Since the only figure I’ll pretty much pick up in any form is Cobra Commander, I picked up the Sigma 6 version today. $14.76 at Wal-Mart.
So I get home and proceed to remove the figure from the packaging. What a pain in the rear! It was similar to trying to unpackage a Transformer. Tons of tape & twisty ties. Got really old and annoying after 10 minutes. (I’m slow. Guess I’m not as coordinated and not able to rush to get the figure out. I don’t care to break anything.) Pre-year 2000 figures didn’t have this problem. (Don’t get me started on the post-2000 2-figure packs.) Granted, older figures didn’t look as “cool” in the packaging. They were not “posed”. But I don’t care what the “M.O.C. figure” looks like. I want it out of the packaging so I can display it, pose it, and use it. I can’t imagine someone under the age of 10 trying to unpackage this thing.
When I was younger, I ENJOYED putting together a joe vehicle as a child. (semi-snap-together model). It provided me some enjoyment. It gave me a sense of accomplishment to put the vehicle together and apply the stickers. It was not a “JOB”. Unpackaging this figure (and Transformer toys) is a JOB. The number of twisty ties, “rubber bands”, tape, …. I don’t care for it.
So after it’s all said & done, I have the “toy” on one side and the “post-consumer waste” on the other. I looked both over and immediately thought to myself, “I paid $15 for a pile of GARBAGE!!!” Listed is a summary of the packaging:
- hard plastic sleeve
- decorative cardboard sleeve (“filecard” was on the back. Guess that’s not “waste”.)
- thick backing cardboard insert
- plastic insert endcaps
- plastic straps holding the package together
- plastic hanger
- clear, thin, “stretchy bands” to hold pieces / pose stuff
- various plastic inserts to support/pose figure
- 3 plastic coated metal twist ties
- 2 plastic “washers” for twist ties
- plastic bag for case handles
- tape to hold everything else in place
I understand that some packaging is necessary. But for the sheer amount that came with this figure? That’s just wrong. I stopped by Target & K-Mart after I’d acquired this. They had newer figures in (wave 2 or something). But the packaging was different. No endcaps (weapons case) to the packaging. Just backing board with glued on front plastic. These figures were listed at $11.99. (Someone must have had the same thoughts I did and told Hasbro.)
So in a sense, I paid $3 for either:
a) The weapons case with foam insert.
b) A bunch of packaging.
Personally, I’ll go with option B.
Yes, Sigma 6 is geared more towards younger people. I prefer to collect 3.75” figures.
But I also think that substituting common sense for “looking cool” is really annoying and stupid. To make a toy annoying/extremely time consuming to get out of its packaging and to also pay a hefty price for that packaging is WRONG. Hasbro possibly looks to be changing that with the new packages.
Has anybody else picked up Sigma 6 figures and felt this way? Anybody else have any comments to throw in?
This ended up being more of a rant than something productive but it’s something that really irked me.
(P.S. There are some things I do LIKE about the Sigma 6 line but I’ll save them for a different post.)