decline in tf toys over the years.

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  1. Jazzmustlive123

    Jazzmustlive123 jazz died thinking he's the coolest

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    It feels like there has been a decline in the quality of the tf action figures such as size, plastic ,and paint. I've also sent a letter to hasbro and they responded with a stupid excuse,just want to hear everyones opinion.
     
  2. general saberwi

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    Oh, there has been a massive decline in quality over the years. But, sadly, with issues like this, a bunch of "Hasbro can do no wrong!!1!" and "If you don't like it don't buy it" people are going to be coming out of the woodwork. I'll post a more detailed, and hopefully objective overview of the problem later, but I agree with you.
     
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  3. Jazzmustlive123

    Jazzmustlive123 jazz died thinking he's the coolest

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    Thank you.
     
  4. WheelWave140

    WheelWave140 Hate's not cool, dudes!

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    Higher oil prices, changing markets. Frankly, other than the heft of the plastic, I don't notice a massive difference between a 2010 figure and a 2016 figure. Even if there's a lack of overall complexity, I feel that some of the best designs that we've gotten have come out of the post-FoC lines.
     
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    Well there are somethings you can't argue about. Like the reduction on mass of plastic that figures have had since 2010. And parts count has been reduced too. Articulation has been stepped back to Energon/Cybertron levels too. But, and Hasbro has said this, they're using new plastic formulas to compensate for reduced material mass without shrinking the figure over much. In otherwords to make parts thinner without making them less durable. But that makes it feel different, you really can notice it.

    :lol  Like zero chance of that.
     
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    Sentinel TF Museum Curator Moderator

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    Oh yeah, the quality has gone down dramatically while the prices have spiked. Until Titans Return, I hadn't bought hardly any retail items in years aside from Takara Masterpieces. I got fed up with the cost increasing, while the figures had fewer and in some cases almost no paint apps, but the thing that killed the retail lines for me were the hollow limbs. I just can't stand how cheap they look and feel all while asking for more money. They have reversed this a bit with TR, I'm pleased with the paint, but it's still hard to justify $15+ for what should be a $10 figure.
     
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    Well Transformers isn't the bread and butter of Hasbro's revenue that comes from their lines of Disney owned properties and MTG. So they probably don't want to sink more money into a lukewarm toy line.
     
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    Is it wrong of me to say that since DOTM I've been enjoying a lot of the figures more than those that came before? Like I actually enjoy these figures people say are a decline in quality.

    I started to notice just how much fun I had when Prime & Fall of Cybertron hit, those were amazing figures for me! I loved how simple the transformations got and how much more fun it was to pose them. Hasn't slowed down since.
     
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  9. Jazzmustlive123

    Jazzmustlive123 jazz died thinking he's the coolest

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    Your entitled to your opinion but,I just can't see paying 20 dollars for a 10 dollar figure like what sentinel said.
     
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    after 30 years there's almost NO METAL LEFT!!!! and packaging doesn't have those cool grid lines anymore. and no more rub signs. ;) 

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    Got some general inflation to blame in here. Stuff just gets more expensive, it still galls me to pay over $1.00 for a gallon of gas.
     
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    Better than it ever has been. Combiner Wars and Titans Return are everything I've ever wanted from updates.

    More paint would be cool, but that's what Takara is for.
     
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    I am already reliving my 80's childhood through Titans Return but if those grid lines were on the packaging I think I would have honest to goodness flashbacks! Lol
     
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    eh....I'm kind of over the debate of "then" vs "now."

    When/if it really starts to bother me, I just go and make an expensive 3rd party figure to satisfy my needs.

    When I want some nostalgia, I just pick up a G1 figure on Ebay.

    All parts of me are happy then.

    edit: speaking of, when do the Trailbreakers drop?
     
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  15. Jazzmustlive123

    Jazzmustlive123 jazz died thinking he's the coolest

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    I see were your coming from but wouldn't you want better quality
     
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    *sigh*, another one of these threads. Same song and dance as before, copy/paste. Oil prices, inflation, take it or leave it, hasblow, etc etc.

    To be fair though, Combiner Wars has been my favorite TF line since, like, ever... mostly because I'm a combiner whore and all of the repaints and cost cutting wasn't enough to dampen my interest.
     
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    Excuse the pun, but the prime years for TF toys was 2006 ish to 2010 ish (right before DOTM). DOTM really showed off the smaller sizes, thinner plastics, etc. Oil prices are to blame. The toys are still fun, but hardly any paint details at all, barely any wrist swivels and more floppy joints. I think they've fired their QC departments for cost savings.

    After 30 years you think they could at least get things to peg together...
     
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    Dude, gas had hasn't been a dollar a gallon since the mid 90's.
     
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    Yeah, and I'm still upset about it! :lol 
     
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  20. Jazzmustlive123

    Jazzmustlive123 jazz died thinking he's the coolest

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