Anger is just the flip side of passion after all, and the depth of the anger is commensurate with the level of passion that kept this line of toys going for the past 30+ years or whatever. But no question there is a very significant portion of idiocy and entitlement mixed in there too.
Agree. I can't fault the people for being angry... but I do dislike the trend some websites have of catering to those angry folks, whipping them into frenzies to the point that their very vocal minority is treated like a majority opinion... or at least presented to Hasbro as such.
I don't know. I read most of this and just have laugh. I have been collecting Star Wars for 37 years. I have a 16' x 24' room dedicated exclusively to Star Wars merchandise. I'd call myself a pretty big fan and collector. Yes, I've had frustrations with availability, pricing, character selections, etc. over the years, I can't really recall a time that I was ANGRY about any of it. Disappointed? Sure. But I don't get the sheer anger and rage that seems to be rising up about this stuff.
- Mad about the distribution? Relax, it will get here eventually. Is there anything in Hasbro's history that hasn't come around eventually? Even rare packaging differences can be found for 'okay' prices on the secondary market. Third party transformer collectors pre-pay for stuff that doesn't show up for a year.
- Mad about the pricing? If figures shoot up 50% in cost (which they have not), how much does that really impact you? So you would have spent $1,000 on toys (say that aloud to a non-collector without flinching) and now you spend $1500 or buy a little less. Not a life changer. Don't get me wrong - I'm a huge deal shopper, but if you can afford these things in the first place, you can probably afford to spend a little more or buy a little less.
- Mad about the product? This is totally off the wall, but how about not buying it? If I go to the store to buy strawberries and they don't look fresh I just don't buy them. If I go to buy shoes and they don't fit, I don't buy them. If Hasbro makes crap I don't really like, I don't buy it. You don't need to have everything just because they made it.
I love that people are passionate about Star Wars and their collections, but I just can't wrap my head around the Anger. If you're getting angry about your hobby and how you spend your already limited free time, maybe it's time to back off a bit and find something that makes you happier. Life's too short to be angry about your toys.