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@  Shrug : (21 July 2018 - 02:11 PM)

Anyone have experience with HFTD Seaspray? I just bought a used one (for a buck!) and all his hip ratchets broke on first movement. Does he just generally have fragile ratchets or is GPS starting?

@  Paladin : (20 July 2018 - 09:24 PM)

Remember it, for it is the last thing you will hear before I *shuffle* EXPRESS MY FEELINGS IN SONG!!!!!!

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 July 2018 - 08:46 PM)

Blitzwing, eh?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 July 2018 - 08:46 PM)


@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 06:29 PM)

He leaks his crankcase, then we all catch a few new dents.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 July 2018 - 02:58 PM)

Quick, somebody put his hand in some warm oil and see what happens.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 02:25 PM)

Guys, SSSHHHHH. Megatron is passed out right over there, and dude is a MEAN drunk. Don't wake him up.

@  Paladin : (20 July 2018 - 02:04 PM)

*checks Hasbro's offerings* so, never. :(

@  Jetstream C-18 : (20 July 2018 - 01:26 PM)

They're all hugged when Omega Supreme gets back

@  unluckiness : (20 July 2018 - 10:00 AM)

Megatron is hammered! Now, I, Starscream am leader of the Decepticons!

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 09:47 AM)

And megatron is so confused as to why no one is shooting at him anymore that he starts binge drinking.

@  unluckiness : (20 July 2018 - 08:46 AM)

Grimlock eats them for lunch.

@  Paladin : (20 July 2018 - 08:09 AM)

Optimus wants to free the Minicons. Ultra Magnus says it infringes states' rights.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 July 2018 - 08:07 AM)

So... the nicest beings in the universe are fighting with each other?

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 July 2018 - 08:01 AM)

No Decepticons. It's Autobots Civil War.

@  Gryllid : (20 July 2018 - 07:55 AM)

New York Comic Con is in October, maybe there?

@  Nevermore : (20 July 2018 - 05:49 AM)

So.. thus far, Hasbro only revealed Autobots for Siege. Any ideas which show they will reveal the Decepticons at?

@  Nevermore : (20 July 2018 - 05:44 AM)

So where did the "Stege" logo come from? All I can find is Sipher posting it an making fun of it. Where did that inconvenient version originate?

@  Sabrblade : (19 July 2018 - 11:53 PM)

True. But it was due to Transformers' use of the name that Saban at the time couldn't use it.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 11:38 PM)

But that's not necessarily a reference, just an attempt to use "Technobable" name.

@  Sabrblade : (19 July 2018 - 10:57 PM)

It's not Power Rangers, but Saban's VR Troopers was originally going to be titled "Cybertron".

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 09:26 PM)

@paladin Energon would be too obvious. That's why I like Ore-13. It's not overt.. but still a nice nod.

@  Paladin : (19 July 2018 - 08:05 PM)

the original Sentai called it "Enetron." all they have to change is ONE LETTER.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 06:26 PM)

@saberblade True.. But I don't know.. I just want something simple like the "Energy source" in Beast Morphers to be Ore-13 or something like that.

@  Sabrblade : (19 July 2018 - 05:41 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw: Operation Overdrive did have a weapon called the "Transtech Armor" ;)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 July 2018 - 04:49 PM)

*sigh* This is going to be a long subline.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 July 2018 - 04:49 PM)

I already hate the overuse of "STEGE".

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2018 - 04:16 PM)

I just want Power Ranger refferenes in TF and Vice versa now.

@  Onyxstrike : (19 July 2018 - 11:32 AM)

I think Hasbro might be after more than just my money this time around with these reveals.

@  Otaku : (18 July 2018 - 02:39 PM)

@TheMightyMollusk Thanks for clarifying.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 July 2018 - 12:34 PM)

@Otaku, most people were oblivious. The smart ones did their emergency shopping the day before, so there wasn't much left anyway.

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2018 - 09:37 AM)

@wonko Only happened a few times and I don't remember the exact details, but yeah.

@  Otaku : (18 July 2018 - 08:06 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Is that really the same thing? I mean, it is if the people were casually shopping and oblivious to the danger to them or the employees of the store, but if they were desperately trying to get needed supplies themselves... or am I just supposed to be smart enough to know you wouldn't have brought it up if it wasn't the former? >_<

@  wonko the sane? : (18 July 2018 - 07:59 AM)

Okay, what? I've had to explain why the TV wouldn't work when the power is out to children, but never to an adult in their right mind.

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2018 - 07:44 AM)

*When I worked at the cable call center, some people wondered why their TV wouldn't work when there was an outage...

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2018 - 07:43 AM)


@  TheMightyMol... : (18 July 2018 - 03:11 AM)

We had people still trying to shop while we were being pushed by state police to shut the store down due to flooding. The police finally had to help herd them out.

@  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?


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Hasbro UK criticized for "deceptive" Rescue Bots TV ad that describes toys as...

30 June 2018 - 04:29 AM


Long story short:

- Hasbro ran a TV ad in the UK for the Rescue Bots toyline that showed five different figures and two playsets, with a narrator saying "out now".
- Someone complained with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), claiming they were unable to find all the toys shown in the ad at retail, and argued the ad was deceiving viewers into wrongly thinking the products shown were widely available.
- The ASA investigated the matter.
- Hasbro responded by arguing that the toys shipped as assortments in multiple waves containing different products, ordering and stocking was up to the individual retailers, and ultimately, it couldn't be guaranteed that all the products shown could be found at all retailers at the same time. Hasbro then provided evidence that at least some of the toys could be found in stores at the time of the ad's airing on TV.
- The ASA examined Hasbro's statement and evidence, as well as the evidence provided by the complainant, and came to the conclusion that at the time of the ad's airing, not all the products shown in the ad were widely available at UK retail in reasonable quantities.
- Because the Rescue Bots toyline's target audience are small children, the ad and its wording of "out now" could be considered deceptive. While children could be assumed to understand that there are different individual products, the way the ad presented them could be interpreted to mean that the products shown on screen could be easily found at retail.
- Hasbro is no longer allowed to show the ad on UK television.

Crazy-colored artwork in official publications

27 May 2018 - 02:01 PM

By now, most of us probably know the madness German Condor Verlag gave us, with its hilarious covers depicting off-model characters in insane colors, and equally insane colors for UK black and white stories.
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However, I'm sure there's even more craziness around the world.

I found this French DVD cover, which basically features an inverted Safety Color Megatron.
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Please note that I do not count intentional crazy colors such as anything from the Generation 2 toyline.

I'm only counting artwork that is supposed to represent an existing character in established colors but somehow ends up totally different.

Looking for international Beast Wars, Beast Machines and RID 2001 intros

13 May 2018 - 03:07 AM

For a large project, I'm looking for clips of the intros for Beast Wars, Beast Machines and the 2001 Robots in Disguise cartoons from Hasbro markets around the world (i.e. not Japan), in particular anywhere that had a different title!

Thus far I have:
Beast Wars (Canada, English version) - "Beasties"
Beast Wars (Italy) - "Rombi di Tuono e Cieli di Fuoco per i Biobombat"

Currently specifically looking for:
Beast Wars (Canada, French version) - "Robots-Bêtes"
Beast Wars (France) - "Ani Mutants" (I only have clips from some of the toy commercials)
Beast Machines (Canada, French version) - "Mécanimaux"
Beast Machines (France) - "Ani Machines"
United Kingdom - was "Transformers" part of the title or not?
Belgium - was "Transformers" part of the title or not?
Germany - was "Transformers" part of the title or not?

Stock photos mimicking CG renders

23 April 2018 - 03:13 PM

Hasbro usually has (at least) two sets of promotional stock images.

The first set (also known as "press images") used to depict hand-painted resin prototypes prior to mid-2014. From wave 4 of Combiner Wars onwards, those were replaced by CG renders. Photos of prototypes are still used for redecos and re-releases of toys designed prior to Combiner Wars (such as Titans Return Cosmos, Power of the Primes Skrapnel or the Platinum Edition Autobot Heroes set).

The second set usually depicts (near) final pre-production samples, typically including photos of the tos inside their packaging.

However, there apparently used to be no communication between whoever was responsible for each of the sets, so the figures would typically be depicted in very different poses, and the alternate modes would sometimes face opposite directions. Mistransformations could happen in both sets, but usually you wouldn't see the same mistransformation in both sets. The CG renders don't include actual mistransformations for the most part (although PotP Hun-Gurrr is missing his head in some renders depicted on his packaging).

Starting with Power of the Primes and Studio Series, though, I've noticed that the second set often tries to mimick the poses from the early CG renders, with various degrees of accuracy.

Here are some examples:
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Hasbro website broken?

19 March 2018 - 07:24 AM

Is it just me, or are product images no longer showing up on Hasbro's corporate website?