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@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I'm also only reading the trades. So I'm still missing... two volumes that are currently only available as hardcovers? Three?

@  Trpodeca : (17 January 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Astro City is great. Since I only read the trades, there probably won't be a big change for me.

@  ZakuConvoy : (17 January 2019 - 05:34 PM)

I have. Great series. Hopefully the transition to OGNs will be a smooth one.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 07:20 AM)

Anyone here reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City?

@  Verity Carlo : (16 January 2019 - 01:12 PM)

https://sites.google...ations---part-1awwwww shit

@  Benbot : (16 January 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Remember the Noid? He steals pizzas!

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:47 AM)

That said, the old "Nester" character from Nintendo Power IS owned by Nintendo, and I could see a homage in there

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:46 AM)

Because technically DiC created the character, Nintendo does not own him.

@  Paladin : (16 January 2019 - 10:28 AM)

sidebar- why is "Captain N" not in Smash yet? that seems like such an easy option.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2019 - 09:18 AM)

The 90's mario cartoons had exactly three character aspects to work with: fat, italian and plumber. He wasn't exactly wrenching pipes in every episode, so they had to do something...

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2019 - 07:31 AM)

It's in another castle.

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:24 AM)

i HOpE sHe mADe LotSA SPAGHETTI

@  Locoman : (16 January 2019 - 06:17 AM)

Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEELP!

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:07 AM)

That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario *wheeze*

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2019 - 02:24 AM)

It's too hot here.

@  Echowarrior : (15 January 2019 - 11:03 PM)

I liked the Super Mario Brothers Super Show the best myself.

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There's always the three Mario cartoons DiC made back in the 80s.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 09:48 PM)

So they could make a show that everyone would scream was an adventure time knockoff? I get what you're saying, but I can't see it being well received.

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 January 2019 - 08:47 PM)

The fact that Adventure Time was on the air for 8 years and at no point did Nintendo hand the creators a large sack of money and say, "Please make a Mario thing for us" will forever anger me.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was so much awesome put into design and conception of the super mario bros. movie, and it didn't even need the branding: but it wouldn't have made it to the screen without the branding.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:56 PM)

Many aspects of it have stuck in my memory, though. The boots, the devolution ray, the aesthetic of the dinosaur city

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

I had no idea there was another Mario Bros. movie coming out, though. Doubt it'll top the first one, it was just so bizarre

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

They already act a bit like minions; they just aren't stupid

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 05:35 PM)

The trouble is: I honestly can't decide if making them minions would be better or worse than the continuously shrill voices they've used for the last 20 years.

@  Paladin : (15 January 2019 - 05:27 PM)

hope everyone's ready for Toads to look, act & sound like the Minions forever...

@  Lancer : (15 January 2019 - 04:54 PM)

I mean, considering Illumination is making the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. 1993 won't be the worst Mario movie anymore

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 04:36 PM)

"Sir, your pizza's here." "Not now!"

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Actually, yeah. I think I need to watch it again. Great movie.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 03:44 PM)

It's a fun movie with amazing sets. As long as you don't try to connect it to anything else Mario, it's fine.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Damn, I haven't thought about the Super Mario Bros. feature film in forever. Need to watch it again, soon; I can only imagine it gets better with time.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

Re:Zero is a fantastic series.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 03:10 PM)

Yeah it's not a bad concept, it's just that lately the term is associated with "I, a Loser Everyman, Woke Up In a Generic Fantasy Setting Where I'm Super Special So Now Girls Orbit Me"

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 12:59 PM)

So too is the old Super Mario Bros movie

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM)

I went and looked up the term "isekai"... that's not actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 12:19 PM)

I'm not sure, but the cartoon segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show are.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Wait. A. Minute. Is Blaster Master an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (15 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

*Dragon Slave*

@  Xellos : (15 January 2019 - 06:22 AM)

I used to use a pic like that as my avatar for years, but that... is a secret.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 02:07 AM)

Is Flatland an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (14 January 2019 - 11:16 PM)

@Xellos Every time I see you post, I picture Xellos' infuriating smug grin and finger waggling with the "sore wa hi*mi*tsu*desu <3"

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 09:50 PM)

The Last Starfighter is also one of those

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

Astronaut gets shot through a wornhole and ends up on a living starship full of escaped alien prisoners.

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

I realized a few months ago that Farscape is a sci-fi-based Isekai.

@  Sabrblade : (14 January 2019 - 09:03 PM)

The Thor movies and Enchanted, as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 January 2019 - 08:45 PM)

@xellos We get to many of those in Hollywood movies.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 January 2019 - 08:13 PM)

Re:Creators!

@  Xellos : (14 January 2019 - 07:47 PM)

There is also Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, where people regularly get summoned to a fantasy world, then eventually sent back with their accumulated powers (and the main character smuggles the demon lord's daugher by his request, which is a no-no)

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 07:23 PM)

We need more inverse isekais, like The Devil is a Part-Timer

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 January 2019 - 04:11 PM)

I feel like Tron is pushing it but I can't actually come up with an argument to that effect

@  Pennpenn : (14 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

To Arazyr- I don't see why it wouldn't be.


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Ongoing Questions for Hasbro Brand and Design Teams Thread

Hasbro Generations John Warden

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#1 Copper Bezel

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 07:11 AM

Whether it's a flash social media prompt or an impromptu convention interview, we're sometimes presented with an unexpected chance to interface with the faces behind the toys. While that's great, it's also always a scramble for questions from the community, and usually results in kicking ourselves later at the awesome questions we wish we'd thought to ask. Exastiken, Allspark Discord server regular, suggested we start an ongoing thread for questions you want answered that might get missed otherwise. 

 

Share your questions for the Hasbro brand and design teams here, and we'll collect them into an updating list as we go. There's no guarantee that the next person to have the opportunity will ask every question we've collected at a given time, but the list will something for them to look back to as reference when the opportunity arises. If there's something people are curious about, it's much less likely to get missed this way. = ]

 

Edit: For example, Exastiken suggested a couple of possible questions:

 

Could we see Snapdragon and Apeface as a part of the new Generations Select branding?

 

Might the DJD appear in War for Cybertron given their Cybertronian city-name theme?


Edited by Copper Bezel, 19 December 2018 - 07:14 AM.

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Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


#2 repowers

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 04:25 PM

1) A long time ago at BotCon, Hasbro reps gave us a nice overview of the toy design process. I think that'd be a great topic to revisit as there have surely been some changes to the process in the past 10-15 years.  

 

2) I'm not convinced specific "will we get such-and-such" questions help much, because plans won't be announced until they're ready to be announced, but I guess more of a general take on the remaining "holes" in the G1 roster -- Autobot Targetmasters, the Horrorcons, Pretender Monsters, Throttlebots, etc. Are they interested in continuing those directions? 

 

Also, if anybody's ever sitting down with Bob Budiansky:

- Was there an idea that the G1 comic might end at issue 12? Was the story arc structured with that as a possibility? 

- Why Portland? (I have a suspicion that either it was obscure and far away from anything happening in the main Marvel books, or Bob had some connection there, friends or family. Or maybe just Mount St. Helens, because volcanoes are cool.)


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Posted 19 December 2018 - 05:05 PM

Please someone explain Crankcase.



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:53 PM

WTF is this shit?! Kindly explain the story behind these symbols.

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 01:56 PM

Was there ever plans for there to be an additional pair of boxsets in Titans Return after "Chaos on Velocitron" and "Siege on Cybertron?" If so, were the Arcee/Ultra Magnus, Grotusque/Scorpinock and Cloudraker/Wingspan sets left over from this, and what else was going to be in them?

 

Were there ever plans to create some sort of official Subscription Service/Collector's Club venue to release exclusive figures before Generations Selects was a thing, and were Arcee, Grotusque, or the Prime Wars Trilogy figures connected to it? (this has been soft-confirmed several ways, but it would be nice to have an official story)

 

Why the decision to retool bits of Titans Return Soundwave for his Bumblebee Movie re-release? Was that tooling originally intended for something else?

 

Was Power of the Primes always intended to be about three to four waves from the start, or was it shortened at some point? If it was shortened, can you give us hints about what was cut?

 

Why does Siege Hound's boxart have him with a very Cybertron-Defense-Hot-Shot-Esque head?



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Posted 24 December 2018 - 04:46 AM

What are the chances of a segment of the generations line that is similar to studio series or the Thrilling 30, where rather than an overall theme we have an assortment of characters from across all generations with the packaging informing us what series they were from?

Probably hitting my head against the wall with this one but I guess it can't hurt to ask.

Edited by TriBlurr, 24 December 2018 - 04:47 AM.


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Posted 25 December 2018 - 06:30 PM

Can we have Botcon back, pretty please?

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Posted 25 December 2018 - 09:11 PM

What ever happened to that prospective Hasbro Fan Club thing that was supposed to replace Fun Pub?


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Posted 25 December 2018 - 11:22 PM

Who are the alternate heads for Power of the Primes Battleslash, Roadtrap, Dreadwind, Blackwing, and Evolution Optimal Optimus?


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Posted 29 December 2018 - 10:10 AM

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:19 PM

What was the design process for having Titans Return Alpha Trion and Broadside as retools? Seems kind of random, given the star difference between a lion and a fighter jet. Which was planned first, and how was it decided to add the second one as a retool?

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 06:31 PM

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 01:03 PM

Will IDW be working on a new Hasbro-verse that shares the new Transformers comics with GI Joe and other properties? (I can probably ask them in-person myself at WonderCon.



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Posted 08 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

What are the chances of rereleasing some older generations figures that were difficult to find. Like Thrilling 30 Gears or Titans Returns Nautica? Maybe as part of the Select Series.

Edited by TriBlurr, 08 January 2019 - 04:51 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 02:03 AM

What are the chances of rereleasing some older generations figures that were difficult to find. Like Thrilling 30 Gears or Titans Returns Nautica? Maybe as part of the Select Series.

On that note, if Metroplex were to be re-introduced into Generations Select, would he sport updated parts like Titan Master pegs and connections to other base modes?


Edited by Exastiken, 11 January 2019 - 04:11 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:59 PM

Who are the current members of the Transformers design team and what have they worked on in the past?  I mean that both in the "work background" sense and the "specific toys you've designed and/or to which you've contributed" sense.


Edited by Spark, 09 January 2019 - 05:00 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:07 PM

What are the advantages to Hasbro and Takara unifying their Generations lines?  (This has a 50/50 chance of just getting a PR garbage answer, but still.)


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:39 PM

Most of these questions run that risk honestly.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:25 AM

A significant number of Transformers Generations figures, starting from mid-Thrilling 30s, now sport 3mm flight stand ports, something that also shows up in a lot of Hasbro action figure products, but compatible first-party flight stands only come bundled with select Masterpiece figures. There was a standalone flight stand offered on the TakaraTomy mall, but it is no longer available. In the future, could there be an evergreen option of Hasbro flight stands so figure buyers could use this display feature?



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Posted 10 January 2019 - 04:12 PM

A significant number of Transformers Generations figures, starting from mid-Thrilling 30s, now sport 3mm flight stand ports, something that also shows up in a lot of Hasbro action figure products, but compatible first-party flight stands only come bundled with select Masterpiece figures. There was a standalone flight stand offered on the TakaraTomy mall, but it is no longer available. In the future, could there be an evergreen option of Hasbro flight stands so figure buyers could use this display feature?

If I recall from waaaaaaaaaay back, Warden said those ports were basically made with the assumption that collectors already had stands from Bandai or Figma, etc, around to use.


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