Well, once again, Mattel serves up a heaping amount of misery for it's fans as another stellar example of poor customer traffic management and inadequate stock production this past Monday when their much anticipated, and equally debated (flocked ears or no flocked ears?), MOTUC Mossman figure went on sale.
I have made no secret about my love/hate relationship with Mattycollector, and have occasionally had to make the decision either to skip a figure out of lack of interest (Trap Jaw) or lack of funds (Skeletor reissue), but I was there with bells on at 9 AM Pacific time when the Mossman figure went on sale. To make a long story short, 9 minutes of white screen later and the figures were completely sold out. I never even got a chance. I later heard that one version of Mossman sold out in 4 minutes.
Couple this with the fact that I spent several hours at a comic convention this past weekend looking at piles and piles of over-priced MOTUC figures being hawked by low-life scalpers (none of which were being bought by anyone, so how exactly does this work?), and I have decided that I have to take drastic measures.
I hereby declare that I am washing my hands of this whole MOTUC thing. Collecting action figures is supposed to be about having fun, not being routinely exasperated by toy-makers and gouged by scalper scumbags. I'm not having any fun whatsoever in my endeavor to find these figures. Sure, they're awesome figures, as you'll see in my upcoming Battlecat review, but they're just not worth the aggrivation to me.
So, I quit Mattel. I will no longer buy your MOTUC figures. Which is probably fine for other MOTUC collectors, because that's just more figures for them, or at least more figures for the scalpers to snap up and resell to you for over twice their original prices. You all have fun with that.