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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 04:12 PM »
I no longer read them, but I keep up on the news for some reason. And I read Saga in trades.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:44 PM »
JTA's post on commentary -

My open field tackle of same -

The Jyn comment what triggered this thread last year. Others have also thrown this back at him, at his own site.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:46 PM »
When he brought the Nazis and alt-right into it, his agenda became pretty clear.

Thankfully I missed this, though I'm not surprised. His issues are well known, and I pointed out some examples in this thread earlier. But his behavior extends much further than that, into conduct that's detrimental to the hobby and his peers. This is a guy who has touted for the return of SA / TVC 3.75 figures, railed against collectors for letting the format fail, as he routinely links to eBay auctions selling these figures out the back door. He huffs and puffs about other sites 'leaking' while he rarely gives proper attribution for scoops or discoveries other people made. His infamous Q&A where Hasbro 'felt they had made enough girl figures' resulted in every Q&A going forward being recorded. He never stood on his reporting, amending it to preserve his relationship with Hasbro, even as he benefited from the controversy that followed in terms of traffic and exposure.

I'm sure others have many other examples that speak to this, and maybe they'll share them.

Wow. Very nice.

The Last Jedi / Re: Toys R Us Exclusive TLJ Force Link Starter Set
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:16 PM »
Kind of sucks folks who buy the playset will end up with two of these Force Link things. But then maybe your dudes can talk to each other if you wear the links on both wrists. Actually if I were Hasbro, I'd be selling that hard.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:50 PM »
Thanks for the tip, I'll keep that in mind. I know someone tagged Hasbro in one of the tweets today.

I do think there should be some consideration on Hasbro's part re: his behavior. Harrison has been talking at Hascon about being an integral part of Hasbro's process and being part of some collector panel going forward. I don't think he's representative, not with his rhetoric. I'm sure his post today was motivated by trying to improve his optics as he improves his 'standing,' but it's disingenuous. He shouldn't have a seat at the table if he got there by fermenting a toxic environment in our hobby.

He's the same guy who misrepresented Hasbro's statement in a Q&A about female figures, and rode the resulting firestorm to a higher profile online even as he spouted his own misogny about 'recklessly bossy' female leads who were a product of Disney's SJW agenda.

Anyways. Thanks for the tip!

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:30 PM »
I would have been more forgiving if he had said, I've participated in this in the past and I regret it. He didn't do that. He started calling people liars and his usual shtick. I know not everyone pays attention and like Rob said, it's great just to have this little corner of fandom that's quiet and considered, but some days it feels like this bro flake stuff is pushing us into a corner. This is our hobby. It's big, diverse, fun and it's about toys. It's not about anybody's political stances or personal insecurities.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:48 PM »
You are blessed.

I wouldn't have known about anything today if not for Twitter. In a nutshell, Paul Harrison posted a lengthy post asking people not to post derogatory comments - like the ones he routinely does. It's laudable, except he is the primary instigator in the toxic atmosphere at that site. It's his brand. So people came with receipts and he's getting called out for his hypocrisy.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:37 PM »
Bumping this as it, um, became relevant again today. Glad to see some folks pointing out JTA's hypocrisy and disgusting rhetoric on Twitter. You reap what you sow.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:20 PM »
That sounds right on. Pushing some Han Solo TVC figs from May to September is no big deal.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:20 AM »
Yeah, it could be the train has left the station on a few things, but the movie is stillfilming. It's happened before where toys were bumped last minute. GI JOE Retaliation is the best example I can think of right now. We'll see though.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 13, 2017, 11:37 AM »
I won't argue any of that, but the Trek films were largely also Kurtzman and someone who I forget right now. Abrams signed off on it, so there's that. Abrams strength is in character, which is where TFA's strength was. He does seem more interested in puzzles and distractions than telling a good story sometimes, so if I have a concern about IX, it's that.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:55 AM »
I'd prefer Kasdan too. Abrams is a good writer, but Kasdan would put it over the top.

Sometimes I think the scalper thing is overblown, especially by some other sites pushing for a headline, but to me the 90s were a time of woe for that crap.  These days, a single guy can clean out a store for sure.  That said, when Rose is the only one left, and I can't speak for all collectors but when a wave hits I get the figures from said wave and not skip one as some kinda gamble, yeah I dunno.  That's not quite right in my mind.

Scalpers (around here in Iowa) are definitely more of a factor than they have been in forever, but I agree, a lot of this feels overblown. When you pimp every day the 'outrageous' prices on eBay for X Y or Z, you start to see that it's not about some crazy auction but someone's traffic. If there were as many scalpers as there in the 90's, we wouldn't be talking about distribution. Ever.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 12, 2017, 05:12 PM »
I'm shocked they haven't with Han Solo yet, but they might be waiting - and waiting - to get some distance from the Lord and Miller thing to announce the shift. Still definitely seems on for May, though. Hasbro mentioned it in one or two of the Q&A's from Hascon.

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