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  1. #1271
    Speaking of special-edition DVD releases, what's the story on the DVD that comes with the Prime/Megatron 2-pack? They're in the Classics line, but don't match the Prime and Megatron from that line. Prime looks to be a nicer update of the original design, and Megatron is based more on the Generation 2 design (courtesy of Dr Biggles-Jones and the friendly scientists of Cobra). But what's the video? And is this going to be an exclusive?
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  2. #1272
    Nobody seems to know what is on the video, I typed up the blurb for it on AF yesterday: http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?..._articleid=657
    my guess is that the DVD has clips from various TF cartoons or something.

    This Optimus Prime figure is essentially stealing the design of the Japanese Robotmasters Optimus Prime (Convoy: http://www.tfu.info/2004/Cybertron/Convoy/convoy.htm ) who himself is based off of Masterpiece Prime which is an homage to original G1 prime. This 2pack Optimus is clearly cheaper-looking and junkier than the RM version it's aping, and they added an action gimmick to his torso - twist & punch.

    2pack Megatron meanwhile is borrowing from a few sources, most notably G2 Megs: http://www.tfu.info/1993/Decepticon/...n/megatron.htm
    but is more of his own man than Prime there.

    Together, this 2pack is essentially just a side-trip for the Classics line, not unlike the Beast Wars line's Optimus Primal/Megatron 2pack - see carded shot on this link: http://www.tfu.info/1996/Predacon/Me...r/megatron.htm
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  3. #1273
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    What? It's a forum, this is what happens!

    Ok, we have something we can all hate then... apparently the upcoming 20th anniversary DVD Optimus Prime coming out soon, the Masterpiece with the talking base, the Hasbro suits completely blew it and didn't use Cullen's voice for Prime! They didn't even use Gary Chalk, instead opting for some cheap generic guy, hear it here:

    http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=6582

    Just when I thought Hasbro couldn't sink any lower.
    Well, on the plus side, this disappointment arrives just in time for waves of fans to complain at BotCon. Hooray for bad timing!
    All Hail Darth Schmitsky!

  4. #1274
    Yesterday I took a random trip to TRU and found all 3 new Cybertron deluxes, they were still having the buy 2, get 1 free sale so I ended up getting Dlx beast Megatron, beast Optimus, and Smokescreen for $20 - that's a nice price! Megs was assembled with his left shoulder backwards, it still functions but he can't face his arm all the way forward and the pins aren't tappable so unless I want to use the soldering technique, he's gotta go back (it really sucks they used pins this way, if it had been an easier build it would have been the easiest fix in the world). I didn't get either BW 10th Anniversary (BWX) Megs or Primal, instead waiting to decide on these - TRU made it an easy decision. Here's my intial thoughts:

    - Smokescreen is good, the colors are very different from Crosswise which changes the feel of the vehicle, the blue has a richness to it as well, but I wish they had put a "38" on the hood like the ones on the doors. The flame missile (now it's smoke I guess) is dark clear blue, almost gray/black, it doesn't have a lot of character but it's alright. The painted red is darker than the plastic red, but it all works together pretty well. I like the bot mode colors until we get to the head, it's red and just puts too much emphasis on the color overall - the G1 figure's head is blue and was a more balanced look for it. The transformation is still a toughy, but the roof fits the vehicle better than on Crosswise due to better assembly QC I guess. The key gimmick is still awesome and still black so it sticks out better than on Crosswise. Overall, I like this repaint, but Crosswise is still superior for his dark uniform look.

    - Beast Optimus Prime looks better than the mold's Optimus Primal use I think, the brown with black and tan paint is more together and the paint choices are a lot more monkey than Prime - that was one of BWX Primal's flaws I felt (he's wearing a white tiara for god's sake!). The scar over his left eye seems weird, more wild than Optimus usually is. His shoulders have white paint, suggesting a silverback gorilla, it's not what I would have done but it's not bad and plays into the matrix bot chest on the ape's back. On his left buttock there's an Autobot symbol - lame. The sculpt is pretty interesting, a little soft but decent. The articulation is weird as hell, he has the gorilla pose but his wrists also let him beat his chest in an awkward way and do nothing else useful really. The figure comes with the surfboard, this time in black with a little tan, red, and silver tribal stripes near the front, it's a bit weird and he can only peg onto it in beast mode - I guess referring to Transmetal Primal's surfboard. The gimmick on the board is part hinges out to reveal the missile's trigger, it's ok but meh. Transformation is fairly ambitious but limited by the deluxe pricepoint so his beast head ends up facing his bot butt, I give the change points for being interesting none the less. Bot mode is decent, the brown head with black helmet, silver face, and yellow eyes looks good - it's definitely Primal's face, and the brown head while again not my first choice looks fairly good in a beasty way. The bot suffers from too much kibble and a little gap if you look down at the torso, but is satisfying overall.

    - Beast Megatron is very cool, I actually like this pale pea green with dark reddish-brown, dark grean, and gold look over the BWX lavender version, this is more reptillian and has some details highlighted and subtle blending. The sculpt is pretty nice, the articulation is ok with hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, several neck points, and the head opens and closes, and it can stand on its own and look very tough. I'm a little disappointed the tail is permanently posed (albeit mildly), but otherwise it's good work. He's got a decepticon logo on his left hip armor, gotta go. The key gimmick is lame and looks like he's blowing a big green bubble out his behind, plus the tail sticks way up when open. Transformation is decent with plenty to do, the order is a bit of a stickler but it's still fairly fun. Bot mode is very cool, and I'm glad I got the silver Cybertron face over the dark purple BWX face which is hard to make out. There's some lavendar in play giving it a Megs feel, and the headsculpt is quite cool in that regard. Poseability is very good thanks to lots of articulation. I love the little handle he has for the removable tail weapon. All in all, I'm glad I got him and I'm glad I got this version to boot.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  5. #1275
    Check it out, Titanium Series Beast Machines Cheetor, didn't see THAT coming!
    http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view...ze=800&start=0

    It looks simple, but kinda workin' for me.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  6. #1276
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    "me" doesn't refer to other people.

    This comment was what I was talking about: "That's incredibly untrue. I'm just the only one that posts here."

  7. #1277
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Check it out, Titanium Series Beast Machines Cheetor, didn't see THAT coming!
    http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view...ze=800&start=0

    It looks simple, but kinda workin' for me.
    Not too suprising, it was announced awhile back. Looks good though. DON F said at his panel (he's designed most of the 6 inch Titaniums) that we are getting a G1 Ultra Magnus, that is similar to the RiD Prime in that it skips the smaller bot and just goes straight to the armored version. He was not refering to the WWI Prime repainted as UM, its a seperate figure.

    I hate all of the LoC Classic repaints.

    Ramjet is pretty cool.

  8. #1278
    Alright, I read the BotCon Hasbro interview.

    Has anyone here bought a Takara Starscream? If so, how did you order it? Link? How much after s&h?

    I'd actually prefer the more realistic gun-metal coloring of the Takara toy to Hasbro making a red and white fighter plane that would hardly blend into the real world (like Alternators do).
    BAD Pts Need: R5-C7 lf leg (x2), , R4-P44 right leg BAD Pts Offered For Trade: PM me - I have lots of parts now including BG-J38!. New Kyle Katarn is also available.

  9. #1279
    Not too suprising, it was announced awhile back. Looks good though. DON F said at his panel (he's designed most of the 6 inch Titaniums) that we are getting a G1 Ultra Magnus, that is similar to the RiD Prime in that it skips the smaller bot and just goes straight to the armored version.
    I hadn't heard about Cheetor before. Yeah, I saw the pics of Titanium G1 Magnus, looks pretty decent, I linked to it below along with WW Fallen and Megs, Titanium 6" is getting so darn cool.

    I hate all of the LoC Classic repaints.
    No kidding, same here, and they have some really dumb names on most of them to boot!


    Lots of Botcon news & photos:
    -- Official Hasbro Alternators Rumble & Ravage pics: http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/d...23A4D367F00093

    I think that Ravage looks awful, he's pure kibble. Not digging Rumble that much either, doesn't look like much is going on there. I read somewhere else that Rumble won't have arms at all, just pounders, which kinda sucks since he has SO MUCH unused room in those shoulders.


    -- Official shots of Classics Jetfire with confirmation of removable helmet, Mirage, Grimlock, Cliffjumper (repaint), Ramjet (remold), new Legends, and new Minicons:
    http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/d...5C782C4065A089

    The legends look really weak. Cliffjumper is a really "meh" repaint. Ramjet isn't quite doing it for me, needs more color in bot mode. The Minicons look cool as hell, the Predator team are ambitious, the Dirt Diggers look very cool but not named right (only Grindor is dirt-related, and Dirt Rocket isn't a dirt bike) and I think Grindor isn't properly transformed at the top because of the Botcon display shot, and the Clear Skies team (another dopey name) looks very cool with Steel Wind looking like a real crazy wild minicon.


    -- Official "Construction Devastator" boxed set, a Devastator-repaint of the Energon Construction gestalt:
    http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/d...305330B3518E6F

    Looks alright, but I'm not quite feeling it.


    -- Official Classics Ultra Magnus vs Skywarp 2pack:
    http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/d...315E9FDD1F9709

    I think Magnus looks pretty good there, I like his weapons in those colors. Skywarp looks very good.


    -- Official G1 Reissue Soundwave due Spring of '07:
    http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/d...F42BE8A69BB80F

    I'll be getting this, but I am fairly sure that their pics are not of the real product but of the G1 original - it doesn't have the new 2-tape holder chest.


    -- Tformers Botcon Day 1 Hasbro booth:
    http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=albu...ze=800&start=0

    Titanium 6" Cheetor, a very unfortunate Titanium 6" WW Ultra Magnus repainted from WW Optimus, Titanium 6" Soundwave alt mode, lots of Classics, and Titanium 6" Thundercracker repainted as Sunstorm (I think).


    -- Tformers' report on Hasbro Design Panel:
    http://tformers.com/BotCon-2006-Hasb...6589/news.html

    I'm so glad they didn't make Optimus a crane in CY, that would have sucked. I wonder what Energon Optimus' trailer looked like before. The Autobot-logo face for Vector Prime doesn't work for me, glad it got tossed out. The CY planet concepts were way cooler than what we got. They confirmed Classics Megs is based around the look of the Nerf Maverick REV-6 which I suspected. They are considering more Classics but haven't started prototypes.


    -- Tformers Botcon Day 2 Hasbro booth:
    http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=albu...ze=800&start=0

    A major update!!! Highlights include Titanium 6" G1 Ultra Magnus (with big eyes), Titanium 6" The Fallen (I really want to see his alt mode), Titanium 6" War Within Megatron (looks way cool), Alternators Rumble & Ravage, and Reissue Soundwave's crazy popup packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Which has no legitimacy in regards to Planet-X in the Cybertron line.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    It does to me. :P
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Of which nobody else is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    That's incredibly untrue. I'm just the only one that posts here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    This comment was what I was talking about: "That's incredibly untrue. I'm just the only one that posts here."
    Good try, but there's the conversation in its complete glory, so unless there are multiple yous, my point was incredibly TRUE - nobody else is YOU.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  10. #1280
    I totally dig Rumble. Ravage seems pretty cool, but I'd love a top view of his cat. He might be too fat and they'll have to rename him Garfield. I'll buy both of these however, though I wonder if I'll regret it in Ravage's case.

    Still no one answered my question on how you purchase the MP Starscream from Takara?

    E-bay perhaps?

    I want that plane bad!
    BAD Pts Need: R5-C7 lf leg (x2), , R4-P44 right leg BAD Pts Offered For Trade: PM me - I have lots of parts now including BG-J38!. New Kyle Katarn is also available.

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