I've seen the opinion that, somehow, the Wave 10 figures are more
impressive than figures we've gotten in the past say 4 years... How so? I'm not saying it isn't true, or I won't agree, as I don't have most of them in front of me to judge fairly, but why would that be?
Did Hasbro suddenly put paint applciations back to 2007 levels? Because they've been steadily cut for the past 4 years and I've seen nothing in any pic to make me think they're improving in 2012.
Did Hasbro add even more articulation to the figures? Sure Maul got hip joints now, but so did Endor Luke a couple years ago, and the Clone... You can't tell me it wasn't a good investment to make in a figure they'll inevitably get lots of mileage out of in the coming years.
Are accessories now of the quality, and quantity, of the latest GI Joe figures or something?
I'm just trying to see why things are suddenly better is all. They look the same to me as they have been for a while. To me, the line got better around 2005, and in general the quality plateued around 2007/2008. The extra wrist/hip joints have been about the only improvement I can think of, and if anything, the line decreased in things like paint aps, accessory counts fluctuating, and arguably the re-use of parts (it works sometimes like on Panno/Endor Rebel, and fails other times like on Medal Ceremony Han).
Out of Wave 10, I've only seen the BD in person, and bought it, and now immediately regret that choice and plan to take it back because, at the price I paid at Target this weekend, that thing had better be 100% flawless. Paint should be perfect, articulation perfect, and scale shouldn't be off at all. He should have the necessary accessories, and no skimping on paint aps like a little "scuffed metal" deco at the joints and whatnot. What I got, is in just about every way, inferior to the Battledroids from the 2-packs from last year.
And while I was all in on this wave just a week ago, now I'm thinking to myself... Why? Why buy Amidala at that price? She's another saltshaker, and I just don't see the value... She's already off the list if I see her till I find her on sale down the road. I'm looking at Daultay Dofine similarly, and to me he looks great (don't get me wrong), but I just figure he's so boring that I'll get him later, or not.
Also, the Podracers... Never really cared much about them, so why should I now? And they're arguably the best value since they're technically 2-packs, haha.
Some of the Wave 10 are appealing to me still, but now I'm just being pickier. Even if it's new, I don't feel compelled to own it.
Granted I'm much more interested in Wave 11... Maybe it's the source material (definitely part of it), but I'm already cutting Wave 10 down to where I don't want nearly as much of it as I did just a week ago. And screw the thought of buying Obi/QGJ for just the cardbacks and throwing the figure into the fodder pile. A year ago? Yes, I'd have done that (dumb on my part as it may be), but not now. Forget it. I'll wait for Super Duper Qui Gon and Obi with hip joints, which will be out at some point in the near future I suppose.
In a way it's nice when they completely F up the Battledroid as they did... I now don't really want any, whereas before I was thinking "Man, finally a battledroid that should be worthy of grand army building". And I'm even forgiving
on the Battledroid compared to some of you guys. I liked the Geonosis 2-pack ones a lot. I'd have been 100% happy with him, tan. He can't cup the blaster with his left hand, but he can at least rest the blaster on it, and that's realistic enough for me.
The new one seems to be an epic fail on the level of the 2003 Hoth Rebel "Dan Akyroid" Trooper... and at an obnoxious price to boot!