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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2015, 01:46:50 pm »

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.

Strewth, and it only got better from there. Super Powers, Real Ghostbusters, Swamp Thing, Robocop...I could go on.
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2015, 02:21:03 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.

I don't think it was active disdain for action features in this case - I think it was money.  Action features require sculpting.  MOTUC was clearly surviving on parts re-use.
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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2015, 10:40:30 am »

My Toybiz Classic Series 2 Spider-man's head cannot move up or down.  It can only rotate horizontally.

Why would they do this?  Would it have been so hard to give us a ball jointed neck so Spidey can look up and down and all around?
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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2015, 11:51:29 am »

My Toybiz Classic Series 2 Spider-man's head cannot move up or down.  It can only rotate horizontally.

Why would they do this?  Would it have been so hard to give us a ball jointed neck so Spidey can look up and down and all around?

Toy Biz cut costs where they could.
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2015, 11:38:29 am »

Why were there so many cool mechanical and electronics action features in the 80's and little to none today?  Everything else has gone high tech.  It seems like action figures have gone backwards as toys.
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2015, 03:35:10 pm »

Why were there so many cool mechanical and electronics action features in the 80's and little to none today?  Everything else has gone high tech.  It seems like action figures have gone backwards as toys.

Just remember the articulation and paint apps were shit back then.
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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2015, 11:56:01 pm »

Where's the playability with stackions (i.e. Mini-statues)?  The Four Horsemen came from Macfarlene toys which someone above mentioned were pretty much figures carved out of wood with no articulation.  And that's how we got the 200x line, which were not good toys.  They were statues fixed in weird poses, with no playability.
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2015, 12:40:23 am »

Where's the playability with stackions (i.e. Mini-statues)? 

There isn't any.

But if you go for stuff like Marvel Legends with double jointed knees and elbows there's heaps. There's plenty of good stuff out there for the modern collector regardless of what floats your boat.
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« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2015, 09:12:42 pm »

I find it disturbing that MOTU Classics Adora is taller than MOTUC He-man.  It reminds me of how they marketed She-ra as better than He-man in the 80's.

Also, why do people buy action figures that have no associated media (eg. cartoon)?  Examples include the Four Horsemen's Gothatropolis line and Joe Amaro's Dragon, which cost much much more than your average action figure.
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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2015, 02:27:49 am »

Because they look awesome.
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« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2015, 02:53:05 am »

Because they look awesome.


Hells yeah.  Cheesy

I don't need a cartoon to tell me something is cool.
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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2015, 03:41:50 pm »

Without the Filmation cartoons, He-man would not be on the map.

Without a cartoon or movie MOTU and POP will die, no more figures.
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« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2015, 10:57:53 pm »

If I only could have one, the cartoons probably trump the action figures.

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« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2015, 04:45:20 am »

If I only could have one, the cartoons probably trump the action figures.



It varies with me. Some hold up well (Robotech), others not so much (Blackstar).
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« Reply #29 on: December 26, 2015, 06:46:40 pm »

Can they Retcon He-man and She-ra to make them lovers?  I think his would help increase the adult collector market, as well as appeal to little girls.
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