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  1. Heh, Toybiz debuted with a line dedicated to the Batman movie, and then fielded DC Superheroes character, most of which were re-used ( and bad castings of) Kenner Super Powers figures. Might want to re-check some of that "history" of yours. Yes, you are right, absolutely right. TOYBIZ indeed began in 1989, acquiring the Franchise of the Tim Burton's BATMAN movie. I didn't want to delve in so much history with that, 'cause those toys were bad photocopies of the SUPERPOWERS and the new molds that were created for that DC Superheroes are very weak. But, then again, by today standards, VERY COLLECTIBLE. (I still want to get that HAWKMAN figure that i passed for those crappy wings, damn!)
  2. OK, kids. now we go back to history class @hmmm@ Back in the 70's there existed a toy company that owned the rights of BOTH DC & MARVEL (among other fictional charaters & tv-movie related) rights. It's name was MEGO. What MEGO did back then was the first step of research, development and manufacturing action figures that is so acclaimed and hated today. It's called a RE-DECO (retool or repaint). Back then, the ACTION FIGURES shared all almost, the same body, at an strategic 7 to 8 inches, aimed to Children (and also, some not too children too) so the SUPERHEROES from both companies could take flight just like BUZZ LIGHTYEAR's metaphoric war cry - AL INFINITO Y AL MAS ALLÁ!!!!!! Then the Industry was taken by storm in 1977 by a MEGA POP CULTURE PHENOMENON that radically changed the lives of almost every kid and teenager from that decade, maybe you have heard of it, it was called STAR WARS. With StarWars, a not so popular known toy company called Kenner became the forefront of the toy business by acquiring the master license for SW products and LITERALLY, taking MEGO out of business; how?. by manufacturing a particullary new scale for the Action Figure toy standards, the now popular 3-3/4". It was this appeal that began the utterly "craze" about hunting and collecting an action figure, that has defined a MODUS VIVENDI for almost all of us, up to this day. MEGO didn't went out without a fight, as they produced the "POCKET SUPER HEROES", so that SUPERMAN & SPIDER-MAN could "fight" DARTH VADER and the "Evil Empire". Then again, guess who won. Super Heroes went to a Comic Oblivion in the Toy Aisles, giving room to other 3-3/4" colectible lines like StarTrek,BuckRogers,G.I.JOE, et al.; new great concepts like TRANSFORMERS, MOTU and THUNDERCATS, but the superheroes were not to be found for almost a decade. By 1984, There was a bright spot in the Horizon, an EXCELLENT ACTION FIGURE LINE that broke away the standard 3-3/4" and that featured INNOVATIVE POWERED ACTION FIGURES in every toy, An ABSOLUTELY COLLECTIBLE TOY LINE that was called THE SUPER POWERS COLLECTION, which starred ALL the main guns in the DC stable, rendered in a cosistent and finely sculpted 5" scale with a great comic book likeness that starred the "Trigger action power" of IMAGINATION, that is apreciated and demanded by modern collectors today. The appeal for this line was not only because it featured the long missed Comic SH, but it also gave the Kids a new fresh type of toys to collect. A trend that Kenner-Hasbro kept doing until the next decade. MATTEL also tried to jump on the boat that Kenner had constructed, by manufacturing their MARVEL SH SECRET WARS, but it was doomed from the begining, 'cause their poor materials, not accurate likeness, and being a BAD COPY of what MEGO did in the process of re-decoing a figure. BUT it didn't mean that it wasn't a collectible line either, the body structure was consistent with each fig produced but nevertheless they were weak figures; That MISTAKE kept the Marvel franchise in Toy aisle oblivion for the rest of the decade. It was a mistake that MATTEL wouldn't commit a second time. By 1991, an UNKNOWN toy company called TOYBIZ created the first in a LEGION TO COME Marvel Super Heroes, this time this toys weren't just re--decos of each other, they were NEW MOLDS for every figure produced, just like what Kenner did with the then extinct SUPERPOWERS line. HISTORY repeated itself one more time. TOYBIZ RESURRECTED THE Super Hero trend, by producing almost every Marvel Character in the 90's MU stable, but they weren't alone, MARVEL COMICS were backing them up! It was a NO WAY BACK to the toy oblivion. When KENNER was bought by HASBRO, the DC master License wasn't in the sight for the TOY Company, If it didn't had a BAT on the chest, then it wasn't worth selling. This MISTAKE allowed the Marvel Figs. to became the No.1 SH toys in the Market for the entire 90's decade. When Hasbro realized about this mistake, they began producing the TOTAL JUSTICE COLLECTION, this figures LACKED ALL the appeal the SPColl had back in the 80's, besides of it being a collection of BETTER figures, they created the trend for what we now refer to "brick or static figures", this is for their lack of articulation and anatomically disproportionated sculpting. Hasbro choked and killed the DC Master Toy license with "too many of the same" (Hundreds of re-paints of the same Bati-figure) a MISTAKE they keep doing to this day with other toy line, the TRANSFORMERS toy line (PUN INTENDED), and eventually lost the license. But not everything wasn't lost, DC COMICS took DIRECT action against this Toy marketing and created the DCDIRECT brand, a branch depending exclusively from DCCOMICS. It was MARVEL's TOYBIZ(ness) vs. DCDIRECT(ly) facing front to front in the Plastic Kingdom..... Only this time there was "a new kid on the block", A mr. TODD McFARLANE with his independant creation, SPAWN. Mr. McFarlane capitalized in all the comicdoms fandom and clamor for a Mature Collectible Action Figure toys that had the ComicBook likeness and the Innovative feeling of ayore. (a SuperPowers flashback?). The SPAWN toyline featured NEW and Modern comicbook characters that were created by the NEW talents of the Comicbook industry at that time; it was an age of renewal, a new dawn for many of us as comic fans and selected toys collectors. SPAWN toys made honor to its name and "spawned" a new kind of AF, the 6 to 7 inches high with multiple (and different) points of articulation, with super HIGHLY DETAILED accessories and likenesses. The line was an instant hit with collectors and kids alike; the TOYBIZness was about to met its demise. But this time they were going to fight harder. By Y2K, Marvel had studied the kids and Collectors market and decided to upgrade to the next level, the "McFarlane" level; and so did DC. Although DC became more careful with the toys maket, by introducing DCD 7" collectible action figures to the actual growing hobby collectors, those new figures were not to be sold at retail. It was time for MARVEL to reclaim its crown and birthright throne, and they just needed to create an army that had to become LEGENDARY to overcome the task. The MARVEL LEGENDS began as an experiment in the final days of the 5" Marvel TBis figs. An experimentation that ultimately lead to the new standard in ACTION FIGURE development. Bigger, Better, Improved, Articulated and Desired toys. New 6" Action Figures compatible with other toy figs (SPAWN, WILDCATS, Japanese, etc) but this time they had an edge in technology, the package description had a written sticker "WITH 24 POINTS OF ARTICULATION", and History was made. #US1# The ML were not perfect after all, they had a weak spot, and that spot was the detail, or was it "details"? Details in sculpting and Paint applications were very noticed by collectors, but ALL the FANDOM were happy with their toys. Besides the "pin" heads, the "monkey" arms and the "JP manga" hands. Those Details were a small dicease that would grow until it would kill off the line. DC had its part also, the DCDIRECT figures had seen a though competition through the MARVEL LEGENDS AGE, besides of offering DC ACTION FIGS to mass retailers, they kept silent, watching and waiting until the right time. And the RIGHT TIME has been NOW. After TOYBIZ has been closed by MARVEL and HASBRO didn't and doesn't care about its Toy's QUALITY affairs and McFarlane toys had become a Comic Hobby commodity. It SEEMS that MATTEL is beginning to capitalize in the 6" format, learning from its opponents' mistakes and triumphs, and they are doing it VERY WELL. As far as it looks, MATTEL has all the pros to turn the DCUClassics into the BEST SUPERHERO ACTION FIGURE toy line since the KENNER SUPERPOWERS and TOYBIZ MARVEL LEGENDS figures. That is if they can reach the ever growing worldwide appeal and demand for its product. But not everything is written in stone, HASBRO is about to show the Competition and Modern Comic ToyFan collectors, why they are called "The Masters of 3-3/4"" with the soon to be LEGENDARY Marvel Universe franchise. MATTEL's next step to counterfit on this matter will be an interesting one, that is if they ever lift from the ground their DCUIH figures. History tends to repeat itself, but as Charles Darwing depicted in the "evolution of the Species", everything is about "Survival of the Fittest".
  3. Te refieres a WAL-MART, LIVERPOOL, COMRMEX, Y SORIANA?, ó a JUGUETRON y JUGUETIBICI? those retailers need to sell, specially in the Holidays seasons, SUPERHEROES have always been a great deal to offer to consumers AT RETAIL. Y No necesariamente me refiero solamente a los niños. The problem is the availability of those products at everyone's reach. I know that u can order online at your own risk, but, let's face it. It's not the same that you see pegs of the toys you collect near your home AT COMPLETELY FAIR PRICES, that instead for you to risk your toys and money alike. Yo compre mi set de DCUC serie1 en WAL-MART el año pasado y pagué MX$500 por el set. and NOW every figure (IF I EVER SEE ONE) in the aftermarket like TOY&HOBBY SHOPS where the (as i call them) "monotraficantes" or "toydealers" sell them at MX$400 EACH!, or MX$2500 for a set! WTF!. If u believe that there are not so many fans here in MX or in any LA Country, then you haven´t visited a COMICSHOP like COMICASTLE or any other small stores in MEX. Retailers in general. Wal Mart, Comercial Mexicana, Soriana, Aurrera. And $500 pesos a set?? weird, i got them in Mexico too at $200 a piece, unless they got a discount, but everywhere I looked at, they were from $200 to $230. Yes, we have "toydealers" or scalpers that sell $300 pesos a piece ( around 22 U.S. dollars), but i don´t get my figs from them. There are fans, can´t deny that, but there aren´t as much fans in Mexico as in the States, which doesn´t justify bringing more figs from unknown characters to kids (which they think is the target market). They think " who the heck is sinestro, deathstroke, captain atom, ares??" "Is there a show that le´t kids know who this guys are?? no?? then forget it, we are not interested" In fact i was lucky because they were "case fresh" and they were marked at the same price as DC SUPERHEROES who were on discount at that time, even when they had different "store coding" they marked them as the same. Even they lasted with that price for nearly 3 weeks until they were sold out in my local WM. 1 or 2 months later they were re-supplied and then the price raised to MX$238 each. More expensive than the original pricing for the DCSH figures. There was indeed a TV show which showcased ALMOST all of DC characters named JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, sound familiar 2 u?, by then there was airing the final season on local TV. and all the JLU figures have always sold excellent at retail (minus SUPES#101 & BATS#102), got it? Now, MATTEL when will u deliver all the DCUC waves around the world????
  4. Is that a MOTOR-VIPER?? He looks cool and bulky. That MARS Night Raven is half the size of the Original COBRA Night Raven....but it looks cool anyway. Gonna look for them if they ever get released here in my Country.
  5. Te refieres a WAL-MART, LIVERPOOL, COMRMEX, Y SORIANA?, ó a JUGUETRON y JUGUETIBICI? those retailers need to sell, specially in the Holidays seasons, SUPERHEROES have always been a great deal to offer to consumers AT RETAIL. Y No necesariamente me refiero solamente a los niños. The problem is the availability of those products at everyone's reach. I know that u can order online at your own risk, but, let's face it. It's not the same that you see pegs of the toys you collect near your home AT COMPLETELY FAIR PRICES, that instead for you to risk your toys and money alike. Yo compre mi set de DCUC serie1 en WAL-MART el año pasado y pagué MX$500 por el set. and NOW every figure (IF I EVER SEE ONE) in the aftermarket like TOY&HOBBY SHOPS where the (as i call them) "monotraficantes" or "toydealers" sell them at MX$400 EACH!, or MX$2500 for a set! WTF!. If u believe that there are not so many fans here in MX or in any LA Country, then you haven´t visited a COMICSHOP like COMICASTLE or any other small stores in MEX.
  6. Hola, For further acknowledgements, i'll post here in English, but please feel free to write as you want either in ENGLISH or in SPANISH. HOW can we make MATTEL MEXICO that we need DCUC stuff here at local retailers? We have seen as far as i have, ONLY WAVE 1!!!!! Now that NYCC09 has been and all the fine DCUC products that will be available with our fellow neighbors, WHY DOES MATTEL Keep flooding us with MAX STEEL???!!!!! Here in MEXICO live A GREAT, to say the least, GREAT NUMBERS of DC FANS that want their DCUC available at retail. and not as the RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE imported items they have become. LET yourself be known to MATTEL and if any of you that see this post knows something that the average of us don't, please let it be heard. Thank u. JUAN JAIME from DFMEXCITY a.k.a. JANMUGAR PRIME. p.s. Don't let that history repeats itself like it had happened with the SUPERPOWERS Collection here back in the 80's. Many of you will know what i mean.
  7. I haven't been reading dc comics lately, but i do know about the next Green Lantern biggest arc. Does anyone wonder whose heroes and villains will be back from the dead during the "Blackest night", now that there are a lot of casualties in the DCU after FC#7?
  8. He's part of the Iron Grenadiers. The IG wear military uniforms (to one degree or another, especially the command officers) and sport high-tech stuff like crazy. Yes, this could be more than simple coincidence. I'm not denying that... but I am saying that the things you're pointing to as 'evidence' are the same things that make him fit perfectly with the IG. So now, if MATT TRAKKER is related according to his new bio, with the GIJOEs, and the Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem is now a paramilitary unit from COBRA, then MAYBE, (and i mean MAYBE) we could fill the void of either MILES or MAXIMUS MAYHEM's military trainning origins tracked down to the IRON GRENADIERS/COBRA organizations. and as i said above, maybe all the others VENOM agents could be (and looks like now) some recruits from the disassembled DREADNOKS. that would be nice(sort of), don't you think?
  9. Yes, let's go right for the most incompatible ones, disregarding the properties that could conceivably fit in the same universe. @hmmm@ No. MARS Attacks was a convention set. Convention sets are designed by the organizers, not Hasbro. Any veiled reference to MASK and VENOM that you're finding here (which appears to be little more than a guy with 'Mayhem' in his name and a greyish mustache) is basically the result of a fellow fan in the right place with the right amount of money, not Hasbro laying groundwork. But you can deny that there's too much of a coincidence with that "GENERAL MAYHEM" character, right. He wears a military uniform with a lot of medals just like MILES MAYHEM, who also wears a military dress attire, and a hi-tech helmet (which is a repainted LONG RANGE's helmet, one of the coolest helmets from the vintage joes), so who knows really but there's a lot of coincidence. I think that the vehicles could really be done again in the new 3 3/4" scale, the bikes would be easy to do, 'cause they are small, and the cars could be done as well (We already have the JOES version of the HUMMER and the AWE STRIKER are good examples of that), as for the larger vehicles and playsets just take a look for that infamous COBRA MOUNTAIN PLAYSET from a few years ago, being used for a reference for the MASK HQ BOULDER HILL PLAYSET. I believe that there are a lot of possibilities for a real MASK comeback, but then again it would need a lot of support from the fans. I also believe that HASBRO was indeed testing waters with this figure which (i also agree on this and this) the SPECTRUM Mask is similar but not accurate from the Vintage line. but hey, how many versions of DARTH VADERs we had to get before the ULTIMATE DV figure?. I WANT MORE MASK, so who else?
  10. I think that the VENOM agents (Sly Rax, Cliff Dagger, Bruno Sheppard, Floyd Maloy and Lester Sledge) look like they come (now maybe related somehow) from the Dreadnoks. HASBRO could make some small vehicles first, like the CONDOR, the PIRANHA, the IGUANA, the BULLET or the VAMPIRE. I made some research and found this: in a website i found some info about Mayhem: "Miles Mayhem was once a designer that worked for the common good. Along with his partner Adam Trakker, the two pioneered the design and development of the M.A.S.K. weapons and vehicles. But Miles decided to steel the technology and set their laboratory on fire to cover up his crime. Adam was caught in the ensuring fire and was unable to escape. After Adam's death, Miles kept a pretty low profile until V.E.N.O.M. emerged. There is some discussion as to Miles' former military service, due to the medals and ribbons he wares on his uniform" so what do you think, is this some loose info or was HASBRO planning the MASK comeback some time before, if this is indeed, then we can all hope more Characters to be re-incorporated in the JOES mythos/toyline in the future. Besides my teenage platonic loves could have THE BARONESS and SCARLETT a run for their money. @jump#
  11. I have to admit HASBRO DID IT AGAIN and in a BIG WAY! i finally got this new G.I.JOE (or is it M.A.S.K.) and all i can say is: PLEASE give me more baby! The Filecard is also very revealing and completely incorporates the MASK mythos to the JOES, i like that. GIJOE/TRANSFORMERS/MASK now form the HASBRO's trinity of nostalgic 80's comebacks! just to add more to this post, i leave you all M.A.S.K. fans a great and sweet memory. enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5C0G9Ol7_Q...feature=related by the way does anyone know if there would be any more figures planned for the G.I.JOE line.
  12. Besides all the problems that Mattel has had with their toyline, the DCUClassics are indeed a great line, but a little out of time in various POV. My point is that, if they were conceived and released a year or two after the Toybiz ML debuted back then in 2001, they could really had become a backbone for Mattel. the problem is that they were not. I don't mean that they are not hot, THEY ARE REALLY COOL, but hey lets face reality; ML is coming to a close even if Hasbro denies it, they are remaking some of the first Toybiz figures from the early years and offering them as 2-packs, as well as producing new ones to go with them. My bet is, as many of you do too, that Hasbro will put all the fire on their new MUFF 3 3/4" line and go on with it. Although i haven't been able to get one, the reviews look them to be very promising, really. Now, DCUC are cool, but the DCUIH are not, in fact they are really lame, which makes no real competition with the MUFF, the result MARVEL wins big AGAIN!. If Mattel ever decided to shrink their DCUC just as they are in the 3 3/4" format, then we could be talking about something, but meanwhile, i will have to spend an average of $23 bucks for a DCUC right here in my lovely MEXICO, because Mattel International haven't brought the DCUC for a mass release here; which by the way reminds me that the MUFF are coming in spring and i will be waiting for them.
  13. this is my link to a previous post, like yours, i made sometime before. http://forums.toynewsi.com/index.php?showt...;#entry16268745
  14. It COULD be Scrap Iron for all we know... I don't believe it would be the H.E.A.T. viper, besides the "H.E.A.T." stands for High Explosive Anti-Tank Vipers. It's probably a Cobra trooper with new accesories, just like the Cobra Airtrooper. The Specialist Tracker , was an obious "choice", 'cause he is a.k.a. Action Man. by the way, no NIGHT CREEPERS or ALLEY VIPERS, or maybe SCI-FI or LOWLIGHT?.......mmmm...jeeez.
  15. I BOUGHT MINE AT MY LOCAL WALMART HERE IN MEXICO CITY, AND FOUND ONLY ONE. THE FIRST RELEASE (RED EYES AND CHEST) AT OTHER WALMARTS THAT I LOOKED FOR, FOUND IN ONE 2 PIECES, AND IN THE OTHER ONE, NONE. I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM IN ANY OTHER STORE.
  16. Here's the problem: very, very few toy properties of that era (and since) had anything that could be called 'success' without some form of media promotion to accompany them. The Ewoks and Droids cartoons were not what many would call 'successful'. And quite frankly, having owned many of the toys you speak of, I fail to see this 'lesser quality' you speak of. More cartoony, yes... but since they were meant to be toys based on the cartoon, that kinda makes sense. Many of the things you point to were meant to capitalize on things like the popularity of Micro Machines and the playsets that went along with them, the consistent popularity of action figures, etc, etc. And yes, higher costs of materials did play a factor, but this in no way proves that Hasbro TRIED to kill the line. If anything, continued production and success in Europe after the US line folded, and the attempted reboot of the line through Generation 2 a mere three years after the end of G1 in the US would run counter to your argument here. And it would seem that your 'fact' here is entirely debatable, if not outright wrong. Yojoe.com FAQ I have yet to see any of these examples prove that 'quality' was that killed the lines, and especially that the company INTENDED to kill them through this supposed low quality. Again, if this is your opinion, then fine. I have no arguments with you believing such. It doesn't make sense to me, but that's my opinion, and it's perfectly acceptable for us to have differing ones. My sole issue here is that you are trying to prove 'facts' that have at best speculative evidence and are in actuality your opinion. in MY OPINION: quality= sculpt, design, paint applications, package, bonus items, etc. the Toybiz ML were known to be all that and even more....improvement in articulation. back in the 90's, we had extremely well sculpted and painted SH "action figs". i.e. BATMAN:TOTAL JUSTICE, but besides all the characters that could have been produced, KENNER killed the line in the behalf of the BATMAN:TAS toys; When fans spoke back then through several media, we at least had some boxsets with nothing more better than repaints of the previous figures, along with some poorly retooled new charachters. The rest is history. The HASBRO ML. lack severily in paint applications, articulation and other features that all the TOYBIZ ML had, if its not a repaint, then it's not a better figure. i.e. 1st. app CAP. A. or even BUCKY from HASBRO series III. one more thing...how many ML will HASBRO produce for this year?, ....where's wave IV. The marketing "idea" of the ML is nothing to what it used to be, that's why we all feared what would happen when HASBRO acquired the license. the MARVEL SH Squad are really cool toys, but aimed for younger kids or hardcore collectors, the movies line moves towards the 6 inch and backwards to the 5inch format, as a collector...how do you collect those, if it's not separately. If they try to introduce a 3 3/4" MARVEL SH line, then it should stick to that format; if the 6-7 inch format is going to continue, then HASBRO should upgrade the quality of the figures, if not to copy what TOYBIZ had. I still want a ML HELMUT ZEMO and a Secret Wars Boxset with 6 inch figures, but if it's going to be thrash, then i'll finish to custom my own collection and let HASBRO to surprise me with something fresh and new.
  17. I was with every last bit of your post, not necessarily agreeing, but at least understanding it... until I read that. So if I understand you, you're saying that with the rising cost of resources and a bad economy (things that you pointed out yourself), Hasbro is using resources and paying people... with the express purpose of making a line that is designed to fail? I've seen some interesting "Hasbro sucks and here's why" theories tossed around here, but this one doesn't even begin to make sense. They would have to be expecting one heck of a turn-around on a 'rebooted' smaller line in order to make that work... and pissing off the collectors by purposely destroying their old line doesn't exactly cry 'increased sales'. Sure, new people will come in, some of the old ones will stick around, but they would be losing people through the size change, and then more when they see a drastic quality rebound... that would just be outright stupid. Sorry, but I'm just not believing that Hasbro spent good money on the license so they could use it to drive an entire scale of figures into the dirt and start over. I can buy the complaints that say Hasbro just doesn't know what they're doing, but that conjecture fails on every reasonable level. do i know you "friend"? this is fact over fiction. I'm not sure if I'm following you here, but are you saying it's a "Fact" that Hasbro is making shoddy figures to drive away sales and eventually just cancel the line? Why on god's green Earth would any business purposly drive away it's buyers? No one person or company would do that. If they want to swap scales on us, they'll just do it, they won't purposly drive away our sales and lose money just to make a change. I'm not attacking you, just disagreeing. Ex. I sell lemonade, everyone loves my lemonade, but I want to cut cost and oranges are cheaper. Do I A) Make crappy Lemonade until I've lost the majority of my buyers and then make the switch or B ) Swap to making orange juice losing only a portion of my loyal customer base that doesn't care for oranges. That pretty much says it all, JANMUGAR PRIME. You're not supplying 'fact', you're making an assumption, and an illogical one at that. I'm not trying to deny you your opinion, but at least recognize it as such rather than trying to pass it off as a master plan to deprive collectors of their favorite toyline. Despite what would be inferred by what some of the people here say, the Hasbro board of directors is not headed by Cobra Commander. maybe he is, that's why the 25th GIJOES are sooo cooool!!!!! and, mmmmmm....they are 3 3/4".
  18. Oh please... As has been stated before above, this defies all common sense. I suggest a reality check, combined with a purge of delusions. I mean, if you have "facts" then feel free to support them with evidence. The crowd's a waitin'...... Wouldn't it just be easier to STOP making the 6" scale altogether and do a new scale anyway? Why would anyone or any company go through the histrionics of setting up a line to fail? Did it occur to anyone that having a 3 3/4" line in concert and parallel to the 6" makes solid business sense? Heck, Hasbro has done this before, with GIJOE and Star Wars. They've had 3 3/4" figures sold alongside 12" figures of the same characters--and its worked for years. fact over fiction... history repeats itself again and again. STARWARS 1985: No movies to support the figures, then came the EWOKS and DROIDS cartoon + lesser quality figures = Cancelation of the line. TRANSFORMERS G1 1989: Higher costs of materials = from "normal sized TF" to "micromachines" MICROMASTERS TF. + TF "action masters"=Cancelation of the line. GIJOES 1994: From "real" military themed figures, to "NEON" military themed figures = Cancelation of the line. and the list goes on..... from high quality to low quality= low interest in the properties (with or without collectors). but, then again those were the 80's and the 90's. now we have aimed themed or DTC products, right?. but at what cost?, please tell me...
  19. I was with every last bit of your post, not necessarily agreeing, but at least understanding it... until I read that. So if I understand you, you're saying that with the rising cost of resources and a bad economy (things that you pointed out yourself), Hasbro is using resources and paying people... with the express purpose of making a line that is designed to fail? I've seen some interesting "Hasbro sucks and here's why" theories tossed around here, but this one doesn't even begin to make sense. They would have to be expecting one heck of a turn-around on a 'rebooted' smaller line in order to make that work... and pissing off the collectors by purposely destroying their old line doesn't exactly cry 'increased sales'. Sure, new people will come in, some of the old ones will stick around, but they would be losing people through the size change, and then more when they see a drastic quality rebound... that would just be outright stupid. Sorry, but I'm just not believing that Hasbro spent good money on the license so they could use it to drive an entire scale of figures into the dirt and start over. I can buy the complaints that say Hasbro just doesn't know what they're doing, but that conjecture fails on every reasonable level. do i know you "friend"? this is fact over fiction.
  20. IMO and after seeing the course of action that Hasbro (and even MATTEL) have taken since they took over the Marvel license, I believe that the ML figures will only last a more year or less (two or three more assortments maybe), this is because: The current high cost of oil based products. The economical situation worldwide (specialy US) The success and sale of a wider range of characters produced in the 3 3/4" scale, like GIJoe Indiana Jones and StarWars, which is more profitable than producing larger (and at a higher cost) action figures. The idea? of producing deluxe high quality items (unleashed Action Figures) aimed? to collectors, at mass retailers instead of specialized stores. If you haven't noticed, Hasbro has been pulling the trigger slowly on these, just to kill the interest, by producing them with poor quality standards compared to what ToyBiz did in it's conception; when ToyBiz marketed them as LEGENDS it was because they were meant to be that: LEGENDARY among other superheroes toys. Maybe its time for a change, the ML collection has reached its limits with a wider pantheon of Marvel characters, being one of the best quality action figure line since over 20 years (the original G1 Transformers are excellent collectible toys). If Hasbro plans to resurrect the concept of LEGENDS, in an 3 3/4" format, they should have to top the former level of quality in the MLAF. (i.e. GIJOE 25th anniv. collection, STARWARS saga and TF classics) One more tought, HASBRO Please remember your roots back to the KENNER era when we had the SUPERPOWERS Collection. 'nuff Said.
  21. If the line is to survive as MARVEL LEGENDS, then it should continue to be 6", if the scale change as the MARVEL SH SHOWDOWN, it doesn't matter at all. this is just for fun....and who knows, maybe we could be read. SPIDER-MAN Spider-man (Mc Farlane), Symbiote Spidey (sculpted spider with alternate head), CivilWar Spider-man (a better one) Scarlet Spider, Kaine, Sensational Spider-man. FF 60's grotesque Thing, 90's Thing (with removable helmet), Onslaught Thing 60's Invisible Girl (we never got a set complete in the FF TOYBIZ series), 90's Invisible Woman (sexy one), Onslaught Invisible Woman. ..........
  22. avengers: WWII Captain America (better sculpt), 90's Captain America (Ron Lim art), Actual Captain America 80's Hawkeye, Onslaught Hawkeye (Mike Deodato costume), Pre-House of M Hawkeye (Avengers dissasembled) Villains: 60's Dr.Doom, Secret Wars Doom, Doom 2099 60's Baron Zemo, 80's Zemo, Modern Zemo .......
  23. Who would you want to have its Legacy boxset, if Hasbro decided to do some, just like STARWARS and GIJOE have now.?
  24. mine would be: Voyager WW Optimus Prime, Classic Optimus Prime, G2 Optimus Prime (missile convoy) WW Megatron, IDW Megatron, G2 Megatron (missile tank) Rodimus Prime, Fortress Maximus (IDW arcee spotlight), Star Saber Galvatron G1, Thunderwing, Deathsaurus. Ultra WWStarscream, IDW Starscream, Pretender Starscream WWThundercracker, IDW Thundercracker, Scourge WWSkywarp, IDW Skywarp, Cyclonus. WWGrimlock, Pretender Grimlock, BW Grimlock Deluxe WWBumblebee, IDW Bumblebee (VW), Goldbug WWRavage/Laserbeak, Classic Ravage/Laserbeak, BW Ravage/Laserbeak (2pack) All would be new molds, using modern articulation, fully transformable, and in scale with the new TF's standards. well...maybe it`s just a dream. what do you think? i have some other ideas for several others, maybe later.
  25. The NYC Toyfair came and go, and after seen all the products that will be on shelves this year, i began to wonder, What if Hasbro did some TF`s Legacy boxsets?, which TFs would fit in this series?. Well post your choices, and let the speculation begin.......
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