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  1. Man, I’m not sure why you keep wanting to have this conversation, but this is a willfully ignorant, incredibly obtuse take that describes exactly zero people’s real opinions on the matter. I have never, ever, ever seen anyone on this board claim that all female figures need to be thin or flat-chested, or that depicting ladies accurately is over-sexualizing them. This is conservative talk-show host levels of paranoid victimization complex. Here are some of my real opinions that may be part of the foundation upon which this bizarre fiction is built. 1) There are widespread differences in the way that most characters’ bodies have been depicted in comics (rightly or wrongly), which have led to a variety of opinions—none of them inherently right or wrong—about whether a given action figure’s proportions are accurate. 2) Related to the above is the fact that the comics industry is recovering from a period (namely the 90s, and thereabouts) of intensely over-sexualized depictions of women. It may be tempting to read that statement as confirmation of some of your previous claims, so let me explain. If we were to pick ten ladies at random from any given property, you would expect a variety of body types. Some would be curvier, and others thinner, stockier, or more muscular. In the 90s, by contrast, virtually every female comic character was that idealized but unlikely blend of thin but muscular, while still being unimaginably curvy. There was no diversity, and they looked that way because a bunch of men chose to draw them that way. Now, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is theoretically up for some debate, but it’s the very definition of hyper-sexualization. These characters didn’t all always look like that, and—for a variety of reasons—many of them have subsequently ceased to look like that. There is now much more diversity in the way ladies are depicted in comics. Some of them (Rogue, Emma, etc.) are still quite curvy, others are thinner or more muscular. 3) There are a lot of people (read: not all) on here who lament virtually every female figure failing to be on the Moonstone body. These people are not interested in body diversity. They are interested in hyper-sexualized depictions of women. That doesn’t mean that you fall into this category, but some people on this board do. Maybe some of these people only read comics in the 90s, but that doesn’t really change anything. See above. 4) Hyperbole about “every” female figure being “rail thin” or having the “body of a teenager” serves nobody. I wholeheartedly agree that Hasbro should have more body diversity in the sculpts available to them (especially for women), and I agree that their depictions of ladies lean a little thinner on average than they probably should, but the vast majority of ladies they release are clearly adults (though I’d believe most of them haven’t had kids), and it demeans rather than serves your argument to maintain otherwise. It’s tempting to believe that a lot of people on here just have really unrealistic ideas about average female proportions. For instance, there are plenty of figures sporting what I would call big chests that I routinely hear decried as flat-chested. 5) Hasbro sometimes gets things wrong, whether by mistake or for budgeting purposes (see Cyber). I can’t speak to the example with Salma Hayek because I’ve never closely studied her proportions, and I don’t really care about the movie figures. I’ll take your word that it’s a bad representation of her body. On the other hand, I can say at a glance that the face-sculpt they gave her bears little resemblance. Do you think that was an intentional decision on Hasbro’s part? If not, why would you assume the body was somehow a calculated inaccuracy? It’s likely they just blundered it. 6) Loudly and publicly obsessing over the anatomy of female figures is a direct barrier to more interest and participation from women in this hobby, which I think is a huge bummer. This is another easy opinion to mischaracterize, so let me try to be clear. I’m not saying women don’t do this too, and I’m also not saying that all women will be put off by this. I’m merely saying that many women who stumble upon boards like these, in the budding days of their interest in a hobby like this, will read these types of posts and immediately pick up on the loud but unspoken message that this a dude’s club where they aren’t welcome. This isn’t extrapolation, conjecture, or speculation. This is the message I hear from women in my life every single time I talk with them about their clear but unrealized interest in geeky hobbies. I’ve owned a game shop for nearly thirteen years, so please believe me when I say that my sample size is immense. By all means, proceed with your crusade, but please stop mischaracterizing people’s complaints (or lack thereof). Nobody takes issue with curvy women or accurate depictions in action figures. “Curvy” and “accurate” are just extremely subjective concepts in this (general, not specific) context, and the idea that every woman needs to be depicted as ultra curvy but also perfectly thin-fit is a lot more prevalent than you seem willing to admit.
    3 points
  2. You think if the figure was of a male they would have gotten the likeness right? 🙄 Give it a rest.
    2 points
  3. So these things hit the shelves two weeks ago and I swear the only thing that's changed is that they put Seaweed Man on the shelves between then and now. And no, he's not any better in person. Seriously, it is ultra bland and boring. Terribly shiny and the paint aps are surprisingly sloppy. And to top it off it looks just as stiff and ridged as the other figures in the wave. I know the MCU fans are trying to see the best in these, and good for you if that's your thing, but these are just all sort of mediocre. And yes, I understand that if the movie is good the interest in the figures will increase, but from early reviews by the real audience (not the industry shill "pros"), the outlook is bleak.
    1 point
  4. Hasbro really needs to include a web effect with EVERY Spiderman figure. Pretty lame the lack of accessories that come with Marvel Legends these days.
    1 point
  5. Make a deluxe 2 pack so Overdrive can have his monster combat Segway!
    1 point
  6. While the odd Spider-Villain or side character are always welcome in my collection, I'm having a hard time thinking of anything Spidey-wise I really NEED, at least to a point worthy of an Anniversary release. Still . . . That Retro Mary Jane/Gwen was all kinds of disappointing, so I wouldn't mind if they took another shot at MJ. If they had to, just take the old TRU 2-pack version and shove it in some new packaging with a bunch of accessories. I'd buy it. We're also already getting updated versions of Spidey-2099 and Secret Wars Spidey, so maybe another pass at more of the 'Verse variants? I'd personally love to see a pimped up, tricked out Spider-Noir. A decent (articulated) Spider-Ham maybe? Or a repackaged Sp//dr BAF with an articulated Peni Parker would be severely cool . . . and play right into Hasbro's wheelhouse. Oh, and count me in for the TV Spideys. A Nick Hammond version is something i haven't even dared dream possible.
    1 point
  7. It would be great if "lowering expectations" regarding supply chain woes meant they will start suspending the "exclusives", especially to poor performers like walgreen, etc. It would only make sense, as they weren't supplying the merchandise for collectors anyway. Probably not gonna happen though.
    1 point
  8. We also need the Living Brain from that short lived team
    1 point
  9. Does it honestly matter one way or the other? No matter WHAT or HOW MUCH they reveal, it's all mitigated by our knowledge that distribution is crap . . . was crap . . . and is probably only gonna get worse.
    1 point
  10. Yeah, its before when we thought there would be the equivalent of two waves of figures and we wind up with only two new figures, period.
    1 point
  11. Yeah, I thought we had seen leaks for Lizard as a Walmart exclusive instead. I'd welcome him as a Target one, I find those much more consistently. Wherever he lands,I hope he's mostly a new mold based on the classic look; the BAF is awful for more than just the weird dino head, thanks to its junk legs.
    1 point
  12. AWWWWW YISSSSS!!!! I want those rangers too!!! I{m settling for the ninjas for now, but those suits would be IT!!!!
    1 point
  13. I'm hoping for power rangers from the 1995 movie also can't wait to get that retro venom
    1 point
  14. Because its not relevant to the topic at hand. Someone complaining about not liking how the likeness of their figure turned out has absolutely nothing to do with what gender they are, and this is just another attempt to bring up this tired old subject which once again you all demonstrate can't discuss without it devolving into bickering and fighting. We got it some of you dont like marvel or changing characters. You all have stated it over and over, but guess what its not going to stop Marvel and Disney from doing it, and trying to hijack threads over and over cause you dont like it is not gonna change that. And If I see it happen one more time there will be no more warning, it will be an automatic ban.
    1 point
  15. There is a saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity, but Hasbro's Marvel Legends brand-team might be thinking otherwise after this week actress Salma Hayek went on national television and blasted the Marvel Legends figure based on her Eternals Ajak character which has been released as a Walmart exclusive. This happened on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night which you can check out below. The part about the Marvel Legends figure starts at time mark 13:15. During the segment she says the figure and the headsculpt makes her look creepy. Fellow Eternals co-star Kumail Nanjiani who was on with Hayek went on to say it looked like she had E.T. head. For the second headsculpt that is included with the figure she didn't like that one much better saying she looked very sad.
    1 point
  16. David Nakayama is likely there due to being a regularly-commissioned artist for the line (among many others, he did the package art for all the Age of Apocalypse releases, and the Strong Guy Deadpool wave, off the top of my head) and not due to him doing a random variant cover. Can't speak for Cates though - maybe some tease of another Venom wave with some Let There Be Carnage figures?
    1 point
  17. I loved the original She-Hulk. Funny, confident, sexy. This whole angry, brooding militant femonster thing was so exhausting. She was made to be the anti-Hulk in every way and form and instead of that they tried to turn her into Hulk. I hope we can get back to good stories and good fun, but honestly, I won't be holding my breath.
    1 point
  18. Hasbro needs to make a classic comic Iron fist wave and have him be the BAF. Include classic Steel Serpent, Power man , the Thunderer.
    1 point
  19. Had to look him up. Yeah he sucks, will pass as well if this version of Thor is made
    1 point
  20. I passed on the previous Sandmen Hasbro did cuz they were all outta scale. Glad I waited till they did him at a correct scale. Too bad they shat the bed with the headsculpts.
    1 point
  21. Opaque Radioactive Man, not using the corny Hyperion torso, would be nice.
    1 point
  22. The entirety of your post is reasonable, but I think this one makes the most sense considering the timing. I am not sure ‘relaxed production schedules’ is really the right way to frame it though. The negotiations did include language requiring more consistent food and rest breaks. I’m sure some executives overseeing offices and retail workers often refer to mandated lunch breaks as “relaxed productivity schedules.”
    1 point
  23. Ok, I'll concede that you never said they intentionally messed up her face. But you're missing my point. If Hasbro were against "oversexualizing" figures, they wouldn't have made Jolie's figure look the way it does. I don't know what all goes into making new molds like this, but it's way more likely that somewhere in the conceptualism of the design, her proportions got off and it just never got changed before the figure got made.
    1 point
  24. They need to do his green "tech suit", and usher in... the FRIGHTFUL FOUR!
    1 point
  25. Despite the interesting look AND being one of the few marvel characters with Mayan connections AND (most importantly) being the only Eternal who can "talk to Celestials", I'm hard pressed to think of one interesting line of dialogue AJak has ever had, let alone an interesting subplot or character arc. Not in Kirby's Eternals, not in Thomas' Thor run, not in Gaiman's series. Of course i'm old so i could well be forgetting something, but as it stands the mcu character could hardly be much less memorable than the comic version.
    1 point
  26. I stumbled upon Captain Universe Spider-Man figure and realized how inaccurate it was with its body and eye size, while I do understand that Cap Universe Spidey did appear way more muscular in Spider-Verse comics but it’s 90s appearance that stuck the most with fans. I believe that New Cap Universe Spidey can be done using Black costume retro Spidey. It would be simple repaint for Retro Spider-Man line, only new thing can be some good “ Universe power” accessories
    1 point
  27. I like this sandman a lot- it's good to have a regular 6 inch human sized version of this character
    1 point
  28. Yeah, I'm really hoping with the popularity of the MCU counterpart, a new comic Zemo isn't far off.
    1 point
  29. Because they don’t know how. Retcon is all they know.
    1 point
  30. Heh. Selma pointed out what many of us have mentioned before - the neutral expressions that Hasbro chooses make the character look bored or sleepy, and it is not a very natural expression for a superhero or dynamic character to have. It is a very fair criticism, although at least her figure came with an alternate head. I didn't interpret her remarks as being a critique of the "likeness" per se, i mean yeah its not among ML's best but i doubt she has much frame of reference for how great action figure likenesses can get. She certainly wasn't complaining that the boobs weren't big enough or whatever.
    1 point
  31. I think the strangest part of all of this, toning down the sexuality of the figure, and toning down Salma's breasts is....um so why does Angelina Jolie's figure have a huge chest?? almost comical in size?? no sense made.
    1 point
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  33. Comic figures all the way. Clearly I love the Avengers, Spider-Man, FF & the X-Men, but I'll be first in line if they ever do the Golden Age heroes, not to mention the 70s, etc. I'd love the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Give me Mantis, Red Wolf, Killraven, Equinox, El Aguila, Nightshade, Moon Dragon, Dr. Spectrum! Obscure comic figures would be fantastic, so yeah, Woodgod, Red Rajah, bring 'em on. The line was always about the comics and yes, the MCU is good too, but we can't forget where it all came from. MAKE MINE MARVEL!
    1 point
  34. Really, at this point its the only way they'll listen to us. They have the tools and means to make more accurate female figures, they're just choosing not to. It makes no sense because they've really stepped up the female faces. I mean some of these just look way too good to go on these silly bodies. Hasbro doesn't think twice when it comes to making diverse male figures (just look at the new Jon Favreau buck, versus what they did for Salma Hayek). When they notice a sizeable portion of dollars dropping off that they could have had, they'll wise up.
    1 point
  35. My Reed Richards showed up on my doorstep with a nice surprise when I opened my front door! Something jumped me and I was jumping around to get whatever it was off. I don't know what it was but a nice start for my morning. Reed came from Dorkside Toys.
    1 point
  36. Disney+ unveiled plans today to launch the first two episodes of Marvel Studios' "Hawkeye" when the highly anticipated six-episode event debuts exclusively on the streamer November 24. Subsequent episodes will launch each week on Wednesday. Marvel Studios' "Hawkeye" is an original new series set in post-blip New York City where former Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, Hawkeye reluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a 22-year-old skilled archer and his biggest fan, to unravel a criminal conspiracy. The series also features Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d'Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie, "Hawkeye" debuts exclusively on Disney+ on Nov. 24, 2021.
    1 point
  37. These photos make it hard for me to wait to get my preorder from BBTS!
    1 point
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