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Old May 16th, 2019, 07:17 AM #1981
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I've never understood the mindset of people wanting civilian figures of the rangers. To me, it just makes no sense. I'm 100% on board with collecting figures of your favorite costumed superheroes (especially if they're more high end figures for display) but once you take the costume off of them... you're pretty much just displaying a bunch of dolls of random dudes. It just isn't super appealing to me. Not judging anyone who does this or wants to, but I have a hard time understanding the appeal.
What if I told you all figures are just dolls?

Unmorphed/civilian forms could add a bit to your collection in terms of display. And there's the whole side of the collector spectrum that's in the game for taking ACBA type photos and stuff.

It's not for me either, but I can see the interest. Plus in some cases (SPD), you can get some pretty sweet uniforms!
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Old May 16th, 2019, 08:22 AM #1982
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I've never understood the mindset of people wanting civilian figures of the rangers. To me, it just makes no sense. I'm 100% on board with collecting figures of your favorite costumed superheroes (especially if they're more high end figures for display) but once you take the costume off of them... you're pretty much just displaying a bunch of dolls of random dudes. It just isn't super appealing to me. Not judging anyone who does this or wants to, but I have a hard time understanding the appeal.
It's because when people see their favourite team or ranger, they associate those costumes with the characters that wear them as well. So to have ranger figures with civilian heads not only allows them to display their favourite ranger morphed, but also unmorphed/helmetless.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 08:55 AM #1983
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What if I told you all figures are just dolls?

Unmorphed/civilian forms could add a bit to your collection in terms of display. And there's the whole side of the collector spectrum that's in the game for taking ACBA type photos and stuff.

It's not for me either, but I can see the interest. Plus in some cases (SPD), you can get some pretty sweet uniforms!
I know some people use the terms doll/action figure interchangeably and at their core, they are essentially the same thing: plastic toys with accessories that are predominantly meant for children to play with.

Still, to distinguishing feature is the costume, not the classification. If someone collects Star Trek toys and they have Captain Kirk wearing his uniform, that to me is a little bit different than owning a Captain Kirk figure wearing Jeans and a T-shirt. If we're talking about a season like SPD or in Space, that sort of falls under the same lines.

I just can't wrap my head around wanting a figure of Tommy wearing a green beater. That's basically just a young JDF figure at that point

But again, to each their own.

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It's because when people see their favourite team or ranger, they associate those costumes with the characters that wear them as well. So to have ranger figures with civilian heads not only allows them to display their favourite ranger morphed, but also unmorphed/helmetless.
Having a swappable head makes sense to me. I'm just not a huge fan and would never collect fully unmorphed figures.
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I've never understood the mindset of people wanting civilian figures of the rangers. To me, it just makes no sense. I'm 100% on board with collecting figures of your favorite costumed superheroes (especially if they're more high end figures for display) but once you take the costume off of them... you're pretty much just displaying a bunch of dolls of random dudes.
Because it is still the same character. Same reason I like having a Peter Parker figure or Clark Kent figure, I like the characters overall and not just the iconic looks.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 11:01 AM #1985
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Because it is still the same character. Same reason I like having a Peter Parker figure or Clark Kent figure, I like the characters overall and not just the iconic looks.
I mean... my comment wasn't really limited to PR.

The Peter Parker or Clark Kent figures don't make any more sense to me than the Tommy Oliver figure would.

If you have a Spiderman figure, a Superman figure, a PR figure... you have the costume design, the interesting details etc. If you have a Peter Parker figure its basically just a Tobey Mcguire action figure. I really just don't get it.
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I mean... my comment wasn't really limited to PR.

The Peter Parker or Clark Kent figures don't make any more sense to me than the Tommy Oliver figure would.

If you have a Spiderman figure, a Superman figure, a PR figure... you have the costume design, the interesting details etc. If you have a Peter Parker figure its basically just a Tobey Mcguire action figure. I really just don't get it.
No worries, I'm not trying to change your mind or get you to get it, I'm just saying that is why I find it appealing. Seeing a version of a character I like as it exists (be it comics, cartoons, TV shows or movies) is appealing to me. If a character has more than one "form" or look, having the others just feels like having a more complete collection of that character for me.

But for the most part, this is about existing looks. For example, I'll buy variations of Batman that look like his different appearances across comics, TV and films (including Bruce Wayne, alt costumes, etc.), but I'm not really drawn to arbitrary variants that have no counterpart (like so many, many versions of Batman from the Kenner line of early 90's). So if they released a figure of Billy with glasses and wearing his overalls, I'll get it because that was a look the character had. But if they release a figure of Billy in a pink and green zoot suit and a bowler hat, I wouldn't have the same interest (except maybe as custom fodder) because that isn't from any existing PR media.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 12:44 PM #1987
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cleanuphtr15 wrote: View Post

I've never understood the mindset of people wanting civilian figures of the rangers. To me, it just makes no sense. I'm 100% on board with collecting figures of your favorite costumed superheroes (especially if they're more high end figures for display) but once you take the costume off of them... you're pretty much just displaying a bunch of dolls of random dudes. It just isn't super appealing to me. Not judging anyone who does this or wants to, but I have a hard time understanding the appeal.
I read something a while back about the MOTU line. The reviewer who wrote the article said that he loved people whose favorite figure was Prince Adam, because it showed that those people loved the story of He-Man. It wasn't just about cool looking guys with swords and guns smashing into each other, those kids turned play time into story time. Really the only reason you'd have a Prince Adam figure was for him to turn into He-Man in your play pattern.

I think the same thing is true of adult collectors, even if many of us don't really "play" with our toys anymore so much as we maybe fiddle with them a bit, pose them, and put them on display (and some don't even do that, they just leave them in their plastic prisons for forever). People who want that Prince Adam, or Tommy, or Clark Kent, they're interested in the whole story of those characters and those worlds, not just the nifty costume designs.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 02:13 PM #1988
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well Target cancelled my preorder for Zedd so I gotta start hunting ebay or something for him now...

disappointing that I've only seen a handful of figures only once at Target too...maybe they'll be more plentiful before the end of the year (when's wave 2 due?) but its not a good feeling when you can't get new toys right out of the gate...
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Old May 16th, 2019, 05:19 PM #1989
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BigMDtheSequel wrote: View Post


I think the same thing is true of adult collectors, even if many of us don't really "play" with our toys anymore so much as we maybe fiddle with them a bit, pose them, and put them on display (and some don't even do that, they just leave them in their plastic prisons for forever). People who want that Prince Adam, or Tommy, or Clark Kent, they're interested in the whole story of those characters and those worlds, not just the nifty costume designs.
I think this has a lot to do with it. I mean personally, my version of 'playing' has evolved into posing and photos and it's why I always appreciate when a new civilian body rolls around. I can't tell you how many awesome Iron Man photos I've seen after that Tony Stark figuarts came out.

I have 15+ different spider-men and maybe 2 Peter Parker heads. We've gotten like two J. Jonah figures in the last 20 years. It's another market, albeit niche, that's barely being filled.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 09:42 PM #1990
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I think civilian figures for Power Rangers are more desirable anyway because action occurs before they morph in the series. So for those that play or display in action poses or fighting villain figures, that means they can do pre morph stuff like fighting Putties etc.
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Old May 17th, 2019, 08:21 AM #1991
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Debatable statement: We need civilian figures.

UN-debatable statement: We need Bulk and Skull!!!
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Debatable statement: We need civilian figures.

UN-debatable statement: We need Bulk and Skull!!!
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The figures I'd like to see are from,
VR Troopers, Masked Rider, Beetleborgs, Super Human Samurai Syber Squad, and Samurai Pizza Cats.
If Hasbro somehow has possibility someday of making any of those, that would be cool.
Maybe Haikaider figures as well. I'm not sure if I spelt that last one correctly.
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