Toy Fair 2008 > Transformers Round-Up

Just as Paul has taken up the mantle of PGPoA’s Star Wars and G.I. Joe correspondent, PrfktTear has volunteered to pick up my slack on Hasbro’s Transformers offerings. Take it away, PT!

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Hello all! PrfktTear here. Poe has asked me to help out with Transformers news and observations. You might know me from posting over at the OAFE forum, and I also write reviews for DVD Snapshot.com. First up is a look at what’s new and exciting from Toy Fair 2008! Continue reading “Toy Fair 2008 > Transformers Round-Up”

One More Quote

Leave it to Alan Moore to succinctly explain (way back in the 1980s) the major problem I see with continuity-altering events like Crisis on Infinite Earths and One More Day:

I believe this is dangerous for a couple of reasons. Firstly, by establishing the precedent of altering time, you are establishing an unconscious context for all stories that take place in the future, as well as for those which took place (or rather didn’t take place) in the past. The readers of long standing, somewhere along the line, are going to have some slight feeling that all the stories that they followed avidly during their years of involvement with the book have been in some way invalidated, that all those countless plotlines weren’t leading to anything more than what is in some respects an arbitrary cut-off point. By extension, the readers of today might well be left with the sensation that the stories they are currently reading are of less significance or moment because, after all, at some point ten years in the future some comic book omnipotent, be it an editor or the Spectre, can go back in time and erase the whole slate, ready to start again.

Moore goes on to discuss whether or not throwing continuity to the wind is a good or bad thing, and weighs the pros and cons of both, but I was struck by how much the above paragraph is relevant to what’s going on in superhero comics these days.

Odds ‘n Ends > One-Twelfth Scale Edition

Batman and the Six-Inch Outsiders

ODD: That’s a photo of the action figures currently occupying the place of honor at the side of my desk. I decided I wanted to put together a display with one representative from all the one-twelfth (one foot=one inch) scale figure lines I own. Continue reading “Odds ‘n Ends > One-Twelfth Scale Edition”

Star Wars and G.I. Joe at Toy Fair 2008

Poe Ghostal here. Look, I’m awesome–no one’s disputing that. But the fact is, I’m just not into every single toy line out there. Therefore, to make sure I’m providing you, the discriminating action figure collector, with the comprehensive toy industry coverage you deserve, I’ve recruited a few special correspondents to give you the lowdown on these neglected toy lines. First up is my respected colleague Paul from ToyBender.

Hello all. Poe Ghostal knows a lot about toys, but since he’s a bit tied up (and safely hidden in the trunk of my car) he’s enlisted my help as a special Hasbro correspondent to update y’all on Star Wars and G.I. Joe. You might know me from my “5 Questions” interview Poe posted a few months ago, or the toy blog ToyBender that is my fiefdom. But enough about me, let’s catch up on Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2008 showing.

During the 2008 Toy Fair Hasbro announced so much product goodness that I believe they were trying to give me an aneurysm. Their tactic almost worked, but I struggled through my overwhelming excitement to provide you an up-to-date list of all the product announcements for Hasbro’s Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Indiana Jones toy lines.

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Caption the Pic > Stop Lost

Stikfas troops

First things first–the winner of last week‘s Caption the Pic. The winner, chosen by Mrs. Ghostal-to-Be herself, is googum! Here’s the award winning entry:

Superman: “Nice doll. Did your mom make that for you?”
Batman: …
Superman: “Ooh, right.”

Googum, please contact me to get your free Savage Dragon shipped to you.

The prize for this week’s contest is: a carded blue Bizarro from Mattel’s DC Superheroes! Even if you’ve already got the purple “#1” version, with this one you get the badass crumpled-axle accessory.

5 Questions with > Scott Beatty

Got a real treat today, folks: an interview with Scott Beatty, comic book writer and walking DC Universe encyclopedia!

Scott BeattyCodename: Scott Beatty
Specialty: Wordsmith, Plastic Raconteur
Base of Operations: www.scottbeatty.com
Bio: Scott Beatty has worked extensively for DC Comics since the mid ’90s. His latest work includes DC’s weekly series Countdown to Final Crisis.

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Comic > “Conan the Librarian”

Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining libraries lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars…Hither came Conan, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, a circulation desk supervisor…

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