This is the first time in a long long time I have absolutely NO interest in collecting 3-3/4" Star Wars figures. I don't care for the stylized look and really don't see the point in this series/movie. Call my cynical and I will bring my kids to the movies but I'm not buying a dang thing and I don't think I'm alone (or am I )
I'm not... And it makes me appreciate looking at the animated stuff more then because I know I'm not buying it.
I'm going to get an AT-TE or two, I'm going to get Spider Droids and V-19 Torrent Fighters, but I'm not getting figures... I ordered a Rex because, well, I like "free" stuff in the mail. But I'm not shedding any tears at the thought of not buying these exclusive troopers, and the various other figures. I feel good that I'm only buying realistic stuff, and that it's not going to be a deluge like the animated figures will, for $8 a pop at that.
I think maybe Curto maybe meant "well received" by Hasbro and LFL, but there's not a lot of data to say they're a hit at retail... That doesn't mean I think they won't be though. To be honest, if the cartoon is as good as it seems it may be, I think they may be a hit and we may be in for more and more animated stuff... And ultimately, the animated stuff is sculpted very well, and it's got great accessories, and it's a great toy line for the media it supports. I'd like some (all?) of it reliastically sculpted at some point in time, but who knows if Hasbro will or not? Not I... I'd like to think they will, or at least the Clones and main new characters, but you never know.
I think the cartoon though, looks amazing. I think the story sounds cool, I think the characters and ships sound neat. I think the direction they take the war to "bridge the gap" is neat. I'm excited for a movie/media for Star Wars, and for the first time ever I'm 100% not interested in the toys that go with it... Well, 80% since I do want the vehicles and realistic sculpted items I guess, but you get the drift.
I'll have Evolutions, comic packs, legacy basic figures, vehicles and more to worry about financially, so I'm actually cartwheeling mentally at the thought of not shelling out a lot for the figures that, to me at this point, are a 100% separate line of the basic line. They're the same as the 2D animated figures. They just don't fit, and I'm not collecting this line, Mighty Muggs, Bobble Heads, Deformed Figures, Choppers, Unleashed, or any of these other "sub lines". That's how I look at the animated figures.
I'll add too that I read somwhere (here I think?) that you're not allowed to post new threads over there... Maybe that's why there's not much talk on the animated stuff there? Just speculating but I'd say putting a tight leash on the people (kiddies, which rs is filled with) who actually may have the most interest in them would curtail their conversation on it. I think so long as the toon does well, the animated stuff will do well, but I don't think adult collectors are going to care for it much... I'd say maybe 3/4 won't and 1/4 may find it interesting. Just from what I've read anyway, it seems pretty lopsided in the adult community... Kids will make or break that line.