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Swapping the forearms is fine as long as they're not cast in black plastic.
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... can fix the forarms easily. I did it with my two Stinkor figs and there I had to repaint the white fur. Looks completely ok now. With Frosta it is just about switching the foramrs and hands - no problem. But I hope they will not do this mistake next time where it will be had to fix.
I doubt the free gift will come with Frosta, it will take a little time to make these and then distribute them. I hope it's Rattlor's already sculpted armor.
I'm ok with her, I think she looks great and will switch the forearms if needed. I hope the accessory isn't the unseperable keldor swords, already paid for those. Hopefully an ice sword that they can re cast for roboto.
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As nice as this is and as easy as it will be to swap Frosta's forearms, Mattel should have done this gift policy for Stinkor and Snout Spout - or better yet, actually send corrected parts to its customers like Good Smile Company is doing with their adult collector customers of their Figma line.
Take note, Mattel - that is how you stand behind your product and treat your customers right. Learn something from Good Smile Company.
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If nine hundred He-Man.Org members get eaten by Thundercats fans, but neither of them has a toyline, does it still count as a fan movement?
In terms of action figures, where this mistake doesn't hinder action, it's a blip on the radar for other companies.
Scott doesn't run anything except trying to fix problems and appease fans, and he can't even do that if his hands are tied when it comes to choices made above his head, or things where cost would kill the line.
The idea that Scott is the evil mastermind of mattycollector and makes all the decisions has to go. There is a large team working on this line, and at the end of the day it comes down to cost and money earned which the higher ups look at.
Most people wouldn't even have recognized Robotos shoulders, let alone do they hinder any kind of action, it's the same with Frosta here. But fine overreact all you want, I'd rather stay in the real world look at the other lines and the problems they have there and realize that this line is doing very well even when they mess up small stuff.
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If we're all stating what free gifts we'd like then can we have Rattlor's armour? It's already been sculpted, and I think tooled too if I remember correctly just cut to save costs.
I'm glad they're taking responsibility for the factory's mistake and trying to do something for the fans. It sucks that these mistakes keep happening, but hopefully they can get this straightened out so it doesn't happen on future figures.
At this point there's probably not much else Mattel can do to fix Frosta. The labor/time the factory would need to fix the arms is probably already allocated to other figures, so having them fix Frosta's arms would probably throw other things off schedule. Offering a refund and a gift is at least a step in the right direction. It's more than they did for previous figures with switched parts. With all the bumps in the road with this line, I think it's unrealistic to expect everything to become perfect over night, but I think this is a step in the right direction. I appreciate them taking responsibility for the mistake and trying to do something to do right by the fans.
Replikor, thanks for offering to make a forearm swapping video. I'm sure a lot of us will be needing it come October.
It sucks for people that wanted her, but rocks for those who don't. I just wish they would give sub holders an option to have her not shipped at all.
At least Frosta's arms wont be as big of a deal as Stinkor's (due to his white stripe). That's an easy swap although if the forearms are completely painted over black plastic that might prove to be difficult. Free gift? I'd really love a red shield to go with Teela's red snake harness and staff.
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2) Personally, I'm pretty tired of hearing that nothing is Scott's fault, and that basic expectations being a figure properly assembled is somehow unreasonable. Yet, Scott takes all the credit for the things that go right - and he is so into making himself the "face" of MattyCollector that the biggest picture on the site is not of He-man, a Ghostbuster, or even Matty - it's Scott's picture on his stalled blog. That says a lot.
3) I'm pretty sure I know about the real world, which is the opposite of how it works here. In the real world, a manager in charge of something works with the various departments, vendors, etc. and ensures a smooth running between them. When problems arise, as they will when working with so many factors, you learn from your mistakes and work hard to ensure they do not recur. If they do, repeatedly, you either get a handle on it or you hit the road. If you aren't capable, the company tries to find someone who is.
It's clear we see the world from two angles - I guess I'm just a demanding customer because I was perfectly happy with this figure until I found out it's knowingly coming defective and now I'm irritated because it's happened before. And it's happening again. And yet again, it's my only chance to get this figure, probably again in my lifetime, and they can't even put it together right. I'm not looking for them to change her hair, or her face, or even add an accessory. I just wanted her put together properly and to have one great release without some screw up. You'd think after all these years they could somehow get a figure into production and make it through without having an obvious defect like these. I agree with you - some of the other reversals I would have never noticed. But on a female, who with bare arms already is fighting an uphill battle, it's kind of inexcusable at this point.
But then, Scott has thrown a "pretty shiny!" out with a phantom gift, and let me guess, we'll probably (*crowd in unison*) "get a new bio next week" and we'll just move along. Personally, I kind of feel like it's getting smacked in the face in a bar (even if it was an "accident") and the guy offering to buy me a beer after. Sure, the beer is nice - but I'd much rather have not been punched in the face in the first place, you know - and I wouldn't be unreasonable in expecting my night to be free of getting punched in the face. You would think even if it's the only place in town that plays your favorite music, if it happened repeatedly you would stop going there.
Yet we do, and we all keep going back to the same bar.
I still don't even see what's wrong with them
I have got to agree. Wanting the toys to resemble the amazing prototype is not an unrealistic expectation. Pretending there are no "real" issues hurts everyone involved. Bad QC is turning off people in droves. Frosta is the prime example of everything gone wrong:
-Mattel STILL doesn't know what white looks like.
-Female face not painted = uglier face. Women wear foundation...how does Mattel not understand this?
-Scott calls the Thundercats toys "crappy" when Bandai of America's hallmark on their American toys is seldomly PAINTING THEIR BACKS. For a collector's line, and for Scott to make that remark the week Frosta is reviewed wreaks of hypocrisy and arrogance.
-They instead painted a shield she never had and chose to pull those funds from the toy itself: Design needs to be told how to cut costs appropriately. The cost is put into the character.
I suppose you can swap her hands, too, but they would be OK because she can still hold her wand right? And her feet, too, since she can stand fine?
Those aren't over the moon expectations that a toy be painted and assembled correctly on this "high quality" line. They opted to not raise the price when they absolutely should have.
My only wish is that during a movie year, a store like Target picks up a classics sub line as an exclusive. The classics line, ideally, would be front-loaded with all the characters that need fixing.
ALL the said, it's interesting how Scott was offering up Ruben on a silver platter all during the design questions online, and here at Power Con, he's now nowhere in sight.
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The forearms are the tip of the iceberg, my friend. She is an object lesson of how NOT to make a Masters toy.
Remember when the only point of concern was her face?
It's like tele-communications; Nobody notices when you do things right, but they all react when something goes wrong.
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That's the free gift! A signed 8x10 of Scott's Matty page picture. It's fun! LolOriginally Posted by EtherianChronicles:3124817
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I am going to revisit our Frosta First Look soon (probably this week) as I think there are some interesting things left for discussion after all of the hoopla. I have never gone back to re-examine a figure before so this should be interesting. I CAN tell you though, if you get a Frosta with the arms swapped, switching them at the point where the biceps articulate with the shoulder and then switching the hands is a VERY easy fix (even though mine were assembled correctly, I still tested the ease of the switch) so, even though you should not have to do it, the ultimate endgame can be easily achieved.
Past that, there are a lot of interesting things we have found about the figure so hopefully there will be some more discussion about the overall approach soon.
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This move by GSC is really awesome but the figma just pull off so it's much simpler than the pegs on the Masters Classics figs.
if what they have said is correct, This isn't their fault this time. I've dealt with factories in China messing up things as simple as designs on wrong side of shirts or not adding my company logo on the tags AFTER having received corrected samples. It happens and I'm sure Mattel will be compensated from them but glad to see them stepping up with the gift. All in all, I'm keeping mine.
Did anyone at the show get a straight answer on the gray instead of white??
Gaping holes in my collection: Regular old Teela, Weapons pack 1, Power & Honour book 1, SDCC artbook (maybe)
-Scott didn't like Spector's head and had it resculpted: fact. Perk? Ego? Who knows, but Frosta didn't get that courtesy. Do I begrudge Scott wanting his toy just right? No way! It should be perfect. If only he/they took they approach with every release.
-The Four Horsemen needs to review the parts before they go to the vendors and then review the samples: beginning, middle, and end of that little argument.
- I was sad that Horde Prime lost paint aps on his costume. Weapons can now come in Weapons packs, and can never supersede the figure. Draego Man and Rattlor did that with great success. Frosta's back and face aren't painted, but they tool AND paint a made-up shield? The design decisions aren't consistent, and are questionable. As consumers, we should question it. I remember Rattlor not getting his armor, and Scott said they needed to paint three colors for each leg of Rattlor. "Why wasn't he molded in maroon", I wondered? And now we know.
Spikor might not be my number one, but I want it to be the best version for whoever likes him the most.
For me, Sorceress has wing drums, Mekaneck and Rattlor are members of "black plastic-gate", and Frosta is a fraction of her prototype's potential, highlighting unfixed old issues, re-curring new ones, and even re-visiting old ones they had fixed! That isn't unfortunate, it's inexcusable. Even Mattel sees it, and I personally love the accountability.
Again, note Scott said to speak to Ruben in person at Power Con, and when everyone is ready to, Ruben takes a pass? Maybe he had to babysit, but fans wanted answers, and he took a very selective pass this weekend. I hope he shows up in October.
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