Are transformation videos spoilers?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by ComicGuy89, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. ComicGuy89

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    Video reviewers often show how to transform a Transformer, which I appreciate because they are usually far more helpful than Hasbro's printed instructions.

    Nevertheless, do you think watching how to transform a Transformer is considered spoiling yourself, especially before buying the toy? I sometimes feel you lose the thrill of witnessing the great engineering first hand by watching another guy do it. What do you think?
     
  2. GogDog

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    Personally I prefer to not watch videos before hand. If you already know everything about a toy before you buy it, it does take some of the initial coolness out of it. It's totally up to personal preference though.
     
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    I will definitely watch a review video that includes transformation before getting a figure in hand. Better to watch someone else damage their unit and learn from their mistakes than do it yourself(I'm looking at you RTS Wreck-Gar's handlebars). I've never considered it to be a spoiler, just researching a purchase like anything else. And no matter how much info I have beforehand, there is always a thrill to handling a new TF.
     
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    No, I see it as a tool in different ways. One, the videos can give me ideas on how good or bad the figure is, which if it is bad then I can pass it. Two, I like to know what I'm doing before I try it. The instructions that comes with figures are annoying sometimes as they are just drawings. The videos gives me a real life point of view, removing the chance of me screwing something up and maybe breaking it.
     
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    I never open up instructions, and more often than not I watch videos of a toy weeks or months before buying it. So neither really affect my opinion of a figure.
     
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    I think watching a video review is a good tool. The instructions are not very good on describing how to transform the figure. Also, even though you see the figure getting transform, it's a better experience when you do it urself.
     
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    I'm like to watch reviews,and they can help me how to transform the toy.
     
  8. anotheran

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    I watch up to 1/2 then skip to the 3/4 part so i don't spoil the transformation part.

    If you don't want to spoil it, skip it.
     
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    I watch as many reviews as I can before a purchase (or at least before opening a figure). I'm just afraid of blowing my money on a craptastic toy.
     
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    I like to discover the transformation for myself, so I avoid videos, photo galleries, and, in some cases, the back of the package itself that spoil the surprise.
    If I get stumped on a part and the provided instructions don't help (i.e. 07 Leader Megatron's legs in "jet" mode), then I'll look at videos/galleries/reviews, though that's a rare occurrence.
     
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    That's pretty much what I usually do, sometimes I just leave the video running in the background while I focus on other things so that at least I can catch warnings or problems with the transformation through the audio.
     
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    It's a double edged sword. Watching video reviews tends to dampen my enthusiasm upon receiving the toy, but they're the most comprehensive way to evaluate whether a toy is worth buying.
     
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    Maybe for some people but not me
     
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    I do think of them as being spoilers. I always skip over the transformation parts in video reviews (I don't watch video reviews all that often anyways, though). Part of the reason I skip the transformations is that they're usually rather boring, though.
     
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    agreed especially in today's markets of raising prices
     
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    Sometimes I watch reviews, sometimes I don't. When it comes to legends sized figs, I generally don't watch reviews, but anything that costs more than that? I want to see if this thing is worth it or not before I buy it.
     
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    I only watch videos if I have a super hard time transforming the toy. For example I couldn't get Sentinel Prime transformed right at all and I didn't know that I needed to put his arms in his legs before I looked at a video.

    When watching videos/reviews before getting the figure I skip the transformation part for sure. (ie, what anotheran said) Transforming it the first time myself is part of the entertainment in buying a figure.
     
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    I treat them as spoilers, as part of my "opening ritual" is figuring out how to transform a figure without using the instructions. If I know beforehand, then I've cheated.
     
  20. MisterFanwank

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    I watch as many video reviews as I can beforehand. In this way, I download into my brain a virtual version of the figure I can play with until I have the real thing.
     

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