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"retro" style figures
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:55:57 AM »
I like the fact that the Uni-monsters are still being made but is anyone else really, really tired of crude crappy sculpts in the "retro" style? Why cant we have 3 3/4 style figures with modern accurate sculpts? The newest Super 7 have breathtaking card art but , ummm, uhh, the figures are retched. I've never passed on a Gillman figure until now. I actually prefer the Burger King sculpt from the 90's over this.......Larry

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Re: "retro" style figures
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2018, 12:34:13 PM »
I bought them for the card art. The toys are primitive. Yet, when this topic is brought up, the response is always "They're retro....they're supposed to be." I guess considering some of the properties are closing in on 100 years old (Phantom, Hunchback) that we should consider ourselves lucky they are making anything honestly. In another 50 years, collecting this stuff may not even be a thing. People are more into tech than anything else these days. I like them for what they are. I would absolutely support something a little more detailed. In the interim, I will support these and focus on what's cool about them, and not the other aspects.
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Re: "retro" style figures
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2018, 02:09:27 AM »
I bought them for the card art. The toys are primitive. Yet, when this topic is brought up, the response is always "They're retro....they're supposed to be." I guess considering some of the properties are closing in on 100 years old (Phantom, Hunchback) that we should consider ourselves lucky they are making anything honestly. In another 50 years, collecting this stuff may not even be a thing. People are more into tech than anything else these days. I like them for what they are. I would absolutely support something a little more detailed. In the interim, I will support these and focus on what's cool about them, and not the other aspects.

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Re: "retro" style figures
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 04:58:40 AM »
Personally,

I really like the retro style itself, but there are both good and bad sculpts being done in this format.
I think it really boils down to the sculptors that understand how to achieve the Kenner/Remco look and those that don't.

The Remco mini-monsters from 1980 have significantly more detail than some of the Funko or Super7 figures.  That said, there are some shining examples of new stuff out there.
Funko's Frankenstein, Dracula, and Bride are horrible IMO, but their Creature, Invisible Man, and Wolfman are fantastic. The Invisible Man is astonishingly detailed and accurate.

I think the Super7 Planet of the Apes are superior sculpts to the Universal Monsters. Even up close, they look amazing.



It ultimately comes down to whether or not you enjoy this style of figures...same for the 8-inch Mego format. You either like them or you don't.  Personally, they remind me of the toys I loved so much as a kid, and hit all the right notes for me. And compared to the $80-200+ price tag of these ultra realistic type toys we see today I'm more than happy to plunk down my $10-15 for a slice of simple plastic nostalgia.