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Posted on 29 Apr 2011 18:20:28 BDT
john harris says:
GLasgow and Edinburgh having always ahd what i sought, liked the London store alas not been in it for a long while.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 14:09:27 BDT
Thom_Fell says:
I used to visit the branch in Denmark St in the 1980s, and sported the Brian Bolland designed FP t-shirt for yonks.
**Shameless Plug** I also have a chain of not entirely dissimilar stores called Speeding Bullet appear in my e-novel 'Acceptable In The Eighties'.
Acceptable In The Eighties

Posted on 1 May 2011 12:55:14 BDT
fist off where is this GOSH store anyway

FB is good in some respects. i am a manga fan and they frequently have a 3 for 2 offer on most titles, whitch means that i can randomly go there and pick up the next 3 books of the current book series i am reading. the staffing at teh london store is a bit wird as they only seam to be behind the many counters the are around teh shop and seam to take it as a huge chore when someone askes for assistance. many times i have been there and contless times there has been the digruntled voice of teh employee asking for a member of comics to come upstairs as some person is looking for "twiblight the comic: the enevatiable cash in" if you do get hold of a helpfulm member of staff tho they are brilliant. their resident manga sensei was able to find the one manga i was looking for through my extreamly vague description of a scene and the front cover.

as for the the emo vampire fad that they seam to be cashing in on it is enevatable that a company in such a location (london two seconds walk from covent garden) is going to utilise such a cash cow to bring in shoppers, but true it is slowly taking over teh upper floor of teh shop and i soon feel that the ever growing mech section is likley to be pused downstairs and start a chain of events that will see other sections be cut down or phased out compleatly.

just my two cents

Posted on 3 May 2011 19:31:06 BDT
I would occasionally visit the FPs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, now I don't bother. I have a minor interest in Graphic novels, no interest really in comics and none in merchandise. I don't have any problem with FP, they just no longer sell what I'm interested in.
I want Sci-fi and Fantasy BOOKS!! And it appears that FP no longer worries too much about that. (Although I've visited the London branch once or twice and it was better in that respect) I guess the real money is elsewhere!
Thankfully there's a decent independent Sci-Fi book shop in Edinburgh (Trans-real) with reasonable prices for imports. And no, I don't work there!!

Posted on 3 May 2011 20:15:03 BDT
Jess B says:
The store in Leeds is not very helpful and has caused several problems over the years, so if you are in Leeds and want comics etc I strongly advise going to OK Comics which is far better, well staffed and full of great deals and useful advice.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2011 20:15:49 BDT
D. Bullock says:
Leeds being one of the Forbidden Planet International shops as well!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2011 13:27:33 BDT
Some unfair comments on this thread regarding the FP Shaftesbury Avenue Staff;I have always found them without exception helpful and polite with good product awareness. The store is sensibly laid out I think and considering the amount of new items in a week very tidy - they also play some pretty good music which makes browsing a real pleasure. The only issue I ever have is with fathead customers who block the comics shelves standing right in front of them while they read every new comic cover to cover. I can also highly recommend Orbital Comic Shop close by in Gt Newport St they have an amazing back issue selection,relaxed atmosphere and are very nice guys and girls who offer a superior service for hard core comics and Manga fans willing to spread their wings a little.

Posted on 5 May 2011 14:42:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2011 14:43:03 BDT
Octo7 says:
Some of the staff in the Dublin branch here in Ireland are pig-ignorant and incredibly smarmy/rude, one guy who works there is like a skinny version of the comic book guy from The Simpsons except in no way funny. If people have the option they really should go to their locally owned comic book store where possible. I only go to FP to order stuff that the smaller independent shops can't get.
I have to give credit where credit is due though; I snagged a copy of Final Fantasy 7 for PSX in forbidden planet Belfast about 6 years ago for 10 pounds brand new; that was an incredible find.

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 20:44:35 BDT
At least Forbidden Planet pays tax...

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 22:19:14 BDT
Cerberus says:
Not a bad necro....

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 19:57:57 BDT
Chief. says:
I, like one of the previous posters, used to be a regular visitor to Odyssey 7/Space Odyssey/Forbidden planet in Manchester for many years but now shop at Travelling Man.

Frankly no one has ever given me the time of day in FP where as Travelling Man is the place I go ever week and can quite happily spend a couple of hours shooting the breeze with the staff and other customers, drink a brew etc. The guys there are more like friends (some of them over the years Ive been a customer have become my actual friends), they give me free stuff, invite me out, know when my birthday is, recommend stuff to me they think I might actually like rather than just filling my standing order, allow me to bring stuff back if I dont like it etc.

Today they gave me #5 of Battle Scars for free because they felt bad about making me pay for it because it made me so angry!

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 21:38:08 BDT
M. L. Hall says:
In Newcastle there is a Forbidden Planet and a Travelling Man only a few shops away from each other, and I much prefer Travelling Man due to their friendly staff, whereas in Forbidden Planet they just get on with their own things and only actually take notice of you when it is time to pay for whatever your buying.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 17:24:24 BDT
Hamilton says:
I occasionally frequent the FP store in Bristol, and while I do like to peruse the film and Sci-Fi art books section, I can't really justify the exorbitant cost of them to myself, although occasionally they do have some good stock clearance deals. Much better is Area 51, which although a quite a distance away, does have a large amount of back issues there. It wasn't so long ago that they sold old 2000ad comics there for £0.20 each...

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2012 17:01:08 BDT
DazAdams says:
I've been watching alot of youtube vids on Akihabara and oh hell yes I want to go there! Hard Off, Super Potato

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2012 17:01:44 BDT
DazAdams says:
I'd have to disagree. If you want more off the wall stuff yeah but, my personal fave is Orbital.

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 10:52:40 BDT
Matt Dark, didn't think "Nostalgia" was still in existance. Don't get to Brum much, is it still in the same place (Smallbrook Queensway?).

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 12:00:52 BDT
DazAdams says:
Oh yes Nostalgia is still going strong.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 12:01:21 BDT
DazAdams says:
Oh yes Nostalgia is still going strong.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 12:32:59 BDT
Good to hear, must get the train and have a look! Thanks Daz!

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 14:49:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2012 14:15:49 BDT
adamf says:
i have gone regularly to the cambridge store and yes it may be on the small side but i always end up spending at least £20 on graphic novels or figures. the shop was set out well and i could easily of spent a good hour in there. also the staff were polite and actually said "hello, how are you?" when i walked in the door which is a rare thing nowadays. there is an independent comic store called abstract sprocket in norwich which was dull, dark and the guy behind the counter was too interested in his laptop to even acknowledge i was there. i like to help out independent stores when i can but that sort of behaviour doesn't encourage you.

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 21:43:21 BDT
My nearest place is Liverpool, the staff in FP seem to ignore me even when I'm in the middle of buying something, thought it was just because I was female but judging by the thread maybe not? should I be going to Worlds Apart instead?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 22:28:13 BDT
Black Mask says:
A female!? In a comic shop!?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 23:21:19 BDT
I know! just can't help myself.

Posted on 25 Jul 2012 12:03:47 BDT
K Hutchinson says:
I can only talk about the website - although from most reviews of the stores on here, it looks like ill be sticking to my local comic book shop instead. My experiences with have been very much hit and miss. Last christmas i ordered an item that was supposedly in stock but never got delivered. After ringing them up i found out it wasn't in stock but the lovely guy i spoke to managed to track down the last of what i originally ordered - why more effort couldn't have been put into finding this last bit of stock to begin with is just beyond me but it was the christmas period so lord knows what was going on with the mail order department. Since then my experience buying monthly comics and the occasional large order of graphic novels etc has been fine - not the quickest delivery but certainly better than some sites. Recently i placed a large order of back issues and because i ordered last thing friday i heard nothing from forbidden planet until the following week - no order confirmation, nothing. Im still waiting to receive the order (about 20 items) but i have a feeling some of the back issues are going to be out of stock - i always get through to same gentleman over the phone and he manages to keep me well informed on the progress of the order but to be honest id prefer better email updates rather than having to call them. The biggest problem ive had with is buying items that are apparently in stock but aren't - this has happened at least three times in the last few months. The website isn't the best either, very slow - even with an up to date browser its a nightmare to try and navigate. In all i think as one of the biggest providers of geekery in the UK part of me wonders whether forbidden planet do little about all their nonsense because they know they don't need too - i continue to purchase from them so i know im just furthering the trade but they really do need better customer service, from the amount i spend with them i know i certainly deserve better.

Posted on 25 Jul 2012 15:36:10 BDT
Forbidden Planet in Leeds is decent :) its a nice small little store, it always has stock in and the people who run the store are very nice and polite
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