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sideswipe1984
06-13-2002, 03:32 PM
Dear Hasbro,

I realize that you believe that you are bringing a much-desired concept to the 3.75" line with the new action features. However, I must disagree. The introduction of buttons and wheels sticking out of a figure's back reduces that figure's aesthetic appeal, while not adding anything as a tradeoff. The insertion of magnets into figures is hit and miss, depending on the feature. It can add something to the figure (like Jango Fett Final Battle), detract from it (Anakin Hangar Duel) or simply make it look foolish (CC Obi-Wan).

While I despise the extreme poses your new Saga line features, I can't stress enough that these action features are truly what is bothering me the most. I encourage you to discontinue this madness. Bring the SW 3.75" line back to what it should be - as evidenced in the POTJ line.

Regards,

A collector of 25 years

bigbarada
06-13-2002, 11:50 PM
When I started to see the later waves of POTJ, I figured Hasbro had finally gotten it right. How wrong I was! Their attempt to make the Saga line more dynamic has backfired big time. I don't think the pegwarmer situation was this bad during the entire Ep1 line!

JediTricks
06-14-2002, 03:28 AM
I gotta put agree on this thread, action gimmicks and extreme poses are really hurting the Star Wars line IMO and I wish they would go the way of the dinosaur.

Maximilian Veers
06-14-2002, 05:32 AM
Agree Agree.
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lunchymeatball
06-14-2002, 05:39 AM
sorry I may be being a little slow but I cant quite understand what you are getting at MV:confused:
Maybe your post was a little too vague for me:D

sideswipe1984
06-14-2002, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by lunchymeatball
sorry I may be being a little slow but I cant quite understand what you are getting at MV:confused:
Maybe your post was a little too vague for me:D

:D

Maximilian Veers
06-14-2002, 09:06 AM
I was just letting Hasbro know how much I hated their new action poses and gimmicks...I'm sorry if you weren't able to understand it. And if they wanted any information from me about how they could change it back,they could call me at the number I've listed.
Ok?

DarthMaulSithLord
06-14-2002, 09:09 AM
I agree that the dynamic poses on some are crap, but i really like some of the action features and i hope Hasbro doesn't abandon, but improves upon them.

Instead of the dynamic posed figures, i want more articulation so you can decide whether or not the figure is posed neutrally or dynamic.

In terms of action features, they should not limit the figure in any way. I.e. look at the The Lord Of The Rings figures from ToyBiz. The Orc Warrior figure (which i own) can make a tree chopping move with his axe (i know, doesn't sound exciting, but it's really cool!) by pressing his leg together. You'd think this would immobilize both legs and his arms, but it doesn't! You can still move his arms and legs in all the directions you want. Now if ToyBiz can do it, which is a relatively small company compared to Hasbro, surely they (= Hasbro) can do it too.

Saga action features that i like:
- Magnetic Actions as long as it doesn't detract from the overall look of the figure and it actually works.
- Chop and kung-fu action as long as it doesn't limit the figure.
- Blow-apart action that is concealed and still makes the fig look decent.

Features that i hate:
- Arms that stay up and can't go down.
- Magnetic actions that don't work because the magnet is too weak.
- Blow-apart action that makes it impossible to put the fig together (Deluxe Mace's Battle Droid).
- Slashing action that makes figs look stupid (Anakin HD can only have his arms in one position).
- One pose wonders.

:)

lunchymeatball
06-14-2002, 09:10 AM
No offence intended MV,
Just a comment on how strongly you felt about the features.
I did well and truly understand what you meant and am not critisizing your views at all:D

187-Maul
06-14-2002, 10:35 AM
I agree with DarthMaulSithLord about the features that are good or bad etc. although some poses are pretty good IMO like Kit Fisto
you can't get a Jedi to stand in a normal and a fighting pose and if you want both hasbro should make two versions IMO

Maximilian Veers
06-14-2002, 11:01 AM
Well there I agree 187-Maul! every carachter should be made into 2 different figures,depending on what they do in the movies.:D

sideswipe1984
06-14-2002, 11:09 AM
While resculpts of the main characters are almost a given - that may not be the case with other characters. It is just not feasible to expect it.

DARTH DUBIOUS
06-14-2002, 11:27 AM
You expect gimmicky features on core characters but when the background characters are being stuffed up with them too then you know someones at Hasbro was drinking too much happy juice the day these things got commisioned. The features gotta go. They don't improve the figures at all. They just stand out like a sore thumb. Where you get a feature arm the joins are wider or the plastics are different and the pose is awkward. I'd rather have a figure with a ball joint elbow than a slashing action. It'd cost exactly the same to do so why not articulation over gesticulation? The features are maybe slightly interesting and novel for the short term but these figures are in peoples possesion for a long time usually and the figures without gimmicks are the ones that hold the attention because they aren't limited to one action only or one pose only. And by features I include the pre pose and the no articulation spread legs figures like Luminara and Eeth Koth and Nikto Jedi. They just plain suck. Nice heads but the figures are pretty much useless. Might just as well market porcelain figurines for all the good these new figures do. Stick them in a glass cabinet with all the other ornaments. I thought hasbro made toys. Don't see much evidence of that with these new figures. Whoever sanctioned this nerw direction in the toys should be hauled over hot coals and fired. Gonna lose the company pots of money with this barrel of tatty mangy rubbish. When do the real toys start getting released, surely this saga line is just an extended april fools joke. Right?

sideswipe1984
06-14-2002, 11:40 AM
DD, you crack me up, but I agree. The thing that irritates me the most is the fact that I can't get a nicely-sculpted gimmick-free main character! Luke Bespin, Darth Bespin, Han Endor, Obi-Wan (either version), Anakin HD, all have buttons, wheels, spring-loaded arms, or karate chop action. Give it a rest Hasbro.

bigbarada
06-14-2002, 01:15 PM
I've been waiting years for Hasbro to resculpt Endor Han after that horrible 1997 POTF2 version. When we finally get a new one, they ruin it with a lame action gimmick! Thanks a lot, Hasbro! Now how long do we have to wait for another gimmick-less Endor Han? Five more years?

And for those that would retort with "stop crying you know you'll buy it anyway." Uh, no. I have no interest in this figure. I'm not wasting my money on anymore gimmicks or stupid action poses.

DarthMaulSithLord
06-14-2002, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by 187-Maul
I agree with DarthMaulSithLord about the features that are good or bad etc. although some poses are pretty good IMO like Kit Fisto
you can't get a Jedi to stand in a normal and a fighting pose and if you want both hasbro should make two versions IMO

If Hasbro added enough articulation, you'd be the one to decide whether you give the figure an action or a neutral pose.

Other companies have done it, now it's Hasbro's turn IMHO.

:)

JediTricks
06-15-2002, 05:33 AM
Yeah, added articulation would allow for FANTASTIC poses, way more creative and extreme than anything a limited-pose figure could do; yet this would also allow for more relaxed poses as well, which would satisfy almost everybody.

Look at the new Endor Rebel Trooper, the arms are nicely articulated and would allow for a lot of motion if not for that jacket, but below the waist it's super-posed and very limited. That's a shame, so close and yet so far.

QLD
06-15-2002, 04:52 PM
*sings* They suck, they suck, they really really suck!

I am not kidding. If they make one more figure with these crappy magnets and retarded action features, I am going to do something I am going to regret. Like BUY ONE! Holy cow, they must put extra flouride in the water over at Hasbro. I can't believe someone went to the board meeting with that proposal, and someone said, GREAT! Let's do it!

I normally am not one to ragm on Hasbro, but this is king turd of poo island. I am sick of these already. Reminds me of Malakili. Ugh.

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

abell748
06-15-2002, 07:46 PM
i needed to cut down on my spending on star wars stuff and hasbro has made it easy with the new saga line. the potj was great how could it have gone so wrong so fast...