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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by R.T.G. 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!
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by Mike T. on June 03, 2020, 11:18:51 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....
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by Mike T. on May 28, 2020, 11:39:21 PM »
I'd be pissed if they used my photos, too.  That's bullshit.  Here's photos by fans of BM, but BM actually sucks.  The only place my photos have ever been stolen in 20 years is on Facebook.  Guys there take them all the time.  But, they post them with no credit.  It's not malicious.  But, seeing as I'm about to post a month's worth of rarities photos that aren't mine, I don't wade into those waters too much.
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by Nekoman on May 28, 2020, 02:24:03 AM »
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)

I just checked this out and now my blood's boiling. Yes, they flat out stole my shots with no credit, whatsoever, and used them in a post shitting on TBM on top of all of that!

Imagine trying to make a point about how bootlegs hurt "new collectors that don't know any better!", by stealing photos from a website much newer than yours, that gets much less traffic, and giving no credit to your audience that go figure- doesn't know any better. These clowns are rich!
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by A-Man on May 25, 2020, 06:51:08 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!"

Start with a  phony compliment, he's done great stuff BUT HERE'S HIS REAL NAME AND HE'S RUINING COLLECTING AND HASBRO SHOULD SHUT HIM DOWN.  Why stop there? Why not reclaim all intellectual property and shut-down fansites that use trademarked Hasbro images? Good bye Yojoe.com, 3D Joes, etc. Would it be legal? I dunno, but I know who can afford the lawyers.

As for the new and average collectors. Average collectors would be happier doing something else.
Seriously, high prices, a vast collection impossible to complete unless you are wealthy, aging plastic that's brittle and yellowing, "bootlegs" and re-carding...vintage 3 3/4" GI JOE is a terrible hobby to just get into.

I'd say the same thing about most vintage toy collecting, though. Or modern Star Wars since just putting a figure on a retro style cardback increases its price by 200%.  You want anything,  gotta order a case and get stuck with whatever's not "hot" in that case.

I know the topic is repros of old toys, but in terms of action figure collecting in general, the stores (who never restock or order enough and influence what companies make), the companies (under-producing and overcharging) and the "collecting community" (too many collectors are primarily interested in the value of their collections and/or making money off other fans)  have done their best to discourage the casual toy collector much much more than repros of old toys have. You cannot walk into a store today and hope to find, well, anything, unless you collect Lego.  Someone pointed out there's only really two major brick and mortar action figure retailers left: Target and Wal-Mart.  Locally, I'd say checking both in my area is a waste of effort 90% of the time.
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by R.T.G. 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)
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by scarrviper on May 22, 2020, 07:37:42 PM »
Wow, some of those eels look pretty impressive.  I had no idea they were in production.

As cool as some of the factory customs have been over the years, I never liked how it's become so secretive and you feel like you have to be in the right social media circles to have a chance at getting them, if you even know they exist. 
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General Discussion / Re: So, What's Up With the Joe World?
« Last post by scarrviper on May 22, 2020, 07:25:21 PM »
I've not done much joe shopping lately, but I've seen the price hikes. 


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General Discussion / Re: So, What's Up With the Joe World?
« Last post by A-Man on May 22, 2020, 06:44:07 AM »
Lots of common and even beat-up figures lot on ebay going for 4 times what they would've not too long ago.

I think Black Major assembles the figures in the US of A.  He's posted shots of sprues, but usually unpainted ones.

Meanwhile MODERN era consists of faint hopes and tons of NOT GI JOE things like Marauders and various expensive Kickstarters. But no one ever does o-ring style figures. Wal-Mart listings that may or may not turn out to be $13 vintage style figures.
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General Discussion / Re: Factory Custom News Thread
« Last post by A-Man on May 22, 2020, 06:38:29 AM »
I don't understand what your are supposed to do with the extra head/torsos if you are not a customizer.

In regards to what I posted before.
I dunno about these people who are only on instagram to sell things.
That was not meant as a commenting bashing Black Major per se.  I mainly followed BM (heh, "BM") to see what he's making since forums shun him even in the times of little to no JOE news.  I guess his paranoia makes sense.  I've wound up "following back" a few other Instagram people who seem to be "fans" in the sense they just sell thing to other fans. I regret having to scroll through their posts.

It's not as bad as Flickr sometimes. I'll look at a person's favorites after they've faved one of my photos and then suddenly I'm looking at genitalia.  I often  forget Flickr has that stuff.
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