Back in the late 90's/ early 2000's, companies were always trying to push the envelope. Companies like Plan B, Palisades, Mezco, Resaurus, Toybiz, and even McFarlane always had something exciting out there. It used to seem like companies were trying to deliver the best and most exciting product they could. Now it feels like companies are trying to get away with as little as they possibly can. The last line that really thrilled me to find in toy stores was the G.I. Joe POC/ 30th anniversary figures, which jumped from 5.99 to around $10 in about a year. The only thing that reminds me of the late 90's early 2000's with companies trying to outdo eachother is the constant improvements in the 1/6th arena between Enterbay and Hot Toys.
Am I just nostalgic for a bygone era? Am I disappointed because the G.I. Joe Retaliation figures do almost nothing for me? Am I upset at far too many "fruitless" toy runs? Am I justifying my desires to buy older toys rather than new ones? Who knows?