Yo. wrote: ↑Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:51 pmEnigmaticClarity wrote: ↑Fri Sep 23, 2022 1:18 pm
Usually licensing involves paying one person, but in the case of modern sports figures it's money to the sport, the team, the player, and all of the brands depicted on the player--so Nike since they do all of the uniforms and then whatever other company the player's signature shoe deal is with. Hasbro went the full mile here by showing Steph in his shoes, LeBron in his shoes, etc.
Doesn't mean I agree with the $50 price point, but I get that those figures were going to be more than the others if they were going to go all the way with the licensing. $20 more is insane though. Face likenesses aren't fully there either. I really like Mafex's Jordan face, but these Starting Lineup faces are clearly not up to that par.
The worst face is Steph. It half looks like him, but if I didn't know it was him the face wouldn't have let me know it was him.
Their other problem is scaling. Hasbro has proven time and again they don't scale figures correctly, and that's going to matter WAY more with basketball players than any other type of figure. In the promo images Ja Morant looks like he's 6' 7" or so, but he should be the same height as Steph. Is that just inaccurate promo images, or is that Hasbro doing what Hasbro usually does and messing up the scale? Will the 7-foot Embiid truly tower over my other 6-inch scale figures? Who knows. That alone is reason enough for me to stay away from the figures until reviewers get them in hand and verify the scaling.