If I respond yet again to you Jesse you'll only go back to the same rhetoric that you have tried going back to in the first place... So like you said the point is moot...
I bow out gracefully you know more than I... etc... etc...
There Jesse I admit it...
Well, yes I would go back to the same rhetoric considering it's been my experiences and research for my degrees, so there's no reason to deviate really.
I'm sure you think you're right, as I do, and that's the nature of discussion and debate... You don't like that people have differeing opinions though, that much I have noticed.
My one question is this... (and I'm fairly certain I'm not alone)
Why do you collect Star Wars?
Well, the individuals I choose to be friends with through the hobby know my likes of the hobby overall, but it's basically answered within your quote there. I collect Star Wars because I like
I collected the vintage figures since I was younger and previous to the modern line. I started customizing them to flesh out the vintage line then with characters from my favorite films that hadn't been done.
Then the modern line came, and it's slowly evolved into some choice figures, but it's not quite the toy line it is capable of being so I voice my criticisms.
See, the thing about the hobby is that when you're involved in anything like this there's those who love it unconditionally as if it were their first born. They take offense at criticisms to it like they work for Hasbro.
Not that I voice my criticisms at people to irritate them, they just get mad about it and take some personal offense to it. I don't intend for that, but I'm not going to silence my opinions either.
There's plenty of things I praise in the modern line... There's plenty that could use a little something extra though to make it truly "perfect" or even to make it great compared to other toy lines... As such I like it to be the best it can be...
That would be where my customizing habits come into play too... Changing or fixing the things that sometimes seemed like they obviously should've been different in the first place... It doesn't change that I want the best product from the line though.
Besides the constant badgering on this forum alone (nevermind all the others) you criticize and critique the line like no one else I have seen do before... and I have seen and known some very a**l retentive people.
Well, please refrain from belittling how people collect or what they do with their free time Jimmy. I don't consider anything I do "badgering". I'm here to talk toys. If anything I gave some pretty good praise to the figures that are the topic of this particular conversation... They're a series I like and it's good to see the line changing for the better as I see it.
You just don't agree with my opinions, but remember to respect them like you have to. That's what the collecting community is about here, and while we're not as stringent and strict as other communities we're the place where all types of collectors are welcome. I don't argue with you when you say you love everything that comes out generally, ya know?
When I make criticisms I usually take time to mention the finer points of the product too, and keep things balanced. That's how I do my reviews, and it's how I generally feel about any given figure.
I love the CT Stormtrooper for instance for its articulation and such, but loathe its lacking of wrist articulation and a working holster. It has good qualities and bad... It's not perfect like it could've been.
Truth be told but every time I see your sig line I just think... Why...
Believe me, you're not alone in having those feelings when you see certain names or sig lines.
You have every right to your opinion and I give you that... though it's constantly "these figures look good BUT..."
Your respect for opinions is open to debate personally... You don't like mine I know. But what's the problem with "These look good but..."
Why would you want to read nothing but praise and people unwilling, or simply unable, to think outside the given product as to the "What could've been" for the figure or item?
Seems dull to me... Lots of things can be improved... I like reading what the various collectors honestly think, or what they'd like to see different/better in their eyes.
Some like a figure with no articulation, some like lots/more articulation. Some like soft goods, some like molded capes and such.
Discussion doesn't come from "That's nice" though. It comes from "I don't agree, and think that could've been better if...." conversations.
They are toys again... Nothing more... Nothing less...
I know you could say well I should expect more for my money... or look at what BBI does... Well then someone could just as easily turn and say maybe your dollar is much better spent on Dragon, BBI, 21st Century, etc...
Indeed, they're just toys... Toys I collect, and like to talk about. Nothing more, nothing less, and no harm being done to any individual other than the seemingly easily riled up over my opinions on toys.
My dollar is quite liberally spent on 21st, Dragon, and BBI as well, as they're all 3 lines that I collect a lot. And they're all 3 lines that I can find fault with too...
-BBI Marines ditched the ankle articulation that made the 1st series so great, so the Marines aren't as nice I don't think.
-Battle of the Bulge U.S. soldiers from 21st are tough to find, if you can find them at all right now, and there's not as diverse a line-up of figures.
-Dragon needs to improve their articulation for me to buy them in large quantities... I like having one 1:18 from them of each character but their stuff is all pre-posed (except for their 1:6 which cannot be beat by any 1:6 line IMO).
I love the lines for the good things they bring though, but I like talking about the good AND the bad things with my fellow collectors. It's the complaints that keep the cogs in the wheels of advancement turning, not the "Wow, I love this" replies without any substance.
And not to be a smart a** but since you critique everything in the forums around the net maybe doing that in your own column on this page would serve a better purpose...
And that's a site issue/matter right now, not anything to do with your input or opinion and I'm sure anyone working for the site would share that with you just as I did... My column will be continuing as we work to get the site going on all 12 cylinders, and right now my column is just one of the things we're improving/working at.
My input in the forums won't diminish any, even with regular updates of my toy reviews, so no need to fear me leaving anytime soon from these hallowed halls.
Afterall half my job is here to maintain the order and make sure people are abiding by the rules of the land.
Like I said in my first post about this wave they seem like some of the best likenesses. I think the Kenobi is the best personally, but Elan's not too sloppy either, and a sharp figure unto itself. The Bail Organa is a dull figure (All senators seem to be) but he's a good dull figure with lots style. The gnashed knuckles are a neat touch considering the last scenes of AOTC.
The Kenobi's likeness rocks, but the whole sabre thing's a bit annoying. I wonder if his hilt's removeable though? If it is, that will be the best Obi for the AOTC line-up I do believe.