« on: October 16, 2003, 08:37 AM »
I like the concept Trooper, too. I just don't know if I'm going to army build with this one. That would be kind of weird.
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It sure is. It does bear out Jesse's point that the license in effect is mostly paid for, and the cost of it has been reduced going forward into the future.
G.I. Joe isn't overly interesting to me either, but the fact that line has outsold Star Wars in terms of profit during a movie year (For the past several years actually) is pretty stunning. G.I. Joe handily rules the boy's toys market these days.
As for the other military lines in 1:18/3.75" scale not being impressive to you, that's fine... To each their own. BBi, Dragon, and 21st Century figures sport crisper sculpts though, accurate scaling across the board, and for 2 of the companies (Dragon for some odd reason does not support lots of articulation but rather interchangeable limbs) have figures sporting 14 to 20 points of articulation each. Pretty hard to top that...
I mean, BBi figures can even see the weave of the fabric in their clothing. Texture is something Hasbro just recently decided to start trying to bring out in sculpt (Well at times, other times their often poor paint applications don't accentuate that).
Hasbro's still a couple decades behind in those regards though, but maybe they'll pick up the pace on articulation and such since they're more than capable of doing it well, but just choose not to do it often. Be nice for the toy line to be fun AND look good like the other toy lines in the same scale.
BTW, check out Dragon and BBi for the best face sculpts in history. I'd love to see Dragon's 3.75" sculpts of our favorite Star Wars characters. It's darn near a guarantee they'd be mirror images of the actors themselves. Dragon dominates everyone in sculpt... Got to admire those Japanese Toy companies for innovating the industry.
The only complaint I can see is in movie the figures lack that special-ness than in non movie. POJT was a tremendous line general... next year looks to top that...
One thing most don't take into account is in a movie (sad as it may sound) it's usually quantity over quality for Hasbro.
They are looking to crank out the most product they can and thus figures tend to suffer a little less... but even then we still get some of the best 4" scale toys out there.
I know, we are getting about 60 figures each year. That is a alot. I thought these were gonna be on different cards though. But oh well, they are still hottt!!! I must say these are some of the hotteset 2003 figures, yet!!!!
I sure can't wait for Entertainment Earth to ship these cases. But you know what i noticed EE is really slow on shipping out figures now. The WA-7 wave was pushed up to December 2003, i mean i know they are shipping cases out of that wave cause i recieved mine, but when will the Pre-Order part finnally say "In-Stock".