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Seems you missed the point of my post or I didn’t say it clearly enough. I LOVE the studio series. To me it’s the best Hasbro toyline in many years. However, a lot of the problems I noted are NOT subjective OR QC-based, but are instead really odd problems that make some of the figures feel unfinished. I admit that I stretched it a bit to make a full list, but also the issues you listed out as not bothering you definitely bother a lot of people, if not most of the people on the boards and are things that could have easily been fixed.

Like, who in the fuck looked at Ratchet’s roof rack hanging off his ass and said "yep, that’s OK and not worth one more hinge to clear up" or who looked at Brawl’s ding dong between his legs and thought "yep, that’s a finished product that no one will find odd". They mostly seem to have one thing that makes them feel like someone didn’t have time or money to fix, and that’s weird.

Hey no hard feelings, I guess I did miss the part of your post where you said you liked the figures. I’m not trying to start a pro-Hastak circlejerk, cause they certainly screw up more often than not, but it’s just disappointing to see so many people focusing on the negatives rather than the positives of these figures. Having handled all of the Studio Series figures released so far, it’s clear that some questionable design choices are holding the figures back from perfection. But IMO they’re still easily the best mainline scale representations of those characters (or at least those specific bodies/forms). My frustration wasn’t directed at you specifically.

A lot of these “problems” you’re describing are highly subjective or QC variable. My Bumblebee’s roof does not fall off, and my Grimlock’s flap doesn’t droop at all in dino mode. Similarly I have no problems with Prime’s perfectly flush back kibble not compressing enough. I guess the gas tanks stick off a bit? But I don’t think that’s a big deal at all, and it certainly doesn’t detract from all the awesome things the figure does right.

The thing that bothers me the most about this fandom is the constant nitpicking. A figure can do so many things right, but if ONE THING is wrong, it’ll get focused on and the figure will become “trash” in the eyes of the fandom. Case in point: Studio Series Megatron. Since reveal, this figure has been praised to high heaven for his size and accuracy, but now that we’ve seen his back kibble from the side, apparently all the good points of the figure don’t matter anymore.

Seems you missed the point of my post or I didn’t say it clearly enough. I LOVE the studio series. To me it’s the best Hasbro toyline in many years. However, a lot of the problems I noted are NOT subjective OR QC-based, but are instead really odd problems that make some of the figures feel unfinished. I admit that I stretched it a bit to make a full list, but also the issues you listed out as not bothering you definitely bother a lot of people, if not most of the people on the boards and are things that could have easily been fixed.

Like, who in the fuck looked at Ratchet’s roof rack hanging off his ass and said "yep, that’s OK and not worth one more hinge to clear up" or who looked at Brawl’s ding dong between his legs and thought "yep, that’s a finished product that no one will find odd". They mostly seem to have one thing that makes them feel like someone didn’t have time or money to fix, and that’s weird.