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1  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The LCS / Re: George Perez retires on: January 19, 2019, 01:43:42 pm
It's gonna sound like a total cliche, but he is TRULY one of the best comic book artists of all time.  His style was so crisp, clean, and detailed....he never ceased to amaze.
2  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 15, 2019, 12:45:29 am
I'm going in with NO expectations whatsoever.  whistle.gif
3  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 07, 2019, 07:41:12 pm
I think one huge problem with Mattel's handling of DC license is that they've never come up with anything better than DCUC.

DCD had pretty decent variety, but the styling, articulation, and scale was totally inconsistent.  IMO, DCUC was the best DC line we had.  It wasn't perfect, but no line is.  I don't think anything else will ever come close. 

Wave after wave of stuff that just seems to be created in a vacuum. There is no synergy in the 'line'.

Handled EXACTLY like DCD and the DCEU.  All over the Goddamn map.  I just don't get it.  Marvel/Disney/Hasbro seem to have a practically foolproof plan for merchandising, while DC/WB are the polar opposite. 

Honestly, I think WB would do great if they had the rights to SUPERBAT and nothing else.  Why!!???
4  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 07, 2019, 11:45:50 am
.... but I feel for all of the poor bastards that have to make dozens of wild guesses along the way in the hopes of getting what us fickle customers want.

I cannot even imagine what it must be like trying to crunch those numbers. think.gif

Doing movie figures has to be, at worst, somewhat successful because they just keep coming.  And a lot of them are properties that don't have toy lines outside of the movies, like Avatar, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jurassic Park.

5  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 04, 2019, 08:10:14 pm
I forgot they did Avatar.  Man they took a bath on that.

I would love to see some data on which Movie figures sell and which don't.  Does anyone here have any stories?  I've been reading that figures from the latest Star Wars movies aren't selling well.  What about figures from James Cameron's Avatar?  The recent Star Trek movies?  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?
6  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 03, 2019, 04:29:23 pm
Here's a list of Mattel brands.  I don't know if this is everything.

http://corporate.mattel.com/our-toys/default.aspx
7  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 02, 2019, 04:36:18 pm
Clearly, there's a lot going on.  Mattel made that announcement about Mattel Films a few months ago.  Regardless of whether or not that actually works, it's a HUGE deal.  Also, Mattel has ( or had ) really big plans for Mega Construx, too.  I read an article several months ago about them wanting to be a bigger competitor to LEGO.

Good point about them being able to just drop everything except Hot Wheels and Barbie.  If that happened, I'm sure other companies would swoop in and buy up everything else.

This whole thing is fascinating to me.  think.gif
8  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: January 01, 2019, 09:02:48 pm
Question: Let's say it's some odd months down the road, and Mattel has had no luck landing other licenses.  They are in big financial trouble.  Does anybody think Hasbro may try to buy Mattel??
9  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: Aquaman on: December 31, 2018, 09:23:50 pm
The underwater visuals were spectacular. Hate to think how this would have looked if Zack Snyder was at the helm.

God knows he loves his heavily muted colors, plus loads of dark grays and black.
10  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The LCS / Re: Are Movies Ruining the Comics? on: December 30, 2018, 03:05:40 pm
You guys will have to forgive me.  I guess I'm more out of touch than I thought.  crazy.gif whistle.gif
11  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The LCS / Re: Are Movies Ruining the Comics? on: December 28, 2018, 10:04:05 pm
Very, very interesting thoughts, guys.  Thank you.

With me, I have lost all interest in Modern Marvel and DC.  At this point, I am only interested in Indy titles, and back issues of the 'Big 2'.  On top of that, the over saturation of Superheroes has driven me more towards Fantasy, Westerns, Sword & Sorcery, and Sci-Fi type stuff.

I'm still enjoying the movies, but if they all stopped dead, I'd be just fine. 
12  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: More MATTEL Problems on: December 28, 2018, 07:20:28 pm
Well, there's almost no doubt that Spinmaster will launch a new line of some sort, but what in blazes will it be?  For some reason, I see them doing something in a weird, new scale like maybe 5 inches.
13  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The LCS / Are Movies Ruining the Comics? on: December 28, 2018, 02:17:29 pm
I've been watching lots of podcasts and reading articles about how some fans feel that all the SuperHero movies are ruining the comics they are based on.  People are talking about how, especially with Marvel, comic sales are declining, and how there's just too much emphasis on the movies while comic book quality goes downhill.  Many people complain about changing the status quo of decades old characters to match whatever is going on in the movies.

I do find it very funny how currently, you can have full-on conversations about SuperHeroes with people who have NEVER set foot in a comic store or even read a comic.  And they have no intention of ever doing so. I constantly meet people who talk about how they do not like DC at all, but they are basing that opinion solely on movies.  It's a little frustrating.

What do you guys think?
14  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: This pops up on Bleeding Cool last night with little backup (MotU movie). on: December 28, 2018, 12:01:06 am
So supposedly, this is still in development.  Obviously, there's no way it can happen with a release date of next year.

But I'm bringing it up again because of the announcement of Mattel Films ( from several months ago ) and the upcoming loss of the DC license.  With Mattel wanting and needing a new property or two, is it time to try to bring MOTU back for real?  Will they make it an animated movie, live action, or possibly both??

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/09/mattel-ceo-hopes-film-division-will-revitalize-the-toy-company.html

"Mattel is the owner of one of the strongest catalogues of children and family entertainment in the world, think Barbie, Hotwheels, American Girl, Fisher Price, Masters of the Universe, Thomas the Tank Engine ... Ageless, timeless, generational, iconic brands," Kreiz told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Tuesday. Kreiz said he wants to restore Mattel to being a "high-performing" toy company and to capitalize on its intellectual property by expanding into film, television, live events, video games and consumer merchandise.
15  General Geekery - The Comics, Films and more that inspire the Toys we love! / The Geek Boy and Girl's Vale of Visual Amusement / Re: Ant-Man and the Wasp on: December 27, 2018, 11:53:58 pm
So Mrs. Magnet and I finally rented this right after Christmas.  We watched it twice in a row!  I can't believe this is my new favorite Marvel movie!
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