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Everything posted by mako

  1. What? Is there something they're not showing? What comes with this figure that commands an MSRP of 31.99? All I see is a rather average load-out for a Legends figure, except of course, the BAF piece has been replaced with a postcard. Getting kinda sick of Hasbro slapping a "Deluxe" or "Anniversary" sticker on a figure as an excuse to inflate their already over-inflated prices.
  2. Not likely to happen, but I'd love if they sculpted a pair of alternate "patty cake-hands," just to make the Series 1 tribute complete. In any case, it looks like I'll be buying Cap again. Not a problem, though. By giving the 80th sculpt a Retro-esque deco they've combined my two favorite Cap figures . . . plus an unmasked head. I just hope they haven't cut any holes in the shield to accommodate those effect pieces.
  3. I think the exact opposite is true. Going back to the 70s, many of the movies considered the best ever made were sci-fi/fantasy/genre movies. People came to expect that, and when hacks rolled out low-grade schlock like Star Trek V, Return of Swamp Thing or Superman IV, they announced their displeasure with their pocket books. Now days, no matter how bad a movie is, whether it be a Woke James Bond or another MCU Wanna-Be Frat Comedy, people flock to it in droves. It defies all logic. The trouble is, people have let their expectations . . . and standards get to low. We all cry out for another "A New Hope, Wrath of Khan, or Superman the Movie, but they'll never come as long as we settle for The Big Thorbowski, Star-Lords Dance-Off . . . or homoerotic symbiote romances.
  4. What exactly does the amount you're paid have to do with getting paid for the work you do? Would that person you're so proud of for feeding a family on $15 an hour be any less worthy of respect if they suddenly got a 20-30 dollar raise?
  5. Ah, "Rich Shaming," the great equalizer. It's kinda heart warming to know that the second hard work and financial diligence earn any one of us our first million, those who haven't made it yet will automatically decide we're scum.
  6. After CANCELLING some of her projects? Doesn't seem likely, unless . . . I'm no conspiracy theorist, but little by little, I'm warming toward the rumor that most of the crazy coming out of Disney lately has been smoke and mirrors. Basically, a concerted effort to discredit Bob Chapek. A law-suit here, leak of an unpopular plotline there, a couple off-color tweets, generally not a good look for the Mouse House's newest Cock of the Walk.
  7. Hey now! I have you know, it was his Kid Arachnid days on Ultimate Spider-Man that sold me on the character. That's how I STILL think of him. Now that hackneyed "Spy-D" tag they tried to hang on him in that God-awful Marvel's Spider-Man 'toon stank on ice.
  8. Doh! Completely forgot Blue Marvel. He makes my list just because, while I know OF him, I have absolutely no knowledge of his backstory. I like that, it's like a blank slate for the old head-cannon.
  9. For me, the star of this one is Quake. Speedball brings up a solid second, and U.S.Agent and Lady Hydra are welcome as well. I'll have to wait and see what Hasbro has planned, but with 80th. Thor and Modular Iron Man in my collection, I just don't feel any special need to grab a new version of either.
  10. I agree whole-heartedly on Kamala, but with Miles, I have a caveat. To my mind at least, Miles didn't really Get Good until they moved away from all the "Black Spider-Man" crap and really let him be his own character. I just wish all Marvel's characters were so carefully shepherded.
  11. Not just the toys, they have two full-blown franchises on deck here. Movies, cartoons, comics, YA novels, stationery goods all the usual revenue streams. As you said, two multimedia franchises are better than one. Another possible wrinkle is that while Captain Carol seams to catch the brunt of the blow-back from Marvel's "Woke" phase, (not really fair, but there it is), I have yet to see anyone who doesn't like Kamala Kahn. She's like a comic book version of LeVarr Burton or Milana Vayntrub (the AT&T Girl), you just CAN'T dislike them. That kind of across the board likability is rare (and potentially profitable), and I can kinda see Marvel wanting to protect it.
  12. Way back in the day, while I worked at the local Art Center, I was lucky enough to become good friends with a former colorist for Marvel while she was teaching down here (a comic book class for kids no less). To be fair, she didn't leave "The House of Ideas" under any animosity, but the seasoned Jersey-Girl also wasn't shy about sharing corporate horror stories with a starry-eyed Arky. The usual moral of her cautionary tales? If you make it to "The Game," watch your butt. Whether your an assistant to an assistant, or one of the "Rock-Star" artists, creatives are nothing but kibble for the corporate big-dogs.
  13. Checked another Walgreens last night. Once again, not only was there no Nova, but no Marvel Legends of any kind . . . even the peg-warmers that never seemed to sell were gone. If I didn't know better, I'd swear Walgreens and Hasbro had reached some kind of parting of the ways.
  14. I have that one. It's under-articulated, and at least on mine, the legs keep warping so he can't even stand up.
  15. I'm there for it, but that better be a SOFT-plastic skirt. With brain-fart decisions with figures, making the stuff they KNOW everyone wants exclusive, making everything else impossible to find, and raising the prices on what little you CAN find, Hasbro is seriously walking the razor's edge with me . . . and they are seriously off balance.
  16. Had a refund from a lost Target order burning a hole in my pocket, so I ordered Retro Rogue and Cyborg Spider-Man of their site. Seemed like a bad idea, but if I were smart I'd have another hobby altogether, so, oh well.
  17. Notoriety, rhyme, reason . . . it all went out the window a long time ago.
  18. Not my cup of tea. I'll hold-out for a decent action 'toon NOT written by/for those 40-something dads who wanna pretend they're remembering their bygone frat-boy days . . . which never really happened. Yeah, I know, it's gonna be a long wait.
  19. I cancelled my Hulu sub. last week after I heard about the dollar price hike next month. I get prices are going up, but it was a major accomplishment just finding something to watch there at the OLD price! The extra buck is small potatoes, but for what I'm getting, it's still a bridge to far. I've paired down my paid services to just Prime, where I opt for the annual subscription, Disney+, mainly for the old movies and shows (hey, Disney didn't always suck), and I just recently discovered my ISP gave me a free year of HBOMax. Not sure if I'll hang on to it. Kinda burned out on Pluto, Tubi is awesome, and I'm just starting to get into Roku.
  20. This version of Captain Marvel is probably one of the few things about Endgame that DIDN'T completely suck wind to such a level that it permanently damaged my faith in American Cinema as an art-form. Just to bad I don't collect MCU figures (cause, you know sucking and killing my faith and all), and I'm really getting tired of Hasbro's crud anyway.
  21. I'd have to agree. I just wish the other shows had lived up to it's example.
  22. That's funny. I was just thinking "That's the most mind-numbingly stupid thing I've ever seen, but I can already see it being right in a certain someone's wheelhouse." Can you imagine?
  23. "Mr. Fiege, we've hit the bottom of the barrel." "Then scrape, man, scrape! What am I paying you for?"
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