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    What if they were smaller?

    I was reading the other thread about mis-steps the line had made, and a couple of posters mentioned the size of the toys. That got me thinking.

    Of course, nobody could have seen the heights the line would reach ahead of time. I'm sure that back in 2008, the current size made perfect sense. It is striking, and stands out on any toy shelf. Its size lends itself to easier engineering for more articulation. And really, it's not like there is a good reason to make it smaller, right?

    {4 years later}

    Wow. These beautiful figures take up a LOT of space. And scale makes things like giants, beasts, vehicles, and playsets either cost prohibitive or huge. And $29 a figure was a lot more palatable when it was only one a month.

    If you could go back in time, would you want the figures to be just a little smaller? Maybe closer to the original He-Man figure scale? Sure, you lose something in terms of how they look on a shelf. However, there could have been a lot of benefits, knowing then what we know now.

    1. Price point. Ideally, less plastic would mean less cost to the consumer.

    2. Display space. It's starting to run a little thin, isn't it?

    3. Vehicles/playsets. A smaller Greyskull or Snake Mountain would be a lot likelier to be made.


    So there it is. Pros? Cons? What do you guys think? Would you prefer a smaller scale?
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    Emphatically "no".

    I love the scale they're at.
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    Yeah, you make valid points and I can see the benefits to a slightly smaller scale.
    I'm running out of space, too.

    But... I still can't say yes to it. I like them the way they are.
    I do wish the new Thundercats Classics were a bit smaller, though (ie: MotUC size)
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    Oh, I can definitely see that, GG. On the figures' own merits, the current scale works incredibly well.

    And honestly, Classic Thundercats Lion-O factored into this (slightly). I finally found one this weekend, and he kinds towers over ol' He-Man. Kinda disappointing.
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    You're right about all of the benefits of a smaller scale, but I still wouldn't go back and change it if I could. I love them at the current scale. However, if there was ever a new cartoon, I wouldn't mind 4" figures sculpted to match the cartoon style.

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    Honestly no I always wanted my figures a little bigger and to have move movement so... NOW I got them but I do see the benefits of what your saying though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eternian Poet View Post
    Emphatically "no".

    I love the scale they're at.
    same here , i would not buy it if it was smaller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eternian Poet View Post
    Emphatically "no".

    I love the scale they're at.
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    eh i know some people complain about the size of mega and tytus, but they are fine for me
    Maybe it's because you don't own or have never seen in person the rare (and alas expensive) vintage Tytus and Megator and can't really tell the difference, but let me tell you this : these figures at least were called GIANTS for a reason !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prahvus View Post
    Maybe it's because you don't own or have never seen in person the rare (and alas expensive) vintage Tytus and Megator and can't really tell the difference, but let me tell you this : these figures at least were called GIANTS for a reason !
    I understand they are much smaller than the classic, I am not blind. my point is they are twice the size of the reg motuc figures and that is fine for me.
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    NO NO NO.

    The size and chunkiness of the figures is what was missing from the 200x line. This is exactly what I wanted back then.

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    I would buy them smaller, like the current Marvel Universe size figures, but ONLY if they were excellent quality, highly detailed (like the 200x stactions) figures, give us GIANTS Tytus and Megator (like the size of the Marvel Universe Galactus and Sentinel), make playsets and vehicles and sell them in stores!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eternian Poet View Post
    Emphatically "no".

    I love the scale they're at.
    I emphatically agree with you.
    For me, they are perfectly sized just as they are.

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    I always wished MOTUC was the same height of DCUC. Those two packs also would have made more sense that way and allowed for cool "cross overs" in collections and everything.
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    No thanks. I can appreciate what you are saying, but I like the current size and level of detail we are getting, especially this far into the line. Its funny cause I originally wanted this line to be in the same scale as the DCUC line (and closer to the scale of the older lines and vehicles). I'm happy now that they went with a slightly bigger size. The smaller these figures get, the more likely the integrity of the original sculpt gets compromised (not to mention possible weaker joints and warping). The current size works well with the overall "chunkiness" of the figures. Plus I want something that is a little bigger and more visible on my shelf.
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    This is the scale I always wished the vintage line were as a child so I say it's just right!

    On a separate note- not one person made an attempt at a phallic joke with all the inch, thick, chunkiness and "in my hands" comments? Really....REALLY?

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    If MOTUC figures were smaller, like 200X size, they would be…

    - …just light enough in weight that loose joints (ankles, knees, hips, etc) wouldn’t cause them to fall over. DCUC figures with joints just as loose stand up just fine.
    - …slightly cheaper in price. I suspect they might have been as low as $15 like DCUC. Plus they would probably be just slightly cheaper to ship.
    - …compatible with all 200X vehicles and play sets, including Castle Grayskull. (I never even thought of that Darkspecter)
    - …easier to display and/or store because they wouldn’t be taking up as much space.

    I understand that many people like them the way they are and I respect the right for everyone to have a subjective opinion. But I don’t think anyone could make a case that MOTUC figures at their current size have more advantages to being that size than the advantages I listed above for a slightly smaller scale.
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    No - I'm happy with the size they are - total hand candy - I love the bulkyness and the size is perfect - they really stand out in a display.

    I hope no-one decides to change the size - smaller characters I can cope with with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FAKER II View Post
    But I don’t think anyone could make a case that MOTUC figures at their current size have more advantages to being that size than the advantages I listed above for a slightly smaller scale.
    Other than I don't care for those advantages over the current size and look of the figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Other than I don't care for those advantages over the current size and look of the figures.
    Also, if the line ends like...tomorrow (as a for instance), it would be easy for DCUC figures and accessories to be customized to finish off the characters in the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCB View Post
    Other than I don't care for those advantages over the current size and look of the figures.
    Which isn't really a case but rather a subjective opinion. And I respect your right to have an opinion.
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    The scale is perfect. No one is ever happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobz1976 View Post
    The scale is perfect. No one is ever happy.
    Reactionary much?

    Who isn't happy? This thread is just about speculation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Adam's Dad View Post
    Who isn't happy? This thread is just about speculation.
    Totally. I'm fine with the line the scale that it is. It's just fun to discuss the size that I would prefer for motuc figures to be if I had things exactly my way. I don't think any of us were saying that we weren't happy. If we weren't, we wouldn't be buying the figures, just like I won't be buying the Thundercats Classics.

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    I love the classics line, but I do wished they were made in their vintage scale. They still would been made with the same amount of detail and articulation, but just vintage size.

    I remember I talked about this a few years ago, but nobody was really keen on the idea.
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