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Well, here's the original message I got from Greg "M Sipher" Sepelak when I asked about which molds the Club wouldn't be able to use:
M Sipher wrote:
I've been part of the group who's worked on the box sets and countless proposals thereof for several years now. I know from first-hand experience trying to put the sets together in the first place which groups are avoided, so we don't waste time pitching stuff that has a microscopic chance of happening.
On-screen movie stuff and a good chunk of non-screen Movie stuff is off-limits thanks to licensing concerns. UT molds are pretty much written off as unusable due to age and overuse (take a look at the Movie Breakaway made from Cybertron Hot Shot. That toy is ROUGH).
Believe me, nobody at FP is particularly keen on having LESS mold options, but that's the reality.
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I read that the molds were deteriorating, and were too damaged to use. Which is a shame: I really liked the use of the Unicron Trilogy molds.
Indeed. They had some really fun figures that came out of those eras. I enjoy some even more than many of the newer Generations molds.
Here's the question, how the hell did they manage to deteriorate? I mean most of them haven't been used that much, plus the production numbers on the UT weren't as high as current lines.
Sometimes old age can do as much damage, depending on environmental factors. Some molds have shown signs of aging between years of single uses, like G1 Jazz for G2 or G2 Hero Prime for RiD Destructicon Scourge. Sometimes minor retools can make a mold deteriorate faster than normal I believe.
Still, I think FunPub made a conscious choice in not using the UT molds for the sake of variety, and not running the risk of breaking them during production (that actually happened with a G.I. Joe exclusive) though don't be surprised if they pop up again when the situation calls for it and there's no alternative. Look at the curveball that is 2013 Mirage.
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