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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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#1 Johnny Here

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:16 PM

And by that I mean cbr and newsara ma. It seems like they're really interwoven with the actual comics industry. Especially when you have things like weekly interviews with comic professionals.

Comicsalliance seems like they actually try. Would they ever get access to interviews?

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:24 PM

No more than most industry news?

 

I mean think about it in the simplest of terms. They depend on comic books in order to have stories and content. Naturally they'd want to publicize positive news about comics so people keep buying them and keep the industry alive. Additionally, the more good press the less they piss off the publishers and the more content and interviews they get.

 

Of course some negative stories are unavoidable, but yes there's going to be a bias towards positive articles, it's just the nature of the beast.


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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:35 PM

I wasn't aware there was enough progress in cone development to warrant their own news sites...



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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:36 PM

No more than most industry news?
 
I mean think about it in the simplest of terms. They depend on comic books in order to have stories and content. Naturally they'd want to publicize positive news about comics so people keep buying them and keep the industry alive. Additionally, the more good press the less they piss off the publishers and the more content and interviews they get.
 
Of course some negative stories are unavoidable, but yes there's going to be a bias towards positive articles, it's just the nature of the beast.


Never thought of it that way. But with gaming I feel like it's a little bit more balanced in terms of power, because I read somewhere that game companies hire off of meta critic scores.

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 12:01 AM

Most people running or writing for those types of places do so because they're fans anyway. So unlike a movie reviewer , such as Roger Ebert, who is interested in the craft of making movies regardless of the subject matter, sites like that are going to review niche products like comic and action movies and talk, mostly enthusiastically about that.

 

But there is a sad fact that sometimes, in order to get those review copies and previews, they have to kind of treat them like Biff treated George after Marty got back from 1955 to keep getting them. 



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Posted 26 November 2016 - 02:16 AM

Friends of mine who more regularly read CBR say it has become far more shilly since the recent change of ownership.

 

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 03:16 AM

Most people running or writing for those types of places do so because they're fans anyway. So unlike a movie reviewer, such as Roger Ebert, who is interested in the craft of making movies regardless of the subject matter, sites like that are going to review niche products like comic and action movies and talk, mostly enthusiastically about that.

 

But there is a sad fact that sometimes, in order to get those review copies and previews, they have to kind of treat them like Biff treated George after Marty got back from 1955 to keep getting them. 

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 05:52 AM

At Toonzone, we've lost one or two minor industry contacts by virtue of being honest. There was a retro animation DVD company for instance a few years back for instance who stopped sending us stuff because we wouldn't 'correct' a review in which we rightfully called out a phoned in project.

 

This kind of work does indeed require you to be humble and swallow your pride at times but not all of us are shills and you'll find there are actually companies and individuals in the industry that value and respect that. However some would indeed prefer you suck up, which I'm awful at.



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Posted 26 November 2016 - 02:44 PM

I wouldn't think videogame review sites are any more reliable, I mean when you have a 1-10 rating scale and no games are below a 7... o_O? 



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Posted 28 November 2016 - 03:46 AM

All I'm gonna say is that I had to start "requesting" review copies of D&D books after Sword Coast review that I didn't feel it was worth 40 bucks and was lacking a LOT. Prior to that I got them delivered weeks before launch with stickers and other goodies. 



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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:59 AM

I tend to get sent less stuff than the folks on the US side. Did get a nice press mailer when Legend of Korra started here, done as a scroll in a high quality tube.

 

Most elaborate I've been sent is all but one of Viewster's short lived Omakase loot boxes. I knew the guy in charge of that because I'd spoken highly of his previous project (Shifty Look, which I know some here didn't care for cause they hired the Lil Formers guy) so we were involved quite early on with that. Got nice stuff like some shirts, hardback Kill La Kill manga and a Senketsu scarf.

 

Awkward occasion was being invited to a closed press event with me and reps for 3 or 4 other outfits and it being ended with the VP leading the presentation saying how much he loved one rep's publication and had nothing to say to the rest of us. That includes a very well known long running UK magazine.



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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:21 PM

I wouldn't think videogame review sites are any more reliable, I mean when you have a 1-10 rating scale and no games are below a 7... o_O?


To be fair, most of these sites don't even bother reviewing most games that deserve such low scores.

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