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What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« on: February 27, 2016, 12:57:22 PM »
You know...the toys that you look at and cannot understand why anyone would collect them? It has to be monster toy though - so don't say "superheroes" or "robots". etc. Soooo, the one sub-genre of monster toys that I just don't get are: the Mego-style figures. For the life of me, I just can't get into monster toys with Barbie-doll type clothing wrapped around them. Some of the really big Sideshow pieces produced many years ago do look nice. I own the London After Midnight and Frankenstein, and at that large scale they did manage to make the clothes fit nice and snug (and scale-like). But IMHO, the smaller 8" figures just look goofy with clothing, AND those massive and obvious joints look horrible. Usually, the only thing I find appealing about them is just the head sculpt, and that's about it.

Oh, and Godzilla toys. I don't know why, but I hate that monster…along with all of his films.

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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 02:29:27 PM »
 I'm with you on Godzilla...hate the movies, hate the toys. My particular peeve is "stylized" figures. I will not waste my time with a caricature/cartoon version of a monster I grew up with. After Sideshow set the bar, others could at least try to reach it.

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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 03:10:34 PM »
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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 05:20:29 PM »
Retro figures that aren't actually retro. They don't look as good as modern toys, but also lack the intrinsic value of actually being classics. One of the reasons that I like vintage collectibles is because they are 20,30,40 years old.

I also am not a fan of 'small' figures, things that are around three inches or so. I'm thinking about Reaction figures, finger puppets, and such. They are too small to really appreciate and look terribly cluttered on a shelf.

I'm with Mord on stylized figures, though I do actually like the Funko Pops. But I hate those new Dorbz items and the vinyl idolz figures look like characters from Bob's Burgers.
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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2016, 06:25:13 PM »
Two modern toy lines, both by the same company, Funko.

I don't get the appeal of Funko Pops. That said, I like the choices of TV shows and movie characters that I like. What I don't care about at all is the fact that they are basically bobble heads. Large, stylized head on tiny, non-articulated body. One point of articulation (wow). Not much to do with them, except place them on your desk. Monitors are LCD these days, so you can't put a bunch of toys on top of your monitor like you used to do with CRTs. No accessories, hands that don't hold items, not very useful for dioramas, can't make clothing for them, limited customization options.

The other line from Funko that I don't care for are those 3-3/4" "action" figures, based on 70s' and 80's TV shows and movies. 5 points of articulation. The arms swivel up and down, and the legs can do goosesteps. And the head turns 360 degrees. The limited articulation means you still can't do much with them. No bendable elbows or knees, so you can't pose them very much. They're inferior to 80's-era GiJoes.

They retail for $10, which is the same price as 26 point-of-articulation skeletons from October Toys. I can do a helluva lot with the skeletons.
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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2016, 06:39:53 PM »
. . the Mego-style figures. I just can't get into monster toys with Barbie-doll type clothing wrapped around them.

I think that is one of the reasons I only collection Creature. You get very little of that.
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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2016, 06:48:34 PM »
The other line from Funko that I don't care for are those 3-3/4" "action" figures…….They retail for $10, which is the same price as 26 point-of-articulation skeletons from October Toys. I can do a helluva lot with the skeletons.


Totally agree, although I was very tempted to buy the Reaction JAWS trio (and didn't), as I think there is a huge lack of JAWS toys out there (one of my fave movies of all time). But yeah, I can't see the value in those little tiny figures, and actually, it looks like the price of them is going up soon, as Amok Time is showing the new Re-Animator figure going for $15. To me, that is outrageous for a tiny chunk of plastic that probably cost no more than 3 dollars to produce (if that). This is ridiculously overpriced:

http://www.amoktime.com/monstarz-re-animator-3-75-scale-retro-action-figure.html

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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2016, 06:50:18 PM »
I think that is one of the reasons I only collection Creature. You get very little of that.
I love the Creature too!! But I have a huge soft spot for Frankenstein….I can't get enough Frankenstein toys.

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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2016, 07:26:36 PM »
It's hard for me to think of a "least favorite" monster toy genre. I tend to like everything, though I like some things more than others. But if others can say they dislike 8" figures and Godzilla and not get pelted with fruit, I can say this: I don't like monster toys that are primarily printed cardboard (like a lot of classic 1960s items). I've always been a figural toy guy. I like three-dimensional representations of characters. I like dollies. I like jigglers. I like masks. I like models. I like blow molds. I like robots. I even like some statues, though I don't own many. But I don't care for games, dart boards, paint sets, puzzles, etc. I don't like activity toys, where the only monster element is the package artwork. (One exception would be makeup kits. I do love those.) I enjoy seeing these things in other people's collections. I can share their pride and excitement in owning them, but I don't feel like I need to own them myself. Probably because I'm a 70s/80s monster kid, growing up in a time when "action" toys were very much the norm. When I hold a Frankenstein toy, I want to feel like I have my own little Frankenstein buddy, not a picture of Frankenstein.
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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2016, 07:32:43 PM »
Totally agree, although I was very tempted to buy the Reaction JAWS trio (and didn't), as I think there is a huge lack of JAWS toys out there (one of my fave movies of all time). But yeah, I can't see the value in those little tiny figures, and actually, it looks like the price of them is going up soon, as Amok Time is showing the new Re-Animator figure going for $15. To me, that is outrageous for a tiny chunk of plastic that probably cost no more than 3 dollars to produce (if that). This is ridiculously overpriced:

http://www.amoktime.com/monstarz-re-animator-3-75-scale-retro-action-figure.html



I think that looks pretty good compared to the Funko offerings.  The difference in quality for the first wave of Aliens (actually made in the late 70's, but never produced) and the second wave, which had some part reuse figures that looked fine, and a few new sculpts, which were abysmal.  And it has fantastic accessories.

A lot of the time you're paying for the license.  Rights holders have been driving prices up on tons of stuff lately, especially for popular properties. I can't understand why they do, as the cost is often so prohibitive, no one bothers to pay for it.  And if merchandise isn't out there for your brand, isn't that bad?  I'd just take money and let other people do my advertising for me.


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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2016, 03:01:08 AM »
Honestly...I've never liked most Phantom of the Opera toys.  Only so few really capture the Chaney likeness, while most others just look kinda...dumpy. But that's just me...

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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2016, 08:34:37 AM »
Honestly...I've never liked most Phantom of the Opera toys.  Only so few really capture the Chaney likeness, while most others just look kinda...dumpy. But that's just me...
Really? I can't recall many that don't look like him. Other than Diamond Select.

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Re: What is your least favorite monster toy collectible or genre?
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2016, 01:21:43 PM »
Honestly...I've never liked most Phantom of the Opera toys.  Only so few really capture the Chaney likeness, while most others just look kinda...dumpy. But that's just me...
  I think the Phantom is one of the characters they usually get right. I can't think of many bad Phantom toys at all. The EMCE Mego Phantom was the star of the entire line.

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2016, 04:08:34 PM »
  I think the Phantom is one of the characters they usually get right. I can't think of many bad Phantom toys at all. The EMCE Mego Phantom was the star of the entire line.
Yeah, it was the only one that looked like a serious, modern figure in the line. (Which kinda' killed the whole point of the line though).

 

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