Well, that may change... slowly but surely. It depends on people's interest in this toy line, as well as a matter of time and money.
Believe me, I would love to spend more of my free time, and money, to modify and custom-bash Revoltech figures all over the place. But I get bored too easy too soon and then I wanna move on to other activities. lol
Customizing stuff with Revoltech figures is the unsung hero, the "Silent Hill", of this hobby.
The following below are my personal observations as to why we don't see much activity in the Revoltech market and in the custom-figures "best-kept secret" hangouts of this hobby:
1> Super-robot Revoltechs aren't as popular with the mainstream anime crowd as we had initially expected; because some robot Revoltech sculpts turned out looking disappointing to fans, due to anime inaccuracy and also due to falling short of fans' individual appeals.
If you've never had any Super-robot Revoltech figures and have ONLY been seeing them in pictures, your Opinion or Liking to these figures may change in either direction once you've owned your first Revoltech figure. You'll either Love them, have Mixed feelings about them, or you'll Hate them... ...and that is subject Per Revoltech figure, because some are better than others. Remember, this toy line has its Hits and Misses. lol
2> The super-robot era generation is a slow dying breed... those of us who grew up watching these classic robot anime shows are now grown old and gray, some of us are retired in years, and some of us are almost at the brink of extinction... we're passing the torch forward, but not many new runners are taking that torch anywhere or even burning sh*t along the way.
The younger generation are fans of modern-day anime shows and so they've got That torch to bear for their future years to come.
Heck, a great majority of my followers at Facebook have never even heard of "Tobor, The 8th Man" ! (smhid)
3, and very hurtful> Revoltech figures are snubbed off, ignored, and looked down upon as the "poor man's collector toy". That elitist mentality is discouraging fans from exploring this toy-line and it is also killing this market.
Yeah, that same elitist mentality who snubbed Banpresto toys years ago but are now aching to collect a Banpresto anything so they can sell it on eBay for outrageous prices. That same elitist "My Collection is Better than Thou's" mentality. Since when the fk has this hobby become an Aristocracy?!
...To down-cast a segment of this community with a toy-line into a "sub standard" category is what I would call discriminatory, and childish behavior. It's like the Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors all looking down on the Freshmen.
That kind of mentality makes me feel insulted. I've been a fan of the anime character most of my life and some elitist has the nerve to tell me my 'station' in this hobby?! GTFOH! To the elitist mentality I'll say this in simple English: F*CK YOU. Why? F*CK YOU, that's why. In this hobby, WE ALL started out as Freshmen. Remember that.
4> With the SRC line now flourishing, fans are flocking over to the high quality of solid die-cast and hard ABS plastic accompanied by a sh*t-load of accessories per SRC figure. Hey, I would, too. Why not! The SRC is one helluva bad-ass toy-line with good quality specimens.
However, the SRC's downside is that you can't simply disassemble an SRC figure to bash it with parts from other SRC figures (unless you're willing to mutilate $60-$70 SRCs to scrap in order to re-create your own custom robot figures)... ...to do so means to cut and bore through every bolt and rivet at the SRCs articulation points, since most of those areas are not held together by nut-and-bolt design. If you can afford multiples of the same toy to do that, or if you're lucky enough to find beaters and broken SRCs, more power to you.
Revoltechs are a little more forgiving, Financially and Physically. That just depends on Which Revoltech line figure you buy. Because some of the earlier Revoltechs are now becoming more pricey and scarce.
Revoltech figures are like high-tech "Legos" and then some extra mileage: You can kit-bash them with other Revoltech figures and parts; and you can modify them with just about Anything outside their toy-line, thanks to their hard-rubber and ABS plastic material. You can take any old discarded plastic junk stuff around the house or from a dumpster, and make Revoltech figure accessories and weapons, all from scratch. You can even use Revoltech joints and parts to make everyday useful gadgets and objects such as webcam tripods, desktop gadgets, Stop-Motion figures... Hey- I even made a drawing compass with a Bic pen, a plastic rod, and a 6mm Revo joint! Can you do that with other toy-lines? Yeah Right, I thought so.
There ya have it, my personal observations about the Revoltech line. I hope this toy line continues. I like the Revoltech toy-line for all the cool things I can do with it.
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2013 15:10:16 GMT -5 by magengar
Post by TheMazingerZ on Dec 11, 2013 17:55:02 GMT -5
Woah bro! no need to tell the folks that don't think highly of Revoltechs to f**k off!
We all have our tastes and opinions, nothing wrong with disliking something. Revoltechs were cool, until they went crazy with the "collarbone shoulder joints" and crappy sculpting on several Super Robots... And starte charging more and more for their figures, and dropped the Classic super robots in lieu of Nemo, Woody, and the rest of those children toys.
I'll still buy Revoltechs, but only of the figures I deem worthy of my money.
Yes, I sounded off harshly in my previous comment and I was rather extremely judgmental without understanding the reasoning behind the way some folks think of Revoltechs... I apologize. I had encountered some recent opinions about Revoltechs, and the way some opinions were expressed left me speechless at the time that it felt like an unexpected kick. I finally had to let out steam.
When the Revoltech line started with super-robots those early robot renditions looked so appealing, I wanted to collect all of my favorite robots in this line. When the Revoltech Grendizer was made, I was turned off by its weird shoulder joints; but I still admired the figure. Some of the Sci-Fi Revoltech figures also won my affection, especially the Argonaut Skeleton Warriors- which I still wanna grab.
Then all the sudden Disney stuff came into the line, which I'm not a Disney fan anyway, so the Disney stuff turned me away from any further following of this line.
Lately some newer Revoltech figures had won me over... and then comes alone the Revoltech version of Domo-Kun which I totally welcome as a comic relief because it looks like a "mierda" with teeth. I'd love to pick up a Revoltech Domo-Kun along with "Skeletor"! lol
What's that artist's name... Yamaguchi... he literally Made the Revoltech line what it became during his time at Kaiyodo. His sculpts and renditions with the super-robots were always something I admired, it was always a pleasure looking forward to Yamaguchi's latest sculpts ...that man not only worked hard, he also worked FAST putting out new sculpts almost every month; and his work was always consistent from one Revoltech to the next. I wish I had his mad skillz.
I've been out of the Revoltech loop for a while, so I don't know if Yamaguchi is still sculpting Revoltech figures for Kaiyodo.
The Revoltech line also makes me feel nostalgic, it brings back fond memories of my first couple years after joining this hobby and signing up to join Robot-Japan. The Revoltech line also reminds me of the classic Banpresto figures from the '90s... ...I nicknamed the Revoltech line as "Banpresto 2.0"
magengar: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Nov 28, 2013 11:25:48 GMT -5
xiombarg: I personally am thankful that I'M NOT AT WORK! WOOHOO!
Nov 28, 2013 12:44:45 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: I'm thankful I haven't been evicted from my parents yet...though I seriously wish they'd let me make my own decisions in life...
Nov 28, 2013 21:04:57 GMT -5
magengar: I'm thankful for many things. Among those things, I'm thankful to be alive to enjoy this hobby and Robot-Japan!
Nov 29, 2013 2:54:06 GMT -5
blitzkriegomega: Okay. Super Robot Wars Alpha? you know...when my hit% is 9% or less, I'm supposed to DODGE, right? then why does every attack hit without fail and game-over me for the 40th freaking time?
Nov 30, 2013 10:39:54 GMT -5
admin1: Likewise M- Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone1
Nov 30, 2013 18:11:25 GMT -5
magengar: Is there anyone here by the name of "David Silva" (from Canada)?
Dec 1, 2013 3:45:36 GMT -5
TheMazingerZ: blitzkriegomega, if you wanna be able to make your own decisions in life without anyone interfering... get a place of your own and move out!
Dec 2, 2013 11:40:11 GMT -5
prostockjohn: I'm still here, haven't bought any additional robots lately I have a very specific list of wants and they are all early GA's.
Dec 2, 2013 18:18:10 GMT -5
prostockjohn: I'm still here, need to lower my daily driver...
Dec 2, 2013 18:18:23 GMT -5