Rated X wrote:This is actually more like a 3rd party "fix" than an upgrade. TFC went all out with a fairly cartoon accurate Neo Devastator. But some rocket scientist at TFC decided to give him a more toy accurate head. This new head gives the fans what we really wanted to begin with. Not some cheap clip on visor. Hopefully more will follow such as:
KO purple Mixmaster barrel
Toy accurate guns for the individual bots (cartoon accurate guns would all look the same)
Toy accurate Devastator gun with the bananna clip (last on my list, but would be cool)
You know, your statement actually is a real good display of the current sad state of affairs that is the 3rd party market and the collector's thought process.
When pics of Herc were released, I was disappointed with the garbage head he came with along with some of the color flaws, such as his not purple mixing barrel and the general over-use of black. With the hefty price tag, I decided that the flaws, while admittedly minor, were a deal breaker. Because for 600 bucks, the figure should be perfect. That price tag represents a small investment.
But you, by your own words, and I'm sure many, many others, happily gave away $600 of your money for a figure that, while awesome, you weren't 100% satisfied with. Simply because you are a "collector" and this figure was a "must-have." Thusly, by spending the money, you gave a pass to the company for their outlandish pricing and poor QC process. And by spending even more money with additional 3rd party "fixes", you give a pass for the first company for not getting it quite right the first time and opening the door for more 3rd party profit with the upgrades.
Now, I'm not telling anybody how to spend their money. If you've got the cash to spend then so be it. I've made my choices on 3rd party products and I have no regrets. My point is that the 3rd party market is so broken right now and the collectors are making it worse. Because they are feeding into the overgrown monster.
Collectors justify the existence of 3rd party by saying that it gives collectors what they want, that they know they won't get from Has/Tak. Fine. And I say that the 3rd parties are screwing you and collectors are happily bending over for it.
I mean c'mon man! You just spent 600 bucks on a figure that needed "fixes" and your happily getting back in line to dump even more money into that same figure. Wake up! You got screwed over. Some of the collectors are just as out of control as the 3rd party to makers.