Odds ‘n Ends


Welcome to another weekly installment of Odds ‘n Ends. I’m your host, Poe Ghostal.

  • PGPoA now has a fan page on Facebook–become a fan today! I’m thinking about ways to make it worth your while, such as Facebook-exclusive content or contests and such forth.
  • February has always been “Retro Month” at OAFE, and this year PGPoA is getting in on the fun (but totally not just ripping it off) with Vintage Month. Look for a few design tweaks and a focus on classic toys from back in the day.
  • It’s been a rough week for Mattel. There’s no question the DCUC Wave 6 issues are a major problem, but at least Mattel did finally admit fault and absolve online retailers of any blame. Now bring on wave 6…I need me a Hawkman.
  • I still owe you a review of Adam Strange and Starfire. I have a question for you all: do you often read multiple reviews of the same figure? Time and again it’s been made clear to me that people love reading reviews on this site, but it sometimes feels like a waste of time when, say, Michael Crawford or Articulated Discussion has already done a good review of the figure.
  • While I don’t follow Marvel comics these days, I have to say the Hulk Vs. direct-to-video movie looks great. I’ll be checking that one out for sure.
  • Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I have gotten through B:TAS, Justice League, and just last night, Batman Beyond. All we have left now are the final season of Justice League Unlimited and a few of the movies, like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Superman: Doomsday. I’m a little surprised DC hasn’t been trying to mine the DCAU further with more direct-to-video titles based on those series. While the original productions, like New Frontier and the upcoming Wonder Woman, are great, I still think some direct-to-video films based on Justice League Unlimited and so forth could only help the brand.

Comments now closed (18)

  • What, no S:TAS? Some of those episodes would have been great lead-ins for the Justice League episodes you watched.

  • We've seen a lot (probably most) of the S:TAS episodes on Toon Disney, but not in a systematic way.

  • I would LOVE to see a JLU Crisis on Infinite Earths movie, but only with the original crew involved. That would be amazing.

  • If its something I'm really into I don't mind reading multiple reviews. Sometimes its nice to get different takes on the same figure.

  • I absolutely LOVE the DCAU, those shows are the biggest reason I'm a DC Fan.

    I read multiple reviews of figures I'm interested in (like DCUC).

  • You owe it to yourself to see S:TAS in complete form. It's not as dark as BTAS, but has some nice characters. It's as good as Superman ever gets.

    Superman:Doomsday isn't part of the same universe as JLU, BTAS and STAS in case you're wondering.

    I'm starting to lose faith in Mattel and might be limiting what I buy from them. They just keep screwing up. Now people can't even buy DCUC online right. It's getting ridiculous.

  • i read your reviews, sometimes multiple times, just in case i forget something, specially DCUC. So keep them coming, just dont list all the joints it has is the same buck every time lol, just inform which joints dont seem to work as fluently.

  • I too am curious about Adam Strange and Starfire, yeah: I've got the DCD Adam, but I don't think I've ever had a Starfire figure. So, I could be swayed on this one.

  • "You owe it to yourself to see S:TAS in complete form. It’s not as dark as BTAS, but has some nice characters. It’s as good as Superman ever gets."

    True dat and there's some nice stuff that carries over from the Superman series into the JLU storylines, especially at the end of JLU!

  • @PrfktTear: You're right. But I'm pretty flexible, but reaching my wits end. Especially in the face of some of the best characters and toys Mattel has ever produced. But if they can't get their company together…

  • I'm all about multiple reviews too, I take in (and put out) as many as I can. On that note, if Articulated Discussion ever halts a Poe Ghostal review, I'll do the fan community a service and close up shop, then move out to some unreachable part of the Yukon, toys in hand.

  • You are going to love the series finale to JLU. It totally got me into Darkseid.

    On the multiple review front, it's good to have more than one opinion. Plus, I love a good read.

  • I'll throw in my 2 cents and say that multiple reviews is actually BETTER in my opinion. Second opinions can always help, especially when a reviewer might have a bias towards a particular line or toy. Fr example, Michael Crawford's review of the MOTUC figures is really nice, as it gives a point of view from someone who wasn't so extraordinarily excited! 😛

  • Yea, multiples are good. Uh, reviews I mean. Although… And yea, it says a lot about a line that it can suck someone in that has no interest in the property to begin with!

  • Multiple reviews are always appreciated. It's rare that two or three reviews say exactly the same thing. (Everyone has a different opinion.)