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  1. Growing up in really, really diverse areas, I learned really quickly that minorities, be it blacks, latinos, Jews, whatever, have a very, very good sense of humor about themselves. Hell, they make fun of themselves more than anything, as you just noted. It's the people who aren't a part of that background that tend to raise a stink over crap like this.
  2. Also, Skids and Mudflap are a representation of a culture, not a people. If you look at the way they act and your mind automatically assumes they're black, well...what does that say about you? I know plenty of non-black people who act like that. It's much more about where and how you grow up, not what color your skin is. If you're upset about the portrayal of the culture, fine...but to automatically jump to the racist argument shows me that whoever's throwing out the race card has some issues of their own.
  3. I am and will continue to be amused by the fact that most, if not all, of the people crying racism over Skids and Mudflap are, in fact, white people. There's so much overcompensation going on in debates like this...it's amazing. You don't have to prove you're not racist by losing your #$@# over something like this and hoping Al Sharpton calls you and thanks you personally for doing it, all because you feel guilty for the word that pops up into the back of your head when you see something or someone that fits into the narrow-minded stereotype you're so ashamed of believing in. Methinks the Caucasians doth protest too much.
  4. I TOTALY DISAGREE WITH THIS!! I do not think the TF empire was built on fickel kids. I'm sure there numbers help a great deal but i will forever maintain that it is the adult collector with their grown up pay check that rakes in the bigest doe! would you like to see my $1,100.00 invoice from TFSOURSE.COM?? And that was just the 1st quarter of this year. It doesnt even count what I blow in stores and on the Bay. Again, that's just your own ego tells you...the vast, vast, vast majority of Transformers merchandise sales are from parents buying them for their kids. That's how it was in '86, and that's how it is now. Just because there are quite a few people who grew up with them still collecting them doesn't mean that the kids' market doesn't exist. And the TF empire was absolutely built on "fickle" kids. Why do you think there are so many 20-and-30-somethings still collecting these things? We were kids when they came out! The cartoon, G1 movie, Armada, R.I.D., Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Energon, Animated, Cybertron series, and the Michael Bay movies are all toy commercials. It's us, the people who grew up with the property, that can't seem to see the blatantly obvious...most of us have outgrown everything about Transformers but the collectibles, so when something in the movies or whatever strikes us as "immature", we lash out at it because it hasn't "grown with us". The fact of the matter is that, like pretty much any property discussed on these forums, we're a small cog in a much, much bigger machine, and we overestimate our own worth because we either can't or don't want to see beyond what WE want for the property. In the grand scheme of things, we're expendable. well I get what your saying and i do agree to a certant extent that we adults will out grow certain toys (i.e. i cringe when ever i think about how Sid and Marty Kroft H.R. Puff n Stuff was once one of my all time fav tv shows. But when Power Rangers 1st came out i nearly bust a gut laughing so flipping hard at how stupid it was). But G1 may have had its hoaky element but if we kids back then were realy as fickle as you say, and if the toys and toon are realy not that much differant from yester-year, than why are we "grown kids" still hanging tough with TFs? And why do new present day toon apeal to us like JLU if its true that our taste have so dramaticly changed over the years?? And most of all.............why is it the toy and toon lines that we adults seem to love so much seem to have such staying power and long life???? any toon can be considered a "success" when its first released, but its when the toys and toon transend mulipul generation like TFs have that truly spell SUCCESS IMO. I really have no idea why certain properties have stuck with us through all the years and others haven't. I don't watch any new cartoons...JLU or whatever. Can't stand them. My affection for Transformers has always been tied to Optimus Prime. The qualities of the character are inspiring, and I like that that's never changed, no matter what. The rest of the characters, with one or two exceptions, don't matter to me much, I'm all about Optimus. His character in the movies is who I remember looking up to as a kid, that's why I love them so much. I guess it all, again, comes down to personal preferences. I have no clue why so many people are attached to DBZ, or any anime for that matter. But they're fanatical about it. Certain things just ingrain themselves in peoples' minds for some reason.
  5. I TOTALY DISAGREE WITH THIS!! I do not think the TF empire was built on fickel kids. I'm sure there numbers help a great deal but i will forever maintain that it is the adult collector with their grown up pay check that rakes in the bigest doe! would you like to see my $1,100.00 invoice from TFSOURSE.COM?? And that was just the 1st quarter of this year. It doesnt even count what I blow in stores and on the Bay. Again, that's just your own ego tells you...the vast, vast, vast majority of Transformers merchandise sales are from parents buying them for their kids. That's how it was in '86, and that's how it is now. Just because there are quite a few people who grew up with them still collecting them doesn't mean that the kids' market doesn't exist. And the TF empire was absolutely built on "fickle" kids. Why do you think there are so many 20-and-30-somethings still collecting these things? We were kids when they came out! The cartoon, G1 movie, Armada, R.I.D., Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Energon, Animated, Cybertron series, and the Michael Bay movies are all toy commercials. It's us, the people who grew up with the property, that can't seem to see the blatantly obvious...most of us have outgrown everything about Transformers but the collectibles, so when something in the movies or whatever strikes us as "immature", we lash out at it because it hasn't "grown with us". The fact of the matter is that, like pretty much any property discussed on these forums, we're a small cog in a much, much bigger machine, and we overestimate our own worth because we either can't or don't want to see beyond what WE want for the property. In the grand scheme of things, we're expendable.
  6. Anybody who has a problem with anything they deem stupid in the movie should pop in the G1 movie, fast forward to the ^^^^ING DANCE NUMBER SET TO A WEIRD AL SONG, and remember just who the target audience for this movie is, because it hasn't changed since that was made. We've all (well, most of us) grown up, but try to remember that we're no longer the reason the movies and toys are made, despite what our egos and nostalgia tells us.
  7. It was amazing. Kicked the first one's ass in every way. Critics need to understand that not every movie has to be an Oscar contender. They're entertainment first and foremost.
  8. Yes, I am. Doesn't change my opinion that a bunch of metal dinosaurs running around would be just a little too much, even in a Michael Bay movie.
  9. You can make the same argument about Megatron and The Fallen... They are no robot in disguise either... True, but that's because they just don't care about hiding. That's a far cry from trying to hide as a giant metal dinosaur. Now, if they used something similar to Grimlock's Cybertronian form from War Within...oh hell yeah.
  10. I will never, ever understand why, if the TFs are supposed to be "in disguise", a bunch of giant metal dinosaurs running around would even be considered for the movies. Why would they even have to worry about fooling dinosaurs? Dinosaurs wouldn't call the cops and report a robot sighting. I love the Dinobots, but I don't ever, ever want to see them in the movie series.
  11. Who the Hell cares? I'm finding out about it now. Whenever it happened, it isn't any less of a stupid idea. Another infant forced to age for the convenience of the writer? That's one of the oldest hats out there. Why would you bother clarifying this insignificant point??? Maybe if you want to form an opinion about something, you should research it so you'll know what you're talking about. Generally that's a good idea unless your intent is to make yourself look like an idiot. YOU JUST GOT BURNED BY THE BIG DAWG AROOOOOOOOOOO WOOF WOOF WHO LET THE DAWG OUT MUTHAFATHA
  12. Really, really gotta agree with you. I absolutely hated the designs for the first movie, I hate the designs for this second movie. The bots are really too far out there from what they were, looking nothing at all like the transformers everyone already knows. And seeing people raving about these pieces of garbage just drives me nuts. It's like if they dropped a generic transforming bootleg robo toy into a blender, chopped it up, pooped on it, painted it silver, then packaged it under the TF name and people are saying it's the best new thing since sliced bread. I'll be happy once this crap-o line goes away, the movie fades away, Michael Bay fades away, animated fades away, and they finally start bringing new classics/universe out again. It's really going to be bleak TF wise till then. No reason to even go into the toy section anymore. And yes, when dreamwave went away so did my TF comic collecting as well. I'll be glad when people stop whining about the designs and accept that G1 has been dead for a long, long time. The toy collecting world doesn't begin or end with your tastes.
  13. Yeah, he'll be here Wednesday from BBTS. I got him for completion's sake, mostly. Plus I've been a good boy and been saving like mad for no reason, so I figured why not.
  14. ...so, anyone know when Devastator's supposed to hit? Yes, I want it. No, I don't care if you don't like it.
  15. Picked up Legend class Optimus, he's MUCH better than the one released for the first movie. A hell of a lot more accurate, not as bulky. Saw everything else, but he's all I wanted out of this line until Devastator hits. When is he supposed to come out, anyway?
  16. And again, refer to the Joe Q. Public part of my statement. I think you people are overestimating your own worth in the retail market. The average consumer, i.e. people with kids or the kids themselves, doesn't want Cyborg, or Black Manta, or Killer Moth, or Captain Cold, or Booster Gold, or Gentleman Ghost, or any of the other peripheral characters that they've never heard of. And that's 99.999% of the retail market. Just because you want something doesn't mean the general public does. That's what is killing the line. Kudos to Mattel for trying to please collectors, but sooner rather than later, they're going to open their eyes and see that it's just not making them any money. They've already cancelled the Movie Masters line, and I'd dare say the characters in the upcoming waves were much more mass market friendly than anything they've got coming up in DCUC. And, you know...the DC Superheroes line, which focused on Supes/Bats and their supporting characters did a hell of a lot better than DCUC is. I wonder why? Recognizable characters.
  17. Y'know..........each of us comes to this according to our own gifts. I don't think its fair to malign someone for complaining, but at the same time I find myself questioning why its necessary when alternatives and options are available. I rant about complainers because I see their "learned helplessness" as being so pointless. I mean, why would someone CHOOSE to be unhappy, when a simple shift of perception can lead to joy? I dunno.........I just dunno. I think I just get frustated with people who come to these boards specifically to rant and rave and trying to goad others into an argument. I feel if you dislike Marvel or DC that much, don't go to a forum about Marvel or DC. That seems like common sense to me. If you couldn't say stupid things on the Internet, what would you do with it? Seriously though, I agree with some of the great points recently made. I sometimes create a little trouble myself but usually it's because someone comes here, contributes nothing to the intellectual discussion and tosses a few insults along the way. This is the price you pay for free speech. I know I'm going to get hammered for saying this but there's a lot of people here starting to sound like Marvel fans. More to the point, it's easy just to blame the manufacturer, but (and this was mentioned earlier) there's many more cogs in the machine. I'm no expert but I have paid attention to other people in the business both here in the forums and in blogs, etc. The other problem I see is people think that everyone buys the same collectibles/every person who reads comic books buys related comic book merchandise. Nothing can be further from the truth. To answer the forum question clearly if I were a DCUC collector I'd be concerned, but not worried. Not because of Mattel but because sales don't seem to be going through the roof and so on and so on. People are always going to blame Mattel for everything. It's basically genetic memory that collectors are born with. "OH CRAP I DON'T GET WHAT I WANT BLAME MATTEL" is their first thought out of the womb. Again, Joe Q. Public just doesn't want the figures that are being made in the line aside from the big 2 or 3. That's the problem.
  18. just asking peoples opinion I value most not particullary yours. Ohh burn. Again, think for yourself. It's a highly underrated ability. Do you like the figure? If so, keep it. Did you just get it for the BAF part? If so, sell it.
  19. thats quite the baseless statement, seems to me the exact same people who have wanted them from the start are still wanting them now, just because you and your friends have graduated away from "mass market junk" doesn't mean the rest of us have sworn them off just yet Keep in mind this place represents maybe .00000001% of the collecting populace. I find that most people, if they're going to spend the money on collectibles nowadays, would rather spend it on something they'll display for years to come, rather than something they'll get bored of and toss into a drawer within 6 months. Besides, the only company making good 7" scale DC figures now is DCD. Then again, I couldn't care less about most of the characters in the DCUC line...Killer Moth? Come on. Mr. Yac speaks for me! I wanted them from the start and I want them... wait I don't want them now. Stop pretending that every collector likes the same things as you. Mattel has not just shot itself in the foot, it blew it off. But no one's-sorry I don't speak for everyone. You should pay attention to the comments about the retailers not stocking them. Every single store manager makes a decision on what to carry and what not to carry and those that do carry it throw in on a maximum of three pegs. Face facts people, there's better selling stuff in the action figure aisle. I pay more attention than probably anyone on this board. I've done my time in retail, I know how the business works, and I know the reason the line isn't selling. The characters are #$@#. People will buy Batman and Superman. Maybe Robin, too. Anything other than that is a waste of plastic in the mass-market. The small percentage of people who actually know who Gentleman Ghost and Killer Moth are don't funnel enough money into Mattel's pockets to make a dent in what they're losing by attempting to serve a market that, despite its protests, isn't big enough to support this line. The only way for this line to continue and be successful is for them to take it to Mattycollector and sell it like they're doing with Masters of the Universe Classics. One figure at a time, make them limited so people will actually buy them for fear of missing out, and improve sculpts and paint applications. If people really like this line as much as they claim they do, it would work perfectly. Of course, you'd have the jerks complaining about the rise in price, having to pay for shipping, and having to be around to order when it goes on sale or risk the chance of missing out, but you know...people already complain about not being able to find these things, so I'd say they would have a better shot at actually getting the figure through the site than by hunting in stores that are still overstocked with Etrigan figures. The bottom line is the niche market is killing the line. There's no need or reason for a mass-market line to contain a figure like Captain Cold. The only way to be profitable is to cut production numbers and up the price. Also, most stores have buyers...the managers don't decide anything. Buyers look at what sells where and decide who gets what and how much. It's all done through corporate. As a side note, if every collector liked the same stuff as I do and thought like me, the world would implode because it's against the laws of physics for there to be more than maybe 5 smart toy collectors in the world. Any more than that and you're looking at a massive catastrophe. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.
  20. thats quite the baseless statement, seems to me the exact same people who have wanted them from the start are still wanting them now, just because you and your friends have graduated away from "mass market junk" doesn't mean the rest of us have sworn them off just yet Keep in mind this place represents maybe .00000001% of the collecting populace. I find that most people, if they're going to spend the money on collectibles nowadays, would rather spend it on something they'll display for years to come, rather than something they'll get bored of and toss into a drawer within 6 months. Besides, the only company making good 7" scale DC figures now is DCD. Then again, I couldn't care less about most of the characters in the DCUC line...Killer Moth? Come on.
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