First, thanks for doing the work to bring new figures, even if they're expensive exclusives. It's nice to see figures that haven't been made before - outside of the new films, that's a rare thing these days and it's one of the main things I still enjoy about collecting 3 3/4" - when something new happens... I also appreciate that you dropped by to respond to some of the discussion.
I do stand by that these do have levels of articulation of a vintage figure, and even though everybody is no doubt sick of me posting this on other comments threads, new sculpts are increasingly difficult in the current marketplace.
That still doesn't sound right to me. It sounds like one of those 'being technically right is the best kind of right' king of things. When you announce the price and say vintage levels of articulation before everyone knows they're droids, we're all instantly expecting 12, 13, 14 points of articulation on human or alien figures. We're expecting things that could have been neatly slotted into the vintage line - not 6 droids made out of existing sculpts.
For better or worse, that's what happened. It probably would have gone over better if you'd just shown the item at the same time so people didn't spend a couple of days wondering about what greatness would be in store and building up their own expectations. Basically, without the tease it wouldn't have felt like a let down.
Because it was brought up, I still love limited articulation figures. For five or six bucks? Bring 'em on, all day long. Those were fabulous. Recent movie years tend to bring higher prices with them (see also: G.I. Joe) and other factors in terms of perception, features, filling out a line plan with varied price points, and so on can change up how things need to be run.
I don't mind the limited articulation if the sculpts are good - that said, what happened that prices tend to go up in movie years? Back during the prequels the exact opposite was true. We went from $7 or $8 to $4.99 when ROTS hit, because volume.
Secondly, Quite frankly the limited articulation feels like a total bait and switch on Hasbro's part to me. Costs are high, to lower them we're going to reduce artiulcation and now you get $5.99 figures again. Hooray. Fast forward a year and a half and figures are $7.99, $8.99 - all while doing higher volume again. I know inflation and costs and whatever, but oil prices are way depressed compared to 3, 5, 7 years ago, there's new movies driving more buying and collecting, but in general the manufacturing quality is going down. While I'm not admittedly in Hasbro marketing and budgeting meetings, the general trend strikes me as a simple strategy to boost margins - which is fine and dandy and what businesses aim to do most of the time, but the idea that it's all market driven necessity doesn't pass the smell test.
I'm a toy fan, first and foremost. Articulation is good, and the goal here was always to come out with the best possible item with the resources at hand. Given that new sculpts weren't an option, I think the end result is pretty good - and I hope if it doesn't tickle anyone's fancy
I think it's a nice set - I'd like it to have been a few dollars less, I honestly think the tease and language in the tease was a mistake from a PR standpoint, that's all.