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@  -LittleAutob... : (01 June 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Ha! Talk about getting away with something!

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 June 2020 - 09:08 AM)

Carnivac was still an evil Decepticon at heart, and no one shot him in the back for it.

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 May 2020 - 06:52 PM)

*stares at the light switch* .... I see what you did there

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 May 2020 - 01:40 PM)

*hands llittleautobot1218 a light switch* There you go.

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 May 2020 - 10:53 AM)

I feel a need to lighten up the mood.... ;)

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 May 2020 - 10:38 AM)

:p

@  Maximus Ambus : (30 May 2020 - 02:14 AM)

Shockwave did it.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (30 May 2020 - 12:21 AM)

I'm not in the US and at least some of the episodes seem to work for me. I don't know the actual list of places it's available, though.

@  Shockwave 75 : (29 May 2020 - 10:37 PM)

Unfortunately It seems Cyberverse is only available in the US on YouTube.

@  -LittleAutob... : (29 May 2020 - 09:19 AM)

Yes, and its ongoing.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (29 May 2020 - 01:05 AM)

Cyberverse is already officially uploaded to YouTube.

@  fourteenwings : (29 May 2020 - 12:36 AM)

Spin Master is abridging current episodes of Bakugan Armored Alliance and posting the result on YouTube. Maybe Hasbro does that someday too.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 10:59 PM)

I see... :/

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 08:14 PM)

Within the US anyway. Those channels aren't easy or cheap to access in other countries, and their website often region lock content. Tubi is the only good thing on that list: largely identical (but not perfectly so. Damnit. I wanna watch COPS.) country to country and free.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:24 PM)

So yeah, Hasbro is using plenty of venues to spread exposure of their brands

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Starz currently licenses Transformers G1 and the GI Joe movie (as well as MLP specials). Netflix has more current series available.

@  Nevermore : (28 May 2020 - 07:21 PM)

Study shows: Holders of the title "world's oldest person" have a severely increased risk of dying.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:18 PM)

Tubi TV and Youtube both host various Hasbro cartoons. Both are freely accessed and ad supported. Any basic TV package (barring straight antenna) includes channels like USA Network, SyFy and FX, all of which regularly air the films from Transformers and GI Joe.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 06:18 PM)

I dunno what to tell you, media might be changing slowly, but at least it's still accessible. Even the folks that DON'T get one of the streaming services can watch it on the company website. It's a vehicle for the toy line after all, they need to make an effort to make it as consumable as possible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 05:41 PM)

Well. Thats said, then.... I guess... :doh

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 04:13 PM)

As long as the the cartoons are profitable, then they'll make more. The media it's shown on is completely irrelevant. I say that as a guy whose earliest surviving memory is a big red truck turning into a big red robot.

@  ZakuConvoy : (28 May 2020 - 03:06 PM)

Might be the end of an era. With the rise of streaming, who knows if Transformers will ever be on broadcast TV again.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 11:46 AM)

3 seasons on a show is usually enough... but yeah ;-;

@  Roddie Luver : (27 May 2020 - 09:37 PM)

I’m also sad Cyberverse has no season four.

@  Paladin : (26 May 2020 - 08:10 PM)

it's too hugging hot today.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I'll agree with you on that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

*Figured -_-

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I fugured

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 May 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I'm actually sad Cyberverse won't get another season. 2 and 3 (of what I've seen) have REALLY nailed it in being fun little actions shows, like the Sunbow series.

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2020 - 01:00 PM)

Yes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (25 May 2020 - 12:52 PM)

I'm waiting for Animated season 4. Am I insane?

@  wonko the sane? : (25 May 2020 - 11:22 AM)

I'm waiting for the next season to show up on netflix.

@  Sabrblade : (25 May 2020 - 10:59 AM)

Many of us have already watched the rest of the Cyberverse episodes since the whole third season aired in the UK last September.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:18 AM)

*9th

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:17 AM)

I just saw the 8th episode... omg

@  Bass X0 : (25 May 2020 - 01:28 AM)

Already seen it online.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:42 PM)

Who's excited for tomorrow? The only thing that makes Monday worth it is the Cyberverse episodes .-.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 May 2020 - 12:30 PM)

Welcome. I just came into that trick myself recently, so happy to share.

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 12:05 PM)

Thanks, wonko the sane? for the tip with the cloning. That helped a lot!

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 12:02 PM)

Heheh.... yes... I don't think a sniper would be very good at making a vaccine... 0.0

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 11:48 AM)

All right! Cloning my old HHD to an SSD and then swapping out the drive was successful, it would appear. Finally.

@  Bass X0 : (24 May 2020 - 11:30 AM)

Scientist Perceptor is. Sniper Perceptor less so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:51 AM)

Perceptor would be more responsible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:48 AM)

Oof x~x

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 10:45 AM)

He'd cure the virus, but he'd probably commit at least two crimes against nature and weaponize a third in the process.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:39 AM)

'Horrible consequences' would most likely happen with Brainstorm...

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 08:16 AM)

Totally. And Percy's not even human. XD

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 06:50 AM)

Can't do much worse than our current government, I say go for it.

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 10:13 PM)

Little do we realize that the Perceptor in question is the Mini-Con combiner. :p

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

He would!!!


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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:22 PM

Since I can't find the last Micro Machines thread, here we go with another one!

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This weekend (17th - 19th) is the tax-free holiday here in Texas, meaning that select items deemed "school supplies" are exempt from the state income tax.

In between shopping for various articles of clothing (I wear things until they start falling apart, then take advantage of the holiday to stock up for cheap), I snuck off to the toy section of the local Wal-Mart to glance around.

There's a new line out called "Nano Speed". These are Micro Machine-scale cars that have tiny little friction motors inside of them, the bulk of the motors being such that everything now has a chibi appearance.

You have two-packs ($5), four-packs ($8), and a mix of stunt sets featuring redecos / recolors of the cars from the other packs.

The two-packs and four-packs both have related theme sets; match the colors of the tabs on the lower right-hand corner of the front of each card; for example, the civil service sets have a red tab. You have a civil service theme (police car, garbage truck, fire engine, metro bus, meter maid cart, and delivery van), a hot rod theme, an off-road theme, a super car theme, and a race car theme.

Sadly, given just how much I was plunking down for clothes, I had to limit my one splurge for the paycheck to some Legos I'd already acquired. Maybe next time I can get some and test them out.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:48 PM

Another Micro Machines clone has been spotted in the wild.

It's called "Sonix City."

The big playsets ($20 each; includes two vehicles)) consist of small buildings on a large mat; when certain buttons are pressed or the vehicles drive over certain spots on the mat, you get noises and dialogue playing. To get more dialogue, you can buy smaller sets ($7; includes a vehicle) and put them atop the open spaces of the mats to activate more sounds.

There are four mats (city / rescue, construction, airport, and race track), four smaller sets (gas station, car wash, auto detailer, and fast food), and four car packs (rescue, airport, construction, and race vehicles).

Unfortunately, though, it looks like everything hinges on getting the big sets since the small sets and cars don't make noise on their own.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:14 AM

Hmm, I'll have to keep an eye out for both of these, then. I had some luck during my last yard sale hunt and found some NASCAR micros and a handful of other micro cars and soldier figures(including the Joker van! I had one of those when I was a kid, it was a nice nostalgia find.)

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:32 AM

QUOTE(Asquian @ Sep 2 2012, 07:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmm, I'll have to keep an eye out for both of these, then. I had some luck during my last yard sale hunt and found some NASCAR micros and a handful of other micro cars and soldier figures(including the Joker van! I had one of those when I was a kid, it was a nice nostalgia find.)


I spotted the Nano Speed at the local Wal-Mart, but had to go to the local Target to find the Sonix City.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE(Fortress Ironhold @ Sep 2 2012, 07:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Asquian @ Sep 2 2012, 07:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmm, I'll have to keep an eye out for both of these, then. I had some luck during my last yard sale hunt and found some NASCAR micros and a handful of other micro cars and soldier figures(including the Joker van! I had one of those when I was a kid, it was a nice nostalgia find.)


I spotted the Nano Speed at the local Wal-Mart, but had to go to the local Target to find the Sonix City.

Yeah, I just went to a WM and spotted em. Cars, launcher, track set, I'm quite interested in the line. I'll be keeping an eye on em, maybe pick up a few packs later.

unfortunately Targets are apparently persona non grata in my area, so I'll have to save that hunt for another day.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:42 PM

I miss the old Star Wars and Star Trek Micro Machines. Sure some of the vehicles weren't great (*shakes fist at Enterprise E*), but most were fairly well done. There could have been a fairly decent sized line if they did the Clone Wars series.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:48 PM

QUOTE(Metroplex79 @ Sep 6 2012, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I miss the old Star Wars and Star Trek Micro Machines. Sure some of the vehicles weren't great (*shakes fist at Enterprise E*), but most were fairly well done. There could have been a fairly decent sized line if they did the Clone Wars series.


I think that for the time being, Hasbro is more inclined to use Galoob to make die-cast products (the Titaniums and the Action Fleet stuff) than to actually try and bring back the micro lines even though other companies are doing it now.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE(Fortress Ironhold @ Sep 6 2012, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Metroplex79 @ Sep 6 2012, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I miss the old Star Wars and Star Trek Micro Machines. Sure some of the vehicles weren't great (*shakes fist at Enterprise E*), but most were fairly well done. There could have been a fairly decent sized line if they did the Clone Wars series.


I think that for the time being, Hasbro is more inclined to use Galoob to make die-cast products (the Titaniums and the Action Fleet stuff) than to actually try and bring back the micro lines even though other companies are doing it now.

I did collect the Titanium line as well. But after a certain point, there was more plastic than die-cast.
Are there still Action Fleet stuff? I haven't seen any in Canada in ages.

The Fighter Pods line from Hasbro could have been used to make micro vehicles. Oh well.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:22 PM

QUOTE(Metroplex79 @ Sep 6 2012, 04:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Fortress Ironhold @ Sep 6 2012, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Metroplex79 @ Sep 6 2012, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I miss the old Star Wars and Star Trek Micro Machines. Sure some of the vehicles weren't great (*shakes fist at Enterprise E*), but most were fairly well done. There could have been a fairly decent sized line if they did the Clone Wars series.


I think that for the time being, Hasbro is more inclined to use Galoob to make die-cast products (the Titaniums and the Action Fleet stuff) than to actually try and bring back the micro lines even though other companies are doing it now.

I did collect the Titanium line as well. But after a certain point, there was more plastic than die-cast.
Are there still Action Fleet stuff? I haven't seen any in Canada in ages.

The Fighter Pods line from Hasbro could have been used to make micro vehicles. Oh well.


About a year or so back there was a final assortment of Star Wars product that was made by Galoob; it consisted of individually-packed die-cast vehicles that came with their own launchers.


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Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:05 PM

Relevant:
http://www.toysrus.c...goryId=15375356

TRU 20% off all Nano speed products.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:28 AM

I recently had to buy Star Trek Heroclix, just to get my "Micro Machines" fix...is that sad or what?
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

Just got back from the local TRU -


Sonix City

There's a TRU exclusive carrying case that can fit one of the larger playsets inside. It comes with a red and blue repaint of the police car.


Spin-Ball Racers

Looks like an even cheaper version of Playmate's Speed-Eez from a few years ago. There's 12+ packs of five vehicles each, but each vehicle mold has been re-used at least three times and so there aren't a lot of actual vehicle molds; for example, you have a red fire engine, a yellow fire engine, and an orange fire engine. There aren't any specific themes per pack, but just random cars.

There's also a carry and go launcher set that comes with two cars.

Both the packs and the launcher are on sale this weekend.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

Just read the latest TRU ad.

From 3 PM today until 1 PM tomorrow, all Nano Speed 2-packs are "buy 2, get 1 free".

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

Anyone remember the Macro Machines assortment?

Remember the "Reversibles" aspect, in which one car could turn into another car?

Ja-Ru apparently decided to revisit the concept, via their "X-Botz" line. Each car is a little larger than a Hot Wheels car, and you "transform" them by unlocking a pair of tabs on the side and flipping the parts inside-out.

I saw two vehicles on the shelf at one of the local Family Dollar stores: a police car / sports car and a Humvee / SUV. The car comes in yellow (police car) and green (sports car), but the card artwork depicts a more traditional black & white cruiser turning into a red sports car. The Humvee / SUV comes in both green (Humvee) / yellow (SUV) and red (SUV) / blue (Humvee). The back of the card shows an ambulance that transforms into a cargo truck that's marked as a fire engine, but I didn't see one.

They were only $1 each, so I picked up two. They're the usual Ja-Ru quality, which is to say that QC is erratic at best.

But if you're looking to experiment with the Reversibles concept again, here you go.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

The local Target had all Sonix City items and select Nano-Speed items on clearance, so folks might want to check and see what their Targets are doing.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

Adventure Wheels is back with their die-cast Micro Machines clones.

They come in packs of 8 and retail at Wal-Mart for $6.

I can confirm seeing three pack assortments while I was at the local Wal-Mart today:

*a mix of their "racing" and "urban" cars

*a mix of military ground vehicles, combat aircraft, and "urban" vehicles.

*a mix of military ground vehicles, combat aircraft, rescue vehicles, and urban vehicles.

The tank appears in both sets that had ground vehicles.

I'll have to go back and check to see whether or not the police car and the construction vehicle molds were used (outside of the dump truck being available in military colors).

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:44 PM

I had another one of those "finding a treasure trove at retail" dreams last night.

I was visiting a new store in a new area, and found their toy section. In the process, I discovered several new Micro Machines knock-offs.

One brand was produced by a company who did all sorts of cars, including a cross-branded line of Hot Wheels-style vehicles. These vehicles all used sparkle plastic for the vehicle bodies, both the Micro Machine ones and the Hot Wheels ones.

Another brand had a unique twist on the Super 10 packs and Super 20 packs Galoob used to do at one point. With them, each such pack was blind-packed. You would buy a box with X number of vehicles, and the vehicles inside were randomly packed in based on theme (such as a "city" vehicles set which included a van and some cars).


Makes me wonder if something like the latter would work for real.


I do recall seeing some play sets, but the only one I distinctly remember was awful.

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 04:23 PM

Had another odd dream last night. 

 

Some local school was having a garage (re: boot) sale to raise money to support their technology education department. 

 

As part of it, I discovered a collection of Micro Machines games for the Game Boy Advance system. This alone is odd, as Hasbro did virtually nothing to promote the revived line back during the early 2000s. Odder still is the selection of games and the pack-ins that came with them. 

 

One game was a Micro Machines version of the "Initial D" franchise. The game came with an AE86 Toyota Trueno Corolla done up like the main vehicle from the series, even though IRL there was never a Micro Machines Corolla of any stripe; this would mean that the mold was created just for the game. Since the game was made by a company known as Velcro Rabbit, the game also included a small stuffed rabbit that was made from velcro. 

 

Another game came packed with a Pontiac Transport vehicle, which is odd as the mold IRL wasn't released at any point after 1999 or so. I don't recall if the game was a driving simulator for the Transport itself, some sort of "Animal Crossing" game using Micro Machine vehicles & playsets, or what it was. 

 

A third game was a Micro Machines Star Wars game. It came packed with a TiE pilot mini-figure, but I don't remember if it came with a vehicle beyond that. 



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Posted 04 September 2015 - 11:31 PM

Legit Hasbro-brand Star Wars Micro Machines!

Hasbro Toy Shop has listings for vehicle packs and play sets.

Don't know if this will be just a one-off or if it means they're back for good.

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 06:10 PM

Here's what we've got -

8 * $5 themed vehicle packs consisting of three vehicles each (New Hope, Return, Prequels, and new movie)

3 * $10 themed vehicle packs consisting of 2 - 3 figures and 5 - 6 vehicles each (New Hope, Prequels, new movie)

8? * Titanium vehicles, single-carded

? * Titanium vehicles four-packs

Blind-bagged vehicle assortment consisting of 12 vehicles (4 are unique, the rest are redecos from the vehicle packs)

R2-D2 transforming playset

Millennium Falcon transforming playset



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