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@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2021 - 09:19 AM)

This just happened to be the first time one ever gave up and walked away immediately after ringing the bell. Like, no patience at all or something.

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2021 - 09:17 AM)

Covid didn't stop salespeople from coming to my neighborhood. They are still a consistent annoyance.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 April 2021 - 08:16 AM)

Random like "Why does god allow terrible things?" or random like "You can see them too?!?"?

@  Echowarrior : (16 April 2021 - 07:36 AM)

And yet, I still have to deal with random idiots on the street asking me random questions.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2021 - 04:04 PM)

door to door salesmen (or those offering religion) certainly are one of the things lost to COVID that I've missed the least

@  Sabrblade : (15 April 2021 - 10:07 AM)

They rang the bell and were walking away before I even got to the door mere seconds later.

@  Sabrblade : (15 April 2021 - 10:06 AM)

I just got ding-dong-ditched by a salesperson.

@  tigerhawk : (14 April 2021 - 01:20 AM)

Sure he's a peeping tom but every single Scottish person does it!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (13 April 2021 - 08:09 PM)

Groundskeeper Wheelie say you're going to taste my rake today!

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 April 2021 - 06:57 PM)

"If elected mayor, me first act will be ta KILL THA WHOLE LOT 'A YA, AND.......I know it's on!"

@  Steevy Maximus : (13 April 2021 - 01:57 PM)

Campaign slogan? "Its Willie time!"

@  tigerhawk : (13 April 2021 - 10:15 AM)

I'd vote for Groundskeeper Wullie.

@  Donocropolis : (13 April 2021 - 07:25 AM)

A comic, yes, but we need a figure!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 April 2021 - 06:27 AM)

No.. It's Tiberious Maximus... And there is a comic with such already. :D

@  Donocropolis : (12 April 2021 - 11:15 AM)

Yes. Color it like the Energon version of Unicron. Also, give us Fortress Tiberious.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 April 2021 - 09:49 AM)

Great. Now I want a borg cube unicron...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (12 April 2021 - 09:00 AM)

We still need Transformers x Star Trek toy.

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 April 2021 - 05:39 AM)

I saw most of them at retail at TRU, but that's not an option in the US anymore.

@  tigerhawk : (12 April 2021 - 04:21 AM)

Dibs on naming the Ark robot Arkonus.

@  Kalidor : (11 April 2021 - 09:48 PM)

The only Titan figure I ever saw at retail was Trypticon at Ollie's

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 April 2021 - 09:12 PM)

Robosen Prime has market crossover with not just the toy collectors, but robotics enthusiasts quite willing to pay that price for a product like this.

@  wonko the sane? : (11 April 2021 - 08:33 PM)

One of my two local TRUs will stock exactly ONE titan at a time. It usually ends up "clearanced" for about 20 bucks off cause no one is willing to pay for at full price OR discounted.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Most stores don't seem to want to stock Commanders or Titans, never mind Unicron.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 April 2021 - 07:55 PM)

I wonder if Unicron going to crowdfuning wasn't just a price issue but also stores not wanting to stock and transport something so huge.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:47 PM)

It is, although this thing could also be considered a STEM educational tool

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 07:33 PM)

Doesn't change the fact that, for most people, $700 is a pretty hefty investment for a toy.

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 April 2021 - 07:17 PM)

I dunno, $700 doesn't seem that bad for what it does. Some of those Masterpiece figures seem to go for at least half that price, and they don't have any actual robots or even electronics.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 April 2021 - 05:35 PM)

Not to mention wallet-shattering.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (11 April 2021 - 04:30 PM)

It's a jargon-shattering figure.

@  Kalidor : (10 April 2021 - 08:50 PM)

The licensed Optimus Prime that transforms itself is the appropriate usage of the term "Third Party"

@  Donocropolis : (10 April 2021 - 08:24 AM)

That Optimus isn't built by Hasbro, only licensed. The company that makes it has been making similar robots for years, so no crowdfundng required.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 08:05 AM)

Apparently they're selling one for 74 and a half thousand dollars.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 April 2021 - 08:01 AM)

We could write boston dynamics and ask?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:59 AM)

Granted, I'm not sure how much robots with elaborate movement tend to go for.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 April 2021 - 07:56 AM)

I think with actual robotics it was easier to justify selling it at a high cost, compared to an unusually large action figure.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 April 2021 - 05:06 AM)

It is a very impressive display of robotics though.

@  tigerhawk : (10 April 2021 - 04:52 AM)

What were they thinking with that self transforming Optimus? should have been another crowd funder for that price.

@  tigerhawk : (08 April 2021 - 03:33 PM)

I wish they'd rerelease Earthrise Ramjet and Dirge.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 April 2021 - 03:04 PM)

Yay! optimus primal just arrived. So now there's... nothing for me to look forward to till scorponok drops... hmmm, I didn't think this through properly...

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 04:26 PM)

It's an older title which recently got a remake so...

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 April 2021 - 01:10 PM)

Ah yes- I think I've heard of that game before. I may be thinking about something else though.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 08:03 AM)

It's a video game. You get hired to revive and restore a series of derelict space stations.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 07:05 AM)

I've got no idea what that is but yes.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 April 2021 - 06:34 AM)

so... literally the plot to startopia.

@  tigerhawk : (07 April 2021 - 02:32 AM)

Maybe if the Interstellar Alliance collapsed after the big burn and a 'benefactor' repurposed a space station as a commerce one. Oh wait...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (06 April 2021 - 04:35 PM)

Babylon 6?

@  Donocropolis : (06 April 2021 - 11:49 AM)

I'd rather have a Toilet Seat: TNG sequel series than an actual reboot. If something was done well the first time, don't give us the same-thing-but-worse, just give us something new on that bowl..

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:19 AM)

Context: my parents had the bathroom redone about a year ago (actually, almost exactly a year ago, as the project was about 4 days from complete and was interrupted by the first pandemic lockdown.). The ridiculous, fancy toilet seat they purchased has since develloped cracks in it and needs to be returned. Dad simply could not get the seat off himself... and see previous shout.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 April 2021 - 10:17 AM)

How to ruin somesones day with one question: Let someone work on a problem for about an hour and a half on their own, come to the realization they need an extra set of hands, ask for help, show you the problem and outright difficulty of it: then ask them "Hey, what does this button do?" and literally solve the two man dilema without doing any work.

@  Dekafox : (06 April 2021 - 09:22 AM)

As far as the TNT move, all of Season 5 was basically epilogue, which didn't help - when it looked like things were ending at Season 4 JMS tried to cram all the major plot threads for his original Season 4 and 5 plan into Season 4, which didn't leave them as much to work with for Season 5. Then TNT totally screwed with Crusade and got it killed before it got a chance to hit the real plot and nothing else really resonated enough to get a series push. A Crusade revival would be the best "B5:TNG" option IMO.


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#1 Lizard King

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:29 PM

Here is confirmation that the movie is happening, along with a couple other tidbits

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE(Lizard King @ Apr 13 2012, 12:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here is confirmation that the movie is happening, along with a couple other tidbits

Been known for awhile that it was on Marvels to-do list, along with Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, the Inhumans, and all the sequels (Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2)

Still good to see them talk about it more.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:04 AM

Still can't believe that it's happening.



Somewhat disappointing to see how many people are bewildered by the choice, but I'm looking forward to this above all other Marvel movies. Which, I hope, says quite a lot.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:07 AM

Given the introduction of the cosmic side of the Marvel movie-verse, Guardians is kind of a no brainer.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

I still think this property is too esoteric for your average comic-movie-going audience. Despite whether the film ends up being awesome or not, I fully expect it to fail miserably at the box office.

Ant-Man, too.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:20 AM

Really hope Phyla makes it for the movie line up, though I kind of doubt it. I'm sure they want to hold off on the Captain Marvel motif for a stand-alone release in the future. Would Phyla as Quasar be too convoluted for a movie plot?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:29 AM

QUOTE(Betty Nor @ Jul 15 2012, 08:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I still think this property is too esoteric for your average comic-movie-going audience. Despite whether the film ends up being awesome or not, I fully expect it to fail miserably at the box office.

Ant-Man, too.


I think it will do decently, if only becuase Marvel Studios is becoming the Pixar of Superhero films. I also think it will do better then Ant-Man since ant-mans rather boring with few of his own good stories; while Guardians is a Superhero Space Opera that is a gateway into introducing other Space based characters.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:50 AM

QUOTE(Betty Nor @ Jul 15 2012, 09:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I still think this property is too esoteric for your average comic-movie-going audience. Despite whether the film ends up being awesome or not, I fully expect it to fail miserably at the box office.


Yeah. I held the belief that it was far too esoteric to even be made into a movie, in the first place.

A really solid cast, or at least one with appeal to the general public, might go a long way towards selling this.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:59 AM

Yes, but Pixar releases aren't as prevalent as the amount of Marvel movies that the studios are trying to make. Seems more like running the property into the ground trying to cash in while the property is still hot. I'd fully expect audiences to burn out on stuff like this (and Ant-Man) than develop some sort of new-found brand-loyalty. And brand-loyalty to Marvel is about the only thing GotG can depend on to try to get butts in the seats since there's really no "brand-recognition" for a property as obscure as GotG.

Also, GotG seems too weird (like Green Lantern once you get into the whole "GL Corps" thing) to really resonate with the average movie-goer. Yes, I keep hearing how awesome GotG is and how great the characters are, blah blah blah, but when I look at that promotional art, I don't feel compelled to see the film. It just looks like it's trying too hard to "rock" and forgetting the fact that all of those characters look really weird.

I'm a Marvel fan, and even I have no desire to see this film.

If this property managed to be successfully introduced as a TV show or something, where it could build up the quality of backstory/characterisation/plot-lines that comic fans keep hollering about, then I could see it making a mediocre-at-best presence in the cinema (like Serenity), but as is, it's a rare bird (read: Star Wars) that can one-off the intricacy of a Space Opera in a 2 hour film.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:08 AM

Folks are worrying about nothing.

Iron Man and Thor had NO public fandom/attraction outside of Comic Geeks and folks said the exact some things about them that you'r saying about the Guardians.

Turn out an Awesome film, and turn out a film that you've publicly promoted the heck out of as 1) part of a lineage of these epic Marvel films that have been building an unprecedented universe and 2) a prequel to Avengers 2 likely coming the next year.

People will GO.

Make a good movie.

And Make a movie that people know is a vital link to Avengers 2.

It will do great.


-ZacWilliam, loves these Guardians.read "Conquest: Starlord" mini and the recent Guardians series. Fun stuff.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:13 AM

QUOTE(ZacWilliam1 @ Jul 15 2012, 11:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And Make a movie that people know is a vital link to Avengers 2.


That's a really key point there. I know a number of people who only bothered with Thor and Hulk because they knew they would have some link to Avengers.

Have the Guardians encounter HIGHLIGHT to view:
Thanos on his way to Earth and you've got a good hook to grab that audience.

Edited by Shattered, 15 July 2012 - 10:15 AM.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:44 AM

Whether or not it's a commercial success in the future can't deter the reality that it's being made now and there's a high probability that I will enjoy it immensely.

Neener.

And hey, a line of Guardians of the Galaxy toys! That's pretty neat. Finally, a Gamora.

Edited by Strafe, 15 July 2012 - 11:45 AM.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:54 AM

QUOTE(Strafe @ Jul 15 2012, 12:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And hey, a line of Guardians of the Galaxy toys! That's pretty neat. Finally, a Gamora.

Just one. Shortpacked. Have fun finding her.

On subject, the Avengers tie in is what will sell this movie more than anything. The entire world knows the Avengers now. That in itself is telling seeing as the Avengers were not in the public eye at all before all this began.
Marvel built up the hype machine and delivered on the hype. That red logo will put asses in seats for even a few years of bad movies.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:01 PM

QUOTE(ZacWilliam1 @ Jul 15 2012, 11:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Iron Man and Thor had NO public fandom/attraction outside of Comic Geeks and folks said the exact some things about them that you'r saying about the Guardians.


I dunno. I don't read comic books, but I was still reasonably familiar with Iron Man, and even the Marvel version of Thor, long before seeing those movies. I've never even heard of this one at all, though. I'll probably still see it, 'cuz why not, but if I haven't heard of it (as someone who doesn't read comics, but is probably a little more familiar with them than most non-comic readers) then I'd assume most others haven't, either. Even if Iron Man wasn't as well-known to the general public as a hero like Spider-Man or the X-Men, most people have at least still heard of him; and RDJ was probably enough to draw a ton of people to the first film to get hooked, as well. Not sure about this one.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:33 PM

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Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the few Marvel properties I know positively NOTHING about and it is embarassing. They aren't NEW, right? They've been around a long time, right? It's just... weird, that in all the decades I've been reading comics and throughout my childhood when I collected every marvel trading card I could get my mits on... I never encountered any of these guys.


Yes and no.

If you were a fan in the 70s-90s you should know the name at least. If you started collecting after that they only got big again recently.

The concept of the Guardians of the Galaxy has been around a long time, but the current team is pretty new.

When they were originally introduced way back in the Silver Age the Guardians were a cosmic team from the far future.(30th Century? I forget). They were made up of the last survivors of various Earth colonies that had different "powers" based on their adaptations to their homeworlds. This team had a lot of Avengers connections/crossovers, including playing a big part in the classic Korvak Saga (one of the most famous Silver Age Avengers stories).

THAT Guardians of the Galaxy had their own series in the 1990s (Same launch window as the Dan Ketch Ghost Rider and those books.) It was decently fun and pretty popular, especially early on and had a good long run for a book in those years.

THIS team of Guardians, set in the modern day Marvel Universe, is a recent formation. Though all the characters are long time existing characters. Rocket Racoon is from the Silver Age Incredible Hulk, Star Lord has a long history (and even a miniseries by Timothy Zahn under his belt) , Groot was a Pre-Marvel Timely Comics Monster and so on.

This new team first formed in "Annihilation: Conquest Starlord" miniseries a couple years ago (Great mini) and eventually got their own book. There we're a number of crossovers between that book and the Classic old Guardians team. That book sadly ended too young in the midst of a mess of (pretty decent actually) Cosmic crossover events but it was pretty popular with fans who read it and a good fun read. They and their members won enough popularity in to make a number of appearences recently, especially in The new Avengers Assemble book.


-ZacWilliam, hope they go with Starlords modern costume, love the helmet.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:36 PM

Never would have happened but I would have been pretty damn happy to see Vance Astro in the screen if only for a sorta link to the New Warriors.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:01 PM

Do you guys not understand that GOTG is just cool as hug? If you're a science fiction fan, you'll eat this jive up. Not only that, but anything Marvel sells these days. I have nothing but faith in this movie. Marvel hasn't hugged up yet, and I don't see them hugging up any time soon.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

This is a way easier sell than Thor or Captain America actually. Thor was a space viking, Captain America was injected with science juice that made him super great and he punches nazis named silly things and he gets frozen in ice for 70 years.

All you need to motivate the existence of GOTG is "sci-fi adventure movie", they don't have to mention superheroes since there technically aren't any. Star Wars is still going, Star Wars is weird as hug, why does that guy look like a dog? How do they know what he is saying? Is that guy a fish? Worm the size of a small moon? Why not!

All it has to do is to be good.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:31 PM

Exactly

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:32 PM

I'm not sure I'd say this is an easier sell than a dude named Captain American beating up Nazis, lol. But yeah, marketed like that I suppose it could draw in a certain non-comic crowd. They're going to have make it quite good, though.