You guys should have Eric as a guest on a semi-regular basis. It really drives home that connection between the fans who are creating this stuff and the fans who are buying it.
This episode has made me really appreciate the 4H's hard work on these toys all over again... the discussion about the female dresses, etc. is very informative and explains a lot more than the short internet Q & A answers we've been getting on the subject.
i thought what was meant by `keyboard warriors` is the willingness of people to be highly offensive on forums etc, when they wouldn`t do so in real life, rather than talking about people criticising, it is how criticism sometimes gets delivered with a shovel of offensive remarks with it. he clearly stated how he takes on board fan criticisms.
Yeah they were talking about things like wishing violence on Toyguru because Queen Marlena would be packaged in her space suit.
Vintage vs 200X
I do not agree with the argument at the end. I don't know 200X fans who hate the vintage line. I do know people who prefer some (or in a few cases: most) 200X designs over the old designs (Adam, Whiplash, Clawful, Rattlor in my case). What I start to dislike is that I have to defend me preferring 200X designs or being disappointed in not getting more 200X-inspired details. Or that is a great offense to say the original Clawful head looks goofy to me.
Whiplash - why there was less critique of the vintage head:
Fans like me who prefer the 200X look of the character had no reason to be disappointed and voice critique because we had "our" head and the fans of the original look had theirs. No need to pick on a design we could just put away and use the one we preferred. But for Clawful we don't have a different interpretation.
I have difficulty with some of the reasoning: If I don't like the vintage design as much as the 200X design and say I would have preferred a head without the black eyebrows and the big eyes - why should I agree that it is the right decision to stay with the vintage design? To me staying close to the original head is still a suboptimal decision¹ - even though it is the vision of the Horsemen.²
"It's not the point of this line to make the character look better" is not necessarily something I find logical
1) Well, if there's no alternative head that is.
2) Which to me still means the "incorporating all areas" thing put forth the first year was misleading to the 200X fans.
This was perhaps my favorite dinner. It felt like a bonus feature on a DVD. I'd love to hear even more technical details.
"It's not the point of this line to make the character look better" is not necessarily something I find logical
I couldn't agree more with this, Irian. It's my only problem with the line, and it seems like it's just because my vision of what I want the line to be is not the vision of what the line is.
This line is about updating the vintage figures. I want a line that makes the best possible figure and ignores childish elements (Clawful's eyebrows), design flaws (Battle Armor Skeletor's boots), technical difficulties (skin-tone wrist bands), and action feature elements (Hordak's dial) from the past.
Which is fine. I'll buy what I want and avoid what I don't. It's just good to vocalize what the line is. "Vintage first."
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In the name of the Lloyd!
My favourite episode so far !!! Great to hear Eric on the 4 Horsemen's point of view
... so about these 'Keyboard Warriors' (love that term btw): are they all considered evil or are there heroic ones as well ?
They're generally cowardly and superstitious.
If you treat fans with respect when you post, even when you disagree with them, then you aren't a keyboard warrior.
The Official 200X Sorceress vs 200X Evil-Lyn 2 Pack Support Thread
The Blonde Teela Thread
Sagitar (Jetlag) • Azdar • Belzar • Chazdar • 200X Evil-Lyn • 200X Teenage Prince Adam • 200X Teenage Teela • 200X Sorceress • General Rattlor (MYP) • 200X King Randor and Queen Marlena • 200X Battle Armor King Randor and Battle Armor Queen Marlena • Ice Armor He-Man • WMD Roboto
This is kind of what I'm talking about with regards to what I mentioned about fans of female figures being singled-out...
With the bazillion anger-frustration-tinged posts coming out of MOTU fans, why is the instant thought to use "specific" comments from fans of POP? And the thing is, it wasn't really even an accurate account of where the overall disappointment was stemming from. I don't think it's a good example of fans being irrational. Sure there was some frustration, but I think folks need to look past that to see if the points being presented are valid.
Other than that, I really appreciated the in-depth explanation on the stactions, statues, mini-busts, female articulation etc.
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LEGENDARY episode of Roast Gooble Dinner. To actually hear Eric Treadaway, one of the Four Horsemen, actually going to town on a MOTU sculpt WHILE on the podcast = seriously epic!!
Merman is definitely a masterpiece of MOTUC figures too so I hear him on that!
Good listen. I love to hear interviews on gooble!
Maybe some fans are too emotional when it's up to toys?
200x hyper anime fans = uninformed vintage haters!
PoP fans = cry baby whiners!
Score another victory for Vintage Purism™! Just look at the big guns on the [duh] WINNING team!
One day MGM will crack. We need to kidnap him, strap him down on Modulok's operating table and make him watch a marathon of the best Filmation episodes.
Are Keyboard Warriors a bootleg of Pixel Dan's beloved Computer Warriors?
You can send it to the PO Box, if that's cool.
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If not, I apologize. But I get that vibe from your post.
Eamon made the keyboard warriors comment, and just as Ealo said:
Another term is "keyboard cowards" or "keyboard courage", etc.
Sorry Tally. You know I love you. But this time you really are taking something way out of context, not to mention glossing over all the other talk where Eric says how the 4H read and listen to comments.
There's a huge difference between being a jerk on the forums (AKA: being a keyboard warrior) and being constructive and polite with an opinion.
At the Org, we don't have much of the keyboard warrior stuff. But you can find plenty of comments of this nature about MOTUC on various other forums. And even then, it's only select users. Most folks aren't like that.
I'd like for you to point to where the Four Horsemen singled out POP fans as irrational complainers.Moreover, I do feel like POP fans are sometimes unfairly singled-out as irrational complainers by the Four Horsemen and I just think.
They aren't saying that.
You are talking about the Toy Fair show where CB said, and I loosely quote "to all the POP fans whining and complaining about not getting certain characters, don't worry! We'll get to them!" That's not the same as you present it.
The reality is, some POP fans are very extreme with their comments.
There are also 200x fans like this, and vintage fans like this, etc.
That's just how it is
A few comments were made about fans with extreme opinions that are insulting or that insulated things that weren't there. But no one labeled any group of fans in any negative way.
Everyone was just shooting the breeze as usual.
"You guys seriously just *bleeped* my childhood! If it's not undone, I will mail you a box of *insert something disgusting*!"
I'm very certain I made the woman comment, and would like to explain where my thought process was when I made it (because I think it was grossly misinterpreted). I didn't mean "Get rid of the 4H and bring in a team of women!" or anything. I think the 4H do great work. I meant, I think it would be beneficial to also have a woman involved in the design/style process when it comes to female figures (at least). Almost all major corporations feel it's important to have men and women on teams. Men and women bring different opinions to the table, have grown through different life experiences and have a different sense of style and such. I mean...they are women. Women know women more than men know women. I think history has shown that pretty well (real life, not toys).
Why I think a woman wouldn't have put a hole in She-Ra's head is because of their toy background. What does almost every girl in the world own? A Barbie doll. Barbie dolls have removeable clothes, hats, masks, helmets, boots, etc. Same with Polly Pockets, Bratz, and almost any toy that has ever been made for girls. Since they have grown up with these toys and been surrounded by these kinds of designs their entire lives, they would have thought to do She-Ra's mask like they did Catra's.
It's like the original She-Ra figure in the 80's (which was tested with girls). Her mask was changed so the girls could "see her pretty face" (because that's what they wanted). So, naturally, people would want to have her mask off at some point. All the kids in the 80's did. That was all I meant. Not that the 4H are bad people, terrible sculptors or "out to get women." They are amazing guys, who do great work. I don't know them in person, but I really like them from my correspondence with them through e-mail and such.
I know all this is in the past now because this design choice has, thankfully, been revised and improved for Catra and hopefully She-Ra 2.0. Catra's masks are perfection. How they connect to her head...perfection. I couldn't have asked for anything better there! I just wanted to explain what I meant with my comment because it kind of sounded like Eric thought I was being a jerk and I really wasn't trying to be! lol
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Tallstar, I don't think you're a Keyboard Warrior. I don't think MegaGearMax is either.
In fact, I don't think anyone here is a Keyboard Warrior. Some people might make statements that offend others, but, in the end, it's because they disgree with each other that one side might be offended, not because the other side is being inappropriate.
I know several people here think I am one of these cowardly avengers... even though I am polite and constructive. Having complaints or criticisms, or disliking the way someone does his job does not automatically equal rudeness. I've never threatened anyone. I've never spoken to anyone in a nasty way. I've used my words... I have strong opinions... and, a lot of people seem to like that.
I am also a grounded enough man to know that I could ask my questions or make my criticisms in person. They are not as vitriolic as some may want to believe. However, I don't mince words... that's a waste of time and life.
If someone finds honesty rude, when it comes to business and my money, that's unfortunate. I've pulled back when friends here have asked me to do so, because it can affect them and/or this site. I'm happy to do that, and it's appropriate... and I, like anyone else here, can get angrier than I should... about TOYS.
To sum up... Val & RGD team & 4H, we listen to the podcast, and we buy the toys... your words are powerful. Unless you're willing to be specific about who you consider a "Keyboard Warrior," maybe it's best not to talk about things like that... and ignore their behavior. Labeling them only validates what they do. Without specifics, anyone who finds him/herself criticized for being vocal might suspect that others consider him/her one of these newly classified undesireables.
Again, I don't think anyone here is a Keyboard Warrior... not even Eamon
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