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Poe’s Point > Lou Scheimer, 1928-2013

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(Image from Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation by Andy Mangels)

A few years ago, I sat down to watch The Secret of the Sword. For whatever reason, my wife was feeling indulgent that day and sat down to watch it with me. I never really watched She-Ra as a kid and had no memories of the show, so I didn’t know what I was in for. But both my wife and I found ourselves endlessly amused by the voice of Swift Wind, a beautiful pegasus with the voice of a five-pack-a-day smoker.

I don’t know if Lou Scheimer actually smoked, but he certainly gave Swift Wind a voice that sounded like it. Mr. Scheimer, the founder of Filmation Studios, passed away last week at the age of 84. I was never as partial to Filmation as many He-Fans, but there’s no question his shows gave me hours of entertainment. And Mr. Scheimer was certainly very open to and embracing of the MOTU and She-Ra community over the last decade as its fandom has come into its own.

Poe’s Point > What are your NICDIP figures?

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In the past, I’ve asked “What’s your #MyMosquitor?” Unfortunately, the phrasing was awkward, the term was a bit too specific, and the concept was tricky to explain, so it never really worked.

So here’s my next attempt – what action figures would you like to see made that would allow you to say, “Now I can die in peace” – or, NICDIP?

The idea occurred to me after remarking to NoisyDvL5 of ItsAllTrue.net that the Star Wars Black 6″ A New Hope Han Solo was one of my “now I can die in peace” figures. It’s also one that, for a very long time, I didn’t think would ever get made. (S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla 1962 is another one, or would have been if I wasn’t sure now that, if it even gets made, it’s going to be barely 4″ tall.)

In addition to Han and Boba, I’ve already gotten some other NICDIP figures. For me, the Mirage Ninja Turtles, brown costume WolverineMasterpiece Grimlock and Hero Ash are all great examples. 

Poe’s Point > Articulation Revisited

L-R: Kenner, Figma, NECA, McFarlane

L-R: Kenner, Figma, NECA, McFarlane

Over the years, I’ve been engaged in a few debates (often on other websites) about the importance of articulation on toys (here’s one, and here’s another). Personally, I’ve always cared about articulation. As a kid, a figure that had extra articulation – hinged knees, ball-jointed shoulders – was always something I considered a great bonus. However, I also hated action features and never understood those kids who would just bash figures into each other to make them “fight,” so I’ll admit I may not have been representative of how the majority of children approach playing with action figures.

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Recently, I asked a friend of mine who had a 5-year-old son to ask him and anyone else she wanted to ask what their opinions were on articulation on action figures.

She didn’t have much luck with her son, but the adults – few, if any of whom were current action figure collectors – had some intriguing responses.

Poe’s Point > Star Wars Black should refer to the 6″ line alone

Hasbro 2013 Star Wars Black Series logo

Somewhat lost in the excitement around the 6″ figure announcement was the fact that the name “Star Wars Black Series” would encompass both the 6″ and a 3.75″ line.

This has already lead to confusion among collectors as new figures in each scale are announced, revealed, or leaked. I’ve already been involved in at least one Twitter conversation where someone thought an announced 3.75″ figure was coming in the 6″ line. And you can’t tell me that some parent is going to do a search on Amazon for Star Wars Black for their toy-savvy kids’ birthday and buy something that will leave that kid very disappointed.

Maybe Hasbro was afraid of angering their bread-and-butter 3.75″ collectors by focusing all their attention on the new scale, and the 3.75″ line was a way of trying to show they hadn’t forgotten about them. But I think having both scales under the same name dilutes the unique identity of both, particularly the new 6″ line.

I understand Hasbro’s thinking was to create a collector-focused brand for both scales, but I think they’re doing themselves a disservice by not distinguishing them. The 6″ line is bringing in a lot of collector interest they weren’t capturing before. By making Star Wars Black refer solely to the 6″ line, they can capitalize on the line’s buzz while delivering the 3.75″ figures under a different name (or perhaps just slotting them into the popular Vintage Collection).

A good toy line needs a good, brief acronym. Continually typing SWB6 and SWB3.75 seems ridiculous. I think the 6″ line should get to own SWB.

Poe’s Point > Breaking down the decline in MOTUC subscriptions

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For all the discussion of character selection, scare tactics, and revealing the entire lineup and all that, I think there are three main reasons for the decline in MOTUC subscriptions:

  • The most popular, iconic characters have been made;
  • The costs of the figures has gone up significantly;
  • The overall popularity of MOTUC is winding down.

I’ll break these down after the jump.

Poe’s Point > Thoughts on Mattel’s reveals from SDCC 2013

And now we come to the end of our SDCC coverage. I’ve had to hold off on this one because I was really busy last week, but now I can finally take the time to discuss all the reveals.

Ghostbusters

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Image from Toyark

Really?

Mattel showed a mock-up of a 1/12th-scale Ecto-1, which is currently available for pre-order along with Peter and Ray figures with removable proton packs so they can actually sit in the car. As of this writing, the pre-orders are extremely low and this seems unlikely to be made. It’s $215 for the car itself, $25 apiece for the Peter and Ray figures, and a multipack of all three for $265.

Poe’s Point > Why hasn’t Star Wars Black 6″ made me obsessed with Star Wars again?

Hasbro 2013 Star Wars Black Series logo

There’s a great book by psychology professor Daniel Gilbert (you may have seen him recently in a Prudential commercial where people put stickers on a big board showing the oldest person they know) called Stumbling On Happiness. It’s a fascinating read and I highly recommend it. What it talks about is that humans are terrible about knowing what will make them happy. Predicting that some future event – a new house, a child, a promotion, getting a new toy – will finally make us really happy is an error we make over and over. But research into happiness suggests that’s not what happens. The person we are when the event actually happens will be a different person, in different circumstances, than the person who was waiting for it to happen two, three, ten years before, and so the prediction is just as likely to be untrue as it is to be true.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this in regards to Star Wars Black. For years – ever since the inception of Marvel Legends, really – I’ve been saying that if we ever got a 6″ Star Wars line, I would immediately go crazy for it. That it would drive me into a full-on SW obsession. That this site would suddenly have a vaguely SW-style theme, that I’d probably go around writing fan fiction in my head and buying Rebel-logo bumper stickers. Longtime readers know how faddish I can be. I know many of you still visit hoping to find a renewed love for MOTUC (probably my high-water mark in terms of readers – there’s one Hordak-related post from 2009 with over 200 comments. I can’t get anywhere near that today.).

I’ve been trying to determine exactly why my predicted Star Wars mania hasn’t happened. What wasn’t I taking into account in my prediction? I think there are a few factors.

Poe’s Point > Thoughts on SDCC 2013, Part II: Star Wars, Marvel, TMNT, Toynami, Mezco, Square Enix

Continuing my thoughts on the SDCC reveals from last week…

Hasbro

Hasbro has four big licenses action figure franchises: Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and Marvel. I don’t really collect Transformers or G.I. Joe at all (with a few exceptions), so I’ll just comment on the other two.

Star Wars

There was 3.75″ stuff, but I don’t care about any of that. The important thing here is Star Wars Black 6″.

BS6 Han Solo

To quote Mordecai, “Yay-yuh!”

My SWB6″ collection will probably be fairly small, but this guy will definitely be in it. I must admit, I still don’t think Hasbro is quite reaching the quality of the best of ToyBiz’s Marvel Legends or Lord of the Rings with any of their 6″ lines…but it’s Han Solo. In 6″ scale.

Poe’s Point > Thoughts on SDCC 2013, Part I: Tamashii Nations, NECA

Photo by Rustin Parr

Photo by Rustin Parr

First and foremost, I would like to offer my immense thanks to Ridureyu for working so hard to keep us all informed and up-to-date as possible on developments at SDCC. It allowed me to relax* a lot more and recharge my batteries before what I hope turns out to be a very busy August here on PoeGhostal.com. Please be sure to visit Nerditis, where Ridureyu writes regularly about toys.

And now, presented in no particular order, are my thoughts on the various news and reveals at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Poe’s Point > The Appeal of the 6″ Scale

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The advent of the Star Wars Black 6″ Series got me thinking about how I prefer the 6″ scale for (human) action figures. It’s a strong preference, and yet, the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t sure how my preference came about.

It’s interesting, because there wasn’t really such thing as a standard 6″ scale for action figures until maybe the late 1990s. The first toy line that I can remember being at (or close to) six inches was McFarlane Toys’ Spawn; I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that they were, yet again, a trendsetter in that regard. But it wasn’t until Toy Biz began using the scale for their Marvel superhero figures – and then Mattel followed suit with DC Super Heroes and later DC Universe Classics – that the idea of the 6″ action figure became commonplace.

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