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@  ThunderWear : (27 January 2020 - 08:56 PM)

Think of it positively, maybe your face just has optional no-slip surfaces

@  Maximus Ambus : (27 January 2020 - 05:38 PM)

I have dyspraxia so use a electric trimmer, it's never smooth. NEVER!

@  Benbot : (27 January 2020 - 12:52 PM)

don't you hate it when you shave but miss a whisker and it bugs you all day long and you try to yank it out but you can't because it's too short to get a hold of but your hand keeps finding it whenever you touch your face?

@  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


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#1 Broadside

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:12 PM

Spoiler-free review and retrospective by the Allspark staff on the front page.

 

Discuss the issue (and the series) here!


Edited by Broadside, 06 November 2018 - 06:13 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:05 PM

What an end to a long and epic journey.

Thank you for everything, James Roberts!
遊び終わ。- ブレラ・スターン少佐西暦2059年

 

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:13 PM

Thanks for nothing, James Roberts!! Oh fine, thanks for quite a lot then. 

 

Weirdly, while I found so much of MTMTE/LL disappointing and never felt the same kind of quality variance in Barber's books, I find myself more interested in Roberts' future projects than Barber's. Barber's Hasbro work and continuity magic are spectacular in the context of Transformers, but what other book will let him flex a lot of those muscles? Whereas the good bits of Roberts feel much more transplantable. 


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:24 PM

This is Doc at headquarters!  Great news!  Whirl's come out of his coma!



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:26 PM

Barber's Hasbro work and continuity magic are spectacular in the context of Transformers, but what other book will let him flex a lot of those muscles? 


Back to the Future?

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:28 PM

Who's Tim, Noa, and Maggellan?



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:58 PM

Who's Tim, Noa, and Maggellan?

Maruten, Unitremover, and Vexwing, respectively. 



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:59 PM

Me... someone... and Vexwing. We need a list, I'm terrible at remembering who's who.  :(

 

Oh, Unitremover I think.

 

edit: Adkinsed!

 

 

Back to the Future?

 

Good call. I have read some of that but need to catch up. Though I can't say it's a property nearly as close to my heart as Transformers. It is a great fit for Barber though. 


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:06 PM

There were individual bits in this issue I liked (the Whirl stuff was lovely, for instance), but they didn't really come together into a great whole for me. I guess being vaguely depressing is kind of the book's Thing, but I wish there could've been a nice tied-in-a-bow happy ending, instead of either a gloomy one or an "and the adventure continues" one.

And I really didn't like that the last Megatron scene was pretty much just Rodimus and Magnus mooning over him.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:52 PM

That's the best bit of the book, Callum.  :)

 

We won't know until OP wraps up I guess, but this may end up being one of the most effective deaths in the final weeks of the universe. It's possible none of the others will have room to watch characters mourn them, whereas here that's the only bit we got. 


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:08 PM

People keep saying how sad and depressing the main timeline was, but I never really got that sense; it kind of reminded me of Adventure Time's finale, which showed a brief glimpse of life a thousand years after the end of the show - where things were different and upsetting for someone used to the main setting - but you just got the sense that life continued on for everyone, that the characters kept living their lives, and I appreciate some of that feeling seeping into this finale.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:25 PM

Ah, so that's why the last 15-ish issues of LL went nowhere - the ending is just one issue and there had to be filler up to then.

The resolution we see is very much like the end of Babylon 5, where the heroes do defeat the ultimate evil and allow life to continue for billions of people.... which means that every little evil is still left and a lot of those people turn out to be assholes.

Very clever storytelling to put the anticlimactic "real" end in the middle.

It gave me a lump in the throat and I admire the sheer love that went into the story; it ended up being everything that's good about fan service.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:32 PM

Barber's Hasbro work and continuity magic are spectacular in the context of Transformers, but what other book will let him flex a lot of those muscles? Whereas the good bits of Roberts feel much more transplantable. 

Any Marvel or DC book really.

 

But he's EiC, so that won't happen for a while.



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:08 PM

My biggest takeaway at this moment is

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:21 PM

End of an era.


I sure wish I hadn't misspelt my username.....


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:22 PM

Any Marvel or DC book really.

 

Yeah, that just doesn't interest me. There probably are books at those publishers where he could work some magic - put him on Hawkman or something I guess. It just doesn't feel like it would be as satisfying as his Hasbro work. 


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#17 The Magic Man

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:57 AM

Any Marvel or DC book really.

 
Yeah, that just doesn't interest me. There probably are books at those publishers where he could work some magic - put him on Hawkman or something I guess. It just doesn't feel like it would be as satisfying as his Hasbro work. 
I mean like, I guess. That's your thing. But like most TF writers his body of work feels like an audition to write the x-men. And it would probably be a very good run.

Edit: actually, Legion of Superheroes, Teen Titans, Avengers. Any team book with history. Oh, an Invaders book. Or JSA.

I could also see him doing something clever with the Madam Xanadu setup that Matt Wagner made.

Edit edit: Revolutionaries was a love letter to Marvel comics and basically a SHEILD book. To the point that he just turned the Action Team into the Howling Commandos. So yeah, he could do an Invaders or a SHEILD book.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:36 AM

I have no doubt Roberts will be back to Transformers and after seeing what he did with the 86 cast, rebirth cast, poochie Drift and D listers, I hope IDW kick themselves imagining what he could have done with the 84 cast and fan made characters in familiar settings namely Earth and Cybertron. They gave him next to nothing but he still came out the winner while the rest went to gimmicks and crossovers to save their butts.

When the company inevitably goes under, when the license goes to someone else in a few years, they should at least give him a call.


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:43 AM

I have no doubt Roberts will be back to Transformers and after seeing what he did with the 86 cast, rebirth cast, poochie Drift and D listers, I hope IDW kick themselves imagining what he could have done with the 84 cast and fan made characters in familiar settings namely Earth and Cybertron. They gave him next to nothing but he still came out the winner while the rest went to gimmicks and crossovers to save their butts.

When the company inevitably goes under, when the license goes to someone else in a few years, they should at least give him a call.

I go off a wild tangent about how a person who did not write the book this thread is about should write tie-ins to a 2008 Vertigo book and somehow I was still more comprehensible then whatever this is.



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 05:19 AM

actually, Legion of Superheroes


Oh gosh yes. Well done.

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