM

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He had CLIFFJUMPER's toon face though.

Well, yeah, because in the cartoon so did Bumblebee.

Pretender Bumblebee has Cliffjumper's entire HEAD, though. Cartoon Bumblebee doesn't have Cliffjumper's helmet.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:49 PM

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Soundwave's original toy is just too good. Weapon storage, simple but really fun transformation, not too bad in terms of articulation.

But the real kicker is the interaction with the tapes. The tapes are SUCH fun toys -- and there's SOOOOO many of them, especially nowadays.

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There's an undoubtedly overpriced third party Masterpiece version coming with redesigned tapes, but even that one may not turn out great. And Hasbro nearly always seems to miss that having an army inside his chest was one of the most appealing things about Soundwave. Now it's usually just a one-off Laserbeak or nothing at all.








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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:06 PM

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ROTF Nightbeat. Beautiful car mode, possibly my favourite repaint of all time but the Movie-style, alien head just doesn't suit my favourite Autobot detective.


In Nightbeat's defence, he was actually originally supposed to be a homage to Botcon Packrat, not Nightbeat

It was changed last minute because they didn't think Packrat would be a good name so they decided to make him Nightbeat instead

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:23 PM

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Pretender Bumblebee has Cliffjumper's entire HEAD, though. Cartoon Bumblebee doesn't have Cliffjumper's helmet.

Cartoon Bumblebee has Cliff's helmet a lot more than he has toy Bumblebee's helmet.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:45 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Feb 26 2012, 02:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm going to throw my hat in here and say any version of Soundwave past the original, in any continuity. Even third party versions have blown it thus far, and while Takara's MP3 version is very nice, its inability to store the guns and lack of an attempt at tape interaction (unlike USB Blaster) kind of kills it. Let's not speak of Cybertron Soundwave (although Prime Soundwave feels an awful lot like a better take on that design).


Frenzy and Rumble head phones are also pretty bad.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:51 PM

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Oh yeah, and Optimal Optimus. It's crap. It's always been crap, even when everyone was raving over the damn thing when it came out. The colors are horrible. It looks bad in all four "modes", two of which are so tacked on it's painful. The original Ultra was a hell of a lot better.

I loved that toy--it's a lot of fun to go between the different modes and the toy is quite big. The modes didn't feel tacked-on to me. I've always thought of them as "futuristic". I like the Ultra too--they're just very different toys in what they are trying to accomplish.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:52 PM

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Universe 2.0 Prowl.

The Legends version kicks the crap out of it.

That's not right.

But, Universe Deluxe Prowl came out before RtS Legends Prowl. The newer one being better than the older one is the opposite of "upgrade failure".

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:02 PM

See, I vastly prefer futuristic Transformers, but if you take the all the wings and wheels off, it can still go between robot and ape modes perfectly fine which screams "tacked on" to me. The only sticking point is the cockpit and huge electronic gun box which just kind of... hang out there in either vehicle mode.
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