No guns, no knives- action figure sales drop!


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memorex
April 26, 2004, 09:05 PM
This is cool:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004190980,00.html

How much to bet that the ladies in Hasbro's marketing dept's think it's because the action man wasn't agro enough- "Not enough kids surf, maybe if we made him into a moto-cross stud with a jet-pack and make his hair blonde, it'll sell again!"

I enjoyed their other suggestions for action figures:
"Fraction Man- a swot who spends his time solving complex mathematical problems"

I had the most fun as a kid, dressing in camo, getting our realistic, black platic guns (without red plugs in the ends) and going to the abandoned army bases around town and explaining to my friends why it was that they were most definitely shot!

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Foreign Devil
April 26, 2004, 09:13 PM
Does this mean I will have trouble selling my collection of 12 inch military action figures?

goon
April 26, 2004, 10:19 PM
Well I doubt that.
Especially if they are pre-ban.
:D

PaladinVC
April 26, 2004, 10:24 PM
Spokesman Carol Evans said... “You have to keep up to date with the marketplace and what boys aspire to.”Agreed. As a boy, I aspire to being macho and intelligent and brave, but with objectives other than feeling a rush or impressing chicks. Soldiers are just as badass as surfers, but they're contributing to the polis. That's where it's at.

Nick1911
April 27, 2004, 12:21 AM
I enjoyed their other suggestions for action figures:"Fraction Man- a swot who spends his time solving complex mathematical problems"


They come out with a calculus man, and I'm buying one.

Stupid Integrals.... Chain rule - *BLAH*

:D

Nick

4v50 Gary
April 27, 2004, 12:47 AM
There's no guns because the action figures represent Kerryites who are anti-establishment. You're suppose to make protest signs for them to carry. You know, "No nukes!" or "Earth First!" or your whine of the week type of stuff.

Redlg155
April 27, 2004, 12:53 AM
Calculus man pooh....


If they come out with a Business Math man I'm all over it!! :D

What folks don't understand is that little kids are too smart to be politically correct. They call em like they see em. They know that GI Joes in Spandex is just plain wrong.

Good Shooting
Red

Beetle Bailey
April 27, 2004, 04:52 AM
Jeez! My favorite toys growing up were my GI Joes and Star Wars action figures. And they all had neat weapons. Sure, I had Magic Johnson and Micheal Jordan action figures, too. But you don't really pretend to play basketball with them. . .

And as for glamourizing violence, well, I guess that's not a good thing, all things considered. But there's gotta be a way to have "real" action figures without glamourizing violence. If the only solution they can come up with is to make "Action Man" into a surfer, they aren't trying hard enough. How about giving him some sidekicks like "Firefighter Man", "Medic Man", and "Hostage Negotiator Man"?

Steel
April 27, 2004, 09:38 AM
That is one saucy website, memorex.

BluesBear
April 27, 2004, 09:42 AM
Leave it to the Brit's to come up with "Queer Eye For The Straight Toy".
:rolleyes:
I am so glad Grampa & Gramma got out when they did.

capt_happypants
April 27, 2004, 10:40 AM
I'm surprised that they didn't come out with Liberal Action Man!

Featuring:

The Stern UN Resolution!
The John Kerry Nuance-inator (also known as the Waffler)
Chomsky-Vision
The Amerikkkan Flag
The Che Guevara T-Shirt
Kerry Hair (20 cans of Aquanet Hair Spray sold separately)
Anti-Hate Speech Legislaton Kit
Alternative Lifestyle Friend
Dominating, Scheming Liberal Shrew of a Wife
French Man-Panties (may become soiled in the presence of Teutonic Man)
Trust-Fund Baby
Liberal Outrage Set!

In all seriousness, the whole thing smacks of the kind of social reengineering that the modern Left is so fond of.

joegerardi
April 27, 2004, 10:53 AM
Spokesman Carol Evans said: “You have to keep up to date with the marketplace and what boys aspire to.”

So, the toymakers in Britain think little boys aspire to be poofters?

..Joe

Kaylee
April 27, 2004, 11:53 AM
Just as long as they leave My Little Pony alone... :mad:



:)

Arcli9ht
April 27, 2004, 12:00 PM
I might be wrong here, but isnt the definition of an action figure without a gun a doll?

/Arcli9ht

MrAcheson
April 27, 2004, 12:12 PM
They come out with a calculus man, and I'm buying one.

Hahahaa My Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus 20 years before your Leibnitz! Well my Einstein blows away his whole conceptualization of the universe! Dang! Where's my Steven Hawking with Garbled Speech and Wild Wheelchair action...

sturmruger
April 27, 2004, 12:17 PM
I am still kicking myself for selling all of my GI Joe stuff. I had more GI Joe action figures then any of my friends. I had the both bases, two planes, a jeep, tank, and dune buggy!!! When I was 13 I sold it all for $75!! Now all that would be worth $500+.

HankB
April 27, 2004, 12:34 PM
They come out with a calculus man, and I'm buying one. Calculus Man will be endorsed by MADD, as everyone knows it's unsafe to drink and derive.

Hmmm . . . to bring this back to firearms . . . couldn't Calculus Man be used to teach computation of the external ballistics of firearm projectiles?

twoblink
April 27, 2004, 12:53 PM
It's the same people that thought up "Happy to be me" Barbie.. Do you REALLY want a fat barbie?

And how tactical is GI Joe with a kitchen apron?? Goodness...

GI Joe,
Transformers
Hotwheels

Toys of my youth...

boofus
April 27, 2004, 12:56 PM
They need to make a michael moore action figure. Then I can buy an Ann Coulter doll and she can team up with my GWB aviator figure and kick his ass. :p

SteveS
April 27, 2004, 01:03 PM
Spokesman Carol Evans said: “You have to keep up to date with the marketplace and what boys aspire to.”

The kids that live near me would disagree. Most of them play with airsoft guns and are also into paintball. This doesn't seems to be anything new. When I was a kid, the hippy parents (who named their kids moonbeam, sunshine, etc.) wouldn't let their kids play with toy guns. They were definately the minority.

Zackmeister
April 27, 2004, 03:01 PM
Just a warning about the link. Don't click on it while using a college public terminal! Some racy stuff...

41mag
April 27, 2004, 03:17 PM
Yeah,that sight can be kinda"perky":D

Joe Demko
April 27, 2004, 03:21 PM
You folks might like some of these action figures. (http://www.mcphee.com/amusements/action.html)

STW
April 27, 2004, 06:40 PM
Calculus Man will be endorsed by MADD, as everyone knows it's unsafe to drink and derive.

How do you figure?:neener:

HorizonSeeker
April 27, 2004, 07:35 PM
there seem to be some that takes the site seriously....this is the sun, people....unless you are MIB, you should treat this as seriously as articles on the onion.

memorex
April 27, 2004, 08:20 PM
>That is one saucy website, memorex

Thanks, my girlfriend enjoys it too!

>Stupid Integrals.... Chain rule - *BLAH*

Somehow, I never fully grasped the chain rule... Revolving conic sections didn't give me too many fits though...

>Hahahaa My Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus 20 years before your >Leibnitz! Well my Einstein blows away his whole conceptualization of the >universe! Dang! Where's my Steven Hawking with Garbled Speech and >Wild Wheelchair action...

"My Action Physicist with String Theory uses his Unified Theory of Everything to create a massive worm hole that blasts Leibnitz into the 24th dimension!"

standingbear
April 27, 2004, 10:33 PM
and to think I ruined my talking gi joes in a last battle with the hairless mutant barbies as a youngster.I still have the bald spot where my sis pulled my hair out.bet them hairles mutant barbies would sell today eh?

The_Antibubba
April 28, 2004, 01:07 AM
You can have Calculus Man. I'm waiting for Geometry Man-he comes with his Super Jet Plane!!! :evil:

cracked butt
April 28, 2004, 02:33 AM
Time to inject a little "action" back into the action hero:

:evil:

WonderNine
April 28, 2004, 03:31 AM
I had the most fun as a kid, dressing in camo, getting our realistic, black platic guns (without red plugs in the ends) and going to the abandoned army bases around town and explaining to my friends why it was that they were most definitely shot!

Oh, so I wasn't the only one who scraped the orange paint off of the end of my 1911 clone cap gun. :D :D :D

angrywalkindude
April 28, 2004, 09:28 AM
How can you play with G.I Joes without BB guns or M-60's? Thats why sells are down. We even had napalm a few times.

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