Mach wrote: Rated X wrote: Mach wrote:
Trikeboy wrote:Why forget about Hercules or Giant, I have room on my shelf for them all.
Well, as one of the top Transformers fan sites, we still have to show our support to official products over the non-official no matter what....
Considering many of the original creators of the 1984 figures are dead or in a nursing home, It's hard to respect the new owners of copyrights that have been bought and sold countless times. This renders the word "official" almost meaningless. On paper, Michael Jackson's family owns the copyrights to the Beatles music. But how many Beatles fans actually respect or even aknowledge that ownership ? Hasbro/Takara is nothing more than a company. The "support" needs to be given to the creators of the figures, not the corparate entity that funds their production.
With that being said, I think fan sites should show unbiased support for all companies in the market. Just because someone was first, doesnt make them the best. Just my opinion.
Everyday u see tons of 3rd party news here at Seibertron front page... The staffs and Ryan have argued countless times that do we need to draw a line against these 3rd party companies... But we choose to be neutral and just carry out our duties to bring you the news, official or 3rd party...
Are we still bias in your opinion?
Supports? U think Ma**toys or T*C pay royalties to Diaclone or whoever for the rights of Devastator? Probably Hasbro or Takara did paid a dollar or two to them....
Also as the writer of this piece of news, i can't have my little passion towards this father of all combiners?
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
I'm not even gonna bother anymore... I'm just gonna say that's not how copyright works in the toy production world, and leave it at that
And wait... why would Hasbro want a slice of Takara's reissue pie?
Because Hasbro is the official distributor of Takara products outside Japan....
I think my reply is not completely understood so let me try to clarify so nobody takes it the wrong way.
Two terms that I frown upon are “official” and “3rd party”. This is not 1986. It is almost 2012 and we have a 25 year franchise that has morphed into a fan based universe that has many different outlets. Some might argue that if Hasbro/Takara bought Fansproject tomorrow, Fansproject would become “official”. My question is: Why don’t you consider them “official” now ? Even CHMS is an “official” brand because it operates under the current laws of it’s country of orgin, China. The bottom line is a copyright can be owned by any smuck in a suit and tie. But who cares ? Obviously the Chinese government doesn’t care. So why should we ? As much as Hasbro/Takara complains about borderline copyright infringement from “3rd parties” based out of China, where do they base all their factories ? China of course. Gotta take advantage of those cheap laborers that will work for 25 cents an hour. Why pay American or Japanese factory workers that command higher wages ? That’s why I get irked when people jump to defend Hasbro/Takara over copyrights. Using the word “official” is a slap in the face to companies that give the fans what they want. Using the term “3rd party” is an insult to companies that are not only operating legally, but are major players in the game. Give them their props and stop using these 2 draconian terms from a bygone era. This is just my opinion and I don’t want to offend anyone. I just don’t pledge allegiance to somebody just because they own a stinkin paper. (copyright)
Opinions aside, you guys do a great job bringing us all the news.