Delta Magnus wrote:Gonna be honest, i don't get the hatred of small/hollow/light figures.
Small=more available shelf space, hollow+light=less likely to fall over (if it's things like the torso or arms, for example) and less likely to suffer damage if it falls. Seems like a no-brainer, no?
Suddenly drastically smaller + higher priced figures means less transformer for your money.
Hollow + light means cheaper and lower quality, which means shorter life expenctancy, and MORE likely to suffer damage because it's low quality.
Problem: hollow build=/=low quality plastic.
If the plastic is decent quality it will suffer less damage from a fall.
The heavier an object, the more force and momentum it falls with. Thus a heavier object will receive a greater impact and have more stress put upon it from a fall than a lighter one. For example, compare Robot Damashii Unit 01 and Soul of Chogokin Unit 01. Suppose both fell onto a laminate floor from a shelf. Both are high-quality, expensive figures made from expensive, decent materials. However, the Robot Damashii is very light and made entirely from plastic, whilst the Soul of Chogokin is very heavy and contains die-cast parts. Whilst the Robot Damashii will probably receive minor damage, the Soul of Chogokin figure, being heavy and containing a lot of metal parts, will be put under a lot more stress upon impact. It will most likely snap a limb joint, chip paint, or shatter.
Likewise, if the same scenario was carried out with a Figma and a heavy PVC statue, a plastic Tyranid Carnifex and an old metal Tyranid Hive Tyrant, or Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime and G1 Optimus Prime, the heavier figure would invariably be worse for wear. I've dropped plastic Genestealers and they've not even been scratched, whereas just knocking over my Hive Tyrant can cause it to break apart.
Also, a heavy die-cast limb is more likely to wear out a joint than a light, hollow plastic one.
Light/hollow is the way forward. Like I say, there's a difference between a toy made with cheap crappy plastic, like a knockoff, and a toy made of decent quality plastic but a transformation scheme that leaves its torso largely empty/composed of folded up panels or whatever.