Mercenary Medicine, chapter 15~

Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: PG-13 
Summary: Knock Out is a freelance medic— he works alone and he likes it that way. But when he finds a corpse that isn’t as dead as it ought to be at the bottom of a pile of bodies, it puts his entire careful operation at risk.
Notes: Set way before what we see in the show and nowhere near Earth. This chapter is chock full of medical worldbuilding, whee!

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Knock Out had been sequestered in the maintenance bay for only a cycle before he heard the doorpad chime. The sound was far from welcome; he still had enough nervous energy surging in his circuits that it made him flinch. The imager he was holding fell from his hands and clattered into the instrument tray beneath it, and that sound too made him jump. Softly, he swore, gripping on to the edge of the tray with both hands and squeezing like he needed an anchor.

Vitalis, who is it?” he asked quietly.

The icon representing his wireless link to the ship flashed in his HUD, printing the ID across the corner of his vision an instant later: Breakdown.

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16 of 52 Transformers: TFP deluxe Slipstream

For week three of gynoid month, Slipstream checks out Windblade!  (“Bet she’d be fun to race—if you could ever get an Autobot to do anything fun, anyway.”)

Like Blackarachnia from last week, Slipstream is a character that I like a lot— but I have to do it in spite of her source material.  It’s worse with Slips than BA, in fact, because at least Blackarachnia has multiple incarnations (not that they aren’t all without problems), but Slipstream has only one appearance as a character, and in that one appearance she’s a transmisogynistic joke.  Literally.  Haha it’s so funny that Starscream has a female side, ha ha, what a flaw in a manly man like him, right?  Sigh.  It’s my hope that one day they’ll let her actually be a character in something and maybe we can move past this frankly embarrassing origin for her.

ANYWAY her toy here is fucking fantastic.  Obviously she’s a remold of the TFP FE Starscream, which is just a great mold overall.  They gave her a really, really nice headsculpt, reminiscent of the TFA Seeker helm design while still matching the TFP style, so that’s awesome.  Her colors are beautiful— I love the metallic teal— and her paint apps are really crisp and complex. Of course, she was a TFCC exclusive figure and ran me like $60, so damn straight her paint apps better be top notch.  Hands down one of the best figures in the subscription set from last year, and my personal favorite.

Now get with the program, Hasbro, and put her in fiction again!

16 of 52 Transformers: TFP deluxe Slipstream

For week three of gynoid month, Slipstream checks out Windblade! (“Bet she’d be fun to race—if you could ever get an Autobot to do anything fun, anyway.”)

Like Blackarachnia from last week, Slipstream is a character that I like a lot— but I have to do it in spite of her source material. It’s worse with Slips than BA, in fact, because at least Blackarachnia has multiple incarnations (not that they aren’t all without problems), but Slipstream has only one appearance as a character, and in that one appearance she’s a transmisogynistic joke. Literally. Haha it’s so funny that Starscream has a female side, ha ha, what a flaw in a manly man like him, right? Sigh. It’s my hope that one day they’ll let her actually be a character in something and maybe we can move past this frankly embarrassing origin for her.

ANYWAY her toy here is fucking fantastic. Obviously she’s a remold of the TFP FE Starscream, which is just a great mold overall. They gave her a really, really nice headsculpt, reminiscent of the TFA Seeker helm design while still matching the TFP style, so that’s awesome. Her colors are beautiful— I love the metallic teal— and her paint apps are really crisp and complex. Of course, she was a TFCC exclusive figure and ran me like $60, so damn straight her paint apps better be top notch. Hands down one of the best figures in the subscription set from last year, and my personal favorite.

Now get with the program, Hasbro, and put her in fiction again!

aphrochu:

denmark-and-coffee:

aphrochu:

denmark-and-coffee:

What did the Japanese girl call her transformer brother?

dont

Nissan!

image

(via yorks-missing-eye)

starscreamian:

vanity has this connotation (not just in the feminization of gay men and the villainization of said feminization but also the villainization of pride in oneself) of (non medical) narcissism and conceit and unwarranted pride ? ?

and in a society with caste, and with bias against the form he chose to take (thank you Starscream that was an incredibly bigoted comment)

it becomes a sort of weaponization against those who would destroy you and he looks really good, he is MEANT to look really good, his character design is evocative of great expense, his interior is modernized and flashy, LEDs, modded rims, he takes great care of himself and in his appearance, he is a gorgeous car, he’s the kind of car that a lot of people would be proud to own and maintain

again

unwarranted pride

what is unwarranted pride?

well i don’t think it’s worthless to define so let’s say unwarranted pride is the kind that destroys people around you in order to flourish, toxicity, predatory pride, the pride of comparisons

Knock Out never drags anyone else’s appearance down to make himself feel big

he praises starscream he praises breakdown he praises ARCEE for christ’s sake

so the crime is

feeling good about himself

ok gotcha

I have been thinking about this literally all day.

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lmfao at the idea that anyone who wants to talk about Starscream as a victim of abuse is automatically a white knight or an apologist

lmfao at the idea that people only “white knight” Starscream because he’s pretty

lmfao at the lack of acknowledgement of context or nuance or the fact that there are different canons with different Starscreams in different circumstances and they cannot cannot CANNOT be all lumped together and treated like the same character

lmfao at the same generalizing trivializing misogynistic bullshit as always

l m f a o

15 of 52 Transformers: TFA deluxe Blackarachnia

It’s Blackarachnia for week 2 of Gynoid Month!

Like most of the TFA toys, Blackarachnia here is really solid.  Gogeous robot mode, solid spider altmode, pretty easy transformation IIRC (it’s been a while), and I LOVE the colors.  The coppery-gold paint they used on her is beautiful.  She does have fused wrists, which is a shame but pretty common for TFA deluxes, and the mandibles for her spider mode both popped off and are long gone, so that’s something to watch out for with her.

Shame about the way TFA handled her story— and all their gynoid characters, tbh.  Poor Blackarachnia suffered from a pretty basic woman-scorned-turns-evil backstory and femme fatale characterization, and was as almost as much an object in the manpain narratives of the male characters as Arcee (who, remember, was LITERALLY a mindwiped object for most of the show).  

I’m a huge fan of TFA, I still consider it the strongest TF fiction and will happily talk up its attendant toylines, but I will not forgive nor justify the way it fucked over its few female characters.

15 of 52 Transformers: TFA deluxe Blackarachnia

It’s Blackarachnia for week 2 of Gynoid Month!

Like most of the TFA toys, Blackarachnia here is really solid. Gogeous robot mode, solid spider altmode, pretty easy transformation IIRC (it’s been a while), and I LOVE the colors. The coppery-gold paint they used on her is beautiful. She does have fused wrists, which is a shame but pretty common for TFA deluxes, and the mandibles for her spider mode both popped off and are long gone, so that’s something to watch out for with her.

Shame about the way TFA handled her story— and all their gynoid characters, tbh. Poor Blackarachnia suffered from a pretty basic woman-scorned-turns-evil backstory and femme fatale characterization, and was as almost as much an object in the manpain narratives of the male characters as Arcee (who, remember, was LITERALLY a mindwiped object for most of the show).

I’m a huge fan of TFA, I still consider it the strongest TF fiction and will happily talk up its attendant toylines, but I will not forgive nor justify the way it fucked over its few female characters.

so I got to meet Adam Baldwin at STL Comic Con and he was super-nice and has giant hands and an incredibly firm handshake wow and he signed one of my TFP postcards ahhhh

and also he told me and my girlfriend that one of the reasons Breakdown got killed off was the production team ran out of money and had to cut voice actors so wow thanks TFP team for spinning us that blatant bullshit about how Breakdown’s character arc was over instead of just admitting that you guys fucked up your budget 

forever a love-hate relationship with this show

so I got to meet Adam Baldwin at STL Comic Con and he was super-nice and has giant hands and an incredibly firm handshake wow and he signed one of my TFP postcards ahhhh

and also he told me and my girlfriend that one of the reasons Breakdown got killed off was the production team ran out of money and had to cut voice actors so wow thanks TFP team for spinning us that blatant bullshit about how Breakdown’s character arc was over instead of just admitting that you guys fucked up your budget

forever a love-hate relationship with this show

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14 of 52 Transformers: TFPRiD deluxe Arcee 

In honor of the Windblade miniseries kicking off soon, April is GYNOID MONTH here at Fandom is a Way of Life!  First up: TFP Arcee!

I have both the Robots in Disguise Arcee and the First Edition Arcee.  I have to say I like both of them equally.  The RiD one is closer to on-model for her and scales a little better to the rest of the line, but the FE one is a nicer color and has better paint apps.  They’re both pretty well poseable, which is nice, and they both have similar clunky back-and-butt motorcycle kibble, which is less nice but totally understandable for motorcycle-alts.

I keep meaning to go in and customize this one— at the very least I want to give her her pink details, which are COMPLETELY LACKING from this version— but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.  Maybe after STL Comic Con.

14 of 52 Transformers: TFPRiD deluxe Arcee

In honor of the Windblade miniseries kicking off soon, April is GYNOID MONTH here at Fandom is a Way of Life! First up: TFP Arcee!

I have both the Robots in Disguise Arcee and the First Edition Arcee. I have to say I like both of them equally. The RiD one is closer to on-model for her and scales a little better to the rest of the line, but the FE one is a nicer color and has better paint apps. They’re both pretty well poseable, which is nice, and they both have similar clunky back-and-butt motorcycle kibble, which is less nice but totally understandable for motorcycle-alts.

I keep meaning to go in and customize this one— at the very least I want to give her her pink details, which are COMPLETELY LACKING from this version— but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe after STL Comic Con.

waywardangelsandhunters:

emily-adomestic:

I made these to put up around my school for my school’s GSA. They are quotes from some little known bisexuals about their bisexuality.

Lets stop bisexual erasure and remember, bisexuality is real!

The thing that upsets me most about this post is that I didn’t know this about most of these people until this post. Proving that bisexual erasure is alive and well…. and it needs to stop

(via elendraug)

nostalgiabombstudios:

Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con starts next Friday and Nostalgia Bomb Studios will be there! Come see us, we’ll have all these great fandom and original jewelry designs by Nella, and much much more!!

nostalgiabombstudios:

Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con starts in a week and Nostalgia Bomb Studios will be there! Come see us, we’ll have these great fluffy animal hats and more!

con soon con soon con soon

(via starscreamian)

Oh yeah, I forgot to post this before I went to work.  A necklace I made!  Probably going to have a few of these at Wizard World STL!!

Oh yeah, I forgot to post this before I went to work. A necklace I made! Probably going to have a few of these at Wizard World STL!!

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13 of 52 Transformers: TFP Beast Hunters deluxe Prowl

Wow this was a HARD figure for me to find.  He was released in the last wave of BH deluxes— a wave that had 6 figures re-released with no change, a Bumblebee redeco, and him.  I know the wave made it to STL because I found the Bumblebee a couple of times, but I never found Prowl.  Eventually I had to bite the bullet and get him off eBay, because I really wanted him.

(My girlfriend later found him in a Chicago WalMart on clearance, doublepacked with some other BH figures.  Sigh.)

He’s great, though, so I don’t regret the way it worked out.  He’s a redeco of the Smokescreen mold but I really prefer this version— the headsculpt fits the body better, IMO, and I really like the black and white paint.  He does look unfinished in alt, most of the paint apps are on his robot mode, but that’s how I display him so I don’t mind.  Probably my biggest criticism is the mold has fused wrists, I hate that personally, but he’s pretty poseable despite that so I don’t mind too much.

Overall just a really, really striking figure.  Check out that light piping!  Goddamn.

13 of 52 Transformers: TFP Beast Hunters deluxe Prowl

Wow this was a HARD figure for me to find. He was released in the last wave of BH deluxes— a wave that had 6 figures re-released with no change, a Bumblebee redeco, and him. I know the wave made it to STL because I found the Bumblebee a couple of times, but I never found Prowl. Eventually I had to bite the bullet and get him off eBay, because I really wanted him.

(My girlfriend later found him in a Chicago WalMart on clearance, doublepacked with some other BH figures. Sigh.)

He’s great, though, so I don’t regret the way it worked out. He’s a redeco of the Smokescreen mold but I really prefer this version— the headsculpt fits the body better, IMO, and I really like the black and white paint. He does look unfinished in alt, most of the paint apps are on his robot mode, but that’s how I display him so I don’t mind. Probably my biggest criticism is the mold has fused wrists, I hate that personally, but he’s pretty poseable despite that so I don’t mind too much.

Overall just a really, really striking figure. Check out that light piping! Goddamn.