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Hey Vicers! Welcome to another episode of Dunce Cap. This one is back on topic but be warned that it breaks new ground in the segment's history. I am joined by fellow user Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto, whose detailed knowledge made this a fun one to make. Today's topic is 1986's animated film 'The Transformers: The Movie' so be prepared for rocking out, plenty of laughs, and line quoting! Just ignore the fact that this episode is 50 minutes long and you'll be fine!

WARNING! This video contains explicit language.

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I'm trying to hold off the next chapter of Kelleth as much as possible. But I still feel the need to blog so I'll just post some unimportant stuff I got these past two months. Its nothing interesting or manga related :P
At a 2nd hand shop I found this Nokia 3300 and the lady there sold it to me for just €2 because they originally though it was a cheap Tetris console. So of course I shut my yap and bought it. It works sorta.... Its OK button is a bit laggy but if you keep on pressing it will eventually respond ^_^. I spend €10 at the AH for a new sim (its sim lock free too! handy.) and nothing seems to be wrong with it. Of course It didn't came with an adapter but I still had the adapter from my Sister's old Nokia 3310i and thus I got a second phone XD
Yeah this was an expensive buy but I got trough after all. I got the PSP 3004 for €50 which seems cheap especially for the fact that it came with two games without boxes (that being a God of War game and Soul Calibur) But with the extra games I still got on towards €100. Harvest Moon: €34.00, Lumines: Puzzle edition: €9.99, Loco Roco: €9.50, = € 53.49 + € 50 =103.49. The lady who sold me this thing promised me to look out for a second one so I won't have to share it with my mom. But my mom says its unnecessary so we're keeping that on hold which is looking back for the better. Its still hard to get used to the PS1 load times again and the 3d lol Also I'm using this thing as back up for my GBA games through means which I'll keep to myself. But my mom does like that she can play Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town on the PSP now instead of the buggy GBA we have. Also YES THAT's SIMON BEATING UP THE ANTI-SPIRAL IN A BOXING MATCH as my PSP wallpaper! :D


I got two Transformers for €10 each.

First thing I got a Battle Blade Bumblebee actually the only one I actually wanted but never got the chance to find. And man this thing is awesome! I'm so happy that I got it. though 1 tiny pet peeve I got:
 Hasbro FAIL!
 Hasbro FAIL!
The other one is the movie Ironhide but I've seem to have misplaced it. But I'm pretty certain that I did not leave it at my grandparent's place.
Its not as cool as the Bumblebee and I keep getting the breast (lol) plates wrong so I kept it in its alt.mode seen in this picture.
And that's it for my pointless padding.... Off to being bored again >_>
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Part two will consist of what is left of my actual Transformer collection and my totally awesome new additions. Same thing as before I did not take the trouble to dust these of nor did I care if they stand upright or not. (But I did eventually came back for a spell check)
These where mostly bought from the flea market at the Kreade. They are in pretty good condition as most damage they received where done to them before I bought them. These are the modes i like to keep them in, so they don't fall over all the time.
My G1 Bumblebee is what he is today because I originally had two, one had perfectly preserved wheels and the other still had its sticker. So I took the sticker of my current Bumblebee making the other one look near mind condition (without packaging) and then I sold it for a good €20,-. And what's left I'm keeping since its pretty much useless from a collector's view. Mantaray is probably my favorite of the bunch its easy to transform and it also look really great in boat mode. Its also the only one I bought totally new but being a retarded little kid I took it out of its package as soon as I got my hand on it and thus quickly lost its gun/propeller. I have little to say about the two Decepticons on the right, I bought Seawing because I thought I could buy the rest of the Seacons sooner or later but nothing came of of it. The crow whose name I forgot used to spit sparks with the help of a wheel, however the mechanism does not seem to work any more. Which ain't that bad since it still seems to me that it looks like a child hazard. I know nothing about the minicon, I don't even remember how I got it so its better just to ignore it. I knew the blue truck's name but I forgot as soon as i tried to write it down lol all I remember about it is that its pretty much complete ^^
These are all newly bought (2nd hand) and all of them are cheap as hell, non of these cost me more then € 2,- . Like the previous picture I keep most of them in vehicle mode instead of robot mode and i like the alt modes. 
The other though is another story all together, especially the lesser Hound which I initially found cool because it seemed quite posable but that seemed false as it could not stand without putting its two legs together which makes it blocky and annoying. I bought the new Mc Donald's Bumblebee with Hound its probably going to be my only Animated transformer figure since I just hate the new designs for it. THE CHINS SUCK!!. G1 Hasbro Rodimus Prime is still up for sale though when I'm at the place I'm trying to sell it, the guy who buys it isn't around. So sometime in the future I need to go to The Hague when its not a Thursday. I previously had the same Rodimus, but to me it sucked so much that I threw it away some time ago. The blue jeep is unremarkable I seriously wonder why I originally bought it. It can't even stand straight! :P  The only one I keep in Robot mode is that Optimus Prime which is super posable in that form and is just awesome with every pose I can put it. :)
Speaking of Optimus i still have a G1 version i got for free from some old lady at the Koninginnen markt of 2002.
Its pretty beating up and misses all its accessories. By all means it should have been grey by now. But I just love that he is missing the exact same arm he was missing that one time the Decepticons took his arm and placed it on their base as an automatic cannon and just to spite the injured Prime. Its an old figure and even though its diecast it has seen better days so I put I back in the box as soon as I was done with it ^^
I bough some revenge of the Fallen figures too! There's Scout class Hubcup who is just all round awesome. Its super posable and just small enough to fit on my main cabinet. Next is Ravage who I just bough because it was cheap (€ 2,99-) but I don't transform it that much because the feline mode is just more awesome ^^ And lastly is Backfire who just to be fair has a stupid robot mode IMO!
I love Hubcup's vehicle mode of a 1940's power car  which is small and pretty detailed. I wonder how good it would have looked if it wasn't scout class but a little bit higher could they have made it more complex and awesome looking?
This is the real reason why bought Backfire its almost a match for my Chibi Kamen Rider figures and even though the new paint job (how many versions are there again?) isn't a 100% match to the Cyclone its pretty close. I'm now thinking of buying a second for Nigo so that they both have a Cyclone to ride on XD
Lastly ROTF: Leader Class Optimus Prime!! talk about a tower of awesome! I love the details on this thing. (even as Vangelus pointed out in his review having small Autobot symbol right under its breast (giggle) plates.) First thing I did was removing its battery's since I knew from both Vangelus' and CollectionDX' reviews how annoying the voice can be while trying to transform it. Second thing is that since this is the first Optimus Prime I bought that was still in its original packaging, I decided that I should keep the box and the straps that kept this hunk of plastic in place. The transformation took me about 12 minutes the first time. The second time I noticed some wear at the panel of its left arm so I decided to not transform this figure ever again fearing I would break it sooner or later. I've also been trying to find a ROTF: Leader Class Jetfire to give Prime its super mode but I have had little to no luck of finding it here in Holland.   
And I guess that's all the transformers I still own. Its a humble collection but its mine lol 
Part 1: Gobots and Misc
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I'm finally starting this blog. :P I initially wanted to make this blog as a response to another user who asked if anyone else collected Transformers on this site. I dunno who it initially was nor can I find the thread/blog any more but I'm still doing it for the hell of it :P First of I did not dust any of these toys of in fact I haven't touched most of these since we last moved. I basically just grabbed them out of the box and took photo's. I didn't even bother to place them upright. I also took a little bit longer with this even though i already had the photo's for quite some time. This is due to the fact that I kept seeing some cool Transformers I wanted to buy and maybe blog about ^^
I only got 4 official Gobots only one of which I actually know the name of and that would be Leader 2 the red sports car. And surprisingly  I got 3 diecast ones which I learned where a bit expensive. To bad one of them (the space shuttle) is broken. It lost its arm and is unable to transform because he keep falling over. ^^
Now I kept them pretty much on category the misc on the right and the Gobots on the left. Now I can easily guess what you guys and girls are thinking *that big foot ain't a gobot* well your right and wrong. See when i bought that Gobot I didn't even knew it was one, I thought it was a 2nd rate Transformer rip-off. But about a year ago i found a website that claimed that somehow this one counts as a Gobot. Even though the disclaimer is Chinese :)
On the other side there's the misc rip-off's and Mc Donald's Transformers. I <3's those McD's they are simple and still cool looking. I bought them at the Kreade which was my local Community Centre where a flea market was held every last Saturday of the month. This was where I got most of my Transforms Gobots and even Ninja Turtle figures ^^. Next is the Cheetor rip-off failure which I found pretty cool back when I bought it at a tourist store at Scheveningen when I was young. But as you can see its made from pretty cheap plastic and its robot mode sucks bricks XD. And finally there's my most nostalgic one the blue train which was part of a trio of robots best described as a Combiner group which where sold at a popular store back in the 90's the Konmar (RIP). To this day I still feel bad at not buying the rest and I searched the whole frigging net, but I could not find any thing about which brand its from> Its neither a Transformer nor a Gobot. And the Japanese brands also came out at a 0% match. Sooooo I guess its unique to Holland. =3
Next is this old Chinese transformer which seems an obvious rip-off to Japan's pre-Transformers series. A rip-off which i don't mind since the heavy diecast makes it pure awesome :D The guy who sold it to me didn't know which brand it was since it was retailed to him without the packaging. Luckily through the power of Google I was able to find the home page and even the guide which was found at the back of the cardboard which I didn't get. It turns out it had 4 forms two of which really needs pushing children pushing their imagination lol
And now something I bought recently, as in like last week. See we where hopping along cheap stores last week and I found these cheap bike transformers. (just €1.49 pp!!) I was put of at first due to the cover of the packaging where it shows that the Transformers have really kiddie faces around the torso made by the combination of the lights and spoiler shape. But this turned out to be false, The faces actually look cool, cooler then Gobots in fact ^^. I <3 the bike modes they just look awesome in the last picture and this is which i placed them on my cabinet. I did make a picture of the alt modes (It was hard to make them stand on their own btw) But i accidentally deleted the picture whilst trying to upload these and I can't get it back lol
These have been my favorites for some time. These are blank Powermaster Seekers rip-off's. First I had the Starscream clone which I found totally awesome and cheap as hell. Sadly I'm missing both the Powermaster and its guns. This is sad because it also works well as a Macross mecha XD. Later I found another robot which turned out to combine in to an cooler bigger jet. But personally I kinda dislike that one since its robot mode is made of a really cheap light plastic and it can not stand normally. Regardless I still put up to it ^^. And last week as with the bikes I found a cheaper newer and smaller version of my previous Starscream rip-off. But it seems to be made from even cheaper and lighter plastic then the second one. They didn't even bother to make the seat window see-trough. This one too has guns and a Powermaster. But unlike my old one the Power Master is useless and the guns can't combine. Which is kind of sad but I can live with it for now ^^
Hmmmm That's all the fake Transformers and Gobots I still got. I'm really feeling sad that I threw away and sold my other robots when I needed too. There where some real awesome ones in there. Next time I'll blog about what ACTUAL Transformers I still have and recently bought. Keep in mind that I'm going to be über lazy like last XD
Part 2 Autobots and Decepticons and Whatever
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(Crossposted from NikoScream)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the latest in Michael Bay’s foray into the multi-million-dollar toy commercials that are the Transformers movies. Returning are stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky and Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes, as well as Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving reprising their voices as Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is essentially better than 2007’s Transformers. Bay manages to turn everything up a notch, which unfortunately includes some of the weaknesses of the first movie.

This movie takes place two years after the first one. The Autobots have entered into a deal of asylum with the U.S. government and work with it to take down rogue Decepticons. However, the higher ups in the government are a bit weary and suspect of the Autobots, believing them to be the reason for Decepticon attacks. Meanwhile, Sam is off to college and hopefully a normal life. That doesn’t work too well with the information of the All Spark downloaded into his head.

Cue Decepticons hunting him down and Autobots fighting to protect him. Throw in scantily-clad hot girls, slow motion and explosions, stir with a Bad Boys 2 poster and you have a Michael Bay film whether you like it or not.

Probably the best part of the film is the greater concentration on the Transformers. Decepticons other than Megatron actually get real dialog this time. Starscream, who got screwed in the last movie with no real lines or character, is as cowardly yet power hungry as usual, not to mention he actually talks. Soundwave (with his original voice from Frank Welker) forgoes his traditional boom box form for a satellite, yet it actually works for him. While he doesn’t fight himself, Soundwave does launch out Rampage, who does keep true to his jaguar-like form.

As for the Autobots, they’re here in full force as well. Optimus Prime is as awesome as he should be. Probably the top three fights in the movie are his, and he’s good in them. It’s no wonder why he’s the leader of the Autobots when he takes on Megatron, Starscream and other Decepticons all on his own. Not to mention Peter Cullen continues to deliver that iconic and awe-inspiring voice of his.

While Ironhide and Ratchet don’t get as much screen time as in the first movie, we do get introduced to plenty of new Autobots who followed Optimus’ message at the end of movie one. Sideswipe is a new Chevy Corvette Stingray concept, which works for a sleek design in both vehicle and robot modes. Then there’s the Arcee team, a trio of female motorcycle Autobots lead by Arcee. There’s also Jetfire, portrayed as an elderly Transformer with an SR-71 Blackbird jet mode. To ease some worries about Jetfire, while he has a cane that actually is integrated into his transformation, he does use it as a weapon. That’s probably what its real purpose is, while Jetfire uses it as a cane due to malfunctioning legs.

The film also does well to include more aspects of Transformers mythos. Energon exists, as does a certain Matrix of Leadership, oddly lacking finger grips though. We also have the existence of other Primes in the past, showing that the Prime name is a name of leadership.

The plot is fairly cohesive, more so than the first one. There are no real out-of-place subplots, and everything ties into the main story. Still, a good deal of the scenes could have been shorter, as the movie really does not need its two and a half hours of running time.

Going in that direction though, one of the things that should have been cut down is the comic relief. The comedy gets old quick in my opinion. While Sam’s parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White) comedic character development and Agent Simmons (John Turturro) wardrobe malfunction is bearable, there are a few more relief characters than necessary.

First we have Leo (Ramón Rodríguez), Sam’s know-it-all college roommate with a penchant for whining and complaining and who just happens to run a conspiracy website featuring robotic aliens (What a coincidence on Sam’s part). He doesn’t feel like he adds anything to the film. However, he one thing well, and that’s making Sam far more likeable in contrast.

Then we have Skids and Mudflap, two annoying Autobot twins. As established in the first movie that the Autobots learn about Earth from the internet, these two must have went to the most ghetto website imaginable. They talk with street-thug accents. Neither is particularly bright. Skids even has gold-and-silver-plated buckteeth. Anyone who found Jazz offensive in the first movie will have a field day with these two. I just found them annoying and hardly redeeming. Heck, even Wheelie is more likeable.

Similar to the first film and despite more focus on Transformers, this film still has too much concentration on the humans. The similarities to a teen romance drama are still strong, especially at Sam’s college with rowdy frat boys and compromising situations with girls who are not Sam’s girlfriend Mikaela. While I wish there is less, it’s still fairly concentrated in just the first half and is left alone as the plot progresses.

The final battle does concentrate more on the human soldiers fighting. However, given that the Transformers get the focus in the several fights spread throughout the movie, and that the soldiers are supposed to be working with the Autobots as equals, it does only seem fair and forgivable.

One final problem the film has is keeping track of Transformers. There are a lot of Decepticons, most of which aren’t distinguishable. It’s sad having to rely on the toys to tell us who’s who. Also, we have the Constructicons, and they do form Devastator, yet there are Constructicons fighting while Devastator fights elsewhere.

Speaking of Devastator, yes he has testicles, and yes that scene is ridiculous and unnecessary.

Overall, it’s a decent movie. The best way to recommend this is if you liked the 2007 Transformers, you’ll love this. It is a better movie. However, if you hated the 2007 film, be it from too much people, too stupid comedy, distaste of designs or just too much Bay-ness, you won’t hate this as much but you still probably won’t like it. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and so did some of my more old-school Transformer fan friends, so you might too.

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