I think forum censors are easier to have single words removed than have sentence useage. Being the site is to some extent tied to Mattel for the product in question, they are asked to keep things pretty tight. As I recall.
Hmm well for me anyway, lines that were disappointments.
1: Trendmaster's Battlestar Galactica line. I was so excited when this came out, but I was hoping that they would be in scale with Star wars figures. The quality was questionable, and finding them was hard, mostly at K-marts. Still, I ended up with a bunch of the Cylons anyway. I love Cylons.
2: MOTU 200X. I was SO EXCITED for this line. Skeletor looked so evil, like a proper villain. The the stupid variants started happening (which is probably why I am pretty anti-variant in the MOTUC line come to think of it). then, worse of all, finding the Snake Men series was so hard, heck i got mine at Aldi's, and never saw a Kobra Khan. Ever. of course the stactions that came next were awesome...so silver lining...
3: Terminator Salvation and the Star Trek Playmates line. Pretty much everything has been said about these already, but still, they just crapped out, and continue to at my local TRU.
4: I have a prediction of a future flop. I don't know why, but I have a feeling that the new Hobbit action figures are not going to do well. It was a different time for toy stores when Toy Biz's LOTR line came out. I just don't know that it will do well, especially with 2 different scales. The 6 inch lime MAY do well if they look and fit in well with the previous LOTR figures. We shall see.
I REALLY hope the Hobbit figures don't flop. They are very well done, and I want a ton of the 3.75'' ones and at least the main characters from the 6'' line.
RTS Lugnut is hands down one of the best TFs in the last 10 years.
Mindwipe was a ROTF figure but is so awesome that even I, a BAYFORMER hater, loved him.
Perceptor complicated? Sorry if the transformation was too much for you. If it was too simple you'd be complaining about that.
Sounds like you need to catch up on your Tfs. :hmwink:
It's worth mentioning that Playmates has never done well with Star Trek movie toy lines apart from the one TOS movie line they did in the 90s. However even with that, they blundered by using TMP pajama uniforms instead of the 2-6 uniforms. But the rest of the TNG movies had significant problems, made worse by how much better the regular Star Trek line from Playmates had been.
Generations - they cut back on articulation and used the wrong uniforms on the TNG cast. At least we got Lursa and B'Ehtor out of it, though they were basically statues. The Worf in naval uniform variant was also pretty lame. Would have been nice to get a Demora Sulu figure instead. But at least this line was somewhat compatible with the rest of the Star Trek toys from the 90s.
First Contact - they changed the scale! IMO this was the beginning of the end of Playmates doing right by Star Trek toys. They even still cut back on articulation (Lily and Cochrane were statues), and only made one Borg drone (a strange second one was on card backs, but never in stores). And then even worse, no Borg Queen, Locutus, or borgified Data! Years later they partially fixed this by putting out the queen (and TMP's Illya) in the regular scale of the line, but both again had the statue treatment.
Insurrection - they just gave up on the regular line and made dolls. Someone was probably fired for such a dumb choice. By this time they had fostered such ill will about their Trek movie toys that I'd written them off before the movie even came out (besides, we were all buying Phantom Menace figures then).
Nemesis - Playmates didn't even get the job, although again the scale was wrong and I was sick of being let down by then.
So given the history, Playmates could probably have been counted on to fail with the last Star Trek movie too. Moving to Star Wars scale seemed like a clever idea, but then why make the bigger figures that didn't match anything else? And why make cadet uniform variants that no one wanted (and some weren't even in the movie) instead of all the Star Wars-esque aliens that were in the movie? Sure, nothing can replicate Star Wars in toys, especially not now, but if they wanted to get collectors on board they should have stuck to one scale and made the figures compatible with other lines, either Star Wars or the 90s figures. Also the rubber shirts were rubbish.
Playmates did make Star Trek Insurrection 4.5'' figures. They were just a part of their generic "Star Trek" packaged line.
Your collection isn't finished if you didn't get this.
Stealth force Optimus Prime with lights, sounds, movie phrases, and pop-out weapons :)