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No guns, no knives- action figure sales drop!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by memorex, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. memorex

    memorex Member

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    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!
     
  2. Foreign Devil

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    Does this mean I will have trouble selling my collection of 12 inch military action figures?
     
  3. goon

    goon Member

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    Well I doubt that.
    Especially if they are pre-ban.
    :D
     
  4. PaladinVC

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    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.
     
  5. Nick1911

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

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

    :D

    Nick
     
  6. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  7. Redlg155

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    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
     
  8. Beetle Bailey

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    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"?
     
  9. Steel

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    That is one saucy website, memorex.
     
  10. BluesBear

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    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.
     
  11. capt_happypants

    capt_happypants Member In Memoriam

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    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.
     
  12. joegerardi

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

    ..Joe
     
  13. Kaylee

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    Just as long as they leave My Little Pony alone... :mad:



    :)
     
  14. Arcli9ht

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    I might be wrong here, but isnt the definition of an action figure without a gun a doll?

    /Arcli9ht
     
  15. MrAcheson

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    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...
     
  16. sturmruger

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    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+.
     
  17. HankB

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    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?
     
  18. twoblink

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    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...
     
  19. boofus

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    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
     
  20. SteveS

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    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.
     
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    Just a warning about the link. Don't click on it while using a college public terminal! Some racy stuff...
     
  22. 41mag

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    Yeah,that sight can be kinda"perky":D
     
  23. Joe Demko

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    How do you figure?:neener:
     
  25. HorizonSeeker

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    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.
     
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