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  1. Yeah. I was in college when the original Beast Wars was on the air. My friends and I would sometimes tune in on lazy afternoons to watch an episode now and then because... Transformers. Unfortunately, it didn’t catch on as a regular event. It was simply too uncanny seeing robots turn into animals after growing up on the G1 show and movie. Yeah, I was so rooted in my truck not monkey sensibilities at the time. It would be years before I gave the original BW a fair shake. Anyway, BW II, BW Neo, and Beast Machines never popped up on my radar as a result. These characters do seem interesting and I’m happy for those who want them, but I also appreciate getting to take a break from the MP line.
  2. The Banana Splits are a fictional rock band which appeared on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. This itself was a kid-friendly variety show by Hanna-Barbera from the 1970s--along the same lines as H.R. PufnStuf. The show had a catchy, if repetitive, title song. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Banana_Splits Not sure what I think about it being rebooted as a horror flick, but maybe this is for fans of Five Nights at Freddy's?
  3. I would advise caution. The MSRP for that set was originally $89.99 US. Looking at your eBay listing, my first thought is that it's for a knock-off. Of course, the price and the seller's feedback are putting up warning flags that it could also be a scam. I searched eBay using Lego's set number. This brought up a completely different results list (with prices in line with demand): https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC1.A0.H0.Xlego+75904.TRS0&_nkw=lego+75904&_sacat=0 If you want to save a little more, I would recommend skipping eBay and buying from a site dedicated to aftermarket Lego like Bricklink: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?S=75904-1&name=Mystery Mansion&category=[Scooby-Doo]#T=S&O={"iconly":0}
  4. Thanks for posting the new pic, @Ignacio Ocamica! I like what KC did to Hikaru's waist. Moving the "buckle" detail on the flight suit so that it sits below the seam should help articulation. The lower legs look to have a slightly different mold too. I wonder if that means the feet will be able to rock left to right? I'm really looking forward to the final retail release.
  5. I preordered 2 of Misa, as well. Will probably do the same for Roy when he appears and Claudia. If KC plans to give us Minmay in a different outfit, I'll bite on that one for my "second" copy. Curious about all the Rick/Hikaru delays, but hoping that KC is simply putting a final polish on the figure and working out last minute tweaks.
  6. Hm. I believe Mikimoto’s art is inconclusive when it comes to the color of those pin stripes. Sometimes they’re blue but other times they lean more to turquoise. A quick google search found this shrine: http://ryougabot.tripod.com/mikimoto.htm
  7. I was about to post that HG's spin doctor is on it already, attempting to confuse and muddy the waters in America...
  8. (1) I believe that is LEGO's interpretation of Earthrise, first captured by the Apollo 8 astronauts and then captured many more times on the lunar surface by other Apollo teams. I'm not sure why they are using a transparency here instead of shadows. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthrise 2) Yeah, I think that is Mars. My guess is that LEGO is probably taking liberties to connect this to the Lego CITY Mars Exploration line that is out in the UK/Europe and is coming later this month for the US. A minifig-scale galaxy? 3) I would think that the sun would be somewhere off to the left based on those lunar shadows. The shadows covering the Earth are definitely reversed if that's the case, and I think Earth ought to be brighter too (compared to Mars). 4) Ah, no idea why they went with inky blue but the moon has an atmosphere... It's not Earther-friendly, though... https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LADEE/news/lunar-atmosphere.html
  9. technoblue

    Hi-Metal R

    Man, it's so nice to see jungle's site back on-line.
  10. Here's the amazon.co.jp link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/タカラトミー-TAKARA-TOMY-トランスフォーマー-マスターピース/dp/B07SPWN6Z5/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1559878022&refinements=p_28%3AMP&s=toys&sr=1-1&tag=transform0c-22
  11. Toy Dojo posted their pre-orders for GX-88 earlier today and I completely missed it. I would have considered replacing my amazon pre-order with them if I had been more observant. Anyway, here is the link: https://www.toydojo.com/soul-of-chogokin-gx-88-armored-fleet-dairugger-xv/ Vehicle Voltron is listed as out of stock, but it may be worth keeping tabs on this in case any slots are freed up due to cancellations. I'm sure other US stores that carry SOCs, like BBTS and The Chosen Prime, will follow suit and list this bad chicken soon.
  12. I'm in. It looks like the front tires fold up under the hood of the Jeep in bot mode, similar to how Willis transforms. I'm hoping there will be better clearance on the official MP, though. Willis is a bit tricky in that area. Back to MP Hound, I really like how the arms fold up in the engine bay to create the illusion of mechanical "stuff" inside. And those rear tires have my attention. I'm curious to see how they work as the plastic bits apparently break down completely for transformation which is really cool. I think I see that the spare transforms too. All the accessories look fun, as does the articulation. I'm fond of that stuff, so there's more to like. That said, I'll be keeping my third-party versions as they have their own character and are worth it for other reasons. Anyway, the big concern I have with Takara's official MP is price. Will be looking for a decent place to buy this guy. The US sites are all trending high, which is disappointing but somewhat expected.
  13. Ordered one set of strike parts from AE and another set from NY (along with the new SH Figuarts Bulma). That'll do it for me until we get more news on Macross TV style Valkyries, or Bandai announces Roy's DYRL 1S.
  14. Mm. I've had Amazon cancel Transformers pre-orders on me before, so I understand that of which you speak. Anyway, if the worst were to happen, I'll roll with it. It would be a real bummer for sure, but I do have my SOC Voltes V and Lion Voltron already so that's my personal silver lining I guess. Can't speak for anyone else though, and I do understand when others get frustrated with the numerous pre-order shenanigans.
  15. Got my order in early this morning too. After paying tax (the new normal), the price was a wee bit more than what @Mog said he paid at NY, so I'm not complaining. Also, with any luck, Amazon's pre-order price guarantee will kick in and we will get a humble discount by the time November rolls around.
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