Before I start, I’d like to apologize for the hiatus from opinion pieces. From here on out, I will attempt to put out at least one a week, although one every two is potentially what will end up happening. If there is anything you want to hear about, just voice off in the comments, and I will try to get to it if I can. Also, I will be trying to add more polls to the site, hopefully every two weeks or maybe a month, depending on how many people vote, and over how much time. Well, now that all thats out of the way, here we go…
I like building an army of figures, whether it be a team (Let’s go Classic X-Men!) or a group like S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers. And, with SHIELD (Those periods are exhausting…) I love army-building. However, I am also restricted by army building because no matter how much I want to have a hundred SHIELD soldiers facing a hundred AIM scientists, that just isn’t achievable. Personally, I just don’t want the hundred extra Iron Men, or the hundred Aunt May’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love variants and the awesome characters that have been produced through them, and I know it just isn’t cost effective to produce a boxset of Madrox’s or Nova Centurions, but I do wish that some of the characters were more easily built up into a formidable army of ten or twenty. Now, I know nothing (nothing) about the cost and the merit or putting alternate heads into sets or different paint under jackets, but I do think there are a few (probably wildly misguided) ways to solve my army-building dilemma. And here they are:
1. Famous character with a similar costume, alternate pieces
This would probably not work very well considering not very many characters look like army builders, but how cool would it be if the next Hulk or Thing minimate could be stripped down not to Bruce Banner or Ben Grimm, but instead a new, awesome potentially army building character.
2. Two-packs or army builders
The most obvious choice, of course, is just to cram the two together and call it a day. Now, this is probably foolish due to the need for recognizable characters on the market, but perhaps as a TRU exclusive?
3. Stick them with characters with variants and alternate looks.
This would be if one was with, say, the new Nick Fury jr., and then he could alternatively be Steve Rogers. This could and would let us get two army builders. On top or that, it would be the variant, and if that too had an alternate look, that would be four army builders in one wave.
So, what’s your favorite idea? Work in the world of toys and want to tell me how dumb all of these thoughts are. Feel free to in the comments below.