Emiliano Santalucia. Guido Guidi. Marcelo Matere. Pat Lee. Don Figueroa. Derrick J. Wyatt. And most of these guys were fan artists who were hired by Hasbro.Name one or two sculptors or artists that have directly worked on the toy lines at Hasbro.
You can hit up many of these guys at deviantart or their respective Facebook pages. Some do podcasts too. As far as Hasbro themselves, they do hold Q&A's at conventions just like Toyguru does. The difference is that TG answers questions ALL THE TIME, even when he's off on weekends and holidays.Have you ever had any kind of dialogue with them? Does Hasbro have an interactive Company-Fan Exchange?
I saw this with the original SOTA and it's Street Fighter line. Every Friday night, Jerry would come onto the forums at Action-Figures.com and answer fan questions and concerns.Not sure about all Mattel brands, but I know that MOTUC brand has the most accessible employees I have ever seen. We are really spoiled in that we have near direct access and on some level, INPUT to the people who create the products we buy. I can't say I have observed this with any other toy company.
If I am wrong, I apologize, but I think Hasbro is a lot less accessible and less concerned with niche brands and more concerned with mass market retail brands.
Ironically I saw this at the TFWiki entry for Hasbro...
I see alot of parallels with our fandom.Relationship with fandom
Hasbro showed they love the fans by giving a tour of their offices during BotCon 2007. Hasbro showed they hate the fans by including this!
Fandom's relationship with Hasbro is as paradoxical and confusing as our relationships with our parents. They are an incredible source of joy and happiness, as well as the focal point of rage and blame for pretty much everyone in the Transformers community. To much of the fandom, Hasbro's actual involvement in the Transformers franchise is rarely acknowledged when not negative. Many view their activities to consist entirely of:
• Slapping fans in the face.
• Getting things all wrong.
• Screwing up Takara's toys.
• Being lazy.
• Trying to make money.
• Ruining everything forever.
When they found the time to create and maintain a successful, celebrated franchise that was the basis of 30 years of obsession and happiness for the exact same fans is unknown.