I tend to "troll" through the Star Wars sites every 2-3 weeks for the Hasbro Q&A -- never really had time for the forum discussions, although I've been tempted to post quite a few times. Well this Q&A put me over the edge...
To the person asking the Battle Droid question on the 80th Q&A, and the person asking the Biker Scout question (and all of the ones who voted these questions in) -- WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??! To complain about every single specific detail of the 3.75" figure line....why do you even bother to collect it any more? Since 1995, I would wager my entire life's savings that AT LEAST 80% of figures in Hasbro's 3.75" Star Wars line have been "off" from their realistic counterpart in some aspect.
You know the vintage Kenner line, which this whole obsession of ours is based on? Were ANY of those even close to "movie accuracy"? Did you guys write to Kenner complaining that "Oh, this Ugnaught actually wears a gray smock and his tooth actually comes up at a 32 degree angle, not a 70 degree angle"...??? Did you write to compalin to Kenner that Chewbacca's head wasn't articulated?? I doubt it -- as kids, we didn't notice that stuff, or if we did, we worked (or played) around the mistakes! If you can't put up with a few minor errors, then why even bother collecting the 3.75" line?
Some figures are based primarily from black & white sketches from the 1970's! Yet you complain that "Hr'check Kal Vas has his gun holster too high. It should be 3 cm lower."... REALLY??
If accuracy is your thing, Why not collect Gentile Giant, or Kotobukiya, or something else? Even then, you won't find 100% accuracy -- but you'll get close, if you're willing to spend around $120 for a single character. But at $6 - $10 a figure, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT???!
Look at other Hasbro products. Compare the GI Joe line to Star Wars.
As bad as the Leia headsculpts have been over the years , compare the worst (1995) of the Leia's to the new 2009 Scarlett or Baroness in the "realistic" GI Joe movie line. In fact, compare basically any Joe figure to any Star Wars 30th or Legacy collection figure. Honestly, Star Wars figures look pretty good in comparison, and you have to admit, 14 years later, Hasbro has made a really good Princess Leia face.
If you aren't happy with the paint job, here's a novel idea: CUSTOMIZE IT YOURSELF! If you can't deal with the fact that your Legacy Commander Cody has an upside down belt and an orange antenna rather than a silver one...cut the belt off, re-glue it with the correct side up, and paint the frigging antenna silver yourself! Why waste 1 of 3 questions that a site like this gets per month to answer your "my figure isn't 100% accurate, can you please re-release it?" question -- and certainly DO NOT come back 6 months later complaining that "all Hasbro does is re-paint and re-issue figures. Why don't we get more new ones?". It's questions like this that MAKE HASBRO THINK YOU WANT EVERY FIGURE RE-RELEASED! What's next? "My Legends Anakin has his eye scar, but the eye scar should be 1.1 mm long, not 1.2 mm. Can you re-make him?" ....
You guys begged and begged for years for a Snowspeeder Luke. You get one, and now what? Oh, "we want it without the cap on the head". REALLY?? I'd be willing to bet that had it came with a "normal" Luke head, there would've been complaints that people wanted the cap on the head. Can't you just simply head-swap a regular Luke head onto it? Couldn't this have been achieved YEARS AGO without the need to beg and plead Hasbro to release a Snowspeeder Luke?
Hasbro gets the schematics directly from ILM for every character or vehicle they plan to produce -- more likely FAR MORE DETAILED schematics than the ones on Wookieepedia or in books -- more information than any of us get. I'm sure someone at Hasbro knew that the yellow dot on the Geonosis BD Commander was off -- and while mistakes like this make you wonder just who is running or over-seeing the company...is it really that big of a deal? Does it really matter? If they re-release him correctly, then good. If they don't, OH WELL. He's a battle droid. Bring on new characters.
And the worst part about it? IF they actually DO correct the Battle Droid Commander in next year's Geonosis 2-packs, will any of you buy it? Most of you won't, because "it's a re-release"...
A lot of collectors crack me up. "I won't buy Cad Bane because his knees aren't articulated". REALLY? You're passing up an incredible figure because HIS KNEES DON'T BEND??! OK. Your loss. Wait 2-3 years and maybe they'll make a new one, if the Clone Wars continues. And when this one's hat is an off-shade of brown, or his gun doesn't fit perfectly into his holster, you can complain about that too.
I mean really. REALLY? The Biker Scout's "range of motion" isn't full? What kind of playing and posing are you doing with your figures???!? He's got 14 points of articulation, doesn't he? Remember when that's all you wanted? Oh, now this one's shoulders are too bulky. There aren't shoulderpads. You know what? IF Hasbro ever released the 100% be-all, end-all perfect Biker Scout (or any other kind of army builder), you would be upset -- why? Because now your other figures from 1995 - 2009 look like crap, and you have to buy another 100 NEW Biker Scouts to replace your army.
Is it really worth it? Really? I'm certainly not saying to accept all Hasbro product as "perfect" or "as good as it can get" -- because it's obviously not. But do you think that Pokemon, Ben-10, or Bakugon, or whatever other "hot toys" are out there get complaints from adults that "Oh, my Pikachu figure is not quite to scale. He should be 3.71 inches tall, and instead he is 3.75 inches. He makes my other figures look too short" type questions?? REALLY??!
I honestly cannot think of the last time I read a post of someone saying "____ is a really good figure. I'm glad that I got him/her" .
Collectors, be upset that Hasbro screwed up with the Scanning Crew and Hoth Rebel variants and their releases. Be upset that until this holiday season, figures were costing about double what they cost 10 years ago, and vehicles as well. Be upset that Hasbro never listens to the characters that WE, as their "hard core base" ask for on a daily basis -- not that your Biker Scout trooper has "bulky shoulders".