Action-Figure.com posted an old PR with some new photos for a company called Shocker Toys.
What's so dramatic about that? Well...
If you do a bit of searching on the internet for information about Shocker Toys, you'll find all sorts of complaints about them, ranging from failure to ever produce product to FTC violations. From the assertions made by comments in the A-F.com thread for Shocker Toys, it would seem that A-F.com is one of the few bothering to pay attention to press releases from the company.
Accusations are flying that Nomad (the screen name of the individual who posted the press release on A-F.com) has worked for Shocker Toys in the past and that this is why he's helping to publicize a company that allegedly has scammed retailers and consumers in the past.
Found this interesting response from Nomad where he seems to contradict himself a bit:
3. Never worked for shocker. Anyone telling you this has NO IDEA what they are talking about. I have worked for McFarlane, have done some consulting for SOTA and half a dozen other companies who shall remain nameless due to NDA's and help out Jerry Macaluso with Pop Culture Shock from time to time.
4. You will find out logo on the back of the first redesigned packaging for Shockinis and that is only because we helped them find 2 artists who did the sticker sheets and the art. You'll notice my name is not on there. Our logo is also on lots of SOTA street fighter figures and the dread central logo made it onto a series of Now Playing. Just a logo..don't read into it.
So...A-F.com being a middleman for obtaining artists for a company isn't an example of them doing work for Shocker Toys? Their logo being on Shocker Toys product in no way implies a collaboration of some sort? None of this constitutes some form of business relationship or conflict of interests that should need to be disclosed?
UPDATE 1: For a little background:
ShockerToys YouTube ad for "Shockinis"
Shocker's questionable judgment in having Gwar at their panel
UPDATE 2: An interesting AIM Mobile conversation I had with someone that clearly wants me to think they are Geoff Beckett from Shocker Toys. I'm inclined, from the behavior others allege Geoff to display, to believe that this is the real Geoff, but cannot say so for certain.
ShockerToysG: remove that shit!
KHuxford2: How professional. No. And you have no grounds to request removal through legal channels as I'm referring to ALLEGATIONS, not making any myself. Move on.
ShockerToysG: dont worry I do
ShockerToysG: and I have a record of this going with the rest of the libel comments, good luck
KHuxford2: You have little to no understanding of the law. I'm reporting on allegations. You go sue the ones making them.
I can see why Shocker Toys has the reputation it has seemed to earn in many circles.