So, NYCC brought us nothing. Hasbro couldn't be bothered to pack a few, tiny figures to promote the 3.75" line. And we still have a long silence, with no pre-order news on the (maybe?) forthcoming (X-23) Wolverine wave.
Aside from this silence, I have to say that with the latest releases I am really starting to lose interest in this line. And I've been a pretty big fan. Heck, I was even able to take the one-two punch of the price going up while the overall quality and (especially) articulation went down.
I guess it's the (possibly) last wave of the single-carded figures that's done it for me. Hydro-Man, Morbius, Rogue (in a different costume) and Quasar should have been a huge hit for me. Quasar has been a huge "want" for me, and Rogue is in a Bronze-age costume, which also makes her a pretty (or should I say "totally") awesome selection. But then what we get turns out to be mostly disappointments. Morbius and Quasar really suffer from Hasbro going cheap-o on the paint applications. Both figures badly need a "wash" effect -- Morbius' glossy paint application makes him look cheap to me (disclaimer: I still don't have this figure -- I'm basing this on the pics I've seen), and Quasar's head pretty much looks like a big, fleshy blob. For me, what adds insult to injury is that Bobby chose that weird head sculpt for Quasar -- it hardly looks like the character. I can understand the paint thing -- it's probably due to a horrible budget, which is (most likely) beyond Bobby's control, but when it comes to design decisions the current team is completely responsible.
Which brings me to Rogue. The figure looks GREAT, to me, EXCEPT for her hair: the huge mohawk is way off-model. I've complained about this one plenty, and it's because the design team blew what could have been a great figure due to either laziness or incompetence.
I'm actually cool with the Hydro-Man figure. I would have preferred his original look, but I think the figure does a great job of capturing that version of the character. Sure, if the lower-body water column had been something that had gone around his legs, and been a removable effect, it would have been WAY cooler, but given the choice between either the water column or legs, I'm very happy with Hasbro's decision.
Adding to the disappointment of the Rogue/Quasar wave is the (likely) final wave of the comic book packs. The cheap-o Starlord/Gamora pack that gives us two repacks with only minor repaints is pretty underwhelming. I don't have the Groot/Rocket set. I want it, hoping that Groot won't be another big disappointment. To me, if this is the final wave, the comic book packs are definitely going out with a whimper, and not a bang.
So, yeah, I am definitely feeling the effect of so many disappointments, Hasbro's pooping on the line that I collect (sorry, Hasbro, I am NOT going to switch over to the 6" scale!!), and the long silence that we are currently in. I really have lost faith in the current design team, and I was hoping that the rumors of a change were true, but it looks like it'll remain status quo, if the line continues (and I'm really starting to have doubts, given the continuing silence from Hasbro).
How do the (few) rest of you who are still collecting this line feel at the moment?