« on: March 9, 2004, 12:55 PM »
After reading the MOTU news this morning, it got me to thinking about Mattel and toy companies in general? What are some of your opinions on the companies that you collect from, and the job they do? I don't know that any company is perfect (at least from what I have read), but who is "on the right track" in your opinion? I don't really buy from many other than Hasbro (Star Wars), but here's a few opinions to start things off:
Hasbro (Star Wars): Although they have had their problems in the past, and still have their issues now, I think they have been much better as of late (particularly 2004). It seems they have done a much better job of listening to collectors and fans, and really (aside from the re-releases), I don't know if there is much to complain about this year. In 2004, they have done a lot of requested characters, much wanted resculpts, made the packaging more vintage-like for OTC (or exact for VOTC), and are making "ultimate" versions of main characters that we have wanted for years. Like I said, not perfect, but I think they have done a very good job this year.
Toy Biz (Marvel Legends/Lord of the Rings): I am not nearly as knowledgeable on these lines as many of you, but have dabbled in both. I'm thinking about stopping the ML for now, just because I don't have room and I'm leaning more towards Lord of the Rings if I do buy figures from another line. It seems, especially now that they have the chase figure thing figured out a little better it sounds, that they do a pretty good job too. I don't see quite as many complaints about not being able to find certain things...and if they do, later on they seem to be more readily available. They keep their prices pretty low, especially with the "Trilogy" assortment of LOTR. Marvel Legends seem to be a good value for the price as well. And, overall, from what I have seen, they do an amazing job on both of these lines...and I don't see too many complaints about their product for the most part.
Mattel: Wow, these guys stink it seems. I have been interested in a few of their lines (Batman, Justice League, and MOTU)...but they seem to be driving all of them into the ground. We all know to well the trials of the MOTU line, and even though they had tremendous figures (courtesy of the 4 Horsemen)...they found away...with endless variants and HTF secondary characters to basically kill this line. I'd like to collect a Batman line, but it seems that they do the same type of thing to this line. I have a Zipline Batman, and that might be all I ever have because of all of the variants (and I wonder if this line will last much longer, with another one coming in the fall). I really enjoy the Justice League show, but the figures are almost too simplistic (for what they cost)...although they are very true to the show designs, and I guess animated figures aren't usually too articulated. But, again, just like the Batman line...endless variants and a complete lack of villains (2 in the whole line now, 3 with the Ultra-Humanite later this year). I really wish they could get a good Batman line off the ground (or improve Justice League for that matter). When I was a kid, I know I always wanted bad guys for Batman (or whoever) to fight, not just endless versions of him.
Anyways, what are some of your opinions on the toy companies (these or others)? I hear good things about Palisades Toys with their Muppet Line too, but I don't collect it so I don't know how easy it is to find things.