|BlueTronWarrior Wrote: I don't like my toys like McFarlane figures, I mean statues, which is what they are. |
You've hit the nail right on the head. I'll be the first to admit that I bought Spawn figures from day one. However after only collecting the first 5 series I quit due to their quality. The detail of the figures was flat out amazing, rather groundbreaking, but if you actually opened many of his fig's you found out the hard way just how easily they would break. I had one figure fall off my dresser onto thick soft carpeting and it actually broke at almost every point of articulation. I can remember looking down and thinking, 'no way that's possible' ;^). Another thing that bothered me was how fast the figures wore out. My Vandalizer figure developed loose limbs after merely trying to pose it on my computer desk. After 'playing' with it for just a few minutes, the figure could barely stand.
Mcfarlane realized this though and has ensured to some degree that quality no longer matters. By encapsulating the figures in the protective plastic display case/backer card, very few people ever open his toys these days. The newer style packaging looks 10 fold better than the old backer cards and is easier to keep 'mint'.
The one great thing that Todd has done for the 'action figure community' is force other toy makers into making better looking (ie more detail) figures. I can remember standing in Kaybee in '95/'96 (when the Spawn figures first hit) and staring blankly at all of the 10" Toybiz figures that looked like 'ToyIsland' knock-offs. Kenner's first round of SW figures on the red cards looked absolutely terrible (remember the monkey faced Leia)? These days though Hasbro has started to catch on (SW Expanded Universe), and there are quite a few other companies that have started to make figures with quite a bit more detail (Mezco, Art Asylum, etc). Without Mcfarlane's presence, who knows what would be on the shelves these days. Just my opinion though...