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One of the reasons why I

One of the reasons why I like this cloth so much is because it covers the entire body of the wearer.

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Posted by thesseus08 on 29 February, 2008 - 12:15
Man, that review was

Man, that review was awesome, also Geminis was a really great character. My brother used to have the old 1988 toy. I should get him this one for his birthday.

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Posted by chronocross_xp on 2 March, 2008 - 18:07
Hi, thanks for your review.

Hi, thanks for your review. I've taken sort of an interest in the Saint Seiya line, and this set looks nice. Though I wonder how the PVC figure holds up due to the weight of the diecast armor, does it warp the figure over time?

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Posted by Snake-Eater on 28 March, 2008 - 14:09
When you say brought to you

When you say brought to you by one of your sponsors (Angolz in this case), what does that mean? Did they provide it free for review purposes or did you just happe nto buy it from them?

That brings up a general question about all the reviews from sposors like betatoys and Sideshow.

I think you should specify when a toy is provided gratis for review and when you paid for for it out of pocket (tax write offs is another matter).

I want to know when you liked the toy so much you paid for it, regardless of it being review material. There have been a few items in the past that just felt like they were reviewed for advertising purposes, and not something Josh or others would have put down $100+ on for their own collection.

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Posted by duke togo on 28 March, 2008 - 14:45
Good question!

I guess we've never really talked about it publicly. CDX sponsorship is not exactly a *new* thing, but it's something that has changed over time, and each deal with each company is different. Sorta hard to keep track of sometimes!

Obviously, the Sponsors listed down the right side of the page are folks we've worked with before and when we click on those links, they help us pay for and maintain the site with ad revenue. In fact, what're you doing!? Go click those links now! :P

When we say directly in our reviews, "brought to you by _____", it usually means that, as an added courtesy, that company has offered us a discount on the toy, and even in some cases, provided it for free. We don't accept direct payment for reviews. Since, in most cases, we were going to review the particular toy anyway, we'll give them a little plug in return for the discount.

Of course, we're objective reviewers here...so even in cases where we've been given toys for free, we're not going to give favorable reviews automatically. Perfect example: Shocker's Metalocalpse "statues". Oy vey.

More to your point, though, we were provided with a free sample of Far East Monsters' DAM Godzilla statue, and while I'm not a statue collector, this thing really and truly blew me away. Like you mentioned, I probably wouldn't have bought this thing on my own because I'm not a statue guy, but I love Godzilla and it's not like I hate statues!

For example, I'm an underground hip hop head, so while you'd be an idiot to hire me to write country/western music reviews, that doesn't mean I can't comment on and, at least, intelligently review commercial rap like Jay-Z. ;) You dig?

All I'm getting at is that you'll never see me reviewing My Little Pony on this site...or anywhere! Despite statues not being my normal thing, I can take a step back from my usual stuff and try to be "objective" about the Goji statue. I found it to be a great piece based on my standards...and in the review, I explain why.

And, again, the fact that it arrived for free is good because, otherwise, I may never have gotten a chance to mess with one in person...but at the end of the day, it had no bearing on my actual opinion of it. If it sucked, I would've plainly said so.

Oh, and of course, variety in our reviews is a good thing, right? If we did the same crap over and over again, this site would get pretty boring!

Hope that helped. Perhaps the other writers would like to comment...

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 29 March, 2008 - 14:57
Sanjeev pretty much nailed

Sanjeev pretty much nailed it. When you see links to a retailer in a review, that means that the toy has been provided for free or at a discount to the reviewer. One thing I make sure to mention to any sponsor is that sending a toy does not guarantee a good review. We promise to be objective, but if something stinks we're going to call it out.

We pride ourselves our our objectivity and our credibility.

If you read the site long enough, i think you can get a feel about which reviewer likes what and what they personally collect. If its one thing that working on this site has done it has definitely opened my eyes to some cool toys I wouldn't have bought otherwise. That Dog Alma statue is a perfect example. i don't collect Girl figures, but when it came in the box from Yamato I was really surprised about how nicely done it was. Am I going to go out and start collecting them? No. But would I check another one out? Sure.

I don't know if putting whether or not i personally bought something would be relevant to the review. Each person looks for different things in a toy, and I want the reader to make up their own mind on it. But rest assured, i'm not going to recommend a toy to you that i think sucks just because it got sent to me. I think I speak for all CDX reviewers here. As the owner, I try to match up samples with reviewers who I think would be interested in them. I would remind you though that we do in fact pay for most of our toys.

Good question though, thanks for asking!

Josh

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Posted by JoshB on 29 March, 2008 - 16:35
good buy

got this after reading u guys review. Dont regret buying but boy it wasnt cheap.. cost me almost 100 dollars to get it ;____;

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Posted by mice on 15 December, 2008 - 03:09
 
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