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The Official Phineas and Ferb Wiki Newsletter, Issue 53: October 1, 2011
News and information from the world of Phineas and Ferb.

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How delightful

Ahh, Jeremy, how delightful it is to see you again!

Candace becomes British in a well-received episode. Read below for more details.

Crat Corner

by RRabbit42

Yet more change in the air

RRabbit42 here, filling in for Topher208. Wikia is working on another new feature that will be rleased in about a month. It's called the Message Wall and it will change your Talk page into something that looks more like blogs. You can see the premilinary info here.

This will have a couple of advantages. When someone replies to your message, it will be on the same page, which eliminates bouncing back and forth between different people's talk pages. It will also auto-archive old messages, so there won't be a need to do that manually any more. However, there's no word yet on whether you can have any kind of preface on your talk page, so if you have links to your archives, you'll have to update them. Probably should move them out of your User talk: area to your User: area. If you need any help, let me know.

I see by the feedback from our last issue that the Layout Builder is static, which means once you make a layout, it can't be changed. This is the same thing that happened when Wikia introduced the sliders. It took them a while, but they eventually improved the sliders so that they work better and can be updated at any time. I expect the same thing will happen with the Layout Builder, so I think we can wait a while before we try using it. In the meantime, keep using our Page Creation Portal.

Finally, Wikia is also working on updating the menus. Right now, it's limited to four main menus and seven choices per menu. I've seen people get around that and add a little more to it, but the new menu system adds a third level. We will be able to put a lot more in the new menu and get the things we need most often in a convenient place. At the moment, they do not have a timeline for when it will be done, but it will enter testing shortly.

Odds 'n' Ends

  • Ryan Stoppable comes through with another Numbers Game for "My Fair Goalie", which is the top-rated regular episode in the entire series.
  • If you find Phineas and Ferb costumes, let us know. So far, the places I've checked (Party City, Halloween City, Spirit Halloween Store and Toys R us) do not have any. Maybe next year Disney will put out costumes, including some for adults.
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Football X-7: Not Just a Name, an Equation for Awesome

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by Bpendragon
Nice shot!

Phineas and Ferb have done it once again. In "My Fair Goalie" they have taken a normal sport, in this case soccer, and made it more awesome. I personally am a huge fan of soccer, and am writing this while celebrating the Seattle Sounders FC having just won their game two to one, and whose jerseys are similar to the Sniffleton Nostrils.

Ferb's cousins, Beckham, Beckham, Pele, Beckham, Pele and Eliza (middle name Beckham) are in town because their team, The Sniffleton Nostrils are playing Danville. Some doubts are called to as to how much Ferb has "Gone Yank" so it's decided that the matter shall be decided the old school ground way, with a game.

However, this isn’t just any game, this is "Football X-7" completely hypothetically theoretical. Designed in the 1950's by a Theoretical Physicist the idea was to create a pitch that was completely self-enclosed and continuous, with goals floating in space. This pitch was to have a toroidal (donut) shape and had a gravity well that would allow players to walk on every surface.

Everything balances well, though there are too many dramatic zooms for my taste. Though one of them was countered by a nice fourth wall break. Candace doesn't overpower, as she has seemed to this season, but she contributes nicely, even aiding in breaking a curse that Ferb was under, one of the better really specific curses I have heard. The Perry and Doofenshmirtz bit could have done better with a bit more continuity to the scenes.

Score: 9/10, definitely worth a re-watch or two.

Final Thoughts: Yes, we fans will do anything, as is parodied with the Nostrils' fans, used perfectly to remove the X-7 stadium, because for once Doof didnt do it directly.

Hands-on with the new merchandise, part 33

by RRabbit42

With the release of Across the 2nd Dimension came some toys for the movie. One of the earlierst hints we had that this would happen was a picture of the Jet Pack Launcher with the Platyborg on it instead of Agent P. I haven't seen that yet, but here's what I have found.

2nd Dimension Figure and Accessory Collection set 1

The action figure packs I've talked about before continue with four new "Resistance Force!" sets. Except for the one that includes Agent P, these are all-new designs because they are for the 2nd Dimension characters. Phineas, Ferb, Candace and Doofenshmirtz are there, but these sets include characters that haven't been seen yet in any of the 1st Dimension sets. Fans of Buford, Baljeet and Norm finally get rewarded for their patience. There's 9 figures in all, three in the "Resistance Team" of Dr. Baljeet, Buford and Candace.

The set for Doofenshmirtz and the Platyborg includes a plastic coin with the two on it. For the Platyborg, it says "Bad to the Bolt". For Doofenshmirtz, it's "Supreme Ruler of the Tri-State Area".

Since this is a 2nd Dimension line, I would have liked to see one for Isabella instead of re-using the Agent P figure, but I guess if these were your first figure sets, you would need him to re-enact the dramatic battles we saw in the movie.

As with previous figure sets, these are available in "Figure and Accessory" collections. Toys R Us also has their exclusive sets. There's an 8-pack that has the 1st and 2nd Dimension versions of Phineas, Ferb, Agent P and Heinz, and another collectors pack in a tube with the 2nd Dimension group.

The prices on each of these vary, with the ones available at the Disney Store usually a few dollars higher.

Ferb My Ride - Robot Dog

In these movie-related toys, not only did we get some new characters that we haven't seen before, we also get an addition to the "Ferb My Ride" line. This time, it's the robot dog that we first saw back in the title sequence but didn't get to meet until it appeared in "Canderemy".

Just like the others, you can mix and match pieces from the other sets. The box shows sections in use from the "Mom's Car" and "Agent P Hoverjet" sets. There's a working baseball launcher and a set of decals, which include some that look like bullet holes to show some battle damage. There's also some repeated parts from the previous sets: the engine, exhaust pipes, spoiler and tail fins.

It looks like there's enough room in the top space to fit two of the figures so you can have one manning the baseball launcher and another as co-pilot. Except if you use the Buford figure. It might be a tight fit to have two riding along if he's one of them.

You can get this at Toys R Us and other stores for about $15.

Coming up next time, we can take a look at a new rollercoaster set. I'm still looking for guest reviews of the toys and merchandise because, as you know, some items only show up in stores and aren't available on line. Let us know if you find any like this.

Coming in two weeks:
  • Hands-on with the new merchandise, part 34
  • Recent episodes review
  • Other articles to be determined (submissions wanted - send to RRabbit42 or use the Newsletter submissions page)

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