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  1. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    If Takara's OP v3 doesn't sell well, it is going to crack down on 3Ps! All three OPs look good (with some compromises), but then Optimus Prime is one of the easiest design. Does anyone else have OP fatigue? I didn't even get MP-10 until a few years later, and that's after a number of car bots were released.
  2. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    I missed that thread. I like how they look in both modes! If anyone is concerned enough, you might want to contact their (official?) representative there. It might just work. Scale will be an issue with combiners. Most combiners are too small, so making each bot bigger is good, IMO. But more importantly than scale (size, really) to me is proportion. I've not seen a combiner with good proportions. Constructor is passable (except for his giant forearms), and it was done with extra parts. (I don't mind it at all.)
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    "Turn-inside-out" is a good term. If I don't see any alt-parts in bot mode, I automatically think the bot parts must have been hidden within the alt shell. I wouldn't have guessed it transforms either. That's a real Transformers! (hidden disguise) But taken too far, it's hard to relate the two modes. It could have transformed to anything.
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    Looks like a shell-former...
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    What molds are used for the other characters?
  6. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    MakeToys MTRM-09 Downbeat (Jazz) is slated for an re-issue in August. This is a couple of weeks-old news, but my go-to seller just put up the pre-order this morning. I gave him a pass previously because of the unpolished rear in car mode. Now I think it's an acceptable compromise.
  7. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    A bit stout. I like the back cleaning up so nicely. I think their hand is forced by the official remake. It's like MP-36, suddenly a rash of releases before the original was announced.
  8. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    Count me as one of them -- generally, I put looks over transformation, as the latter is something I do rarely. But X-Transbots crossed that line for me. MakeToys did not appeal to me in the past. They take que from the cartoon, but something is always off. They are now more cartoon "accurate", perhaps because they realize it sells. I think Phoenix looks spot-on, but still, I passed him up due to the size and cost. He seems too big, IMO. Let's see if I change my mind in a future re-issue. I'm slow to make up my mind and that usually means having to wait for a second or third reissue (could be years later or never). But the good thing is that I'm sure I want that figure! I always regretted not getting MMC Jaguar, but I still couldn't pull the trigger for the re-issue due to its price...
  9. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    Finally received my FT-24 Rouge. Was tempted to buy two to display in bot and alt mode together. But that's a Pandora box I do not wish to open! So ended up preordering Blurr and Cyclonus instead. While I mostly display in bot mode, the Dinobots, Arcee (finally a good one after 30 years!), Blurr and Hot Rod are exceptions. The futuristic car modes look good. I didn't get FT-22 Koots (Kup).
  10. Will it be remastered? Isn't there some limitation with the original source that it wasn't even mastered in 1080p properly? For anime, I wonder if there is any point going above 720p, unless you are trying to preserve the grain. I might be interested in a 4K Nausicaa -- that is as grainy as the first Blu-ray release but without the red color-cast.
  11. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    The MMC cassettes are finally in stock on TaoBao and the purple guy (*) is on its way to me now. Despite knowing the price prior, I still got a sticker shock when paying for it: US$57 (excluding shipping) for one smallish figure. (*) Since no one can agree on his name.
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    The continuation of the + series shows that there is at least a niche demand for cartoon look. If a MP and its + version are released together, I'll probably get the + version. But if I have the normal one already, I'll probably not get the + one, especially if it is the same mold. I have the car bots and so far I'm not interested in the + versions. It would take something like Meteor to change my mind.
  13. It is to Intel's benefit to muddy the waters as much as possible. Meltdown is a pure Intel bug and it is very easily exploitable. A program could sniff memory as if there were no protection at alI. It makes a mockery of Hypervisors. Think cloud computing and servers. They definitely need to patch their systems for a 5-30% performance loss. For consumers? Less need, but it does mean that any website that you visit could theoretically hack you to some degree (e.g. get your password in memory). Spectre is a general attack against modern CPU design, hence it affects almost all processors. Those not affected are slow-pokes. It is much harder and slower to pull off. I won't worry about it.