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Mothman Vs. Flatwoods

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I'm really starting to hate

I'm really starting to hate this ironic-hipster-trendy-art-Starbucks thing going on with toy collecting right now. Let me get this straight: These LOOK like cheap supermarket toys,down to the last shoddy detail,but instead of $1 you get to pay $10 dollars? WTF?
A lot of the full size vinyl is the same way,80 bucks for a dog's chew toy sculpted by a 4 year old,because it looks "retro" to a group of people who don't know a Bullmark from bulls**t.

I'll be glad when the cool kids move on to the next big thing.

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Posted by kidnicky on 28 September, 2008 - 14:15
$1

You'd be hard pressed to find something like this for a dollar at any supermarket. You'd be hard pressed to find a cheap vinyl at the family dollar for less than four dollars. Few dog chew toys are cheaper than that, either.

Given what these toys are, getting two (and a fence!) for ten dollars seems reasonable enough.

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Posted by TimF on 28 September, 2008 - 18:28
I agree with kidnicky's

I agree with kidnicky's anti-"ironic-hipster" point (though, you need to cut the profanity, man!).

These guys are trying to be kitschy. That's wack.

The original idea behind designer vinyl (at least the high-quality Japanese kind), was that these were super-high quality toys. The best vinyl possible. Creative sculpts that people dig. Amazing paint apps. Unfortunately, the market blew up but the production runs stayed low (no damn coincidence, of course).

Now, they're trying to drop that quality in order to be "retro"? Wow...someone's sitting back and laughing (no offense, JoshB! ;P ). Sure, they're cheaper, but these seriously are $1 toys. ...I'd rather drop $8 on a Glyos figure that provides genuine play value.

And TimF, you're going to the wrong dollar stores, buddy! I was in one a couple weeks ago in South Boston and I picked up two ~7" knockoff Gundams for Nekrodave for a buck a pop. Still better than these things.

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Sanjeev

Sanjeev's picture
Posted by Sanjeev on 30 September, 2008 - 09:19
going to the wrong dollar stores

That sounds pretty nice. Maybe it's just that I haven't had much luck.

Still, did those Gundams come with a fence or a dead tree?

TimF's picture
Posted by TimF on 30 September, 2008 - 19:55
A gas!

What a great little concept, I love the Mothman very funny with is big silly mouth. it would of have better if it was a whole bag of these but its still creative.

Cheers,

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

Modcineaste's picture
Posted by Modcineaste on 28 September, 2008 - 16:02
Retro

This article is retro now, too, but
either way I wanted to respond.

Because we only made 5000 sets and not one million, as they do
when they made the cow boy / army sets, the per piece price to us
was very high. We probably made 2 bucks on each one and shared
that with our distributor. By choice, we did this for fun.
It's something we would talk about on drives down to Area 51, no foolin.
Sun-Min and I grew up with love of the lore of these creatures.

We are in no way hip or hipsters.
I own a toy company but the business people
still look over my shoulder when looking for someone in charge at trade shows.
I make a terrible cool person.
I've spent more time at Mandarake Nakano and Yodabashi Camera in line for Soul of Chogokin
than I have at any hipster hang out or even semi-marginal cool restaurant combined,
and I only know where some are because they are on my way home from Anime Jungle downtown.
I even ran into Josh by random chance at Tamashii nations in Tokyo.
I should have been at my hipster club! Wait, that is my hipster club.
Look, I knew Tamashii has 2 "i's"

We've created many Kaiju versions of these creatures, all made in Japan,
in the very same factories the original Godzilla and Kaiju monster toys were cast ages ago,
but those retail for $50 to $80 and we really wanted to somehow offer this set under $10 retail.

We still have yet to make back the $ we spent on the full page ads
we did for these in UFO magazine.
Sad to say the Roswell Museum passed on them, but the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant
West Virginia took some and made one a permanent part of the museum!
So we were beyond happy and OK with the loss.

Ok that all said, if you simply don't like them, I hear ya.
No stopping that.
=)

UGLYDOLL's picture
Posted by UGLYDOLL on 18 March, 2011 - 15:51
Wow, three years ago I did

Wow, three years ago I did this?

Never mind the hate, no need to justify, you are all good in my book!

I felt like a jerk not recognizing you when we met in Tokyo!

Good to see you here, can't wait to see what you think of Daltanious!

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Posted by JoshB on 18 March, 2011 - 17:43
I've been a reader for years,

I've been a reader for years, just realized I should sign up.
Currently grabbing up all the soul of chogokin toys previusly found in the godaikin line,
Can't wait for Daltanious and God Sigma!
Thanks for the hndreds of awesome reviews.

UGLYDOLL's picture
Posted by UGLYDOLL on 18 March, 2011 - 22:04
 
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