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  1. On 12/8/2023 at 10:34 PM, mikeszekely said:

    However... if you ignore everything I just said in the previous paragraph, Magneous is actually kind of cool.  He's got decent articulation, a straightforward transformation, and a vibe that's basically "what if Optimus Prime had a love child with a Rock Lord that grew up to be a bad guy?".  So while you probably should skip him, if you don't you might find that you actually like him.

    That is almost exactly as cool as I expected. Definitely gonna add this sucker to my shelf at some point.

  2. 3 hours ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    They thought they'd be squaring off against, and potentially peacefully interacting with, alien infantry for the most part so they constrained the designs of their anti-giant weapons to the approximately 10m height they were expecting the alien giants to be.

    That assumption wound up being convenient for policing post-war Earth, though. They already had the needed equipment ready to go.

  3. On 11/30/2023 at 11:32 PM, mikeszekely said:

    While I think Hasbro might have intended it to be fire, I like to imagine Code Red is loading pizzas into it because it's firing molten cheese at his enemies.

    Headcanon accepted.


    The odd proportions kinda make me wonder if this might not have begun life as an (admittedly ill-guided) attempt at making a new Ratchet/Ironhide mold that had more of the original toy in it.

  4. 1 hour ago, cheemingwan1234 said:

    Considering the Nightmare Plus is still running around during the events of Delta....yeah, when the age of man is over in the Macross universe, the testaments to it's existence would be warehouses of VF-171s waiting to be deployed once again.


    The holy trinity of military equipment. B-52 bombers, M2 machine guns, VF-17(1) transforming fighterbots.

  5. 45 minutes ago, cheemingwan1234 said:

    Anyone thinks that the way General Galaxy does things is kinda similar to the often memetic design of how British WW2 AFVs were developed.


    "The UN Spacy wants a special operations Variable Fighter."


    "Make a transforming F-117 with high micro missile capability."


    "Our YF-21 lost Project Super Nova to the YF-19!"


    "Redesign the YF-21 as a high performance special operations VF!"


    "Our rival's VF-19 is too uncontrollable for average pilots"



    And of course the Frontier Fleet.


    "The Varja are quite difficult to take down with coventional firepower."

    "Shrink down some Dimension Eaters to be fired from our gunpods."


    "They're proving difficult to kill with bullets!"

    "Here's a VF-sized beam cannon with similar effects to a Dimension Eater!"


    "We don't have enough VF-25s to go around!"


    The real moral of this story is the F-117 is the only plane you need.

  6. 1 hour ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    One problem among many with the "other series".

    Macross Chronicle notes that both the artificially cultivated Nature Regeneration Areas and the few small areas where the natural environment had escaped complete destruction at the Zentradi's hands were carefully monitored and managed under the Nature Regeneration Project.

    Quamzin was able to remain hidden as long as he did because his rebels were a tiny minority among the ~8 million Zentradi living on Earth, he sensibly moved around a fair bit to evade capture, there were no shortage of Zentradi derelicts to use as hideouts or pillage for equipment, and the critically understrength (New) UN Forces were spread very thin as they attempted to pick up the pieces on Earth and plan for future space emigration.

    If you exclude Zentradi volunteers, the New UN Forces were trying to police an entire star system with around 200-300 Valkyries, a few hundred Destroids, and just two carriers.

    Harder to explain, but not impossible.


    In fairness to that other show, with just what's in the show,it LOOKS like he's in a portion of undamaged rainforest. Their producers went the "targetted mostly major population centers" explanation for their extended media, likely completely ignorant of  100% Pure Macross's more complex explanation.

  7. On 11/20/2023 at 7:54 PM, mikeszekely said:

    I hear Windows has problem display high-res fonts on OLED displays 

    My understanding is the problem is with subpixel antialiasing. OLED displays don't have subpixels arranged in a way that matches any common LCD layout, and it breaks subpixel antialiasing.


    Personally, I consider subpixel antialiasing an antifeature and do my best to kill it, despite software's insistence that it needs to be there(OS makes it hard to kill, then applications override preferences and force it back on anyways). Chromatic aberration in my glasses means the subpixel arrangement in any display is not consistent in my vision, so it is worse to have it than to not have it.

  8. 10 hours ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    It's only in that other series we don't talk about that Earth magically recovered in an incredibly short period... thanks to footage from other shows representing an Earth where no such event ever happened.

    A perception encouraged by "Khyron" having seemingly crashed in an undamaged chunk of rainforest. It is a lot harder to explain how he could be hiding there if it was a postwar manmade forest.

  9. 1 hour ago, pengbuzz said:

    -Disruption of the Earth's Magnetosphere, allowing charged particle radiation from the solar wind and cosmic rays to erode and ultimately blow away the Earth's atmosphere.

    This one at least isn't a big concern. The magnetosphere isn't really a physical object. It's just the magnetic field the Earth's spinning iron core generates. Sure a bunch of charged particles ripping through it will cause short-term distortions of the magnetic field, but it springs back.

    1 hour ago, pengbuzz said:

    -Destruction of the Ozone Layer, allowing UV A, B and C into the atmosphere.

    Similar here. The ozone layer is an automatically-replenishing resource.

    (There's actually a possibility the bombardment would've REINFORCED the ozone layer, as the process which generates ozone begins with cracking apart O2 molecules to create free oxygen, and the zentradi bombardment dropped a LOT of high-energy particles into the atmosphere.)




    But yeah, it was a pretty bad time to be an earthling.

  10. I sort of feel like the reasons for not making "next-gen" destroids is a case of building for the last war instead of the next one.

    We know the colonies are not all one big happy family. There have been full-on wars between colonies. If one colony decides to annex another one, they're going to need ground forces. An army of destroids will be cheaper than VFs outfitted with ground combat packs, and require less training for operators and maintenance crews.



    Fortunately, making a modernized destroid isn't complicated. The variable fighter's nature as a multi-mode all-regime combat unit means that development of battroid-esque combat capabilities continues.

    When someone finds they need a dedicated ground force again, it will be relatively simple to start with a variable fighter in battroid mode, scrap the complexity of transforming. After that, they can start tweaking. Heavier armor, bigger guns, larger ammo reserves. Keep the energized armor(but much thicker), scrap the inertia management(or minimize it to just what's useful for recoil management).

  11. 22 minutes ago, cheemingwan1234 said:


    Guld: "Well, if we can treat the laws of motion like suggestions, we can have a  near certainty of the YF-21 winning. After all, it's not like I'm going to square off against a suped up Ghost."

    "Okay, yeah. The pilot's brain is part of the computer system and if they were mentally unstable the plane would be wildly unpredictable. Good thing I'm not crazy!" *pops some pills*

  12. 19 hours ago, Big s said:

    To be fair, that’s really just a theory on how time travel works. Nobody has actually done it and there’s really no proof of alternate time lines. It’s all sci-fi at this point.


    That was kind of my point. They are ery confused about the difference between popular fiction and scientific reality(which has several currently-untested hypotheses).

  13. 17 hours ago, TangledThorns said:

    I wonder if the younger audience even cares about TERMINATOR and its just chasing GenX money? The original film will be 40 years old (yikes!) next year and I wonder if many younger folk in their late teens or early 20s have actually seen it? 

    I have a co-worker in his mid-20s that I consider a fellow nerd film fan however he never saw Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing nor Blade Runner. 


    I've definitely interacted with younger audiences who have seen Terminator films.
    They hated the original because that isn't how time travel works, predestination paradoxes aren't a thing because you create alternate timelines instead, and they can't take any film seriously that has such clearly wrong concepts of time travel.

    Friggin' tedious, I tell ya.


    11 hours ago, pengbuzz said:

    They need to give us the Future War as depicted in the first 2 movies; that would work.

    I mean, isn't that what Terminator: Salvation was? And it was a dumpster fire.



    I personally believe the franchise is best left dead. It was one fantastic movie, one nonsensical action spectacle*, and a bunch of just dire attempts to cash in on a name... and also Sarah Connor Chronicles, I guess that one was awesome or something, I didn't see it please don't hurt me.



    *Seriously. My summary of Terminator 2 is "There are plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, but no one cares because they DID drive a truck through them, then the truck blew up, and they did it again a half-hour later."

  14. 5 hours ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    Purge-able limbs like the YF-21/VF-22's don't have any space for mission-specific equipment though.

    They have to be made rather slim in order to fold and fit into the body of the aircraft, which makes them more fragile and prevents equipment from being mounted inside.  You might remember that Isamu was able to shatter one of the YF-21's arms through brute force without damaging his YF-19 in Macross Plus.

    In fairness, the VF-1's arms could be purged(I think?) without hindering the ability to go back to fighter mode. Didn't Hikaru eject the damaged arms in the big final battle... and then go through re-entry while missing half his plane's underside? That's actually kinda nuts, now that I think about it.


    ALSO in fairness, the VF-1 doesn't really need to swap arms to swap specialized equipment. The FAST pack arm launchers demonstrate that well, as does the VE-1's arm packs in DYRL. Just hang crap under the plane, and hope you don't need to use your landing gear any time soon(that's why we have gerwalk, I guess).

  15. 1 hour ago, M'Kyuun said:

    I stand corrected. I was thinking the Navy's was the VTOL version, completely forgetting that the Marines have a variant as well. 

    If a company were to make a transforming F-35B, I'm curious how they'd work around that forward fan- perhaps a jet pack for the bot mode. That would be my solution.

    The promise of the F-35: One plane for every service!

    The reality of the F-35: Three planes sharing one name and confusing everyone!



    Jetpack is what I'd do too. Especially since I'd like to see the VTOL capability echoed in the robot.

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