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08 April 2008 @ 01:04 pm
It's Venting Time (And I don't mean Late's)  
So, we all know we love our collections for some reason or another, but what part of your collection, or collecting, do you hate? I wonder, what really grinds your gears about the way your fandom works, or what annoys you about the company that makes them.

For me, in the land of DCU Animated Action figures, it would have to be the surplus of certain character figures over all others. Each year, at various toy fairs and conventions, Mattel "debuts" a surprisingly large number and variety of new, unique figures. Oh, this year you're going to get Black Canary, that green Fire chick, Volcana, Orion, Mr. Miracle, and all sorts of bad ass B-List comic heroes you pine for to fill out your collection! Oh yeah, it's going to be rad!

So you squee with giddiness and hop up and down in your chair with excitement and you make damn sure you're at Target every Friday afternoon (or Saturday, if you can't swing it) and what do you find? Legions and legions of three packs and singles consisting of a mixture of the following characters: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, with a dash of Flash and Wonder Woman thrown in for good measure. And not only are these the same characters we've seen for eons and eons, the same characters we've already been forced to buy excessive duplicates of because the Three-Pack paired Vigilante with Batman and Super, but they don't frackin' even change the molds or paint jobs! Meanwhile, the special, unique characters you saw online are only available--online. You wind up paying ridiculously high prices because you're going to have that Green Fire Chick, damnit, if it's the last thing you do.

Oh, and the figures don't stand very well on the own.

So, Ok, your turn. Bonus points for citing obscure toys.
Supernonamegirlsupernonamegirl on April 9th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
This is more of a serious topic than the thing you mentioned but misogyny in the superhero fandoms in general ticks me off.
I could go on for ages about this, but it's pretty self-explanatory and obvious. It actually sort of relates to your point, in that many of the hard to find figs are females because "they don't sell as well." If they don't sell as well, why am I paying 14 dollars on ebay to get Justice Lords Hawkgirl (Note, I haven't actually done that yet, but she *is* the only unique Hawkgirl from that line I'm missing...)
only1genevieve on April 9th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Ooooh yeah misogyny in comics and action figures is huge. I have a very common rant about how female main characters are never made into action figures, and it's very annoying to me. On the one hand, I'm glad DCUA does the girl figs, on the other, there's the annoying side caveat that girl figs are always going to be the htf ones simply because they assume a) Only boys play with action figures (wrong) b) Boys won't play with girl action figures (I suspect wrong but have no solid proof)
A Guy Named Goo: FE What's Normal by kottoncandieaguynamedgoo on April 9th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
This happens with my gashapon, too. Aside from being hard to come by in the first place (I'm ready to sell my right arm for a case of Phoenix Wright gashapon), some sets have the same characters over and over and some characters rarely if ever appear. I have three sets of Fullmetal Alchemist gashapon. All three sets have Ed, one of the main characters, but only one set has his little brother Al, who is actually the main character of the show.

Of course, being Japan, what few figures they do of the female characters tend to be heavily sexualized, as you'll see when I get my pictures. The FMA ones tend to do a good job, with Riza and Winry having realistic proportions, but do you know how long I had to wait to get an Izumi figure? And she was the most kickass female in the series! And my Hellsing gashapon...Seras actually has her boobs oddly positioned on one side of her chest to make room for her huge gun (and the figure hates to stay on its stand because of the odd proportions).

Also, there are about four Devil May Cry gashapon of Trish, even one of Lucia (a lesser known character from the least popular game in the series), but none of Vergil, my favorite character in the series.

Gashapon = less sexist (unless you count the random huge boobs), but love to give the shaft to the best characters.
only1genevieve on April 9th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Now, question, I just looked up gashopon - the only ones I've seen are for cutsie things like Winnie the Pooh and Disney Princesses, are the cool ones only available outside the US? (Not that cutsie isn't cool, but not exactly what you're describing).

Ah, big boobs. Yes. They annoy me as well. That's a rant in and of itself. DCUA toys also suffer this affliction. It's sad, because way back when, in the first series of Batman (the cartoon) the women were more or less anatomically/realistically proportioned.
A Guy Named Gooaguynamedgoo on April 9th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I get most of mine imported by the case from places like Japan, but there are a few of them I got at Hot Topic and Suncoast before it closed. If an anime is popular in America, you're likely to find the gashapon for sale here. It's actually interesting because the Japanese ones come in small boxes and have to be assembled, but the American ones, despite looking exactly alike, come pre-assembled on a card back.
jabberwockypie on April 10th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Weird Batman Repaints
It's . . . he's Batman! Why is he wearing neon orange? Or magenta? I'm sorry, but magenta really doesn't fit in with the whole "I shall become a bat" "criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot" thing. It's kind of stupid on a lot of other action figures, but somehow seeing Batman in neon orange is just strange. At least Superman makes a habit of wearing primary colors.