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    Nice! Then perhaps the markings on his armour are a copy of an Eternia spider with the same markings (similar to the above)? Most probably the most dangerous (largest? venomous?) of Eternian spiders?

    Makes me wonder how Webstor would look if he were black....
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    LOVE this thread!!! Some very interesting ideas posted here about the unusual MOTUC figure details an what they might actually be for!

    I look forward to seeing more!

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    Man-At-Arms' Armor...What Does it Do?

    MOTU experts out there, has there ever been any info or content about the capabilities of MAA's weapons, specifically his armor? We see all kinds of knobs and tubes on it, but has there ever been any info about what it can do (Life support functions, cloaking, etc)?

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    You are in luck, my friend! I just so happened to have started a thread awhile back to answer that question - and more! I've been meaning to add more questions but I haven't gotten around to it. Anyway, just check out "What IS that Thing?" and the very first post goes over MAA and his armor, which includes made-up answers (as in: what you thought it did when you were little) or any answer from the canon that people can dig up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexx View Post
    You are in luck, my friend! I just so happened to have started a thread awhile back to answer that question - and more! I've been meaning to add more questions but I haven't gotten around to it.
    Awesome! Thanks so much for the info.! Mods...please merge this thread with that other one?

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    Apparently his armor doesn't deflect giant clamps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barezz View Post
    Apparently his armor doesn't deflect giant clamps
    Nah, his armor's just smart enough to get out the way.
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    I think it just looks cool.

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    It has different weapons and technology that was used in the MYP toon, in various battles. I think there is some life support capability as well. His mace is also computerized and used for a lot more than a simple melee weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsniffy View Post
    Man-At-Arms' Armor...What Does it Do?
    The question isn't "What does Man-At-Arms' Armor do?" The question is "What doesn't it do?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsniffy View Post
    Awesome! Thanks so much for the info.! Mods...please merge this thread with that other one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsniffy View Post
    Awesome! Thanks so much for the info.! Mods...please merge this thread with that other one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexx View Post
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...orsmintbox.jpg

    Well, lets take a look! I'd love to post the original with it as well, but that's probably one of the first things I lost back in the day.

    Anyway, I'm going with mint box!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexx View Post
    Ya know, I was thinking of mentioning that, but I left it alone due to it's original use. But hey, why not?

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...Optikkdail.jpg

    So, competely ignoring it's original use, what can you people imagine that dail would be for in terms of the armor?

    Best I can come up with is some sort of moving mechanism that looks cool on mechanical armor. However, if it was important, you could just shoot 'em there and I'm sure that would mess something up. Then again, he already has visible wires, so you'd think those would be important too.
    That's for fun, he can spin that or back up against a machine to make his eye spin like a top. Or for his sentry mode, like the Eye statues in Legend of Zelda, they constantly rotate.

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    And, we're back! On the menu today: Buzz-Off's classic wings!

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...00/buzznew.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...00/buzzold.jpg

    Now that Buzz-Off is based on the original again, we've got his crazy old bionic wings! I didn't think about it when they made the 200X version. Made sense to increase the bug qualities, and honestly, I don't disagree with it. However, I still loved the robo-wings back in the day, and I really like seeing them come back. That raises questions about Buzz-Off, though.

    What IS Buzz-Off? He's obviously a bug man...sorta. The original was just in scale with the rest of the guys, and the rest of the guys were big and muscular. That doesn't change the fact that he's got robotic wings, though! Obviously this guy either needs robo-wings to help him since he's not born with any, or for some reason his natural wings are damaged and need the cybernetics to work. OR...maybe his race used to fly and all that, but whatever happened in the past kinda ruined thier abilities, making them all big and muscular so that they all need the cybernetics to get them back in the air again.

    As always, I'm just throwing stuff out there. So, whatdoya think?
    Maybe he had bullies as a small bee, and they pulled his wings off because he wouldn't cough up his lunch money....

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    Ah, good point! I thought of some sort of seal, but I didn't notice that the lines match up.


    That was my first thought. Many of the monster folk (in the original line) seemed like they were somehow...made that way. They're different races in the present, but who knows what happened in the past? That's what I love about the old mini-comics. Then again, I've always been a fan of the mysterious technological past that was somehow destroyed. MotU just made a dang good one, originally.

    Buzz-Off is really a prime example of that. He's obviously got a lot of human in him, and on top of that, his main bug properties are both (possibly) prosthetic: the wings and the helmet. Heck, his normal eyes just seem like giant closed eyes. Perhaps his normal eyes are part of the bug-like DNA, but they could never go all the way, pretty much forming into larger eyes with those green "lids" that you can see through. They would protect the eyes for flight if they could fly. The wings allow the flight, and the helmet provides the bug vision when needed. Who knows?

    Speaking of which, I better throw the helmet up too:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0/buzzhelm.jpg
    Hey, even bugs need sunglasses, more so if you have 1000 lenses on each eye, and can mostly see in black and white....gets kind of bright.
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    I always saw man-e-faces as a changeling and the chest being a hologram projector. I love the techno-organic virus idea for buzz-off, but it reminds me of cable from the x-men. I think of syclone's ring being a blade, like a saws-all or drimmel tool. The shield's lame, and the radar's radar. but.... can stratos fly without the jet pack? and without the arm wings. and are the arm wings part of the body, or an attachment? I always saw him as an advanced monkey, and the jet-pack is needed to fly. but he can use his feet as hands too. The wings are unnecessary to fly, but are stylish armor.
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    HELLO, people! Welcome back to the "What IS That Thing" thread! After....what is it...? ALMOST TWO YEARS?! I haven't updated this for that long?? Geeze man, what happened?

    HBRUBRBRB Okay, okay. Lets just hop right back in. If you're unfamiliar with how this works, check the first page! If you're too lazy to do that (and honestly, I wouldn't respect you if you weren't) then check it out, brah: This is for all you folks out there who LOVE exercising that imagination! Have you ever wondered about all those little details on MotU figures both new and old? Did you actually find info on what those items are - OR - did you used to/recently make up uses for those items/details? Well then COME ON IN! We're here to find canonical reasons for all the little things, and, if there's none, we'll make 'em up as we go along!

    The figure in question that brought me out of my slumber is none other than the confounding walking gun show: Rio-Blast!



    As per usual, we'll be looking at both the original and the update...though, it looks like they carried over every detail, just about! There aren't a lot of mysterious details here....he's full of guns! But, just like Trap-Jaw's crazy blaster, we're going to delve in to what we think these guns might do, given the details and design. Lets begin!



    Ah, the simplest item: The handguns! On the original figure they flip out and are fixed to his palms. The Classics version seems to have them....pop out from his wrists? The long part that plugs into the arm seems to indicate that it might slide out, but that thing can't fit in his arm, unless it folds out. What do you think?

    Now, as for it's function: The rings around the end make me think of an...energy collector, of some sort. So that, perhaps, this thing instantly collects surrounding particles or solar energy, and fires them off like a rail gun. It would be simple and require limited power, so the pistols could be ready to go even if he himself is low on power. BUT...I'm not good with mechanics. Perhaps there's something else that makes more sense? Also: You'll notice there aren't any barrels! It's just a rounded nub at the end.



    Knee blasters, thigh blasters (since that's where they're stored), whatever you wana call them. To me, these seem like lasers! I don't know why. Maybe it's the thin barrel. Shooting at this height would be great for taking your foes off their feet, but I imagine there are times when you don't want to...you know, blow their legs off. So I imagine these are variable lasers - you can fire them full-force, or turn down the power to stun your foes and trip them up. Then, perhaps, he can remove them and use them to burn off locks 'n such.



    The Indigestion! Call it what you will: This puppy pops right out the GUT. This thing is the most obvious evidence that Rio-Blast is mostly cybernetic. In the original figure, there's a BIG hole in his chest for this to fit into! On the new guy (*COUGH* we'll ignore the flap problem*COUGH*) the chest seems to be flat! So which is it? Personally, I think there's a cavity in there, but I'll leave it to my imagination. The gun probably folds up a bit (not all the way flat) and the chest opens up to retrieve it when not in use.

    But what does it DO? When I was a kid, I used this one as the MACHINE GUN! Nothing is more satisfying that flipping that open and going BUDUDUDUDUDUDUD!! Nowadays, I'm not so sure! If Rio is sporting some sort of awesome power source at his core, then it stands to reason that the chest gun would pack a punch, or have a high rate of fire. It has direct contact with his power source! However, if that's also keeping him alive...it doesn't seem like the best idea. So I'm thinking this thing is so large because it has it's own little power source, and is recharged by the main body when not in use. The center piece provides the juice, but perhaps not a high rate of fire. Now I'm thinking it looks more like a THUMP-THUMP-THUMP gun! Heavy one-after-the-other impact shots that'll knock an enemy flat or bust down a door.

    ALSO:



    There's bullets on his belt, now! Where could those possibly go on a man filled with energy guns? My thoughts are that the chest gun runs dual duty: The center provides the innards with retractable energy blasters. When retracted within (you wouldn't see this action) it leaves the barrels empty and you can load the shells in the side for solid ammo firing ability! So maybe Rio carries these special shells in his belt for various uses - like smoke shells, or explosive shells, etc.



    The Backpack! I'd call it the "Main Event", but we all know what the REAL Main Event is.

    Anyway, we'll break this up, since it's got a lot going on. First, the guns! This thing is sporting some long rifles on either side, with some smaller blasters on top of each. I think this is pretty straight forward. The backpack is removable and LARGE, so it has it's own power source. This sucker, in tandem with Rio's own power source, fires some HEAVY charges that hit you HARD at close range, but still has enough power to make it nice 'n far. So naturally: this is his sniping set! I'd say the goggles make it obvious. When you've got goggles built into a sci-fi long rifle, you know he's thinking long distance! The top guns are either icing on the cake, OR some sort of laser targeting system. Maybe he could tag targets and the pack has some sort of blast-bending ability? So he could line-of-sight a target, hide behind a rock, and fire the guns to arch around and (hopefully) hit his mark? Just throwing things out there.



    Now, speaking of goggles: What's that thing on top? Is it to protect his head from rain? Nah! Look at that thing! I'll bet it's some sort of radar that lets him know about wind speed, weather, all that. Makes sense, being connected to the goggles. Any other ideas?



    Finally, lets throw the back of it up here! I think it's obvious that this is the power source. The new version shows his arm pipes to be attached to the pack, too! Probably to provide better control and aim, but also, possibly, to add it's extra power to his handguns?

    Some interesting points are the two tanks and the circular thing at the top. Is that a way to recharge?

    Whew! As you can see, I've put a lot of thought into this guy over the years, but the new version has started that pot a bubblin' all over again! I'm excited to see what ya'll think, or what you thought back in the day. Don't forget: If there's some little detail you want to go over that I didn't photograph; let me know! I'll be happy to add a pic so we can analyze the CRAP out of it!

    OH OH, I forgot the real MAIN EVENT:



    DAT 'STACHE! What does it DO?! OH THE MYSTERY!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexx View Post
    DAT 'STACHE! What does it DO?! OH THE MYSTERY!!
    It saves flavors. As a secondary function, it is also a duster of cookies.

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    Rio blast's 'stache needs it's own bio....come on, Scott...get to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geooco View Post
    It saves flavors. As a secondary function, it is also a duster of cookies.
    In terms of flavor: Now I can't help thinking that it lifts up and has a salt and pepper shaker on different sides of the stache. Just leans over his food and SHAKESHAKESHAKE.

    "Wh....what are you doing?"

    "...savin' the flavor. Want any?"

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    On Rio:
    Visor is a Heads up Display. Targeting, wind speed, ammo count and all the calculations that a spotter on a spotter/sniper team would do.
    The "bullets" are just ammo types. (Ice beams, stun beams, etc.)
    The "guns":
    Arms = "beam revolvers". Rio pulls off short to medium range shots with these. These quick draw weapons (in my fan continuity all of his concealed guns are nanite constructs. Hence the quickest draw in the universe.) are useful for trick shots (the famous ricochet bullet) and as a nod to Megaman the Revolvers can charge energy before releasing a more powerful blast. Revolvers need to reload after six shots; Rio's revolver need a little downtime after X shots have been fired to avoid overheating. (or a single Charged shot)
    Legs = Machineguns. Rapid fire, baby! Leg height to cripple opponents and mow them down non-lethally... or mow down Horde Troopers.
    Chest = Shotgun. Spread damage, but needs a small cooldown period.
    Visor guns = Sniper rifles (with alternate auto mode). Long shots are taken with these.

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    Hey again, folks! It's time again for "What IS that thing?!", and you better believe the item in question is most certainly a "thing."



    I had to bring this up right away, 'cause LOOK AT IT. Magnificent, isn't it? Blast Attak's axe-thing has got a lot going on. I never had the figure, when I was a kid, so I don't have any history behind what I thought was going on with it. As per usual, for this thread: I would LOVE to hear what fans have thought about his axe, over the years!

    As for me....I've been thinking.





    My first thought was that the bottom was some sort of hammer, like on a gun. You slam it down and it makes an explosion, or you slam it down and it activates some sort of heat attack with the axe.

    BUT...then I inspected the axe further. The "hand guard" thing might not be that at all!



    What if it's another handle? The back of the axe looks like a gun barrel and the thing protruding from the back could be some sights! However, if you turn it around and upside down:



    Maybe a flamethrower?

    Forgive me if this is like "WELL DUH" for folks who have grown up with the figure and already thought of these things - this is new and exciting, to me! I love little conundrum accessories like this. Let me know what you think, whether it be new thoughts or - especially - what you thought when you were a kid.
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    U couldn't have done any of those weapon poses with the vintage Blast Attack, so I know for myself these ideas never came up. Lol

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    I never liked his weapon. I love the Figure but I always felt he should be equipped with a BF Gun
    So I like your gun pose best.
    BUT: for me its not as big and frightening enough - so I just orderd that Little Baby for him and hope the size fits:

    $_12.jpg

    that should Keep HE-Man, the Horde and the Snake Men (Of chourse he is a Zombie Robot from Skeletors troops... ) busy.

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