With CW, it's not just that were buying the same mold twice. It's that we're not getting very many unique molds. They've announced 24 distinct G1 characters represented by CW Deluxe molds (this does not include G2 versions, TFCC exclusives, Victorion, Alpha Bravo, or Rook). In G1, these characters had 23 molds among them. Now, they have 11, and two of those share legs. Adding the 12 new characters mentioned in parentheses does nothing to increase the mold count.Ryan F wrote:If there's a toy I like, I will be all over its repaints like a rash. I have all four MP Datsuns and a fifth (blue Bluestreak) will be in my mitts this weekend. Call me a sucker or a sheep or a corporate zombie or Hasbro apologist or whatever, I don't care.
To me it's no different to buying lots of Lacoste polo shirts in different colours, the same comic with different covers, or anything else that's essentially the same product with a different look. There are copies of The White Album that go for thousands, based purely on them having specific numbers stamped on the sleeve. Is that mentality so different from paying over the odds for a Combiner Wars Impactor?
Of the 7 CW Deluxes I'm thinking of buying (the Combaticons, Mirage, Sunstreaker, and Wheeljack), only Brawl is a new mold. Of the other 6, only Swindle is a significant retool. The other 5 are just new paint jobs and heads. The G1 Datsuns were repaints, so it doesn't feel like we're missing out when the new versions are also repaints. I'd almost certainly buy Prowl and Smokescreen if I didn't own that mold 3 times already.
To use a music analogy, it'd be like the record company saying, "From now on, all copies of the White Album will have extra remixes of 'Back in the USSR' and 'Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-da'. To make room for these new tracks, 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' will be cut."