Best and Worst 3rd Party Companies?

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by dkr7, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. dkr7

    dkr7 "Argh' Hexagonal Nuts!"

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    What are the best and worst 3rd party companies for you?

    Mine are:
    Best designs (original): Igear - best suited to my tastes as they are very cartoon accurate.

    Runners up: Fanstoys - Soundwave is great but they havent released a figure yet.

    Worst Designs: BTS - Sonicron and their cassettes (minus ratbat)

    Runner up: Fansproject - nice figures but i personally really dislike the manga style.

    Best Operation (QC, release schedule, teasing products etc.): Fansproject - don't tease months before any prototype is ready to be shown, QC is top notch, delays arent too frequent.

    Runner up: TFC - great customer service, QC can be iffy but they always fix issues.

    Worst Operation: Igear - way too much teasing without prototypes to back it up and delayed or canned products. Getting better tho.

    Runner Up: Xovergen - bad QC but few delays.
     
  2. exomega255

    exomega255 Emerald Green

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    Wow you asked for best and worse but this is almost half the list of the major companies :p 


    For me its simple:

    3rd party that's at the top of my totem pole: Fansproject
    Honorable mentions: MMC, Fanstoys, iGear, PE, TFC

    Small Project Groups (because they shouldn't be compared to much bigger ones) that deserves praise: Renderform (absolute most praise), headrobots


    Despicable (for me):
    Special mention: iGear seekers and faith leaders.
    BTS Toys for that horrid soundwave
    Xovergen for that crap commander
    misc. China based third party small groups that simply copies other's ideas.
     
  3. Transbot90210

    Transbot90210 Banned

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    I like this question.

    Best Design.

    Have to go with Fansproject.
    Honourable mention to MMC for risking the HoS line and succeeding with it.

    Worst Design.

    BTS Sonicron. I got this thing on super clearance and still feel ripped off. Nothing but a pile of loose joints. Their follow up cassettes are looking weak as well. Maybe Ratbat will see a change in the company.

    Honorable mention goes to Xovergen, one figure and it was a big piece of nothing good.


    In terms of operations, no group has screwed anyone over so they are still all about the same.


    Special mention goes to TFC for the Hercules experience. Perhaps not the most perfect toy out there but it opened a lot of doors and is the first real original full combiner (5+ original pieces with 3 modes) since G1.
     
  4. cheapdate

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    Best:
    Hands down Fansproject.

    Worst:
    I've been lucky enough to not buy anything from a 3rd Party group yet, that I've been disappointed in. Keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way.
     
  5. Grandum

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    insecticons were a massive dissapointment, so Fansproject goes to the reject pile. Igear however is starting to impress
     
  6. Schide

    Schide Buyer of Too Much

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    I don't know about him but I love my FP Insecticons. I love the designs, the transformations, the articulation, I have absolutely no complaints about them.

    Anyway, best for me is Fansproject, I like everything I have from them.
     
  7. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

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    I strongly disagree. I love those figs. I may pick up those reprolabels sets. FS is the best so far. For worst...I do not own anything by Crazydevy but everything I have seen from them I dislike.
     
  8. TheDemonDzko

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    Honestly, I hate 3p companies quite a bit... and think they should all just hivemind and call-themselves 3p.

    Are there nifty things that these companies make? Yep.

    But, at the same time... Too much 3P... The news feed. It's clogged with it.

    I understand there isn't much from the Hasbro perspective... but at the same time. Eh?

    But... if I -had- to pick a best and worst.

    Best: Fansproject who have produced various original works, that also have a great quality. (shame Maketoy isn't doing good thus far...)

    Worst: Igear. Way to steal molds guys. And overproduce them to high hell. =P
     
  9. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

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    How do they steal molds?
     
  10. Scantron

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    Best is definitely FansProject. They have a track record of excellent, well-designed releases with minimal QC problems and usually get everything out close to the expected schedule. I'd rank TFC second and I think they could easily take top spot with their next project, if they iron out some of the QC issues they've had with Hercules.

    Worst is iGear. Anyone can just steal molds and tweak them; a company that does that doesn't belong in the same category as groups that make their own original stuff.
     
  11. TheDemonDzko

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    Obviously you have never seen a Masterpiece figure in person...
     
  12. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

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    How does that make igear a worst 3rd party company though? You might say they are taking the best they find and imrpoving it. Sure Hasbro and takara are being screwed, but the collector is being served, so they are not the worst in service or product.

    I've been very pleased with Headrobots and Junkion Blacksmith, but I give real credit to Heerotoysmaker for his original take on tiny existing molds. He supports takes existing molds and expands them into any character he can customize them into. Diaclone, G1, G2, and SG characters are all supported.
     
  14. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Sons of Unicron PTT

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    Best
    I-gear
    MMC
    Make Toys / Fans Project (probably better before the split IMO)

    Worst
    Impossible Toys
    Early I-gear, they've some a long way.

    Best Add-ons
    Maiden japan
    Renderform
     
  15. shadow panther

    shadow panther Mechanically Insane

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    Favs
    Fansproject (love the City Commander and Insecticons)
    IGear (they wow'd me over with kups head and Huffer)

    worst
    Maketoy (Powerglide is pure shit....Seaspray is ok Battle Tanker is pretty cool though)
     
  16. Scaleface

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    Let's not forget one comany that has served reliably for years with top quality product - Reprolabels.
     
  17. Orodruin

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    Best: Fansproject, Perfect Effect. TFC is up there as well.

    Worst: Crazy Devy, Igear. Stupidly overpriced upgrade kits and blatant mold theft ftl.



    It's actually touché.
     
  18. CZ Hazard

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    Check my post and you'll see I sort of agree, but they have made a conscious choice to hire great designers to engineer wholly original toys based on the G1 aesthetic, they've invested lots of time and money to bring us great toys at a reasonable price. Huge turnaround, which I think should be acknowledged as well as the bad.
     
  19. shadow panther

    shadow panther Mechanically Insane

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    reprolabels is the shit!!!!
     
  20. UnicronFTW

    UnicronFTW Don't blink.

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    iGear and original don't go in the same sentence.
     

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