VioMeTriX wrote:i have really enjoyed the direction this thread has taken, im glad i started it and would really like to keep the discussion going.
personally for me at this point i am only collecting masterpieces and select 3rd party. i have sold off the rest of my collection, i have the new mp-11 starscream( great QC), and the hasbro Thunder Cracker---and his chest wont lock in at the waist, it just flops out when i move him. now i bought 4 of these as gifts and every one of them has the exact same issue (i came up with a fishing string to keep him secure and is 95% invisible and hols him together nicely)
Yep, it's a good topic, and one that comes up a lot in the various threads about Takara general line (like AM etc.) releases and MP releases in the US when Hasbro does them.
For the main lines (Beast Wars, TF: Prime etc.) I find myself frequently getting both versions of nearly every figure I'm interested in just so I'm sure to get the best version no matter who makes it. That of course would be too expensive/unreasonable for most collectors, so I understand that for most it's not an option. With current lines, the difficulty is in the release schedules. Hasbro and Takara are releasing different figures in each wave of TF: Prime and Generations from one another, meaning that if I wanted to wait for any online side-by-side comparisons, the version that was released first, be it the Takara version of the Hasbro version, the first one would likely be sold out and I'd have to hunt it down on ebay.
I'm OK with it though, but only because I can afford it and because their releases haven't been too terribly frequent of late (usually 5 or so figures per wave in the size classes I'm interested in, i.e. Deluxe or larger), but if they were doing more figures per wave, I'd have to make some difficult choices (though in most cases, Takara would win out for me, particularly in the Generations line where there are no stickers, just tons of metallic paint).
I keep hoping that Hasbro will start catering to us collectors more than they have been (the FE line being a prime example), but the way things have been going, it seems that's still not something that interests them too much.
Usually, when it comes down to me having to make a choice between one or the other (as it did with the FE line because for most of the figures, I just couldn't afford to get both), I choose Takara and I've seldom if ever regretted it, but I realize that most collectors probably can't justify going that route due to the pricing. For me it's easier because of my buying habits though too. I only buy online from retailers like BBTS where the 'discount' of buying domestic figures isn't as significant as it would be shopping at a local Wal-Mart or whatever.
I do wonder what would happen though if Hasbro created some sort of special collectors line (not just the store exclusives and club exclusives). It's something that I and others have mentioned before and I think that it would be very successful because contrary to what Hasbro may think, I believe that a fairly significant number of their products sold in the TF lines go to collectors.