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  1. Picked up Blitzwing at my local Target. They also had Springer and Blaster's data discs, but I was low on cash. I'll be back. Just wanted to let everybody know that they're out in the wild. Blitzwing is awesome in case anybody was wondering. His faces are a bit of a bitch to change though. Good hunting!
  2. I live in Springfield, MO and I found him about two weeks ago at my local Toys R Us. But, after that I spotted him at Target as well. He's a pretty decent figure. I'm glad they made that beast armor removable or I would've totally passed. Good luck in finding him!
  3. Normally I wouldn't either but the Stunticons have always been a weakness for me I second that (as I look at my user name). Robimus, the stunticon limb figures are deluxe sized while Motormaster is going to be roughly voyager sized. From what I've seen they look very well made. I wasn't going to make any big TF purchases until Metroplex, but this has definitely changed my mind. They look awesome!!!!
  4. MP Optimus Prime FE Prime Optimus FOC Soundwave + Laserbeak MP Optimus Prime is just awesome. His poseability really impressed me. I wouldn't say he's better than MP1 Optimus, but he ranks right up there with him. FE Optimus Prime always looked great in the promo pics and I was afraid I would never find him (I refuse to pay 2 - 3 times the cost of online dealers), but managed to find him at Toys R Us right before XMas. He's great. Very posable and is the perfect scale with the Prime deluxes. FOC Soundwave really surprised me. Both modes capture his look from Fall of Cybertron perfectly. Laserbeak is just soooo cool. One push of a button and he transforms into a decent robotic bird. Well done! Ravage on the other hand.... :wtf
  5. I'm soooooo tempted to get those. I love the aerialbots and these are a fantastic homage to them. Now, if I can somehow talk my wife into not killing me when I drop $100 a piece on them..... :P
  6. I've never understood why people seem to think toy playing is "immature" (and I thought I would have better understanding here in a community of adults who collect toys). It's a gross misconception that full toy play is nothing more than just "Vrrooomm! Pow Pow pow!" Who EVER plays like that?!? I know I certainly never did when I was a kid. Toy play is an imaginative exercise -- think of Andy when he plays with his toys in Toy Story... you let your imagination run wild. Even during the 1980s I never played with my toys with just mindless action/violence... I always had to construct some element of story in with the fantasy. And that was part of what I really loved about Transformers over other toys, because there was this rich canon attached with the toys. These weren't just random robots that transformed and zoomed around and blew stuff up... they were actual characters, each with their own individual personality traits - desires, hopes, fears, abilities, weaknesses. That's what Michael Bay fails to understand which made his Transformers movies so disappointing (stories need to be character driven). As I grew older, so did the complexity or sophistication of my play pattern. By time I was in high school, I was playing out actual story arcs... miniature sagas, rather than the short self-contained stories that I played out when I was younger. It would take weeks, months -- once or twice even a YEAR to play out an entire story. By time I was in senior high school, I was employing strategies... divide and conquer, the use of intelligence and counter intelligence etc. I would read books like "The Art of War" and try to apply them in toy play campaigns. Why is it acceptable now for adults to play video games, but not play with toys? I find video games to be far less mentally stimulating than toy play, because it doesn't require nearly the amount of CREATIVITY that toy play offers. In a video game, like say Fall of Cybertron, most things are already made for you by someone else. The choices you make are limited by whatever the programmers have put in. The environments you're in, the characters you encounter, available weapons, resources etc etc etc., it's all pre-determined in the game. With toy play, YOU determine what happens... there is NO limitation except for your imagination (well, and what toys you have :P). I have WAY more fun playing with my toys than any video game. Video games honestly bore me after a while. You hear people whinge about wanting more maps or more weapons or certain abilities for characters etc. -- with toys you can just imagine up any environment, weapons or abilities for your Transformers! You want G1 Bumblebee to fly at supersonic speeds in vehicle mode? Make it so! You want G1 Galvatron to wrestle a giant teddy bear? DO IT!! There are no limits! And some Masterpieces can still be played in the same way, provided that they're solid enough. Optimus Prime(s) and Grimlock are the best (albeit pricey). Some of the others not so much because their not solid enough toys. Playing with toys isn't just about making fast action. You construct a plot - one with a complication that needs to connect to a resolution. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein Whatever floats your boat man.
  7. Most people would understand that anything with "masterpiece" in the title would realize that it was designed to be a display piece, not something you roll across the floor while saying "vrrrrooom!!!". Like I said before, if you really have to "play" with them, there's the deluxe class for that kind of thing. How old are you?????
  8. IMHO, Masterpiece Transformers aren't designed for "toy play". They're focused market is adult collectors who display them. Like Fatherdeth mentioned, it's how the figure it designed, not a flaw. There's a Generations Red Alert for "toy play". :thumb
  9. But, it's not Christmas yet......weak!!! I'm just jealous because I know Masterpiece Optimus Prime is sitting under my tree and I can't tear it open until 12/24. It's torture!!! : ) Nice Shockwave custome you got there Devil M. I see some hints of Engergon Shockblast and DOTM Shockwave. The paint job looks excellent. Congrats!
  10. My local Toys R Us managed to the get First Edition voyagers in stock. I grabbed Optimus and due to lack of funds because of Christmas shopping I had to leave Bulkhead behind. Optimus was defnitely worth the wait. He's one of the best Optimus figures ever. Cool transformation, not a bit of excess kibble, and he's super posable. I'm going to buy another one (after Christmas)so he can carry two guns. Highly recommended!!
  11. Those two figures are on the top of my hunting list as well. No luck so far. I haven't read any reports of them showing up @ Toys R Us yet. I assume they should be showing up any day now since the FE deluxes and Entertainment Two-Pack are out. If anybody has seen them at stores, please let me know. Thanks!
  12. Picked up Masterpiece Thundercracker at my local Toys R Us (Springfield, MO). He's officially released. This is my first close look at the newly enhanced seeker mold. Looks great! Happy hunting all!
  13. I visited my parents over the weekend in the town I was raised in (it's in southern Missouri) and surprisingly, their Wal-Mart had PRiD Dead End, Knock-Out, and Shadow Bumblebee. So, I'm not sure really what's going on with Wal-Mart's stance on Transformers. I'm mostly annoyed with Hasbro's distribution. I have yet to see a Vehicon anywhere. At this rate, probably never will.
  14. I think those side skirt panels are a great idea. It sure beats having those massive ones with the fins attached when he's in bot mode. I may order some. I can give or take the mini-shockwave though. Great pic Scaleface! :tfgrin
  15. Goktimus, I think most of everybody's issue is that Hasbro is charging more, but you're getting less. Compare War for Cybertron Optimus Prime to the Fall of Cybertron version. The WFC version is bigger, at least twice as complex and has more paint apps. All of that for $9.99 in most U.S. areas. FOC Prime is a good figure, but not worth the $15 they're charging for it. Like a lot of people have already said, I don't mind paying more (I'll probably buy less figures because of the increase), but I want to feel like I'm getting my money's worth.
  16. Thx. I'll check it out tonight when I get home from work. It's an anti-YouTube zone here for some crazy reason. :tfgrin
  17. D. Mazinkaiser- What are your thoughts on Weaponizer Prime? Is he worth buying? He looks great in that pic, but I was curious to whether or not he was as good as I'm hoping. Thanks in advance!
  18. Landmine is such a cool figure. Highly underrated. I was thinking about digging him out of storage and displaying him for a bit (got limited shelf space). Nice custom work too!
  19. Wildrider

    Size Matters?

    That was Leadfoot. I read many moons ago that Hasbro/Takara has a guidline for what they can do for each class size of figure. They take into account how many pieces is it going to take, the paint apps, and the amount (measured in weight)of plastic required to make the design a reality. Regardless of what some people think, the figures now are smaller as a whole. Just as Blitz mentioned, is due to higher cost of said materials to make the figures. In order to keep the pricing competitive, they decided to go smaller. Like some other people mentioned, that's fine with me as long as they don't sacrifice detail and complexity. It's been kind of hit and miss in that area. I really like FOC Prime, but he's a lot more simplified than his War for Cybertron equivilant. I was really hoping for a Voyager class version of him so he would be in scale with the deluxe FOC figures, but it is what it is.
  20. LOL!! That would be awesome. Not just any parrot, but an evil space parrot! :tflaugh
  21. I have to agree with Sparkless on this one. It's getting to the point where it seems that Shadowpanther is literally creating a thread based off of anything that pops in his head. You don't get a prize for creating the most topics. Think before you post. It's not how many times you post, it's the quality of them. Just a little constructive criticism for ya....
  22. I'm on the bandwagon as well for these little guys. They will be cheap, and the gestalts will look cool displayed next to their original incarnations. I must have Superion and Devastator. Hell, I'll buy some of the blind packs just hoping I'll snag the little crazy Galvatron. The kids will love them and they're fun, little collectibles for adults as well.
  23. Wildrider

    FoC Bruticus

    I would like to get my hands on the SDCC version. It has the best color scheme in my opinion. I sure hope Hasbro has some left over to put on their online store (since I'm stuck in Missouri during the Con). I wouldn't mind getting a few zombie Cliffjumpers as well....
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