The UK Toy Discussion

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Boardwise, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Dobbie

    Dobbie Starting to look like roast beef! TFW2005 Supporter

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    yep, I crack…ed up! So sorry!
     
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    Been trawling through pages of images of white primes as I’m not convinced I’ll enjoy Kingdom or Siege Magnus having watched a comparison video. Kingdom is a bit boxy and siege from what I can see, isn’t white enough to blend in with the six gun, six sigma, Metroplex etc.

    Any suggestions on white primes? I guess ideally something leader class that can match up / contrast with my POTP Nemesis.

    just incase there’s something out there that everyone knows about (and you haven’t steered me wrong yet!)

    I could of course stop being too fussy - and use Kingdom or siege, but want to be sure there’s not a total stormer out there that I haven’t heard of.

    classics Magnus looks okay (the Asia exclusive) but a bit shorter than what I’d like).

    CW Prime would be great with less grey.

    MP2 Magnus would be too big probably, and too pricey for something that’ll get heavy playtime. It’s probably got the look and feel just right, but just need can’t justify an MO for this spot on the bench.

    Any pointers much appreciated! Thanks as always.
     
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  4. Ottertron

    Ottertron Moon-faced assassin of joy

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    Perfect Effect Core Magnus?

    https://robotoybase.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=153_191&product_id=4010
     
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    That’s shite mate - I’ve been there with my previous boss. It can be so much stress when you finally push the nuclear button on it but ultimately it’s less stress than not dealing with it - these things just go on until someone kicks up a storm/goes formal. Hope it all works out and he gets held to account. Hope others weigh in too.
     
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    Hey folks, new vid up if you fancy it. :) 

     
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    It seems to vary a great deal - perhaps depends how well looked after the molds have been? - like I vaguely remember something about some of the G1 Reissues having had to be remade from scratch because the original molds were just too badly degraded. Presumably taking much the same approach as KO companies and examining samples of the original toys to recreate, which is rather amusing :D  It's like how a lot of Video Game Companies are all Grrr Grrr against Emulators right up until they want to re-release a game on a newer console when they'll suddenly get buddy buddy with the very same people to do the work :lol 
    I do wonder if mold decay will become less of an issue going forward though with CAD and (probably) 3D Printing being used to make the molds more in the first place you have precise digital copies which they can cast new molds out of?
    Now I wonder if they might even be future proofing by doing 3D scans of surviving older molds too?

    I don't really know about crowd funding tiers but if I were doing it I think of the Rancor scene I feel like the key parts are:

    The Rancor (duh)
    Poor Oola, the first victim of the beast shown.
    Luke
    The Keeper
    Maybe a Gammorean Guard, I can't really remember how involved they are in the scene(s)
    The Gate

    I feel like if you're really gonna cut back the figures other than the Rancor, if you're trying to make a set recreating that scene then Luke is the most important, maybe the Keeper from the end. Oola and the Guard are gravy. But a big part of the scene is Luke dropping the gate on the thing's neck, so it feels like that really should have been a big bonus tier thing. The tiers they did have seem very much an afterthought :-/

    Lol, great stories, and great stories from everyone else sharing stories of getting boxes in cars :D 

    :lol 

    Sorry to hear that man :(  I hope they sort you sooner rather than later!

    Huh, I must be thinking of someone else who had a 3P Goldfire. Thanks anyway!

    ...D'OH! Oh well, don't fancy trying to contact Kapow to split up the pre-order for all four I just put. I might put another in on Pulse for safety as they don't charge till dispatch.

    As loathe as I am to use the term doing several big ticket 'boys' toy' HasLabs so close together really does seem ill advised due to the probably overlap in interest. Like, having like a Marvel thing, a Muppets thing and I dunno, some 'girl toy' (shudder, hate gendering toys) thing running at the same time seems like you'd have a lower amount of overlap?

    I think Unicron benefited from having clear momentum and already being like halfway when they hit the original end date so it was a far safer bet that they would get funding if they just gave people more time, whereas it sounded like from all of you that the Rancor stalled very early on and it's progress was fits and starts.

    ...

    Speaking of funding, I think something I'm going to endevour to do in the new year is paying off/putting money away to pay off my current deposit pre-orders ahead of time so I don't end up scrambling, especially for the ones which are more nebulous on WHEN they're gonna drop. I think it's all too easy to do deposit pre-orders and forget about them. Maybe I'll also try to do full cost pre-orders when I can?
     
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  9. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Toy Connections

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    Little bit of work and this figure is half decent.

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    I've had more bosses like this than not tbh. My last boss before lockdown was a certifiable lunatic - I watched him tell four different people four different stories about why our new manager quit after less than a day and NONE of them was the truth! I was there when the guy quit and he quit entirely because of the boss!

    My team leader now's main issue is that he clearly doesn't have any real interest in being in work and so when he actually has to DO something he gets snappy and shitty about it. He refuses to tackle any of the ongoing issues because he just can't be arsed. When he's in the office all he does is think or talk about his upcoming holidays, what time off he needs to book, what he's up to outside of work and what he's bought for the house. It would be fine if he was just some guy on the team but he's supposed to be in charge!

    Apparently he doesn't 'need' to work as his other half is really well off - they have at least three houses that I know of - so I just wish he'd fuck off.

    He 'pops to Pret' whenever he feels like it, yet had the fucking gall to have a go at me for nipping to the nearby Sainsburys for a quick snack when I was starving, and has a go at people's timekeeping but is late every day because he goes to the coffee shop instead of coming straight to the office. I know this because on a number of occasions I'd been walking behind him, seen him swerve away from the office, yet he turned up ten minutes after I got in.

    He dumped all of our training on a girl who claimed she would be able to train us and, well, she fucking can't. I've raised it with him multiple times and he's done fuck all. The thing is that the lack of adequate or correct training means that we sometimes make mistakes yet lately, rather than tackle the training issue, he just fucking rips into us. He tells us to ask him for help but if he's not in the office he either ignores our messages or else starts helping then drifts off and leaves us to finish it off ourselves, and if we get it wrong he chews us out.

    I've never had ONE piece of constructive criticism from him.

    Last two days he's had a go at me over issues that were either down to his failure to follow through on helping us or, today, his inability to actually read what i wrote to him in an email.

    When he responded to my email I went absolutely fucking apeshit. Every single fibre of my being was screaming ' Get up, walk out, call the doctor, get signed off' and if he'd been there in person I'd have buried my laptop in his fucking head.

    Instead I just waited for the second team's team leader to come back from her dinner, told her I needed to talk and outlined every issue. When she heard it all she was HORRIFIED and made me promise to raise it with HR immediately, so I drafted an email, let her read and okay it, then sent it.

    I'm not going to mention it again until I get a response from them, but once I do I'm going to tell HIS boss what's going on and if he's as much of a bell-end about it as I suspect he's going to be I'm going to go to HIS boss.

    I've been shat on by a fucking employer for the final time and this time if they're going to fuck me I'm taking them down with me.
     
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  11. Napalm

    Napalm Drinking About Robots TFW2005 Supporter

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    That's.. a lot of music.

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    @Ottertron, fair play. And hopefully it works out for the best, galvanising folk to fix the situation as there's clearly something rotten with that guy.

    @CZ Hazard, full agreement with the guys on here. Sounds like a man dragging his feet and keeping his hand in his pocket. Hope it's boxed off sooner rather than later.
     
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    We’ll in! Is there a union in the workplace that can support you?
     
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  13. Ottertron

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    I'm still on my probation so the union wouldn't be much help tbh, but if i feel like involving them is a sensible idea I'll speak to them.

    The thing I have to keep bearing in mind is that management and HR aren't here for the employees but for the company, so I'm not going to make the mistake of trusting anyone there.

    The thing is, though, there's a lot of these issues that I've gone on record as having raised before, I know for a fact other team members are having some of the same issues and will back me up, and, most importantly, I told them from day one that I was disabled and mentally ill and so if i need to play those cards I WILL, and, legally, that leaves them on VERY shaky ground.
     
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    Yep - and they have a responsibility for reasonable adjustments to ensure you get the same opportunities to thrive as other colleagues- which is the precise opposite of how this guy approaches leadership and management.
    I do hope they just sort him out
     
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    A boiler costs the same in December as it does in January so I don't see why they would. Like I said they've been decent, he even bought the house from his brother when his brother sold up his portfolio so we weren't disrupted (he used to manage his brothers rentals).

    If anyone is bullshitting it's potentially a plumber who's too busy to do the job at the moment but doesn't want to turn it down. But he's better than the last guy who "serviced" the boiler for ten years without actually checking anything.

    It's fucking cold. Busted out the old covid mattress so we're living and sleeping in one room to try and keep costs down.

    Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts from everyone.
     
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    Decepticreeps100 Bite your face

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  17. MyTea Boc

    MyTea Boc Cannot rest until we have a bus-former.

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    Please do. Mannequins creep me the fuck out. Soul stealing bastards

    Bad craic mate.

    Nice work so far dude!

    7 TR, 2 SS86 and one BH Megatron to preside over them.

    CW Magnus with the Perfect Effect bot might be best for you dude.

    You are probably right!
     
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    Another Action Master? Don’t play with my heart like that, Hasbro.

    I’ve written about my affection for the Action Masters before, and while I only ever saw a couple of them back in my youth, I thought having a more ‘action figure’ style of Transformer was not necessarily a bad thing (which, I hasten to add, is not the same as thinking non-transforming Transformers is a good thing). And I think there are some really fantastic character designs in the cast. Characters that were so well done that I find myself wondering how cool they’d be if we got versions of them that did transform. And that is definitely one of the reasons I get excited whenever I see another Action Master character get a new release.

    And Jackpot is definitely one of the coolest designs in the AM range. In fact, when I think of Action Masters he’s definitely one of the toys that come to the front of my mind. Looking back at the AM commercials, it was obviously Rad that Hasbro thought was the standout of the basic assortment. After the ’84 and ’85 re-does, Rad’s the Autobot that gets the most screen time. I’m genuinely surprised that Jackpot isn’t featured in those commercials. I think he’s that iconic looking.

    Perhaps it’s because he looks like such a classic ’84/’85 Autobot. He’s got the de rigueur bonnet chest, wheels on his shoulder, and wheels on his calves. You can almost already imagine how he transforms into some sort of ’70’s sports car (dear reader, please be aware that any letters alerting one that the Ferrari Testarossa was not in production in the 1970’s will be returned to sender). All he’s missing as far as vehicle kibble goes is a roof on his back.

    I really love the headsculpt on this guy. There’s a real sense that this guy is wearing a helmet, and underneath is a smaller, more normal head. And the deco really ‘pops’. Black is always cool, and the yellow highlights on his arms and thighs are striking. Slap some neon orange on his eyes, knees, and feet and you’re onto a winner.

    He also comes with ‘Sights’, who is a bird that turns into a gun, which will not go down well with animal rights activists. Sights is actually a very cool-looking robo-bird, with a scowling headsculpt and nicely detailed wings. The gun is rather dopey, but despite that, Sights manages to be one of my favourite Action Master ‘partners’.

    So, it’ll come as no surprise that I’m delighted that they’ve chosen to give us a new Jackpot. With his few prominent scenes in More Than Meets the Eye, he’s certainly one of the AM’s I was thirstiest for. And SS86 Jazz is the perfect base mold for him. So why I am disappointed?

    There are two things that really bother me. Firstly, the tiny, tiny head. His head is even tinnier than Geoff Holhurst’s. As noted above, the fact he looked like he was wearing a Judge Dredd helmet was one of the cooler features of his design. If this Kingdom Jackpot is wearing a helmet, then he must have been sat in the waiting room in Beetlejuice. And, to add insult to injury, the two-piece head seems to have been assembled by drunken monkeys (given an infinite amount of time, an infinite amount of monkeys could come up with Wheelie).

    Secondly, what the fuck is going on with those big yellow streaks by his wheels? They’re so hideous and unnecessary. I hate them. Imagine if this guy’s Porsche mode had been all black. It would have looked stunning! I got SS86 Jazz out to check that this isn’t some issue where it would be impossible for the part that connects to the wheels be a different colour than the arms. Jazz has black arms. The part is white. This is just dumb. And with another dose of the insult/injury, the paint is hideously mismatched.

    But despite all this…I think I like him? Considering the width of the flap that the head sits on it’d be some feat to actually make the head bigger (though making just the chin broader would have helped tremendously), so I do feel a little churlish moaning about it. The base mold is an excellent one and, head/flap problems aside, is an excellent fit for the character. And man, does that deco pop! They’ve made some smart choices, such as painting the headlights orange and making his visor so prominent, and aside from the dumb yellow paint by the wheels, they’ve matched the colours so well.

    When I saw the first in-hand photos of this guy coming in I really thought I’d be regretting this purchase and cursing my peculiar form of completism, but now he’s sat on my desk I’m so happy I’ve got him. Seeing this mold in such a striking deco has made me appreciate it much more than I did when I was looking at SS:86 Jazz. And you know, as long as it doesn’t come as an incorrectly painted accessory for a £150 toy I’m not going to turn my nose up at an Action Master revival. So Hasbro, maybe do Kick-Off from Legacy Skids and we’ll be cool?
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