Is this false advertisement?

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  1. hendrijr

    hendrijr Well-Known Member

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    I'm not one to bash Hasbro. I buy a lot of their transformers. However, I really liked Takara's color on Wheelie and Blurr so I have those pre-ordered but I couldn't resist buying the Hasbro Wheelie as soon as I saw him on the shelf. However, looking at the figure on the back card and comparing to the actual figure in hand there are a ton of differences. Granted most of them are paint apps but still. I want the figure in the picture!
     

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    No, it's not. False advertisement is one of those terms that is used way too loosely.
     
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    There should be a disclaimer on that back card and on the instructions that says: "Product and colors may vary."

    No, it's not false advertising.
     
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    Not even close, what you're looking at is an actual hand painted version on the card and a Mass Production model in your hand. Figures often have less paint apps at retail than in thier packaging, it's just more prevalent here
     
  5. SPLIT LIP

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    Eyup.
     
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    I always thought that was bullshit. It's there for more BS.

    But I still buy em'. Oh well.
     
  7. hendrijr

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    I think what bugs me the most is on the forearm the actual figure has a screw in the middle of it but the one on the card(computer render?) has a nice solid piece with no screw.
     
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    Actually, all of the Titans Returns cards feature CG models of the figures.
    Thats one reason they all look different.

    A good example of false advertising would be say a compnay offering you a porduct, like say a customized metal Ipad case, and then giving you a plastic one.

    The package art for almost everything toy-related usually varies in some way. As GuardianPrime said, for years most of them have been custom painted prototypes based off a color chart for the mass produce figures. It wasn't until later in Combiner Wars that they started using CG models.
    It's never really been false advertising though because, I mean you can see the figure through the front if the box.
     
  9. BlackHawkOmega

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    N-no. It's not.

    And what's different from the CG mock-up? It looks pretty much the same
     
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    It's the same with their black series figures, their promo shots look "fake." I didn't think of them being CG pics, but that makes sense. There's a totally different look about them in the promo shots vs. real life.
     
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    Yeah I know to the letter of the law it's not false advertisement-it's more a rhetorical question. I just think Hasbro's(any company's) stock photos should be of the actual stock. I knew what I was getting when I bought it because, you know-plastic bubble is see through, but had I ordered it online and only seen the stock photo I would be a little disappointed.
     
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    How about this one?

    Look at the artwork for Hasbro's Liokaiser Platinum Edition boxset. Sweet, he comes with his multi-section staff!

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    Yeah, nope... he comes with Sky Reign's tuning forks :) 

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    And Fort Max's shows his gun.
     
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    As others have said, not technically speaking. But, it is irksome when the packaging shows off airbrushed or hand painted prototypes, and then the figures look different. It kind of feels like Hasbro is short changing you, and having 5 little words on the package means they don't have to deliver on what the stock photos show. I'm surprised that Hasbro doesn't stop doing it, because I'd want the photos of my products to be accurate. But, as long as it gets retailers to buy the toy , that's all they care about. But, with all the airbrushing, you would think that they'd be able to alter the package art to match the figure, right? Also, Takara has stock photos that are much closer to the figures, but that's probably due to how businesses work in Japan.
     
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    Um, please correct me if I'm wrong here, but isn't that the Titans Return Wheelie? And doesn't that come packaged in a clear clam-shell package? You say:
    Which means you saw the actual figure inside the clear packaging, hanging on the shelf, picked it up, turned it around and looked at the picture on the back and then ... what? You suddenly forgot what the actual figure you first saw looked like? And never bothered to turn it over again at look at the front again?
    How can this even be remotely considered false advertising? It could have had a picture of a giant marshmallow eating a pineapple on the back card. You still know exactly what the actual figure looks like because its right there in front of you under clear clam-shell packaging.
    Sorry, I know this probably comes across as sounding a bit harsh but I just can't help it. Your complaint makes no sense to me. It might be different if it came packaged in a sealed box or you ordered online based entirely off the rear card.
     

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    This post needs so much more recognition
     
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    Pretty much what I was going to say.
     
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    "Product and colours may vary" has been used to cover FAR worse examples of this sort of thing in the past. In years gone by entire runs of toys would be the wrong colour. Could be because it was decided it looked better, because there were too many similar-coloured toys in the range... or more often than not, because the company didn't have enough materials to make enough in the 'right' colours.

    Imagine a kid opening this on Christmas day:

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    I remember back in the day being disappointed that the pictures of the toys on the back looked way cooler than what was in the package.
     

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