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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 January 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Twitter's revamp is so dumb. Nowadays, even when I am logged out of my account, right-clicking an image on Google Chrome won't let me access a URL to easily get the image's full size. That functionality was so useful!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 January 2020 - 10:01 PM)

But when was the last time you saw a major retailer (since TRU) actually allot shelf space for a Transformers Titan? Or the Vintage Collection Poe X-Wing? There's clearly some sort of disparity between "girls" and "boys" toys that give companies justification to create $100+ items in the girls segment in FAR greater frequency than in boys.

@  fourteenwings : (25 January 2020 - 12:56 AM)

"how expensive they were" Tell that to L.O.L. O.M.G. and the $129 Amazing Surprise (I mean I guess when it comes to the toy aisle Power Rangers isn't a juggernaut like L.O.L.)

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:18 PM)

I think the big reason we didn't see the actual combining Zords at retail was because of how expensive they were. It would cost $100 to get enough of them to make a Megazord, $160+ if you want the Ultrazord. Or parents could just get the dang Ultrazord for $40 even if it didn't combine.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Because they are "kids toys" not "collector toys"

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 03:27 PM)

1) I don't have Target. 2) can't go into my walmart. I'm surprised Hasbro won't sell the toys on Pulse

@  Bass X0 : (24 January 2020 - 02:43 PM)

I dreamt my phone was ringing and woke up to answer it.

@  Sabrblade : (24 January 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Lightning Collection figures, the smaller normal-sized Beast Morphers Ranger/enemy/Beast-Bot figures, the role-play morpher and weapon toys, and the simplistic non-combining megazord toys have all been very easy to find at various Targets and Walmarts. It's only been the actual combining Beast Morphers zord toys (which are bizarrely being sold individually this time) that have been hard to find in stores.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Thought I do question Hasbro's almost reluctance to have the toys available anywhere.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 01:44 PM)

i've been trying to sell mine for weeks...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I hadn't opened mine yet, but from what I've seen, the general agreement is that the Beast Morpher zords are much better than Bandais.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

I'm guessing if they're going to do anything on the level of Legacy Zords, it's being discussed behind NDAs at Toy Fair

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 January 2020 - 10:38 AM)

Lightning Collection is good, and they're taking their sweet time on making Zords that are better than Bandai's Zords.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 10:34 AM)

So, what's the general PR fandom consensus of the Hasbro run of PR so far? I pretty much stepped out of the community after I got the Bandai Legacy zords I wanted.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 08:46 AM)

that would require someone to BUY Hasbro PR toys...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 07:17 AM)

Well hopefully see some cool PR stuff. Wish BBTS sold Hasbro PR toys.

@  fourteenwings : (24 January 2020 - 07:01 AM)

February 22nd through 25th, I feel like it was earlier last year...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 06:32 AM)

When is NY TF?

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not


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#41 Fero McPigletron

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 11:25 PM

I loved Blue Falcon when he guest starred in Dexter's Laboratory. He was a less grim Batman there.

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 11:33 PM

 

Where's my Blue Falcon?! He's the HB Batman! He's got the rich playboy thing going on already.

C'mon!!!!

Grrrrr....

 

I'd prefer he'd be less of Batman, mostly becuase every modern take tends to make him into boring brooding serious Batman, when he needs to be more Adam West or maybe Brave and the Bold Batman.

 

 

To be honest, I don't actually care whether or not he's the batman.  I just want him to be a part of things, because Blue Falcon is the shiz, and he always gets overshadowed by those other two jerks.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 07:45 AM

Well, it's a fun book. Can't wait to see it open up -- the first issue is indeed basically all JQ, which is the element of the book that I'm least interested in.

I'll have to do some homework, because most of these shows I'm not terribly familiar with. I'd rather have a book about Quick-Draw McGraw hanging out with Snooper and Blabber. But I'll take what I can get!

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 03:52 AM

I'm not sure I'm judging the book very objectively, because I love these characters and I love Giffen/DeMatteis, but I really enjoyed Scooby Apocalypse a lot. I'm pretty sure it's full of stuff I should think is stupid, but I just grinned through the whole thing. Bring on issue two.

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 05:50 AM


I LOVED Future Quest as I expected I would. It is literally everything I ever wanted growing up watching these shows in the late 70s and 80s. If Hanna Barberra is smart they'll be prepping an animated movie or miniseries of it ASAP.

I think I'm gonna buy Scooby too. I am a big fan of the creators and the concept is just so "out there" and weird a take I feel like I want to at least try it and see what it does.


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 01:11 PM

If Hanna Barberra is smart they'll be prepping an animated movie or miniseries of it ASAP.


Hanna-Barbera closed down 15 years ago, so I don't think they can prep much of anything...

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 01:23 PM


The former Hanna Barbera character animation producing wing of Warner Bros animation. "The guys who own/release this stuff."


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 07:16 AM

Well, I think Wacky Raceland is the line's first stinker. It's full of the sort of obnoxious garbage I feared I'd find in Scooby Apocalypse.

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But really not much here that I'd recommend.


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Posted 16 June 2016 - 06:24 AM

Second issue of Scooby Apocalypse escalates things nicely. I officially love the book, can't wait for issue three.

The new Mystery Machine looks great, just the sort of thing I'd want to drive if I was mid-apocalypse.

Did I forget to buy Future Quest 2, or is it late, or did we just get Scoob 2 first due to wacky scheduling? Rhetorical question, I can probably google that or some jive.

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 05:14 PM

I've enjoyed everything I've read immensely.

Except Wacky Raceland, which is exactly the garbage you figured it would be.

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 08:09 AM

Scooby Apocalypse and Future Quest are still chugging along nicely.

The Flintstones... I don't know what this is. It's not a comedy. I feel like there's some social commentary but I'm not sure of its intent. The book has a sprinkling of "what if we did the Flintstones with more realism" but that's clearly not the mandate because it's mostly a weirdly faithful rendition of the world we know from the cartoon. I just can't get a read on what they're going for. I think I enjoyed it, but I don't know why.

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 09:07 AM

Oh, it *definitely* feels like social commentary but the look of the book is like the live-action films on paper but "tweaked" to make some things less cartoony.

I love the buff physiques on the males for example (although the women should probably look more like body-builders too) given all the heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity in their daily lives. Mr. Slate should NOT be a thin guy.

The animals/appliances still talk but they're depicted as realistic-looking animals that have biologic needs like food. It adds a creepiness factor that's slightly reminiscent of Cobra-La bio-tech.

I also love the "veteran" aspects of both Fred and Barney. It makes the Water Buffalo Lodge more of an old vet lodge than a bowling brotherhood club.

The revelation of "Morp" was clever and understandable and paved the way for the addition of modern religion. A rather bold move in its execution.

After the origin of consumerism, I'm hoping we'll get an explanation for why rocks -something found in abundance everywhere around them - are considered desirable or valuable enough to use as currency.

The flat screen TV was just a weird concession though for the sake of story.
No explanation for how that would work at all using Flintstones-tech.
They didn't even try. You just have suspend belief even more than usual and go along with it.

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 10:01 PM

Yeah, I was waiting for some explanation of the TV. I find myself really enjoying the book but still having absolutely no idea what it's trying to achieve.

Brief interview here: https://www.washingt...he-flintstones/

"Satiric, edgy response to the Flintstones"... "Critique of sexism" and "the suburban values that the original Flintstones Honeymooners were about". Writer "kind of hated" the original show.

I can see those this being elements of the inspiration for the book, but I still feel like there's this weird question mark hanging over the whole thing.

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 10:22 PM

After the first issue, I thought the book's angle would be looking back on Bedrock society with a modern eye like that one episode of "Dinosaurs" but with a more serious tone.

After the second issue, I'm not sure if there's any hook aside from "Look! Realism!" with each story simply tackling and parodying various issues and providing subtle social commentary.

It's like they're trying to say the world of the Flintstones wasn't much different from present society.

-SS (which the cartoon already did quite brilliantly.)

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 10:29 PM

So, critics actually like the new HB-based comics?  I wonder what's next, a Top Cat comic with T.C. and his crew as an actual mob family?  Or maybe Laff-A-Lympics that's modeled after movies like Battle Royale High School or The Hunger Games?



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Posted 20 August 2016 - 11:30 PM

The Wacky Races book is painful garbage but the rest are basically excellent.

Or maybe Laff-A-Lympics that's modeled after movies like Battle Royale High School or The Hunger Games?


I, uh, I would buy this so hard my credit card would catch fire.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 11:19 AM

I'm enjoying Scooby Apocalypse more than I thought I would. My only issue is how unrelenting Daphne is toward Velma. I get that its a hopeless situation and the writer is using that conflict to provide exposition "naturally" for newer readers, but I'd prefer it gets toned down just a little. Or at the very least not end the same ambiguous way.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 11:31 AM

I'm enjoying Scooby Apocalypse more than I thought I would. My only issue is how unrelenting Daphne is toward Velma. I get that its a hopeless situation and the writer is using that conflict to provide exposition "naturally" for newer readers, but I'd prefer it gets toned down just a little. Or at the very least not end the same ambiguous way.

 

I think its understandable, Daphne is piling everything on Velma, becuase she's the only one she can vent at; even if Velma is mostly innocent; and I don't think much more then a day has passed within the first three issues. I imagine that it will get better, or toned down eventually. But right at the start, it makes sense for tensions to be so high and well tense... 


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 11:44 AM

In the fourth issue they have the same argument twice. Tho at least the second time Velma starts showing signs of emotional stress, so theres that development.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 12:19 PM

In the fourth issue they have the same argument twice. Tho at least the second time Velma starts showing signs of emotional stress, so theres that development.

 

Yeah, and at the same time Daphe is starting to... well not trust her, but give her the benefit of the doubt that she's potentially innocent. 

 

Though my own complaint with the series... is of course they're making Scrappy-Doo into an Antagonist. -_- 

 

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I will say that of all the series, back when we learned of them; that Scooby Apocalypse sounded like it would be the worst ever, just a shameless grimdark series to be hip and mature using 'lame 70's characters'. But it really is one of the best of the lot. All five of the main characters are pretty much in character, and the changes to fit into this world works without feeling like a stretch of their characters. There is a lot of humor to be found between their interactions, mostly from Shag and Scooby. For me its easy to hear their voices despite the more realistic art-style.

 

Despite the tone and setting its not really a grim or dark as I feared it would be. I could pretty easily see this being animated with little changes, as content wise its not really much worse then the old MIB cartoon or such in terms of violence or 'gore' (fitting into that double standard of monstrous beings are okay to kill). It'd certainly be more of a older kid/teen cartoon then most Scooby series tend to be, but I feel its on par with some of the movies like Zombie Island which is a bit darker and scarier then Scooby usually is. 


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