Gearslide wrote:Goodness. All I wanted to point out is that this particular mold wouldn't be suitable in an American market, and that I understood Hasbro's reasons for not bringing it over! This wasn't supposed to be a Hasbro bashing thread or anything.
Based on my experience with the figure, I strongly feel that Hasbro won't ever release it or any iteration of it in this market. It's just too fragile for the rough-housing a lot of kids will do with it. MAYBE if Hasbro beefed up the plastic on it, it could pass as a First Edition (or equivalent) figure.
I do think, however, that Hasbro will release their own mold. Considering that the Prime series isn't a filler line, like Fall of Cybertron, I'm sure Hasbro will take designing a Breakdown figure seriously.
I would like to sincerely apologize to you, Gearslide. It was never my intention to have this derail as it has. I was only trying to make a point and I had no idea it would be taken so far out of line. I'm not bashing Hasbro, by the way. It was not my intention. Airing grievances, was.
I would hope they wouldn't change the mold, just the plastic, but if they do, I hope you're right. Hasbro's done it before, they could do it again.
DevastaTTor wrote:I wonder if Hasbro/TT is going to reserve the good plastic for MP figures from now on, leaving the standard releases lighter and more fragile. The issue with figures getting smaller is a problem across the board.
Indeed, it is a problem. A worrisome one, at that. But I'd say not even the good plastic goes to the Masterpieces. Rodimus had arms break off, literally "just because". They just snapped, while on display. No user interaction required. That's some weak ass plastic, right there. Because the TT version has the same thickness of plastic, the same mold and their's didn't break. That tells me Hasbro is using a much cheaper quality plastic.
njb902 wrote:It's to early to jump to any conclusions, though it is a distressing trend. time will tell I supose.
Fair point, but I will say that with the increase of complaints and increase of proof of this, it's fair to say that it's a logical conclusion to jump to.
Thinner, smaller, lighter, less metal, all across the board. That's scary. It's one thing when it's one line, but now it's looking like all of them are becoming the same thing. And when TakaraTomy does the same thing, that's even worse.
I've seen thicker and more sturdy plastic in disposable utensils. (No, I'm not kidding.)
If you hold Breakdown up to a light, and open his inner leg panel, you can see light through it quite well. Almost lightpipe worthy. That's some thin plastic. I held my Giant Mixmaster up to the light, not a single bleed through. Nothing.
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