This week’s topic in the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is all about your personal dreams. No, not that creepy recurring nightmare where the clown with a huge erection chases you to the tune of Yakety Sax, but rather dreams that you wish could come true. Goals and aspirations in the form of a dream.
We all have them. Some are ambitious, some are farfetched, and some might even be attainable. What’s your dream?
There are lots of things that I want. Truth be told, I could go on for days about my own personal problems. But I think I’d rather write about something topical instead. So what’s my dream?
I have a dream, that one day Masters of the Universe Classics won’t be tied to some arcane subscription model that becomes so divisive for the toy collecting community. You see, just a few weeks ago at SDCC, Mattel rolled out their latest batch of Masters of the Universe Classic announcements. Some of them, like Two-Bad, are awesome. But as always, to get these figures, you have to subscribe to their Club Eternia program filled with other stuff I don’t want and other random figures that I may or may not like. It’s the Russian Roulette of toys.
For years this has been a bane of collectors everywhere, but in recent years it’s really gotten bad. In the old days, the subscription existed purely to prevent hardcore collectors from missing key figures due to quick sellouts and an almost unbearable MattyCollector website. Somewhere along the way the subscription essentially became mandatory, forcing you to buy every figure that came down the pike, whether you liked it or not. This all led to last year, where MOTUC seem poised to have a breaking point. If you didn’t subscribe, the line was going to end.
I promised myself I was out last year, but then at the last minute, they swore that Ram Man would never get made if the sub didn’t go through. Like a putz, I fell for it. With it last year came a wave of nauseating fan cannibalism, as those who were against the sub or wanted change, were drowned out by the pathetic pleas and disdain of grown men who wanted their toys and felt you were standing in their way. Unfortunately, only a week after SDCC this year… It’s happening again.
My dream is for this to end. I don’t want to have to buy a dozen figures I don’t want. I feel like the years of blind purchases I’ve put in, should qualify me for that. Being a member of the MOTUC subscription has forced me to get terrible figures like the Star Sisters, crap I didn’t want like Count Marzo, all the while not guaranteeing me figures I actually wanted like Strobo. There’s only a handful of MOTUC figures left that I even want… But now I must suffer through another few weeks of fan panhandling, bickering and ultimately buying into an expensive subscription and only getting a few of the things I truly want.
This will continue on, forever, ad-nausea I’m certain. But my dream, is that one day, fans and hardcore collectors can come together and just enjoy this toy line for the great He-Man line that it is. That fans will be able to buy the MOTUC figures that they want, when they want. That my wants won’t stop you from getting what you want and vice-versa. All of us coming together, while not worrying about how many subscriptions are sold or what god-awful abomination we’re forced to buy to get the figures we want. That day my friends, is a true dream.