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« on: November 05, 2015, 02:30:18 pm »

Are Transformer G1 considered action figures?  I don't hear them being talked about or even being acknowledged on the podcast.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 03:32:35 pm »

Are Transformer G1 considered action figures?  I don't hear them being talked about or even being acknowledged on the podcast.

We actually recognized this deficiency and we onboarded Eddie to keep us up on the Transformers news. While I have a couple, I don't really keep up on the news.

I know we have went back and forth with him a couple of times on the show.

We need to nudge him to do TF TOTW in the near future.

I did talk to Slick McFavorite and Andy Bentley way back in episode 126 about Transformers in a Greatest Toyline of All Time segment:

http://www.actionfigureblues.com/2014/07/the-afb-podcast-episode-126-amazing.html
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 03:33:20 pm »

Oh, and thanks for your input and listening! I've awarded you your first coveted Forum Point!
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2015, 01:18:14 am »

Thanks!  I was just curious.

G1 Transformers such as the Masterpiece and Combiner Wars lines have priced me out of the Transformers game.  I only have the Takara Encore G1 Omega Supreme.  It was so expensive I had to quit after that.  I ordered G1 Galvatron in his movie-accurate colors but I returned him because I just could not afford it.

I just find it fascinating how people buy action figures of characters that only appeared for like 30 seconds in one episode of a cartoon, or even no episodes.  There are many examples of this in the Masters of the Universe toy line.

Also, a movie could suck like Jason X yet fans still want the action figure.

Where does the love for the action figure come from?

And why do adult collectors only want articulation, and seem to despise action features, gimmicks, and electronics which sold us on the toys as kids?
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2015, 04:21:44 am »

Some good points OS.

As I get older, it's not articulation I want, I just want quality. I'd be happy with figures whose joints aren't frozen straight out of the packaging. I want figures that aren't made of cheap plastic with warped limbs. I want figures that have decent paint jobs, etc, etc.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2015, 11:22:02 am »

Amen.  I'm of the opinion that most adult collector figures are over-articulated.  Kids figures have really hit under-articulation in my opinion though.  Kids deserve knees!
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2015, 12:01:00 am »

G1 Omega Supreme does not have knees but to make up for the lack of articulation in his legs they gave him the electronic gimmick of motorized walking.  As a kid the electronics were what sold me on him.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2015, 01:27:16 am »

I was also awed by He-man's Thunder-punch, Kobra Khan squirting a water mist, the Dragon-walker, the 6 Lions forming Voltron, the pull-back and release action that propels the lions across the floor.  Now as an adult all of that is gone, in favor of articulation, knees, etc.  What happened to our ability as kids to enjoy the action figures our dad and uncles carved out of wood, which had no articulation, posability, or paint apps?
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2015, 04:32:35 pm »

What happened to our ability as kids to enjoy the action figures our dad and uncles carved out of wood, which had no articulation, posability, or paint apps?

They're still around, McFarlane makes them.
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2015, 05:20:59 pm »

The Mcfarlene Spider-man is arguably the best Spider-man action figure ever made, and it had ground-breaking articulation.  Also Mcfarlene toys gave us "The Four Horsemen", the best toy makers in the business, absolute geniuses.  They gave use the awesomely-articulated "Masters of the Universe Classics".
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2015, 09:34:55 am »

The Mcfarlene Spider-man is arguably the best Spider-man action figure ever made

I think you're confusing a Spider-Man based on McFarlene's art as opposed to a figure made by his company.
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2015, 01:07:49 pm »

Wouldn't you like action features like Spidey's eyes lighting up with sound effect, or giving him real webshooters?  Let's demand this stuff.
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2015, 04:07:45 am »

An action figure has to have at least two POA in my opinion.

As for action features, Kenner really knew their shit. They knew how to make an action feature non intrusive. Very few other companies knew how to do that.
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2015, 08:08:06 am »

An action figure has to have at least two POA in my opinion.

As for action features, Kenner really knew their shit. They knew how to make an action feature non intrusive. Very few other companies knew how to do that.

Vintage Indy is a great example of that. Even the buttons on Butch and Sundance were fairly unobtrusive.
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2015, 12:52:39 pm »

I like the Four Horseman, but to release Thunderpunch He-man without the thunderpunch, Kobra Khan without the Mist action, Fisto without the thunderpunch, etc is absolutely ridiculous.  These figures were defined by their action features.  Masters of the Universe was known for their cool action features, gimmicks and vehicles.
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