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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)


@  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)


@  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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#1 God Fire Ginrai

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:30 PM

Hey folks, I know this is a really subjective question, and answers will vary. 


I started "collecting" Transformers in about 1999 when I was starting college and discovered eBay.  Since then, I've amassed an insanely large collection (probably pales compared to several on here), but I'm straight up out of space.  As I grew into an adult, I figured I'd someday have room to "propertly" display all of this stuff, and I just don't.  I have a large house now and a huge finished basement.  I just finished putting up 3 8' shelves (about 16" deep).  It's enough to put a LOT of my stuff out on display, and I love it!  


Still, I'm finding the vast majority of my stuff is still hidden away, or has been MISB for almost two decades now with no viable path to seeing the light of day.  


Has anyone gone through this struggle that could throw a few suggestions out there?  


I decided it was time to start parting with some of it, and I've compiled a small collection so far, but I think I really need to loosen up the rules as far as what I'll keep and what I'll get rid of.  


Incidentally, if anyone is looking for something from 1999-now, feel free to drop a comment.  In particular, I'm absolutely open to dumping a lot from Beast Machines, Armada, Energon and Cybertron.  


Thanks for reading!

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:03 PM

Having to choose which to display and which to put into storage has very much helped me decide what I should keep and what I'm okay adding to the eventual sales stock. Some of it has been sitting in boxes in storage for 5 years or more without my having any need to open them, look at them, or even think about them. It makes letting them go really pretty easy.


Of course, it also builds apathy since it's also easy to just let it stay hidden away rather than put in the effort to price and list them. :D

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:05 PM

There are a lot of people in your boat.  I found it a whole lot easier just to give the stuff away to make space in the house.  Every time I think I'm done collecting (at least mainline figures) they pull me back in with better and better remakes of characters I love.  It's hard to turn away figures as excellent as the ones from Siege.  

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:09 PM

Every time I think I'm done collecting (at least mainline figures) they pull me back in with better and better remakes of characters I love.


This, oh man are you singing my tune.  I just pulled a Reveal the Shield Preceptor off the shelf in favor of the Titans Return version the other day.  There are some figures  (Primes/Hot Rod etc) that I want every single variant/version of the figure.  Others, I really just need one modern version and a G1 version of.  


Thanks for the input, this is more helpful than you might think.  And please, anyone else who has a strategy that's worked for them, feel free to drop in. 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:13 PM

I'm in the same boat as you, except I still haven't finished the basement (life gets in the way). Thankfully my boy just turned 3 so I have someone to play with Prowl (2008) instead of me throwing him into the garbage.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:52 PM

Anything that is redundant or from a series that I've lost interest in is likely to go now.  Which is a lot.


Most of my Animated is gone, as is about half my Movie stuff.  Moving on to Prime and the Unicron Trilogy stuff - possibly some Generations as well.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 02:39 PM

Animated turned out to have very poor shelf-life. I think I only still have Megatron and Magnus left.

Only the utmost favorite characters get multiple versions. Everyone else gets just the best version, others sold or given away.

Anyone you felt compelled to get just to complete a line or size class or whatever is probably disposable.

All packaging should be thrown out except G1, Platinum, MP, and convention exclusives.

I have a big crate left of toys in effective limbo, mostly non-show Beast Era and UT. I don't like them enough to waste shelf space on them, don't want to bother selling them, but can't rationalize throwing them out since they're intact. I should probably hold a garage sale.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 03:25 PM

I do the same thing. I'll collect for a couple of years, then downsize the collection. Mostly through ebay, but I'll sometimes donate to thrift stores or friends and family (and have, at least once, had a small box of movie figs make its way back to me).


I've been collecting off and on since 1984. There's no wrong way to collect. I imagine most people who post here take the figures out of the box.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:07 PM

Yeah, I do this frequently. If I ever notice that something on my shelf, or off, isn't giving me that gleam of satisfaction anymore, I consider selling it. Having a smaller but more meaningful collection is way better than having a gigantic one, in my opinion. 


I've sold through nearly all of my GI Joes, Animated, movie, and CHUG material over the last five years or so, and each purge has resulted in building up another part of my collection that I valued more, usually replacing more with less. 


Of course if you're already in a pretty good place with your collection, and you don't need the money, giving away items is a good option too.



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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:59 PM

If a toy speaks to me in story terms -- if it fires my imagination in terms of who the character is, what adventures they might go on, what fiction I remember them from --  it's more of a keeper.  This is why CW stays while Energon combiners are gonna go.


If it's outstandingly gorgeous in one or both modes, it's more of a keeper. (Studio Series)


If it's exceedingly fun to play with, and I'm prone to digging it out, it's more likely to be a keeper. (Micromasters, Mini-Cons)


If I've learned all its ins and outs, if it's not such an important character to me, if it doesn't tell a story, if it's only there to complete a set, if I don't have fun just playing with it -- it can go. 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:17 PM

I have no idea what you guys are on about Animated having a limited shelf life. Mine are just fine as they are.


That said I have thought about paring down myself. But it's mostly Movie toys for me. Most non Movie lines I've collected may not be up on the shelves all the time but I do enjoy playing with the Unicron Trilogy toys once in a while.


That said most of my shelves are filled with CHUG, BW, Prime, and Animated with a few stand outs being the larger UT figures like Unicron, Armada and Cybertron Optimus, Vector Prime, and AoE Hound filling in as a CHUG Bulkhead But seeing how I recently had to make room for TR Trypticon I definitely see the need to pare things down. I'm thinking of setting up a table at my buds place when the annual Garage Sale extravaganza his street always has in the first weekend of August goes down.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:40 PM

I haven't sold my Animated yet, and I'm not sure why. None of it has been on display since Animated ended oh-my-god years ago, with the exception of Lockdowns. I think they're just such nice toys it's hard to let them go.


I'd never sell Shockwave, obviously.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:25 PM

I am a bit of a packrat, but have been trying to downsize stuff myself.


For Transformers (and LEGO), I just can't find the need to let go.  On the other hand, I have collected a lot of other stuff over the years that I do not care to much about anymore, and need to go through and do a huge downsizing. 

The only things to me that are really safe are Transformers, LEGO, Diaclone Reboot, PR Zords, amiibos, and various figma/Nendoroid/figuarts figures (they are relatively expensive, but still display well even when in their boxes).


I recently did a huge purge of all the boxes I have been saving over the decades, and while that freed up a ton of space, I still have bins full of figures that I will need to really go through.  Do I really need those Sigma Six figures?  Those marvel figures from the 90's are nostalgic, but aside from "Dark Nemesis," who do I need to keep?  That sort of thing.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:52 PM

I was a completist from 2000 through 2006. Eventually I needed money and space, so I sold anything that was just there to complete a set, or that I had a better version of, or that I just felt I could let go of. There were a few regrets, but not many. I've only rebought 2 or 3 of them. I do like storing things in shallow clear tubs so I can just pull out a series for fun when I want to. As long as it's accessible, it doesn't have to be on display to be fun.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:16 AM

As stated, its highly subjective and there's no single "right" answer.


I've sold off a LARGE chunk of my collection over the past 10 years or so, and I've done so for various reasons. There are a small handful of items I sold off purely because I needed some extra cash, but there's only a tiny handful of them that I'd remotely consider re-purchasing down the line. If I can snag some good deals, I'd re-purchase Shattered Glass Megatron, Cybertron/Galaxy Force Optimus Prime, Classics Henkei Convoy, United Megatron, and MP Laserwave (the 2nd release), Botcon 2016 transmetal Megatron, and B.M Blackarachnia, but that's pretty much it. I regret nothing else.


Everything else that I've sold, I parted with mostly because they just didn't excite me at all, or were supplanted by what I felt to be superior/more fun versions. RTS Perceptor got bumped for the Titans Return version. Universe Hound and Sideswipe got bumped for Siege Hound and Siege Sideswipe, respectively. Classics Jetfire lost out to Generations Jetfire. Universe Ratchet lost out to Botcon 2016 CW Ratchet. And so on. 


Even my G1 toys, which I once considered sacrosanct, have been almost completely purged. Sure, they look great on a shelf when reasonably complete and in good condition, but they sat in a storage bin for years without being displayed, and eventually, I found that the nostalgia factor alone wasn't strong enough for me to justify keeping them. So, they got sold off, save for the ones I truly loved, G1 Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Shockwave, along with a few stragglers like Guzzle, and my handful of micromasters. 


So, if I could give one answer to the original question, I'd say this: when you look at your collection as a whole, and you find that parts of it just don't "do it" for you anymore, its time to do some pruning. In the end you'll have a smaller collection, but it'll be one you're probably much more pleased with and proud of.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:12 AM

I've found that the hardest part isn't deciding to purge, or even deciding what to sell off, but actually sitting down and starting to sell the stuff. I've a couple of hundred Lego sets I want to sell, and dealing with the logistics of it all is a massive headache.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:50 AM

I agree, I started out with tons, realized this wasn't working, and started thinning.  I still have a LOT, but nowhere near as much.  My rule was if it isn't getting my attention, and my nephew isn't interested, I sell or trade it off for something better (or even given some away, a few younger cousins really liked Energon and so they got my omnicons).  Nothing wrong with using excess inventory to see if you can jump-start interest in the next generation.


When I first started doing it, Transformers of any sort were commanding a huge premium, even in lousy shape.  Now, with so many reissues, revisions, etc, it's not so much, though you can still make quite a bit with the right items.  I will never forget my best victory, paying for an entire two semesters of college, books included, using toy robots when I was between financial aid.  I'll never pull that off again!


Though I admit there are some things I wanted I never got, like an Animated Waspinator.  I just didn't have the money at the time to swing it and I don't know enough about Animated to know if that one had any issues I'd need to know about if I started hunting.


One idea though you'd not make as much, the simplified aspect may help, I think the bigger players like BBTS or TFSource buy large collection lots? I've never done it myself.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:25 AM

I'd definitely be interested myself in hearing about any web stores that might buy in batches. The time saved would be more than worth it from my perspective.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:30 AM

I can't find anything for BBTS, but TFSource has this:




I have never done it, though I have gone through them for odd parts on several occasions, and they've been great for things that aren't even on their website, which I've appreciated.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:38 AM

Getting rid of transformers is a foreign concept to me


Every time I crack open one of my tubs thinking that I'm gonna pair it down some I just end up displaying more TFs on my already bursting at the seems shelfs its madness

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