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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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#21 unluckiness

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 09:26 AM

I liked Chaos War but dunno how well it fits


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

Despite the fact it kicked off Nu52, Flashpoint was actually pretty good, ignoring the sillieness of a butterfly effect on steroids. 


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 11:44 AM

Hickman FF

Remender Uncanny X-Force

Johns JSA

Whedon Astonishing X-Men ( I wouldn't quite place it here, but I know a lot of people that would)

Simone Secret Six (original run only, of course)

Cooke's New Frontier

Loeb/Lee Hush

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 01:39 PM

Well, if we're just listing stories we like, rather than the "Nothing will ever be the same!" stuff.

Angela: Asgard's Assassin/Queen of Hel is a great arc that is as captivating to look at as it is to read. One of my favorite comics published recently, the objective is a proper rampage through Hel to rescue her girlfriend and procure muchas smooches.

Rocket Raccoon #5 from 2014 is worth a look alone because the story on the pages is being conveyed over a campfire entirely by Groot. You wouldn't expect a single comic issue to squeeze that much adventure out of the words "I am Groot" uttered together 64 times and it was prooobably a waste of money, but it was quite a ride. Incidentally, the issue after that has a force of awesome-looking robots fighting for their freedom to exist peacefully and open a bakery with Rocket's help. Skottie Young weaves whimsical things.

 

I was also going to offer up "Hush", but I wasn't sure if it was recent enough for this thread. It feels like one of those essential Batman stories, though. The same basic idea goes for Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, which is a book I suggest to people who are just getting into comics and don't know what to read.



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 03:13 PM

Probably not the type of classic you're expecting but...

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 08:54 PM

I don't read a lot of comics, but I expected to hate Superior Spider-man.

It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of a time.

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:49 AM

I was also going to offer up "Hush", but I wasn't sure if it was recent enough for this thread. It feels like one of those essential Batman stories, though. The same basic idea goes for Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, which is a book I suggest to people who are just getting into comics and don't know what to read.


I agree they probably aren't recent enough, but I think if you asked your average fan for classic modern stories they'd list these, so I figured I'd throw them in. Johns' JSA was just a lark on my part, seeing if anyone noticed, as the original run began in 1999, hardly recent! The 2006 renumbering had... issues, to say the least. It never reached the heights of its predecessor. :D

My dark horse entry (not the company) for a title that should be included here but isn't currently recognised by fandom at large is Age Of X, an alternate reality X-Men crossover from around 6 years ago. It's entirely self-contained, nicely told, with interesting redesigns suitable for the story. It's also done by rock-solid talent in the art and writing department so everything's a joy there. It just got lost in the glut of titles at the time (sigh... remember those days). If you see it cheap and enjoy alt-reality X-tales, this one might just tickle your fancy.

BTW, to justify the other titles I listed: Hickman's FF revitalised the Fantastic Four, although I admit it's the shakiest of those I listed. It lead to the Fantastic Four comfortably supporting 2 titles for a time, something they haven't really done in a long time. The buzz was huge, and it was earned, with the title finally breaking away from the Kirby/Lee trappings and adding a whole host of new mythologies and concepts, some that lasted till the title ended. Hickman weaved a complex story, yet never strayed from the core concept of family. This is Marvel at its finest.

Remender Uncanny X-Force: Popular book again, known for taking a small cast and exploring their psyches as they do dark work. This series was released in omnibus format, sold out insanely fast, and now sells for a stupid amount of money.

Secret Six: Never a top seller, this one is an evergreen; it's always selling, and was recently reissued in a new series of trade paperbacks to reflect that. An omnibus is inevitable. This book is considered the crown jewel of DC's pre-Flashpoint output, along with Johns' GL and Morrison's Batman.

New Frontier: The niche project that almost everyone's read. It was so big it became one of the first DC Animated movies. It's been reprinted every which way, from softcover to Absolute (which has had multiple printings iirc) to Deluxe Edition to probably printed on sandwiches! However you want to read it, it's guaranteed that New Frontier will be available for you. More than that, it influenced the very way DC looked at their characters. It was the watershed moment of the century, this century's DKR, but to a lesser extent. It simply must have a place on this list.

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:13 PM

Snyder and Capullo's run on New 52 Batman has been the only thing I can think of that for me has fitted 'classic' status over the last few years. The entire run was a joy for me.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:00 PM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:12 PM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.


A shit ton of Superman Adventures comics say otherwise.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:54 AM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.

I only own three Superman TPBs:

Red Son

All-Star Superman

 

and

 

Secret Identity

 

Secret Identity is just wonderful.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:09 AM

 

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.


A shit ton of Superman Adventures comics say otherwise.

 

I'm sure there's other good comics by him, it's just that I don' care enough about the man's work to really go looking into it.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:15 AM

It's kind of dishonest to say there's "probably" no other good material when you don't really believe that and just don't want to bother looking.

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 12 May 2017 - 05:18 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:01 PM

 

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.


A shit ton of Superman Adventures comics say otherwise.

 

 

Nah, man, there's difference between "A Mark Millar Comic" and just "a comic written by Mark Millar." XD



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:25 PM

I like Millar's work with Grant Morrison, although I suspect Morrison did most of the heavy lifting on those projects. (I'm biased towards Morrison in general, but you can see their respective batting averages after they split, and judge for yourself.)

"Old Man Logan" had a strong start, but ultimately flushed all that potential away. But it gets a pass for getting us to the Logan movie.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:55 PM

Was reminded of it recently, so Superman Red Son is probably the only Mark Millar comic worth reading.

Superior Also would like a word.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:57 PM

Superior wouldn't like a word, it can't talk. Uh, I mean... Millar and Morison both have handed in some stunning, game-changing work. But I think they've both lost their mojo, or rather climbed too far up their own whatsits. It's been a while since I've read anything new by either of them, maybe they've come out the other side.

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:49 PM

I kind of agree with Morrison.  I think Morrison just REALLY wants a movie right now, so he's kind of toning down his work so it's marketable.  I kind of felt it ever since Batman Inc, that he wasn't getting as over-the-top with his concepts anymore.  Don't know if the New 52 was the straw that broke him or what.  Multiversity was fun, but I think that might've been written before his Batman Inc run.

 

Meanwhile, I kind of feel like Millar has improved.  Starlight was one of my favorite comics when it came out.  Chrononauts was a fun, light buddy adventure.  Empress might be going somewhere interesting.  And Reborn has a cool high concept.  I think he might have graduated from being the violence-for-violence's-sake guy.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 03:41 PM

I don't read a lot of comics, but I expected to hate Superior Spider-man.

It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of a time.

I enjoyed Superior Spider-Man so much that I was disappointed when they brought Peter back to reset the status quo. And I like Peter Parker!


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:44 PM

Marvel's done great work with their new Star Wars line. Gillen's Vader is a book that deserves special mention.

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