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  • Birthday 03/13/1977

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  1. I'm glad to read something like this-- it feeds my hope of getting a digitally re-mastered G.I.Joe the Movie sometime soon. It's a shame that we couldn't get the Movie in one of the DVD Battle Packs.
  2. Once again, the movie designers are going for more bestial looks for the 'cons (besides that evil 'Gizmo Duck' guy in the Super Bowl preview). The A'bots are alien but more or less anthropomorphic to distinguish them as hero-type characters. Really, I like how these things look on the big screen but I don't think I'll be buying any of the toys. I can appreciate the creative latitude that the designers have with the 'bad guys', but then again I liked the Vehicons, too.
  3. I still watch and enjoy the old G1 cartoons-- by far my favorite Transformers series. I know it's not perfect, and there seem to be times that the creative staff aren't sure where to go, but it was ground-breaking then and still holds up better than a lot of the TV shows I watched as a kid. For a while, I actually considered the third season my favorite, especially after it ends with the Return of Optimus Prime. I liked the darker tone and the deeper exploration of the core characters and mythology-- you could see that they brought in writers from G.I.Joe here and that they really pushed to have a core cast (something that helped Beast Wars a lot). But it was also a little out there, losing the strengths of the first season. I now like the second season best because it combines what I like most about the other two: the great characters, focus on earth and "robots in disguise" of the first, and the darker, experimental writing of the third. The second season seems to have fewer annoying animation errors as well. The animated movie will always have a special place in my heart as well. When my wife and I were first dating, I made her watch that silly video until she learned to appreciate it. It wasn't intentional torture, or anything-- it just worked out that that was the movie I was in the mood to see after we watched one of her chick flicks. Like lox and bagels, comfort food. She later bought me an Armada Unicron and even a 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime. We had "You got the Touch" at our wedding and today she is honestly excited about Revenge of the Fallen (chicks dig the Bay movies).
  4. Pics on the box show that the blast shields on his face fold back. This looks really cool to me and I'm glad that he comes with a driver-- something I wish that the Alternators did. Does this mean that Shia gets to hit on all those Anime girls from Kiss Play?
  5. I haven't felt the same about the Sarge since he 'turned heel' during the first Gulf War-- and sided against America! Maybe Dr. Mindbender was somehow responsible...
  6. I think Hasbro started this little controversy in 1989 when they offered Troopers and Vipers together for the first time as part of the contraversial Python Patrol. They may have also ended it definitively with the back of the new TRU-exclusive Viper Five Pack. Vipers are higher than Troopers in the modern, more-specialized legions of Cobra. Though I'd always pay a guy more who can both cook and use a garrote wire...
  7. Is it ever a good idea to have "revenge" in the title?
  8. I skipped the first movie leader class Prime because leader class Megatron was a piece of crap (one of the few TFs I've ever returned) and it would be kinda stupid to have a giant Prime next to a half-sized Megatron. I never got movie Megs because of the same reason He was a peice of crap Hes okay, but not exactly a masterpiece.... I REALLY can't wait to see what ROTF Megs looks like with his new Cybertronian Tank mode. Same here, I like the new Megatron concept art. At least Hasbro won't have to deal with big wings this time...
  9. Things that stand out: Looks like the rubber tires are back, as well as the articulated fingers and light-up windshield. Transform is different-- I'm really impressed that they're giving us such a new Prime rather than just tweaking the old one, and hope the back end of the truck is more faithful this time. Different weapon mechanism, whatever "snap-out" means, which appears to be less obtrusive. Can't tell how they're handling the chrome parts, whether they're painted like the premium version or cast in silver plastic. If the latter, I hope that they don't use as dark a grey as the first Leader-class Movie Prime toy. I like the tannish silver used recently on the Target-exclusive Voyager Prime that came with a sorely out-matched Deluxe Bonecrusher. I'd love an actual vac-metalized Prime like the Old Days, but only if the QC is good and he isn't standing on his bumper as part of his transform. Box advertises both conversion sounds (please be classic G1 sound over the "Challenge of the Superfriends" noise!), racing and engine revving sounds, and a speaking voice-- hopefully Peter Cullen rather than a generic robot voice. I'm enough of a kid to really appreciate electronic gimmicks if they're handled well and still lovingly remember my G1 Galvatron-- what a great Christmas! No co-sells or any mention of combining ability. I really like my $40 Leader-Class Prime, but I'd like to see more of this one, especially pics of the actually figure. This image seems really heavily photoshopped, to the point where the windshield doesn't even look transparent. I'd like to know if the eyes glow blue this time and the extent of his hip articulation. I'd also like to see that head at other angles, since it doen't look quite like either of the Leader-Class Prime heads we've seen. I could always keep him in Truck mode and display the two together...
  10. This is the 25th Aniversary line that I'm most excited about. First Iron Hide gets some long-overdue-justice, and now Brawn! I simply can not wait for Cosmos.
  11. All three packs were at my local WM in Washington State yesterday. That was the first time I ever saw the fifth set at retail-- the other two made a brief appearance at my Target a couple weeks before Christmas, but they've been completely sold out since then. Which of your local stores sells out and re-stocks the fastest?
  12. I will also most likely pick up the Marvel Universe Spider-Man because of all the great memories I have of my Secret Wars Spidey. Since Mr. Parker is not impervious to bullets and has a problem with authority, I think he and the Joes will be keeping their distance. I only like cross-overs if they make some sense to me. I also keep my eyes open for new releases of Jakks WWE Build 'N Brawl figures with the hope that they'll slip in some classic wrestlers such as a certain bullet-headed Marine drill sergeant...
  13. Same thing happened in the late '70s/ early '80s with the last oil crisis-- Big figures tend to have a greater wow factor by themselves, but the smaller size makes it more pratical and economical to build armies and have to-scale vehicles. With a universe as expansive as Marvel's and the leaps and bounds that Hasbro has improved over the modern Star Wars line, now's really a perfect time to get smaller.
  14. I like the idea of Hasbro making Marvel heroes in the 3 3/4" scale. G.I.Joe started out as a Marvel Comic and really shared a lot of themes with that Universe from the realism and complex villains of the comic to even the the fantastical elements of the cartoon (where radiation poisoning isn't always fatal!). Though they never got to mingle in the '80s, I'd love to toss some of the less powerful Marvel characters-- like Captain America, Winter Soldier, Punisher, Nick Fury, and the Hand-- in with Hawk, Duke, and Snake-Eyes. It would be like a great family reunion! Thor and Doc Strange would be a little 'out there', however, even by Cobra La standards... I'm actually happier keeping my DC characters in the 6" scale though-- perfect to interact with DC Comics alum He-Man (DC introduced Prince Adam as well as Teela's relationship with the Sorceress) and the new Masters of the Universe Classics!
  15. Ya, that makes sense. Good suggestion. That's what I always did to tighten knee-joints. I also just kept broken and other-wise lame figures in a parts bin with a phillips-head screw driver so that my good figures had a supply of donor o-rings, rustless screws, and hip hangers. Nothing I could ever do for broken thumbs, crotches, or-- in the case of '89 Snake-Eyes-- exploding chests. Man, ABS plastic could be brittle sometimes...
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