History Horrible / Toys

23rd Jul '16 9:15:42 AM Cavery210
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* The ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' line. A ''decidedly'' [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]]-inspired take on the G.I. Joe franchise, the figures were widely criticized for their non-existent articulation, bad character design with [[http://www.yojoe.com/action/other/extreme/freight/ roided-out, veiny muscles]] and facial expressions that made them look [[http://www.yojoe.com/action/other/extreme/stone/ constipated]], and poor gimmicks. Not helping matter, the line went with a 5" scale, making it incompatible with figures from both ''GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' and the preceding ''Sgt Savage and his Screaming Eagles'' line (which was also suffered from the scale issue, but is otherwise considered to be decent). ''Extreme'' was a complete flop, lasting only two waves before being quietly canned.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' line. A ''decidedly'' [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]]-inspired take on the G.I. Joe franchise, the figures were widely criticized for their non-existent articulation, bad character design with [[http://www.yojoe.com/action/other/extreme/freight/ roided-out, veiny Liefeldian muscles]] and facial expressions that made them look [[http://www.yojoe.com/action/other/extreme/stone/ constipated]], and poor gimmicks. Not helping matter, the line went with a 5" scale, making it incompatible with figures from both ''GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' and the preceding ''Sgt Savage and his Screaming Eagles'' line (which was also suffered from the scale issue, but is otherwise considered to be decent). ''Extreme'' was a complete flop, lasting only two waves before being quietly canned.
9th Jul '16 2:23:05 PM nombretomado
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* In a similar case to the ''Transformers'' GPS above, '''Creator/{{LEGO}}''' also fumbled up their own plastic around '07, which resulted in nearly all of the lime-green colored pieces becoming ridiculously fragile. This affected the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' sets of that era greatly, which were already prone to breaking due to the faulty sculpting of the ball-socket joints. Since that line of sets had more lime-colored pieces than usual, it is needless to say that fans were not amused with the ordeal, as it meant that they ''couldn't take apart and rebuild their LEGO sets''. Reportedly, some of these lime pieces broke right at the figures' first assembly.

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* In a similar case to the ''Transformers'' GPS above, '''Creator/{{LEGO}}''' also fumbled up their own plastic around '07, which resulted in nearly all of the lime-green colored pieces becoming ridiculously fragile. This affected the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' sets of that era greatly, which were already prone to breaking due to the faulty sculpting of the ball-socket joints. Since that line of sets had more lime-colored pieces than usual, it is needless to say that fans were not amused with the ordeal, as it meant that they ''couldn't take apart and rebuild their LEGO sets''. Reportedly, some of these lime pieces broke right at the figures' first assembly.
22nd May '16 6:46:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The '''Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory''' was a standard toy lab set sold in the early 50s, except for one catch: it contained actual samples of uranium. Yes, uranium, the metallic and '''radioactive''' element from our periodic table. Needless to say, people were concerned about children getting exposed to radioactive metals and the toy was recalled a year after release.

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* The '''Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory''' was a standard toy lab set sold in the early 50s, except for one catch: it contained actual samples of uranium. Yes, uranium, the metallic and '''radioactive''' element from our periodic table. Needless to say, people were concerned about children getting exposed to radioactive metals and the toy was It wasn't actually recalled - it was so expensive to make (considering the price of a year after release.fissile material that you could make a homemade bomb with if you bought enough of them) that the toy company considered it a liability and stopped making it, according to ''Series/{{QI}}''.
11th May '16 8:04:18 PM philipnova798
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*** And bare in mind, this is not only from a toyline that's not just ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality its Basic-class figures overall[[note]]Nearly none of the other Maximal figures from this size class (baring Night Viper) fare any better than Silverbolt[[/note]]. But also from the same line that introduced the short-lived "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failed]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Supreme Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only it was hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks (which affected arm articulation ''horribly''); butt-ugly design; a [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]](his normally purple spots became black, and he suddenly sported green abs with no explanation) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a complete inability to stand under its own power]]. Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]], and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.

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*** And bare in mind, this is not only from a toyline that's not just ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality its Basic-class figures overall[[note]]Nearly none of the other Maximal figures from this size class (baring Night Viper) fare any better than Silverbolt[[/note]]. But also from the same line that introduced the short-lived "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failed]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Supreme Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only it was hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks (which affected arm articulation ''horribly''); butt-ugly design; a [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]](his scheme]] (his normally purple spots became black, and he suddenly sported green abs with no explanation) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a complete inability to stand under its own power]]. Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]], and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.
11th May '16 8:03:24 PM philipnova798
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** The beast mode of ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines]]'' [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbmtoy.jpg Silverbolt]]'s was so laughable-looking, Hasbro themselves packaged the figure in robot-mode, even though the other similar-sized toys came packaged in their alternate-mode. That's meant to be a condor, by the way, a humanoid condor with clawed legs dangling in front of its wings, and a tubular robot-head coming out of its rear -- this is especially strange, since the tiny head could easily have been concealed within the spacious torso, with the samurai bun-styled hairpiece blending in with the tail feathers in bird mode. The wings detach and split to form the tiniest, most pathetic sword imaginable, which the figure can't hold up due to its weight and to the arm joint having next to no friction. The wings ''can'' be put onto the robot's back for storage, but only upside-down. They ''could'' be folded up to look like a samurai robe, but they always stress against the legs due to being pre-bent. One of the main reasons why the figure is often regarded as one of the worst-ever ''Transformers'' is that Silverbolt never received another toy in the line, so the only physical representation of the cartoon's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbm.jpg towering, awesome-looking warrior]] is this measly, garish red-blue freak who's smaller than all the other Maximals despite being the tallest in the show. The Japanese version was at least somewhat accurate in its colors. Rumor has it the figure was originally meant to be a gryphon, which would explain why it has four legs as a condor. The fact that it has no knees as a robot and that the robot feet have an extra transformation step which isn't used in either configuration (this does allow him to have knees at the cost of the feet's stability) also reveal that the toy was only halfway through its design phase when released.

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** The beast mode of ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines]]'' ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbmtoy.jpg Silverbolt]]'s was so laughable-looking, Hasbro themselves packaged the figure in robot-mode, even though the other similar-sized toys came packaged in their alternate-mode. That's meant to be a condor, by the way, a humanoid condor with clawed legs dangling in front of its wings, and a tubular robot-head coming out of its rear -- this is especially strange, since the tiny head could easily have been concealed within the spacious torso, with the samurai bun-styled hairpiece blending in with the tail feathers in bird mode. The wings detach and split to form the tiniest, most pathetic sword imaginable, which the figure can't hold up due to its weight and to the arm joint having next to no friction. The wings ''can'' be put onto the robot's back for storage, but only upside-down. They ''could'' be folded up to look like a samurai robe, but they always stress against the legs due to being pre-bent. One of the main reasons why the figure is often regarded as one of the worst-ever ''Transformers'' is that Silverbolt never received another toy in the line, so the only physical representation of the cartoon's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbm.jpg towering, awesome-looking warrior]] is this measly, garish red-blue freak who's smaller than all the other Maximals despite being the tallest in the show. The Japanese version was at least somewhat accurate in its colors. Rumor has it the figure was originally meant to be a gryphon, which would explain why it has four legs as a condor. The fact that it has no knees as a robot and that the robot feet have an extra transformation step which isn't used in either configuration (this does allow him to have knees at the cost of the feet's stability) also reveal that the toy was only halfway through its design phase when released.
11th May '16 8:02:54 PM philipnova798
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** The beast mode of ''Beast Machines'' [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbmtoy.jpg Silverbolt]]'s was so laughable-looking, Hasbro themselves packaged the figure in robot-mode, even though the other similar-sized toys came packaged in their alternate-mode. That's meant to be a condor, by the way, a humanoid condor with clawed legs dangling in front of its wings, and a tubular robot-head coming out of its rear -- this is especially strange, since the tiny head could easily have been concealed within the spacious torso, with the samurai bun-styled hairpiece blending in with the tail feathers in bird mode. The wings detach and split to form the tiniest, most pathetic sword imaginable, which the figure can't hold up due to its weight and to the arm joint having next to no friction. The wings ''can'' be put onto the robot's back for storage, but only upside-down. They ''could'' be folded up to look like a samurai robe, but they always stress against the legs due to being pre-bent. One of the main reasons why the figure is often regarded as one of the worst-ever ''Transformers'' is that Silverbolt never received another toy in the line, so the only physical representation of the cartoon's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbm.jpg towering, awesome-looking warrior]] is this measly, garish red-blue freak who's smaller than all the other Maximals despite being the tallest in the show. The Japanese version was at least somewhat accurate in its colors. Rumor has it the figure was originally meant to be a gryphon, which would explain why it has four legs as a condor. The fact that it has no knees as a robot and that the robot feet have an extra transformation step which isn't used in either configuration (this does allow him to have knees at the cost of the feet's stability) also reveal that the toy was only halfway through its design phase when released.
*** And note that this is not only from a toyline that's almost ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality of Basic-class figures in general. But also from the same line that introduced the (short lived) "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failing]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Suprime Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only for it to be hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks, ugly design and [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]] (for example, his normally purple spots became black). Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]] and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.

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** The beast mode of ''Beast Machines'' ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines]]'' [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbmtoy.jpg Silverbolt]]'s was so laughable-looking, Hasbro themselves packaged the figure in robot-mode, even though the other similar-sized toys came packaged in their alternate-mode. That's meant to be a condor, by the way, a humanoid condor with clawed legs dangling in front of its wings, and a tubular robot-head coming out of its rear -- this is especially strange, since the tiny head could easily have been concealed within the spacious torso, with the samurai bun-styled hairpiece blending in with the tail feathers in bird mode. The wings detach and split to form the tiniest, most pathetic sword imaginable, which the figure can't hold up due to its weight and to the arm joint having next to no friction. The wings ''can'' be put onto the robot's back for storage, but only upside-down. They ''could'' be folded up to look like a samurai robe, but they always stress against the legs due to being pre-bent. One of the main reasons why the figure is often regarded as one of the worst-ever ''Transformers'' is that Silverbolt never received another toy in the line, so the only physical representation of the cartoon's [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Silverboltbm.jpg towering, awesome-looking warrior]] is this measly, garish red-blue freak who's smaller than all the other Maximals despite being the tallest in the show. The Japanese version was at least somewhat accurate in its colors. Rumor has it the figure was originally meant to be a gryphon, which would explain why it has four legs as a condor. The fact that it has no knees as a robot and that the robot feet have an extra transformation step which isn't used in either configuration (this does allow him to have knees at the cost of the feet's stability) also reveal that the toy was only halfway through its design phase when released.
*** And note that bare in mind, this is not only from a toyline that's almost not just ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality of its Basic-class figures in general. overall[[note]]Nearly none of the other Maximal figures from this size class (baring Night Viper) fare any better than Silverbolt[[/note]]. But also from the same line that introduced the (short lived) short-lived "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failing]] failed]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Suprime Supreme Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only for it to be was hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks, ugly design and gimmicks (which affected arm articulation ''horribly''); butt-ugly design; a [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]] (for example, his scheme]](his normally purple spots became black). black, and he suddenly sported green abs with no explanation) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a complete inability to stand under its own power]]. Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]] bombed]], and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.
10th May '16 1:38:21 AM philipnova798
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*** And note that this is not only from a toyline that's almost ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality of Basic-class figures in general. But also from the same line that introduced the (short lived) "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failing]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Suprime Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only for it to be hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks, ugly design and [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]] (for example, his normally black spots became ''purple''). Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]] and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.

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*** And note that this is not only from a toyline that's almost ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality of Basic-class figures in general. But also from the same line that introduced the (short lived) "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failing]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Suprime Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only for it to be hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks, ugly design and [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]] (for example, his normally black purple spots became ''purple'').black). Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]] and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.
9th May '16 7:57:59 PM philipnova798
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*** And note that this is not only from a toyline that's almost ''universally'' reviled amongst the fandom due to [[Main/ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy its inaccuracy to the show]], and the general quality of Basic-class figures in general. But also from the same line that introduced the (short lived) "Supreme" sub-line- A series of figures that were ''supposed'' to be more show accurate to its counterparts, yet [[EpicFail failing]] '''''[[EpicFail hard]]'''''. Case in point: [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:BM_Supreme_Cheetor.jpg Suprime Cheetor]]. A figure hyped up by Hasbro themselves to be as show accurate as possible. Only for it to be hindered by its obtrusive gimmicks, ugly design and [[OffModel completely inaccurate color scheme]] (for example, his normally black spots became ''purple''). Needless to say, [[CaptainObvious the experiment bombed]] and the figure was clearanced almost immediately after its release.
2nd May '16 8:25:34 AM RCFU200
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** Most of the figures reviewed and comically ridiculed by WebVideo/TJOmega's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6C93687FE76F3BF Plastic Addict]]'' series are borderline examples that aren't bad enough to fit onto this page. But some, like the entries on his top 5 worst-ever list ''are'' (all the usual suspects are present: ''Titanium'', ''Built To Rule'', intrusive gimmicks, faulty materials, and just plain shoddy design). Likewise, most of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' tie-in toys released under the ''Transformers'' banner are generally despised, as they are badly designed in both of their modes: [[KibblesAndBits ugly animals with human-bits sticking out and vice-versa]]. Transforming ''robots'' that incorporate animal-parts into their designs can get away with this, but feathers, talons, claws and such look decidedly off on a ''human''. (The alien toys were a bit better, thanks to no human parts hanging off.)

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** Most of the figures reviewed and comically ridiculed by WebVideo/TJOmega's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6C93687FE76F3BF Plastic Addict]]'' series are borderline examples that aren't bad enough to fit onto this page. But some, like the entries on his top 5 worst-ever list ''are'' (all the usual suspects are present: ''Titanium'', ''Built To Rule'', Rule'' as well as figures with intrusive gimmicks, faulty materials, and just plain shoddy design).designs). Likewise, most of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' tie-in toys released under the ''Transformers'' banner are generally despised, as they are badly designed in both of their modes: [[KibblesAndBits ugly animals with human-bits sticking out and vice-versa]]. Transforming ''robots'' that incorporate animal-parts into their designs can get away with this, but feathers, talons, claws and such look decidedly off on a ''human''. (The The alien toys were a bit better, thanks to no human parts hanging off.)
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