Category: Essentials

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A New Direction

With yesterday’s news concerning Stan leaving for CBR, it dawned on me that we need some change. Not because he left but because he was carrying the site for so long. While I do have some huge plans in place for Needless, and trust me I can’t wait to share them with you, I have

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The Time Has Come To Say Goodbye

Stan Ford, here, writing my last article for Needless Essentials Online. Since I started in 2014, I have found it to be a huge pleasure to write for everyone that reads it. I have written a lot in the past six years, and I have chronicled a lot of change. I've discovered a lot of great comics and a lot of great creators. However, there always comes a time when things change and people have to move on. For me, this is that time.

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Happy New Year!! Plenty of Things to Come!

Happy New Year folks! I know we have been a tad slow but we are still here! Stan has been keeping the ball moving and we thank him for that. Plenty of things in the pipeline for 2020 folks so stay with us. Our toy news is going to ramp up in the next week

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House of X #6 – Review

The final issue of House of X has come out and Jonathan Hickman's restructuring of the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe is done. Not really, because Powers of X #6 has yet to come out, and there has always been a little present day development in there. Nevertheless, we finally see all the pieces in place for how mutants are acting in the present day when it comes to the rest of the world.

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Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 – Review

The Legion of Super-Heroes is officially back! Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 gives us the formal introduction of the 31st century's premiere team of teenage super-heroes! Technically, that was back in Superman #14, but this is the lead-in to their new series. Legion fans have been waiting for this for years, so how does it stack up?

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Scott Snyder, Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli Unveil Undiscovered Country

I know it gets tiring reading web site after web site and seeing the same press releases. That's why I tend to include it at the end of the article. We tend to take a look at every press release. I share only the ones that I really think have potential. I tend not to say a lot, because most press releases don't say too much. Nevertheless, I read this one from Image and thought it looked very interesting.

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Needless Toys and Collectibles Update

I cant believe how long its been since I actually posted something for Needless Toys. Shame on me! Anywho I have booth pics for several shows with plenty more to come! I will also update the page with upcoming show appearances and who knows what new items we will have.  Booth images from: Charleston Oak

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Action Force Kickstarter Shows What Hasbro Could Do

So this will be a longer than usual post and a bit of a rant. Could anyone imaging a company screwing up a self owned property that at one time ruled the toy shelves? No its not Mattel with MOTU; it’s definitely not Playmates with TMNT so who could it be? The guilty party is

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New Restart for Needless Essentials Online

Hi folks, its has been a while! I know toy news has been non existent for a while but our comic section has been rocking. Consider this a restart for many different things for the website. Our focus is going to be more of what drives us as collectors and fans. News will come but

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Oni Press Merges With Lion Forge (Updated)

Oni Press is merging with Lion Forge. The announcement makes it seem that Lion Forge's parent company, Polarity, is purchasing Oni Press, but the move is being marketed as a merger. I'm still trying to determine what this news means.

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Batman #68 – Review

It seems like forever since I reviewed a new comic, much less read a new batman comic. It seems like I only show up in Gotham when something big is happening. However, this issue caught my eye because it's an Amanda Conner one. The preview pages had the feeling that Tom King was giving her a script that suited her talents and were much like the work that she and her husband Jimmy Palmiotti have come to be known for. While I like the creators behind this issue, I really dislike the way Batman has been treated in recent years.

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Big Guy and Rusty Toy Line Review

Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot is a cartoon based on the 1995 comic of the same name. What many people don't realize is that there was a toy line for the cartoon during the time it aired on Fox Kids (1999-2001). Join me as we look back at the Bandai toyline and a surprise bonus.

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