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CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade

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Saturday, February 11th, 2012 1:22PM CST

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CrazyDevy has revealed their newest Devastator related creation: CDMW-28 Hercules Power Parts. This extremely G1 head replaces the massive noggin on your TFC Hercules combiner. It features an LED lit visor and can be fully hidden inside of Dr. Crank's body. The item is up for preorder at CrazyDevy.com

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Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345766)
Posted by bfett88 on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:38pm CST
This is epic news!!!!!
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345767)
Posted by cyberzoid13 on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:38pm CST
so is this gonna cost a fortune,as all other crazy devy stuff normaly does?
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345768)
Posted by GetRightRobot on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:40pm CST
cyberzoid13 wrote:so is this gonna cost a fortune,as all other crazy devy stuff normaly does?



$21.95. Not too terrible considering it is a BIG head with LED
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345770)
Posted by 1111111222233333 on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:45pm CST
EPICCC (three c's to convey just how epic it is)

Now I really want Hercules.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345771)
Posted by Fistful of Energon on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:46pm CST
I knew these were coming eventually. I want it but it looks rather small :-?
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345775)
Posted by Counterpunch on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:49pm CST
Looks mad-shitty on Herc. >:oP
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345776)
Posted by Slip?Stream on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:49pm CST
Easy pass. Never liked the shape of the G1 head at all.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345779)
Posted by Mkall on February 11th, 2012 @ 1:53pm CST
I'm happy with the head he's got.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345787)
Posted by AutobotCliffjumper on February 11th, 2012 @ 2:02pm CST
Meh, the Hercules head looks so good on it already....this piece just seems to fall by the wayside. Seems a bit too small and something about it just doesn't sit well with me.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345792)
Posted by Motorthing on February 11th, 2012 @ 2:06pm CST
Not necessary.

Anyway wont someone else come along with another one in a month that's the right size and costs like $10 less.......? :lol:
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345800)
Posted by necr0blivion on February 11th, 2012 @ 2:13pm CST
Same head model they used for G1 Devy, but I really don't need Hercules to look like that. I'll pass on this one.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345803)
Posted by Dead Metal on February 11th, 2012 @ 2:13pm CST
This looks more like a downgrade than an upgrade.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345818)
Posted by cannonfodder4000 on February 11th, 2012 @ 2:40pm CST
This isn't 100% on topic but like, anyone know how this costs half as much as the Predaking head they did? I mean, both these heads should be about the same size, both have LEDs, but the Predaking head's a helmet, it's hollow from the inside, so if anything it should be cheaper! :oops:
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345825)
Posted by GetRightRobot on February 11th, 2012 @ 2:51pm CST
cannonfodder4000 wrote:This isn't 100% on topic but like, anyone know how this costs half as much as the Predaking head they did? I mean, both these heads should be about the same size, both have LEDs, but the Predaking head's a helmet, it's hollow from the inside, so if anything it should be cheaper! :oops:



I belive we are witnessing the reaction to lessons learned. CD hit a home run with the power parts for G1 Devastator, but since then, most of their products are aesthetic only. No added function like the Devy thighs. My guess is some of their products did not sell as they aniticipated and are now adjusting their prices. Humble pie.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345838)
Posted by Solrac333 on February 11th, 2012 @ 3:20pm CST
Don't need this. I'm fine with mine as is.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345839)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on February 11th, 2012 @ 3:24pm CST
Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in!!

After their crazy G1 Devy ride (that wound up being useless thanks to Herc and Giant) I'm almost loath to give them more of my money. But ... this is exactly how I think Devestator's head should be.

Maybe I'll wait a bit and see if someone else offers another option.

Edit: Actually, looking at it, why isnb't it on that bar Herc's head site on? I notice Dr. Crank isn't tabbed in where the "neck" should be ... maybe it isn't very compatable with Herc after all...
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345840)
Posted by Nemesis Destron on February 11th, 2012 @ 3:29pm CST
This don't surprise me one bit, next is a more G1 accurate rifle. :)) :VEHI:
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345855)
Posted by Sodan-1 on February 11th, 2012 @ 3:59pm CST
Dead Metal wrote:This looks more like a downgrade than an upgrade.


TESTIFY!!!
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345868)
Posted by eyl on February 11th, 2012 @ 5:06pm CST
If it was the same TFC style head but with a light up visor, then I will buy it. >:oP
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345869)
Posted by bfett88 on February 11th, 2012 @ 5:07pm CST
The price seems fair and I think the size looks perfect. Everyone wanted a more G1 accurate head, and here it is. Why so much complaining?
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1345882)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on February 11th, 2012 @ 6:03pm CST
bfett88 wrote:The price seems fair and I think the size looks perfect. Everyone wanted a more G1 accurate head, and here it is. Why so much complaining?


I kinda feel ripped off afetr staying with them on their G1 upgrades.

Plus, take a good look at the picture. The heads doesn't sit where the regular head site; it sits where the "arm" is supposed to sit.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346000)
Posted by Rated X on February 11th, 2012 @ 8:58pm CST
I really got to bring up a couple of points to the haters...

It doesnt get any more G1 cartoon than this. The current Hercules head sucks. Now you get a chance to own a head that is cartoon accurate. Whats the problem ??? If it was too big, it wouldnt fit inside Dr. Crank, now would it ??? And if it is too small, whats wrong with getting a little head ??? =P~

I have never bought a Crazydevy product before, but this will be my first. After spending $600, whats another $25 ??? Nobody who owns Hercules should be complaining about the price of this head. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346125)
Posted by cannonfodder4000 on February 12th, 2012 @ 12:59am CST
Rated X wrote: Nobody who owns Hercules should be complaining about the price of this head. :BANG_HEAD:


Seconded, you just cannot say that $20 for a Supreme sized head (With light up eyes!) is too much when you paid $600 for a Supreme sized figure, and if you didn't buy the $600 figure, then just ignore this!

Also.

Rated X wrote:if it is too small, whats wrong with getting a little head ??? =P~


Well played. :lol:
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346176)
Posted by joesaysso on February 12th, 2012 @ 7:14am CST
Ok, so lets get this straight........3rd parties are now "upgrading" other 3rd parties' products? And this isn't a joke? I'm speechless. I don't know whether to laugh out loud or tremble in fear of where the 3rd party market is going to end up. When's the $1000 3rd party Fort Max coming out? And then the $200 Crazy Devy Head-Master upgrade follow up?
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346197)
Posted by joevill on February 12th, 2012 @ 8:58am CST
Yay! At least it is not an add-on for an add-on. Even if I had Hercules I would not get it. After my recent experience with Crazy Devy's parts I refuse to buy anymore of their products.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346219)
Posted by Rated X on February 12th, 2012 @ 10:28am CST
joesaysso wrote:Ok, so lets get this straight........3rd parties are now "upgrading" other 3rd parties' products? And this isn't a joke? I'm speechless. I don't know whether to laugh out loud or tremble in fear of where the 3rd party market is going to end up. When's the $1000 3rd party Fort Max coming out? And then the $200 Crazy Devy Head-Master upgrade follow up?



This is actually more like a 3rd party "fix" than an upgrade. TFC went all out with a fairly cartoon accurate Neo Devastator. But some rocket scientist at TFC decided to give him a more toy accurate head. This new head gives the fans what we really wanted to begin with. Not some cheap clip on visor. Hopefully more will follow such as:

KO purple Mixmaster barrel

Toy accurate guns for the individual bots (cartoon accurate guns would all look the same)

Toy accurate Devastator gun with the bananna clip (last on my list, but would be cool)
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346221)
Posted by Rated X on February 12th, 2012 @ 10:32am CST
joevill wrote:Yay! At least it is not an add-on for an add-on. Even if I had Hercules I would not get it. After my recent experience with Crazy Devy's parts I refuse to buy anymore of their products.



Share your experience with us, my brother...

(unless it's the Predaking wings destroying your Divebomb cause we all know about that one)
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346230)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on February 12th, 2012 @ 10:48am CST
I WAS all over this until I noticed it site way too far back in their promo photo. Screw that. I want a toon accurate visored head, but I want it to be as perfect as possible. Getting that, but having it sit at the back of "Hook" is just trading one problem for another. So, until I see a review showing me that this can sit on "Hook's" ball joint AND work, I won't pick it up.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346263)
Posted by Rated X on February 12th, 2012 @ 12:07pm CST
Gauntlet101010 wrote:I WAS all over this until I noticed it site way too far back in their promo photo. Screw that. I want a toon accurate visored head, but I want it to be as perfect as possible. Getting that, but having it sit at the back of "Hook" is just trading one problem for another. So, until I see a review showing me that this can sit on "Hook's" ball joint AND work, I won't pick it up.



The picture looks decieving, but the narrative clearly states "can be fully hidden inside of Dr. Crank's body". You cant fit the new head without removing the old one right ? So obviously the new head attaches to Dr. Crank. We can only speculate if they included new joint system to attach it. But I cant see why they would waste money to create a new joint system when they could just KO the old one or just give us the head which fits the current ball joint. I bet if they created a new joint system the price would be $40. So Im guessing this photo is an early test shot without the head being attached. Just my take on it.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346264)
Posted by Mkall on February 12th, 2012 @ 12:07pm CST
Rated X wrote:It doesnt get any more G1 cartoon than this.

I hated the G1 head

Rated X wrote:The current Hercules head sucks.

Not to me. It matches the asthetics perfectly.

Rated X wrote:Now you get a chance to own a head that is cartoon accurate. Whats the problem ???

The fact that it's cartoon accurate is the problem.

Rated X wrote:And if it is too small, whats wrong with getting a little head ??? =P~

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Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346270)
Posted by donnie_707 on February 12th, 2012 @ 12:33pm CST
i like hercs head just the way it is. think i will pass on this head.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346272)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on February 12th, 2012 @ 12:41pm CST
Rated X wrote:
Gauntlet101010 wrote:I WAS all over this until I noticed it site way too far back in their promo photo. Screw that. I want a toon accurate visored head, but I want it to be as perfect as possible. Getting that, but having it sit at the back of "Hook" is just trading one problem for another. So, until I see a review showing me that this can sit on "Hook's" ball joint AND work, I won't pick it up.



The picture looks decieving, but the narrative clearly states "can be fully hidden inside of Dr. Crank's body". You cant fit the new head without removing the old one right ? So obviously the new head attaches to Dr. Crank. We can only speculate if they included new joint system to attach it. But I cant see why they would waste money to create a new joint system when they could just KO the old one or just give us the head which fits the current ball joint. I bet if they created a new joint system the price would be $40. So Im guessing this photo is an early test shot without the head being attached. Just my take on it.

That's what they say, but not what they show. With these guys I'll wait until I actually see this in action. I want a G1 toon head, but I want one that goes in the right place.

I also have to admit that their take on Devy's head takes a bit of getting used to. Not the G1 toon look, but more like the look of the chin and the flat surfaces. I'd actually be extatic if someone took the existing head and merely repainted it so it's "bald" (like the G1 toon), take away the center forehead crest, and gave it a visor, all with clear plastic in the right places.

With their stuff, I REALLY want to see the whole finished deal before taking the plunge. They don't exactly give you a good idea of context.

I was actually hoping Renderform would have taken on Devy's head. That guy does great work.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346276)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on February 12th, 2012 @ 12:51pm CST
Counterpunch wrote:Looks mad-shitty on Herc. >:oP


Ageed. Easy pass.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346315)
Posted by Dead Metal on February 12th, 2012 @ 1:42pm CST
The more I look at it, the more I believe this is just an inflated version of their G1 Dev head, with the same amount of detail. It also fits this body about as good as Animated Arcee fits in with g1 toys.

I would wait for someone else to announce a cooler head, one that looks like the toon, just more updated like the rest of Herc.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346430)
Posted by Rated X on February 12th, 2012 @ 5:38pm CST
LOL you dudes trip me out. :lol:

Tell you what, Ill take one for the team and post pics up on a thread. Hopefully all this talk of the head being "too far back" is just over-reacting over a bad test shot.

And I love the caroon accurate head. It makes Devi look big, strong, and dumb which is what I want. The TFC head makes him look too smart. Almost like if he is going to say more than 3 words in one sentence. No thanks...
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346457)
Posted by Sodan-1 on February 12th, 2012 @ 6:43pm CST
Mkall wrote:
Rated X wrote:It doesnt get any more G1 cartoon than this.

I hated the G1 head

Rated X wrote:The current Hercules head sucks.

Not to me. It matches the asthetics perfectly.

Rated X wrote:Now you get a chance to own a head that is cartoon accurate. Whats the problem ???

The fact that it's cartoon accurate is the problem.

Rated X wrote:And if it is too small, whats wrong with getting a little head ??? =P~

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I'll second ALL of that.

Rated X wrote:This is actually more like a 3rd party "fix" than an upgrade. TFC went all out with a fairly cartoon accurate Neo Devastator.


It's not like the rest of him is taken straight out of the cartoon: digger and crane kibble, green mixing drum and the fact Exgraver's and Neck Breaker's treads become the forearms are all contrary to the animation. But people get hung up on the lack of visor even though he was without it half the time anyway. THAT makes no sense.

Rated X wrote:This new head gives the fans what we really wanted to begin with.


Apparently not all of us....
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346508)
Posted by Rated X on February 12th, 2012 @ 8:59pm CST
Gotta disagree with all of you guys. I havent even built Hercules yet (waiting for video tutorial on Heavy Labor hip installation) and Im ready for a cartoon accurate head !!!

I guess if you guys like your Devi looking all smart and educated, the TFC head is for you. I like that "big dumb gorilla" look the cartoon head employs. Devastator is a robot of few words.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346555)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on February 12th, 2012 @ 11:21pm CST
Hey, I want a toon accurate head too, but ... I want to spend my money on QUALITY. I'm not ready to buy from Crazy Devy on faith this time. Especially not with such a glaringly obvuious flag in their own promo picture.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346633)
Posted by joesaysso on February 13th, 2012 @ 7:22am CST
Rated X wrote:This is actually more like a 3rd party "fix" than an upgrade. TFC went all out with a fairly cartoon accurate Neo Devastator. But some rocket scientist at TFC decided to give him a more toy accurate head. This new head gives the fans what we really wanted to begin with. Not some cheap clip on visor. Hopefully more will follow such as:

KO purple Mixmaster barrel

Toy accurate guns for the individual bots (cartoon accurate guns would all look the same)

Toy accurate Devastator gun with the bananna clip (last on my list, but would be cool)


You know, your statement actually is a real good display of the current sad state of affairs that is the 3rd party market and the collector's thought process.

When pics of Herc were released, I was disappointed with the garbage head he came with along with some of the color flaws, such as his not purple mixing barrel and the general over-use of black. With the hefty price tag, I decided that the flaws, while admittedly minor, were a deal breaker. Because for 600 bucks, the figure should be perfect. That price tag represents a small investment.

But you, by your own words, and I'm sure many, many others, happily gave away $600 of your money for a figure that, while awesome, you weren't 100% satisfied with. Simply because you are a "collector" and this figure was a "must-have." Thusly, by spending the money, you gave a pass to the company for their outlandish pricing and poor QC process. And by spending even more money with additional 3rd party "fixes", you give a pass for the first company for not getting it quite right the first time and opening the door for more 3rd party profit with the upgrades.

Now, I'm not telling anybody how to spend their money. If you've got the cash to spend then so be it. I've made my choices on 3rd party products and I have no regrets. My point is that the 3rd party market is so broken right now and the collectors are making it worse. Because they are feeding into the overgrown monster.

Collectors justify the existence of 3rd party by saying that it gives collectors what they want, that they know they won't get from Has/Tak. Fine. And I say that the 3rd parties are screwing you and collectors are happily bending over for it.

I mean c'mon man! You just spent 600 bucks on a figure that needed "fixes" and your happily getting back in line to dump even more money into that same figure. Wake up! You got screwed over. Some of the collectors are just as out of control as the 3rd party to makers.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346653)
Posted by bfett88 on February 13th, 2012 @ 9:00am CST
joesaysso wrote:
Rated X wrote:This is actually more like a 3rd party "fix" than an upgrade. TFC went all out with a fairly cartoon accurate Neo Devastator. But some rocket scientist at TFC decided to give him a more toy accurate head. This new head gives the fans what we really wanted to begin with. Not some cheap clip on visor. Hopefully more will follow such as:

KO purple Mixmaster barrel

Toy accurate guns for the individual bots (cartoon accurate guns would all look the same)

Toy accurate Devastator gun with the bananna clip (last on my list, but would be cool)


You know, your statement actually is a real good display of the current sad state of affairs that is the 3rd party market and the collector's thought process.

When pics of Herc were released, I was disappointed with the garbage head he came with along with some of the color flaws, such as his not purple mixing barrel and the general over-use of black. With the hefty price tag, I decided that the flaws, while admittedly minor, were a deal breaker. Because for 600 bucks, the figure should be perfect. That price tag represents a small investment.

But you, by your own words, and I'm sure many, many others, happily gave away $600 of your money for a figure that, while awesome, you weren't 100% satisfied with. Simply because you are a "collector" and this figure was a "must-have." Thusly, by spending the money, you gave a pass to the company for their outlandish pricing and poor QC process. And by spending even more money with additional 3rd party "fixes", you give a pass for the first company for not getting it quite right the first time and opening the door for more 3rd party profit with the upgrades.

Now, I'm not telling anybody how to spend their money. If you've got the cash to spend then so be it. I've made my choices on 3rd party products and I have no regrets. My point is that the 3rd party market is so broken right now and the collectors are making it worse. Because they are feeding into the overgrown monster.

Collectors justify the existence of 3rd party by saying that it gives collectors what they want, that they know they won't get from Has/Tak. Fine. And I say that the 3rd parties are screwing you and collectors are happily bending over for it.

I mean c'mon man! You just spent 600 bucks on a figure that needed "fixes" and your happily getting back in line to dump even more money into that same figure. Wake up! You got screwed over. Some of the collectors are just as out of control as the 3rd party to makers.


Why so much hate?

First I feel that Herc is perfect the way it is. However I feel a new head is not a fix it is just an addition. The head gives it two very different looks. Herc is the centerpiece of my collection and is amazing in person. Also $100 a figure seems to be the standard now. Look at the new RC coming out or the new Megatron. For $600 you get 6 amazing figures. These are somthing Hasbro will never give collectors. They had thier opprotunity with Bruticus and the Fansproject version is still far superior. Hasbro just doesn't care, and about the QC issues??? Honestly not that big of a deal because TFC was awsome to give replacement parts.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346657)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on February 13th, 2012 @ 9:10am CST
I don't think it's fair to say Hasbro doesn't care. But they operate under different rules than the 3rd party guys.

I do appreciate J's point, though. I mean, $600 is a LOT of scratch to pony up for a figure you're not happy with and we're being charged $100s of dollars for figures we're not 100% on. I mean ... there's a LOT of $100 3rd party figures out there.

Of course, I think there's only one 3rd party figure I've ever actually regretted buying in that price range. (Valkyrie; overpaid at a con ... humbug!)

That said though, there are few things in life that are TOTALLY perfect. Even the best product has it's flaws.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1346957)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on February 13th, 2012 @ 8:35pm CST
Rated X wrote:I really got to bring up a couple of points to the haters...

It doesnt get any more G1 cartoon than this. The current Hercules head sucks. Now you get a chance to own a head that is cartoon accurate. Whats the problem ??? If it was too big, it wouldnt fit inside Dr. Crank, now would it ??? And if it is too small, whats wrong with getting a little head ??? =P~

I have never bought a Crazydevy product before, but this will be my first. After spending $600, whats another $25 ??? Nobody who owns Hercules should be complaining about the price of this head. :BANG_HEAD:

As Mkall stated... I also hated the G1 head. I'm fine with Hercules and don't want to spend more money on something that doesn't need fixing either, and it's overpriced anyway.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347286)
Posted by joesaysso on February 14th, 2012 @ 1:50pm CST
bfett88 wrote:
Why so much hate?

First I feel that Herc is perfect the way it is. However I feel a new head is not a fix it is just an addition. The head gives it two very different looks. Herc is the centerpiece of my collection and is amazing in person. Also $100 a figure seems to be the standard now. Look at the new RC coming out or the new Megatron. For $600 you get 6 amazing figures. These are somthing Hasbro will never give collectors. They had thier opprotunity with Bruticus and the Fansproject version is still far superior. Hasbro just doesn't care, and about the QC issues??? Honestly not that big of a deal because TFC was awsome to give replacement parts.


Its not hate. I didn't spend my money so I have nothing to be upset about. I'll call it awareness.

I'm aware of the fact that for $600, it should have come with the right head. Hell, really it should have come with two heads so you can choose which you want to display. I'm aware of the fact that I would be upset that I had to pay additional money to make my $600 investment the figure that I want it to be.

I'm aware that the $100 standard that you mention (and I agree it does seem to be the standard these days) is too high. I personally don't care for it and I don't partake. But that only became the standard because collector's happily shelled out their cash ever single time. But while there is probably 1000 people on this board who will agree that $100 for a voyager sized figure is too high, 95% of those people will still shell out the money.

And the QC issues that TFC was awesome enough to give replacement parts for....Again, it didn't partake in these figures so I am only speaking from hear-say and not experience, but as I understand it, they didn't give anything, you had to spend the extra $100 for the next figure in the line to get the parts that you needed. That doesn't sound like an awesome way of handling it to me. Where I would be furious, you called them awesome.

I'm not trying to be a hater nor am I trying to kill the buzz of the lastest centerpiece of anybody's collection. Quite frankly, if you spent the $600 on the figure, I wish that you'd be simply happy and overjoyed when the figure finally showed up. But the mere existence of a 3rd party upgrade/fix to another 3rd party figure and the reception that its getting suggests otherwise.

As a collector myself, I would think that this sequence of events would upset a lot of other collectors. But what I am seeing, especially when it comes to the 3rd party market is a "bend over and happily take it" attitude from the collector masses.

My personal feelings are that collectors are not getting their money's worth from the 3rd party market. Sure, there is some pretty awesome figures that are out, but at inflated prices. And those inflated prices drop the value of the overall package. I look at my shelf right now and see that for the price of my TRU MP Grimlock, you could not get any of your unofficial constructicons. I look at my RTS Cyclonus and wonder if voyager sized 3rd party Megatron is going to be $80 worth better than him. I highly doubt it.

Yet, there is already a line to pre-order the thing. $100 for the figure, $15-$20 for shipping, and what another $7-$10 for the reprolabels? C'mon, thats ridiculous. But it will sell, in abundance. And the next time the company wants to do another "favorite" transformer they can charge a little bit more for it. And the collectors will keep paying it. How much for a G1 accurate Shockwave? $120? Where's the limit?

Don't think it happens that way? Guess again, it already has. Warbot defender was $80 when it was released. Even back then I thought that price was stupid given how ugly that figure is. Look at Crazy Devy. They set the 3rd party world on fire with the first release of their Devy upgrades. And with each subsequent release, you got a little bit less product for a little bit more money.

As a collector, I'm upset abot these things but clearly I am the minority. Thats fine I guess, I'd rather have my money. But I promise, the 3rd party market will get worse before it gets better if the collectors continue to suck up all of the crap that it offers.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347293)
Posted by metaphorge on February 14th, 2012 @ 2:00pm CST
If third parties want to make commercially available upgrades and accessories for Hercules, they should start with something like thedreaded1's shoulder extensions, forearms and drill attachment (which allow Exgraver and Neckbreaker to be attached with their vehicle modes mostly intact, more closely mimicking the G1 toy's silhouette):
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As a matter of fact, they should contact him and offer to mass produce his design so it can be had without having to resort to Shapeways.

As far as heads go, I really like TFC's head, but I can see why someone might want a more cartoonesque head, especially if it's what comes to mind when they think of the character. (As for myself, when I think of Dev I think of the toy, not the animation model, so I think Hercules did "come with the right head".)

joesaysso wrote:My personal feelings are that collectors are not getting their money's worth from the 3rd party market. Sure, there is some pretty awesome figures that are out, but at inflated prices. And those inflated prices drop the value of the overall package.


It's all a matter of economy of scale. Lower production runs mean a higher price per unit, and at this point I'd rather pay more for a smaller number of products that are geared towards my taste and that are actually easy to buy than have to accept inferior products with spotty distribution compromised by the economic needs of American big-box retailers. Hasbro's managed to do an amazing job of sneaking excellent updated versions of obscure characters into the vast sea of Bumblebees and Bayformers that clog WalMarts, but they can't do so in all cases; this limit has been made glaringly obvious by the neon coloured disaster that is FOC Bruticus. (And let's face it, the escalating costs of petroleum and labor mean the inexpensive retail action figure is an endangered species in any case.)

I just got done paying $50-$80 a pop for Prime First Edition Voyagers; that's not that far off from the cost of a Herc component.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347309)
Posted by bfett88 on February 14th, 2012 @ 2:18pm CST
I personally feel that the third party companies would no exist if Hasbro had any idea what they were doing. They hardly ever give collectors what they really want. However their Star Wars division knows how to give their fans what they want. I have no issue paying $100 for a quality third party figure if it is something I want. Hercules is an amazing figure in person. I have no regrets spending the $600 on it because it is so amazing. In the end I would rather spend money on something that makes me happy. You can't take the money with you when you die :). I would like an amazing Devestator that I will have until the day I die instead of an extra $600.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347319)
Posted by metaphorge on February 14th, 2012 @ 2:29pm CST
bfett88 wrote:I personally feel that the third party companies would no exist if Hasbro had any idea what they were doing. They hardly ever give collectors what they really want. However their Star Wars division knows how to give their fans what they want.

I think it's more a matter of the high-end Transformers market being small change to a behemoth like Hasbro than anything else. I figure what will eventually happen is that they'll subcontract to a niche maker, like they did with Sideshow Collectobles for Star Wars and G.I. Joe (through which every figure presently runs $100-$180), though the situation with Takara Tomy makes that a bit more complicated.

bfett88 wrote:I have no issue paying $100 for a quality third party figure if it is something I want. Hercules is an amazing figure in person. I have no regrets spending the $600 on it because it is so amazing. In the end I would rather spend money on something that makes me happy. You can't take the money with you when you die :). I would like an amazing Devestator that I will have until the day I die instead of an extra $600.


Fully agreed. We're kind of digressing from Crazydevy's kind-of-crappy head upgrade, though.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347330)
Posted by Dead Metal on February 14th, 2012 @ 2:38pm CST
joesaysso wrote:Its not hate. I didn't spend my money so I have nothing to be upset about. I'll call it awareness.

I'm aware of the fact that for $600, it should have come with the right head. Hell, really it should have come with two heads so you can choose which you want to display. I'm aware of the fact that I would be upset that I had to pay additional money to make my $600 investment the figure that I want it to be.

Personal taste, there have always been extras and upgrades to figures, some seem really really pointless and stupid. But the thing is, had they gone with the toon accurate head, someone would have made a toy accurate head to please those who preferred that.
Also part of the thing behind Herc is the fact that all parts are integrated into the figures themselves, even the removable kibble can be stored in the different modes of the alt-mode, had they made two different heads, there would have been a loose piece flying about.

And the QC issues that TFC was awesome enough to give replacement parts for....Again, it didn't partake in these figures so I am only speaking from hear-say and not experience, but as I understand it, they didn't give anything, you had to spend the extra $100 for the next figure in the line to get the parts that you needed. That doesn't sound like an awesome way of handling it to me. Where I would be furious, you called them awesome.

how is that a bad thing? I mean if you start collecting the pieces to have Hercules, you'll buy all the pieces and not just a few. So you would have spent that extra 100 for the next figure anyway. You didn't have to spend more on top of what you would have spent in the first place.
It's just more economic and convenient that way.
I'm not trying to be a hater nor am I trying to kill the buzz of the lastest centerpiece of anybody's collection. Quite frankly, if you spent the $600 on the figure, I wish that you'd be simply happy and overjoyed when the figure finally showed up. But the mere existence of a 3rd party upgrade/fix to another 3rd party figure and the reception that its getting suggests otherwise.

Again, someone would have made an upgrade for this anyway. Just look at all the unnecessary and mostly pointless "upgrades" for City Commander.
And I would hardly call this ugly thing a fix.
As a collector myself, I would think that this sequence of events would upset a lot of other collectors. But what I am seeing, especially when it comes to the 3rd party market is a "bend over and happily take it" attitude from the collector masses.

No not really, you have the choice of buying this, Make Toys Giant, or the original G1 with either the Crazy Devy, the X-Transbots, or the Junkion blacksmith upgrade, or those upgrades and the recent Encore reissue, or heck none at all.

You also don't have to buy this stupid head either, it's not done by TFC, it wasn't their idea to make it.
My personal feelings are that collectors are not getting their money's worth from the 3rd party market. Sure, there is some pretty awesome figures that are out, but at inflated prices. And those inflated prices drop the value of the overall package. I look at my shelf right now and see that for the price of my TRU MP Grimlock, you could not get any of your unofficial constructicons. I look at my RTS Cyclonus and wonder if voyager sized 3rd party Megatron is going to be $80 worth better than him. I highly doubt it.

Yet, there is already a line to pre-order the thing. $100 for the figure, $15-$20 for shipping, and what another $7-$10 for the reprolabels? C'mon, thats ridiculous. But it will sell, in abundance. And the next time the company wants to do another "favorite" transformer they can charge a little bit more for it. And the collectors will keep paying it. How much for a G1 accurate Shockwave? $120? Where's the limit?

Again, you don't have to buy it or the ReproLabels, the thing looks good enough the way it does, it doesn't need ugly paper stickers covering up it's paint and sculpt.
Don't think it happens that way? Guess again, it already has. Warbot defender was $80 when it was released. Even back then I thought that price was stupid given how ugly that figure is. Look at Crazy Devy. They set the 3rd party world on fire with the first release of their Devy upgrades. And with each subsequent release, you got a little bit less product for a little bit more money.

That's the main complaint about Crazy Devy, but also their genius. They sold the first part for an insanely low price, 15 dollars for a cartoon accurate head with LED, batteries, and a joint. That price stuck in the back of poeples heads making them believe that everything CD does will, not only be good but also totally worth it. But it's not.
Both X-Transbots and JB offer the same kinda stuff for far less, and in the case of JB it's going to be of higher quality.

Yes Warbot originally cost 80, now that he's super popular and sought after the retailers jack up the price for the re-release, just the same way they jack up the price of any other official product that gets re-released. Remember MP Ultra Magnus? That was recently re-issued, but no on-line retailer had it for it's original price, they put it in just under current market price.
FP also keep getting better with their prices, the recent Insecticons where about the same size as Warbot, but had more features than him, but they where still cheaper.
As a collector, I'm upset abot these things but clearly I am the minority. Thats fine I guess, I'd rather have my money. But I promise, the 3rd party market will get worse before it gets better if the collectors continue to suck up all of the crap that it offers.

Then don't buy the crap it offers, only buy what appeals to you, or the stuff that is actually worth the money that it's charged.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347354)
Posted by Kibble on February 14th, 2012 @ 3:14pm CST
joesaysso wrote:And the QC issues that TFC was awesome enough to give replacement parts for....Again, it didn't partake in these figures so I am only speaking from hear-say and not experience, but as I understand it, they didn't give anything, you had to spend the extra $100 for the next figure in the line to get the parts that you needed. That doesn't sound like an awesome way of handling it to me. Where I would be furious, you called them awesome.


I agree...it's pretty crappy of them to include the replacement parts along with something 99% were going to buy anyway. Now excuse me while I go play with my MP-09 v2 that costs even more than the QC riddled v1.

PS: for the 1% that wasn't already getting the follow-up figs, there was a website you could request replacement parts through.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1347456)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on February 14th, 2012 @ 8:24pm CST
joesaysso wrote:And the QC issues that TFC was awesome enough to give replacement parts for....Again, it didn't partake in these figures so I am only speaking from hear-say and not experience, but as I understand it, they didn't give anything, you had to spend the extra $100 for the next figure in the line to get the parts that you needed. That doesn't sound like an awesome way of handling it to me. Where I would be furious, you called them awesome.


Actually if I remember correctly, they did just give you the replacement part if you emailed them and wasn't going to buy the next figure.
Re: CrazyDevy CDMW-28 Hercules Head Upgrade (1348229)
Posted by joesaysso on February 16th, 2012 @ 3:49pm CST
Kibble wrote:
I agree...it's pretty crappy of them to include the replacement parts along with something 99% were going to buy anyway. Now excuse me while I go play with my MP-09 v2 that costs even more than the QC riddled v1.

PS: for the 1% that wasn't already getting the follow-up figs, there was a website you could request replacement parts through.



LOST Cybertronian wrote:Actually if I remember correctly, they did just give you the replacement part if you emailed them and wasn't going to buy the next figure.


And good on them then. I'm not too big to say that I got that one wrong. Like I said, I was speaking from hear-say not experience and acknowledged that I could have been wrong on that point.

Kibble, I'm going to try and pick through the sarcasm of the MP-9 comment and I'm going to assume that you purchased MP-9 versions 1 and 2. If you didn't then disregard but if you did, why did you? Takara pretty much got slaughtered for their MP-9 debacle. And they deserved to. But after the first version was QC garbage, why did you reward Takara by buying a second version and giving them more of your money?

At the end of my day, all of my comments are really towards the collectors out there not demanding enough from the toy makers. I believe that the 3rd party market is the biggest offender but Has/Tak do not get a pass by any means. The only reason I give 3rd party the most flak is because I got a whole shelf of figures by Hasbro that are genuinely great figures that I didn't pay my mortgage payment for.

Clearly, I am in the minority on the 3rd party issue. And I'm fine with that. Ironically, I like the idea of the 3rd party market. I just don't like its execution. I believe that the prices are way too high for the product that you get. That doesn't mean that I don't like the products.

Herc and Giant are both impressive in my book. The new Megatron may possibly the best Megatron toy to date. (Megs always seems to get shafted. Another debate for another time.) But just because he is the best Megs ever that doesn't mean he is worth $100 just by default. At least, not in my book anyway.

I still check this forum for the one 3rd party product that is good and worth the price that they charge. Until I find it, I don't buy. There isn't a single third party product on my shelf.

I also think that, at heart, most collectors agree that 3rd party prices are getting a bit off scale. But they all rationalize to justify their purchase. "Its 3rd party. Its special." If Hasbro started charging 100 bucks for a voyager, nobody would buy them. Nobody would let Hasbro get away with such prices yet the collectors here happily let 3rd parties charge them an arm and a leg. I find that odd. I get that Hasbro and 3rd parties target different audiences and I also get that 3rd parties have to charge a little more to turn a profit. Its just a "for argument's sake" statement, so lets not go pulling it apart. I'm curious as to what the average profit per figure is for Hasbro and what TFC made per figure with the Herc set.

At the end of the day, I just want "more" and "better" for my fellow collectors' money. I'm surprised more people here don't share that sentiment.

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