Look for Centrifugal casting.
There is nothing wrong with rotocasting. The mold turns in high speed and smacks all the plastic against the inside. Therefore you are creating hollow parts which saves you plastic. I also understood that they can also use silicone molds. I can imagine those are a lot cheaper than iron ones. I guess it is just very hard to create a forearm with a plug hole on one side and a double (hollow) ring shape on the other side of good quality.
I think that most rotocast figures have normal cast parts on them. I think Tytus' head is made with normal molds.
I don't think this guy will be that quick of a sale besides the fact that everything MOTU is hot now. It'll be real quick but not to the levels of the stuff we've seen lately.
With that said I think the sculpt is great, but the lack of articulation and the poor weapon (which has always been the case for this character) really bring it down for me. Particularly the useless weapon.
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the difference is that they were made the normal conventional way. The 2 shell pieces were made with multipart metal molds. During assembly they were put together.
Remember that Hollow doesnt always mean rotocast. Rotocast is a way to create hollow parts. I hope that explains it a bit.
I guess your last statement is the crux of my point here: I don't have an issue with voicing grievances, but it's hard to expect them to be heard when they come out as irrational rants. That whole thing about "threatening to get TG fired", and the fiasco about threatening his personal safey on Facebook still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.I don't have a personal problem with Mattel, and never have, despite what some might believe. In fact I have a friend who works there, and another who works for a company that does work with Mattel all the time. Mattel isn't a bad company. However, I think that any and all complaints on this board are read by a lot of people as though they are written in a common tone: one of searing rage and irrationality.
I get you, totally. However, in (or even out of) context, I'm sure you can imagine how it sounds. Otherwise, as you have even said here, to make such a statement sounds almost redundant.When I say that "Mattel is a company and it has no heart," I don't mean to appear screaming, on my knees, pulling my hair in a huff. I mean to sound as monotone and blandly factual as the statement I've made. I don't blame them for not having a "heart," because, well, they aren't supposed to have one, at least not in the way a charitable organziation does. As for some of the employees, that's a different story, but then individuals can be far more sensitive and empathetic than megalithic corporations.
LOL, actually I was thinking about the comic "FABLES", but you're right about that example.AGREED!!
HAHAHAAHA (reminds me of the South Park with Mickey Mouse!!) Regarding your comments here, please refer to what I said earlier. I don't mean for my statements to sound dramatic. Mattel's heartlessness isn't evil. It isn't heroic. It's corporate.
Yes, you're right, but only to an extent. People in today's society have become far too obsessed with the bank accounts of those that are far more well-to-do than the rest of us are. For instance, it's a shame that whenever I start talking about my favorite artists, the first thing people in urban environments retort with is some such non-sense as "yeah well, such-n-such ain't sellin' platinum records..."I just think it's the customer's choice whether Mattel's pricing, profit, and costs are his or her concern or not. It all depends on how much Mattel's recent and numerous price hikes bother you or affect you.
Like, what does that have to do with how good the album actually is? He's not sharing any of that "platinum" money with you, so why do you care how many it sold?
It's the same premise here. The reality is, no matter what info gets released, we'll never know how much money these companies and others make. All we as the consumer can account for, is the 1 (or more) copies of an album, a shirt, a figure, or whatever else we buy.
For me, I'm thankful it cost $40, when it could have cost $80. I guess I'm looking at it in a different direction. But that's my point. You're right, it could have cost $30 instead of $40, but Teela could have cost $10 instead of $20.I tend to agree with you on this one, but when a figure like Tytus costs $40, when it could have cost $30, I tend to see that as Mattel becoming more greedy than is healthy for the actual toy line, in the long run.
Yet, I'm hearing people on here that claim that they would have easily paid twice more than $40 for it. What's the cut-off point?
Yes, I agree with you, though the big corps are a part of the problem. But yes, let's leave that for another time.The decline of the American economy has more to do with Americans abusing their personal credit, living beyond their means, and with fewer and fewer small businesses being able to make it because they don't receive the tax breaks the huge corporations do... but that's for the Tar Swamp.
Understood. However, I continue to ask, how far would one's convictions go? You mentioned your background in psychology later on in your response; How seriously should we take the battered spouse, if he/she continues to go right back (WILLINGLY) to their abusive spouse, after this dramatic rant?I am also keeping things in perspective, but perspective is unique to an individual. Your perspective is no more valid or invalid than mine. When someone asserts that his or her perspective is more valid (not more correct or incorrect, if one can even be more or less correct... that's different), it can be mistakenly inferred that that person may want all other viewpoints suppressed. I'm not saying that is what you are doing, but I am saying that your sense of perspective is different than anyone else's, and it should not be lauded as somehow more astute than all others when what we are discussing is simply a buyer's feeling that he, or she, is being ripped off.
We have all these "I'm quitting the line" threads on here.... How many of those people do you REALLY think quit the line after last month's (and each subsequent month prior) fiasco? Some of them are admittedly right back here, buying the figs, and indulging in the very same self-abusive behavior. And I'm willing to wager that there are even more of them that are right back at it, but just refusing to say anything, out of guilt and embarrassment.
I have grievances too, but a grievance is not a rant. No one takes rants seriously. Thus, if a person feels that their grievance is truly just a grievance, then they should take care not to have their grievance sound like a rant--especially if they want their grievance to be taken seriously.
Honestly, any tone of condescension is purely unintentional.This is when I would end the conversation, because I don't like condescension.
Wow, you went to Duke? I used to live not 5 minutes from there, in Durham. Let's just say, my occupation at the time, put me in direct contact with the Medical Center.Ok, Oprah...
Really hard? Are you sure? Alriiiiight, I will access the knowledge I acquired at Duke University's & Duke Med Center's Psychology & Mental Health Departments while a Psych major (one of two majors I acquired before graduating) by psycho-analyzing myself and teasing out the cause(s) for my behavior. To that end, I suppose it is now my turn to "indulge."
Understood, but sans any condescension, my questions/statements are no less valid.Annnnd "scene!"
See? Trumpeting one's education, just as the emperor wore his "new clothes," can be obnoxious... and I only hope my example made you realize the level of condescension your tone has brought to this conversation.
Dude, we're just discussing things, no more or less.UGH, I don't want to argue. It's just not fun or worth anyone's time.
Gotcha.Refer to my earlier statements about why i collect Mattel toys. I can also admit that MOTU holds an incredibly strong nostalgic factor for me. I think many of us gained an even stronger moral fiber from the cartoon than we might have, had we not been exposed to the carefully written and developed childrens' television that Filmation was always determined to deliver. The toys themselves allowed me countless hours of escapism from quite a stressful environment as a child. I've gone into this before in threads where we've talked about why we love MOTU. I'd collect MOTU no matter what company produced it at this point, and I might pay higher prices, but there IS a limit to even my tolerance for being ripped off.
I'm afraid I don't see the correlation. Could you clarify?It does. However, I know that because the $20 figures are produced at least 16 times a year, at that price point, Mattel is likely not going to decrease that price.
Honestly, given that we are talking about cost and whatnot, I had no idea that your statement about the cost of the fans was figurative.How do those things have anything to do with one another? I thought the cost of the stands was ridiculous, BECAUSE they are cheap to produce (you know quite well that I did not literally mean there is no cost to Mattel). I don't recall anyone crying when Mattel announced they wouldn't offer them again for a while. I do remember people being frustrated because they couldn't continue to order them for future figures, thus making their displays, perhaps, look oddly.
However, my "Crying the blues" statement was just as figurative; there were people extremely frustrated about not getting the stands, and created a few "rant" threads about it.
Please trust, I feel your pain.I, for one, refused to buy them. After losing Battle Cat and Trap Jaw from my cart, I decided to remove the stands as well. I didn't like the price, but I wanted them. The insult of having to remove, manually, the items I had just missed out on, was enough to remind me just how big a rip-off those stands were.
Ouch.No, I would buy them on later on ebay for $18 including shipping, as I did when my Goddess figure broke into three pieces.
Honestly, I really don't know either way, and that's my whole point. However, I am interested in seeing the quarterly reports... Do you have a link or something for that?Maybe at the executive level... but even that is unlikely... check out their quarterly reports
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I had Tytus on my hands tonight and I don’t like the way they made the arms and legs for this figure. The arms and legs are hollow, spongy; they are not made of solid plastic like the others MOTUC figures. He reminds me of the old 80’s cheap figures.
I actually wish the regular figures had the same amount of articulation (or lack of) as TYTUS... That way, they wouldn't all fall down on my shelf!
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Whoa! This is interesting... Could you please elaborate, hhhelmsley ? Do you mean that it's kind of soft or rubbery ? What's the big turn off about it ? Do you consider this is a poor choice on Mattel's part (inferior materials) for a $40 figure ?The arms and legs are hollow, spongy; they are not made of solid plastic like the others MOTUC figures.
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