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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Micromasters at Maximum value

With a site named Zone Base, it's not much of stretch to explain that I kinda like Micromasters. In fact, as readers probably have noted, I kinda have a thing for smaller Transformers and maybe even smaller toys in general. I don't have a greater explanation for why I do, I just do. So obviously with Micromasters in stores again in the Siege toy line, I'm one happy camper. Though, I've been having a good time at camp the past few years with a multitude of smaller TF toys at retail on a steady basis. Legend/Legion/Speed/whatever, Titanmasters, Primemaster, Botbots are just a few examples of smaller Transformers on shelves in the past few years.

So,  Saturday I had to make a run to the Family Dollar. While I was there, I took notice of some Primemasters hanging on the hooks next to the odd Legion and Authentics figures they normally have on the shelves at such stores. That's then I took note of things. Most toy lines feature a discount store version. There was Marvel, TMNT, Star Wars, and a few others with lower end toys to sell at these lower end type stores. It's nothing new and in fact something I enjoy keeping up with. It occurred to me while I was standing there that since the Authentics figures seemed to land with a dull thud for the most part as a discount line, what if the lower priced 'Masters' figures of late would/could replace them as the discount line? I mean, realistically the price of a small Authentics figure is very close to the Primemasters hanging right next to them on the shelf.

The Legion molds that have been in use for years now have probably seen the end of their molds viability and while the Authentics were an attempt to replace them, they clearly didn't. I mean, I admit to enjoying them, but that's because I like oddball things. They were cheap toys, especially compared to the Legion figures they were right next too. That was probably a pretty hard sell. Or if you look at the other discount toys, hell... those are still pretty good quality looking toys. So I wonder, just like in the past with discount versions of TF being smaller inexpensive molds reused to death, what if they used the well received recent smaller toys. Titanmasters, Primemasters, Battlemasters, Micromasters, even the newer Speed Series all generally sell for around $5 at most stores. Ok, Micromasters are $10, but that's a two pack. Like the former discount store versions of Spy Changers, Mini-Cons, and Legions I could really see these priced similarly in reuse for years. Wacky repaints and odd name uses up the wazoo as well!

I'd wholeheartedly welcome that. In fact, I'd love that. That's just the precises kind of thing I'd go nuts over.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Godzilla: The Planet Eater

I finally got a chance to view the third and last installment of the Godzilla anime trilogy this weekend. The Godzilla anime series hasn't had the most kind critical response, and the first two installments I did enjoy. I'm not making any apologies. They were slow, weird, and the monsters involvement was disappointing. You had an outright cartoon Godzilla movie and Godzilla was hardly more than occasional background scenery. That being said, I did enjoy those two. I found them entertaining despite the prior complaints. This one, not so much. I found this one to be extremely long winded, too weird (there's a point where weirdness stops being acceptable and just doesn't make sense), and the monsters were completely misused. I usually try to balance the line on spoilers. I feel there's a time where it's considerate of others and a time where others need to get off the pot. I'm going to try to be considerate as I can, but give those who haven't seen it yet fair warning.

run away
I try not to get this way about things like movies. It's not important and really doesn't affect a real life. Though when you pay good money for something (life a Netflix subscription, it aint free ya'll) you don't have to accept everything and have every right to be unhappy. You can be a fan of something and be critical at the same time. Of course there's a line between being critical and being a whiny nerd. I'll try my best to stay in the first category for my own sense of self.

This movie is bullshit.

In a movie where the monsters could have had the most amazing fight possible due to being 100% animated, they're hardly featured and are practically a gif. The plot is complete nonsense that doesn't even try to make sense. The plot of the first two was reaching, but I could still enjoy what they were trying to tell me. I honestly was just waiting for this to be over. Fortunately, the movie wasn't too long as though the creators wanted to get it over also. I was utterly disappointed in this movie and even though the last two were hardly amazing, felt like this would be ok at least. Fortunately Godzilla 2 is coming soon to hopefully wash the bad taste of this out of my mouth.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja attract mode

Internet meme all you want about Bad Dudes, but it's still a great game. There's an onslaught of ninjas as you punch and kick your way through for your reward of getting a burger with President Ronnie (or George depending on which version you're playing). I don't know why Karnov is a boss in the game, but I do appreciate his return later in the game as a green skinned zombie. Not to mention, the truck that makes up level two's battlefield is a Diaclone Optimus Prime trailer with Diaclone Ultra Magnus as the cab. That's likely a coincidence, but it's a cool one regardless.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Godzilla Power Up 2019!

I'm pretty excited for 2019 already. I'll explain. There's not just a ton of great Transformers coming this year, but also several other things. Godzilla: The Planet Eater is on Netflix now (I'll watch it this weekend) and Godzilla King of Monsters is coming this summer! Not only does the new movie look amazing, but from the toys look great! Not to mention, Bandai vinyl Godzilla figures are popping up at Walmart stores making for an excited Rob! The Netflix Ultraman movie is debuting in April as well as more on the US release of more Ultraman series is on the way. Beast Morphers is hitting this spring as well as Rangerstop in the summer (woo!). Add in the dinosaur themed Corps! line, AEW wrestling starting up, and more Masters of the Universe Mega Contrux being released and I've got a fun year ahead! All this toy talk and hey, Toylanta in March and Star Wars at Christmas!

2019 is going to be the most Zone Base year yet!

Cyberverse Starscream (Ultra Class)

He has a face, but I super screwed up with my lights
One of the Christmas gifts from my mother was this neat Strarscream from Cyberverse. The Ultra Class version, Starcream is a big chunky version of the classic character. I've pointed out before how much this toy reminds me of Skyquake and hold out hope for a repaint that plays homage to it or one of it's repaints (a black version would make for a good Machine Wars homage). The toy is fun to play with. Even though it's hard to look past the hollow nature of the figure, I found myself enjoying it.

As you can expect, Starscream transforms into a jet similar to his past alt modes. It's a fun toy that has a cool firing gimmick in those huge gun pods.

A little switch above his cockpit deploys his cluster missile attack with a loud pop that will scare the cats. It's a fun play feature that the toy is obviously based around. Starscream is a fun toy intended for a kid to fly around the living room. Though, this goofy adult still enjoyed it a lot.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Havex Machines Strike Chopper and Boat

Strike Chopper base mode
My friend John sent me some Havex Machines toys and man are they neat. If you haven't seen the toys, they're nifty transforming toys with a tiny micro car that you roll into their bases. By way of a magnet, this triggers the spring loaded transformation where the base unit configures into a larger vehicle or robot.
Strike Chopper vehicle mode
These little toys are hard not to like as they're just fun. There's something to be said about driving a car into a parking spot and find yourself now the pilot of a space ship.

This was an exclusive boat that came with the Ultimate Battleship play set
I do have to wonder though just how easy it would be to drive a space ship with a steering wheel. Though I can make phone calls from my steering wheel, so I guess you can do anything with a Bluetooth connection.

MMPR and antibiotics

Talking about the MMPR movie earlier got me thinking about a specific Power Rangers memory. I was in high school when the movie came out and sometime in December I got super sick. In fact I had some kind of turbo charged pneumonia and bronchitis combination that had me bedridden for a week. My parents, who were convinced that I was on deaths door made a point to pamper me a bit. One day my Mom asked if I'd like her to get any movies from Blockbuster and I guess I said Power Rangers (it had recently went to video). What happened was Mom rented the movie AND the SNES tie in game.

You know, if not for the fever dreams, it felt like I was on vacation.

Shampoo- Trouble

The announcement of Rangerstop Atlanta has got me all sorts of excited for the show this summer. Between Beast Morphers starting up soon and the con, it's going to be a fun year. I was talking to my wife about it this morning on the way home from work and it got me thinking about the last time we watched the MMPR movie. She remarked about the song 'Trouble' from the movie was a huge hit in her town, only to be played briefly in the movie leading her to her dad's annoyance after hearing the song non-stop for a few weeks. Looking back at the video... know how you don't really consider your teenage years to be THAT dated. Man... I'm old.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Rangerstop Atlanta!

Well, I wasn't expecting this!

Shockwave (Cyber Battalion)

Another great Christmas gift from my wife was this Cyber Battalion Shockwave toy. She knew I had been looking for one and secretly held onto the one she saw for a nice surprise. As a toy, Shockwave is great. Just a wonderful chunky old school style robot toy. He's just sharp looking and man I love playing with him.

Shockwave turns into a neat spaceship that resembles his G1 incarnations laser gun. It's such a good looking ship that it's hard not to love. Once again I'm reminded of older toys while holding this ship. A fun cruiser that looks straight out of a Toei super robot cartoon. Totally love this toy.

Switch Online NES games January update!


Meikyuu Hunter G attract mode

I talked about this great crazy game on this months Transform Squadron. Like I said, it was converted into The Real Ghostbusters in the US, which watching the game play here you can probably see why. In the game you play a guy with a gun fighting ghosts, monsters, demons, and all sorts of crazy evil spirits. It's super fun, and a little bizarre. I totally love it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Energon Igniters Barricade (Nitro Series)

While picking up our grocery order, we went into Walmart to get a few office supplies. Despite the ton of toys I was given for Christmas, I checked out the toy section and was pleased to find the post holiday clearance in effect. Oddly enough the store had the Nitro Series Barricade marked down to $15 while all the other Energon Igniters was at their standard retail price. Not one to argue with a good deal, I snatched him up.

Barricade turns into a heavily armored Police Car who's super cool looking. Inserting the Energon core into the hood deploys some guns and gives him a more badass look with his engine poking through the hood. Barricade seems more out of an old arcade game than the mid-80's setting of the movie, though I'm not complaining. A few simple steps and Barricade is in his robot mode.

Barricade looks a lot like his 2007 movie appearance here, which looks great even though I'm a bigger fan of his TF5 look. If the toy was smaller they probably could have made it more solid, but it's hard not to like this big robot. He has a decent amount of articulation, though you can't roll him up in a ball like some toys seem to be intended to. I wish he had some guns, I'm sure I could just stick one in his hand. Though the Energon core does make a good circular saw for weekends at home when Barricade is working on his deck.