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@  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

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 06:34 AM)

I'd also like to take the opportunity to say I despise Ebay for showing the list prices in US money.


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#1 Suspsy

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 03:59 PM

Hey all!

Yes, it's Suspsy. I'm still around. Still into Transformers, just not into discussing them online as much as I used to.

Anyway, I wanted to bring your attention to Peter David, the legendary writer of comics, novels, and television. He's in a serious financial fix right now and could use all the help he could get. Read all about it here:

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:01 PM

It kind of sounds like he had not intention of paying his back taxes until the IRS "remembered."

Seems a bit shady.

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 11:15 PM

It was more a case of "Oh crap, I hope they don't come after me until I can rebuild that stash my ex-wife stole."  

 

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 10:15 AM

It was more a case of "Oh crap, I hope they don't come after me until I can rebuild that stash my ex-wife stole."  
 
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 12:46 PM

This seems very shady. For starters, it's been 20+ years. The IRS doesn't just forget about money it's owed and then demand it all in one lump sum (Though if David wasn't paying down on those taxes, the IRS has every right to say "Where's my money?").

 

But more then that, if his story is true, then what he needs more then money is an appointment with a tax professional, because that situation - especially with documentation - would fall under the Innocent Spouse Relief clause of the US tax code. It's not a perfect fit for it, but one would think if David had simply said "Hey, I had the money for you guys, but my now ex-wife drained half my bank account", the IRS would have taken that into consideration.

 

Contrary to popular opinion, the IRS are not monsters. There's more to this story then we're being told.



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 02:14 PM

I've read a few of his Trek books... he's no David Mack, but he's alright.  He has my sympathy for the situation, but honestly I agree with Rust and D Buster Prime in that it's a bit suspect.  It seems like there should be better ways to deal with this than begging for money from fans online, and better ways to have dealt with it in the 20 years leading up as Rust points out.  Money is tight enough for all of us, and I really don't think it's fair or right for him to try to capitalize on his minor celebrity to get himself out of whatever this situation is.



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 03:11 PM

At least offer something to people who donate.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 03:55 PM

A lot of people mistakenly think there's a statute of limitations on tax debt.  When the IRS didn't come after him for a few years (during which the divorce left him financially unable to pay), he likely thought he was safe.  But surprise, the IRS can and will come after you years or decades later and blame you for their delay.

 

I once had to pay back-taxes several years after the fact because I'd failed to notice that the rules for W-4 form exemptions had changed and I wasn't supposed to claim an extra one just because I didn't want them to hold onto my money for a year (i.e. claiming an extra exemption made my refund a few hundred dollars less).  I got penalized for NOT letting them have an interest-free loan, but at least in my case the penalty was only a hundred bucks or so...mostly penalty interest because they didn't get around to telling me about my mistake right away.  Now, PAD knew he wasn't paying taxes, and if they'd insisted in a timely manner he probably would have had to declare bankrupcy or something.  Now they're finally remembering him and penalizing him for decades of their negligence.

 

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 04:04 PM

Is it really their negligence when he was paying on it, and then stopped?



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 04:14 PM

I don't know how anyone could think that.  Either someone does their own taxes, in which case they need to educate themselves enough so that they should at least know that isn't true, or they hire a professional to do it for them and that person will certainly know enough to inform them of their mistaken belief.

 

I've been filing my own taxes since I was in University, and I've dealt both with Revenue Canada and (in a couple years where I spent enough time working for my company in the US) the IRS.  Those years I filed with the IRS, you can bet I spent the time to go over the PDFs at their website about what forms and documentation I needed to send, including the application for an ITIN in the first year I had to do it.

 

I just think that if he made as much money in that one year as he hints on that blog post, there should've been enough to pay the tax bill.  He says his wife took the money he'd placed in the account ready for transfer to the IRS.  Unless the US has a 100% income tax, there must've been quite a bit more left over from his earnings that year.  Diverting some more of that to pay the tax bill should've come first, divorce lawyer second.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 06:28 PM

There's also the fact the very first thing you do when you are removing money to give to the IRS and discover that money isn't there...is contact the IRS. I mean this was right before the IRS Restructuring that included the Innocent Spouse Clause, and I have a hard time believing the IRS wouldn't have obviously gone to his soon to be ex and been like "You have something that belongs to us."

 

Also, I wasn't familiar with Space Cases so I looked it up. A Nickelodeon SNICK show that ran two seasons somehow netted David more bank then cowriting the Marvel vs DC mini (That happened on the same year). He's written for Marvel, DC, done Halo adaptations, Ben 10, he wrote Stan Lee's autobiography, for crying out loud. Yet he claims these projects paled in comparison to a shoe string budget kid's show.

 

Something isn't adding up. The commenters on the page also note the fact that these donations can be counted as Income he'll owe next year, so he's just digging himself in a bigger hole.



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 06:15 AM

I love Peter David, love his catalogue of work, but man, this is stupid on his part, and even stupider that he wants his fans to pay for it. Just... NO!!! Not this one, Peter. This one's all on you. 



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 03:30 PM

I'll keep buying Spidey 2099, but that's all the help I'll do 



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:14 PM

As much as I like PAD's work on Spidey 2099, Redefining Hulk, collaborating with Claudio Sanchez finally bringing the Amory Wars into reality, I really don't want to pay his taxes.

I've got my own taxes to pay, bro.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:46 AM

Yeah, it's not at all uncommon for the IRS to "get to" something years down the road. It's a big country, but money is still owed.
 
 
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 06:45 AM

He has owed $88,000 for 20 years and he didn't pay it because that was what the lawyers for his divorce cost? That's okay somehow? No.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:19 AM

I read the thread title and was all like, "Oooh, sexual allegations!"



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 01:41 PM

I read the thread title and was all like, "Oooh, sexual allegations!"

 

It's the IRS, so you could say he's getting fisted...



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:39 AM

Also, I wasn't familiar with Space Cases so I looked it up. A Nickelodeon SNICK show that ran two seasons somehow netted David more bank then cowriting the Marvel vs DC mini (That happened on the same year). He's written for Marvel, DC, done Halo adaptations, Ben 10, he wrote Stan Lee's autobiography, for crying out loud. Yet he claims these projects paled in comparison to a shoe string budget kid's show.

 

I GUARANTEE you Nick paid him more money for Space Cases than Marvel did for the Marvel/DC mini. Hell, that might've been more than Marvel had paid him up to this point.

 

Comic writing (especially with the big two) isn't exactly a lucrative field.


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 05:47 AM

 

Between this awful outburst and this ridiculous appeal, maybe Peter David should go drown himself in a bag of dicks (NEVER thought I'd say that).


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