Saturday, November 8, 2014

リイシュー!リパッケージ!リパッケージ!:Re-issue! Re-package! Re-package!

I love reissues.

Sorry dealers and sellers of vintage toys, but yeah, I really love the idea of new releases of old toys. In fact, the closer the reissue is in detail and design to the older toy the better. I don't believe in making toys exceedingly exclusive, or creating such scarcity that items reach thousands of dollars. It's one thing when items that really are actually rare but demanded go for crazy money, it's another when a toy produced in the hundreds of thousands a year or two ago shoots up to $60-$80 a piece. Greed seems to be enveloping the collectors market these past few years. Since about 2008 I have seen markets just climb exponentially, to points I would not have imagined beforehand. If I were to win the lottery, I would no doubt work on trying to re-issue so many of the toys that I feel still have a serious demand, and are too cool for those who can't shell out $6000 a piece to miss out on a chance to own them.

One of toys toys that's to thank ( or blame) for me being in the toy fandom and writing this now is the 1996 Romando Microman 21 Command 1 re-issue 5 pack. That along with the earlier Microman 21 gold Eiji set allowed me to buy older toys that were very much out of my price range. I was able to enjoy playing with toys that I wasn't even able to have as a kid, and at a great price. This of course opened the floodgates on Microman desires. Along with a few cheap vintage pieces I was able to get so much more when Takara themselves started to re-issue many older Microman toys.

Best of! Most of! Satiate the need... 

For all the love I can throw at re-issues, there does need to be boundaries, or rather some set of rules. Like I said before, I prefer to have re-issues as close to the original as possible. In some cases that's not legally possible these days, I can understand that. What I can't understand is when it's wholly possible to do something, and there's no rational reason not to, and yet you don't. Then there's the idea of making re-issues that while not like the original, but because of advance marketing or changes in production of the vintage piece leave a void that was never filled, still doesn't get filled even when people have been clamoring for something for years! I guess a blue Bluestreak Transformers comes to mind as one of these possibilities.

I don't mind that Takara reissued an old Diaclone campaign toy, but what does get me is that they didn't do a good job of it. The silver Streak was even worse. I kinda hated the first re-issues of the Destron jets, thankfully some follow up reissues would fix some things. I feel that from about 2000-2004 Takara was just way too greedy about things, and sadly missed great opportunities to make better products, which may very well have created great income. They just lacked any sense of patience. There were a few gems in those years of course.

But they can never taint you in my eyes. No, they can never touch you now...

Even when companies fail to do a job right, I have to credit them with the attempt. I know that in almost all cases they are not doing it for the fans, but rather to cash in, I'm still super happy re-issues continue to come about. Now I need to go play the lottery.


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