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    Watching "Megatron's Master Plan" was a defining moment in my life.
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    I once blasphemously wrote that the 2007 movie was better than the 1986 movie. I still haven't forgiven myself
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    Powermaster Optimus - first Optimus I got as a kid
  1. I would love to believe this, but I'm not buying it. They're not addressing any of the specific concerns, only giving a blanket, "Nothing to see here, folks." Oh, and Robo_Rob, there's a big difference between "only get a 20 minute break" and "forced to work in 104-degree heat, body searched three times a day, and not permitted to lift your head or talk." It's entirely possible the report was blowing things out of proportion of course. But until Hasbro comes forward with something more than a stock, boilerplate response, I just can't imagine there isn't something to this.
  2. Re: Hasbro's response: I sincerely hope this supposed investigation leads to improvements. Because seriously, I want those damn Transformers Prime figures. They look amazing. I'm skeptical of course, but I'd like to hold out hope. Of course, I have a nasty suspicion that even if they *did* fix it they wouldn't say anything just to keep the story out of the news. Yeah, in my mind if they keep pumping out Generations, I'll be happy no matter what other crap they're putting out. Or at least I would be in the world I lived in a week ago in which I had no ethical qualms with buying Hasbro
  3. As I said earlier, it's not that we should want to shut the factory down, it's that we should want to improve conditions there. A full-on boycott would be effective in communicating concerns to the company, because companies care primarily about their bottom line. Voicing your concern while continuing to support the behavior with your dollars is not going to change anything. If Hasbro gets a letter from you and a $50 order on HasbroToyShop.com, guess which one is going to count for more? I've seen a few people now say that the only way to fix this is to change trade laws to make producing
  4. That a lot of other companies have factories in China does not absolve these factories of the conditions within them, nor us of supporting that business. First, while it is possible, even likely, that other companies' factories have lousy working conditions, it's a little too easy to lump them all together. As an earlier poster pointed out, this factory doesn't even measure up to Chinese labor laws or Hasbro's stated policies. Finally, not all goods are created equal. If you're buying clothes for your kids and all you can afford are clothes made in China, that's a different thing than
  5. I'm kind of shocked by the amount of complacency on this thread. Yeah, it's China, and we probably could have assumed factory conditions weren't awesome. Yes, other companies probably have factories that are just as bad. But now that these specific allegations are in front of our faces, don't we have some responsibility as adult humans from one of the earth's wealthiest countries to weigh the needs of these kids against our desire for cheap toys? I mean seriously, I love this hobby. I want those Transformer Prime figures something fierce. But I just don't see how I can give Hasbro another
  6. From the Wall Street Journal: "Hasbro Inc.'s second-quarter earnings rose 33% as revenue in the Boys category almost doubled thanks to the success of the Transformers brand, offsetting declines in its other three product categories." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303795304576453594217814986.html?mod=rss_whats_news_us Hasbro's CEO says the gains were "led by strong gains in the Transformers brand, driven by Transformers: Dark of the Moon." My personal take: I think the DOTM spin by Hasbro is a touch hard to swallow. Really, the movie that came out two weeks ago b
  7. As Robo Rob said, my assumption was that the quality of the show would be so obvious that most people would like it. Look, the movies have problems (especially the second one), but their influence here is really pretty surface. The designs are reminiscent of the movie, Bumblebee is obviously designed to be the same character, and there is some cooperation with a human government. And that's pretty much it. Is your hatred of the movies really that intense that that's enough to put you off the show? By the way, does anyone remember when Animated designs first showed up and the howl went
  8. I agree with everything you said, but I think you're glossing over how little character development or continuing story arc Beast Wars had in season one. That first season was almost all done-in-ones. Prime has already done one five-part story, and it's pretty early, so I'd give it some time; I'm betting we see some character development eventually. (Heck, the G1 Grimlock example took many years to play out, and was across two writers. Though he did evolve within Furman's run, I think the difference between Tyrant Grimlock and Pretender/Actionmaster/G2 Grimlock is largely one of different writ
  9. I'm shocked by all the hate in this thread! I really assumed consensus on Prime would be "Best series since Beast Wars." Seriously, this show seems designed to appeal to adult fans; it's easily the most mature series they've ever attempted. The voice acting is great, the scripting is solid. There's even some cool nods to Transformers lore (Scraplets!). I'm not sure what more you guys want. With Animated, I felt weirdly embarrassed to be watching most of the time. Not Prime. I'm seriously stunned by how good it is. Even my girlfriend is actively interested in it. Yeah, it has its
  10. Just got Generations Wave 3 (Wheeljack, Thundercracker, Scourge and Kup). Let's tackle 'em in that order: Wheeljack: When you open him, you will be in awe of his vehicle mode. Enjoy it, because you will never get him folded up as tightly again. Like Tracks, Wheeljack's back end is frustratingly hard to fold down properly, even once you know the trick to it. Of course, the big difference between Wheeljack and Tracks is the legs, which have been remolded to make clear that the hood of the car is to face forward. The hood is a bit too wide for this to work however, and makes Wheeljack loo
  11. Like a lot of people, just nabbed WFC Prime, WFC Bumblebee and WFC Thrust. I was on the fence about all these figures, but I'm mostly pleased. Thoughts: WFC Prime: The main event here is the transformation. For me, this transformation just hits that sweet spot between being complex and puzzle-like, but not being fiddly, annoying or frustrating. There are no moments when you think you're gonna break the thing, there's nothing that has to be forced or cajoled. It's just solid engineering. The resultant modes are solid, if unremarkable--and here I'm definitely deducting points just because Pr
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