So holy ****, the meltdowns over toys I'm reading are really rather fun to look through... It's weird because I'm on neither side completely in the debates I'm reading. It's just mass hysteria, AND HASBRO HASN'T EVEN DONE THEIR PRESENTATION!
I mean, I have little hope of a quality 3.75" line, I'll be honest... To me, the only shred of hope I can muster is things go to a lesser articulation rate than we've seen and it goes back to 05-07 levels of articulation. But that's really wishful thinking on my part even.
That said, man I'm seeing absolute insanity from people... Guys comparing HT and what they're doing to Hasbro, people saying Hasbro's intentionally killing the line, people complaining about female figures not being prominent enough still, Hasbro's quality sucks, Hasbro's distribution sucks, Hasbro's pricing sucks, people angry at people who are praising the smaller companies for what they make...
It's really got people turning on one another, and lots of anger and rage.
Personally I think Hasbro is too much money at this point, especially with now further price hikes and this assumed drop in quality across the board (and TBS basically going all 6"). A friend and I were texting and he said really 6" isn't even up to snuff quality-wise... I couldn't blame him as some of the materials feel so-so but I feel the price matches it. The 4" stuff, yeah, the price isn't justified as much to me, and it's really feeling "cheap" anymore.
It's just been weird seeing this much anger. It actually goes above/beyond what I was expecting to see.
But you can't compare the smaller companies to Hasbro either... But I totally get why you'd jump ship to those companies too. I mean, I'm figuring if this whole thing is imploded tomorrow, it's more money for these other lines I've discovered while Hasbro had this down period since 2012... And I'm ok with that. It's more $ to 4" Star Wars customizing (I'll nab fodder on sale and when the movie's hype dies and people start selling figures cheap at toy shows).
For me the only X factor is how will lines be handled with a new movie every year and a cartoon running steadily in between? Will figures hit sales often? Will figures even have long windows at retail? But besides that, I mean if they're 5POA with this loftier pricetag... I just won't buy them. I'm kinda ok with that. Sad sure, but still I'm ok. Most folks should be too. You should have bigger problems I guess?