Well, that didn’t take long. Just moments after the story broke about upcoming Past and Present figure 2-packs, many folks were wondering when we’d see images…and as usual, Gyre-Viper from HissTank.com comes through. Keep in mind these are pre-production mock ups and aren’t necessarily indicative of what the final product may be, but I think it’s probably a safe bet.
If these are what the final product will be? I hesitate to say it, but… “meh”. I’ve got all the Rise of Cobra versions already, and honestly, these are all just repaints of figures we got in comic packs not so long ago. I could potentially see some new collectors jumping on board here, but honestly, most of the new folks prefer the Anniversary/Rise of Cobra tooling and style, and wouldn’t really latch on to these vintage homages that are somewhat slapped together and imperfect. It presents a strange dichotomy. Generally, the most diehard vintage type fans aren’t really big on the movie designs…and the folks that are really into the movie already have all of these movie figures, and also aren’t necessarily that interested in vintage homages, so I’m really not sure who these are designed to appeal to.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m as excited as any long time fan for the premise of vintage o-ring tooling being sold on store shelves, but I’m just not sure this was the best way to go about it.
Perhaps if the homages were more carefully done or better conceived, there might be a broader appeal, but as a somewhat hackneyed store exclusive set, I’m a bit hesitant to get all that fired up. Anyone agree or disagree?
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