I'm not going to continue to mega-quote, I just have one point I'd like to raise:
For people who feel that the characters who are popular or special to them are not being given the proper attention, keep in mind - how will you feel if we get every figure from RAH in the next two, three waves? Will you stick around when VvV style characters (Uninspired nobodies named silly things like Cpt. Shortwave, Grindcore Trooper or Sgt. David Michaels) inevitably make their appearance? Or when they start introducing gimmicks?
No. The majority will do what they did during JvC to Sigma Six - criticize and abstain from the toyline. What does that equal? No more toys!
I'd rather Hasbro stretch out the releases of popular characters and sneak in a few new gems (Para-Vipers, Wraith, Devils Due Zartan) than give us everything NOW and watch all the 'satisfied customers' jump ship when Hasbro has to scramble for new ideas because they blew thier load in 08.
That's just it, They have been doing really well (for the most part) with giving us unique characters even with rehased bodies (Falcon, for example). We had 15 comic packs and only 2 (the Cobra Commander/Duke and the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow) packs did not give us anything new. Those were boht wave 1 so that was expected. All the others inclluded repaints, sure, but we ALSO got Breaker, Torch, Ripper, Tomax, Xamot, Ace, Wild Weasel, Hawk, Copperhead, Iron Grenadier, Tripwire, Red Star, Falcon, Nemesis Enforcer, Scarface and Fred. Half were repaints with new heads.
Those 3 comics had TONS of characters in them. And who do we get? Guys we JUST got, for the most part (Rock & Roll, Iron Grenader, Viper).
I'm not saying that every figure in the wave had to be a new guy (why the #%$%$%^ did they pick THAT Deep Six? WTF?) but the didn't include ANY new guys. Is this end of the line that they figure it doesn't really matter?
Besides, it isn't possible to get them all in the next two or three waves. We are getting 12 guys in the next two waves. TWO are new. TWO!
I think they made a smart move with the other DVD packs and multi-packs. They included one guy that was wanted (Alpine, Quick Kick, Dusty, etc.) with a bunch of retreads (Duke, Cobra Commander, Snake Eyes).
All the ranting aside, I am inclined to get them.
Why? Becuase they actually fixed Gung-Ho and Rock & Roll. The questions remains WHY they couldn't fix the Viper though
And speaking of the Viper. That stupid pack is too little too late I think for a lot of people. I already HAVE a ton of extra damn Destros....