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 on: July 27, 2012, 05:30:43 AM 
Started by The Final Negotiator - Last post by The Final Negotiator
KO stands for (K)nock (O)ff toys, also written as knockoffs. Since eBay has sometimes prevented the posting of "knockoffs", they are often listed as "reissues" or "KO" toys. In fact, up until not long ago, there was a "KO Toys" website, with, you guessed it, lots of KO's. Also, there are legitimate "reissue" versions of toys, too.

I was going to take time collecting these kits, but then they started disappearing (I think Hasbro started cracking down on the practice), so I went out and got the 3 that I wanted. It's actually more fun working on these kits, than fighting over mint-in-sealed-box (MISB) or loose (unpackaged) stuff from the 80's on auction sites that have gone from $15-$30 to $150-$300 (no joke). Not only don't I want to spend that kind of money, but people employ "tricks" to win the auctions.

It's probably going to take me more than a week, but that's not really due to the complexity. My projects at work have really picked up, and left me with very little "fun time" for now. My projects should (hopefully) quiet down soon, so I'm hoping that I have a little late summer time to enjoy.

 on: July 15, 2012, 07:23:14 AM 
Started by Citizen Nine - Last post by Yuko-san
Dye, dye 2 and meltdown by the Vocaloids. Sung by Luka and Rin respectively. How did I get addicted to the vocaloids? How?

 on: July 15, 2012, 07:21:44 AM 
Started by The Final Negotiator - Last post by Yuko-san
What's KO stand for?

And so many model kits. I would be busy for a week with those.

 on: July 15, 2012, 07:20:20 AM 
Started by neoncoyote - Last post by Yuko-san
^Maybe everyone is on vacation?

I got food, and paid a doctors bill. Doctors are really freakin expensive. Especially if you don't have insurance.

There went all my money.

 on: July 13, 2012, 02:07:19 AM 
Started by neoncoyote - Last post by The Final Negotiator
Wow, no posts lately? Let me see, I got KO Aerialbots about a month or two ago, and KO Defensor about mid-spring.

Mostly, it's been groceries and gas for me. Gosh, considering what it costs to fill a 12-gallon tank for my four-cylinder small car, I'm kind of glad I'm not filling the 18-gallon tank of my larger Grand Prix coupe anymore, with the V-6 having about twice the displacement. Well, sort of...the Grand Prix was a fun car...

Oh well, there were some fun purchases here and there. We dined out a little for lunch and dinner. We had fun at the church carnival, and bought some great food there. I entered a few fun local raffles. I bought a nice pre-release concert shirt at a nearby mall. I will also have some more fun expenditures coming up. I'm just trying to save more in between the fun and important purchases.

Maybe I'll get another comic book? The comic book store at the mall just took over the store space of a closed Express store - enough to have sizable Magic the Gathering tournaments in back, and several mini-statues and busts (that used to occupy a glass case) up on shelves like some kind of comic book museum...or library.

 on: July 13, 2012, 01:38:37 AM 
Started by Citizen Nine - Last post by The Final Negotiator
Ugh! Sorry, everyone I guess I'll need to double post, as I may be busy the next couple days. At least one of the activities, the most important one, will be music related. I'll write back soon. Until then - Up the Irons!

 on: July 13, 2012, 01:28:55 AM 
Started by The Final Negotiator - Last post by The Final Negotiator
A while ago, I acquired KO versions of some Transformers - G1 Devastator and Defensor (each $8). I've also recently acquired the 4 smaller KO G1 Aerialbots, sold in $4 2-packs. (No worries, since I already have a G1 Silverbolt).  I bought Defensor from Tuesday Morning, and the others were bought at Big Lots. They are called "Quick Change" figures.

Wow, you're thinking, that's much cheaper than eBay. Well, there was a tradeoff to making them that cheap:
  • Some simplified transformations, and few accessories/weapons.
  • None of the sliding/folding heads on the individual Devestator robots work. In fact, one only has half a head (the top half). The Defensor ambulance and 2/4 Aerialbots can't bend their heads forward.
  • No sliding pins on the Devastator power loader, to keep that right foot steady in "right leg" mode.
  • The Defensor motorcycle's front fork couldn't swivel around and down down in "right leg" mode.
  • The Defensor firetruck's arms won't bend, and 3/4 Aerialbots and the Devastator bulldozer can only move their arms outward.The Devastator dump truck's arms are too short. No Aerialbots can extend their legs, making them permanently miniaturized.
  • While the other robots are scaled right, the KO Aerialbots are 80-90% of the real Aerialbots size. (Minor concern, but I just wanted to mention it).

So, I finally decided that the issues needed to be fixed. I figured that the motorcycle would be a good first mod, seeing as I had a rotary tool, a spare screw, and some hobby knives. After scoring the front fork mount, it took diagonals to completely cut it off. Then I used the rotary tool to make holes in the body and front fork mount, finally securing the mount with a screw. I've also started separating the lower legs of the Aerialbots, which I'll then rejoin to their bodies with slider joints made from surplus plastic.

KO Devastator
KO Aeriabots (slightly better than mine) and Defensor

 on: July 05, 2012, 12:02:54 AM 
Started by Yuko-san - Last post by Yuko-san
Well I finally got down to writing what actually happened when Big O ended. *Excuses of taking care of family go here* And now I'm back and will tell you guys how the hell we all missed what actually happened.

First off, mind fuck time. The ending we saw was fake, in many ways it was never real nor did it happen. At least not as we saw it. Big O's ending was very much Inception like, and just as much a TV show as what we where watching. But wait that makes no sense! Sure it does, and I'll explain why....

Starting with Act 1. But first an explanation. The Big O is heavy with Symbolism and psychology, to the point that most of it is easily missed if you don't know it's there or your not looking for it. It's there all the same. And so to understand what really went on you have to go all the way back to Act 1.

Symbolism in Act 1 and why it screwed with us;
The generator/ plane engine in the corner. This one is fairly easy to explain, the image of a broken plane engine pops up and is gone in a matter of seconds. What it stood for was Dorothy being a robot.
Roger to Norman "Criminals should behave professionally". Double meaning here, first it seems Roger is talking about Beck, but take a closer look and he is also revealing that at one point Norman may have had a criminal past, and thus how he lost his eye.
Dorothy asking for a protector and then forcing Roger to take the job. Weak girl, innocent girl asking for protection. Nothing else there.
The unicorn on Roger's table. It means absolutely nothing, but it screwed with me cause I thought it did. Could possibly stand for innocence but I doubt it.
Picture of a woman standing next to young boy on Roger's mantel is his mom, but I continually missed that until recently. Shows that he has a family, but never talks to them.
Rogers anger at Dustan's "Lieutenant" comment, Roger hates his past, even if he remembers it.
Soldano calling Dorothy nightingale is a reference to the old Asian fairy tale. This will come into play multiple times throughout the series, so remember to read the fairy tale if you haven't already.
Roger's comment "With what pray tell? It's not like I pack a lunch box full of missiles when I go to work". This is a joke that helps to explain the car full of missiles he carries to work.
Dorothy asking her father to "Stop it", implies that before the series even started she had a traumatic past to some extent. We know that neither Wayneright or Soldano is controlling the "Big Dorothy", so why she is asking her "father" to stop is a mystery.

So what did we learn in Act 1? Norman may have been a criminal, Roger doesn't like unprofessional-ism or talking about the past and Dorothy had a traumatizing past. And all of this could easily have been, and was, missed.

I'll post about Act 2 on wards later. But this should easily give you something to think about.

 on: July 04, 2012, 11:34:46 PM 
Started by Sharpshooter005 - Last post by Yuko-san
Saw Brave with my mom not long ago. Wasn't bad, but I think I missed something plot wise.

 on: July 03, 2012, 11:17:05 PM 
Started by Sharpshooter005 - Last post by EyeOfPain
Brave in RealD

It was more entertaining than I expected, though I think I still liked Tangled a little better.

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