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  1. But... he can still use the tail in one hand and the sword in the other, as your own pics show. Being able to use the sword as a missile is an added bonus, not a drawback. They (correctly) figure that most people won't care to have him standing around with a loaded launcher. That's my take, anyway. I think the better proportions alone make this guy worth it.
  2. Well, it depends on how you look at it. It's not illegal for them to determine what goes on on their own boards, but it is very impolite to delete and ban people for expressing views that disagree with your ego. It is, however, illegal to threaten people elsewhere with legal and physical harm for exercising first-amendment rights, especially after the threatening party has gone out of their way to solicit opinion. Most people just don't have the time, patience, and most importantly, the money to deal with something like that, and just find it's less hassle to get rid of the "offense" altogether. Yes, this is in effect giving into a bully, but it's the most readily-available option to get said bully to back off. I highlight something that I feel is a bit of an inaccuracy in your statement... there is an underlying assumption that Shocker has MADE something to buy, and that people HAVE bought it. More importantly, it alludes to a fandom that simply doesn't exist. Geoff's several dozen internet aliases and half-a-dozen blind/rabid supporters doesn't constitute a large enough group to be referred to collectively as "fans".
  3. That's the gist of it... but the part that's so incredibly ridiculous is that he's saying that the people claiming his company are liars and scam "artists" are to blame because they brought in the law and are trying to get him to obey it, yet still make the toys he promised. It's the darnedest thing... I just can't feel bad that following the law makes it harder for him to operate his "toy company". It's called accountability, and he needs to be held to it just like anyone else.
  4. That's actually a really good point. There ARE more 'bots than 'cons, especially in the first few years, which are the ones that ended up on the show. If they put too many 'cons out too quickly, then they run out, and instead of 1 'con every two waves, we get none... or (if possible) even MORE random Micromaster homages and assorted strangeness.
  5. Tall Sally... who is both a rookie and an already-existing character. A little reference: Tall Sally was a comic book-only GI Joe Extreme character. I don't think her MOS was ever stated. She was tall (which this custom appears to be) and had long brown hair (as this custom does). She was also named Sally, which shows just how imaginative the codenames were at the time. Her uniform was mostly red, but whatever. She was dating Metal Head (the Extreme version, not the IG anti-tank guy), came from a loving home (she still wrote snail-mail letters to them, just to be more personal)... and in true GI Joe comic fashion, the soldier with no action figure is the first one to get killed. She and Short-Fuze (another Extreme-version original character) were the only ones who could blow up the Big Bad Superweapon, and for reasons that weren't entirely clear, they decided to blow themselves up too.
  6. From Cybertron: Backstop in yellow and green as Stranglehold. Scorponok in G1 colors seems obvious... Megatron/Galvatron as Thunderwing- Yeah, the 'jet' mode is kind of an afterthought for a guy with 'wing' in his name, but look at the robot modes... this would totally work in the right colors. Landmine as Scoop Quickmix in G1 Quickmix colors Scourge as Hun-Grrr Metroplex in either G1 Metroplex or Fortress Maximus colors (I've seen customs of both, and I'd happily buy either) Ransack as Cy-Kill... because it would look pretty. Scrapmetal as Rumble and/or Frenzy Undermine as Finback Wreckloose as G1 Igaunus Energon: Tidal Wave- a little recoloring and filed-down 'con symbols, and he's a functional Broadside. Demolishor as G1 Landfill ('cause I gotta complete my Targetmaster construction vehicle trio!) Omega Supreme in G1 OS colors Battle Ravage as Catilla Cliffjumper as Sandstorm (almost works as-is) Divebomb as G1 Divebomb... Laserbeak and/or Buzzsaw tributes (GOOD ones!) would also be acceptable. Doomlock as Grimlock, just for kicks. Downshift as Slicer Galvatron... pretty much just put out as G1 Galvatron. Insecticon as Bombshell Landmine as Grapple... 'cause I think it would look cool, and those big ol' power claws would work great with that name! Prowl as Slapdash Shockblast with more purple and silver to actually BE Shockwave Snow Cat... in as close a deco to the GI Joe vehicle as possible. Starscream as Needlenose... just because I think it would look cool. Tow-line as Skids Slugslinger in G1 colors Classics/Universe: More Seekers! Ironhide as Skids (yeah, I know I said Energon Tow-Line... either is fine with me) Cheetor as Shadowpanther, Nightprowler, or even Cataclysm... But please, not Tigertron. We don't need an anorexic tiger. Galvatron as Bludgeon Onslaught as Hardhead Dinobot as BW Razor Claw, just because the mold would look good in green. The faction-change symbol could even flip between Maximal and Mutant. Sideswipe as Breakdown Prowl as Dead End Bumblebee (deluxe) with new head as Goldbug Optimus Prime with new head as Motormaster (and ideally, an awesome FansProject trailer!) Random: RID Megatron as Sixshot... it's not perfect, but how many six-changers do you think we're gonna get? RID Prowl as Rapido RID Side Burn as Windbreaker RID X-Brawn as Turbofire ...? as Skram RID Build Team as Earth-mode Dynobots (Grimlock as Sludge, Hightower as Slag, Wedge as Swoop, Heavy Load as Snarl... Grimlock's kind of the 'odd man out', but he gets plenty of attention as it is). BM Tankor as Quake BM Buzzsaw as Bugly BM Sonic Attack Jet as Devcon... because it's about the only thing that the mold hasn't been yet. BM Tank Drone as BM Tankor BM Blackarachnia in show colors Armada Demolishor as Twin Twist (remolded missiles) Armada Sideways with Punch/Counterpunch Minicons Armada Megatron as Black Zarak or Overlord BW Metals Ravage Pretty much anything BW that Japan got and we didn't.
  7. Hmm. Two of the three being well-established Marvel names? Man, Hasbro is just taking that license for all kinds of joyrides!
  8. I bought mine a couple weeks ago at $39... only 2 Targets within 100 miles of me, so I just couldn't guarantee that I'd make it out there again. It's looking like it may in fact be March before I do, so I'm feeling pretty good about my decision. On the other hand, I only managed to get the Springer/Ratbat TF set, and I really wanted some of the others (Roadbuster/Dirge and the two Legends 5-packs), so I'm a little bummed about that.
  9. Speaking for myself, every last one of these characters has a number of 'classic' looks that vary from cartoon, comic, and various toy incarnations. When we were told 'exclusive deco', I expected something along those lines, not "hey, we painted the grenade on that guy you bought a year ago!" The freakin' STANDS have the biggest changes. These have been targeted at collectors since day one, and they simply fail to deliver anything really new or worthwhile to the fans. I just can't praise Hasbro for that kind of bait-and-switch.
  10. I was hoping the supposed exclusive decos would finally yield a Sunbow Flint. No such luck, I guess. @grumpy@ I'll be picking up the BAT and couldn't care less about the rest of these. It just mystifies me. What do they think they're doing here? The voting for these figures was done online, so they MUST realize that the fans who already HAVE most (all, really) of these figures are the ones who did the voting. I've come around to the idea that they do the repacks, reissues, and redecos constantly in order to keep the 'name' characters on the shelf and increase impulse/kid buys, but the HOH concept was from it's start a fan-oriented thing, and the presentation of the packaging and the exclusive sneak-peek pics back that up. Nothing changed with the concept, but the delivery just doesn't appear to be as advertised. It's basically come down to "Hey fans, we've got something special for ya--SURPRISE! IT'S A BUNCH OF CRAP YOU ALREADY HAVE!"
  11. Haven't posted here in a while, but I thought this was kinda funny: http://www.robschrab.com/new-scud-action-f.../#comment-11537 Specifically, I just LOVE this quote: Hmm. Yeah, that does sound reasonable on the surface. But wait, let's look at what Geoff is actually saying: Oh, yes, how dreadful of anyone to insist that you follow the law. How terrible it must be to be forced into complying with the same rules and regulations as everyone else. It must be hell to have someone trying to ensure that you don't rip anyone off. How dare people insist that you live up to your claims of being able to make these toys after you screwed yourself. My heart bleeds for you Geoff. No, really. I think I might cry at your pain or something.
  12. I loved that guy too, and also made a custom of him recently... I should get a pic up.
  13. Can you give me the episode these leprechauns were in? I'll be the first to agree that there were crazy moments in the series, but I don't remember that... and neither does Google, which makes it doubly head-scratching. As for the White Clown and Bongo... I'm not sure what's unrealistic about civilians getting tragically caught in the middle of warfare. I mean, you're referring to 'crazy' in regards to their names... in a property that prides itself on crazy names. Additionally, both of them are merely stage names, as both are performers. But regardless, I completely disagree about the movie being 'exquisitely GI Joe'. It had a greatly flawed plot (even accounting for Cobra-La and it being a children's movie), the few characters we knew who actually got any face-time were terribly inconsistent with how they were portrayed before, and most of the new characters were bad cliches that were completely rewritten in personality (Falcon) and function (Chuckles) so they could be wedged clumsily into the script. These things are not unheard of in the series, but they are not typical of it. Then we put the over-the-top science-fiction stuff back in, and it's practically unrecognizable as GI Joe, having more in common with the average Godzilla movie or the recent (at the time) Inhumanoids series. This is the main reason that I can find it enjoyable; it throws all caution to the wind and goes for broke on a ridiculous fantasy romp... but that's not the standard set by the series at all. Even you admit as much, despite your claims of it being 'exquisitely GI Joe'. For you, maybe... but not most others, and for reasons that do have merit. As I said before, it's not military-fantasy GI Joe so much as a straight sci-fi B-movie with familiar faces (mostly in the background, even).
  14. Absolutely agreed. The "Coincidence? I think not" comment was meant to point out that the unpainted nature (which in itself brings down cost) combined with transparent plastic will 'wash out' a lot of detail, making it harder to judge sculpt quality. So basically, Shocker's popping out some low-cost, bad-quality figures at ridiculously low production numbers so that they can gush about how they made something special and so many people wanted it, when the complete opposite will be true.
  15. Not 'well-liked'. Not 'high-quality'. Not 'praise-worthy'. Only 'highly sought'. Which would have EVERYTHING to do with the minuscule production numbers, rather than actual demand. Because you're just not going to find thousands of fans of Scud and Maxx out there who want the figures in unpainted, feature-negating transparent plastic (coincidence? I think not) to represent them as they have never appeared. @hmmm@
  16. It's very likely that with this being a repaint of a character that wasn't in the first movie, he won't be in the second either. Even if he's supposed to be 'in the big battle scene' like the article claims, this is likely to just be based on it, like all those figures in the first movie who were 'in the Sector 7 motor pool', or 'came to life in Mission City', or were (supposedly) around but just not seen in the movie. To my knowledge, Michael Bay doesn't get to decide names for non-movie characters. Even if the this figure WAS named Wreck-Gar, it's doubtful Bay had anything to do with it. Additionally, the movie setting is its own continuity with its own characters, so what the names were used for previously doesn't really apply, and this would be FAR from the first time Hasbro took advantage of that. Wel Longarm was "in the movie" something they tried to use to their advantage with that scene pack with legless Bumblebee. Vehicle mode will be the way they do it, as with Stockade and Landmine. That's kinda my point. Being in the the movie (on the screen) and being "in the movie" (based on something from the movie) are two different things. Such is (apparently) the case with Wreckage, so no matter what name he gets, it would have absolutely nothing to do with Bay. As an aside, I'm trying to figure out the G2 Megatron association. I look at him and I see a tank mode, green-and-brown robot, white face, and purple weapons... to me, that's Bludgeon's inner robot, not Megatron!
  17. He's part of the Iron Grenadiers. The IG wear military uniforms (to one degree or another, especially the command officers) and sport high-tech stuff like crazy. Yes, this could be more than simple coincidence. I'm not denying that... but I am saying that the things you're pointing to as 'evidence' are the same things that make him fit perfectly with the IG. So now, if MATT TRAKKER is related according to his new bio, with the GIJOEs, and the Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem is now a paramilitary unit from COBRA, then MAYBE, (and i mean MAYBE) we could fill the void of either MILES or MAXIMUS MAYHEM's military trainning origins tracked down to the IRON GRENADIERS/COBRA organizations. and as i said above, maybe all the others VENOM agents could be (and looks like now) some recruits from the disassembled DREADNOKS. that would be nice(sort of), don't you think? You can say it's whatever you want. I make no attempts to rain on 'personal canon'. I'm just correcting you about what's officially there. Hasbro manufactured General Mayhem, but their design team didn't create him, so they obviously couldn't have intended him to be an homage. As far as making an actual Miles Mayhem on purpose... there's no reason they'd have to go back and fit him and VENOM into previously-existing characters and concepts. They can just say it's stuff we've never seen in the GI Joe mythos before, like they did with Matt Trakker (and tons of other characters who have been 'here the whole time... yup, the whole time"). Personally, I'd rather they didn't try to shoehorn it all in after the fact and make it look all integrated when it's not. I'd prefer a sister/subline to GI Joe (like the 90's Street Fighter stuff... but good), so that fans who want it integrated can do so, and those who don't won't have to deal with things like Snake Eyes and Duke driving the Rhino or Cliff Dagger driving the HISS, or crazy Firecracker-transforms into VAMP stuff. That probably coincides with the majority fan opinion here... it's not that no one wants MASK, but rather that not everyone wants it to be GI Joe.
  18. He's part of the Iron Grenadiers. The IG wear military uniforms (to one degree or another, especially the command officers) and sport high-tech stuff like crazy. Yes, this could be more than simple coincidence. I'm not denying that... but I am saying that the things you're pointing to as 'evidence' are the same things that make him fit perfectly with the IG.
  19. It's very likely that with this being a repaint of a character that wasn't in the first movie, he won't be in the second either. Even if he's supposed to be 'in the big battle scene' like the article claims, this is likely to just be based on it, like all those figures in the first movie who were 'in the Sector 7 motor pool', or 'came to life in Mission City', or were (supposedly) around but just not seen in the movie. To my knowledge, Michael Bay doesn't get to decide names for non-movie characters. Even if the this figure WAS named Wreck-Gar, it's doubtful Bay had anything to do with it. Additionally, the movie setting is its own continuity with its own characters, so what the names were used for previously doesn't really apply, and this would be FAR from the first time Hasbro took advantage of that.
  20. Yes, let's go right for the most incompatible ones, disregarding the properties that could conceivably fit in the same universe. @hmmm@ No. MARS Attacks was a convention set. Convention sets are designed by the organizers, not Hasbro. Any veiled reference to MASK and VENOM that you're finding here (which appears to be little more than a guy with 'Mayhem' in his name and a greyish mustache) is basically the result of a fellow fan in the right place with the right amount of money, not Hasbro laying groundwork.
  21. But that way is also the GIJOE I know....and I'd bet others know as well. GIJOE is not "Blackhawk Down", except in the minds of a few. Couple things I feel the need to point out. Maybe I'm taking this the wrong way, but ... First, it was a joke. No need to give me the 'Joe was never as serious as you think it was' riff, especially considering that I'm often one of the people who spends time pointing that fact out. Second... no, Cobra-La isn't the Joe you know. That's 80 minutes of hack-job drivel distilled from all the craziest elements of the 95 (I think that's the number) episodes that came before, with little to no regard for the themes, characters, and moments that acted to balance them. I'm one of the people who admits to being able to enjoy the movie, but even I have to 'disconnect' it from the show proper in order to do so. Any semblance of the vaguest realism that the show had gets kicked in the jimmy by that movie about seven minutes in, leaving it straight science fiction being acted out by familiar faces. Sorry, but there is a reason that the movie is one of the most controversial parts of the entire fandom. It's not very representative of GI Joe in any incarnation, and if the live-action movie IS in fact like it, then it IS in fact madness and over-the-top in the opposite direction from serious. My entire joke/point was that 'times 10' can go many ways, good or bad, but (as I would hope was evident by the first part of my previous statement) I'm still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  22. Sounds good. That's the sort of spy-action stuff I like. Fun, action-packed, and not-quite taking itself seriously enough to leave out crazy sci-fi elements. Dunno about that "Thunderball times 10" comment though. That would to a large degree suggest that in avoiding the 'serious' direction of the new Bond films, he went over-the-top in the opposite direction... that way lies madness, also known as Cobra-La.
  23. That is exactly what they did with the majority of TFU being G1 characters... True. Even if you leave off the repaints from other lines, and even the repaints that are updated molds (Bluestreak, Sideswipe, etc), you still end up with a lot of updated G1, two BW, and... a single AEC figure. One guy from 'this decade', to show the people who like the TFs from this decade that they haven't forgotten them. I don't think this really signifies a major shift in the theme of the line or anything... if it did, I'd start complaining too. But right now, I don't think there's any need to get all worked up about an exception to the rule.
  24. So you put toast in the eggs, and on the side? I'm unclear on this part. Otherwise it sounds like the breakfast I'm about to make anyway! @loll@
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