Counterpunch wrote:What a bunch of smelly ****.
No one is learning anything about customization here, they're learning how to put a Gunpla together.
Not to mention, there seems to be no reason that BotCon can't make the kits available as a convention add on for little to no cost if they're going to bother making them at all.
I haven't even wanted nor really been envious of the past two year's custom figures, but all this is is an assembly line class.
I am a bit upset about this. But I'm a whiny **** when I know I could own this, if they would just make it available.
Now we are having the custom class create main line real characters that people want and cannot make themselves without lots of skill.
And it has always been an assembly line. But the figures/sprues before last year, never received a different plastic mold color. It was already something that was existing, and then got painted or sticker to create the 'new' character. BTW the characters were originally just assemble Battle Ravage and paint to your heart's content at OTFCC. Then it was using Cybertron Scrapmetal to create BW Inferno for Cybertron, or Rumble/Frenzy (using the Codi Rumble head). It was not changed much from the red release, the main thing here was the new CODI head, which was previously very, very rare. Next came Classics Overkill from Grimlock that we painted and washed very heavily- sold exclusively in large numbers later on HTS, then it was create SG Nightbeat using the already existing club Nightbeat mold, some stickers, and some paint to make him an 'evil Autobot', but not much different than your regular club Nightbeat. Then it was SG Thunderclash from the Botcon set TC with the extras to make it SG.
Now they have decided to make it harder to get desirable characters. G2 Sideswipe, and Animated Minerva could easily be sold as exclusives, or in sets down the road.
I know the meaning of exclusive. I understand rarity and the desire to own something different. Great, but holy bejeepers, you're going to continue with Animated G1 and not even allow more than 100 of us a shot at having a complete set!
This is to me worse than the whole seeker deal (Deception, blah, blah, blah). You give us a crappy toy like transtech Cheetor to buy, and then make something like Animated Minerva so limited that basically a very small percentage can own this figure. Seriously? I hope you sit on transtech Cheetor for 15 years...
So even thought customs class folks are supposed to sign a paper saying they will never sell these on ebay, or any other auction site, I have an even worse chance of owning it. Oh look HASBRO there's an $800 G2 Customs Class Sideswipe on eBay right now.
SO if I can find one I now have to pay the price for a crispy G1 Minerva to get this Animated version?
G F'ing D.
I don't know why this is stuck in my craw so badly. I would just love to be a fly on the wall when 'the council' makes these decisions. I am blessed an ultimately I count myself a very lucky, and fortunate individual, and I know where toys rank on my list of priorities.
Just seems very poor to the collecting community in general to make the choices that they do many times.