Banjo-Tron wrote:Feel free to berate me/ignore this or anything else but this is why I dislike them quite so much.
I like civil discussion, so let's see what I can add here.
Banjo-Tron wrote:It starts with the name. iGear. A terrible, derivative name which grabs onto Apple's coat tails and somehow seeks to be associated with the qualitative, innovative output of that company. It's fitting that a company with a penchant for ripping things off would go down this road. Contrast this with FansProject, which at least evokes that we're all in this together, even if it isn't true.
That's fine about your dislike of the name. The "i" products are popular and there are other companies out there using the same "i" infringement. To me, it really doesn't matter but if indeed they did seek this name to inspire a sense of innovation, it's better than calling themselves "McGear" or something that would not give the customer a sense of satisfaction. And you even bring up FansProject but immediately invalidate your stance by saying they aren't really fan-directed. So, what's in a name?
Banjo-Tron wrote:Then there is their penchant for KOing and downsizing HasTak moulds. Why be original when you can let someone else do the hard work for you, then simply modify certain parts as per the original design spec like the seekers? It looks like their Impactor (if it ever sees the light of day) is heavily knocked off (or should I say 'inspired' (to use the parlance of iGear apologists) from Generations Warpath. And the daft names they give these chimeras like 'Faith Leader'. Do me a favour. Can they be any more pretentious about creating their knockoffs? Some KOs have a certain charm, like the ones with mad colour schemes and generic names like 'flying attack robot drone atom smasher', perhaps with some mis-spelling somewhere. I have more respect for these guys than the hacks at iGear. And their end product is probably higher quality.
So far, they've only downsized MP-01 (even though there were talks of doing the same for Megatron). Seeker mold also KO'ed and modified, but to great reward. The Coneheads are an awesome product and definitely helped solidify my shelf! My only complaint (which seems to be indicative of the company as a whole) are a lack of paint apps. Yes, they do have paint, but there's definitely room to add a bit more. I also don't worry about the names of figures. The whole point is to not call the figure by its inspiration (ie- copyrighted) name. Other companies tackle this in various manners, so it's not like iGear is alone. I don't say "see Elegy over there next to Starscream? He really makes my display shelf pop." I call him Dirge and no one complains about it.
Talking about the cheap KOs (the brightly colored ones you find at the dollar stores, flea markets, etc): the materials used are much worse than what iGear offers. Very thin, light can pierce through some of it. Blah, but you do get what you pay for in those products.
Banjo-Tron wrote:Everything they release seems to come out a year later than planned, if at all.
See - other 3Ps do this as well. I guess the big difference is that iGear offers their products directly and in preorders with set dates that they don't meet. Other companies would probably fall victim to the same issue if they also offered directly. I'm not sure who out there can strictly adhere to potential release dates. Some products we've heard or known about for YEARS by other companies and still haven't released yet.
Banjo-Tron wrote:They made the incredibly cheap move of upscaling all of their decentish scout sized Minibot modes to rake an a bit more cash for their tat. Actually, not all of them, they neglected to do the same for Huffer and Seaspray meaning that everyone who has already purchased these will have to purchase them again when iGear inevitably upsacle and re-release these 2 as 'limited edition' for $100
iGear listened to the fans when they made the change mid-stream for their mini-bot line. I'm not sure what they plan to do with future upscaled versions of either Rager or Spray, but now they definitely do not fit in with any future releases. Strange business plan, but for better or worse they are moving on. With the knowledge that the sizing change happened AFTER releasing the first two figures, it seems that an upscale was needed for the next two with minimal to no changes to the mold in order to keep up with releasing more figures. Maybe Rager and Spray will get significant changes in their upscaled molds, but I agree with iGear releasing the other figures instead of halting production to release those two first - I mean, didn't I *just* buy these guys? Now I don't feel so bad supporting MakeToys' releases (if ever they come out).
Banjo-Tron wrote:Their Packaging and all other print materials are the absolute worst of any of the 'main players'. It is crap and 'basic' is probably too kind a description.
I disagree, the recent releases have sturdy materials, nice pictures and descriptions printed. What more are you looking for in packaging, front window style?
Banjo-Tron wrote:The quality of plastic used on them is also terrible when compared with FansProject, TFC, Maketoys, Perfect Effect etc. Yet they still charge the same premium as the other guys who deserve it so much more.
I'm not an expert in plastic quality but I don't feel like the materials used in iGear's products are terrible (see my earlier comment about the KO toys). The plastic is very durable, I would even say that their Coneheads line has similar plastic quality to the Hasbro/Takara releases. There were issues with the Faith Leader line, which had some corrections in the second batch. The mini-bot line also has sturdy plastic. Is the better quality plastic a big factor in pricing when compared to KOs, I'm not sure. But I never feel like I'm buying a $5/10 toy from iGear (except maybe the mini-bot line, either new or old scale).
They did NOT make Delicate warrior. Everyone pretty much likes this figure, and most call it 'iGear Arcee'. It has nothing to do with iGear. They were one of many distributors who carried the toy. If iGear had
designed this figure, the quality of the plastic would be even worse and the box would have been an old shoebox with a hastily-scribbled iGear logo adorned to it. Credit where it is due, and in this case it is M&G Toys (although they pretty much ripped it off of Impossible Toys
I don't blame iGear for this. I don't think they've ever claimed it is theirs, but the product is no longer offered on their site so I can't fact check. I believe the fandom and/or other e-tailers lump the product as iGear's because iGear was distributing it.
Overall, I think you're just gripping about things just to vent. I do it occasionally, as well as others here. Pricing issues are a hot-button issue as we all realize we're paying more than "retail" and would like pricing closer to Hasbro/Takara - but due to economies of scale, just isn't possible. Could iGear's practices stand a little more quality, sure. Could most 3Ps do better at the onset of development, announcements, and actual delivery of product - absolutely! But none of what you mention above should substantiate hatred of the company.