To Hasbro: "Wow, you are so cheap"

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Cory Bauer, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Cory Bauer

    Cory Bauer Well-Known Member

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    I know I'm not the only one disgusted with how Hasbro's actual products compare to their "official product" images. The differences can be staggering, as can be seen in this side-by-side comparison I put together. Skids and Breakaway were probably the biggest offenders from today's batch of toys; they don't even look like the same figures.

    Clearly, Hasbro is aware that their paint apps are less than stellar; that's why they photoshop the promotional images to make them look as they intended before the bean counters had their say. It's frustrating because I'd be willing to pay more for each figure if it meant they'd actually look like the promotional images, but as it is they're raising the prices by 25-30% and seemingly cutting even more corners. They couldn't even be bothered to paint leader Prime's doors, for crying out loud.

    I know some people will say, "just wait for the inevitable premium release", but that doesn't solve the problem. There's no guarantee of a premium release for every figure, or any of them for that matter. How upset would fans be if they held out for a premium prime only to be met with another teal and turquoise "nightwatch" Prime? Besides, considering how much merchandise Hasbro will move this year thanks to the films, they should be able to afford to paint them right the first time.

    What say yee?
     
  2. Foster

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    This is nothing new. And it's the retailers' fault every bit as much as it is the bean counters'.

    They'd have done the same thing in G1 if Photoshop existed.
     
  3. Radioactive Ravage

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    Hell, after taking the pictures of those frakkin awesome figs, they kept them all for themselves and released lower quality one's. :D 

    Yeah, business as usual. Hasbro does this to everything they make.
     
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    They didn't need photoshop to do it in G1. Remember how different Astrotrain looked from his catalog picture?
     
  5. Cory Bauer

    Cory Bauer Well-Known Member

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    That was the exception, not the rule though. There was a time where what you saw on the box is what you got.
     
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    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    You have to take it with a grain of salt with the legalese of:
    "This image may differ from final released product."
     
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    I could tell those office pics where shopped but I didn't realize how much. Some of the parts don't even match, but I hope it's just because they where misstransformed.
     
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    I was really excited when I first saw the Leader Prime...but the actual look of it is kinda disappointing
     
  9. Cory Bauer

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    He's the only one I'll still get, just because the mold is strong enough to overcome the fact that he doesn't have a single paint app applied to him apart from his flames. The rest of them will all have to be passes for me, which is most unfortunate because if they actually looked like how they appear to the left, every single one of them would be a buy.
     
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    That' right. When did that start appearing on toy packaging? Mid 90s?? What caused toy companies to start printing that on the package?
     
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    Wait. You're mad because the photographed prototypes are different from the production line product? Welcome to toy collecting.
     
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    In personally don't know Wyvern, but i must agree i am really disappointed with the actual toys. I was going for Breakaway, Mudflap and Skids without a doubt for the deluxes and Ops was a must buy for me and my Optimus collection, but now i'm not so sure. With the only things coming out for universe and animated that i need being Arcee, Ratchet and Hotshot i guess i'll be saving some money up this year. Here's to hoping that they make a good line for 2010!
     
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    Yes sir. I vividly remember it with the Ninja Turtles line and getting the Big version of the Andriod with Krang figure. There was something about it that I can't remember at the moment that was different from the box. I asked my mom why it was different and she pointed the little tiny print at the bottom saying "Actual product may vary!!"

    That I can say is my earliest memory of getting screwed and fully grasping of how I just got %$#@ed over in a sense.
     
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    Prime is the only one there with any actual mold differences. The rest are just misstransformed, Rampage in particular. His entire torso is wrong. One thing you have to remember is that the photos taken are of hand painted test shots. They take those before the toy has been finalized. The heavily shopped pics are annoying, but not really that big of a deal
     
  15. Cory Bauer

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    I think you need to take a closer look at the level of difference to be found between what Hasbro knows the figures should look like and what they're actually cramming inside the box. It's like they've outsourced production to those Korean companies that used to knock off Transformer toys.
     
  16. Wyvern

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    LOL. Kind of a hard lesson to learn at such a young age.
     
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    But thats what makes it funny. Shouldnt we all know this by now? I mean if your old enough to use a computer shouldnt you understand the concept of photoshopping being used to sell stuff?

    I mean seriously why do we have to hear this crap every time a new line comes out????

    Havent you ever bought some ikea type furniture that looked nice on the box but was cheap crap inside? Do you guys complain when your burger doesnt look perfect like the picture on the drive thru window? Do you not know that supermodels do not have perfect bodies? That porn stars dont always like sex?

    The toys you but will never ever ever look like the publicity shot so why would you base your opinion of things like color and paint on shots that are often taken and altered before the final decisions are made?
     
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    This soooo like a Full House episode where the little brat bought a barney-ripoff wannabe's "ACTION" figure based on a commercial that gave the impression it could fly, swim, disarm nukes...and when she got it in the mail, it was like a 4 inch squeeze toy.
    she learned that the "Action" on tv was meant to be what kids imagine.

    KIDS: what you see ain't what you get, and knowing is half the battle!
     
  19. MegaHavok

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    "mommy my Guess Who game doesnt come alive and talk to me!!!"""
     
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    I totally agree Cory. I'm appalled by the poor quality of the toys on display at the 2009 Toy Fair. I really am.

    It's always been about the toys for me, and based on what we've seen so far my future TF2 shopping list consists of Sideswipe, the Audi 'bot, Leader Prime and maybe the Constructicon Rampage and Starscream. And I'll only pick up those last two after a close physical inspection first. Of course, there are still more toys to come - characters we've not yet seen.
    But is it me or has there been a sudden huge drop in quality at Hasbro? I'm not talking about the recent Animated/Universe toys, I'm talking about these new movie toys. They're HORRIBLE. The plastic looks cheap, the molding is dull and lacking in detail and the colour choices are some of the worst I've seen since G2. Just take a look at the twins. What the hell is with those gaudy mismatching greens and oranges (http://toyfair09.asmzine.com/gallery...MG_2757.html)? They've somehow managed to make the twins' already ugly head designs even uglier. Breakaway, a character that I was quite looking forward to seeing in toy form, looks TERRIBLE. Brown translucent plastic? Who's idea was that?

    And check this out - http://toyfair09.asmzine.com/gallery.../IMG_2765.html
    They took a fairly decent TF1 toy and ruined it! How can they do this after Premium Ironhide?

    And that's the thing - after the Premium versions of the TF1 toys were released, I honestly thought that that was Hasbro learning a lesson. I expected the TF2 toys to be of Premium quality, with decent paint apps and movie-accurate detailing. But this is clearly not the case.
    So I guess this means that Hasbro are planning to con us with another wave of Premium toys later on? Again?

    Well they can forget it. I refuse to be conned again.

    I'm a Transformers fan and sure, I want to support the brand and buy into the movie merchandising. I've been looking forward to it for a year. But there is no way I'm going to fall for Hasbro's con-the-collectors bullshit again. I'm going to stick to my guns and pick up the toys I like the look of, but I'm going to be a lot more cautious this time around. I'm going to pay close attention to the reviews for a start. I'm going to study the toys bought by fellow fans very closely. There won't be any impulse purchasing for these toys.

    The figures that I suspect will get repaints (Non-tattooed/G1 Starscream, Audi-bot, Constructicons, Leader Prime etc) are the ones I'm going to wait for. And make no mistake, with TF prices going up this year I can definitely wait. I'd much rather put my money towards MP Grimlock or something. They're still selling Premium TF1 toys in my local Toys R Us, so there really isn't a need to rush out and snatch up these new figures.


    The biggest disappointment out of all this has to be Devastator. I'm completely gobsmacked by how rubbish he is. He might be one of the worst Transformers EVER. How can it be that ALL the Transformer franchise's previous combiners have managed to pull off the robot/vehicle/combiner feat (with varying degrees of success admittedly) and yet despite all the recent advancements in engineering and toy design Hasbro couldn't manage it with this, their BIG CHANCE to give us the BEST TRANSFORMER EVER!? This should have been the greatest combining robot ever made! The biggest, craziest movie bad guy in recent history (controversial design aside) should have the toy to match. But no. Not from Hasbro. Instead we get one of the ugliest, lousiest, most embarrassing (yes, I'm embarrassed) looking toys of recent times. And the biggest kick in the teeth is - THEY'RE ASKING FOR $100 DOLLARS FOR IT. One hundred dollars for a collection of barely-detailed, poorly painted toy vehicles that hang together to form a giant grinning eyesore.

    It's a joke.
     

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