My fiancé would literally pass away from happiness if BFS, or anyone really, made a decent line of Mass Effect toys.KnightDamien wrote:You could probably even generalize that to 'toy companies need to do a better job of advertising.' I know people that DO buy toys that still get surprised by X or Y item, including a big TMNT fan that had no idea Super7 existed, and another TMNT fan years ago that didn't know about the NECA movie figures (although DID know about the other NECA stuff somehow). I've also more recently met huge G.I. Joe fans that had no idea there were new G.I. Joe toys. It kind of seems like toy collecting is something that toy -companies- take for granted. They just expect that if you have any interest in this stuff then you're probably following all the fan sites, Instagram, official sites, etc. That's just not necessarily true.thefamousnicknaro wrote: Toy companies probably need to do a better job of advertising to gamers, as well.
Same is true, I expect, with video game stuff. NECA (just to keep picking on them) probably just assumes that if you're into God of War enough to buy a 20-dollar action figure and an 80-dollar video game, then you're probably just generally paying close attention to that IP. The one doesn't necessarily follow the other.
I feel like that says a lot right there, though, you know? Even the gaming podcast people, who are presumably SUPER into some of these IPs, just don't pay much attention to action figures. And not only that, they don't even consider it an important enough aspect of the hobby to be able to adequately mention it.thefamousnicknaro wrote: I listen to a couple gaming podcasts and collectibles pretty much never get mentioned, and if they do, the hosts generally don’t know or understand enough about the hobby to effectively explain them.
I don't know -why- there seems to be so little overlap there, but that definitely is the way it appears.
I've been LONG banging the drum of wanting BFS to do BioWare HACKS, because HACKS versions of the entire Mass Effect and Dragon Age universes would be amazing, and I think the HACKS system is basically the only action figure system that would actually work for customizable character games. But I doubt it's ever going to happen. Stupid BioWare fans just seem to want VIDEO GAMES for some dumb reason. Have they seen what video games are like these days?thefamousnicknaro wrote: Games make up a disproportionate amount of IPs that I personally want worthwhile figures from that still haven’t been done justice.
The weird thing with the gaming community is that they DO like collectibles of varying types. Statues, like you said, plushies, tabletop miniatures, and Gundams to name a few. It really does seem like action figures, specifically, manage to avoid their radar.
It’s just one of those things that plagues certain pop culture segments. The argument that people don’t want a certain thing because it “doesn’t sell”, rather than the reality being that the execution just wasn’t actually any good. That, or expensive and fragile imports that I also personally don’t love because I’m not a fan of the revoltech style joints.
I’m just going to have to hold out hope that Spinmaster is able to conjure up something worthwhile, because as far as modern retail is concerned, it’s likely that only a “Video Game All-Stars” style line would work outside of the really huge IPs that were already seeing.