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  1. I am with you 100%. I grew up in the tail end of the 80’s and well into the 90’s where 5″ TMNT were ruling but also the Toy Biz X-Men lines later on. I tried my luck with the small figures but most of them came out with several issues and I was burnt on them early on. Sure I could display more of them but the appeal just wasn’t there.

    The fact of the matter is like you mentioned, cost. Toys are friggin expensive now! Now that $20 a pop is the norm it becomes really tough to collect a lot of new stuff. I think this is also where the scarcity of some figures comes into play which we have seen as of late (Black Widow, Carnage, Black Cat). People cherry pick the interesting characters. It shows that fans want a variety in new waves. Who wants 15 different versions of Cap, spidey, and Iron Man?

    • y.f.n.jman

      price is a killer. i literally had those guardians figures in my cart. i really just want the Groot figure. i’m spending $120 for a Groot figure?!?!? i might as well just get the Hot Toys verison.

      that’s why i say smaller lines, and one additional wave per year. 3 figures per wave isn’t enough. i think four is enough for the collecting challenge. five is pushing it.

    • y.f.n.jman

      agreed. when i took the pic of the two Steve Roger figures, the 3.75 figure was not being very cooperative. his joints were all loose and flimsy. there’s a lot of detail crammed into that little figure, but feels way to fragile.

  2. I liked 3.75 mostly so I could mix it with the older figures of my youth. It was just fun to have Cobra fighting all of the Marvel Universe and Star Wars Black Series figures. However, given that the 3.75 Black Series has been a mess, the 6″ has been very fun, and Marvel has basically gone all 6″… my hand has been forced.

  3. RyanB4890

    You make good points. I dig the article.

    I’d kill to start getting hands to alternate out for my figures, but I just don’t have the budget room or storage space for the bigger figures.

  4. Gqshire

    The problem with smaller waves is that the extra spots are usually were the breadth of the line comes into play. Most action figure lines end up with a hero/main character than ends up in every wave due to retailer demand. That means most waves are already a slot or two short for adding new characters. Drop Iron Man and Nova from GotG and you end up losing three figures. While you don’t need Iron Man or Nova, Groot completes the team. No manufacturer is going to be able to justify a single carded Groot at the same price as the rest of the team. You can almost guarantee you’ll never see a female villian again (in 6″).

    To the point of scale, 4″ allows for a larger cast of characters than 6″. Imagine how many more characters could have been made in a 4″ GotG line. Look at how rare villian characters are in 6″ scale. How long will you have to wait to make any type of decent display from the 6″ Black series? Other than ROTJ Luke and Darth Vader, none of the single figures really share a scene together. I collect G.I. Joe. There is no way that line works in the 6″ scale. The figures might look amazing, but try releasing 4 figures a wave for a property that has over 300 distinct characters (many with multiple versions). Your fanbase will be in retirements homes before they finish their collections. Also sculpting on 4″ figures is on par with 6″ figures. That wasn’t always the case. In terms of value, I’ll take two characters to one all day.

  5. As nearly a lifelong G.I. Joe fan I will proudly sing the praises of the 3.75/4″ scale, especially these days. It used to be if you wanted an exceptionally well detailed and articulated figure, you had to go with a 6″ one, but improvements in design and production make that point more or less null and void. The smaller size means less display space taken up, as well.

    I will say, though, I can’t argue the appeal of 6″ figures even if I don’t have a whole lot of them in my collection. I do have the 6″ Marvel Legends movie Avengers and 4″ Avengers together on a shelf, and the 6″ versions totally blow away their smaller compatriots.

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