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@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:36 PM)

Or working for an airline and people complaining about not being able to take off in severe weather, and expecting us to know when the bad weather will end. *points at window*

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Outages/fire alarms are fun when you work retail and people complain that they can't keep shopping.

@  Echowarrior : (17 July 2018 - 07:11 PM)

Outages occasionally happened at the fulfillment center I used to work at. Never fun.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

Apparently the early shift (i.e. those who didn't participate in the walkout) were sitting in the cafeteria, waiting for power to return, while the late shift couldn't even enter the building.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 04:18 PM)

Oh, wow. I thought the news about the website outtage would have been the topper, but that pretty much wins.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)


@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

First the union called for a two-day strike yesterday, and then today the entire city where the Amazon warehouse I work at is located apparently had a power outage.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

So,uh. Seems like Amazon's Prime Day really didn't go well this year.

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 09:55 AM)

It wasn't just blander and more polite bacon like I was expecting

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 July 2018 - 09:51 AM)

Canadian bacon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 09:15 AM)

And the even more important question is: is that ballpit deep enough to conceal a body... what?

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 05:35 AM)

THe more important question is if they have a ball pit

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

How many attendees on average does TFcon get? And how about TFNation?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 06:31 PM)

I stopped reading it.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 06:04 PM)

If talking about it here is all it takes to get you, why hasn't the oreo thread killed you yet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)


@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

Hey man, how you deal with yo problems is yo bidness.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 04:08 PM)

I did no such thing! I am innocent of the pop tart corruption!

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 02:57 PM)

You guys made me buy cinnamon roll Pop Tarts today.

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:38 PM)

@D Immortalis Just fill the bag with air first and pop that? XP Oh, and you won't like that I grew up microwaving them more often than actually toasting. ;)

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:37 PM)

@MEDdMI Yeah, the even more artificial flavors like S'more are the ones that usually taste good cold. There exceptions... I think it was Sugar Cookie that needed to be toasted...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 02:19 PM)

And.. Amazon is borked.

@  Donocropolis : (16 July 2018 - 05:55 AM)

@Tm_Silverclaw - Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered him and P/CP

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 01:41 AM)

Repugnus up

@  Paladin : (15 July 2018 - 07:41 PM)

or add peanut butter.

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 07:33 PM)

Nuke them enough in the microwave....?

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 06:43 PM)

if po tarts dont POP then they become a lie.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 05:10 PM)

I typically just went for the traditional flavours... I think mostly Rasberry or Strawberry. I'll have to pick up a box next time I'm out

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

@Otaku I've tried that too with a few of them. I liked the soda flavored ones they had. Too bad they were limited. :(

@  Otaku : (15 July 2018 - 03:48 PM)

@D Immortalis Most Pop-Tarts I like are better eaten frozen... and the only reason I started doing that is because Pop-Tarts commercials told me to try them that way. XD

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 03:03 PM)

woohoo, just got my tickets to see From Ashes To New and Hollywood Undead on the 26th!

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 10:07 AM)

oh wow Jazz has heel spurs.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 July 2018 - 06:32 AM)

That's basically what happened to me. I was on that aisle for completely other reasons, caught sight of them in my peripheral, and then... just couldn't stop thinking about them.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 02:47 AM)

Hungry for pop tarts now - haven't had those in years

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

anyone that doesnt put theit pop tarts in a toaster is a heretic.

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

Do they still make the cinnamon-brown sugar ones?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:03 PM)

Yup. And?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 08:29 PM)

Aren't Pop Tarts like, totally junk for you by the definition of the word?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Four IS standard... but it's been so long I had forgotten.

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 July 2018 - 07:29 PM)

Bah, wonko, I remember when 4 was STANDARD

@  Paladin : (14 July 2018 - 04:10 PM)

https://twitter.com/NickRoche/status/1018234094310879234 people suck...

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 01:10 PM)

Me: opening a box of pop tarts. "Oh my god! There's FOUR in here?!?! Score!"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Well, some people are into shopping, anyway.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Taiwanese Costco also has lots of things that shoppers would want!

@  unluckiness : (14 July 2018 - 10:18 AM)

The Taiwan Costco I visited once was nice but I have to question why our guide thought it'd be a good place to bring tourists.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:40 AM)

Lower prices, lower taxes, bigger selection... yeah, I can see that happening.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 09:14 AM)

Didn't a Washington Costco make the news a couple years ago for being sheerly flooded with customers from British Columbia?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 July 2018 - 01:25 AM)

That's cool. There's a Sam's Club in Niagara Falls, where I tend to cross the border, but I've never been in. I'm a Costco member, but not Sam's Club; and unfortunately Costco makes sure there aren't any locations in the US too near the Canadian border

@  wonko the sane? : (13 July 2018 - 07:02 PM)

Nope, not the battle damaged version. He got it from his cousin, whose family has a camping ground in... I wanna say new york state, but I'm probably wrong. Just across the border anyway.

@  Nevermore : (13 July 2018 - 06:36 PM)

Sam's Club exclusive was the battle damaged version, right?


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#3761373 Studio Series movie line - RotF Starscream officially revealed, page 46

Posted by Nevermore on Yesterday, 06:39 PM

I'd just like to remind people that online retailers have been mixing up their Starscreams.

Studio Series wave 1 TF1 Starscream has the UPC barcode 630509628179.
Studio Series wave 4 TF2 Starscream has the UPC barcode 630509715374.

Despite that, you'll find several eBay sellers listing wave 1 Starscream under the redeco's UPC. There's even a third-party seller on Amazon who is currently listing the wave 1 figure under what will be the official Amazon listing for the wave 4 figure.

Just keep that in mind in case you intend to buy Studio Series ROTF Starscream online. Depending on who you buy from, there's a considerably large risk that the seller might simply send you the wave 1 figure instead.

#3761052 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on Yesterday, 04:03 AM

All right, translation finished!

And wow, there is a really weird sentence where a capitalized word that makes absolutely no sense in context appears in parenthesis. My best guess is that the writer originally put a word there, then the editor removed that word and replaced it with a note to the writer (?) and then that note accidentally got left in instead of being replaced by something different. But then the note would only make sense if it was supposed to be in English ("BAD"), because in German, that word means "bath" or "bathroom", which makes absolutely no sense.

#3760745 Power of the Primes General Discussion - Repugnus and Counterpunch images, pa...

Posted by Nevermore on 16 July 2018 - 03:34 PM

Had a go at putting together the Special Edition box mural:


And here's the final part in "Been there, done that, got the t-shirt":

#3760729 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 16 July 2018 - 03:04 PM

Translated some more. Guess what happens when Wheelie shows up? He doesn't rhyme. Surprise!

Man, looking back, the German 1994 TV dub of TF:TM, despite all its flaws, still did some things right. The Junkions were awesome. The people responsible for the dub really went out of their way with localizing their dialogue by seriously referencing real commercial slogans that were well-known at the time, including a phrase related to coffee and a legendary Toyata slogan.

Oh, and they're still translating "Creation Matrix" as "Kreation-Matrix" (though without a hyphen, which is incorrect according to German grammar rules), which sounds less like an alien object containing the lifeforce of Primus and more like a software app used by fashion designers. "The KREATION-MATRIX! Create all sorts of fancy dresses with this easy-to-use app! Only 129.99 if purchased before July 31." (The German spelling with a "K" might come across differently to non-native speakers, but as a German, this is the first mental image this translation gives me.) What was so difficult about translating it as "Schöpfungs-Matrix"? Would have gotten the meaning across and would have sounded less awkward.

Oh, now they try to keep the Junkions' shtick intact. The translation for "it's time for closedown" is.. okay, it gets the idea across, but the entire phrasing is still nothing to write home about.

#3760646 More G1 Reissues are Inbound

Posted by Nevermore on 16 July 2018 - 12:34 PM

im just trying to figure out who at Hasbro is suddenly such a big Outback fan? =]

They got the name back after many years of "Fallback". Might as well get their mileage out of it.

#3760313 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 15 July 2018 - 05:38 PM

I'm going to continue from here tomorrow. Did they... did they really just mess up the one thing that made the Quintessons' trials so absurd?


(Would a "guilty" verdict by the Quintessons mean immediate release?)



Also, haven't checked my translation for typos yet.



One good thing: The text is surprisingly easy to translate. I'm trying to convey the oftentimes bizarre wording and sentence structure (Robert Mann is trying to make the prose sound cool and hip but is failing miserably, as you might expect) as closely as possible. If the text sounds stilted and awkward, chances are that's not because I fail at a more fluid translation, but because I'm trying to keep the awkwardness of the text in its original language intact.

#3760303 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 15 July 2018 - 05:18 PM

Okay, beginning:

Fooled By Space Pirates...
Exploding moons, the smell of burning metal, the deadly silence of annihilation - on the the far away metal planet of QUINTESSON in the star system Alpha Centauri, panic is erupting. Not the end of a single being, not the extinction of a people - no, the end of a world is imminent! The planet QUINTESSON is slowly dying. And it's not dying peacefully. It's ending in agony...

The high council of the QUINTESSON Transformers
[Yeaaah.] consists of misshapen robots [the original text is using the English word here, rather than its German translation] who have already seen millions of years pass by them. But now, they don't know what to do anymore: "It's approaching is so fast... horrible! Our scientists have failed! They have overestimated the lifespan of our planet! The loss of gravity and orbit are irreversible", the leader of these robot beings, LORD KLEDJI, is giving a sad summary.
"We are going to suffocate - or we are going to be disintegrated by cosmic radiation!", the supreme commander of the Quintessons' armed forces, General Ghyrik, is raising his voice.
"Unfortunately, general! Let us hesitate no longer!"
"We are only going to survive if we abandon the TRAWLER plan
[again using the English word], the colonization of suitable worlds, and realize the BACKUP plan [English word again], the hasty evacuation to an unknown world!"
"LORD KLEDJI, I protest!"
"The project isn't dead yet. I need time! The TRANSFORMER WRECK-GARR
[nice typo there], whom we have captured, will tell me the hiding place of the data container, which we so desperately need for the realization of our TRAWLER plan, which means the colonization of all metal worlds within this constellation!", another council member objects.
"This time has passed, SEVAX! We must ACT!LORD KLEDJI sums things up once again: "We dispatched our cruisers
[using a really weird term that very rougly translated as "cruisers" and which I've rarely, if ever, seen used] into the deepest depths of space! They collected data from all metallic planets that are suited for colonization! A computer satellite analyzed the collected data, appointed the targets and sent the results back to the* QUINTESSON! But an ion storm diverted the canister with the precious cargo to the PLANET JUNKION! There, it was found by the TRANSFORMER WRECK-GARR!"
Who is escorted to the tribunal hall by a monstrous, terrifyingly looking palace guard at this very moment.
"Confess! Those more powerful than myself could not break your silence! But that does not save you, wretched one! A tribunal awaits you that will decide about the means and the hour of your death!"
"You are crazy!"
He isn't. Even before the next detonation wave shakes QUINTESSON, the verdict has been decided: "GUILTY! Leave him to the SHARKTICONS!"
They lead him to a bubbling pool, inside which metallic sharks are making circles. And then... they push WRECK-GARR inside...
In the royal palace of QUINTESSION, the consultations continue: "WRECK-GARR was on his way to CYBERTRON! He wanted to tell our secret colonization plans to RODMUS PRIME!"
"Despite our biggest efforts, we found no trace of the data dispatch. And since WRECK-GARR did not reveal his secret, we had to come up with an emergency plan. Any questions?"
"GHYRIK, your men
[yes] attack the first target on ur colonization list. JOLUP is waiting with his fleet for GHYRIK to give the signal for attack! Keep in mind: This mission is deciding about life or doom of our people!"
What the council members didn't know: In the meantime, dramatic events were occurring in the tribunal hall. "Get up, WRECK-GARR!", the guardian colossus** Anadin is ordering the TRANSFORMER, after he rescued him from the fangs of the swimming beasts. "The SHARKTICONS were only supposed to sniff!"
WRECK-GARR uses this momentary lack of attention. He hurls arund, shoves the guardian inside the pool - and he also manages to send some of the guardians who are rushing in to the robot sharks. Then, he makes his escape through the labyrinthine hallwys of the palace.
"Off to the coast, then then to the spaceport
[English word used] on a hoverspeed [That's actually a company name, nice research there]!", he loudly thinks. "Must warn Rodimus as quickly as possible! Because the No. 1 on their hit list was CYBERTRON! They can't help it: They MUST go there! The fear of the abilities the MATRIX is giving us kept them at a distance! Now despair is giving them strength and courage!"
In the meantime, the cruiser cohort of General Ghyrik has left the planet's orbit and is pushing forward into hyperspace with light speed
[little slow there, fellas].
"Has the course for our first target object been calculated?"
"Yes, general!"
"4 Breems until our landing in AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH!"
1 Breem equals ca. 8.35 Earth minutes.
[I geuss they're no longer travelling with "light speed", then?] The moment the fleet, which astronomers on Earth interpret as "asteroids" [Fastest asteroids ever!], will reach the Blue Planet [capitalized because "blue" being capitalized is odd in German too] isn't far away anymore. According to plan, the general hasn't taken direct course to CYBERTRON, where he would have to expect massive resistance, no, he is pursuing a specific goal with this detour via Earth...
In an area of the US federal state of Noth Carolina that is devoid of humans, the only woman in the Earth-based TRANSFORMERS team, AUTOBOT ARCEE is lingering on her guard post. She decides to stretch her rusting legs
[This is meant figuratively, not literally!] a bit ("Otherwise, my neuro and reflex ICs [= integrated circuits] are going to weaken!), transforms into a sleek sports car and races off across the highway that is lying abandoned underneath the sun.
"Just a little excursion! Until the others realize I have cleared out, I will long be back!"
But one should never let oneself be tempted by a wish. Because the "others" do notice: "She is making it easy for us, GHYRIK!", the QUINTESSON cruiser's first officer rejoices.
"Soon, she is out of sight!"
And indeed: Not even 1 breem later, Ghyrik is giving the signal! "ATTACK! AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH will be crumbling to dust beore my eyes!"
Anyone who knows the general knows: This is not an empty threat!
Inside the control room of the ARK, in which the AUTOBOTS stranded on Earth in their escape from CYBERTRON, these activities do not go unnoticed: What's the matter? What is troubling you, SKYDIVE?"
"I don't know, BLASTER! I had something on the screen! But only briefly, then it was gone again! That thing could be defective!"
"Unlikely! The source of the radiation could... HEY!"
"My sensors are receiving a signal! Was probably encoded until now!"
"No time for a TRANSFORMATION! These miniature cruisers are fast. And maneuverable. Those can cause us a lot of trouble! because they are EVERYWHERE!""
"Nobody is getting through here!"
HOPPER, startled by the shrill alarm signal, transforms and flies towards the three-legged landing units of the QUINTESSONS. Soon afterwards, his cries of pain are ringing through the room.
"You blocked them off?"
"Yes, PERCEPTOR! But not for long anymore!"
"They completely blindsided us!"
This was something other AUTOBOTS also accepted following a brief blaster battle with the invaders.
"There are too many of them, BEACHCOMBER! That is why I suggest STRATEGIC RETREAT!"
"Yes, AIR RAID! Let's scram!"
"We're not getting out!"
Inside the control room, they had a better overview of the situation: "We are being worn down between their flying units and their ground troops! They... wanted to kill us all!"
"Only if the entire city transforms into a giant defense unit, we still have a chance - albeit only a tiny one!"
"I'm sorry, BLASTER!", General ghyrik smiles suggestively. "I cannot allow that! We only fight you in order to survive! QUINTESSON is dying! The EARTH, a carbon planet, is of little use to us! But your home planet CYBERTRON...! And for both of us, there is no room in space!"
On QUINTESSON, WRECK-GARR, who has gotten into a maritime emergency in his escape, is being hauled on board an unfamiliar cruiser.
"Greetings from the AUTOBOTS, WRECK-GARR! My name is WHEELIE!"
"We must get to the CYBERTRON! I must convince the TRANSFORMERS - AUTOBOTS and DECEPCTICONS
[nice typo there] that the cosmic thread requires a ceasfire! Because the QUINTESSONS know no mercy!"
On Earth, the beautiful robot woman ARCEE unsuspectingly returns from her quick tour through three federal US states. "Now I feel better! Okay, I shouldn't have left my post, but I just needed this for once!", she muses. "Previously, HOT ROD would have accompanied me on such short trips! But since the CREATION MATRIX***, which contains the life force of all TRANSFORMERS, turned him into RODIMUS PRIME, he no longer has time for me! I miss him...!"
Then she discovers the consequences of her going solo: "By the moons of CYBERTRON! AUTOBOT CITY... an attack! While I was relieving myself of excessive energies...! I have a lot to make up for! They are not expecting me! I will SURPRISE them!"
But suddenly she finds herself surrounded by strangers.
"Ah, ARCEE! We have been expecting you!", a blaster master from the QUINTESSON remarks mockingly. "Phase one has been copleted! We are proud of you! Because you will make our victory complete! Take her away! But spare her!"
"I will never betray the BOTS... NEVER!"
"You will!"
"And through you, we will get to the MATRIX... and to RODIMUS!"
The invaders from the QUINTESSON have not dared the direct atatck on the homeworld of the TRANSFORMERS. Not yet. Instead, they act more cunningly, try a mean blackmailing by taking ARCEE as a hostage.
Meanwhile on JUNKION: In an intercom conference, the leader of the AUTOBOTS, RODIMUS PRIME, is trying to get a clarification on the fate of the vanished WRECK-GARR. "WRECK-GARR has not entrusted the message he wanted to deliver to the AUTOBOTS to anybody! Where is he now?"
The companions of the Leader of the JUNKION act laid back: "JUNKION is totally clean! WRECK-GARR hasn't made it tou your location yet, okay, but he will surely still show up!"
"As nice as it is talking to AUTOBOTS via intercom", another one interrupts the transmission, "it's time for closedown!"
Rodimus Prime cannot believe it: "What? They... cancel the transmission? They treat me like an enemy! How do I find Wreck-GARR? He stood by our side against the destroyer of worlds, UNICRON! We became friends! When he found this mysterious data dispatch, I promised him our full support! He said that hundreds of metal worlds were in danger! He wanted my advice! But he disappeared on his way here!"
At that point, BLURR enters the command room of the CYBERTRON AUTOBOTS with terrible news: "AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH isn't responding! No transmission or mechanical error, RODIMUS!"
"What is going on here!"
A look at the TRANSFORMERS city that has been nearly destroyed by the QUINTESSONS would reveal the seriousness of the situation to him. AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH has been taken over by robots! On the command bridge, a radio operator reports: "GHYRIK! A message from the QUINTESSON! I deliver congratulations from LORD KLEDJI! The AUTOBOTS' fleet is on its way here! LORD KLEDJI suggests presenting their sensors a sight of HORROR!"
"With pleasure! Soon, RODIMUS will be struggling in our trap, heh heh!" Within one second, General Ghyrik turns serious again, since he remembered: "Has Phase 2 been initiated?"
"Yes! Our agent has approached the DECEPTICONS!
"It is our guest from thr QUINTESSON whom we have to thank that the BOTS are soon lying at our feet!"
Others are out to get the AUTOBOTS as well! On Earth, inside a secret fortress within the Rocky Mountains, EECEPTICON leader SOUNDWAVE has assembled his comrades.
The DECEPTICONS, in particular SOUNDWAVE, have their own plans: "Hah, the QUINTESSONS need our help! Because the AUTOBOTS are threatening their planet, as one of their messengers told us! Even better for us! During the AUTOBOTS' absense, we will take over AUTOBASE and AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH, heh heh!"
Of course, the story of the threat posed by the AUTOBOTS is merely a ruse. But SOUNDWAVE isn't seeing through it. Unwittingly, he is leading his DECEPTICONS into a battle from which neither AUTOBOTS nor DECEPTICONS, but only the strangers from the dying planet QUINTESSON may emerge.
On QUINTESSON, where a devastating cosmic storm is raging, the High Coucil is very satisfied with this development: "The DECEPTICONS react as expected! They are going to ambush AUTOBASE!"
"And we are going to ambush them!"
On their monitors, they observe a (BAD)**** approaching AUTOBOT-CITY. In a few flight hours's distance, the CYBERTRON-AUTOBOTS' flagship is following it. The horror scenario arranged by General Ghyrik makes the Energon in their pipelines clot: On the metallic outer wall of AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH, the ground, chained AUTOBOTS are hanging in rank and file. They present a pathetic sight.
RODIMUS PRIMES gives the order to throttle the ion drives and cast anchor in orbit. When the space sensors report the approaching fleet of the DECEPTICONS on top of that shortly afterwards, he gives the singal for retreat, depressed and with Energon tears in his eyes, to escape from these evil forces that are about to divide up space among them.
AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH is lost. "Evil", a sad RODIMUS PRIME tells his companions, "once again didn't leave the peace-loving people of the AUTOBOTS a chance. But we will keep fighting! We will not only reconquer AUTOBOT CITY/EARTH, we will carry the victory of good to the entire galaxy...!"

*This is continuing a tradition where planet names are preceded by a direct article in German; this actually applies to several real planets in our solar system; in fiction, it also sometimes used for Vulcan from Star Trek, at least in dubs of older shows and movies, not so sure about newer dubs.
**This is one of the examples of the story trying to sound "cool" by using a noun+noun compound term instead of a normal adjective+noun combination.
***They're still using that hilarious "translation" of the term "Creation Matrix" that first appeared in issue 1 of Transformers Comic-Magazin. I primarily associate the German word "Kreation" with a work of art ("behold, my wonderful creation!"), so to me, "Kreation-Matrix" sounds less like the lifeforce of Primus, but instead like a software app used by fashion designers. Just sayin'. Also, no hyphen there for that translated compound term. You fail at German, Robert Mann!
****I have absolutely no idea what (BAD) is supposed to mean. Looks like a note from the editor that got left in.

#3760135 Studio Series movie line - RotF Starscream officially revealed, page 46

Posted by Nevermore on 15 July 2018 - 10:31 AM

Is this the first time we're seeing the tattooed Starscream? 


It also means the entire content of the Raffy Rodriguez leak from last year has finally been officially released, revealed or both.

#3759045 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 13 July 2018 - 02:08 PM

It's actually Lugnut's German cousin, Wheelmother.

#3758081 SDCC 2018 Transformers set: Studio Series Bumblebee with...Dile and Saur from...

Posted by Nevermore on 12 July 2018 - 05:06 AM

Whoever took the previous photo got it right...

#3757305 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 10 July 2018 - 05:12 PM

Should I assume you'll do the same with the Japanese Beast Wars toyline?

Haven't thought about that yet considering I'm not that versed in Japanese BW...

Wait, they really only have a standard "Beast Wars" logo and ongoing numbering? Waaargh.

Everything we know is wrong!

Then again, that matches what SHIELD Agent 47 said about synchronicity between Hasbro and Takara.

#3757254 Power of the Primes General Discussion - Repugnus and Counterpunch images, pa...

Posted by Nevermore on 10 July 2018 - 03:19 PM

As an Amazon employee who is participating in all sorts of union activities (although I'm currently on vacation), I actually encourage people to buy from Amazon during a strike. Then, when shipments miss their estimated arrival date, complain to Amazon with a specific message along the lines of "I would strongly suggest you to reach an agreement with the union so you can avoid any further disappointments on my behalf."

#3757153 TFwiki.net thread 3.0

Posted by Nevermore on 10 July 2018 - 11:15 AM

After I brought up the topic last year, I've finally taken upon the task of trying to make the "Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers" toyline page line up with reality, rather than fan percepticons (which includes Japanese fans, apparently!).

As I explained before, "Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers" is the standard branding for all Japanese G1 toys up until at least 1990. Many of the separate Japanese "toylines" we associate with their corresponding cartoons don't exist as actual brandings on the toys' actual packaging!

Instead, the toys have unique sub-brandings for certain toys usually based on their unique gimmicks:
- "Scramble City" for 1986 Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, Metroflex, Dinosaurer, the Airbots, the Protectobots, the Stuntrons and the Combatrons, as well as the 1986 Techbots and Terrortrons. Several toys released in between the 1986 "Scramble City"-branded toys do not have the "Scramble City" branding on their packaging.
- "The Headmasters" for the 1987 Headmaster figures (including Fortress Maximus and Megazarak), as well as for the 1988 Headmaster Juniors plus Grand Maximus and Black Zarak.
- "Targetmaster" for the 1987 Targetmasters.
- "Pretender" for the 1988 Pretender figures.
- "Godmaster" for the 1988 Godmasters, which includes Super Ginrai and Overlord, but not the individually-packaged Godbomber.
- "Seacon" for the 1988/1989 (?) Seacons, instead of another use of the "Scramble City" logo.
- "Sparkdash" for the 1989/1989 (?) Sparkdash figures.
- "Crossformer" for 1989's Black Shadow and Blue Bachus.
- "Brainmaster" for the 1989 Brainmasters.

There might be more subgroup logos, haven't checked them all yet.

So in conclusion, I feel safe to say that despite how we and our fellow fans over in Japan view them in retrospect, the first few years of the Japanese version of the G1 line were all treated as one cohesive ongoing line by Takara, rather than separate lines, even though they promoted a sequence of cartoons with their own unique titles. Thus, I think we should acknowledge that fact and present the line in the same manner as its US counterpart, rather than artificially pretending they are separate lines just because that's how we've always thought of them. After all, we now also have most of Hasbro's G1 under "The Transformers" because that was its title at the time. In fact, I could make a stronger case for 1989's "Pretenders", 1989/1990's "Micromasters" and 1990/1991s "Action Masters" being separate lines, because they at least had their own distinct packaging designs, consistently used titles and Hasbro's line-up at the time was cleanly divided into those sub-lines, with no leftovers that didn't fit into any of them.

So I've started my own sandbox version of a complete Japanese G1 toyline page, and in the process have discovered a lot of weird and outright stupid quirks of how these "separate toylines" are currently presented on the Wiki.

- Someone thought it would be a good idea to list all the toys under their Hasbro assortments, which are completely irrelevant to how they were released in Japan. That's really just trying to squeeze a square peg into a round hole. If we are to have (a) separate page(s) for the Japanese G1 toyline(s), it should accurately reflect how the toys were released in Japan, not apply non-Japanese categories onto them.
- Some toys are listed under the "lines" (i.e. years) they would have "logically" belonged based on their Hasbro counterparts, with no actual regard to when these toys were actually available in Japan.
- Some toys are listed as general retail releases even though they were only available via mail order in Japan.
- Someone thought Doubleclouder should be listed as a Destron because of his portrayal in the cartoon, even though the toy was sold as a Cybertron.
- Why exactly don't we use Japanese ID numbers in our toy lists anymore? Those give a good indication regarding their release order, and that's the only real system Takara has, not some arbitrary application of assortments that only apply to Hasbro's markets.

Some minor issues I've stumbled across: Sometimes the years just bleed into each other, and any separation just comes across as arbitrary. Most notably, the Crossformers, which are commonly associated with 1989's "Victory" series, are labeled as D-309 and D-310, which places them right in between D-308 Browning and D-311 Black Zarak, both of them characters from "Masterforce", with the entirety of the Seacons and the Destron Sparkdash following after them.
I've currently placed 1988's Pretender Lander as a Robot Point mail order figure because his own Wiki page claims he was, even though he has his own ID number (which mail order figures usually didn't), and Snakas, whose lists I'm using as a reference, lists him among the general retail releases rather than the mail order figures.


#3757066 Power of the Primes General Discussion - Repugnus and Counterpunch images, pa...

Posted by Nevermore on 10 July 2018 - 09:05 AM

You can access the listing at Amazon Canada:
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#3757026 Power of the Primes General Discussion - Repugnus and Counterpunch images, pa...

Posted by Nevermore on 10 July 2018 - 06:45 AM

Interestingly enough, the price once I ordered it was $20 less than the price on the product page - 27,218 instead of 29,395.

That's because Japan's consumption tax doesn't apply to foreign buyers.

Ah, interesting. So they have a tax that's built into the stated retail price rather than tacked on to the total? If only all taxes and fees were handled that way.

Here in Germany, sales taxes (or rather "value-added tax") are also included in the stated retail price. What you see on the price tag is what you pay, you don't have to calculate an extra tax to find out what you actually have to pay.