Toy Review: ROTF Optimus Prime

Hey, I'm doing another review! Neat! So, despite not being terribly keen on the ROTF film, and finding the toys a bit disappointing after Animated (I fully expect that more than half of my 2007 Movie toys would not have been purchased if I'd seen the Animated stuff first), I did pick up a few ROTF toys, mostly (okay, pretty much entirely) on sale. And hey, for half price, how could I go wrong with this Leader-class figure? I'd heard it was pretty nice (and maybe now I won't be so chicken about trying an LED swap on the 2007 version - if McDonald's can put blue LEDs in their toys, why can't Hasbro?), and it looked good in the box.

Toy Review: Transformers Animated Cybertron-Mode Ratchet

I miss doing toy reviews. I haven't done one in a year. In part, this is for several reasons:

  1. Taking the pictures was often a pain, and only sometimes did they turn out how I wanted (I still love those Armorhide photos).
  2. Fitting it into the formula I was using was a pain in the butt.
  3. I cut back on the toy buying, and most of the toys I had wound up in a big storage tote.

But hey, I figure I can start it again through a few things:

  1. I'll worry less about having pictures. If you want to see pictures, SHMAX has high standards and a fairly complete database.
  2. I'll just stop caring about fitting the reviews into a specific formula. Ben Yee's site is back up, and he's pretty much got that down.
  3. I've got a few interesting toys recently, and my daughter is old enough that they don't really have to be "out of reach" anymore.

So, I guess since I named a toy in the title of this post, I should review something. Besides, if I don't, I'll look stupid because I'll post my reasons for doing more reviews, and then completely fail to review anything for like a month.

Cybertron-Mode Ratchet, huh? They packed this guy in robot mode, which seems to be common for figures that are similar to existing figures, especially if it shows off the differences between the molds. I think they made the right choice here - the robot mode is definitely my favourite of the forms on this figure.


As I noticed the growing pile of old milk cartons and apple juice containers in the back of my van, I had a thought. Yes, shocking, I know. A thought. From me. Yes. I'll give you a moment to recover. Now, I understand that Alberta is not unique in that in Alberta you are required to pay, at the time of purchase, a deposit on beverage containers. You know, milk jugs, pop cans, beer bottles, juice boxes, that sort of thing. We're even pretty good at it here - we've got an 81% return rate, which seems pretty good. I just think we can do better.

Physical Contact

OK. Seriously. What is with handshaking, anyway? Maybe I'm just weird, but I'd like to go on the record as being against it. These guys have the right idea. Personally, I've always rather felt that a good rule of thumb is that if I don't know you, I probably don't want to touch you. Also, stranger, if you're going to shake my hand, then mention that you are living outside (I was able to guess that one pretty accurately anyway), and also just got out of the hospital with pneumonia, uh... don't. Please. Also, it is very interesting that pneumonia feels like being stabbed. I can honestly say that that had not occurred to me. I mean, I've had pneumonia, but I've never been stabbed, so I just never made the connection. I think I'm okay with that.

Site changes

So, after ignoring my websites for ... a long time, longer than I really care to check into, I've decided to give things another go. The old site lacked a proper CMS, which made it a huge pain in the butt to update, and the parts that did have a CMS were on Wordpress, which is good for blogging, but not really well suited to what I was doing. So, I'm going to give it a go in Drupal.

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