Why do Hasbro photoshop their official product images?

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  1. Leather Elbows

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    DOTM Deluxe Sideswipe! Oooh nice paint job *sees actual figure* WHAT THE F%$K! :O
    It makes them look better but it's misleading and annoying
     
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    ... to make them more appealing to retailers and shoppers.
     
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    That. At least they think it makes them look better.
     
  4. Satomiblood

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    Welcome to advertising.
     
  5. Leather Elbows

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    It's not appealing. You look at the back of the box and say hey look this looks nice. Then the front which has the actual figure is unpainted. They are displayed with the front of the box were you see the figure. Maybe they should put them on the shelf backwards? :D 
     
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    I don't think even Hasbro knows they've been doing it for so long.
     
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    But it's not like we buy a figure by just looking at the photoshop and not seeing the real thing. They should just make them look like the photoshop. With that lovely silver.... :D 
     
  9. Leather Elbows

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    I use that green :D  face too much :/
     
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    The point is to sell them to retailers, not the ultimate end product: the consumers. I think Hasbro either use to or sometimes still does paint the figure by hand to really make it POP to potential retailers.

    All of this is OKAY because of that fine print on the back of the packaging ...
     
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    I agree, hasbro should either A) Paint the figure the way it is on the back or B) make the picture look like the figure!
     
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    I agree, but that type of budget will never come. :( 
     
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    Hasbro isn't alone in this practice. Most toy companies photoshop the pictures they're going to use for the packaging. Makes for really good looking packaging, but tends to make the difference between the packaging photos and actual toys kind of annoying.

    I personally don't mind it. It's not like the photoshopped pictures are the only visual reference to go off of before buying the figures themselves. If that was the case, then I would be pissed. Really it's just worth it to pretty much ignore the "official photography" and wait for actual toy pictures. That way you don't get yourself all excited over a photo you know isn't accurate to the product they'll be selling.
     
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    :lol 

    But seriously, it's a meaningless aesthetic that's meant to showcase the actual product in a more positive and attractive light than what you're actually getting. Ads and packaging art are notorious for this. In the case of Transformers, everything is clean, vibrant, metallic, and with additional paint apps. It's eye candy, basically.

    ...not that you needed this actual explanation since I assumed you were being facetious.
     
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    McFarlane toys Halo figures look exactly as they do on the box. They have amazing painted detail so why can't Hasbro do it? They sell alot more so they must have a way bigger budget
     
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    You answered your own question dude.
     
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    The McFarlane halo figure do not have to Transform. the engineering behind a transformation likely eats up a significant portion of the Development budget for a figure. When you do not have to budget for that you can afford to spend more on paint apps. I as well as the rest of us collectors would love more and better paint apps but we accepts why we get what we get.
     
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    transforming the toys correctly would do a lot more to sell the figure than a bad photoshop imo. Really not sure why they don't just buy a decent camera and let the designers to do it.

    The designers are artists after all, they should be able figure out how f stops, shutter speed and the aperture work.
     
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    Exactly.

    Just like magazine covers and car commercials. The point is drawing both retailer's and consumer's eyes to that product.
     

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