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  1. Remember that domestic dust is made up of faecal excrement of dust mites (and other allergens produced by them) - and this faeces contains active enzymes that can actually kill cells within the human body, and the deeper the droppings can travel into the lungs, the more damage it can potentially cause. Scientists have currently identified seven different active enzymes contained in dust droppings, but there could be more. I saw an episode of hoarders where they left out some open Agar plates to test the air quality -- they found that the air in the kitchen contained thousands more airborne germs than can be found on an average toilet seat. i.e. it would be cleaner for this hoarder to eat off a toilet seat than in their own kitchen! And it just looks bad. Doesn't this guy take pride in his collection? As I said before... doesn't he even PLAY with his toys?? Surely by virtue of playing with one's toys they get less dusty. That much dust on the toys indicates that they haven't been touched or moved in a jolly long time. I don't see the point of collecting toys if you're not going to play with them -- makes about as much sense as buying books and not reading them or buying food and not eating it. (o_O) Also, compulsive hoarding can be just a symptom of deeper underlying psychological issues.
  2. I'd rather just find the toys quickly. Time spent hunting is less time I'm spending playing with my toys. Hunting sucks. I didn't mind it so much when I was younger and single... but when you have a family, spare time becomes more of a luxury and hunting just becomes downright annoying and frustrating. Then there's the increasing cost of fuel.
  3. I don't use eBay. Don't see the point. Seems like a lot of hassle and I'm constantly hearing stories of bad experiences from people who use it (this board even has an entire thread dedicated to it! Every time I read it I feel glad I don't use eBay). If I want to buy a Transformer toy, I'll go to the shops. I try to buy toys that I expect to like, so I seldomly have the urge to sell anything, and if I do, I usually sell/trade with other collectors easily enough. Huh? You said "nothing illegal," then you said that selling KOs is okay as long as they're not being presented as the real thing, but selling KOs is already an illegal act. I can understand what you're trying to do, and kudos to you for being more ethical in the presentation of counterfeit toys, but the fact remains that selling forgeries is actually illegal regardless whether you inform consumers of the fact or not. But hey, I MUCH prefer seeing people selling KOs at least being open, honest and upfront in telling people that it's a fake than those who don't, or those who use ambiguous language like "Asian reissue", which is freaking stupid, because legit Takara(TOMY) reissues are technically Asian reissues too. Or people who say "Chinese reissues," which is also retarded because there ARE legit Chinese reissues out there, so that disclaimer alone doesn't necessarily say it's a forgery. Some collectable toy stores in Japan like Mandarake actually label all KOs with a sticker that says "Bootleg." There's no ambiguity -- they make it crystal clear that the toy is a fake. While I personally don't like/condone the sales of counterfeits, I do appreciate the fact that some sellers do at least inform potential buyers about the true nature of the product, thus removing the deception factor.
  4. That doesn't sound like collecting, that sounds like HOARDING, and compulsive-hoarding is a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Buying three of every Transformer seems OCDish to me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding The squalor state of that collection indicates that he doesn't even bother to play with his toys. And if as Backfire has heard, the toys are actually all over the place and actually cluttering living areas and affect health are signs of compulsive hoarding. Methinks this guy needs help. I don't want to see his collection thrown away like on those hoarder shows on TV, but someone needs to come in there, grab ONE of every Transformer, pack them away, sell off the multiples for him, then freaking clean up the house and organise the remainder of his collection into a respectable collection. That way he'd have a clean house, neat looking collection, and extra money earnt from selling the excess toys. :) Lord Primus help him if he ever wants to bring a girl (or guy if so inclined) home!! I don't mean to sound mean, but seriously... that would have to massively interfere with one's romantic life. (o_O) Not many people want to go home to a potential partner who lives in a filthy cluttered squalor. To be fair, it's not this guy's obsession with being a completist that's the real problem. I know of two Transformers collectors - let's call them "Tom" and "Harry" (not real names). Tom is a completist - he has EVERYTHING and ANYTHING Transformers related. But his collection is stored in a large downstairs basement room. The collection is neat and tidy and does not clutter any living area of his home. Harry on the other hand has a relatively modest size Transformers collection, he is not a completist -- some may say he's more of a casual Transformers collector (although he does collect other toys like Lego etc. - but not a large scale collector of them either). Yet his home is disgusting... I've been there several times myself. The smell is unbelievable and makes you want to wretch. He has a cat which defecates indoors around the house (which is rather unusual behaviour for a cat - they usually always use the same area like a cat litter) - but anyway, because the house is so cluttered he's unable to locate all the cat excrement, let alone clean it up. Yeah. This guy's nickname is "Smelly Harry" -- I kid you not, and I did not make that nick name up (I don't call him that, seems rather cruel, but I know lots of other people who just call him "Smelly"). Most don't know that it's because his home just stinks so bad; he does shower daily, but as soon as he steps out of the shower the stench smacks him and re-skunks his whole body. I'm seriously not making this up -- another TF collector thought I was exaggerating, then one day I brought him over to Harry's house. At first he said, "It's not _that_ bad." Then I told him to go upstairs into the bedroom. He went up. He came down the stairs with a "OMFG" expression of utter shock on his face like he'd just been to Hell and back. He agreed that I wasn't exaggerating after that. ;) So yeah, one doesn't have to be a completist to be a filthy slob hoarder... and one can be a completist and still be neat and tidy. I don't see the two as being necessarily related. I think in this case we happen to have a completist who happens to be a slob. The guy needs help. P.S.: I've lost touch with Harry for several years, but he recently got married, so he must have somehow changed himself and cleaned up his act (and home)! Either that or he found a woman who likes living in filth... but that's less likely. I'd like to believe that he managed to see the light and has changed himself for the better. :)
  5. Remember that UK continuity is meant to be the same as US continuity -- the UK comics were meant to be like an Expanded Universe, similar to say the Clone Wars series is to the Star Wars films. And when Furman took over from Budiansky, he explicitly made ties between the US and UK continuities to consolidate them together. The final events in the G1 comics like the Matrix Quest and thereafter could NOT have occurred without certain events in the UK comics having happened. Some of the US comics even make flashbacks to those events, like Deathbringer. And in the Matrix Quest they find Optimus Prime's body inside that funeral barge, which also came from the UK comics. So... seeing the Wreckers there again was confusing since a lot of them didn't survive the Time Wars (except Leadfoot who was never a member of the original Wreckers -- I suspect his inclusion is a nod to the Movieverse Wreckers). Likewise those Deluxe Insecticons who were members of the Decepticon Mayhem Attack Squad and were also killed. So what gives??? Here's some possible explanations: 1) It's been 21 years since the end of G1. Perhaps in that time some formerly deceased Autobots and Decepticons have since been revived. 2) The events of the Time Wars created an alternate universe, thus this universe would be one where Galvatron was never created and thus never travelled back in time. Thus in this universe any events caused by Galvatron's time travel never happened, but those unaffected by it (e.g. Death Bringer) still did. This would satisfactorily explain why those Wreckers and Mayhems who were killed in the Time Wars are still alive here if the events of stories like Target: 2006 and the Time Wars never happened. Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey. ;)
  6. The amount of crazy dust on those makes me wonder how often he bothers to play with them. :/
  7. The 5mm weapon post thing actually started in 1984 with toys like Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Buzzsaw, Laserbeak, Frenzy, Rumble, Ravage, Starscream, Skywarp, Thundercracker and Megatron. e.g. G1 Optimus Prime and DotM Deluxe Optimus Prime can hold each other's weapons. :) There are plenty more G1 Transformers who can hold 5mm post weapons. But it was in 2003 with Transformers Armada that the 5mm post concept became almost universal. Every Armada Transformer can hold each other's weapons, and of course, the Mini-Con that transformed into weapons (e.g. Star Sabre) had 5mm posts that could be held by any Autobot or Decepticon ('cept Laserbeak... he sucks). The same pretty much applied across Energon and Cybertron, except for the Energon Dinobots - they suck too (worse still, they have no weapons of their own, and the lack of 5mm compatible fists means you can't give them an Energon weapon or Mini-Con etc. to hold :roll) So yeah, the idea of the standardised 5mm weapon post has been around since pre-Transformers (since the Diaclone and Microman toys that became the early TFs would've already had that design in place). :) Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime is covered in holes for 5mm post weapons... ^Note the two versions of 1984 G1 Optimus Prime's rifles attached -- the "fat" rifle on the side of the trailer, and the "thin" rifle on the side of the very front of the cab (near the front right wheel). 1988 Ginrai's shoulder cannon is also attached to the side of the trailer (same mould as Powermaster Optimus Prime's shoulder cannon, but different shade of gray (dark metallic instead of light flat) ^Note 1988 Powermaster Optimus Prime's rifle on the top of the trailer
  8. That's a rubbish excuse. Previously when Hasbro haven't had the rights to a vehicle, they design an approximation of that vehicle. Case in point - this very TF Cyberverse Mirage toy! It transforms into an _approximation_ of an Audio R8, and not an Audi R8 itself. That's because Hasbro couldn't secure the rights to the vehicle for ROTF Sideways. Also, the existing Speed Star DOTM Mirage is already an approximation of a Ferrari 458 Italia. This proves that Hasbro CAN use an approximated Ferrari 458 Italia form for DOTM Mirage... they've just chosen not to! :( It's a conscious and deliberate choice from Hasbro, and _not_ something that was completely out of their hands. They could've given us a Deluxe Mirage... they just didn't want to. <insert.swear.words>
  9. Scramble City. 'Nuff sed. :) Speaking of Carnage in C-Minor... "Oh that's not Hot Spot, that's Hot Zone!"
  10. There is... it'd fall under either false advertising or misrepresenting your product or misleading the consumer (or a combination of them all). Isn't that why eBay has a rating system for users?? If people aren't going to honestly rate others, then well... that's those people's fault. I have no idea what nicotene is, but cigarette/tobacco smoke does contain a chemical called nicotine which is carcinogenic. I'm sure it's fine for the envoirment... just not so much for personal health. Were you physically or emotionally scarred?? :O I understand that nicotine smell is stinky... but I've personally never been physically or emotionally wounded by it. Chicks dig scars. ;) Cancerr... sounds like a disease for pirrates, arr. ;) I would report them to eBay if I were you. Still don't see the envoirmentall damage though. Whatever the hell an envoirment is. Sounds funky though when I say it in French ("On-vwah-mont"). ;)
  11. Hey dude... could you please compose your posts in structured paragraphs instead of hitting your Enter key twice after every sentence or second sentence? Cost your current posting style is really disjointed and REALLY hard to read/understand! Thanks. Anyway, I once went to collectable toy fair - I arrived 8 minutes late (i.e. 8 min after opening). A dude who had walked in 8 min before me purchased a loose/incomplete G1 Deathsaurus for $80! Sure, it was loose and incomplete, but for $80! :O Daggggnabbbit!
  12. I agree, but it seems that Hasbro/Paramount are adamant on getting Bay on board again. :roll So I just hope that Bay LEARNS from his previous mistakes and tries to improve. As bad as DOTM was, it was a substantial improvement from ROTF - although the first movie remains the best IMO. You look at the Star Wars Prequels which also got heaped with lots of criticism -- Lucas made conscious attempts to improve himself with each film. Revenge of the Sith was a lot better than Attack of the Clones, which was a lot better than Phantom Menace. While the Prequels may be weak films compared with the Original Trilogy, you can see that Lucas attempted to improve himself with each subsequent film, which shows that he does take some pride in his work. e.g.: + Phantom Menace had that really long and boring (and plot-stalling) Pod Race. This was not repeated in Attack of the Clones, we didn't have long drawn out scenes that contributed nothing to advancing the story line. + A lot of people hated Jar Jar Binks who took up a LOT of screen time in Phantom Menace usually without contributing to the plot (same as Daniel and Wheelie in G1, who are widely hated characters in Transformers). In Attack of the Clones Jar Jar's appearance and dialogue is massively reduced - we only hear him speak when he's reunited with Anakin - only briefly - and a more extended dialogue when addressing the Senate, but that's fine because it was pushing ahead the story in getting that law passed for the Clone Army to go ahead (and ultimately planting the seeds for the Empire ;)). In Revenge of the Sith Jar Jar had zero dialogue and only appears briefly at Padmé's funeral procession. + Lucas himself admitted that the action choreography for the Clone Troopers in Attack of the Clones was bad -- they walked around like puppets just randomly shooting at stuff. For Revenge of the Sith he had a former Navy Seal in a motion tracking suit moving as he would in actual combat, and then had animators follow that movement for the Clone Troopers, that's why in that movie you'll see the Clones move in a more realistic fashion. ...so while I don't consider the Prequels to be as good as the Original Trilogy in terms of solid character-driven story telling, I do like the Prequels and I acknowledge that Lucas did make an attempt to make each movie better than the last. Lucas made an effort. The fact that ROTF was worse than TF1, and DOTM was better than ROTF but still plagued with all sorts of plot inconsistencies and absence of a substantial story, leaves me to wonder how much effort and pride Bay actually pumped into those movies as pieces of film literature, or if he just treats them as basic visual "rollercoaster/popcorn flicks" i.e. entertaining when watching them for the first time in cinemas, but have limited re-watch value. A good movie is one that you never get sick of watching... like The Empire Strikes Back. ;)
  13. Mirage deserved better than this. :( ROTF Sideways had his own original Deluxe and Legends figure, and he was just a "hi then die" one-scene wonder. Mirage appears in several scenes in DOTM (although he kinda vanishes toward the end for no apparent reason :roll) and he had spoken dialogue! P.S.: Mirage is also a more popular character with kids (who are the primary market demographic for Transformers). You ask most kids about the Audi R8 Transformer in ROTF and they're like, "Who??", but if you ask them about the Ferrari in DOTM, they're like, "Oh yeeeaaah! That Ferrari was awesome!" Does Hasbro even talk to kids about this stuff???
  14. Amazon Japan has discounted the pre-order price for Soundwave down to the equivalent of $150 (much better than the $210 RRP). :) So I've already preordered mine. :D As for Starscream, yeah, I skipped that toy since I already have MP03 and Hasbro's TRU Starscream. Although I have pre-ordered Masterpiece Sunstorm, so I'll have a copy of this mould w/ coronation kit (albeit different colours), and it'll be a new character. :)
  15. Nope. I'd rather see a Transformers/G.I. Joe Crossover first -- that one would make more sense since both continuities HAVE actually crossed over several times! I know we had Energon Snowcat, but I'd like to see other GI Joe vehicles get made into Transformers. A Havoc TF would be awesome.
  16. Yeah, same here. Couldn't stand Classics Megatron's clown colours. It boggles my mind why you keep hitting your Enter key twice after each sentence. :roll That doesn't explain why virtually all of Classics Megatron was given such gaudy clown colours. Why couldn't they have coloured him silver and black with an orange tip?? They did it with RtS Megatron (which was actually completely unnecessary considering that, as a tiny Legends class toy, he's far too small to pass off as a replica weapon). Umm... dude... look at it from your boss' point of view. He walks into a room and sees someone fitting what looks like a barrel extension onto what appears to be a hand gun. What would you expect him to do? Did you even verbally tell him straight away that it was a Transformer toy, or did you let him leave the room to make his own assumptions? As Sparkless said, if you saw someone brandishing or holding what looks to be a gun, you're not going to ask them if it's a toy or wait to see if it's real -- you're gonna assume that it's real and take appropriate action. And when an employee has a weapon at a workplace (which is a massive threat to occupational health and safety regulations!!), what else would you expect him to do?? Why did you even choose to bring your G1 Megatron to work to play with?? Couldn't you just wait until you got home to play with it? Or just transform him to robot mode and only play with him in robot mode while outside of home??? I don't take my gun Transformers outside of my home, except for RtS Megatron (because his small size disqualifies him as a replica weapon) and Henkei Megatron (whose Nerf mode also disqualifies him as a replica weapon -- I asked a lawyer about this who said it's fine, and I've also brandished Henkei Megatron in public in gun mode, in front of cops, and they didn't bat an eyelid). So not all gun Transformers count as replica weapons. Basically the ones that count are: + G1 Megatron (and all reissues) + G1 Browning + eHobby Megaplex + Masterpiece Megatron Those that do not count as replica weapons include: + G1 Shockwave + G1 Galvatron (and reissues) + Smallest Megatron + Classics Megatron + Henkei Megatron + United Megatron + Reveal the Shield Megatron ...and any Transformer with really obviously fake gun modes (e.g. Sixshot, Greatshot, Quickswitch, Sixknight, Targetmasters Seacons etc.) NB: This is according to NSW law - laws in other regions may vary.
  17. If the seller didn't tell you that the toys stank of tobacco, then they owe you recompense because those toys have been damaged by the smell. Sure, the damage is reversible, but that's not the point. Imagine if I sold a toy with a photo of it looking clean, but in reality it was covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt. The buyer could clean all that muck off, but the fact is that the toy was not sold in the condition that it was presented as in the sale, which is misleading. *sigh* Another reason why I prefer buying toys minty new from retail stores.
  18. Meh, unless it's meant to be a G1 tribute, I don't care what she transforms into. I mean, Michael Bay changed Barricade from a blue and pink F1 racer to a black police car... nobody said nothing. If they make say a Generations Arcee toy, then I want her to be a car... because Classicsverse is about creating G1 characters with contemporary toy engineering. But aside from that... who cares? In each separate contained continuity, she can transform into whatever the hell she wants. Heck... she's even been a spider before!
  19. I have three questions. 1. Who the hell are Serpentar and Dr Mind bendor??????? :fail 2. Why do you post in double space? (it makes it harder to read) 3. Are you aware that Transformers and G.I. Joe ARAH were both made by Sunbow. Flint Dille was a writer on both G.I. Joe and Transformers. ...if you want more substantial stories, go read the Marvel Comics. Larry Hama and Simon Furman's writings were far superior to anything Sunbow spat out.
  20. And the Pyramids of Giza were built by the Fallen and the Moon Landing happened to investigate the crash landing of the Ark. Transformers ARE real -- they hide among us in disguise. None of this can be conclusively disproved. :) Transformers: The Religion TFTM also treated the Transformers as characters (well, as much as they could be by G1 cartoon standards :roll) rather than set piece accessories for the human protagonists. In TFTM, Daniel was the tag-along accessory to the Autobots... in the Bayverse movies, the Autobots are tag-along accessories to Sam. :roll Remember that Transformers The Movie came out in Japan much later than it did in the West. So at the time they wrote The Headmasters, most people in Japan hadn't seen TFTM; they only knew what they did from the opening prologue in Season 3 (TF2010); that Optimus Prime was replaced by Rodimus Prime and Megatron was replaced by Galvatron, and there are new characters/toys. Kaneda Masami didn't know that Prowl had died in TFTM -- so this continuity anomaly was made out of ignorance, not stupidity. Anyway, Ichikawa Hirofumi has since retconned this anomaly (in the Story of Binaltech) -- what we saw in The Headmasters isn't Prowl but Prowl II; a sort of clone of the original Prowl, containing Prowl's memories, but not his Spark -- instead carrying the life force of Chip Chase. http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Prowl_II Yeah, although he and Wheeljack had different voice actors in Victory and some argue that their personalities had changed too - they were these stoic straight-laced science officers; very different from the bumbling scientist and mad professor that we'd previously seen. Perceptor was voiced by Shiroyama Chikao in S1-3, but voiced by Satō Masaharu in Victory. Similarly, Wheeljack (or "Hoiljack" as he's known in Japan) was voiced by Saka Osamu in S1-3... I can't remember who voiced him in Victory, but I don't think it was Saka.
  21. Umm... you do know that "Power Rangers" is an American concept, right? In Japan, these Super Sentai series are all completely independent. They get reworked into becoming part of Power Rangers, when originally they were completely disparate and unrelated series (much like say when Harmony Gold merged Macross, Southern Cross and MOSPEADA to form Robotech, or when Hasbro merged Diaclone, Microman, Dorvack, Macross etc. to make Transformers). Transformers hasn't really done this since 1986 -- since then most Transformer toys have been purpose-made exclusively for the Transformers line (even if some are later recycled for other lines). So this argument hasn't been relevant for 26 years now. I see no logic to this argument. G1 gave us lots of new toy concepts; Jumpstarters, Dinobots, Constructicons, Insecticons, Scramble City/gestalts, Targetmasters, Headmasters, Powermasters, Pretenders, Micromasters, Lightformers, Motorvators et al., and it was all contained within a single continuity-family. G2 gave us more new concepts like Axelerators, Rotor Force, Laser Rods, Skyscorchers etc., and it was still part of the same continuity-family. Beast Wars then gave us a drastically different concept -- essentially reinventing the Transformers toyline, and yet it was still maintained in the same continuity-family. So was Beast Machines, but due to its awkward ending, they decided to do a complete reboot after it. But we haven't had another continuity ending that dead-ended a story like the ending of Beast Machines did with the G1 continuity family. As you said, Transformers is a TOY franchise... so the toys should dictate canon, not vice versa. Look at Classicsverse -- that's a toy line that's existed largely without widely accessible canon, and yet it proved to be quite popular (as opposed to the expensive DOTM film which still has toys shelfwarming atm). The thing I don't like atm is that Hasbro's treating Transformers as merchandise for the Bay movies and their own in-house series (e.g. Animated, Prime). The problem with this of course is that toys are engineered in a completely counter-intuitive manner... whereas Transformers are normally designed purely as toys (and thus engineers will typically take an alt mode and engineer it to a robot), media-based Transformers are done the other way around -- they're designed as robot characters first, and then it's up to HasTak to "translate" them into toys that can actually transform into alt mode. The end result is that media based Transformer toys are typically not as good as those which are designed as toys first. If you look at some of the better figures from the movieverse toy line, they're often characters that don't appear in the film; i.e. they're not media based. Transformers media used to exist as a means of marketing toys (the TV series were essentially a series of 25 min toy adverts), not the other way around. But recently the lines have become blurred, and increasingly we're seeing toys being produced to market the media. With the live action movie franchise, I can understand the need for this to happen (although this doesn't excuse the fact that HasTak have never given us a proper DotM Mirage toy), but I don't see it as being necessary for anything else. I'd prefer TF Prime if it were designed as a toy line first, then as media later... just like G1, G2, Beast Wars etc. Go back to focusing on Transformers principally as a toy line instead of producing them as film and television merchandise... because for me, that really takes a lot of the magic out of the toys when they're focussing more on "translating" screen images rather than engineering them as clever toys.
  22. What the hell is a "Defination??" :fail I can understand why the rebooted continuity after Beast Machines (since transforming Cybertron into a technorganic garden boxed that continuity into a dead end that's really difficult to continue from). But there's been too many reboots and it's as if continuity itself has become disposable, and I really do NOT like that. Because if you have PRIDE in your work, you don't go throwing it away and starting anew again and again. Look at George Lucas - I know that a lot of people have criticised the Prequel Trilogy, and I agree that there are some significant flaws in it and it's no where near as good as the Original Trilogy -- but to be fair, it is a decent set of movies and at least Lucas has enough pride in his work to maintain the same continuity. He wasn't like, "Oh man, lots of people don't like Phantom Menace, I'd better start again" -- Attack of the Clones continued straight from that, which was an improvement from Phantom Menace. And despite criticisms about that movie, he had enough pride in his own work to continue it again with Revenge of the Sith (which was better than AotC). And the Clone Wars series occurs within the same continuity as the films. Lucas doesn't go about disposing of his stories if he's unhappy with it -- he continues with it and tries to make them better. And in that regard, I'm personally quite happy to hear that Michael Bay has announced that the next Transformers film will NOT be a reboot. While the first three films had problems (especially ROTF and DOTM), at least Bay has enough pride to not chuck that all away and take the lazy option of restarting continuity. Rebooting, to me, just shows laziness and a lack of pride in a franchise. Larry DiTillio and Bob Forward knew nothing about Transformers when they were first employed to write Beast Wars, but they had enough pride to try and maintain it within the same continuity as G1 and G2. I can forgive the first reboot after Beast Machines - because that did not end well. But there's just been way too many reboots that the idea of a sustained Transformers continuity is getting to be a joke.
  23. FEs never came out here. I had to get mine from Hong Kong and Japan (thankfully all at RRP or less :)). Here are a few comparison photos: L-R: TFPRiD Wheeljack (top) & Generation Wheeljack (bottom), TFPRiD Cliffjumper (top) & FE Cliffjumper (bottom), FE Bumblebee (NYCC, top) & TFPRiD Bumblebee (bottom) (L-R): FE Megatron & TFPRiD Megatron The colours on TFPRiD Megatron are incredibly poor, and the plastic feels cheap. The shoulder pads interfere with articulation and the LED gimmick is just stupid. Both toys are actually terrible (both suffer from having the robot head sit on top of the jet canopy, and of course, a "WTF?!" alt mode), but TFPRiD Megatron is worse. (L-R): TakTOM FE Optimus Prime, TFPRiD Optimus Prime, HAS FE Optimus Prime Top to bottom comparison w/ show model: HAS FE, TakTOM FE, TFPRiD (L-R): FE Deluxe Optimus Prime & FE Voyager Optimus Prime The colours on HAS FE OP is cheap, especially on the gun which is black with silver speckles splattered on it, whereas TakTOM's gun is black with silver speckles mixed into the plastic itself (it's not a paint app). A much nicer appearance. Both suffer from these shoulder joints that don't lock in properly. I really don't like TFPRiD Optimus Prime. There's too much grey and the transparent blue looks bad. The engineering isn't as clever, it's more of a shellformer than FE OP. And the LED gimmick is failtastic. :roll The holes on the vehicle mode also looks bad - and it's smaller too. The only good thing I can say about TFPRiD Optimus Prime is that the chest is actually formed from the truck windows and doesn't use faux-kibble like FE OP, which some people see as an engineering cop out. But to me, the cons outweigh the pros on TFPRiD OP. ...and I found these photos off Google... (L-R): FE Cliffjumper & TFPRiD Cliffjumper http://loopydetails.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/prime_fe_rid_cj_01.jpg The TFPRiD's robot mode may be more showlike, but the engineering is a cop out -- the FE is a much better designed toy and has a more interesting transformation. As a toy FE Cliffjumper is superior. I much prefer FEs over the TFPRiDs, although I've yet to see the following toys outside of packaging IRL for myself: TFPRiD Bulkhead, TFPRiD Voyager Starscream, TFPRiD Arcee. I've yet to see a TFPRiD that I thought was better than their FE counterpart.
  24. That's how I see it (although by Australian standards, Deluxes RRP for $25-30 each - but certainly not $150!). I'm willing to pay a little bit more for rare exclusives - $50 is the most I've ever paid for exclusive Deluxes. Any higher than that and I'll pass. I found United Artfire for about $70-80 earlier this year, which is cheaper than what I normally see it go for ($100)... but I still passed because that's just WAY too expensive to pay for a Deluxe, I don't care how freaking rare it is! At $150 you're certainly not paying for the value/worth of that toy, you're paying for the scarcity. And I'm just not into doing that for toys... or anything. The only piece of jewellery I've ever purchased is my wife's wedding ring. But that's different - gold and diamond holds more intrinsic value than toys (i.e. if civilisation were to collapse tomorrow, all our toys would be worthless, but you could still barter with precious metals and jewels). I don't believe in paying above retail prices for toys -- if it's a limited exclusive, I might entertain the thought of paying a bit more, but not a whole lot more. Like I said, Deluxes retail here for $30, but the most I've paid for a limited exclusive Deluxe is $50, so $20 above RRP. Voyagers retail here for $50 and Ultras for $60, and I've paid $80 for a Voyager (Pyro) and an Ultra (Clench), so $30 and $20 above RRP respectively. I've certainly never paid double RRP for an exclusive toy before, let alone anything above that!! So for me, if $12 was the RRP of a Deluxe, I wouldn't pay more than $20 ($24 would really be pushing it). And it's not so much to do with the fact that I have a large collection or what not... I just don't think it's worth it. I currently have 1613 Transformers in my collection, but I'm by no means rich. I don't have an eBay account and I purchase almost everything from local shops where I pay regular retail prices or less if on sale. It's only under exceptional circumstances that I would pay above RRP, and even then, I would only go so far above RRP. Once it approaches RRPx2, then forget that! :P RRP (or less) FTW!!! :D :D
  25. ^This. The RRP for this toy is VERY expensive. (-_-)
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