Are Hasbro and Takara afraid of battle damage?

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  1. Shockwave9227

    Shockwave9227 I'm actually 16.

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    This isn't a Hasblow or Takara hate thread but this has always irked me: How come both Takara and Hasbro are so afraid of putting heavy amounts of battle damage detail? Usually, we only get one or two scorch marks (occasionally scrapes) but never actual good battle damage detailing.
     
  2. masishadow

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    If they did that they could at least chalk up QC issues to the damage :p 
     
  3. Snark

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    I'd imagine it was either price issues or the fear that parents may mistakenly think the toy is actually damaged.
     
  4. Bruticon

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    Because Severly Battle Damaged toys are not eye catchers is what I would guess
     
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    I hate battle damage. I'm glad we don't get that stuff too often.
     
  6. barrelks

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    Cause many people don't want beat up looking toys, and kids add enough of their own battle damage. I don't buy battle damaged figures if I have a choice.
     
  7. bumblebot98

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    I fucked up alot of my transformers, so that's battle damage enough for me.
     
  8. Wyvern

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    Hahahaha... Made me laugh.
     
  9. Valkysas

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    Most people don't really like it.

    It was a big complaint with the animated optimus/megatron two pack, and again previously with the first US release of MP Optimus Prime, which caused a lot of people to remove it, like me. Unfortunately the mold had a ton of sculpted battle damage that there just isn't any fix for, short of putty and more paint.
     
  10. Kuma Style

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    Same.
     
  11. grimlock1972

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    I am not a fan of battle damage and if they must do it i would rather it be in the form of optional stickers rather than permanent tampographs or paint apps.
     
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    I don't like battle damage either. Like other posters mentioned above, if a toy gets broken, that's battle damaged enough. I'd guess Hasbro doesn't try it too often because 1. Limited use of the mold if the "battle damage" was mold based. 2. If it is paint based, it doesn't end up looking too convincing, and most likely the sales weren't that good.
     
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    If someone wants battle damage, they can do it themselves. It's easy. A hobby knife, some Gundam Markers (and some topcoat), maybe a dremel, take 20 seconds to teach yourself how to drybrush, and you're in business.

    It's a lot harder to take a battle damaged figure and make it look undamaged. Add to that the fact that battle damage often looks like crap when the factory does it. So I don't need or want it in the figures I buy.
     
  14. mx-01 archon

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    And if you're talking molded battle-damage, for characters that were previously released undamaged, well...

    That'd take whole new tooling to create a version of the same character. Where instead, they could've used that opportunity to create a whole new character (like the BWII Cyborg Beasts, as an "after-the-fact" example, or RtS Tracks/Generations Wheeljack, as a pre-planned example), or give us a really cool new take on the original character (Animated Samurai Prowl).

    We got Movie 1 Final Battle Jazz, though. That's something, I guess.
     
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    Throw your TFs down the stairs. Instant battle damage. :p 

    I've never seen this happen in practice, but the thought of it makes me guffaw. :lol 
     
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    My reasoning is that a clean figure looks factoy new and appealing as the sharpest latest model for your collection, does'nt cost any additional paint applications on the budget. And its less paint they have to worry about containing lead.

    Also Hasbro has retailers to appeal to. Those heavily Photoshopped official pics are designed to make the product look artificially sharper. Not just for us. But for a company like walmart to see the products refreshing lines and colors; and order a million cases of the assortment.

    Which I think my tastes veer towards that because I own a lot of hasbro Transformers anyway. I don't really like heavily painted figures like 3A or Macfarlane around to skew my perspective. I feel its easy to go overboard with silver and earth tone paints.

    But if hasbro wants to airbrush or wash a figure to create a specific weathering or damaged effect. Then I'll typically support a purchase for that different aesthetic.
     
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    yeah, battle damage is not MY cup of tea at all.
     
  18. Fishdirt

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    I think the only way battle damage works is in the form of one of those flip things like battle damage he man had way back when.
     
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    Seems like a lot of people does not like battle damage version but maybe TakaraTomy/Hasbro can make battle damage toys be exclusive item
     
  20. SydneyY

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    I'm not a fan, either, but this might be because the past "battle damaged" TFs such as HftD Prime look so half-assed. I'm interested in TFP Terrorcon Cliff. Zombie > battle damage
     

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