OK, let's keep the thread clean, but the answer is legitimate news to report, in spite of how funny this thread will easily become, LOL!
A week ago or so, we had to close the thread "Why does Hasbro want us to push the Reek's Wee-Wee?"
It got a little raunchy, and we have kids coming to this site. Keep that in mind. LOL - I'm trying to too. But who knows if even I get censored for this one...
But any kid I know of would take a look at the red, swollen, bulge between the monster's rear legs that we have to push to make the animal go into bucking spasms, and come to the same conclusions we all did with regards to this. Hey, it's the immature kid in me that makes me want to yell this "foul" out over here!
Heh-heh-heh - You better believe I asked Hasbro about this in a room with over 70 people!
But I put it even more delicately -
And they were laughing too!
The legitimate answer to the question you all wanted to know -
1) More important than who could be Anakin's father?
2) More relevant than will AOTC beat Spiderman at the box office?
3) And more philosophically challenging than "What is the meaning of life?"
SirStevesGuide's Tycho asks Hasbro:
WHY DO YOU WANT US TO PUSH THE REEK'S WEE-WEE?!!!
oooh -that's so disgusting!
AND THE ANSWER IS:
The sculpt was exactly perfect, according to what they were going for.
Placing the button on a side position would have interfeared with the design the sculptor created for the animal.
Since the action feature is a rising up and bucking motion, placing the button on the creature's back would defeat the purpose: you'd be pressing down while the creature was supposed to be bucking up.
So that left the underbelly in a location that the designers could best hide the feature in the sculpt and in such a position that this part of the beast stays put, relative to the ground. The front end, as you're well aware, has to rise up. And Hasbro wanted the button legitimatley hidden so the animal looks real, rather than like a toy.
So that is the answer.
Though it still begs the question: "well what about a tail switch?"
Also the action feature doesn't work that well, because you still have to hold the Reek down to push the button. Pushing up on the Reek's wee-wee, without using your other hand, will undoubtedly cause the Reek to come up unnaturally - and too prematurely. *Grin*
I'm not sure you can gain satisfaction with this action feature unless you use both hands.