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  1. That sums up my feelings on a lot of McFarlane stuff. Whether it's proportions on a fig, randomly deciding in the sculpt and/or paint to majorly depart from the source artwork that's on the package itself, odd articulation choices or something else, I find myself often asking, "Why? Why would you make that choice or approve that to go to production like that when we all know you're capable of doing better?"
  2. McFarlane is a source of fun and absolute frustration for me. They are doing some really good things, no question, and yet, from an "action figure" perspective, they have to be the most frustrating line I've ever collected. From pose-ability issues to sometimes bizarre proportions to frequent difficulty keeping them standing and glaring departures in sculpt/paint from the source artwork on their packages, I've never purchased so many figures that, on one hand, I love, and on another, drive me nuts.
  3. Was ecstatic when I heard they were making a Deadman fig, but I may not buy this. Lots of little elements that detract, but mostly the awkward way the head sits so far forward (due the collar position) and the fact that they gave him a facial expression that makes him look more like a villain than a hero. Bummer. Maybe he'll look better in person.
  4. After McFarlane has had so many really well-done faces on female figures, that Supergirl face is...yikes.
  5. Was really excited after seeing promo pic of Deadman. Not so much after seeing this. Bummer.
  6. "We have strived to match the quality and detail of our physical pieces, at the exact same price point." So the digital versions will ignore the source material just as randomly as the figures often do and also have the digital equivalent of awkward, partially-functional articulation, along with highly questionable proportions?
  7. Ummm...this is from their site and the info about this digital collecting thing: We are bringing our industry leading quality and value to create the best-looking digital collectibles, for the same price as their physical counterparts. We can spend $20 for a Batman action figure OR, if we want, spend $20 for a digital representation of a Batman figure?
  8. Outstanding work. Instantly recognizable as the character and super clean!
  9. Headsculpt on the Robin looks slightly "off". Not sure. One thing I can't figure out with these DC figs is why McFarlane includes the source artwork but then pretty consistently and deliberately departs from that source material whenever the mood strikes them. I get it if they want to re-use a sculpt, but that's not always the case.
  10. How in the world would Hannah John Kamen make sense for the role of Red Sonja, unless they are deliberately stepping away from the look of the character that everyone associates with "Red Sonja"? I like her as an actress, etc., but her as this character "clicks" for me about as much as if they'd had Tom Hiddleston play Thor, instead of Loki.
  11. Looks more like a prototype than a finished product. And not sure I understand the rationale of McFarlane including a card or picture of the source material for a figure, only to have that source material provide clearly illustrate ways in which the figure is not accurate.
  12. Looked at multiple pics of this from different sources today, and I am totally ambivalent. The sculpt is fantastic. But the paint job (or lack thereof) reminds me SO much of what you'd see if a customizer were posting WIP pics from something they are doing. Put another way, I keep thinking, "Oh, this would be amazing if they would finish it!"
  13. The one thing that confuses me - if what Todd is saying is actually accurate - is why I see so many McFarlane products readily available all the time from virtually any retail site you want to visit, with so many of them going on sale / clearance sale and such a smaller percentage of Marvel Legends figures that follow the same path. Yes, there were some recent, unfortunate exceptions like Eternals and some others, but even with those taken into account, my shopping/collecting experience seems to indicate that I almost never have to pay full price for any regular McFarlane fig, because virtually everything will be available from Best Buy or Walmart or Target or Amazon on some significant sale or clearance before long. Again, that's not universally true with everything, but that sure seems to be the case far more often with McFarlane's stuff than with MLs.
  14. Looks like this could, just maybe, be a DC movie on the level that they deserve. Not sure why, but it seems like the DC movies have, far more often than not, simply not had the "it" factor to make you go "Wow!". After watching most, I walk away feeling disappointed. There have been a few exceptions, so I hold out hope, but kinda skeptical at this point.
  15. Are they supposed to look somewhat cartoonish? It looks like them but more like a semi-realistic rendering for a cartoon or some kind of animated depiction(?).
  16. I don't remember a single scene in which Vecna was shown with these colors. Always seemed to be shades of grey and black, with a bit of sheen, rather than this rusty reddish and off white in a very dull/matte finish. Weird.
  17. In terms of purchases, I probably bought five or ten Marvel Legends last year for any/every McFarlane figure, much less DCM specifically. Finally got around to opening my Arkham Batman and Deathstroke figures from McFarlane the other day, and I was so disappointed with the pretty extreme limitations on pose options, the ridiculous/warped half-scabbard on Deathstroke's sword, the fact that the angle of Batman's legs quite literally prevent him standing fully upright on his stand (leans to the side a bit), the area of blatantly missing silver paint on one side of the Deathstroke, and those blasted ankle joints that they should have replaced years ago that I was shocked to find myself wishing McFarlane would have taken whatever money went into the articulation, tossed that out the window, and just put the money into better paint apps and made these the "statue" type figures he used to make. But keep in mind this is coming from someone who collected in McFarlane's absolute golden age of SportsPicks, Military figs, Dragons and Spawn figures, when they were doing killer sculpts and ridiculously detailed paint apps, like bits of grass stain on football players' uniforms or dirt stains on the baseball players' pants or the absurdly detailed helmets of NHL goalies. Or look at the recent release of Mandarin Spawn, which is good, but then compare it to the incredible work of art by the same name with insanely detailed paint apps from a decade ago. Today, with many of their figs, McFarlane has gone the route of Hasbro with colored, molded plastic and not a hint of paint or even a wash, etc., even on parts that just scream for that kind of treatment. So, yes, McFarlane for me is like on ex with whom I had a bad break-up, and I'm still nursing a grudge.
  18. What is the deal with all the McFarlane figs with the "side-eye" thing? I've passed on a couple now due to that alone. I know some people like it, but, to me, it is a strangely random choice to make, unless a character is consistently drawn looking to the side or something, like a "signature look" or something.
  19. If this no-mask biker "Bruce Wayne" figure were simply some guy's custom fig up for bid on Ebay, I wonder how many bids it would get.
  20. Maybe the actual figure that hits the shelves will look better, but the head on this is hideous, too small for the body by quite a bit and looks overall like some of the crappier attempts at a "custom" figure I've seen on Ebay over the years.
  21. Seems like on some of these - mostly thinking Raven Spawn and Redeemer - we're gaining articulation but losing something that makes them seem not as good as the originals. Raven Spawn: Looks like it is all molded plastic colors - little or no paint - and seemingly random colors for the various plastics used, almost as if they were pulled from leftover pieces and parts that weren't necessarily made to go together. Redeemer - almost looks like the wings and the figure came from two different visions of the what the figure should look like. Wings have a realistic weathered "wash" to them, which is great. Figure is ridiculously "clean" in comparison, with no wash, shadows, details, etc. Just some really odd choices that prevent me from wanting to order figures that would otherwise be an immediate buy.
  22. I have been a toy collector for nearly 30 years. I started with several lines, two of which were the very first series of ToyBiz Marvel Legends and McFarlane's SportsPicks. Long story short, I and others fought like hell to keep full-blown scalping out of the discussion boards where fellow collectors and I had a genuine interest in helping each other. It was about getting what you wanted AND helping others get what they wanted, without anyone unduly profiting from it. It was a passion for the hobby and the items for their own sake. We understood when there were super-rare items that warranted some special consideration, but overall it was people helping people and enjoying our shared passion for the hobby. We succeeded for a while, but enough people were willing to give in to the scalpers that "market value" based trading and selling eventually took over and became more of the norm. Even then, there were many who at least tried to keep things within reason, so it wasn't a pure profiteering arena. Regardless, even after years of that becoming more the norm, anyone with ANY sense knew that unless you wanted your head handed to you or your rear in a sling, the one thing you did NOT do is go buy ten or twenty of a highly-sought-after-but-hard-to-find item then rub it in everyone else's face by saying, "Hey, look at what I have so many of that I know the rest of you wish you had! Oh, as a special gesture of my awesomeness, I'm willing to help you have one of these if you pay me many times what I paid for it!" And that was especially true when things were first hitting the shelves for the first time. So, I'm not sure if the OP is naive, someone with sociopathic tendencies (unable to empathize with others), or someone with a victim mentality, but the idea of this being a "cancel culture" thing and posting a lengthy op-ed on it in a space like this seems highly "tone deaf" and absurd. As someone else said, this is not that far removed from someone feeling like they are being criticized unjustly, when they are knowingly engaged in price gouging. In fact, I'd say that the OP's op-ed could be seen as his own attempt at "cancel culture", attempting to silence all his critics, because they are saying something he doesn't want to hear. Distaste for blatant scalping practices has been a part of the collecting culture for the three decades I've been involved, and the idea that it is going to go away is about as sensible as thinking that the desire to scratch an itch is going to go away just because you say it should.
  23. Did these ever go up for pre-order? Checked several times, several places and either missed them entirely, or they haven't been listed yet(?).
  24. Was really hoping McFarlane would hit a homerun with their DC stuff, but I have yet to buy a single fig from them, pretty much entirely due to three things: (1) odd proportions (e.g., had too small for body); (2) other sculpt issues like the weird mid-section joint; and (3) the bizarre departures they've taken from the artwork on which they are based. Some have been close, but several have made me wonder if the artist got more than a moment's glance at the artwork or if whomever approved the sculpt even knew what they were based on. Had really high hopes for this particular Batman fig, but can't get past the fact that he looks awfully top heavy, due to the combo of a heavily armored upper body, sitting on top of legs with ankles so skinny that they appear to match the size of those on the Flash figure, rather than belonging to a guy in heavy armor.
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