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post #31 of 49
holy shit I LOVE TRANSFORMERS



post #32 of 49
yeahahahahah BABY



post #33 of 49
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yeahahahahah BABY
Olfaction:

Are those Autobots or icons?
post #34 of 49
before i wrote about clothes, i worked for a toy blog in college. one of the best perks was attending toy fair in february, which this year coincided with fashion week. i was in ny at the time covering the latter, but still have friends who do pr and blogging in the toy industry, and i must say the new TF stuff is great.

i loved the new animated show because it referenced so much G1 stuff but still made the toys cool and relevant. i have the scion soundwave on my desk here at work. plus they brought back weird al to voice wreck-gar, which was a great touch.

the new toys coming out are both based on the game and numerous other points in TF canon, i spend some time reading the TF wiki (tfwiki.net) because it's informative and hilarious. david willis, who does the webcomic shortpacked (shortpacked.com) -- which in and of itself is full of plenty of batman and tf-related punchlines -- moderates the wiki and adds liberal doses of tongue-in-cheek humor.

what amazes me most about these toys is the engineering and design, they're like rubik's cubes with a purpose and personality. the designers look at everyday objects and have to decide how to deconstruct them -- add a body, face, joints, etc. -- and then hide all that within the original form.
post #35 of 49
^ Cool, whose is the Mesa Boogie amp?

Foo knows WAAAAAY too much about the backstory stuff. Do you guys have Mastermind in the States? He should sign up for the show with Transformers as his specialist subject.

It's also time they did one disguised as a dildo or Fleshlight or something. Suckas gotta penetrate society on all levels, right?
post #36 of 49
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Foo knows WAAAAAY too much about the backstory stuff.

Nah. Most people just don't even remember the basic plot, so they're surprised when they realize it's not just about robots hiding from each other and blowing each other up.
post #37 of 49
foo, since you seem like a big fan, i'd recommend checking out jeff brown's incredible change-bots. it's pretty funny: http://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Cha.../dp/1891830910
post #38 of 49
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Bay's movies are generally terrible. However, the second has some very appealing scenes and moments for the died-in-the-wool Transformers fan, even if it sucks overall. If you can, watch the sequence that begins with Sam's rescue from interrogation by Megatron and carried through the ensuing forest battle between Optimus Prime and three Decepticons (including Megatron and Starscream) at the same time.

Hmmm...well, maybe I'll rent it.

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The Transformers only took on Earth forms to hide their existence at the very beginning of events in the G1 storyline (after being woken up from stasis lock). [. . .] So, Autobots and Decepticons who later arrived on Earth or who were later created often took alternative vehicle modes that had advantages other than disguise. The Dinobots, for example, were not created by the Autobots to hide incognito--rather, the idea was to imbue them with powerful alternative modes inspired by Earth's dinosaurs. Many later Transformers simply kept their Cybertronian forms.


See, THAT is the key. If people rewatch or even just think back, they did A LOT of battle in their transformed modes, and it was always when that mode was an advantage at that particular moment. Megatron usually only transformed into the powerful pistol -- which seemed, sometimes, to be more powerful than his arm cannon -- when the battle was heavily in the Decepticons' favor and he was dealing some sort of fatal blow.
post #39 of 49
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Originally Posted by ctrlaltelite View Post
before i wrote about clothes, i worked for a toy blog in college. one of the best perks was attending toy fair in february, which this year coincided with fashion week. i was in ny at the time covering the latter, but still have friends who do pr and blogging in the toy industry, and i must say the new TF stuff is great.

i loved the new animated show because it referenced so much G1 stuff but still made the toys cool and relevant. i have the scion soundwave on my desk here at work. plus they brought back weird al to voice wreck-gar, which was a great touch.

the new toys coming out are both based on the game and numerous other points in TF canon, i spend some time reading the TF wiki (tfwiki.net) because it's informative and hilarious. david willis, who does the webcomic shortpacked (shortpacked.com) -- which in and of itself is full of plenty of batman and tf-related punchlines -- moderates the wiki and adds liberal doses of tongue-in-cheek humor.

what amazes me most about these toys is the engineering and design, they're like rubik's cubes with a purpose and personality. the designers look at everyday objects and have to decide how to deconstruct them -- add a body, face, joints, etc. -- and then hide all that within the original form.


Gotcha! Always new you had nerd in you.
post #40 of 49
^
you mean it wasn't glaringly obvious?
post #41 of 49
Dinobots was pure genius. Kids' love of giant robots + kids' love of dinosaurs = GOLD.

I remember being so excited at getting a Scorponok toy for Christmas one year.
post #42 of 49
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Hmmm...well, maybe I'll rent it.

It's more fan-friendly than the first, although arguably a worse movie. I think most critics couldn't get passed the fact that robots can be characters, too.

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See, THAT is the key. If people rewatch or even just think back, they did A LOT of battle in their transformed modes, and it was always when that mode was an advantage at that particular moment. Megatron usually only transformed into the powerful pistol -- which seemed, sometimes, to be more powerful than his arm cannon -- when the battle was heavily in the Decepticons' favor and he was dealing some sort of fatal blow.

Exactly right. Hell, do you remember Tripticon? He was a Decepticon battle station that transformed into a giant Tyrannosaur-shaped robot as tall as a skyscraper--hardly inconspicuous, but very useful in combat.

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I remember being so excited at getting a Scorponok toy for Christmas one year.

I never got him, but I did get his Autobot counterpart, Fortress Maximus. Biggest Transformer ever made, I believe.
post #43 of 49
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Exactly right. Hell, do you remember Tripticon? He was a Decepticon battle station that transformed into a giant Tyrannosaur-shaped robot as tall as a skyscraper--hardly inconspicuous, but very useful in combat.

Trypticon... the one I couldn't have... Did you have him?
post #44 of 49
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Trypticon... the one I couldn't have... Did you have him?

Yeah, I did. I got him and Metroplex for Christmas when they came out. I much preferred Metroplex--never liked the bad guys much when I was little.
post #45 of 49
I wanted those as well but, alas, was born to cheap parents.
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