Dr. Heavy B wrote:WHY CAN'T HASBRO DO THIS. there combiners are five guys, made from three molds, and they don't even have elbows
Because Hasbro has to build toys to a specific price-point.
If this thing hit Walmart or Toy R Us with its $600.00 price tag no one would buy it. Hell, most stores probably wouldn't even wanna stock it since it is so far outside the price range most consumers will pay for a toy.
When you are building a toy to a particular price point you need to make sure you don't over-invest in designing and manufacturing the toy so that the toy remains profitable to sell. 3rd parties have less constraints in this regard, especially if said 3rd party don't have a whole lot of overhead costs such as labor, facilities, etc to worry about.
tfc and hasbro produce on a different scale. if hasbro was to produce this devi...they would find ways to cut cost. and since hasbro would be mass producing this figure it would cost exceptionally less. since tfc is only making limited quantities....they gotta jack the price up(or the retailers jacking them up.....BBTS lookin at you).
and i dont wanna hear crap about over investing in design and manufacturing.....they have been doing this for over 20 years. they had some great toys in the RID, energon, cybertron series. even some good looking combiners(omega prime, jetwing prime, landfill, railracer). it just seems like they are willing to sacrafice quality for quantity nowadays since the company has gotten so big with movieverse......but i guess it comes with the territory. rant/