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  1. When it comes to Shortpacked, It stops being funny when you have to try and find the joke. Because it's Shortpacked, It was never funny because there wasn't one.
  2. I can't speak for Jay, but I can tell you that it's not as difficult or dangerous as some would have you believe. I'll go over a list of fragile points and tell you how to carefully avoid them. (NOTE: Pictures from Remy's collection will be used, they are the property of him, folks. I also used some pictures from Invincible Robot Factory. I modified them to point out the potential trouble spots.) First picture, Megatron from the front: 1.) Pink arrows point to panels that are connected via ball joint. These come off easily and should be removed during the first transformation. (Once transformed, they'll pop right back on. These are mentioned because they're a hindrance and you have to learn the core robot first and foremost. Once you've got the hang of it, those panels will be no problem.) 2.) The blue circled part is the arm connector/shoulder/ratchet. There is a tab that holds the arms in that's just a tad too big and makes it quite difficult to remove his arms, perhaps to the point of breakage if you're not careful. Carefully shave off some of the tab (shown in the third pic) but not all of it. Use a set of nail clippers and literally just trim a little (I must emphasize little) plastic off of the tab, but not the entire tab (because the arm won't stay in place if you do.) If you trim the tab just enough, the arms will lock in place and disconnect with ease and no stress on the arms. It's literally just enough to hold him rock solid without breaking him. 3.) The thigh panels circled in red/magenta could break easily because they'll swing up like a car hood, and when you collapse the leg in on itself to create the butt of the gun, they could get caught on the surrounding black and red plastic of the legs and snap off. Just make sure they're lined up just right (guide it by finger if need be) and they'll slide in just fine without any problem. 4.) The releases circled in yellow are held in place by a strong spring, plus the assembly of the legs has a lot of tight space for everything to work in. I recommend sticking a toothpick, or Jeweler's Screwdriver into them to depress the spring with one hand, and start pushing the top half of the leg down with the other hand. Once you've made it past the notch, you'll be able to remove the tool and the leg will slide easily the rest of the way. (I recommend this tactic for robot to gun, and vice versa.) 5.) The hinges circled in blue could break easily, so follow this method: 1.) Pull the trigger from the leg and straighten it out towards the the other leg. 2.) With the trigger straight out, swing the rest of the hinge up in place. Don't swing it from the back hinge and then move the trigger, because that could lead to breakage. You'll see what I mean once you try it. 6.) The panels on his feet (circled in orange) can be swung up under the leg to give more support and stability so he'll stand up straight. (This is especially useful for when his cannon is attached to his arm. It's so heavy, he will topple over. Those panels will help avoid that.) The tabs circled in green should be sitting on either side of the leg when you pull the panel up. If those tabs aren't on the sides of the legs, he won't have stability, and might even break. (NOTE: His ankle is balljointed and you can do some dynamic poses (so long as you don't have the cannon attached) and if you wish to pose, close those panels down so they're not in the way. Second picture, Megatron from the back: 1.) The pink/orangish circle shows a piece of his spine (I know, it's hard to see, but you'll see it in hand) that attaches his head to the rest of the body. The black bar snaps into the back of the chest to hold the head/neck in place. On the sides of that bar, you'll see small nubs of plastic (these are the pieces that hold it in place) and you'll instantly notice that they're too big. They don't look it, but believe me...when you're pulling that head away and you have to *yank* it because it's so tight...you'll see. Take a nail file (or any file) or sandpaper and carefully and gently sand those nubs down. Just enough that his head will hold in place, but easily removable with no stress. 2.) The orange circled piece with the black arrow pointing to it, shows a part of the spine assembly. This part you *must* be careful with. In the crude picture I added, you can see the orange part (the spine) running vertically, and it slides backward and forward along the black part. The spine is die-cast metal. The black piece is plastic. Thick plastic, but still breakable if given enough stress. Hold Megatron by the crotch with one hand, and with the other hand, put your fingers on the sides of the die-cast piece (where the pin runs through) and carefully pull it back straight 'til it stops. (you'll feel it stop, don't make it go any further) Don't push or pull at it in an angle, no wiggling back and forth, just pull it straight back. (Use this handling method for transformation, both ways.) 3.) The parts circled in blue are very tight hinges on the same order as Masterpiece Starscream's wings. (which have been breaking) just sand down the catch spots, just enough to allow free movement, and you won't have to worry about the hinges causing breakage. Third picture, Megatron in mid-transformation: 1.) The yellow circled part will show you the spine piece I mentioned. Fourth and fifth picture, Megatron's shoulder and tab: 1.) The red circle and arrow shows how it works. As you can see, the tab is excessively large, and it has to slide in and out, under the silver area that the arrow is pointing to. 2.) The square piece (circled in red where the barrel is swung back from the chest, you can see it, barely) holds the arm in place, along with the tab. So you can't slide down on the arm to get it to release. You have to wiggle it so the tab will clear and you can pop off of that square piece. This is why I say trim the tab. That way it'll still sit on the square and the tab will hold it in. Not pictured: On the legs, you'll notice everything is extremely tight, which is fine and all...but you're going to be transforming this guy and you want him moving fluidly. Simply loosen the screws on the knees and hips (under the side waist panels) a little bit. Not enough to remove the leg of course, but with that extra little bit of play, the joints will still hold a pose, and he'll move easily without fear of breakage. Overall: Megatron is an intricate design, and some care will be needed during transformation. I realize my modifications sound excessive or too risky, but they're easier done than said. (Yes, I worded that correctly.) You might say "Well that's a lot of crap to go through just to enjoy a collectible" well, yeah, I guess...but it only takes a couple of hours to do everything needed, and once it's done...you can fully enjoy him for hours on end. Isn't it worth a tiny bit of your time just to make him better? I'd say so. Just be careful, and he'll be one of the best pieces of your collection. (He's definitely leaps and bounds better than 'Screamer.) Hope this helps!
  3. From all accounts I've seen....Canada is lax when it comes to this kind of stuff. And I can honestly say (after getting Masterpiece Megatron in the mail today) that he is quite possibly the best Masterpiece figure so far. He's so cool, he'll make Starcream rip off one of his skirt pieces and beat himself to death with it. If you get Megs (and you're careful, let me stress that CAREFUL) you'll enjoy him a lot. He's definitely a great figure.
  4. You, sir....have just won the internets. Finally, someone has transformed him correctly! The chest is movie styled, for once! I'm so sick and tired of seeing half done transformations. It makes me wonder if people are just stupid.
  5. It could go several ways. 1.) Since it's destined to fail, Fox will cancel it before it has a chance to breathe and spread it's wings. 2.) She died from Cancer (I can't remember if she sought treatment or not...) they might be able to go back in time and let her know she has it, before it kills her. Maybe change the future for her as well. 3.) It's gonna be a hit, and then Fox will cancel it. (Notice a trend here? lol)
  6. I'd say sad is the correct word for that. I'm really sorry to hear that. And my sincerest regrets to TRUESTYLE, we pretty much threadjacked the crap out of this for him.
  7. I had forgotten about that show coming up. Ive been working over on a game news site (see sig) so my time on other sites has gone down a bit. Got married so that takes some time too. I'm still here though. But yeah it's definitely the terminator's eyes. Makes perfect sense for the new show coming out. TransFormers? No. The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Terminator)? Yes.
  8. I heard a Q-Tip with the following will work: WD-40 Goo Gone Alcohol Nail Polish Remover But you must thoroughly wash it off or their harsh chemicals could eat through the plastic.
  9. I have no problem with working in retail. It's actually been my favorite out of all of the jobs I've had. In fact, aside from one or two bad apples, I like the customers and dealing with people in general. I've had good times and bad and I can say the biggest problem in retail is the people that run the store. Management and employees. If you could work on your own without talking to anyone, getting involved in internal politics, etc...yes it would be a boring job, but at least you'd do it, couldn't blame the problems on anyone else, or have them blamed on you. The only person it would affect is you and you alone, not everyone in a chain. Or you can make friends, be a chatty Kathy doll, and watch the dominoes fall when one person screws up. I tried to find a solid mix between the two, I really did. That didn't work. I tried the "let's hang out and be friends, let's have a great time on and off the clock!" thing. That didn't work. I tried the "off to myself, work my butt off, do my own thing. When asked, assist and offer to assist when necessary." and it worked. It was the smarter thing to do. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with making friends out of your co-workers (I did that at a carwash/gas station I worked at) and sometimes it works (like the CW/GS setting, where everyone's a bit of an everyman and just wants to have a good day.) and others it doesn't (like a retail setting or convenience store setting where there's more than one person, or a restaurant). Obi-Wan Kenobi's line fits here "You won't find a more retched hive of villainy and scum" and it's true. My co-workers would gossip, they would cut shifts to go party with one another, they'd talk crap behind the manager's back and vice versa (wow...she should have never been a manager...she was a terrible loud mouth and always misconstrued what was said, sometime on purpose...) and it just wasn't worth it. Oh yes, I got caught up in that crap too, I ended up gossipping without even thinking about it and I regret it every day. I ended up covering shifts for idiots who didn't deserve it, etc. My last job, the human resources head said "It wouldn't hurt for you to work on your interpersonal skills. I never see you really conversing with any of your co-workers or the management. You keep it strictly business in a business about people (what a load of bull that last part was) and while that's good for you, it kinda kills morale. You alienate yourself." I said "My job is my main focus. I have bills to pay, clothing to put on my back, and food to put on my table. All else pales in comparison. However, I have one question. How's my job performance?" The HR head said "Oh it's been good. You were only out for two sick days, you haven't been late, you haven't left early, and the customers have rated you one of our nicest and fastest cashiers. In fact, other than the one foul up you had with the customer's groceries back when you were training....you've been well...as close to impeccable as one could get." I said "Well, I fail to see the problem then. I do my job, I'm courteous to the customers, I'm patient with them, I'm quick with a register, I'm dependable, and the only problem is I don't fraternize with my co-workers? I'm sorry. I just don't think business and pleasure should mix. If you choose to do so after you're off the clock, then by all means." She was floored but reluctantly agreed with me. I was never curt to my co-workers, I just wasn't open to them, and it worked out a lot better than I had thought it would. Might make me a prick in someone's book, but oh well.
  10. It's Seibertron.com actually. (Don't worry, there's cyber everything these days.) And yeah, that calling you a liar thing was not one of our best moments. Even with S250's pictures (and everyone knows his track record is proven to be 100% up and up) and you following suit...it still wasn't enough. I'm sorry you were treated like that, but I can promise you that not all Seibertronians are like that. Honest and true.
  11. *BUMP* Twenty, ready to ship, in hand. From Taiwan.... http://search.ebay.com/Masterpiece-Starscr...rdsreturnedZ300
  12. Oh when I get mine, I'm gonna transform him. After spending $100.00+....you better believe he'll be transformed. lol i hear ya! hehe, better get 2 cause i heard these mp megs snap easy, but dammit, it's gonna be really hard not to transform him. Can't afford more than one. But, I will modify him, just like I did Movie Dropkick. I'll cut down some of the stress on those "ratchets" so he moves more smoothly. Less pressure means less breakage. Beyond that, if he breaks...I'll string him together with baling wire if need be. lol
  13. http://www.action-hq.com/store/product_inf...&language=1 Pay no attention to their release date though, because their first one was a bust, I have no doubt this one will be too.
  14. Will do. I have to agree here. At least, this is what I'm hoping for. lol
  15. Other than paint changes, the figure is exactly the same as the 20th. Anniversary Optimus and the Masterpiece Convoy. Die-Cast included. The paint's done so well, that it does look like he's completely plasticized from a distance. I'd love for him to be 100% plastic, the D-C is so heavy, it sometimes makes him cumbersome to deal with.
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