Re: The Action Figure and Toy Collecting and Discussion Thread!
Too many of the Playmates figures from the nineties had a G.I. Joe 1982 vibe to their design, and when you're eight years old in the Reagan era that's one thing and it's very cool. When you're in your twenties and an adult collector who demands a little more accuracy and more human proportions, not so much.
That's something that big toy companies have to wrestle with--are they making rough & tumble toys for kids to play with or high-end collectibles for adults to put on display? Some would argue that the current state of the toy industry mirrors that of the comic book industry by focusing more on a steadily dwindling group of aging collectors (resulting in it becoming an expensive luxury industry). Others would argue that there's no such things as kids anymore, so the industry reflects that.
"There's always someone wanting to ruin a good party..."