The UK Toy Discussion

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Boardwise, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Lothar Hex

    Lothar Hex Perverted Sociopath™

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    A fair point, I thought my comments were more being frustrated at the situation. Didn't mean them to come across as an attack on Kapow so guess I gotta make that clear in future. As for the other thing I mean if you had the ability to do a replacement I'd prefer it, but that is out of your hands so you're doing the fairest thing.

    At the end of the day this is all plastic hobby and nobody needs the stress.

    Hope you get to relax soon bud.
     
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  2. scubaboy31

    scubaboy31 Digital Gypsy

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    I've never seen Kapow so anything but try to do the damn impossible of running a healthy business and doing right by collectors .

    I've worked retail for many years, wearing many hats, and its always a kick in the balls to do your absolute best for customers only to face a wall of dissatisfaction. Its always the loudest voices about the smallest things, but its enough to make you wonder why you bother.

    Im always grateful for the steller service Kapow have supplied me, and I'll happily continue to be a customer.
     
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  3. Recon734

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    1) Probably some multiversal shenanigans. Who needs our Mjolnir when there's infinite versions of Thor with infinite Mjolnirs?

    As for point 2, this has always bothered me too, so I have no explanation.

    NOINE NOINE!
     
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  4. scubaboy31

    scubaboy31 Digital Gypsy

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    Aaron's Thor run was one of the best in years. ANYONE with misgivings about how this can work, or thinks its pandering should check it out.

    Thor is better off as a character for that story, and its telling that so much of it has already been incorporated into the movies before Love & Thunder was even announced.
     
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  5. Lothar Hex

    Lothar Hex Perverted Sociopath™

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    Honestly I think this was more me being lack in clarity of where my frustration lied and forgetting there's a person on the end of the line. I'll own that and try to be more understanding to that in future.

    If you're up to questions @Red leader aside from stuff like this (again sorry), what is the hardest thing about running a business like this?
     
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  6. scubaboy31

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    Always ALWAYS remember theres a human being on the other end of the line. Or across the counter. Or behind the bar.

    Amazingly, that one small action pays off in spades in customer service.
     
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  7. Lothar Hex

    Lothar Hex Perverted Sociopath™

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    Yep. You'd think after working in customer service for ten years I'd remember XD.

    4 Thors? That's like...64 Thors.
     
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  8. Unclejoe420

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    Am sorry to hear all the crap you've been through, Andy - hopefully you n everyone at Kapow have not had the will to keep going with TFs sucked out of you, and I apologize if I have contributed to this. :( 
     
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  9. Imperator

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    So Simon Furman and Guido Guidi have done a prequel comic to the Marvel series and...

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    Purple Soundwave! He walks again! (No mouth though)

    Noine noine!

    And yeah, the loss of mjolnir was never going to be permanent, obvs. I mean in comics/movies based on comics nothing is.
     
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  10. Seeaich

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    As suspected Ee's just too big for my requirements. I am totally sideeyeballing that 1:1 KO Protectobot set in all red and white that was at those Chinese Toyfairs with the Skittle-coloured CW KOs.
    Thing is, I'd then also need to sort out a Cab/Hosehead Titan Master to boot! Rabbit hole AAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
    Are you trying to pull straight down? It's actually a forward rotation motion you need to do on that bonnet, you're actually pivoting it down on the back hinge of the neckplate his head's on to about 45 degrees to release it. A tip I picked up watching Emgo's review.
    I *think* it's already in-stock or at least listed at TF Safari, and thus far I've only heard good things about their service, though I cannot directly attest as my first punts on them are still in the air!
    I mean first person to do the thing's/be the archetype's name becoming a title/appellation for anyone who later does the thing/becomes an embodiment of the archetype has a pretty strong precedent in both history, mythology, culture, and comics long before Jane Foster Thor?
    ^Utterly THIS x 9000.
    I am personally indebted to @Red leader for reasons above and beyond an already above and beyond service, and apologies to you, Andy, if my worried mutterings are any part of the problem - my main fear is any more crap you have to deal with that is no fault of your own.
     
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  11. Brooticus

    Brooticus "You bred Raptors?"

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    You're practising self reflection, and for that I salute you, sir. It's a lost art these days.

    @Red leader , May I suggest:

    Option 1: Set yourself up with a new username on TFW (or wherever) and anonymously enjoy the fandom without the baggage of being known as Grand Poobah of Kapow Towers

    Option 2: Set yourself up with a new username on TFW (or wherever) and anonymously roast Kapow Toys into the ground, then enjoy a wave of wholesomeness as throngs of satisfied customers come forth to defend their favourite bot merchant.
     
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  12. MyTea Boc

    MyTea Boc Cannot rest until we have a bus-former.

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    Apparently I'm a bit of a Reflector fanboy! Who knew?

    Never made it to Reading myself, but I've been to plenty of festivals that devolved into the the dark depths of man's soul. Monday's gig in Belfast was quite chilled. Was nice after the madness of Metallica in June.

    I mean, you joke, but I'd watch the shit out of it.

    So what you're saying is that the reptilian overlords that rule the world have infiltrated this very forum?!

    [​IMG]

    Sounds like your having a rough time of it lately Andy. Fingers crossed things chill out for you and the business sooner rather than later.
     
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    Just have Deadpool swing through a shot in a spiderman hoodie before smashing into a wall.
     
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    No joke, ASIWYFA are the best live band going. Unless you were referring to something else.
     
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    MyTea Boc Cannot rest until we have a bus-former.

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    I was actually referring to BCM77's comment about nightmonkey in the MCU (solo movie when Marvel you bastards), but I reckon I'll give And So I Watch You From Afar a listen to see what the craic is with them ;) 

    These are both great figures. These are both great Primes. Would love it is BBSS Prime was compatible with Jetprime's trailer and SS Treebeard too.

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  16. Scourge_151

    Scourge_151 Never gargle the rum. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I feel for you, mate. You always seem to be in a perpetual state of bending over backwards for us lot, and I love you and the Kapow team for it.

    I would send a cwtch digitally if I could.
     
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  17. Skywarp SCS

    Skywarp SCS AKA "Pretender Skywarp"

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    Well approx half my TFN spend was at Kapow Towers with @Red leader and his troops. I’m pretty much caught up so expect to see some pre-orders coming your way.

    In other news that’s me out of the game on Walmart Sohndblaster. £40? I appreciate it’s an import store exclusive but “ouch” :eek: 
     
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  18. bcm77

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    Iron Factory Wheeljack = PHWOAR!

    Amazing headsculpt, and there's a bonus one with the ears painted blue and there's plenty of movement so when combined with the swappable hands and the usual posability he can be very expressive.

    Shoulder weapon plugs into the backpack and is ball jointed which is always nice to see as it doesn't get in the way of the head movement.

    Robot mode is typically chunky and reminds me a bit of Dreamwave art, not really sure on how he was drawn in IDW as I don't think I've read of their comics where he appeared. Arms are much more normally proportioned than Toyworld's which has very stubby forearms.

    Deco is nice, it's got all the stripes from the classic Alitalia deco but the only sponsor logo is an "Iron Factory" on the spoiler so it's a nice alternative to Toyworld's super accurate real world racing livery without descending into Sunbow blandness.

    The white is nice and vibrant and the reds and greens do the job particularly the metallic red used on the wheel rims and the weapons are done in silver which is also nice.

    Haven't tried the second head or a transformation yet as I'm not in the mood to fiddle too much with small stuff but very, very pleased with WJ so far and am looking forward to doing pics with him alongside Toyworld's and my other figures of the character when I'm feeling less grotty.

    One nitpick is the lack of some sort of spanner or gadget but I'm guessing they'll do a Ratchet at some point or could even include something like that with a repaint so no big deal.

    Yet another character that Iron Factory have knocked out of the park, there's very little they do that doesn't manage this....although I must admit to being slightly wrongfooted by the aesthetic choices made with Bludgeon and Victory Leo but that isn't to say I'm entirely put off either.
     
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  19. Imperator

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    Sigh, I don't want to be That Guy, but I'm going to have to be. I enjoyed one Furman-penned issue of TF '84 more than the entire run of IDW's new series so far. It might be that the brevity of telling a one-shot story helps, actually it definitely is that the brevity helps, but I think I'm finally closing in on my problem with IDW 2.0. This new comic has pulled everything into better focus.

    Essentially it's about ideas. TF '84 has one idea, and works it well. It's a strong one, and kinda bold as it takes the very first issue of the Marvel comic and recontextualises the events therein. I was recently reading the early Marvel issues so this hooks me right in.

    The big idea is that the objective of the Ark mission is not really just to clear out asteroids, but to lure Megatron out from Cybertron and eliminate him on a suicide mission. Optimus uses Punch/Counterpunch to feed intel to the Decepticons and get them to take the bait. There's another bit on Earth in the Middle Ages where P/CP has to keep the ark's location secret, but it's just building on the main idea.

    IDW 2.0 doesn't seem to have much in the way of ideas. It got as far as reframing the origins of the conflict as being political, but hasn't really done much with that. It's almost as if the concept doesn't feel it needs fleshing out, that the political aspect should be enough to carry it, and hasn't properly delved into what those politics are. It's a lot like the Star Wars prequels, where again the political landscape is left vague and muddy and undeveloped.

    I mean TF '84 most definitely did NOT need to have been made. There was no great need to peer into the backstory of Marvel TF #1 because that first comic barely has a story in the first place, and is told in the super-quick style of the sort of comics of ten years before even that. But it's still a well-crafted, concise little bit of Transformer comickery, and I like it. I like it more than the ongoing series. It reminded me why I liked Transformers comics in the first place.
     
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  20. Decepticreeps100

    Decepticreeps100 Bite your face

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    So sorry you have had enough of interacting here with us and I completely see your point of view. It's a sad place to find ourselves as I've always enjoyed your insight to what goes on behind the scenes and your honest participation as simply being a fan to enjoy a hobby we all share. What a real shame for everyone involved. I hope you can start with some fresh appreciation if things change for you. Will be missed by the mass majority on here I have no doubt.
     
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