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tekering

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  1. Finally got all my 1:48 birds on one shelf.
  2. I thought Bandai had it. SH Figuarts, right? Autocorrect makes it difficult to even type "Avangers." What kind of software are they using, even...? Appalling, on multiple levels.
  3. Oh, so before the disc is in stores, it's already been pirated...? Where's the logic in distributing it online first? Well, I certainly won't need to buy it now... Edit: Now that I've seen the whole thing, I can share my thoughts. Clearly intended for a younger audience, it features a lot of bloodless violence -- nothing too intense for kids -- and it features the typical mix of humor and action that typifies most TMNT productions. There are a lot of DC Universe regulars among the voices (particularly from the LEGO DC Comics video games and spin-off cartoons), and most of them are well-cast; Troy Baker has had a lot of experience imitating both Kevin Conroy's Batman and Mark Hamill's Joker, and (although this is the first time he's performed both in the same production) he pulls off both roles admirably. The rest of the cast is appropriate, with the exception of Cas Anvar's Rah's Al Ghul (who sounds bored and disengaged) and Andrew Kishino's Shredder (who is both dull and miscast). There is some nice use of cel-shaded CGI, including sequences featuring the Batmobile and the Party Wagon, although there are also some poorly hand-drawn shots featuring a loading crane and shipping containers that really should've been CG as well. The character designs have the typical simplicity of an American TV production, and the animation is consistently adequate. As with other DC animated titles I've seen, the title sequences are a real standout; the opening credits are stylized, high-contrast black and white graphics with select touches of color, and the end credits feature a wide variety of vintage Batman covers recreated as TMNT crossovers. To say the credit sequences are the best part of the film is... faint praise, I realize... but it's absolutely the case here.
  4. "Avangers?" Is this some copyright-dodging knock-off?
  5. Yeah, it looks about as articulated as a G1 Transformer... which is to say, a brick with arms. Aesthetically, at least, it looks a lot closer to the quality of the Kitz Concept figures than the abominations Toynami is vomiting up.
  6. I can't get over how bizarre this online marketing has been. Posting all the highlights, the opening scene, the iconic fight scenes, and now even THE ENDING? Like, I know it hasn't been released yet, but I feel like I've already seen it. I certainly don't need to buy it now.
  7. It's still hard to imagine that, after all this time, two different companies are producing Robotech action figures... Three, if you count tiny startups like Meptoys (and broaden your definition of "action figure").
  8. According to the image posted above, jenius, the set on the left is intended for the regular Garland, and the set in the middle is intended for the blue/white release... and they're all event-only exclusives.
  9. I think Discovery is the best Star Trek we've gotten in 20 years -- a low bar to clear, admittedly -- but better than Abrams' films, more interesting than the TNG films, and more compelling than most of Enterprise. But if you're going to enjoy it, you've gotta check your expectations at the door. Star Trek has always been structured around an ensemble cast of characters with utopian ideals, but that was largely abandoned for Discovery. Star Trek has tried to depict future history and technology in a consistent manner, but that was largely abandoned for Discovery. Star Trek has an established aesthetic and visual sensibility, but that was largely abandoned for Discovery as well. Even with Abrams' remake, Orci and Kurtzman bent over backwards to fit the film into established Star Trek continuity; yet Discovery (despite statements to the contrary) demonstrates little interest in doing the same. They've basically created an alternate universe Star Trek, complete with a Spock who looks and acts even less like Leonard Nimoy's character than Zachary Quinto did. If you're open to that, Discovery may be of interest to you... but if traditional Star Trek is more your cup-of-tea, watch The Orville instead.
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    Macross figures

    ...with his eyes closed! With his eyes closed! ...the whole time. He's got Hawkeye's aim, Wolverine's resilience, Hulk's strength, and Captain America's indomitable spirit, all in an Ant-Man sized package. Eat your heart out, MCU.
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    Macross figures

    He didn't lose it, it just got transferred to his head... Removing his helmet now requires a surgical procedure, which will likely result in the patient's death. Sure, I'll bet they look fine from the other side of the room... if the room is sufficiently large. And poorly-lit. And you squint.
  12. So, are they gonna distribute the whole film as a series of YouTube clips?
  13. With all the aesthetic liberties they've taken with the designs, it's lucky they're even recognizable. One huge advantage Robotech has always had over original sci-fi properties in the US is the wealth of Japanese production designs to work from, depicting both functional-yet-futuristic human technology and exotic-yet-functional alien civilizations. Expanding the mythos for the Sentinels meant adapting a lot of existing designs to create new mecha that would nonetheless fit in with the established look, and Zor's battlefortress was no exception; it's usually depicted as a cross between the SDF-1 and a Zentraedi cruiser. But I've always wondered what the interior would've looked like. Would it have the cramped, industrial look that Zentraedi ships had, like a WWII battleship or a submarine? Or the organic, ethereal quality of a Robotech Masters mothership, with Romanesque columns and floating control stations? Would Zor have been influenced by Invid aesthetics? How much would individual design elements from Macross, Southern Cross or Mospeada have influenced the production design? I was particularly intrigued by what the control surfaces would've looked like... And now we know. The bridge of Zor's battlefortress looked like... ...a Boeing 747 console.
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    Hi-Metal R

    Last year, I saw a couple on the shelves of our local Toys 'R' Us (next to a Destroid Defender and the 35th Anniversary Messer), and was curious to see how quickly they would sell. Last week, I noticed they were still there gathering dust... next to the Destroid Defender and the 35th Anniversary Messer.
  15. Are any of the OAVs actually HD-remasters, or just shovelware like the TV episodes?
  16. No, what you said was true... from a certain point of view.
  17. I regret my poor choice of words. Clearly, "an anime thing" was entirely too vague and open to misinterpretation. I remember a time when powered armor was only seen in Japanese animation; specifically, between 1984 and 1993. During that decade, even Iron Man was only depicted in comic books. These memories -- like all memories -- are based on personal experience. It's kind of funny you would jump to that conclusion, and assume ignorance as a result... Funny, but not at all surprising.
  18. Of course not. I grew up in the '80s. Would've thought that was obvious.
  19. How could anyone possibly afford to...? Oh wait, it's Kicker773.
  20. Remember when powered armor was strictly an anime thing?
  21. And It frees you up to indulge your customizing fetish. I'm curious to see what liberties you take with the color scheme...
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