How do we start a serious "anti-abs" petition?
Hey guys, is anyone as dismayed as I am about their answer to the lower-armor/abs question?:skeek:
If they really intend to give ALL future figures that use rigid "clamshell" armor like Jitsu, King Randor etc. the exposed-abs design (either a smooth moulded piece like Hordak or simply painted abs like He-Ro), the I for one have a BIG problem with this.:sksad:
My key objections are these:
1] For characters whose armor never had exposed abs originally (Fisto, etc.) this will alter the classic design in an aesthetically displeasing way that really doesn't suit the line's avowed "Classic" approach.
2] Although it's neat to have, the "ab-crunch" articulation really isn't that important (indeed, I'd say it's the LEAST important point of articulation), and compromising the design of the armor to accommodate that articulation really isn't worth it. The overall look of the figure is more important than maximum poseability -- and it's likely that several later characters like Ram Man or Roboto won't even have ab-articulation anyway.
3] Having a painted or remoulded abs/lower torso piece effectively defeats the purpose of having removable armor. Not that I have a tendency to display my figures "shirtless"(!), but what's the point of the armor being removable if what is underneath is an unsightly coloured ab-piece? And if they've tried to blend it my making both pieces of the torso a unified armor color, then I put it to them again: what then is the point of the armor still being removable?
4] Also, if you really think about it, there aren't actually all that many classic MOTU figures that even use ab-covering Clamshell armour. With Clawful and the presumed mould re-use of Fisto/ClampChamp and Jitsu/Randor, we're actually only talking about three sculpts for five characters here, apart from Hordak, so losing articulation on those few isn't really some catastrophic precedent.
And although I don't know what they intend for characters whose original toys had had clamshell armor that DID expose their abs a little - like Webstor & Mekaneck/Stinkor - HOPEFULLY they'll just leave their abs exposed and unpainted.
Anyway, although it's now been established that they can't make changes to figure tooling once they've been unveiled (although that seemed pretty obvious to me, I must say), hopefully these four characters are not yet far enough along the design process that with sufficient outcry we still have a chance to nip this thing in the bud for future "clamshell"-armored characters.:skwink:
I don't think simply mentioning it in future WTFWTKs is going to cut it, so does anyone have a suggestion as to how we can start an organised petition that they may actually listen to? Or am I just spinning my wheels here...?
I'd appreciate people's thoughts, feedback, advice,
P.S. Sorry for the loooong post.:skblsh: