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@  Nevermore : (08 August 2020 - 09:11 AM)

Is $30 a good deal for Subscription Service Breakdown?

@  Trpodeca : (08 August 2020 - 06:24 AM)

Oh dear God no. Twitter has changed it's default layout to the terrible new one. Why waste so much space on the left?

@  Steevy Maximus : (07 August 2020 - 08:28 PM)

@Bass X0, yeah, the Joe comic got REALLY solid in the upper 20s to the Cobra Civil War. It's interesting to see how well the Joe comic has aged relative to the cartoon. Where as I feel the opposite is true of Transformers

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 August 2020 - 03:58 PM)

Its so fun watching past TF Conventions.

@  Bass X0 : (07 August 2020 - 02:20 PM)

I've been reading classic 80s G.I. Joe lately. Its still decent even though I don't have any nostalgia towards it.

@  Sabrblade : (07 August 2020 - 08:50 AM)

Think of it as Adam West Batman instead. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 August 2020 - 07:49 AM)

That sounds more like the flash, or maybe booster gold than batman.

@  Sabrblade : (07 August 2020 - 12:27 AM)

They would get bored fighting each other and instead decide to take an epic cross-country road trip together.

@  RichardT1977 : (06 August 2020 - 08:57 PM)

What would happen if Batman were to fight Squirrel Girl?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 August 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Unless you count the Mask vs Lobo special, but that's less a duel and more a duet.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (04 August 2020 - 08:52 PM)

My favorite crossover fight was Thor vs Shazam/Captain Marvel. Early in the fight, Thor discovers that Billy Batson needs lightning to transform, and being a god of lightning he simply denies him that.

@  Sabrblade : (04 August 2020 - 08:46 PM)

Let's see a fight between Death Battle and Super Power Beat Down

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 August 2020 - 06:15 PM)

Which Lobo later claimed was because he was paid to take a dive. Yes, really.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 August 2020 - 06:15 PM)

And then there's the times it's been decided by a fan vote, which is how we get things like Lobo (who can go toe-to-toe with Superman at full strength) losing to Wolverine.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:49 PM)

And then there are the "but my favorite characater will totes win because I say so" people.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:49 PM)

I mean, there are some people who really approach this from a somewhat reasonable standpoint, coming up with a plausible scenario and a setting that creates a fair environment that doesn't favor one character.

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:46 PM)

My favorite stupid "why would they even fight each other" question recently was about three versions of Optimus Prime (G1, Bayverse and Aligned).

@  Nevermore : (04 August 2020 - 05:45 PM)

Batman obviously can beat everyone. Even Galactus. He's Batman. He's so smart, he'll just throw a Batarang and hit the weak spot at Galactus's forehead, knocking him out instantaneously.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 August 2020 - 11:37 AM)

It's almost like all drama is just manufactured pissing contests to keep us all entertained and distracted. :p

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (04 August 2020 - 10:16 AM)

Or they could go White Ranger vs Scorpion route and have both win. ;P

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:35 AM)

Besides, we all know the answer is nearly always "they fight to a standstill and then team up against a common enemy."

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:29 AM)

The best way to prove this is to give an example where the match is really lopsided in favor of one character but in popularity they're either evenly matched or the weaker one is more popular.

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 August 2020 - 09:27 AM)

The "who would win in a fight" discussions are really just people trying to make "which one's better" into something you can theoretically measure objectively, usually in a very specific way they think they've predetermined their favorite will win.

@  Otaku : (04 August 2020 - 02:01 AM)

@Nevermore So... you're saying you didn't like DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC?

@  Steevy Maximus : (03 August 2020 - 06:59 PM)

So, what happened to Hasbro's Zoids relaunch? An English dub, some stuff in southeast Asia, and now a game coming in October? That it?

@  wonko the sane? : (03 August 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Tidal wave, cause shooting water gets you nowhere.

@  Darth Gonzo : (03 August 2020 - 09:57 AM)

Who would win Tidal Wave or Broadside?

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 August 2020 - 08:17 AM)

Btw Happy birthday to those people in the box to the right \o/

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 August 2020 - 08:16 AM)

The bottom line is obvious. It makes no literal sense to fight someone on your faction. :/

@  wonko the sane? : (03 August 2020 - 06:14 AM)

That's because you're doing it wrong. You're supposed to just stack skills and ability against each other. It's not the palace of doom, it's an episode of american gladiators.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:32 AM)

The only obvious winners of such a fight would be the bad guys.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:29 AM)

And what does it even matter? They should work together, not stupidly fight each other for the mindless entertainment of idiot onlookers.

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:29 AM)

Why would two good guys fight each other? What are they fighting over?

@  Nevermore : (03 August 2020 - 04:28 AM)

I never understood these "who would win in a fight between two good guys" discussions. They make no sense to me.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 August 2020 - 04:17 PM)

If G1 had continued we'd have had Starscream back in spirit - through Krunk, Snapdragons partner and possibly Skullcruncher unless he was mute.

@  Bass X0 : (02 August 2020 - 12:28 PM)

There are some decent impersonators in fandubs though.

@  -LittleAutob... : (02 August 2020 - 10:45 AM)

The only true Starscream voices are Steve Blum and Chris Latta, hands down.

@  Sabrblade : (02 August 2020 - 10:14 AM)

Why they didn't have Scott McNeil voicing that Starscream, when he was the one who had imitated Chris Latta when he voiced Cobra Commander in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon, is beyond me.

@  wonko the sane? : (02 August 2020 - 09:57 AM)

Say what you will, that was an awesome scene.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 August 2020 - 08:36 AM)

Beast Wars Starsream "I am AIR COMMANDER Starscream of the DECEPTICON BATTLEFLEET!"

@  Nevermore : (02 August 2020 - 07:02 AM)

I liked TF: Prime Starscream.

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 August 2020 - 08:36 PM)

Hearing Starscream's screechy voice in Cyberverse has to be the most annoying thing ever in Transformers. Even his G1 voice wasn't as bad. :doh

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@  Sabrblade : (31 July 2020 - 11:02 PM)

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

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#7761 SwiftEagle

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:58 AM

I'm fairly sure the one and only time I ever went to a Service Merchandise was to get OpOp.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:21 AM

I'm fairly sure the one and only time I ever went to a Service Merchandise was to get OpOp.


OpOp was a Toys'R'Us find for me.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 10:06 AM

I ordered a G2 Optimus from Service Merchandise in 96 or 97, when I first started collecting TFs as an "adult."  They had some left over in a warehouse.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:35 AM

Not sure if I ever bought from Service Merchandise, but I do remember seeing Pretender Monsters and Micromaster Combiners there once upon a time.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 12:03 PM

Service Merchandise--now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.  A long time...

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 01:43 PM

Our Service Merchandise held out till the end of the chain, but we stopped shopping there long before then. I do remember shopping there when I was a kid, but can't remember anything specific we bought there.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 02:31 PM

who here is older than dirt and remembers stores like Service Merchandise, BEST, or LaBelle's?

Of those, I've only heard of BEST (or, I guess, BEST), which was my go-to for TFs in the mid-'80s. That's where I saw the glorious wall of Soundwaves I mentioned in another post (though I think it was still a Jafco at the time), and it may be the only place I ever saw the Kronoform dudes. It was definitely the first place I encountered the '86 toys; I distinctly remember the awe I felt looking at Ultra Magnus and Galvatron and the Autobot cassettes and Wheelie and Metroplex and I don't even remember who else. Sky Lynx too, I think? I hadn't seen the movie, and I don't think the new season of the cartoon had come on yet, so outside of maybe a few commercials I might've caught, it was all a huge surprise.


The TFs were right next to the Robotech toys; I recall being sorely tempted by an SDF-1 there too.


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:05 PM


I'm fairly sure the one and only time I ever went to a Service Merchandise was to get OpOp.


OpOp was a Toys'R'Us find for me.



I saw him at a Meijer first, if memory serves.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:50 PM

I've been in a Best toy department twice in my lifetime. The first time was in, like, '81, so there were no Transformers. The second time must have been in '84 or '85, because I remember seeing the Decepticon cassettes (though I don't remember which ones).


Their Christmas catalog for that year definitely lived up to the store's name, though.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:01 PM

I didn't even know Best Buy existed in the 1980s.  Probably because we had The Wiz.


Then again we also didn't really get Walmart on Long Island until the mid to late 90s either.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:24 PM

Service Merchandise...  I think it was the first place I saw G2 Transformers, but it is definitely the first place I saw Beast Wars.  I remember getting Iquanus as my first figure, then the next week getting the Optimus Primal Vs Megatron 2-pack.


Also, had to get a raincheck for the Batmissle Batmobile from Batman Returns, as they never got any in, and was in an ad.  I believe they ordered it for us, and I still have it, still my favorite Batmbobile design.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:42 PM

Beast Wars showed up around here at Kmart first.  My first BW toy was Terrorsaur, and Rattrap soon after.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 12:43 AM

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 02:46 AM

I'm surprised honestly by all the Beast Wars at Service Merchandise comments. Here in central CT it was definitely an early 80s phenomenon. I didn't keep track exactly but I have to imagine the one we had was dead and gone by G2 at the absolute latest.

I first found BW somewhere on the trip Between CT and Virginia pretty early. I remember getting the Tomart Toy magazine where I first saw them all only like the week before and I expected them to be months away and then we stopped at a Kmart or Walmart during the trip and boom, there were all the Wave 1 BW Deluxes.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:22 AM

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:00 AM


Wow two things: a) I'll bet Forbes wishes he picked up that Inferno now (though I see his Ebay prices have cooled a bit). And 2) Did those people go on to found TFW? Because that's how that exchange reads.


 I didn't keep track exactly but I have to imagine the one we had was dead and gone by G2 at the absolute latest.



They had locations into the 2000's. The one that was up the road from me closed in '02 though I seem to remember at that point it was mostly empty save for watches/jewelry and some small appliances.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:09 AM

You can see Astrotrain combines with his caboose in these photos. He gets some slippers and a big gun.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:17 AM

I would've rather those panels could snap over his hollow legs or cover the back half of his shuttle mode. Not sure why he needed lifts.


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:27 AM

Did those people go on to found TFW? Because that's how that exchange reads.


I don't know precisely when you came in, but within the existing fandom, that was how everyone was for at least a year of BW. A huge chunk of the early BW fandom were newcomers.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:57 AM

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