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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« on: June 04, 2020, 10:55:52 PM »
Interesting new wrinkle today.  One of RL's defenders accused BM of stealing molds from competitors.  Understanding timing and the fact that BM released a lot of small run stuff that wasn't highly publicized is tough for them.  And, the BM made an updated Cobra Trooper mold since the old one had issue.  But, hey, why let facts get in the way....

Haha, I figured this would become more along these lines at some point. The complete silence on other producers (Or former producers) was pretty blatant.

If the "stealing" of molds is less physical and more "GODDAMNIT HE'S USING OCCIFER PARTS! WE WERE GUNNA DO THAT!", well that's a glass house, considering TBM was upfront he was going to be doing the Steel Brigade, and welp, here's a guy doing Tiger Force, Night Force and Sky Patrol Steel Brigades!

General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:15:12 PM »
Well, the ARAH Gallery must have the pulse on the Joe Community!

Yo Joe's facebook group did some strange and poorly timed commentary on the "State of affairs". Specifically in regards to The Black Major, it was pretty tone-deaf and reads like a decision to try and get TBM into trouble, while wrapping it in a "Reproduction figures harm the average collector who don't know any better!"

They also used some of Nekoman's photos (without credit, I'm assuming)

General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:25:04 PM »
I'm an idiot but I really like those overly ornate Invasors he's doing!

I have nothing negative to say about TBM as a person, he's always been solid with me. Some of the things he does strikes me as self-preservation, which I honestly can't fault him for. 

In regards to that guy contacting Hasbro, I always figured TBM was close to getting burned on that YEARS ago. He'd gotten far in the whole Storm Shadow custom, and then pretty much went dark for a couple years. Since it was close time wise to that 2nd Live Action G.I. Joe movie, I always figured there was probably a connection.

General Discussion / Re: So, What's Up With the Joe World?
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:15:45 PM »
I did a little bit of watching back in February where I noticed a lot of stupidly priced auctions weren't selling. The figure I chose as the litmus test was the Steel Brigade, because it's a popular R@RE army builder, that also has Black Major and Red Laser versions that were going for too much as well. A lot of Steel Brigade figures were not selling at $80+, so I figured there was going to be a gradual decrease in prices, with it probably hitting prices that were still too high, but not as STOOPID as they'd been.

I think the stir craziness of the lockdown and some of the credit card/mortgage/rent relief as well the stimulus has kind of propped up the current G.I. Joe market. I think what's really going to be the barometer is July when a lot of the relief expires and all of a sudden reality is going assert itself once again. There's also been people spouting off the theory that "Collectables always retain their value or go up in times of crisis".

There's definitely a softening to the market though, as The Black Major didn't manage to meet his latest pre-sale goal. They were pretty steeply priced figures mind you. I'm feeling a little rueful about buying some of them, not based on the price, but more so the fact that the US/China Cold War is probably the hottest it's been, in the last 8 years. I have a feeling the Trade War of the last couple is what killed off Red Laser as a viable Factory Custom producer, I'm hoping this year isn't going to be a repeat.


General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« on: September 24, 2019, 01:03:29 AM »
They look cool, though the distribution method on this group isn't really my cup of tea! Nice to see Snow Serpents get made!

General Discussion / How the hell do you comment?
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:50:47 AM »
There's some cool pictures, but how do you comment on them? I don't think I'm THAT bad at the internet!

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