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@  Pennpenn : (19 October 2018 - 07:04 PM)

Ah damn it, need to go get some new headphones.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 October 2018 - 06:21 PM)

Power was out for most of the day, and now a boil water advisory. Been a great day so far...

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2018 - 05:31 PM)

Bottom line, he reminds them alternatively of all the con men they grew up with watching on television (i.e. televangelists) or their favorite character from the Bible (i.e. Old Testament God).

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2018 - 05:30 PM)

Bill Maher gave an excellent explanation for why the Religious Right loves Trump so much.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 October 2018 - 05:02 PM)

"NOOOO said the man in washington! It's belongs to the poor!"... oh boy was he wrong.

@  Paladin : (19 October 2018 - 04:34 PM)

see also Andrew Ryan

@  RichardT1977 : (19 October 2018 - 03:18 PM)

Also, "Big Father" has almost all the benefits of "Big Brother", but with none of the drawbacks.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 October 2018 - 02:22 PM)

I'd go with "moron", personally.

@  Pennpenn : (19 October 2018 - 10:02 AM)

Why not both?

@  Benbot : (19 October 2018 - 09:56 AM)

I think she was a psychopath.

@  Echowarrior : (19 October 2018 - 09:50 AM)

Ayn Rand was a pretentious bitch.

@  Noideaforaname : (19 October 2018 - 09:31 AM)

But Sven makes way more sense now

@  Noideaforaname : (19 October 2018 - 09:30 AM)

Man, watching the original Voltron cartoon for the first time is so weird after having only seen the Netflix reboot.

@  D.M : (19 October 2018 - 09:09 AM)

+They don't really give a crap about God. All their religious talk is just part of the mask. They wanna look like the ideal citizen (what they consider that to be) - the most Christian of all Christians, the most patriotic of all patriots, etc.

@  Pennpenn : (19 October 2018 - 08:13 AM)

That's because she was also greedy, heartless, and despised the poor, which is something the right often loves more than God.

@  RichardT1977 : (19 October 2018 - 07:55 AM)

I find it rather amusing that the party of the Religious Right sees wisdom in a woman who hated the notion of God almost as much as she hated and feared the idea of being part of a family.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2018 - 05:39 AM)

However, another big issue is cultural differences. We do have a sense of humor, it's just different than in other cultures because it is a product of a different culture. Simply put, what you might find incredibly funny is considered unfunny by Germans... and vice versa.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2018 - 05:38 AM)

It's actually a multi-faceted issue. Yes, some Germans are incredibly devoid of humor, although those people exist in other countries too. I have no ideas regarding statistics, but these people exist.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2018 - 05:37 AM)

So, about this long-standing stereotype that "Germans have no sense of humor"...

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 October 2018 - 03:49 AM)

I got enough Rand fighting my way through the Sword of Truth series. I can't imagine trying to read the original work.

@  Pennpenn : (19 October 2018 - 02:39 AM)

All the people who like Rand should go live in a big underwater city. I cannot foresee anything that could go wrong with such a scenario.

@  MidnightFox : (19 October 2018 - 01:13 AM)

Everyone needs to stop reading Rand

@  Tieria Prime : (18 October 2018 - 10:54 PM)

Gotten a new Gundam gunpla toy model kit 

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 October 2018 - 09:47 PM)

Ugh it's ridiculous how some people worship Rand's ideas.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 October 2018 - 09:07 PM)

That's one of the things the old cable companies got right: Only one or two options per area. The illusion of choice.

@  Paladin : (18 October 2018 - 08:48 PM)

business types need to stop reading Ayn Rand.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 October 2018 - 07:29 PM)

The streaming services are starting to get too saturated and start canabilising each other.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 October 2018 - 06:50 PM)

Good thing I never bought into VRV...Funimation is pulling out. And I got into HiDive at $4 a month.

@  Echowarrior : (18 October 2018 - 10:21 AM)

The restauraunt messes up your food, you complain to customer service. Complain to 911 when you get food poisoning from said food.

@  MEDdMI : (18 October 2018 - 07:59 AM)

Ugh. I hate people sometimes.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2018 - 04:00 AM)

I mean, white people are calling the cops on black people for random shit lately, it appears.

@  Pennpenn : (18 October 2018 - 02:49 AM)

It's not that surprising that some people freaked out enough over Youtube being down that they'd call emergency services. I mean, I've heard of at least one instance of someone calling 911 because the restaurant didn't make a cheeseburger to their liking.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 October 2018 - 12:09 PM)

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/10/16/youtube-experiences-widespread-outage/ Just one of several stories about it.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 October 2018 - 11:59 AM)

*groan* Morons.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 October 2018 - 11:48 AM)


@  MEDdMI : (17 October 2018 - 11:45 AM)

people were calling 911 about YouTube being down?

@  MEDdMI : (17 October 2018 - 11:45 AM)


@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 October 2018 - 11:39 AM)

Apparently some people freaked out so much they called 911.

@  Pennpenn : (17 October 2018 - 07:33 AM)

I was at work when it happened I guess.

@  Paladin : (17 October 2018 - 07:18 AM)

disappeared completely up its own asshole.

@  Pennpenn : (17 October 2018 - 02:14 AM)

Youtube was gone?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 11:53 PM)

I actually agree with you MEDdMI, or at least be creative. x.x

@  MEDdMI : (16 October 2018 - 11:29 PM)

Death threats are boring. Get to know the person, then torment them with stuff that really gets under their skin. *evil grin*

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2018 - 10:18 PM)

YouTube is back!

@  Waspinator : (16 October 2018 - 09:55 PM)

Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.

@  RichardT1977 : (16 October 2018 - 09:27 PM)

BTW for the three of you who haven't discovered yet, YouTube is down.

@  Telly : (16 October 2018 - 08:05 PM)

maybe this is that persons first death threat, and the creativity will come with more experiance

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 06:14 PM)

Nah. Or at least not near as creative as some of them I've got. This one was a basic "If I ever see you IRL I'll slit you're throat."

@  wonko the sane? : (16 October 2018 - 06:00 PM)

was it at least a creative threat?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 01:07 PM)

Speaking of which.. Got a deaththeat today on an other messageboard. :D


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#3800582 War for Cybertron: Siege General Discussion - Decepticons revealed! page 90

Posted by Nevermore on 17 October 2018 - 08:00 PM


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#3799283 PotP Jazz "MAGA" Deco Thread - scrubbed variant date-stamp: 82111, pa...

Posted by Nevermore on 14 October 2018 - 04:08 AM

Is MAGA Jazz voiced by Kanye West?

#3799018 Bumblebee movie toyline - Power Charge Bumblebee revealed

Posted by Nevermore on 13 October 2018 - 01:52 PM

And just for the sake of completeness:

The already released (both in the US and Germany) Power Plus Series wave 2 Shatter from Animegami.
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I'd also like to point out that Hasbro either mixed up the product code numbers for the stock CG renders from the NYCC reveal, or originally intended to release car mode Shatter as part of the Power Series and jet mode shatter as part of the Power Plus Series, but later decided to swap the two. As released, Power Plus Series car mode Shatter is E2095, while Power Series jet mode Shatter is E0767.

#3797632 War for Cybertron: Siege General Discussion - Decepticons revealed! page 90

Posted by Nevermore on 10 October 2018 - 03:41 AM

Is this a character we know? I don't recognize the design at all.

Composite image:

#3796791 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 08 October 2018 - 03:49 AM

The rest of the text story:

But just as the first ruby red beam is hissing through the air, Optimus Prime and his friends are already on the scene. Floating down on parachutes, they neutralize the blasts of the DECEPTICONS, land on the super tanker's deck, detach their parachute harnesses - and face the fuming mad DECEPTICONS!"

"TRANSFORMERS! Grab the pipelines!", OPTIMUS PRIME orders. With a steel grip, his faithful companions interrupt the oil flow to the DECEPTICONS. Then reel in the pipelines, pull - before the DECEPTICONS can even detach the connection - the oil pirates drifting in the water and stolen pleasure crafts unstoppably closer. Up until the ship's side. OPTIMUS PRIME, standing hig above them, is causing waves several meters tall that are rolling towards the ship's side with his anti-gravity blaster. "That takes up energy!", he shouts at MEGATRON. "Thus far, your life support systems are still working flawlessly! But what happens whe the energy reserves are used up? "You cannot flee, cannot hold on to anything... sure you don't rather want to surrender?"

"No! Never!", the Autobots hear DARKWING and DREADWIND's metallic voices. As swift as an arrow, the two jets lower cables while passing over the tanker. The DECEPTICONS that are helplessly drifting in the oil-contaminated waters grab them, hold onto them will all their strength. Daubed with oil and snorting, they fly off in their saviors' tow.

"I have been expecting this!" OPTIMUS PRIME is curbing his friends' discontent at the wasted chance of detaining the most dangerous, most insidious DECEPTICONS inside the Ark. "You will not pursue them! Just let them escape! What's much more important right now is that all of us together lend our support to the inhabitants of Earth! That's the only way four us to win their trust and convince them that not all TRANSFORMERS perform extortionate assaults."

No sooner said than done. Within seconds, BUMBLEBEE, SKIDS, WHEEL JACK and the PRETENDERS detach several extremely heavy cargo hatches made of metal from their moorings. The Captain and the ship's crew want to protest, but keep quiet once they realize the AUTOBOTS' intention. Again and again, the TRANSFORMERS take a dive, weld the cargo hatches on top of the long hole in the ship's side using the underwater welding device provided by the salvage crews.

After two hours of steel-hard work, no drop of oil gets through the leak anymore. A success of the TRANSFORMERS! However, the brave conversion robots' mission is not over yet with this: OPTIMUS PRIME summons the PRETENDERS and instructs them to spray oil-binding chemicals over the polluted water. Afterwards, the PRETENDERS fly over the ocean around the havarist with a giant trawl. The chunks of oil thus fished up are being pulled in by the salvage crews on board of a special vessel.

The TRANSFORMERS could not prevent the diasaster. But they do help the earthlings to keep the consequences manageable...

Dreadwind and Darkwing are explicitly flying over the tanker at rapid speed and lower cables to pull up the other Decepticons. The physics of this are rather questionable even before we start to wonder how many Decepticons there were participating in this mission...

Now I'm trying to picture the Decepticons spitting out water and oil while hanging down from a fighter jet flying at high speed...

So... Optimus Prime expected the Decepticons to escape? And didn't do anything to prevent it? Dick.

Meanwhile... if "Dile" is a wordplay on "reptile" ("repdile") and "Zaur" is a wordplay on "dinosaur" ("dinozaur"), shouldn't "Noise" be "Noize" too? There's even precedent for this (mis)spelling, in the title of Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize".

#3794752 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 04 October 2018 - 04:57 AM

Part 3:

"Doesn't matter! We have to stay on task! We will think of something!", is OPTIMUS' brief response.

Two hours later and several nautical miles off Alaska: At the stern of the oil tanker, a silvery gleaming object appears! MEGATRON! Aiming his fist threateningly at a side wall of the giant shop, he demands: "Hand over your cargo to the DECEPTICONS! If you refuse, I will smash the ship's side. Then we have our oil - but any further attempt at salvaging this wrecked ship would be doomed to failure! We would then finish the work of destruction you have begun with your arrogant handling of the natural resources and life forms of your planet!"

Silence. The ship's boats are throttling their speed. The helicopter with the on-scene commander in board also remains in the air in an appropriate distance. Then the decision is made: "This is the captain. We... will hand you over the cargo!"

At the same time, an intelligence officer makes an emergency call on a different frequency. The answer already arrives after merely minute: "This is flight 335! This is the pilot! Are in approach of the disaster area! Have a floating platform and several of these... robot beings on board. They have promised us their help. Attention! I emphasize: On board are allies! Please refrain from all hostilities. Please call on the emergency crews to distract the attacking robots so we can preferably make all preprations without interruption."

"Very good", WHEEL JACK applauds the pilot. "Finally, we meet an inhabitant of Earth who understands the TRANSFORMERS!"

WHEEL JACK, BUMBLEBEE and SKIDS outline their plan and give exact instructions to the plane's crew. Then the time has come: Supported by several parachutes, a mat rolled up in the shape of a cigar descends to the ground. MEGATRON and the other DECEPTICONS briefly look up, but don't pay any further attention to the unshapely object - until it hits the water and inflates automatically. The thus-formed life raft, about fifty meters in diameter, picks up the PRETENDERS - CLOUDBURST, WAVERIDER AND LANDMINE. They leave their outer shell and the parachute behind on standby on the flating platform; following their transformation into their jet mode, they circle the attacking robots, and with targeted laser blasts destroy the pipelines through which the valuable oil from the hold is flowing into the systems of the DECEPTICONS in the meantime.

Then, the villainous MEGATRON is losing his temper: Disregarding the fire hazard caused by leaking, easily flammable oil, he orders a laser attack.

The story keeps parsing Wheeljack's name in two words.

Otherwise, this seems like a pretty solid story. Nothing outstanding, but an actual plot instead of a lengthy "briefing".

The environmental PSA portion is a little on the nose, though.

#3794575 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 03 October 2018 - 05:25 PM

I'm all for the permanent banhammer. No good can possibly come out of this.

#3794258 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 03 October 2018 - 04:54 AM

Part 2:

Having arrived there, they throttle their speed and merged into a giant super-jet in the air. From a hatch on the underside of the now four-winged jet, a drift anchor is being lowered. While slowly passing over the DECEPTICON headquarters, it catches on the transportation cables of a seaworthy and airworthy container, lifts it up, carries it away.

"It's working! Finally, we have solved out transportation problem!", Megatron rejoices at the successful launch of the "flying start". Together with several DECEPTICONS, he is cowering inside the container and is scheming plans for how he can use the oil of the tanker that has run aground off Alaska and has been heavily damaged in the process.

But first he needs to have it! The radio transmissions of the pilots that have returned to their bases following the unsuccessful chase have not slipped the attention of AUTOBOT POWERMASTER OPTIMUS PRIME.

"MEGATRON and is men are on their way to Alaska", OPTIMUS PRIME announces to all Autobots. "They are planning a raid on the leaking terrestrial super tanker. The oil, which is still located inside its cargo hatches, could provide for the maintenance of the DECEPTICONS' systems for weeks! This is why we need to prevent them from interfering with the salvage of the tanker..."

"Roger that! Over!", it echoes several times from a speaker in front of OPTIMUS' computerized control desk inside the ARK. Mintes later, an AUTOBOT convoy leaves the Mount St. Hilary. On a nearby airfield, a high-capacity transporter is already waiting with running propellers. "BLACKROCK" is written on its wings in giant letters. It lets the Autobots on board and then rolls towards the runway...

"Just how are we supposed to stop them out there?", BUMBLEBEE asks shortly after liftoff. "Barely any of us can fly! And the tanker is located outside of the three-mile-zone, in the middle of the ocean! And unfortunately, swimming is not our forte..."

This is from an early issue, right? I'd go out on a limb and say that in these early stories, Robert Mann was still being somewhat creative. The later stories are when he really lost interest and got all lazy, recycled older stories "clip show" style and even lifted stories from other franchises.

#3794157 Studio Series movie line

Posted by Nevermore on 02 October 2018 - 07:06 PM

Southern Hobby is also listing the "Highway Freedom" set under the name "Street Racers":

#3793951 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 02 October 2018 - 06:20 AM

Text story from Transformers Comic-Magazin #3, part 1:

"It is inconceivable how carelessly the humans are handling this valuable substance!", POWERMASTER OPTIMUS PRIME exclaims in disgust. Inside the computer center of the ARK, within the Mount St. Hilary volcano, he and several other present Autobots anxiously watch the television news. The images show a tanker disaster on the high sea. A giant oil spill is spreading around the ship. The same images are also being observed by DECEPTICON HEADMASTER MEGATRON inside his secret hideout. And his eyes are beginning to sparkle. Oil! Energy!

"This is Darkwing! I am picking up a message by the inhabitants of Earth transmitted via satellite. I will check the coordinates, MEGATRON! Over!"

With these words, the Decepticon with a POWERMASTER rank is standing amidst hundreds of decommissioned airplanes. On an "aircraft boneyard" in the Nevada desert. Next to him: DREADWIND, also a POWERMASTER DECEPTICON. A peferct discuise, both of them think. No member of the site's security forces would ever come up with the idea of suspecting one of those robots spreading fear and terror among the myriad fighter jets "mothballed" in blistering heat. Until DARKWING and DREADWIND drop their cover. With howling engines and a - for earthly conditions - inconceivable acceleration, they are leaving their hideout.

Thanks to rapid turning maneuvers and their technical superiority, DREADWIND and DARKSTAR quickly lose the two-ship formation of pursuer jets that takes off after them. Then they fire their rocket engines at full thrust and set a course for the secret headquarters of the DECEPTICONS.

So... "Powermaster" is Darkwing's "rank", eh? And Optimus Prime is also a Powermaster. Megatron is a Headmaster, and since he presmably outranks Darkwing, does this mean Megatron outranks Optimus Prime, too?

Also, Darkwing is called "Darkstar" at one point.

#3793381 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 30 September 2018 - 04:57 PM

I finally found a summary of Thundercats (Marvel UK) #60, and I finally know what that "Hammerfaust" machine from the Thundercats version of the story is supposed to be:

So just to reiterate the causality chain here:

- LJN releases a Mutant vehicle toy.
- Marvel UK features said vehicle in a multi-part comic story.
- Condor publishes a translated version of said Marvel UK comic. Although the toy apparently didn't have a translated German name, Condor's translation of the comic renames it into "Hammerfaust".
- Condor commissions a text story to be included in the very same issue that features the translated UK comic story.
- Whether under editorial mandate or due to a lack of ideas, the writer decides to have his text story revolve around the Mutant vehicle.
- Condor solicits a text story to be included with a translated Marvel UK Transformers comic.
- Possibly because of an impending deadline or out of laziness (or a combination of both), the writer of the Transformers story either plagiarizes the text story his colleague wrote for the Thundercats issue, or he recycles a Thundercats story he submitted under a different alias.
- As a result either of a really tight deadline or pure laziness (or a combination of both), the writer hastily replaces names in the Thundercats story with Transformers names, in the process conflating two characters into one, creating new characters and settings on the spot, and missing out several names and nicknames that remain unchanged, resulting in a Transformers story that contains numerous Thundercats references.
- The Fistpounder/"Hammerfaust" vehicle becomes a made-up vehicle named "Skywrecker".

#3793190 Transformers: The Basics

Posted by Nevermore on 30 September 2018 - 05:27 AM

Were the Commandos ever named that in the cartoon? I know there's the episode title, but that could have been a generic descriptor.

Yeah, I actually dived into this one while working on this video because I was thinking the same thing. The term "commandos" is used to refer to the team three times within the episode of that title ("the new commandos," "I've never seen commandos destroy a target so forcefully," "shooting at commandos?") and once in "The Fish Test" ("Decepticon commandos are attacking the central power base"). Contextually it doesn't read like it was intended as a proper noun capital-C team name, but it's ingrained now.

That sounds like a good trivia note for the team's Wiki page!

#3793188 Movie The Best - TakaraTomy movie-accurate redeco line

Posted by Nevermore on 30 September 2018 - 05:21 AM

So, I recently got MB-18 War Hammer Bumblebee, and I have to say, this one is quite an interesting beast.

Aside from the hammer, there's an extra bit of new tooling: The arm cannon is a new sculpt that is the mirror opposite of the weapon included with the regular TLK Wave 3 Deluxe Bumblebee (and, by extrapolation, the version from the Transformers Tribute 3-pack), allowing it to be attached on the right instead of the left arm.

On top of that, the regular forarm accessory is also a new tooling that has a 3mm peg added that allows the left forearm to be attached to the back when the cannon takes its place on Bumblebee's right arm, making it too an exact mirror opposite of its left counterpart.

The need to have all three new pieces made from the same tooling results in a weird bit of mis-matched colors, though: While the left forearm is made of orange-yellow plastic with some painted silver detailing as per usual, all the new parts are cast in gray plastic, with the right forarm painted orange and silver.

#3792822 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 29 September 2018 - 05:39 AM

I've reached out to the staff of a Thundercats fansite in the hopes that one of them owns the issues in question.

Also, this whole affair gives me hope that one day I will be able to identify the story I distinctively remember from my childhood days as having been recycled from one of Condor's M.A.S.K. comics.

The one thing about that story I still remember is that it involved Bumblebee and Buster getting captured, and they were eventually found (possibly inside a nuclear power plant) by their fellow Autobots. The M.A.S.K. version had Scott Trakker and T-Bob in their place.

I wouldn't even rule out the possibility that it's the same story that features "Submaroder" getting placed inside Bumblebee's Pretender shell, assuming the scene from Transformers Comic-Taschenbuch #2 was a "clip show" type of scene from a previously published story.

#3792815 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 29 September 2018 - 04:49 AM

Okay, so this "hammerfist" thing apparently originated in a Marvel UK story that was also reprinted in Condor's Thundercats Comic-Magazin #6, but I'm not sure if the German name is a direct translation or not.

Thanks to the titles at Maxithecat's site and summaries at the Thundercats wiki where available, I've been able to pinpoint the original story down to Thundercats (Marvel UK) #60 or 61... of which the Thundercats wiki doesn't have summaries. Hrrgh.