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microbry



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hypnotator wrote:
Thanks for the Mister Bumper pics, Bry. I’ve saved them. I had no idea what I was passing over at the time. Even though I saw this in the flesh at Forbidden Planet, Bristol, maybe I would have been swayed if I had seen him come apart, which I had no idea he did.


Yeah the hidden gimmick of the figure really helped sell it for me. It does kind of reflect Woodring's sense that not all is quite right under surface... Smile

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I ain’t homophobic, but I find that Billy Herrington figure rather upsetting.


Would it help if I mentioned that Billy helped promote the figure himself in Japan? The whole phenomenon is kind of the Japanese version of a RickRoll more or less. The Japanese fans have nicknamed him "aniki" (big brother), lol. Generally the whole meme was started by practical jokers inserting clips from one of his porn vids into the middle of innocent seeming unrelated videos...

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I got completely lost in the link to fanmode.net and ended up learning all about how Henshin Cyborg owes his existence to the Vietnam War. Read all about it, Innarders:

http://www.fanmode.net/2008/12/25/henshin-cyborg/

Plus an interesting article about “Bowlingual”, the Takara device that lets you communicate with dogs, as if you’d want to:

http://www.andyraskin.com/host/takara.html

It’s also about how brilliant and clever the Takara Boss Yasuta Satoh “The God of Toys” was. It’s interesting to compare this account of the amazingly successful and innovative toy company with the versions I used to hear about a bunch of arguing executives when the company effectively folded and merged with Tomy.


Yeah, Fanmode's an old favorite haunt of mine, I've been in touch with the owner a lot over the years. He also did a long interview with yours truly pretty recently, for whatever that's worth:

http://www.fanmode.net/2009/05/20/fanmode-interview-bryan-wilkinson-part-1/

How he made sense of all my insane ramblings, I'll never know...
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monolith



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great interview.

Hey,which came first "bowlingual" or the movie 'Up" in which dogs wear a device that translates their thoughts into human English.My bet's on "bowlingual".
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hypnotator



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I expect they borrowed the idea for "Up".

The movie is fictional, though, and Bowlingual purports to be a real device, although I suspect all it does is come out with a few stock phrases. Come to think of it, that's probably what you'd get if the device genuinely worked.

Squirrel.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah probably.
"squirrel!'' and "food!'' and ''Invaders,nice and chewey." and "squirrel!".
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microbry



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

monolith wrote:
Great interview.

Hey,which came first "bowlingual" or the movie 'Up" in which dogs wear a device that translates their thoughts into human English.My bet's on "bowlingual".


Thanks!

Yeah, the "bowlingual" and "meowlingual" came out a good few years ago if I recall. I'm sure that was the inspiration for "Up's" and who knows, maybe they made a license deal with TakaraTomy in Japan for the film... Wink

And yeah, I'm sure they are basically digital "Magic Eight Balls" triggered by sound input, perhaps tweaked for some phrases to be called by more obvious types of sounds. It would be neat if they actually worked somewhat accurately though. It reminds me of this strip:




http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1705#comic
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm reminds me of Mister Doggie in Little Britain.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:10 am    Post subject: Got mine finally. Reply with quote

It was missing one of the human bicep pieces in the sealed baggie in the sealed card. I swear this toyline hates me... @_@

The lack of weight-bearing capability and finickiness of the posing has really killed the series for me (along with the high pricing). Everything I tried to build (other than its official mode sans bicep) refused to hold even a neutral pose under even reasonable expectations. I finally got a compromise in creating something I liked that could kind of stand up in a hunched over form like a gorilla. But after a couple of *hours* of fiddling. Admittedly I was trying to mix Barrel Speeder parts with Doom Diver rather than lighter mix-ups like Hypno did, as I wanted to try something different. My fingers are sore a day later from trying to assemble the non-assembled figure in the first place (the sockets in the human body parts were tooled too small). The stuff may be creatively sculpted, but for me the amount of time and patience that must be invested each time just doesn't seem to justify the means.

I'm debating what I want to do with my AB stuff now. There's some great components and it's semi-compatible at least with Microman, but I'm so soured on this line I might consider selling it all soon (I have Cyber, Barrels Speeder, Doom Diver, and a mini-Jarknoid that I swapped the joints out on).

I need to think it over more before I totally rage-quit though. I'll probably hang onto it as potential future parts fodder for Micro customs.
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hypnotator



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep they're a fiddle but ultimately I think they're worth it. I was seriously considering getting the Wonderfest exclusive AB Dokuroking converter kit but it's expensive and I'd need another XO figure to display it. My Doom Diver took a lot of patience to assemble but he's so bizarre I reckon he's worth having.
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Alex77



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hypnotator, your review crumbled my resolve and I forked out for one the other week.

Don't have anything new to add to this thread (that's gone entertainingly way off-topic, to encompass gay action figures and cat-translators...) other than to have a bit of a whinge about how appalingly difficult it was to put together, you really do have to use force to get the pegs to fit. Still, it does look freaking awesome. Yeeg or the purple guy next I reckon.

Where do you get the mini-figs from?
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hypnotator



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep he needs patience, more like a model kit, but worth it I reckon. here is the YJ link for mini Jarknoids, courtesy of Clone I think:

http://search.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/auc?p=%A5%B8%A5%E3%A1%BC%A5%AF%A5%CE%A5%A4%A5%C9&auccat=0

Not what there used to be, mostly just the clear one. The coloured ones were given away free with XO not sure how else they came.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Clone666"][quote="hypnotator"]
I ain’t homophobic, but I find that Billy Herrington figure rather upsetting.
.[/quote]

No kidding!
Its wrong all wrong this can lead to problems latter in life yuk !
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