Oct 20, 2014

Offended Moronic Mother is after Adult Collectors.

A dumb Florida Moron is offended by Breaking Bad toys and wants them pulled from Toys R Us. Before anyone complains about the terms I'm using, the Dumb Florida Moron line is a reference from Vice City. I'm using that term because the "offended Party" is from Florida and I think she is dumb and moronic.

First of all: Toys R Us have an Adult Collector section where figures from shows that are not aimed at Kids, like in this case Breaking Bad are displayed. Here's where you'd find stuff like Spawn, or Horror movies stuff by companies like McFarlane or NECA. Here's where you'd find Funko's Game of Thrones toys and other toylines aimed at the Adult Collector. (Here's where the toys from Watchmen were often seen back in the day)

Second: These "toys" are aimed at Adult Collectors AND it says so in the package! Like say, Funko's Game of Thrones toys that say: COLLECTIBLE. NOT A TOY (In English, French and Spanish)
The Infamous Breaking Bad "Action Figures" which are pretty much Glorified Statues have an Ages 15+ in the front of the card.

Third: by using her Logic, then Toys R Us should not sell Games Rated above E10, because those games are not suited for children.
Or taking it to a more ridiculous concept. supermarkets should not sell Beer and Cigarettes because they also sell Baby Food and Lunchables.

Now, with that said, Daniel Pickett of Action Figure Insider has made a Petition on Change.org to KEEP the Breaking Bad figures and other Adult Collectibles available at Toys R Us. I hope plenty of people sign it, because having a few angry people who DO NOT SHOP AT TOYS R US trying to dictate what we who ACTUALLY ARE TRU Customers can or cannot buy.

Brick and Mortar toy stores are a dying breed. Remember Kay-Bee Toys? Well, stores that cater to Adult Collectors are a dying breed too. Suncoast, anyone? Funny story. At Toys R Us, I STILL NEED TO SHOW AN ID when buying M games or some Adult Collectibles. I'm WAY OLDER than 18 and I still need to show an ID to buy stuff at Toys R Us. That's how seriously they take their job. Not to mention that the Adult Collectibles aisles are not next to stuff that Small Children would be interested in. Hell often the Toys R Us express stores that show around Christmas time are lacking the Adult Collectible Aisles.

Think about it. It's in Toys R Us' best interest to KEEP the Adult Collectible section of the store. Let's face it, Toys like Action Figures and Dolls are not as successful with kids today as they were with us when we were children. We are the Children of Saturday Morning Cartoons and 22 Minute Toy commercials. Kids today are the Tablet and iChildren. Action Figures and Dolls are archaic things that are borderline pointless to them. Losing the Adult Collectibles would take a huge chunk of change out of TRU's coffers. The Collectors and Scalpers are a sizeable chunk of the customer base who buy toys for adults as well as for Children... (Bronies alone buy more MLP Product than actual little girls.) Losing that chunk of Customer Base could spell bad news to the Toy Store.

The thing that bugs me the most is how ONE PERSON gets OFFENDED by something and this ONE PERSON plans a CRUSADE TO ELIMINATE WHAT OFFENDED them. The Opinions of those who are not offended by that thing who offended the first person are not important; because they are not offended by the "Offensive thing". Those people get called insults (sub human disgusting things, misogynists, etc.) simply because they don't agree with the "offended party". Hmmm... This kinda echoes another situation, but I digress.

There is no real issue here!
She believes the toys are not for kids. The Manufacturer believes these collectibles are not for kids. Toys R Us believes these collectibles are not for kids and has them in a section of the store with other Adult Collectibles.
It only becomes an issue when they try to ban them from stores. The sad thing is that it has happened before... over the last 15 plus years.  Also, it's funny that the offended party is always a mother who somehow ends up stumbling into toys that are clearly not for Children. (The Breaking Bad toys are marked 15 and up, the Dexter toys were marked 18+ and the infamous Austin Powers McF "Figures" are marked 13+) I can almost understand the Austin Powers one being somewhat problematic, but seriously, who buys their 11 year old child a figure of Mike Myers with Ridiculous amounts of chest hair prancing in his underwear? I mean it's not like they have inappropriate humor like a Fat Bastard who wants to eat a Midget or something.

You know, For Kids!
I find it Highly Moronic that this witch hunt is being made BECAUSE the Manufacturer AND the Retailer already KNOW that the Breaking Bad toys are not for Children and the Retailer HAS THEM on their ADULT COLLECTIBLE SECTION, BECAUSE THEY ARE ADULT COLLECTIBLES!

I- I just don't know what else to say. I mean, the Mattel Nimbus 2000 vibrator scandal (due to joke reviews on Amazon) had a bit more merit than this.

Oct 18, 2014

Scott Neitlich is no longer with us...

No, he is not dead. He quit his job at Mattel. Something about another toy company giving him a better position. Leaving Mattel would mean his most likely going to Hasbro, or maybe Playmates.(going to any other toy company may be career suicide.) Then again there's This:

Here's the Interview from Action Figure Insider that scared the crap out of me. (Not a good thing to see first thing in the morning.)

Before I go in with my thoughts on the news; I must make a small disclaimer.

Whether you like or dislike Scott Neitlich or his Toyguru "persona" we cannot deny the fact that his contributions (whether good or bad) led MOTU to the state it currently is. (Talking about Classics and the brand in general). He did show some passion towards the brand (even if his knowledge of MOTU lore wasn't up to par.)

OK, so here we go!

I have mixed feelings about the issue. So I'll try to discuss this as tastefully as possible.

The good:
-No more rage inducing answers with "cute" phrases like: Mossman is not a bath toy, Keep reading the Bios, etc. Or answers that completely miss the point of the question. Let's face it, He had a knack for pushing our buttons.
-No more Neitlichverse (I have a rant about that on the backburner. Just organizing some thoughts) and that means Spector fading into the background.
-No more "MOTU Messiah" Toyguru. Sometimes, Neitlich's words seemed to sound (or be read as) like if it wasn't solely for HIS involvement, there would be no MOTUC.
-The Ban towards Emiliano Santalucia and the Power and Honor Foundation could be lifted.

The bad:
- We could get our equivalent to DCUC's "Fangirl 2.0-gate" where Neitlich's replacement, while more tactful, was a bit more clueless about the brand being managed.
-New Manager could simply ax MOTUC and start a new line with the new Manager's spin on it. (Restarting the 8back, different scale, less articulation, etc.)

So, basically, I kinda feel that Scott Neitlich was trying to become some sort of MOTU Messiah, the witch-hunt against The Power and Honor Foundation, the .org Val vs Emiliano rift, the "Massive overhaul" to the MOTU Universe's narrative with Time Agents, Green Lantern knockoffs etc. all seem to feed the theory that Scott Neitlich was trying to set himself up as the Savior of MOTU. This leads to the next thing: Ego. (which still fits the Scott Neitlich: MOTU Messiah narrative)

While self-aggrandizing, Scott Neitlich tended to downplay the roles of others in MOTUC, except when throwing them under the proverbial bus. Then there's the TOYGURU section of the Mattycollector website feeding the "Scott Neitlich is an egomaniac" narrative. I do feel like he was setting himself up to be the "Savior" of the brand, BECAUSE it would look amazing in a resume. (Turning a dead line into a successful toyline would look great on a resume for people in the toy business.) but at the same time, I also feel that his lack of tact and cluelessness when communicating
in writing made him look more antagonistic than what he really is. then there's the whole corporate spinning that he had to do (comes with the territory) that made him look like a liar.

He was far from perfect, but at the same time, MOTU customers got away easy. Year after year WE.MADE.IT.HAPPEN.DESPITE.MATTEL.AND.DIGITAL.RIVER. It wasn't Simply Scott "Fighting for us". It was a combination of: The Fourhorsemen Studios and their amazing sculpting powers, the Loyal and Rabid MOTU fanbase who year after year stuck with this toyline despite the tons of crap and drama surrounding it. Scott Neitlich's silver tongue may have enraged us customers/fans, but it also helped convince The Powers That Be to get us things like Grayskull, Battle Ram, keeping the line going, etc. (and turds like Nepthu, or Skelebaby... not all of them can be winners)

At the end of the day I just have this "the devil you know" feeling on the back of my head.  I fear we get someone who is WORSE than Neitlich (*cough*Ruben Martinez*cough*)and MOTU ends up in the backburner until I reach my 50s. Then again, the next BM could be the BM we BOTH NEED AND DESERVE to work with MOTU and make it return to the Juggernaut status from the 80s. Only time will tell.

How this affects the House of Rants?
Well, there goes my biggest Scapegoat. Now I have no Neitlich to curse at... CURSE YOU NEITLICH FOR NOT BEING MY SCAPEGOAT FOR MOTU BLUNDERS ANYMORE!!
*shakes fists at heavens*
Well, I have at least until the end of 2015, since while Scott may no longer be with Mattel, he set up the 2015 gameplan and that's what Mattel is going to roll with. (too late to change plans at this stage and it's simpler to end the current plan than scratch it and start all over. picturing the backlash of people rage quitting MOTU and Mattel products if Mattel decided to scratch MOTUC and refund all the 2015 subbers to then beg them to return for the new plan.)

I've got to be honest here. I wish him well on future endeavors and that his path does not cross with pastel colored equines from Rhode Island. I did and do not like all of his choices regarding the brand, but at the same time; I'm thankful for the good choices.

At the end of 2015 I guess we can judge the MOTUC Chapter and Neitlich a bit more fairly.