First off, please note that I recognize this post presumes you give a crap about whether I subscribe to the Filmation sub. This may be very much not the case, but to those of you who visit this site largely for MOTUC content, I feel I owe it to you.
As all longtime readers of this site know, I tend to go through fads. When the site started it was mostly about Batman and DC Universe Classics. Eventually it moved into Masters of the Universe Classics. And as probably seems obvious to all, I’ve lost some of my interest in MOTUC over the last year or so.
I hesitate to chalk it up to anything more than just a natural decline of obsessive interest, but if you’ll indulge a little introspection: of all my childhood toy fads, MOTU was one of the shortest-lived. I loved the cartoon and the toys, but I really only collected and played with them for about two years when I was 4-5. I suppose that’s practically a geological epoch when you’re that young, but I also only vaguely remember that time of my life.
After that, the two biggest fads were Transformers (I still don’t know if readers have any sense of just how into Transformers I was, since I don’t collect it now) and Ninja Turtles, both of which I was more into than I ever was with MOTU.
What happened with MOTU, however, is that the Millennium line came around just as I happened to be really, really into fantasy fiction. The toys’ release dovetailed with the Lord of the Rings movies and I just got really into the whole thing. When MOTUC came around, I wasn’t quite as into fantasy anymore, but the old positive associations with MOTU still lingered and I was very much on board again…for a while.
If it had been possible, I know I would have ended up a cherry picker on MOTUC. Not right away – the hype would have kept me going for a while – but eventually, I would have started skipping figures, particularly New Adventures and POP. I almost didn’t subscribe to the 2013 sub, but Ram Man forced my hand. And now here comes the Filmation sub.
The figures look cool. But I simply cannot afford to buy every action figure I want right now. I’m at a point in my life where that’s just not feasible. I need to be able to afford, say, clothes and shoes.
Here’s some of the stuff I really want this year – and this is only what’s been revealed so far:
- S.H.MonsterArts: Destoroyah, King Kong, Destoroyah Evolution Set, Godzilla 1964 (this probably comes to a minimum total of $400, and again, this only goes up through late summer – there will probably be more S.H.MonsterArts revealed for the second half of the year)
- NECA: Dutch, Predator, Alien, Colonial Marines, ED-209 (we’re probably talking about $150-$200 just for what’s been revealed so far)
- 4H: Power Lords
On top of all this is my 2013 MOTUC subscription already, costing – what, $650 with shipping? More? (This will be somewhat ameliorated by selling off the figures I don’t want.)
And so I had to make a decision: do I want action figures of New Adventures and Filmation characters I don’t even remember, or do I want the Godzilla figure I’ve waited for my entire life? Do I want Batros – whoever he is – or do I want Arnold Schwarzenegger as he appeared in my second-favorite action movie* of all time? I found having to make this decision somewhat interesting and novel, actually. It made me realize just how much of my MOTUC collection I really didn’t have a whole lot of interest in.
And so, I made a decision to pare my MOTUC collection down to a select group, using three criteria:
- Figures I owned as a kid
- Heroic Warriors and Evil Warriors**
- Figures I just find really cool (e..g, Vikor)
Using those criteria allowed me to cut forty figures from my collection and create a nice budget for all of the other stuff coming out this year.
What does this mean for PGPoA? Just that this site won’t be quite as MOTUC-centric moving forward. That’s not to say I don’t still love MOTUC and won’t keep reviewing the figures – I will. Just not all of them. And if some of you Poesters are interested in writing a guest review or two of some of the MOTUC figures I don’t review (or haven’t reviewed), I’m happy to consider it. I just have a few requirements:
- You must be able to provide decent photos of the figure
- The review must be between 750-1500 words
- You must provide a 1-5 “raven” rating for the figure
*Die Hard, in case you were wondering.
**A character like Fang Man counts as an Evil Warrior since he worked for Skeletor on the cartoon, as does Icer, whom I pre-ordered via BBTS – I might have skipped him except I also love ice-themed figures, so he fits criteria #3 as well.