Would you have accepted plastic reduction as a gimmick?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by MECHADOOM, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. MECHADOOM

    MECHADOOM I'm Doombot and I know it

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    Over the years, Transformers have had many gimmicks. Some were popular, others not so much. One that didn't do so well at first was Actionmasters. Transformers who couldn't transform seemed to make no sense, so they built fiction around it. "A new energy source powers them up crazy good, but removes their ability to transform", or something like that.

    Could Hasbro have done something similar with the designing of newer toys to use less plastic? Many peopla saw this as the toys going down in quality, but would it have been better received had there been an in-fiction blurb on the box about it? Something along the lines of:

    "With war ravaging Cybertron for so long, resources to repair damaged warriors hit an all time low. Working with Wheeljack and Perceptor, Ratchet develops a new Autobot technology that allows for the shrinking of their circutry into much smaller spaces. But Soundwave steals these secret plans for the Decepticons to use as well! And thus, the Conseva-Tech War begins!"

    I know it's not the best written blurb, but you get the point. If they had included something like this, do you think it would have helped?
     
  2. Noideaforaname

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    No.
    Nothing that takes away from the basic Transformer figure is an acceptable "gimmick." No justifying removing transformation, robot modes, alternate modes, amount of plastic, etc..


    * Note I'm talking about entire main lines, not small side stuff like Kreons, BW Mutants, etc.
     
  3. MWG

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    Maybe if the prices hadn't gone up in addition to the overall size/quality of the figures going down. One or the other is somewhat tolerable, both at once is not. And they really should adjust the voyager scale prices since deluxes cost almost the same now.

    +-MWG-+
     
  4. Thundershot

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    They did this in fiction already... They're called Micromasters.
     
  5. Star Saber

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    Wasn't that technically what Micromasters were?
     
  6. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 Optimus, serving up the primest of ribs since 1984

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    No cause that's what you call putting lipstick on a pig.
     
  7. brr-icy

    brr-icy MP Collector

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    this, and they weren't thin or hollow, just smaller, and cheaper.
     
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    No, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Never.
     
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    I like it.
     
  11. kibble

    kibble Seeker style, yo!

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    Yes, get rid of those stupid ass, huge, light up weapons and keep that budget in the figures themselves.
     
  12. Grandum

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    can someone please weigh a normal deluxe figure and one of these budget figures? would be interesting to see how much plastic that have been saved.
     
  13. brr-icy

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    think it was close to 1/3 lost
     
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    Hahaahhaha

    no.
     
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    Yes. At least it would have been SOMETHING. As it is it's just "buy these toys that are smaller and more expensive because transformers."
     
  16. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Currently facepalming at your post

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    hahahaha....NO.
     
  17. Erland

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    This times a million
     
  19. depthcharge82

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    from what i could grab

    RID Sideburn-2.6 oz

    Energon Starscream-3.4 oz

    Cybertron Downshift-4.6 oz

    Animated jazz-3.2 oz

    Movie Dropkick w/o weapon-4.2 oz

    ROTF Soundwave-3.2 oz

    Dotm Darksteel-2.5 oz

    Prime Bumblebee-2.5 oz

    Foc Optimus-2.5 oz
     
  20. NGW

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    Seems like a pretty noticeable change.