Minor Report This Week

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You can’t see it because this is from the big clean-up of this shelf but I did some minor alteration to this shelf so I could put a few things in easy reach. That’s it. Saturday is when I do my weekly clutter project, but between a necessarily long-winded article series for my other site that went longer than usual and poor sleep Friday night that was all I was able to get done. And I may still be moving a couple of things around.

The next Transformers toy review is going to have a lot of images, which means a lot of time transforming, setting up shots, taking the shots, and writing the review. And there are two toys because it’s a set, and I need enough time to do that right. Hopefully we’ll have that next week since it should be a fairly decent week next week. No big plans and the article series (a chapter by chapter review of Seduction Of The Innocent, a book rather famous in comic-collecting circles) is taking a break for another review. So I’ll have a decent report for you next week.

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Quick Project: Finding Lost Comics

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I dodged a time bullet on this project. A whole section of my Marvel comics went missing when I got to that section to review for my other site (as well as seeing what I want to keep), and I got concerned. I was going to finally do the final reunification of my comic collection even though I don’t have the time to do it properly. I want to go through some comics during the reorganizing that I’m thinking I don’t want anymore.

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Transformers Report: Animated Jazz

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Transformers Animated is rather different from other Transformers shows. It’s probably the most light and cartoonish of the shows right down to the art style. It’s a sharp contrast to the Michael Bay films that started coming out around this time, but it still managed to bring about good characters while the Autobots took a more superhero role than the traditional defending army or current “police officer” approach. The heroes weren’t trained soldiers but a simple work crew in over their heads and trying to survive on Earth. It’s really a good show and worth checking out.

One of the later characters was the Animated version of Jazz, working not with Optimus Prime but with Ultra Magnus, this version not too sure about humans due to Cybertronians in general having a xenophobic fear of organic beings. Jazz, however, grew to see the humans as just as worth as any Transformer, and the only one of that group to respect them. It’s why I like him, but his cool persona and ninja styling helped. It was around this time that my FIRST hospital stay came about, due to inflammation and where I first learned what Crohn’s Disease was. So a friend on the Transformers newsgroup sent me a bunch of Transformers to make me feel better, and it sure helped. I couldn’t buy my usual “pity Transformer”, which in hindsight is part of the reason my collection is too big today. But where does Animated’s Jazz fit into that?

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Transformers Report: Classics Rodimus (aka Hot Rod)

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I never cared for Rodiums Prime. I won’t go into the details. This isn’t my storytelling review site, but the short version is that Hot Rod was a more interesting character before being given the Matrix Of Leadership, at least to me. So I’m always happy to see Hot Rod being given a new toy, even if Hasbro didn’t have access to the Hot Rod name and had to call him Rodimus, sans Prime. (Toy name trademarks are an odd discussion. As I write this Hasbro is suing Mattel and DC because their DC Super Hero Girls line includes a figure named Bumblebee, even though that was the name of a DC Universe superhero long before the Transformers woke up from their 4,000,000 year dirt nap in 1984.)

So when they released a Hot Rod figure in their Transformers Classics line, I had to pick one up. Cut to 2017 and the question is how do I feel about it now?

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