hey fellow fans, just want to compile a list of common qc/engineering complaints since recent price raises and the quality of current/recent lines is debatable and often divisive. this thread isn't intended to be political and please don't try to steer it that way. any talk of economics doesn't fall under politics as far as i'm concerned but if moderators decide it is than we'll leave that part out and only discuss the toys themselves. i'm going to edit this post as the thread goes so everything is complied and quantifiable as possible. nothing in this first post is final, i'm just trying to gauge a general response to the state of the fandom and the hobby in the past 10 years (quality dip started with DOTM in 2011/prime in 2010-11ish) general quality complaints: -the prime and dotm lines as a whole were both often met with a lack of paint, cheaper plastic, rising prices and simplified engineering. a lot of toys from 2011-2012 were reported as having stress mark issues, being too small for their price range, etc -generations started to feel this too in 2013 with thrilling 30, a lot of toys like the nightbeat, blitzwing, springer, windblade and skids molds having tolerance issues, crappily applied paint, or nasty feeling plastic -in 2014 it seemed to peak with every size class, both in AOE and generations being considerably smaller and engineered poorly. look at "premiere edition" optimus prime from AOE who's the size of a dotm leader but is entirely backpack, a random exclusive and retailed for more than leaders from previous years (despite wages at hasbro and worldwide not rising to meet the increased cost of... everything. a continuing trend) -cut to 2019/2020 when we're getting largely source accurate toys with clever engineering but things continue to shrink. kingdom and earthrise, and to a lesser degree siege and studio series, offering up deluxes that range from "old sized but hollow" to "small and partsforming" (cliffjumper/bumblebee mold is the size of old scouts and partsforms but is somehow worth $20, but trailbreaker and hoist are large and hollow) this is kind of a rough draft stream-of-consciousness as i'm getting my thoughts out and trying to gauge the general feel of the fandom. feel free to contribute.