alright rampageo, you asked for it...
Why MOTUC isn't awesome by Dayravenfrom a kid's point of view
- no action features. sure, they have plenty of simulacrums, but no real action features... and way back when, when he-man made you truly happy... didn't we all love the action features? i got leech one year for xmas and i didn't sit around pondering why the shoulder pauldron wasn't painted, i licked his hands and started seeing what i could get him to hold. i tried a baseball, a tennis ball, and a wiffle ball first. then i got absorbed (he he) by the mouth and stuck him to inside of the every window i could reach, the side of the fridge, the windows in the car, both sides of the front door.... ad infinitum. if the surface was even vageuly smooth, i tried leech on it at least once. new leech doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting that much "hands on" time.from a budgetary point of view
- the extensive parts re-use of the line, coupled w/ the spotty QC, really say to me that these aren't 20 dollar toys. we in the various IAT forums have done countless rounds of guestimating the costs of production, but at the end of the day, megator for 40 bucks looks like crap next to a 55 dollar sentinel, and he-man for 20 seems like a complete rip-off compared to a king hulk i paid 15 for not two years prior (and i complained like hell at that 5 dollar price hike... and to reinforce my point here, i have put maybe 5 to 1 play time in for that king hulk vs my 1st ed he-man and my kids helped... and my king hulk shows less obvious distress at the joints than he-man does. in particular the shoulders at both ends are showing a distressing trend of loosening.)from an adult collector standpoint
- the evolution of motu to motuc shows a lot less innovation and return to simpler, crappier figures. looking at what started w/ mcf figs, we first got more complex sculpt then we'd seen in earlier figures. then he started upping the articulation. then he cut articulation and upped the detail to really almost obscene levels. then he started cutting those detailed sculpts up w/ really awesome articulation (around the dark ages and viking era) and then he went retarded and did all these pre-posed mcstatues that were still pretty, but immobile, and then started shrinking when the market dried up. since mcf, the trend has been either super-articulated or super detailed statue... until marvel legends. marvel legends balanced detail w/ comic accurate looks, insane articulation, and in general, very consistent QC. then, TB gets the LOTR license and blows the game completely up. not the greatest film likenesses ever, but easily, far and away, the greatest fantasy licensed toys ever. and these were following the greatest comic character line ever. dc under mattel took a huge step backwards in the evolution of the toy by returning to the buck system. under mattel, we've seen the figure industry cut back on pack ins, cut back on new/character exclusive body pieces, cut back on paint aps, cut bakc on QC, and cut back on articulation. motuc does take the right step in upping again the number of pack-ins, but that's about it. and what's worse, while the old motu line is considered one of the worst historically for re-using body parts, by the time they were as far into the line as motuc currently is, they had a larger pool of base pieces and more unique tooling than motuc displays or is set to display in the next 6 months. they also included playsets and vehicles that you and i both know aren't coming in motuc at all, let alone any time soon. we've seen smaller companies like mezco and NECA pick up the baton mcf dropped, and try to advance the case for better sculpts and more (or at least consistent) articulation. and we've had four horsemen studios REALLY upping the ball w/ their in house lines and trying to give us figs that feature great articulation and world class sculpts and paint aps. and this last round in particular, scarabus definitely improves on the QC woes of the first few releases... all while staying within spitting distance of that motuc price point. bottom line, motuc is a step backwards in the toy evolutionary chart, rather than the valid step forward that their predecessor line showed off. they've only advanced over the vintage line, now 30 years old, in a couple ways. i will vouch right here, right now, that the vintage motu figs will outlast the motucs. i know not everyone plays w/ their figs, i'm a players, my kids are players, and the motucs are showing signs of wear already. i've been delicate w/ new grizzlor. very delicate. and i've had more chunks of his pelt come off on my fingers that i have had collectively w/ the three vintage grizzlors i still have. that's a backslide from where i sit. leech can't stick to things... backslide. motuc he-man's shoulders are looser than both the shoulders of my original he-man, and the collector's edition re-release i picked up when the millenium line was extant... and both those older he-men have seen more play. and don't even get me started on ankles... sweet jesus.
from a motu fan's POV- when i found marvel legends, i was floored. new sculpts, great paint, a varied scale, plenty of pack-ins... i never felt like ML was a stretch for the money, and they were such a huge step forward from the marvel TB line of the 90's that i glowed when i found new legends at the toy store. i laughed, i smiled, and i opened every fig w/ excitement in my eyes and a gush of excitement from my mouth. i'm a big marvel fan and holy starfruit was legends my line. it was everything the kid in me wanted from my old toys, but they couldn't do that stuff then. now, i get motuc announced and i'm beaming. holy CRAP my favorite toy line ever, and it's coming back? in a post-legends world, i wanted every toy line to do that stuff, unique sculpts, hella articulated, great quality, plenty of "stuff" to go along... and i got king grayskull. hey, cool, grayskull's never had a figure before. and these kind of look like the vintage guys, and that's kind of a nice throwback element. but the size is static. there's one base body and everybody's using it. scale, everyone at the same height. the paints are kinda "meh." no action feature, no mini-comic, no display base, none of the extras that legends spoiled me with. eh. and i have to get into this rugby scrum every month, at one specific and at times highly inconvenient time and do this really pavlovian order process? fudge that man. i'm not a dog, and every time i'm forced to jump through a hoop to get something, i want it less. i wanted motuc to make me as happy buying he-man as legends made me buying the punisher. instead, i came away, month after month, feeling like a beaten spouse. that's the inverse of what the line should do for me. plus, they're not leading the industry the way the original line did. they're coasting on what costs out, rather than concentrating on what rocks out. i look at the figs coming from the four horsemen and square enix and NECA and i see what i want, more paint aps, killer articulation, incredible art haus sculpts. i look at the cookie cutter motuc line and i feel like i just payed 20 bucks for a happy meal. it actually makes me feel dumb buying a motuc, because i know better is out there, but i cave for a character i love. that's starfruit. i deserve better than that. i'm an adult, i don't buy cheap sheets, i get the high thread count cotton and enjoy it cuz i know where the money went. i know the difference between skirt steak and ribeye and i buy and cook it the way i want to enjoy it. i know good coffee from starfruit and i buy the good stuff cuz i like to drink it. if i'm paying a premium for my toys, they have to be noticeably better than the "average" stuff and motuc isn't.
that's not even the entirety i could do on the topic, but that should get you started.
i warned you man!