Anywho, seems to me OP wasn't really opining (see whut I did thar?) about peer pressure, per se.
Yeah, I admit it wasn't quite the right turn of phrase, but I couldn't think of a better way to put it.
Well, tough rocks pal. I don't have 1/10 the amount of figures Duque has, but I don't go getting my panties in a bunch and being all like "could you not post those pics please...makes my epeen feel real small..." When I see people who have rare and/or expensive bots (especially those few around here who have the entire MP line), I ignore that giant Big Gulp of Hatorade and realize that, either they have made sacrifices in their lives to be able to afford it, or they have made good decisions and worked hard in life so the don't need to sacrifice.
You're totally misreading what I'm saying. I have never asked anyone to stop posting anything and never would. If I feel jealous the impetus is up to me to back away. And I already said that I understand that other people worked hard to be in that position and that no criticism is levied against them.
I feel almost NO competition around here at all...and I have NEVER read a post by someone and gotten the inclination that they were being haughty or snobbish, rubbing some new acquisition in the forum community's faces. Admittedly, there is a little bit of a "bragging" undertone occasionally...but I mostly attribute that to excitement brought on by "shiny new toy" syndrome than anything else.
Agreed. I have never encountered a bragger and I don't really want to.
1. In the series, the characters basically sucked anyways. All three were the Keanu Reeves of the TF universe.
I have to disagree with this. The Rebirth is a fantastic story, partly because of the epic feel that the escalation of giant
giant robots brought to the scene. Neither of the giant robots are especially well characterized but then it is a 3-part 80s cartoon that introduced a good 50 or so characters.
The Japanese cartoon? Both of the above giants have amazing characterization with Fortress as a far more pragmatic and uncompromising leader than previous Primes and Scorponok manipulating and deceiving everyone.
The Marvel comic? I admit I don't like the Spike/Max characterization but the Scorponok/Zarak contrast is great.
2. The toys Sucked also...thats right, with a capitol S. The originals were big, bulky, had crappy articulation/posability, the transformations mostly sucked (I am looking at YOU, tripticon!), and they broke more often than not.
Of course they were big and bulky! That was the point! Who the hell wants a city that isn't big enough to hold their other figures. And yes, they weren't articulated, but that's like criticizing the SNES for not having 3D games; it was the norm at the time and the technology wouldn't allow for it. Even today too much articulation would be counterproductive on a figure that huge. I admit that those are relevant factors now, but sometimes nostalgia is more important than gimmickery. As (I assume) a toy collector you must understand that.
And I have never heard of cityformers being any more breakable than their smaller brethren. Maybe you were too rough on them?
3. I am intelligent enough to understand that, in this case, these companies are not pricing a toy based on the value of the actual merchandise, cost of production, etc. Fort Max is basically half a dozen square blocks of plastic that stick together and rotate around a little...how much production cost could that be? I could design him on Shapeway. The reason these people are charging $350 for him is because they are trying to sell nostalgia...and I find it insulting that a company would put out a chitty product with a ridiculous price tag because they assume I am an emotional sucker.
You don't seem to know what you're talking about at all here. Currently Fort Max is $330 on BBTS. That figure includes the markup that BBTS makes their profits on, AND the cost of shipping and importing such a large item in large quantities when they could be making a bigger mark up on tiny items like Revoltech. Then there's the strength of the yen compared to the dollar. Add that to the fact that this is a collectors' item, not a toy, and the amount produced will be far lower accordingly. When a Deluxe class figure sells at Botcon for $50 you should understand how expensive a smaller run is. Don't forget that in Japan living space is at a premium so buying a figure this size will be very daunting for a lot of people; the price reflects that risk. And finally the original Fort Max was produced at a time when petroleum was more plentiful and the toy industry was at its absolute strongest and it still cost $100 in MID-EIGHTIES' money.