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Biggest EVER! - Part 2

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Aug 14 2013 · 323 views
Transformers
Well, it took a bit longer than expected, but... he's here. In short order I have received both of the Transformers labeled "biggest ever" - and this next one has even just released! It came as quite a shock that we'd get anything this big, and I was definitely most pleasantly surprised. Now, here's a lock at the second of Transformers' Titans - Generations Metroplex.

Predictably, he's got a big box:

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It's really cool, too. I probably like it more an the SDCC one (which is stupidly large because it houses him inside a second box in the outer box, although the inner one being a hangar is rather cool) because it really conveys that Metroplex is a big guy. And it's also blatantly a toy ad because it features all of the upcoming Deluxe Autobot figures, which I do want haha. Granted, the back of Fort Max's was even worse since it featured pretty much everything that was available at the time. Anyways, it looks nice.

What's in it, though...

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Doesn't look as good. Sweet mother of twist ties... Ugh. Those were horrible. There were also loose parts on top of that which wasn't cool. And that arm... I simply cannot understand why they needed to package him with it separated. And it's not clear how you should attach it to him in the instructions, either. I initially thought I had a bad one because his arm sagged so much and fell out very easily. I tried plugging the clip in rotated 90 degrees, but there seemed to be too much resistance at first and I assumed this was wrong. Well, it was right. And my major complaint simply vanished. But it shouldn't have been packaged that way anyways.

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So, Metroplex's vehicle mode? Yeah it looks a lot like him sitting down. I wish those big arms of his could open up and the hands flipped inside. That would help the look so much for his alternate modes. The helmet is also a nightmare since it doesn't always flip back into place properly from this configuration, leading to much fiddling. And finally it just looks bad without the stickers haha. They really do add a lot. But! He has massive wheels that work tremendously well and so this mobile battle station actually is a bit of a success.

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City mode doesn't look as much as a city as Fort Max's, but because all of his joints, you can easily reconfigure things. I rather like the fan mode that has his legs split at a ninety degree angle so they look less like, well, legs. There's no way to fix the figure's biggest problem, though, other than just ignoring it... That ramp that comes out of his chest is just useless. It doesn't line up with the leg in either battle station or city mode. It's especially bad in city mode because it's just a straight drop. The smoothness of all of Fort Max's ramps are a major boons for the mode and rather fun. You're not having fun with this part of Metroplex's city.

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Metroplex's bonus figure is Scamper. He does a fantastic job of reminding me that I was silly for scoffing at the Legends figures for so long as they've truly gotten pretty good. He's a fun little guy.

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Robot mode. Robot mode robot mode robot mode. Oh boy. This is what I wanted. A genuine behemoth who can articulate so, so well. Too bad his knees and hips are pretty floppy... He'll hold a pose, but pick him up with them bent too much and the weight of his own legs will cause them to fall straight. It's also really easy to bump them out of position. This is a huuuuge contrast to Fort Max's hips, which are by far the strongest ratchet joints I have ever seen. You need a good grip to even try moving those (but that's a good thing).

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He also really is the new biggest ever. He doesn't tower over Fort Max, but there's no denying the height advantage (which would be even more extreme if you extend the towers on his shoulders). You can also see here, compared to the previous picture, a cool little gimmick of his - he has a visor that flips down. Looks really cool when his eyes light up. His eyes, by the way, can move left and right. The chest also lights up and there are a good number of (very loud) voice clips to round out the electronics. I just wish the two AA batteries had been included haha.

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Aaand another pic just for a size comparison.

Now as I mentioned before, I got this guy via Amazon - and he was meant to be released on August 1 for those who preordered, which I did. However, they oversold those preorders and so many had to just wait for additional stock... That would have been totally fine with me if they had just sent some sort of notice. I received nothing when my order status changed from "shipping August 1" to "no delivery date available." Come on, Amazon... A change to an order like that should automatically trigger an email notification. There's no way of knowing if you'll ever actually get your item with a status like that either. My concern was getting it before leaving for school, so luckily it didn't take long for more stock to be made available.

Sorry about that rant... So Metroplex! I like him. A lot. I just got down stickering him up before writing this (Fort Max is probably going to stay stickerless, by the way) and it helps his appearance a whoooole lot. I didn't find anything wrong with robot mode - and there weren't many stickers for that to begin with anyways. (Which reminds me - the SDCC version I mentioned. It had chrome thighs and a face. That's the only difference. If you don't care about those throwbacks to the G1 toy - which I didn't - the retail release is perfectly acceptable. I'll admit I think the chrome face really pops, but the thighs are so big I think it looked bad there.) But all of the runway details for battle station mode make it so much nicer to look at.

Hope you guys liked this look as well. And I just found where Fort Max can stand, but I'm already back to shuffling things around to make room for this guy...

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Biggest EVER! - Part 1

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Collecting Aug 06 2013 · 165 views
Transformers
The holy grail of many a Transformer collector, reissued at last earlier this year. For 25 years, this guy was the biggest there was. There was no rival in size... Until this year. He's now only second-best in terms of height, and I fully plan on owning the new titan (but of course I went with Amazon, who oversold their preorders and my order is now basically in limbo so who knows when I'll get one...). Anyways, here's Part 1 of my look into Transformer's Titans - Fortress Maximus.

First of all, sweet mother of boxes!

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And... sweet mother of toys!

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Fort Max is insanely big! I've watched reviews and I've looked at pictures and I've gotten a sense of his size before... but you just really can't appreciate it until you see him in hand. And it's not just the size, but his weight. This guy is one solid toy and I'm thoroughly impressed by something of its age.

Next up, I took the few Legends Autobots I have to play with city mode a bit:

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All of the gimmicks here work well and thanks to his size, is a pretty convincing toy of a city haha. I really like it.

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Battle station mode is kind of a joke. It's just pretty meh to me.

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So Fort Max comes with some other little guys. The blue brick on the right, Cog, is a cool addition and I get why they were included - to add playability if you didn't have any other small vehicles. But he is just a brick and is pretty meh. Cerebros and Spike, on the other hand, I find pretty cool. Being a double headmaster is a big draw of Fort Max, so even though Cerebros looks rather bland, that gimmick is fun.

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Finally, robot mode, and... sweet mother of swords!

Seriously, that is a big sword! And something that I was really looking forward to. My first exposure to Fort Max was in the Robots in Disguise cartoon, so my mental image of him has vastly different colors than what I've got... But that sword was a big part of it. I wish it came with the handled for Omega Prime, but that Optimus is apparently being reissued in the near future with the sword, so maybe I can buy it from somebody then. :P

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Robot mode Fort Max also has access to a toooon of guns. This guy has no shortage of weapons and it's awesome.

So, Fortress Maximus. The former largest Transformer of all time. He's fun to look at, fun to play with (even if he is your standard G1 brick for the most part), and although I thought it would be cool to, I never thought of owning one. So a huuuuuge thanks to Optibotimus, who gave this guy away as part of his 50,000 subscriber contest on YouTube! (And this was second place!) Seriously, Paul, you are awesome.

I haven't put any stickers on the guy yet, mostly because I know in the future he'll be worth more with an intact sticker sheet haha. Do you guys think I should sticker him up though? There's quite a lot... And he'll look so much more impressive with them. I'm pretty indecisive on the matter.

Anyways, hope you guys enjoyed the look, and let me know if there's anymore you'd like to know/see. Now if only I could find a place to display him...

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The 12th Doctor

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Television Aug 04 2013 · 134 views
Doctor Who
...is Peter Capaldi.

I don't know much about him (the only thing I think I've seen that he's in is the Fires of Pompeii episode), but during his brief interview following the reveal, there wasn't anything I disliked. I definitely like the older Doctor route they're returning to, I'll say that.

I'm looking forward to him as the Doctor.

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YouTube Geek Week Adventure

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Misc Aug 04 2013 · 141 views
YouTube, Geek Week, RoosterTeeth and 1 more...


Enjoy the adventure.

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Go Go Awesome Stuff! - July Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Reading, Collecting Jul 31 2013 · 360 views
Transformers, Star Wars and 3 more...
Wow! What a month. I hadn't realized until I started taking pictures just how much I bought/arrived this month.

First up - Bandai Tamashii products!

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The D-arts MetalGarurumon and Blastoise are amazing. Both are visually stunning, but Blastoise is predictably limited in the articulation department. But MetalGarurumon? That guy is just loads of fun to play with - although his abdomen was TERRIFYINGLY tight and I had to be really patient in loosening that up.

Kamen Rider Beast looks cool. And he came with a free stand for W, which is also cool. That's about it to him haha.

And then there's DragonRanger... Or as I'll always think of him, the Green Ranger. I had the US version (which will lack some accessories that aren't relevant outside of Japan and feature special packaging) preordered on Amazon, but then the release date was revealed to be not until the middle of next month, despite other places getting him sooner. So I added him onto my order with Blastoise and Beast since it would end up costing me less and I got him sooner. I believe it was last year's SDCC that he was first shown off and I've been waiting ever since. Man, does he look cool.

Transformers time!
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So my big thing didn't arrive yet. But it should soon, along with yet another massive item I'm not sure I should have bought haha. More on that later though... Anyways, I broke down and bought Blaster and the data disks at my comic book shop, because even at their inflated prices, it was better than online and I never found him anywhere else. And they're all loads of fun.

Also, Minion Dave I "stole" from work. He says banana. It's hilarious.

Star Wars books.
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Had to "settle" for some books I really haven't been crazy about picking up since Barnes & Noble didn't have a big selection lol. But Scourge was great and Shadow Games was alright. Jedi Twilight is on a long list that I've been purposefully avoiding, but the lack of novels I did want pushed me to finally start them, which I will probably tonight.

Finally, but most certainly not least...
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This item comes courtesy of DeeVee. And I love it. :D I so wish I were going to BrickFair this weekend to thank you in person, but alas I still just don't have a way of getting down there.

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So that's it for this month. I wish I had gotten out to go shopping on my own to look for more Transformers (I really am saying that a lot, huh? At least I did actually do that some this month lol.) and even the new Star Wars Black Series figures since those just came out, but I was either with family or feared retribution from my mother if I couldn't hide that I bought things... Even just coming home with Blaster, she drilled me over spending money. One second she's saying she understands I have a hobby and enjoy it, but the next she's yelling at me to not spend money. It's not like I don't know to watch my finances. I don't ever spend too much or outside my means. I am an adult now, after all. I'd hope she'd let me make my own decisions. (In fact, that's pretty much why I've never asked to go to BrickFair these past few years. I know my parents wouldn't let me go down by myself. Ever. Even in spite of the fact that I could crash with my uncle and go with him and my little cousin [who has gone before and they talked about maybe going again this year when they visited...], I know it would be a no. Oh well... Eventually I'll be on my own and can travel to all of these cons I've been wanting to for years.)

It's going to make the big boxes coming here soon very interesting, though. The first she knows about since I warned her weeks ago when I won the contest - Optibotimus just took a while to mail them out (but he did say it could take a while, so I'm not upset or anything). The second she doesn't know at all, and I just realized it's released tomorrow, so coupled with my Amazon Prime shipping, should be here Saturday or Monday haha. That's going to be loads of fun lol. But both will definitely get their own entries when I receive them.

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Advertising Policy Change & Assorted Anniversary Notes

Posted by Electric Turahk , in BZPower Jul 25 2013 · 147 views
Anniversary, Advertising
To sum up my feelings:



Also, "official" BZPower Facebook page. Because that should be shared too.

I was just thinking the other day how much I wished this were included with the other anniversary overhauls of the site, and I am so excited it has FINALLY happened. ^_^ These have been some great changes and additions. The raffle feature in particular I quite like.

Aaand I've now been here for 10 years as of a few days ago. Yay spinny Tohu. :3

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The BioShocks

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games Jul 18 2013 · 85 views
BioShock, BioShock Infinite and 1 more...
So I finally beat BioShock 2 last night, which means I've now gotten through them all. I still have the trials to mess around with and Minerva's Den to do, but the main games are complete (and of course Infinite's DLC, whenever that'll come out).

And wow. These had long, looooong been on my radar as games to play. And I just didn't. After having played all of them, I just can't explain why.

Infinite was amazing. It was such a compelling story and that twist at the end... Oh man. Made the second run through so much more interesting as all of those hints are now so obvious and not just the ramblings of perceived mad men.

The original definitely made me think a lot. Would you kindly agree it was a good game? This dark, dank world was such a contrast to the Columbia that I experienced first, I'd hesitate to think they were in the same universe. But it was a really cool place to explore and experience how fallen such a "great" society could become.

2's story really just didn't interest me a whole lot. The audio diaries explaining more of Rapture's history were so much more interesting than most of what went on with Delta. But the gameplay as a Big Daddy was loads of fun. I also haven't done a second run of this one yet like the others, but just might for the Big Brass Balls Achievement. But since I can't get all of the achievements in this game thanks to many being multiplayer, I'm not as compelled to complete it like I was the other two. :P

So yeah. BioShock. Great series, and one I am very happy to have mostly crossed off my backlog of games. I now understand all of the hype.

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BZPc #17: Red Team

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games Jul 07 2013 · 126 views
Minecraft, BZPCraft
1. RED TEAM RULES
2. RED TEAM.... managed to kill one of those dirty Blues...
3. One half of Red Team may have been stupid and killed himself. :|

So yeah, that hardcore approach was definitely much more stressful. But I kinda liked it. Change every not and again is nice. ;)

Looking forward to whatever's next.

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Ultimate Last Stand - June Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games, Collecting Jun 30 2013 · 115 views
Transformers, BioShock
Well, here's what arrived this month:

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So Springer is one solid Transformer. He's not entirely perfect, but really he's one of the best I've ever had.

Still haven't found a Shockwave, Blaster, or Blitzwing at prices I like... Oh well...

BioShock? Oh man that game was amazing. Already beat it twice, with the second being for the Brass Balls achievement. Man was that a challenge at first, but you eventually just accept you need to save every 5 minutes haha. Haven't started 2 yet though.

What's in store for next month? Well... In Transformers, I'm gonna have something BIG thanks to a contest I won. :D So big, it'll probably get its own early entry. Also have several boxes of D-Arts and Figuarts on the way that I can't wait for.

Now how to explain all of the boxes that'll be arriving here...

~|ET|~



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Family and Tears

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Personal Jun 30 2013 · 120 views

I really hate it when the two go together.

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Minecraft Find of a Lifetime

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games Jun 23 2013 · 227 views
Minecraft
It started with a ravine. In that ravine, mossy stone bricks. Connected to those mossy stone bricks, a fortress.

My first naturally-discovered fortress - and by pure accident.

Within that fortress, a library. Within the library, a chest. Within the chest...

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FOUR Silk Touch enchanted books! There was a fifth such book outside the portal room and an Infinity book in another chest!

The catch?

I was playing a PvP game and as such they were all (sans Infinity) useless. :crying:


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Xbox One: Redemption

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games Jun 19 2013 · 242 views
Xbox One, Xbox, Microsoft
So Microsoft just retracted its 24-hour check-in and limited game sharing policies* that had make many fans around the globe - myself included - deride and reconsider sticking with the next generation Xbox console.

So to make it clear:
  • You do NOT have to be online every 24-hours
  • You CAN sell your games at your discretion
I'm pretty much back on board, even at $100 more than the PS4. I honestly considered changing because of these restrictions and how arrogant Microsoft's execs were being about it (even though I am in the group that it didn't really hurt too much... everything they were saying about it kind of made me mad). But the only what-should-have-been an exclusive for the PS4 - Kingdom Hearts 3 - is actually multi-platform, so we're back to me wanting more Xbox exclusives.

*The original revision to this included allowing you to share games with up to ten people free of charge, and by simply playing online connected to the cloud server with the original owner's saves and whatnot. I actually really like that and thought it a great change. Oh well...

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E3 The Games: Nintendo (Day Two)

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games Jun 11 2013 · 185 views
Nintendo, Mario Kart and 1 more...
Gonna get this out right away:

MEGA MAAAAAAAN!!!

That is AWESOME news! And he looks like such a versatile character. I can't wait to play as him. Only have plans for the 3DS version as of now, though.

But then they almost killed it all with the Wii Fit trainer! xP I know joke characters are a thing, but that seems just a lotbit too silly for me. Almost killed the Mega Man hype.

Just kidding, can't knock that down. :P

Then of course Animal Crossing villager... yay?

So yeah, really excited for this new Smash. And the screenshots for both versions look great to me so far.

Mario Kart 8 was kind of interesting with the twists and whatnot, but being for the WiiU, doesn't have me too interested. :/

Then of course... Pokémon. Oh man Pokémon. Fairy type? *sigh* I still hate the name, but I had accepted it as fact a while ago. But its advantage over Dragon is awesome.

Speaking of Dragons, Noivern looks sick. And being a primary Flying type? Yeah that's cool.

There's a private round table going on for Pokémon right now, so I'm sure more will come from that. Seems so far the talk's just been about the challenges and new features of a simultaneous global release (for example, you can choose your language instead of it being pre-set it seems?). Don't expect anything massive from there though. The "Player Search System" sounds really cool and useful too. (Quick Edit: A minute later I was ALREADY proven wrong haha. They are actually revealing new Pokémon during this. Wonder when we'll get pics of those... since this is a private event.)

Oh yeah! Pokémon-Amie! The new way to interact with Pokémon. Seems cute and fun but will probably eventually be something I ignore... maybe, who knows haha. Do love the pun it makes. I'm just hoping it's not tooo necessary. Though I do believe Sylveon was said to evolve with a new happiness mechanic, and this sounds like that. So maybe it'll actually be used a lot...

'Nother edit: Rhyhorn rideable?! HORDE attacks (5 v 1)?! Yes please!! Sky battles? Sounds... interesting. Regardless, tons of cool new mechanics. And there's a new Fire/Flying revealed. :3

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E3 The Games: Day One

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Video Games Jun 11 2013 · 139 views
E3, Microsoft, Sony, Halo and 1 more...
Because I'm SICK of discussions about the consoles themselves. So just games here, folks.

In order of excitement:

KINGDOM. FREAKING. HEARTS. THREE!!! I know it's only an in-development announcement and it's probably not going to see the light of day for a while, but I am still really, really, really looking forward to this.

BattleFRONT! Haha so confusing with that and Battlefield, especially since both are by DICE now... But yeah, considering it wasn't that long ago that EA even got the rights to Star Wars games, it's great to see them start working so quickly.

AC4 still looks great. And it occurred to me during the Sony conference gameplay that Edward is just NOT a good person. At all. So it'll be really interesting to be playing from such a different perspective in an Assassin's Creed game.

Elder Scrolls Online coming to consoles?! Yes!! I really hope they pull a Defiance and have them all connected cross-platform.

Watch Dogs looks pretty great still.

Halo 5. One of the only things pulling me to Xbox One... maybe the only since there was no new Fable. Only interesting thing to me was how they were adamant about not calling it "Halo 5" just yet... Huh. That'd be stupid if they don't.

Titanfall? Giant mechs are cool and it looks pretty fun.

More Trials is always more fun.

And lastly, I keep looking at Destiny and thinking "so... it's still Halo?" Even though I know it's not. It's just not grabbing my attention as much as I'd hoped. :/

So that's it for day one, a little late. Hope to see a lot of amazing things from Nintendo today that'll get their own post later on.

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Twenty-One

Posted by Electric Turahk , in Personal Jun 04 2013 · 143 views
Birthday, 21
Well, my twenty-first birthday is almost over. It was a pretty modest day - even still went to work haha - but fun nonetheless. :) And before anyone asks, I didn't even go get a drink... although I did have dinner with my girlfriend and was handed the drinks menu without even being asked, and despite her pestering didn't try. It's just not what I want to do heh.

So yeah... I'm 21. It's cool I guess lol. ^_^

(Oh, and loot!
  • $50
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse
  • BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edtion
  • T-shirt
  • )
~|ET|~






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