craggy wrote:can we please get over how much cooler we are if we import toys?
Takara/Tomy makes a lot of nice Transformers. Hasbro does too. Often, there's enough difference between the same two characters that individuals might like one company's version of a toy better than the other. People choose to buy what they can/want, for a variety of reasons.
Metro is pretty cool, but still can't justify the extra cost. Prowl looks nice too. Looking forward to him.
I don't think anyone said importers are "cool", but I respect your point. However, consider this: collecting is about showing off (hence, "display" cases, and not hidden cupboards), and Takara figures have better paint jobs overall (if you consider character/cartoon accuracy as important as most collectors seem to - it's the reason the MP line is doing well: cartoon-accuracy) - ergo, I submit to you that bragging about importing is inevitable and rather than bemoan the spectacle, it'd be wiser to respect the "why".
A lot of dissatisfaction with domestic/Hasbro releases. A LOT.
Yes, some people are fine with the Hasbro version - but if you ask me, this is more a matter of price than taste (with the occasional exception of a really bad Takara paint job, of course). If given the choice (where price was equal), I'd wager on the Takara version.
Anyway, you did hit on all these points, and I think the actual bragging annoys you more than WHAT the person is bragging about - all bragging is pretty annoying, IMO.
One last thing: Hasbro doesn't even care - their goal is children. Takara seems like they veer more toward collectors. If Hasbro cared to change anything, they'd put a little more effort (i.e. more MP releases), but their goal seems to be keeping figure costs low. The part that perplexes me, however, is why Hasbro toys AND Takara toys are both scaled down. Hasbro cuts costs, so the figures are smaller. I guess Takara sells the exact same toys, because their prices haven't gone down to reflect the smaller size (which strikes me as Takara free-riding the cost-cutting tactics Hasbro initiated). Essentially, I see both Hasbro and Takara releases as virtually identical, and have no noticed any significant differences (paint job is superficial to me, so if a toy is engineered/designed badly, I don't expect one company to fix the problem).