Yep, considerably so. Which itself in turn was considerably cheaper than extending Jo's visa so that she could remain living here with her husband and newborn child. Great stuff. Anyhoo.
But yeah, that combined total, and knowing that other house repairs are necessary and that there's still plenty of stuff I'll be needing to get for the Scraplet, are why I'll not be getting everything. Although that said, the minimum of what I do want still comes to about a quarter of that. So... yikes.
With no prospect of any income until some time in the second half of the year the only TF I can budget for is Core Soundwave. Unless I get any Birthday pennies...which would go towards a Black Zarak!!!
I'm not really following this thread, but I'm hoping people aren't labelling the Bumblebee movie as Bayverse. It deserves better than to be categorised as such.
I'm talking about the aesthetic of the character designs, so although we class Bumblebee as a separate film to the other five, the look of the robots is much more Bayverse than G1.
And 'TF6' Brawn, Ratchet, Wheeljack, Soundwave etc. should be expected to look pretty much like they did in Sunbow.
No, not at all. If they were going to look Sunbow-esque they'd be SS86 releases. The look of the characters in Bumblebee is a hybrid between Bayverse and G1, but it's no where near Sunbow. It also wouldn't fit with the Generations line. You can't take this Soundwave and say it's 'pretty much' Sunbow.
You can't take this Soundwave and say it's 'pretty much' Sunbow.
It's a design of which Sunbow could been considered a simplified representation. I've never been one of those G1 fans who considers the level of detail on the comic and cartoon model sheets to be the photo-accurate level of detail that the characters they represent would have if they existed in the real world. Just as comic and cartoon representations of humans don't show all the hairs on their heads, marks and veins on their skin, or threads on the fabric of their clothes. I always imagined that if we saw an actual photographic representation of the giant alien robot Soundwave it would look more like the above.
Compare Ironhide, Ratchet, Soundwave, Shockwave and Arcee from Michael Bay's movies with Ironhide, Ratchet, Soundwave, Shockwave and Arcee from Bumblebee. The latter five can be said to be more detailed representations of the simplified drawings in Sunbow. The five in the Bay films look nothing like them.
Any similarities to Bayverse aesthetics is incidental. I don't think they look that strongly like it at all.
I'd say more an evolution of the style. If there was no visual connection intended, Bumblebee's face wouldn't be based on the Bayverse one. That may be a hang over from the time the film was more rooted in the Bayverse chronology, but Bee's face is the most identifiable image from any of those films. Given we've seen major changes to characters during production like the way Sonic got redone, if they decided to separate Bumblebee from the Bayverse heritage completely, the face would have been the easiest way to do it.