Thursday, May 28, 2020

There's Something At The Door

Summer is a Spooky Season.

Bot In The Big Grey Box

I took this crooked to piss you off.
Surprise, the other toy from the mystery box I talked about yesterday is Ultra Magnus! I'd continue the spoiler warning stuff but every news site told you this already. That and his picture is on the box. Honestly you probably knew all the other stuff I hid under the break yesterday, but sometimes you just want to put a big ass post under a break so it doesn't dominate your front page. Like the one I just put here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Don't Look At The KuneKune

Summer is a Spooky Season.

Mysterious Box Of Black Play-Doh and Pink Rungs

This past weekend I picked up the Transformers War for Cybertron 'Mystery Box' from my local Walmart. Like all the other Netflix Siege toys, it's a Walmart exclusive. It looks like an ammo box, which feels pretty appropriate for the subject and toys inside. Not to mention, it looks pretty cool. The spoilers inside as noted on the box are generally in the form of the text under the box flap. It's in Cybertronian and I didn't take the time to translate it. Probably something about Ovaltine.

If the toys inside count as a spoiler, well first off go yell at every Transformers news site, then be advised that I'm going to talk about the contents over the course of two posts. There's a lot too talk about here and dude, it's a holiday week. I'm a little checked out right now. So it's probably best to split it up instead of one giant post. Which the first will continue under the break, because I'm trying to be considerate of those potential spoilers. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day!

Hope everyone who celebrates it is enjoying the holiday! I'll return to regular posting tomorrow, just enjoying the little break and taking advantage of the time off to pack for my upcoming move.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Bios- Splashdown

Outflank your enemy and you won't have to outgun him.
A hard-living, hard-hitting, wind-torn soldier. A veteran of battles on 10,000 oceans on 1,000 worlds throughout the universe. At home on water, mercury, even liquid lead. Outer shell armed with long-range, armor-piercing harpoon gun and electro-sword. Robot and hovercraft Modes armed with photon blaster. Outer shell composed of high-density armor impervious to corrosive liquids and strong enough to withstand underwater depths of over 30,000 feet. Transforms to hovercraft with maximum speed of 210 mph.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Night Frights- Banish That Banshee

It's Friday Night, and you know what that means? That's right pizza! Wait... well... that's like what I do and... you know... oh hey... It's time for another edition of Friday Night Frights here on the Base! Filmation's Ghostbusters is kinda weird sometimes. I don't mean the kind of weird you'd expect from a group hunting ghosts. I mean like... they've got to stop a banshee in this weeks episode.

Honestly, that's the kind of thing you'd expect a team of Ghostbusters to do. But first, they need to find a leprechaun. I know I have hard days at the office, but you know, not weird ass wild goose chase days. Normally anyway. You know Eddie eventually quit and started working overnights at Kroger. Stocking Mio > Tracy's farts in the flying ghost car.

Strangers In The Road

Summer is a Spooky Season.

The Grafx Are Turbo, All 16 Of Them

The TurboGrafx 16 Mini will FINALLY be released on May 22nd. That's tomorrow or today depending on when you're reading this. Or last year. Either way after Covid 19 moved the release back (and it changed a few times) it's finally getting released and I'm happy. Mine has been pre-ordered and will probably get here sometime next week. Which being exclusive to Amazon is just how it was going to go. Kinda a bummer seeing how I'll get it after the Memorial Day weekend.

I'm moving in a few weeks, the holiday weekend will be spent packing anyway. So I guess it's fine. After all this time, what's a few more days right? I'm pretty excited, this is a pretty big deal for me. I know it was possible to order one from Amazon's Japanese site early. When the US date wasn't too far off, whats the point? If I would have done that, I would have gotten a PC Engine Mini instead. The difference is mainly cosmetic, but it's a good cosmetic. There's also the slightly different game selection to consider. I could be here all day.

I've always wanted one of these, so the mini will suffice just nice. It was a console I could never get my parents to buy me back in the day. For some reason getting one into adulthood was always just out of reach. Thanks to emulation and the games getting put on other systems, I was able to enjoy it kinda. It wasn't that unchecked box of actually owning one though. Not to mention, I've become a fan of micro consoles over the years as they've become a thing. So this is just perfect.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Snow Tires (health advisory warning)

Summer is a Spooky Season.

Megatron's FUSION MACE

I'd been holding off on a warrior class version of Cyberverse Megatron being happy with his pretty great Turbo Changer toy. That's not to say I wasn't tempted, it was a pretty nice looking figure. After it was retooled to match his season 3 appearance, I knew I had to get one. So I did. The toy in robot mode makes me think of Megatron's Action Master. The colors are off, sure, but the similar visual cues are there. It's possibly one of the reasons I like it so much.

Warrior class figures in Cyberverse have a gimmick similar to Super Powers figures. Megatron's FUSION MACE is a play on his energy mace from that damn dam fight in the original cartoon. With a flick of the lever on his back, Megatron flips his arm about swinging his energy mace like a yahoo. This is actually kind of neat as it unravels from his wrist with a string. Another lever under his forearm will pull it back in place. It's a fun little play gimmick that pays homage to one of Megatron's more memorable moments.

Megatron's alt mode is a Cybertronian tank. Cybertron isn't a real place, so you'll have to excuse it for not looking like a real tank. It's a spacey sci fi type design that looks at home in a old video game. I bet that game has a great soundtrack. I like sci fi spacey designs like this, I bought it right? Why would I buy something I don't like in something that's 100% voluntary like a hobby? Never understood those types.

I didn't like transforming him though. It's not complex or anything, there's just a point of annoyance in his legs. Essentially his boots unfold and create the sides of the tank. If you look at the above picture you'll see the seam in the middle where this is done. In the robot mode pictures, you'll notice a peg on his left arm as well as some little brackets under his knee caps.

Those are connection points in the transformation where things lock together. It's super easy to wrench something the wrong way doing this and remember that seam in the middle of the tank side? It came apart right there and had to be snapped it back together a few times. That was frustrating and literally my only real complaint. I honestly bough the toy for it's robot mode than anything, the space tank is just a neat extra.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Little Baby's Ice Cream

 Summer is a Spooky Season.

Beast Morphers, Unleash The Wacky Wall Beast

Hey, know how I was at the Dollar Tree the other day? Well, I also got some more Wall Walkers. I had been getting the Transformers variety and if I liked current WWE performers (I don't) I'd probably grab some of those. They're a silly fun blind bag toy for a buck each. I didn't expect to see Beast Morphers in the selection and the surprise of it made me shit my pants. Not literally, I'm joking. You gave to spell things out for people sometimes.

I grabbed four packs. These aren't the kind of blind bag I go crazy over and try to complete the set. These are the kind I'll grab a couple of and hope I don't get too many doubles. Speaking off, I'm like 4 ghosts away from completing the Scooby-Doo Playmobil series and each new shelf box has new codes... it's pretty frustrating. Dammit. Just like the others in the Wall Walker toys at Dollar Tree, the Beast Morpher versions are colored plastic with decals to distinguish each character. The body shape of the walker doesn't look too silly on the Power Rangers as they're people in spandex normally. In fact they make for pretty good representations.

I got two Blaze's, one Roxy, and one Blue Ranger. Not bad. If I were to get two of a Beast Morpher, I'd rather it be Blaze. I like him the most out of the characters. His bat armor looks cool. Just like the Transformers versions, I'll be grabbing a few of these on trips in the Dollar Tree. I've really liked Beast Morphers, it's in it's mid-season break of it's last season. I'm sure I'll enjoy Dino Fury next year, but currently I'm just not as excited for it as I've been for Beast Morphers. Guess I'll just have to throw it to the wall and see if it sticks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Bios- Hot Spot

Rust never sleeps, and neither do I.
Likes to be where the action is. Charismatic, inspiring... other Protectobots have trouble keeping up with his non-stop pace. Believes in being maximally operational every moment of one's life. His fire truck hose shoots high-pressure water 1200 feet. As robot, can press 60,000 pounds, uses fireball cannons that shoot bursts of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit blue flame 1.5 miles. With fellow Protectobots, forms "Defensor".