Monkey_Shuttle, on 07 November 2013 - 02:13 AM, said:
I can understand the term "beauty" being applied as an aesthetic/artistic qualification to the sculpting/design.
However, maybe I'm just an old fogey or something because the whole concept of "hot/sexy" being applied to action figures/dolls/statues is beyond baffling. I just can't comprehend how someone can sexually objectify a... toy.
I've always had a fanboy boner for 1983's Carrie Fisher in the Slave Leia get up, but my interest in acquiring the couple Slave Leia toys that I have were more in line with my penchant for Jabba's Palace displays. I've never looked at the Slave Leia figure and had any kind of Homer-esque "mmmmm" thought cross my mind.
And maybe that's why I don't *squee* at the unveiling of the latest POP Barbie to come down the pike.
...and I fall back to my earlier statement that MOTUC is seemingly no longer geared for collector's like me. I get zero satisfaction out of collecting/owning Netossa, Star Sisters, Castaspella, and the like.
I guess my biggest questions are what changed? How did this new trend become the norm for typically male-based toy collecting? Is it more of a vocal minority or has the male toy collecting market shifted en masse to desiring what has been traditionally considered to be female-intended toys?
And for that matter, do the majority of vintage MOTU collectors also have extensive vintage POP collections?
You're blowing this way out of proportion. Also not applying much historical perspective: Female figures have pretty much been "hot" with Collectors virtually since the mid-90's or so, because they were often the figures that were short packed in cases and therefore harder to find. The thing is, even when that eventually wasn't the case anymore, somehow it still stuck. I was aware of "Bronies" but I didn't know Monster High was a "thing" with some adult collectors. *Shrug* Neither of them do anything for me, and neither of them are truly the mainstream for male adult toy collectors.
Now, MOTUC no longer "being geared towards collectors like you?" You don't want Two-Bad, Modulok, Extendar, or Blade? You've already said Scorpia was OK. Hydron, Flogg and Intergalactic Skeletor? The thing is that MotUC was never geared towards collectors like you, like me, or like anyone else unless you're one of those guys (or girls) that literally wants EVERYTHING. It's trying to please every segment to some extent while realizing not everyone is going to get everything they want and only what they want unless they're an "all in" collector. You sub...and outside of maybe the first year (and even then) you're probably going to get some stuff you don't want. This isn't exactly new for the line. Someone complains about virtually every figure that gets put out to one extent or another.
I'm lukewarm on most of the PoP figures when they're announced. I usually end up liking them better once in-hand, but I'm hardly "squeeing" about them. They also were pretty far behind in terms of filling out their roster compared to other factions, so having a few more of them this year makes at least a bit of sense from that perspective, though again I'm mildly baffled by getting Flutterina instead of/before Angella.
megachickmagnet, on 07 November 2013 - 06:44 AM, said:
Why are the MOTUC POP figures refereed to as "POP Barbies"? These action figures hardly resemble a Barbie doll. If they had rooted hair I'd understand, but...
They're referred to as PoP Barbies because in typical internet fashion he must try to brutally cut down anything that does not cater specifically to his tastes and attempt to belittle and emasculate those that do like them.