« on: August 6, 2010, 12:52 PM »
I wasn't sure where was the right place to post this, but as this is the most current "modern" line, I thought I'd try here. This sort of branches off of something Adam Pawlus mentioned in his Q and A (I believe this past week). He was sort of talking about his preference to the simpler articulation styles (and sturdier toys) of our youth, compared with stuff of today. It got me to thinking, what are better "toys" vintage or modern? Sure, the modern stuff looks a million times better - there's rarely a question of that - but from a "kid" standpoint of playing with toys, which is better?
I think both obviously have their strong points. Like I said, the modern stuff - especially the current stuff - looks absolutely amazing for the most part. The sculpt, paint, articulation, all adds up to some really nice figures lately - and in some cases (Gamorrean Guard as an example) - they look like they jumped off the movie screen. On the vintage side of things, sure they weren't all that accurate (although I don't remember minding too much as a kid), I never remembered opening any of my vintage figures and having a body part fall off of it right away (which does happen sometimes today).
The vehicles is a little difficult to judge too. I think the vintage stuff was great for its time, and obviously held up today as we continued to see the same molds used for quite some time (and sometimes still today). But, after playing with some of the recent "new" vehicles (BMF Falcon, AT-AT, Snowspeeder, SAGA Landspeeder, AT-TE, Jedi Starfighers, etc.), I might say that the modern vehicles are the winner here. The sculpts are better, the features are getting better (as we see lights/sounds included again as well), and I think they are even more durable. I know that the new Falcon, AT-AT, AT-ST, Snowspeeder, etc. all feel a lot more sturdy than their POTF2 (or vintage) counterparts in my collection. The figures, in some way is a toss up. I love the figures of today, but there is always that nostalgia for the vintage line that won't go away either. The vintage toys were probably sturdier, which may make them a winner there - but the modern ones look so nice.