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  1. Wow talk about a lot of negativity. Once again for everyone. This isn't ARAH!!!! It seems that TF fans finally figured it out and enjoy the new versions they get every couple of years. We need to start doing the same. I'm actually glad to see that the show isn't going with the one dimensional Cobra vs. Joe. Having the government after them, using other Joes basically, should make for some interesting stories. As long as they don't dumb it down too much for kids. It makes sense the governemnt would want them to come in and if they don't follow orders then they would send people after them. Granted, it may not make for good long term story telling, but we have to wait and see. Also, the characterization/backstory behind each character seems like more actual thought was put into each character than was put into the whole line of characters for most of the past 10 years. Some will work, others won't, that's just the way it goes. However it looks like at least it won't be for a lack of trying. Voices could really make or break some of the characters. Cobra Commander is still going to be a masked man behind the scenes with a "fake" Adam Decobray character. That makes infinitely more sense than a masked man who is always seen trying to run an organization behind a mask. Cobra also has a more realistic goal. Rather than world domination, or power through money, it seems to be more along the fanatical side with the desire to rebuild the world in their image (much like certain terrorist groups today). I'm hopeful for the new series. The art design doesn't move me, but it doesn't look awful either.
  2. Hey All. I have some of the new wave 3 Alpha Class Vehicles for trade. Polar Sharc, Desert Rockslide, Tiger Claw and Lava Pod. All are MISB, never opened. I am looking to trade for the Walmart battle stations. I'm looking for all 4, but the priority is the Heetseeker system. They must be MISB, never opened as well. Only 1 for 1 trades. NOT looking to sell any. My ebay ID is scifreak so you can check out my history there, or check me out on Joecanuck under Canprime. Also note that I am in Canada. Marc
  3. Oops. Spoke too soon. The animation looks weak for 2010 CGI and the action sequences look contrived. Although snapping necks and killing are never a bad thing.
  4. I'm now more a fan of the 25th style of figures (I know, blasphemy) so the figures are nice, but not really doing it for me. Although I LOVE the designs, the codenames leave something to be desired. The transport helicopte and missile command base are SUPER WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love them. Of course the transport is an obvious Cobra custom fodder, but the missile base is looking pretty sweet. My only complaint would be that it is a little too "dome-y", but I will wait to see the final design. Glad to see some new, and pretty sweet, competition for Hasbro. Hopefully they get picked up.
  5. Two, 2009 convention sets on Ebay. Canadian JoeCon and official Joe Con. The H.A.T.E. set and Crimson Strike Team. My link
  6. Check out what they had to say over at joecanuck.com. Not much different, but we did get an answer that revealed some new figs for 2010 that weren't revealed before!! My link
  7. They are showing up in good quantities in Canada now, at Zellers. The Viper definitely fits inside no problem, and so do the ARAH figs. Great mold and great colour scheme.
  8. I think being at the beginning of August is a great spot for the franchise. ROC beat a few movies that were released early in the summer season. The month of August tends to be the final hurrah for summer movies, but the path was pretty clear for ROC at that time which probably helped it to make the amount it did. In the end a better overall movie will probably dictate how much a sequel will make.
  9. I don't think the numbers will prove it until we actually know how much money it brought in compared to how much it cost and how much they spent on ads and stuff. I am certain that it didn't make as much as they thought it would Well break down the numbers and it looks pretty promising. 3.8 million DVDs at an average of say $20 is $76 million dollars. That is just one week, and North America. I would hazard a guess that by the end of Christmas worldwide there will be 6+ million sold. That is an extra $120 million on top of what? $400 million worldwide? Then whatever it costs to get it on pay-per-view, television and you are looking at probably all told about $600-$700 million worldwide. That means after revenue splitting, the movie probably made it's money back. That is a great movie in today's Hollywood. Also consider, in today's Hollywood,that ROC was one of the top 10 grossing movies of the summer even though it was basically only out for 6 weeks of the period (May-Sept) and beat a few movies in the top 10 that were out for months and it was a no-brainer before this DVD shocker. And that is something to also remember, the DVD numbers are a shock. The kind of shock that gets the attention of all parties that could be involved in making a sequel because it means there is probably more of an audience than anyone thought based solely on ticket sales. Family Guy was probably the first evidence that DVD sales can be a good gauge on how truly large an audience may be for a product, and current belief is that DVD sales are usually where money finally is made on a film. Also, in Hollywood the numbers are not really as important as the perception. I'm sure Hasbro and Paramount are happy, but they can now go to directors, writers, actors and the money men with "landmarks". IE: top 10 summer movie in only 6 weeks!! Nearly 4 million DVD sold in first week!! More than $400 million worldwide ticket sales!! Those kind of promos go a long way towards getting quality people both in front of, and behind the camera and don't worry about what it cost! @loll@ you think if a DVD sells for 20 bucks that Paramamount makes 20 bucks from that? I am gonna say not even close. Of course not, but if you really want a break down start with tickets. Here is how ticket sales work (I worked as a manager at AMC for 6 years): First 2-4 weeks of release the average is 90/10 on ticket sales. That means 90 cents on every dollar goes to the movie studio and 10 cents to the theatre (why do you think concessions cost so much!). That varies based on how "big" a movie is estimated to be, and how long a movie runs, but smaller movies released off season have better deals for the theatres. Summer movies not so much. So ROC made what? $150 million the first month? So that is approximately $135 million to the studio. DVD sales have to give percentages to actors, writers, etc. So if the average DVD sale is $20 (most are more in new release, but I underestimated) then we say that studios probably makes 50% of that, so $10. So if they come in at around 6 million DVDs sold by the end of the year, that is $60 million more to the studio. So the final total of the movie to date is $301 million of which the studio probably got 75% ($225.5 million) plus $60 million in DVD sales and whatever amount they get for TV/Pay Per View rights. So the studio will probably get back $300 million on the movie which cost $175 million plus say $50 million for advertising, etc. So the studio will probably clear at least $25-$50 million on the movie all told. Just making money is enough in Hollywood today, but as I said before, even if it didn't, the numbers put up are enough for the studio to sell a sequel to all interested parties.
  10. I don't think the numbers will prove it until we actually know how much money it brought in compared to how much it cost and how much they spent on ads and stuff. I am certain that it didn't make as much as they thought it would Well break down the numbers and it looks pretty promising. 3.8 million DVDs at an average of say $20 is $76 million dollars. That is just one week, and North America. I would hazard a guess that by the end of Christmas worldwide there will be 6+ million sold. That is an extra $120 million on top of what? $400 million worldwide? Then whatever it costs to get it on pay-per-view, television and you are looking at probably all told about $600-$700 million worldwide. That means after revenue splitting, the movie probably made it's money back. That is a great movie in today's Hollywood. Also consider, in today's Hollywood,that ROC was one of the top 10 grossing movies of the summer even though it was basically only out for 6 weeks of the period (May-Sept) and beat a few movies in the top 10 that were out for months and it was a no-brainer before this DVD shocker. And that is something to also remember, the DVD numbers are a shock. The kind of shock that gets the attention of all parties that could be involved in making a sequel because it means there is probably more of an audience than anyone thought based solely on ticket sales. Family Guy was probably the first evidence that DVD sales can be a good gauge on how truly large an audience may be for a product, and current belief is that DVD sales are usually where money finally is made on a film. Also, in Hollywood the numbers are not really as important as the perception. I'm sure Hasbro and Paramount are happy, but they can now go to directors, writers, actors and the money men with "landmarks". IE: top 10 summer movie in only 6 weeks!! Nearly 4 million DVD sold in first week!! More than $400 million worldwide ticket sales!! Those kind of promos go a long way towards getting quality people both in front of, and behind the camera and don't worry about what it cost! @loll@
  11. Check this out: My link (uh, why does it say "my link"?) 3.8 MILLION COPIES IN ONE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!! 3RD HIGHEST SALES THIS YEAR AFTER 1 WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. Not only is it a great custom job, but of an iconic character from my childhood. I remember watching reruns of Rocket Robin Hood and 60s Spiderman, along with House of Frightenstein as a kid in the early 80s. Now on to his merry men!!!
  13. How about the fact that it was enacted in 1985 during the height of JOE popularity. I think we now see COBRA's true intention. Forget ruling the world, the Commander just wants as much money as possible to do what he wants, while controlling the lives of millions of Americans through their health!!! Insidious!!!
  14. As posted in the entertainment section. TF2: ROTF was, of course, number one. However ROC managed to squeak into number ten. Considering it was a list from May 1st to Sept. 7th and ROC was the only August release on the list, I have to say that I am really impressed. So of course the sequel is a given, even though I had my doubts. However I have to wonder what the total might have been if the movie was released earlier?
  15. I think that the Red Hulk identity buzz is pretty much over. They had a short span within which people were genuinely interested, but now he is just there. I agree that the people writing/editing the title seem to have gone back to 90s thinking in that the guy has to be super badass and beat everyone. However that just puts the villain/hero dynamic into the same category as all the others, except it happens immediately. The villain pretty much has nowhere to go but down now since he is so big and bad. I personally don't care anymore about the identity of Red Hulk, and even revealing it now won't bring me back to the title.
  16. Man, if Hasbro re-released the Dragonfish, or an updated mold (ala the Ghost Hawk) I would be all over it. Even if it came with a lame figure/repaint.
  17. Good job. I like that it has a familiar look while still changing the colour scheme.
  18. Disagree completely. His character, and acting were utterly horrible and a waste of time. He and Sgt. Stone never should have even been in the movie.
  19. It's lame because of the cost and because Hasbro could have put a doctor venom instead of turds like like the buzzer and ripper single card repaints, or the yellow python patrol CG, or the light blue ninja viper or... see the list goes on. Honestly you guys can't possibly think Hasbro would take a chance on any AT figures in 25th style over canon/homage repaints? 25th/ARAH collectors' want lists, before the reveal at the Con, probably looked somthing like: a) lots of ARAH 25th updates we still haven't seen yet (SciFi, Lowlight,Lifeline, etc.) and no thought of an AT repaint/remold, or the same list with AT as a fantasy wish I agree with wishing for a Dr. Venom, but either way, with the club doing it now we might never see a mass retail release. I would be more interested to find out the sales numbers of these AT sets to pre-ARAH collectors to see if they would be willing to buy product that isn't 12"
  20. Seriously?? I would have love to have heard the reaction to the crowd. Was it a thunderous applaud or cries of defeat? Yeah when I heard this during the panel the reaction was a few miliseconds of disbelief and then what I would call muted despair. Brian was pretty up front about it, but it is unclear what is a "small" number of molds that FP was able to request be saved. Brian had said that it would be cheaper for Hasbro to make new molds rather than refurbish old molds.
  21. I was there and as of Sunday opening, they still had every exclusive except the Blades w/S.A.F. helicopter. Since there was a crazy Lightning storm and heavy rain early into Sunday morning, it seemed to keep a lot of general public away on Sunday.
  22. If the movie has already made $125 million worldwide then it is a shoe in for a sequel.
  23. Well I saw the movie and I have to say I am really disappointed. I was one who kept an open mind beforehand, and was really hopeful after all the early fan reviews. However, this movie was just awful. I think the action was really well done for the most part. The Paris scene turned out to be my favourite in the whole movie. However, the rest was terrible. The acting, the story, the pacing and the scenery. I get the whole "in the near future" but the sets and bases were beyond ridiculous. I give credit to Wayans, Miller and the actor who played SS. Good jobs all around. The rest including Quaid should be embarassed with how they handled the dialogue. Granted, the dialogue was dreadful as well. Zartan and CC seemed to be on the cusp of being great characters, but never got the chance to be fleshed out further. I'm Canadian, and this bothered me the most....WHY WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA A BRIT????? GOOD LORD!!! This is 2009, not 1950, you can easily find actors to play the role who either are American or can do a proper US accent. After all this, I am still going to to and watch it again, and maybe it will improve my opinion.
  24. There are a lot of circumstances around movie critiques. Most critics do get to that point of having seen so many films that they do get jaded. It happens. I have given Ebert more leeway since his stroke, but anything more than one or two mistakes definitely makes your review suspect.
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