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    Re: Warning For Indie Creators! PLEASE Do Your OWN Research - Shocker Toys/Comics

    Quote Originally Posted by HamsterRage View Post
    Basically the Josh Blaylock business strategy at DDP as well.
    Basically the Rick Olney strategy, except he also wants to pretend he's the love-child of Stan Lee and Steve Jobs.

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    Re: Warning For Indie Creators! PLEASE Do Your OWN Research - Shocker Toys/Comics

    Sadly, it is time to post another warning.

    Customers have STILL not received their 2010 (Yes, 2010. That's NOT a typo) SDCC exclusives. We're approaching 2 years since they were paid for by initial orders.

    Now Beckett is showing off another line, and taking pre-orders for them. Do NOT give this man money. If you want the product that badly, pre-order from a reputable source that will not charge unless they are actually made.

    This new line is some wrestling/comic wrestling thing? GLOW Wrestling (I have no idea what the hell it is).

    But you can of course pay now for them, along with all the other toys that customers are still waiting on, and being denied refunds for.

    BE CAREFUL. AVOID SHOCKER TOYS. AVOID GEOFF BECKETT.
    "There seems to be something in the human condition that makes people dislike people that they think are different. If we could get rid of that, it'd be a better world" - Stan Lee

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    GLOW was Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. Here's the Wiki 411:

    Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, also known as GLOW or G.L.O.W., was a professional wrestling promotion for women, begun in 1986 (the pilot was filmed in December 1985) and continued in various forms after it left television. Colorful characters, beautiful women, and over-the-top comedy sketches were integral to the series' success. Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers, and/or stunt women hoping to get in to show business through wrestling.

    Original promotion

    GLOW was originally created by David B. McLane as an aftermath of Jackie Stallone's physical fitness gym for women only, Barbarella's. Both David and Jackie created and promoted the girls for the entire running of the program. Mando Guerrero trained all of the girls, initially.[1]

    The syndicated GLOW TV show was produced for four seasons (1986–1990) from the Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. During the casting for the pilot, not all of the women were taking it seriously, so Mando Guerrero put one woman in a submission hold and made her cry.[1] They cast twelve girls for the show and trained them for six weeks prior to the shoot.[1] They wrestled approximately eight matches per show, which eventually was sold.[1] Some of the women moved to Las Vegas to continue working with the promotion.[1] The show itself differed from Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation in that they had actual seasons where some wrestlers were dropped, changed, or added before the new season began. Each season consisted of 26 episodes that were each rerun once to complete the year, a total of 104 episodes were produced.

    Steve Blance was the senior referee in season two before becoming GLOW's "commissioner" in seasons three and four. He was always the recipient of a GLOW Girl beatdown in season two. Johnny Cafarella (As "Johnny C.") hosted seasons 3 and 4, was the figurehead owner (buying David McLane's "interest" in a storyline) and also served as Company Manager after the departure of McLane in 1987. Jackie Stallone (Sylvester Stallone's mother) was the figurehead owner and manager of the Good Girls, and Aunt Kitty (Kitty Burke) was the manager for the Bad Girls.

    Each of the GLOW performers had her own rap song (personalized lyrics using the same backing track). It was shown on videotape prior to that wrestler's match. Similar to other wrestling promotions' use of wrestler-specific entrance themes, this gimmick may have been influenced by the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle".

    Revival

    GLOW is still in existence, though not associated in any way with David B. McLane. It was revived by the Riviera Hotel & Casino, where it was originally filmed, in 2001. Among its directors was Tony Cimber, the youngest child of the 1960s American sex symbol Jayne Mansfield and a brother of actress Mariska Hargitay. Cimber started on the show playing a character called "Jungle Boy" and was led around the ring on a leash by a female wrestler named, "Jungle Woman".

    David McLane also was behind three subsequent women's wrestling leagues, Powerful Women of Wrestling (1988–1990), Ladies Sports Club (1990–1991) and Women of Wrestling (2000–2001). Johnny Cafarella promoted a similar show in 2003 called CRUSH along with Steve Blance. The CRUSH concept was revived in 2008 by Cafarella for the Wrestlicious promotion. The GLOW name is currently owned by Ursula Hayden, who portrayed Babe the Farmer's Daughter during seasons 3 & 4.

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    Re: Warning For Indie Creators! PLEASE Do Your OWN Research - Shocker Toys/Comics

    Does Beckett really want to piss off the wrestling community too?

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    I know nothing about wrestling, but there's apparently even more stuff here than it seems.

    They're claiming part ownership of Shocker Toys since the 'restructuring' (which lead to Geoff having to go to China, and the company being fleeced by an evil man named 'Kent Law'. Oh, the charades).

    So it seems this new guy is a real piece of work, as bad as, if not worse than, Beckett.

    And this is apparently not the 'real' GLOW wrestling group. It's convoluted, and I don't quite get it all just yet.

    It's typical Beckett though. Scam the audience for as much as you can fleece, then move on to a different crowd who don't know about your reputation.
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    It's probably the offshoot GLOW group since the revival.

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    Re: Warning For Indie Creators! PLEASE Do Your OWN Research - Shocker Toys/Comics

    Well, we're now only weeks away from people having paid for their SDCC exclusives TWO YEARS AGO, with NOTHING actually made as of yet.

    It's also 3 years since he released series one, which was bolstered by the offer of a mail-away figure to those who bought the whole set.

    That figure? Surprise surprise, still unmade.

    Shocker is still doing their same old evasion techniques, including telling people to get a refund, but then them not actually providing one, over a matter of months (oh we're in China, where internet is inaccessible. Oh we're restructuring. Oh we need to set up new admin to do this. The list goes on and one)

    One thing that is a sure thing, however, is Beckett showing up for SDCC. It's where he gets the most suckers to order his vapourware. I'm guessing this year it'll be taking pre-orders for those wrestling figures. Again, he targets a different crowd, one that isn't likely to know of his horrendous behavious and that he's nothing more than a two-bit scammer.

    I wonder if we can get the SDCC team to take action this year, considering people are still waiting on the SDCC exclusive figures from freaking 2010!
    "There seems to be something in the human condition that makes people dislike people that they think are different. If we could get rid of that, it'd be a better world" - Stan Lee

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    Re: Warning For Indie Creators! PLEASE Do Your OWN Research - Shocker Toys/Comics

    Tim Seeley let me share his design for the planned Cassie Hack figure...

    Here is an exclusive look at the Hack/Slash Cassie Hack action figure design, including a paint variant. The skirt was designed to be sculpted as a separate piece. The figure was originally announced as an upcoming release from Shocker Toys in 2010. The current plans for the figure are unknown.

    http://hackslashinc.com/1/2012/04/ha...n-cassie-hack/




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    Is there a way to report him to the SDCC executives, as he's basically using SDCC to commit a form of fraud?

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    Re: Warning For Indie Creators! PLEASE Do Your OWN Research - Shocker Toys/Comics

    Fwooshcast Special, April 30th - Jesse Falcon: http://fwooshcast.thefwoosh.com/2012/04 ... se-falcon/ #ShockerToys

    http://fwooshcast.thefwoosh.com/2012...-jesse-falcon/

    Now, why would Beckett by retweeting a podcast with Jesse Falcon (who he hates, and claims that Falcon stole the idea for Indie Spotlight from him, despite that being a stupid claim, and that Toy Biz's whole independent line was done and over before Beckett even put a single figure out).

    I've yet to listen to this myself, but below is what it apparently contains (Keep in mind I haven't verified myself yet, but Domu is normally pretty accurate with this stuff. But still, I need to listen first, or anyone else who wants to).

    This is Domu's post on the Fwoosh site, about the Shocker/Beckett stuff apparently contained within

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    I don't normally listen to podcasts, so I missed this when it came out.
    It's curious to me why Geoff would post a link to a podcast by his "enemies" at the Fwoosh, especially one that isn't exactly flattering to him. Is he just so happy to get any sort of mention that he can't help himself?

    The Shocker fun starts at around 54:45.
    Jesse Falcon talks about how Geoff called him years ago to complain that Falcon was stealing his Madman license, Geoff seemingly unaware of the difference between exclusive and non-exclusive licenses.

    Falcon then talks about meeting Rob Schrab, the creator of Scud. Reportedly, Geoff told Schrab that in order to get paid, Schrab would have to sue Geoff, and that doing so would be pointless because lawyer fees would be more than what Schrab would get paid. So despite making a Scud statue, two Scud figures, and at least two con variants based off those figures, despite Geoff always going on and on about supporting Indie comics, Geoff has apparently never paid Rob Schrab anything.

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    It IS typical Beckett behaviour.

    He threatened a guy a few months ago, and said he'd forwarded all emails to his 'legal department'.

    Except it's been made painfully aware to everyone that he has no 'legal department'.

    Considering that there are still Scud figures for sale at retail (but most are well and truly on clearance), I wonder if it's too late for Schrab to actually take legal action?

    I wonder what OTHER creators Beckett did this to?
    "There seems to be something in the human condition that makes people dislike people that they think are different. If we could get rid of that, it'd be a better world" - Stan Lee

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