theArchivist wrote:Its stuff like this that makes me scratch my head and wonder why companies don't do this more often. I mean, why can't they just take figures they already have molds for and put them in some cheap packaging (or even polybags) and sell them to discount stores to begin with.
Instead they seem to want to design new figures and packaging, create new molds that are sub-par to what they have already created.
It seems in recent cases a lot of their figures end up at stores like 5 Below, TJ Maxx, ROSS, etc anyway for $5 or less. Why make new crappy 5POA figures when they already have better figures they can use. And just to be clear I am not a 5 POA hater. I have a lot of figures with 5 POA or less. I actually like figures produced by Chap Mei/Toys R Us better than most of the figures currently in the market, But when a company has already designed a fantastic figure and mold and then go and redesign a new less quality figure. That seems like a terrible idea and I have no interest in any of the figures they have recently done this with. Star Wars, Spider Man 2, Iron Man, Avengers....
I know we always hear that "production costs" keep going up but I am sure the design of the figure, the design of the packaging, the creation of the mold, are a pretty expensive part of the process. Cutting those out of figures like Stormtroopers, Clones, or other Army Builder type figures. Seems like a great way to keep product moving. I mean, I see Chinese e-bay sellers doing that exact thing...
I remember Hasbro doing something like that with POTF Stormtroopers and Endor Rebel Soldiers back in the day. I wish they would do something like that again.
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