DarthDaddy wrote:I don't plan on buying any of these figures. Usually, I am one for buying 3-4 of each figure released for customizing purposes, but with 5 POA, these figures have nothing to offer. My 9 year old who has been a die hard collector for the last 6 years is fuming. For years he has enjoyed poking fun at my 5 POA figures from my childhood, telling me he feels bad for me when I was a kid because I had such poorly articulated figures growing up. When he heard about 5 POA figures for 2013, he quit collecting figures and he only wants the Slave I this year.
Unfortunately, when I look at figures on the pegs in toy aisles, it appears that reduced articulation is the new trend. The trend has resulted in poor sales, even with the reduced price point.
I'm preparing myself for Episode VII figures to have the articulation of the original figures from Episode I. I think Hasbro has officially destroyed the 3 3/4" product line with repacks and reduced articulation. The last 2 years have been full of disappointment. I just hope Hasbro gets its just desserts for their poor decision making.
Yeah - and I don't know if Hasbro realizes that heavy duty customizers like us sometimes buy 2-3 times as much as your ordinary collector.
I can also totally relate to how your son views these - my son is a little younger (just turned 6) but when he saw these he made comments too that they don't look good. He also had seen my old Star Wars figures (even POTF2) and says they are "silly" and he certainly prefers the ones with better articulation.
Now, I do get that a lot of toys with so much articulation aren't very kid friendly. But Hasbro has really gone out on a limb with these. I think a much better business model would have been for Movie Heroes 2013-2014 to be around $7 or $8 per figure, and styled more like Movie Heroes Amidala...
Then you could have 75% new sculpts, and have a handful of repacks in the line of good figures - maybe not premium figures, but still, acceptable ones... like the Tantive IV Stormtrooper, Commtech Vader, etc...
I feel that would have been a much more solid approach than the direction they've chosen.