Also, please do not take any of the following to mean I don’t think you should subscribe or that I am trying to dissuade anybody from subscribing. These are all my own personal reasons for being frustrated with the line. I do not want it to end. I hope that all of the people who love the line and can overlook the problems I have get their toys all year long. But I simply cannot (as of right now) justify spending over six hundred dollars on what Matty is currently offering. If you can, do it. I’ll be jealous every month.
Just to be clear, I fucking love the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line. But I am so damned sick and tired of all the issues that go along with collecting it. Seriously you guys – it as much a source of stress for me as it is a joy. If I could pay thirty bucks apiece for these guys and have them just show up at my house without ever having to think about it, I would totally do it. But sadly, that isn’t the case. Every month these wonderful, odd figures cause one more gray hair on my head. Or beard. And I’m tired of it.
Before I get any further I feel like I need to address the current MOTUC subscription situation. If you don’t know, it was revealed shortly after the subs opened up that the numbers for Club Eternia were shockingly low this year. ToyGuru has posted many commentaries and a few videos about this and most of them have been just shy of begging (or threatening) for people to subscribe to keep the line going. Apparently the higher-ups at Mattel are ready to axe the whole MOTUC line if the numbers aren’t good enough; and not just the 2014 line – ToyGuru even suggested that the 2013 line could see further price increases and a reduction in figures being released. To be fair, these videos have gotten more positive and informative as time has gone on.
Personally, I was doubtful. I had made up my mind a long time ago that if there was a price increase on the Masters of the Universe Classics figures I would have to stop. I’ve always felt that $20 plus shipping (working out to $28.70 apiece for me depending on what was being offered that month) was too much. Like, too much to the point where I was kind of ashamed to be spending that much on them.
You also have to understand – and you know this if you’ve been reading Needless Things for any amount of time – that I am a sucker and that my brain can justify all kinds of dumb shit. So when I say I made up my mind, what I really meant was that the line was going to have to be pretty darn good and then I’d probably keep going anyway. But I’d give quitting some serious thought.
At San Diego Comic Con 2012 it was announced that regular single figures were going from $20 to $25. It was also announced that Netossa, Fang Man, and the Fighting Foe Men were going to be part of the 2013 subscription. I decided I was done. I mean, I decided I was going to have to decide to be done. But maybe not. I’m still deciding. But man – that’s $125 (plus shipping) worth of DO NOT WANT right there. Allow me to break it down for you:
videos from ToyGuru I am more tempted). Both of those characters are a bit more cartoony than I like. Clawful – who I sold on eBay for a massive loss – and Whiplash – who I passed on entirely – were the same way. Actually, Clawful was way over the line. Just terrible. My problem with Fang Man comes from what he represents – the possibility for even goofier-looking Filmation characters. I’ve been brushing up on the old episodes via Netflix and there are a shit-ton of stupid characters to choose from. I don’t want to be obligated to buy any of those. And I’ll get to the whole obligation problem in a minute.
I am also suffering from extreme shipping fatigue. I am sick and tired of my figures taking so damn long to get here and I am not paying more to make them arrive in what would be an acceptable amount of time. This is such a huge issue for me I feel like it deserves more discussion, but that’s it. Well – it also pisses me off that everybody I know in my area with a sub gets their stuff a day before I do. What the fuck?
Those are basically my reasons for not subscribing to Club Eternia in 2013. Those and how amazingly off-putting the initial appeals from Scott Nietlich were about the death of the line. I’ve been a subscriber for two years now and have honestly had few problems that weren’t directly related to Digital River. I don’t need ToyGuru sanctimoniously blaming me for the death of the line because of a price increase that I cannot even begin to justify.
Here are the things Matty could have done to get my money:
Announced the potential lineup for the rest of 2013. I don’t know why Nietlich is such an ass about this. One minute he’s talking about how the line has been planned through 2016 since the start or how figures take two years to develop; the next he’s stating that they couldn’t possibly announce twelve months worth of figures in July of the previous year. This doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. I don’t understand how they can create a binding contract with customers based on nothing, but can’t produce a list of potential figures with the notice that they are subject to be changed. I would sign up for that. I’d much rather have a sort of half-assed idea of what I was getting then none at all. Just the fact that ToyGuru has suggested they’re going to stop dicking around with concept characters and finish out the core line in 2013 and 2014 is almost enough to get me to sign up.
Fix the shipping problem. I know there’s no shaking Digital River, but the cost of shipping is fucking ridiculous. I do not understand how every other vendor on the internet has shipping that is faster and cheaper. It pisses me off every single month when I get that invoice and I’ll be more than happy to not endure that stress anymore.
I guess that’s it. And the ridiculous thing is that I’m still not sure I’m not going to subscribe before the deadline. The closer it looms, the more info ToyGuru spills, the more tempted I am. I really do love these toys.
the one I’m trying to sell on eBay!), I quite like Jay Garrick and Starman. And seriously – the rest of 2012 is killer.
But there’s that pesky price increase that ToyGuru insists is necessary. I still balk at paying $15 for domestic 6” scale figures. I’ve finally accepted that it’s just how things are, but I don’t like it. And now Matty wants me to pay $26.70 (shipping, folks – it’s there no matter what you say about it). The figure price has gone from $15 to $18 and I just don’t like it.