Those two sentences are not related; this is not an "if, then" proposition.
At the end of the day, there won't be a tally. This won't go on my resume. I will not personally benefit in any way. I will not use this as a stunt to belittle and shame other people. Kids will receive help, in whatever amount. And next week the stories that brighten our lives will get a short spotlight. That is all.
Later during BotCon I picked up a Beast Wars Shadow Panther. A black and yellow Cheetor redeco, he was originally a Takara release, but Hasbro imported him and sold him on their website for a while. They couldn't get the name "Shadow Panther," so they called him "Tripredacus Agent." Later, they'd do another Tripredacus Agent out of Transmetals 2 Cheetor who was supposed to be Ravage, included with a bio that insinuated that Shadow Panther was also Ravage in one of his aliases/disguises. And then years later Beast Wars Sourcebook said Shadow Panther was a different guy who just has the exact same personality as Ravage so I'm not sure why they bothered, but screw that. He's Ravage.
After getting home, Graham found me a Legends movie-style Ravage. He is tiny and adorable and due to the jointing in his paws, he is excellent at waving. He is a waving fiend. Legends Ravage, the tiniest of movie Ravages, is easily the best of all of the movie Ravages. I suggest you get him.
And finally, the day after I picked up the newest redeco of the movie Deluxe mold. He's all right. Nothing special. He just soothes my OCD, is all.
If you've been wondering where this week's strips have come from, this should be an informative video!
Wednesday's strip was so hella long because cutting up the action into a week's worth of updates wouldn't have felt like it was in the spirit of the source material. Dinobot tearing through everyone takes up maybe 30 seconds, tops, and it's a dense 30 seconds. So I decided to pile it all into one strip so it kept the same feel. Action sequences are kinda dumb when metered out six panels at a time, anyhow. You lose all the excitement.
At any rate, hope you enjoyed my tribute to Dinobot. There's a short epilogue on Monday, and then we'll be back to the usual in the days thereafter. I promise Ghostbusters, Batman, Mario, Optimus Prime and even Superstar Funana!
Today is the last day of the Hall of Fame voting. Throw one more Dinobot vote onto the pile, would you?
It's not Dinobot, but it's Beast Wars! (Vote for Dinobot!)
This is Shokaract from the BotCon 2000 comic book. This is what he looked like in the original book. Andrew Wildman, the colorist, looooves his Photoshop filters so I thought I'd see what it'd look like if I dropped all that and recolored it, um, vanilla. Now you can see the Geoff Senior artwork more clearly.
So as we were debuting the new site this weekend, Frumph says to me, hey, guess what, this is awesome. See all those folks with no avatars? Well, what if I told you that if you uploaded your own avatars to a certain directory and did some Comicpress magic, they'd be randomly assigned to unavatared users?
So I says, holy balls!
And so after crankin' out a handful every day since then, there are now a total of 24 avatars in the pool. If you don't have an avatar and you post, you'll get randomly assigned, say, Sodomuffin. And then every time you post, you'll keep that Sodomuffin avatar. (... at least until I upload a new image into the pool, which restarts the math and they all get switched around again)
Since I have so many, and I put so much work into them despite being tiny 64x64 things, I thought I'd show them to you big as a wallpaper. You are also free to crop them out and make your own avatars on other boards, so long as you give me credit. I am also wondering if maybe I should try to do this a print or a poster or something in the meager number of hours I have remaining before C2E2, but we'll see.
Since I no longer have to link my blog posts to my comics, what with having a real RSS thing now, should I still post these blog posts at update time? I guess I could do them at any time of the day, really. But hey, let's have tonight's at update time, for old time's sake.
(Update time is midnight EST now, in case you ain't noticed. Bet you were refreshing for an hour, weren't you?)
Anyway, I promised some images ofBeast Wars IIThrustor, and here they are. I bought one back when he first came out, and he was really awesome then and he's really awesome now. So why did I get rid of him if he's so awesome? Well, I was trying to ensmallen my toy collection and it's not like I have a Beast Wars II display. He'd probably never see the light of day, despite his awesomeness, so I sold him. Little did I know that a decade later I'd have a new need for him.
So let that be a lesson, kids. Don't sell any toys because you might want them later to fulfill some weird unforeseen compulsion.
Thrustor was the first retool of the original Dinobot toy and by far the most extensive of the two. Sure, Hardhead got a new robot head, a new beast head, and new legs, but that's small potatoes compared to Thrustor! Thrustor's an asymmetrical "Cyborg Beast." Half of him is robotic and the other half organic, but never the same half. So he's got an organic left dinoarm and a new mechanical right dinoarm. His right dinoleg remains unchanged while his left dinoleg has mechanical parts. His head is retooled to be half mechanical as well. He's got new robot thighs, a new inner robot body, and a new tail that looks like it could kill you just by pointing in your direction.
His tail is no longer just any ordinary rotate blade. Instead of a sword being concealed inside it, there's a spring-loaded clawed missile. There's a saw sculpted into the launcher, but it sadly doesn't spin. The halves of the tail still do, of course, and it looks way more threatening with all the additions.
He's got an entirely new weapon, as well. Since he doesn't have the old segmented tail sword anymore, he's given a new serrated blade. Instead of storing inside the tail, it stores in between his robot legs while in cyborg-raptor mode. I like to keep it pointing out and forward in this mode. It reaches just beyond his jaws.
This toy is by far the best version of the original Dinobot mold. The toy's biggest weakness was its primitive, First Wave Beast Wars sculpt and the prominence of his robot legs in beast mode. The retooling negates or at least reduces both of those. He's a cyborg raptor, so he can have as many mechanical chunks hanging off his chest as he wants, and the newly sculpted cyborg parts obscure how dorky the original raptor mode looks. Plus, again, the better, spring-loaded rotate blade and the extra serrated blade.
It's a crime, really, that neither Hasbro nor Takara ever redecoed this version of the toy.
Hot damn, I lucked out. You know how I was just one Thrustor shy of having every single use of the original Dinobot mold? Well, I gave up looking for him for a while while trying to conserve cash, and then just the other day I looked him up again on a whim. $25 boxed on Amazon! Holy cow, that's less than what I paid for him in 1999 or whatever. (And stupidly sold him.)
And he arrived today.
And I have so many Dinobots.
(Well, they're not all Dinobots. Some are Grimlocks. And there's a Thrustor and Dinotron and Hardhead.)
Man, Hasbro and Takara sure loved this mold.
I'll get some better pictures of him for you later! Thrustor is, really, the best of all of them. He deserves your attention, though at a later time.