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  1. #1
    ironman1188
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    Default Sooooo, what apes were you hoping for??

    The ape-o-nauts seem popular, but I would have liked Milo in "ape" clothes.
    General Aldo I thought was a given. :\
    And, despite odds, I had really hoped for Burke, Virdon, Galen, Urko and Zaius from the TV series. The humans provide different sculpts and outfits, Zaius looked nothing like Maurice Evans and General Urko's makeup varied greatly from Ursus or Aldo while his uniform was somewhat a mix of the two. :bang
    A gorilla soldier that resembled one actually in the films would have been a nice touch too.

  2. #2
    rentu
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    i was hoping for a set of all the original astronauts myself...seemed like it would be a rather easy job since all it would need is the head sculpt. the others you mentioned would have been great too hell i would have bought anything they threw out there for a long time.....

  3. #3
    screamingmetal
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    The ape-o-nauts are the ones I was really looking forward to. Other then them, I'd like Milo, Mandemus, and maybe General Aldo; I can't remember if he looked different from other Gorilla apes.

  4. #4
    creecher
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    At least one ape-o-naut would be nice.

  5. #5
    Poelzig
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    Aldo,and maybe Julius.More Gorilla's basically.I always figured that they would have made a lobotimized astronaut as a site exclusive only figure.

  6. #6
    ironman1188
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    General Aldo; I can't remember if he looked different from other Gorilla apes.
    He sure did. His uniform was like Urko's but his facial sculpt was very different from other gorillas. There was actualy quite a bit of diversity in the ape characters facially. The outfits were admittedly rather similar, but that was the way their culture was. I would not have minded several chimps, orangutan and gorillas in similar clothes as long as the sculpts were varied and they could find some "extra" accessories to throw in.

  7. #7
    Protozaius
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    And, despite odds, I had really hoped for Burke, Virdon, Galen, Urko and Zaius from the TV series.
    Mat did mention that he received a fan petition for the TV series characters to be made... but I don't think it was taken too seriously. It's the movies that are generally considered to be "classic".

    As for me, I would have bought everything and anything from the line, be it from the movies or the TV show. My list of what I would like to have seen made is embarassingly long. I do realize that my tastes border on the fringe... that what I would want wouldn't necessarily be big sellers for Sideshow. I recognize that. The fact that in a list I provided when the line was first announced included and other two orangutans from the hearing (Maximus and the Judge) and a Circus Caesar with an all leather tunic only proves my status as a hopeless, rabid Ape Fan.

    But there are certain sore spots when it comes to characters unproduced. I would have loved to have seen:

    1) Julius... a GREAT gorilla before gorillas were typecasted as "warmongers"

    2) Ape-O-Nauts... all three of them (maybe with a Dr. Milo in tunic as an exclusive)

    3) Caesar from Battle (although one will be easily customizable using Conquest Caesar and a Cornelius... removing the glyph will prove to be the only obstacle)

    4) Virgil... I have a thing for orangutans. And Paul Williams made a great one.

    5) Lastly, a polystone of the Caesar statue. That would have been truly special.

    Basically, I would have liked to see them touch a little on each of the five films (okay, and a bit on the TV show, GEEZ). But I'm not going to be one of those who criticize what WAS produced by Sideshow. Too many Taylors? Nah. Too many humans? Nah. I think that there are good solid reasons behind every release from Sideshow. The fact that we have as many humans as we do, I believe was in the timing when the line ended. Sideshow just started covering Beneath (with the introduction of Brent AND the Mutants) when the plug was pulled. I really don't blame Sideshow for anything... other than providing me with a GREAT figure line. For that they are gulity as charged.

    I think the blame for the failure of the line is in the times that we live in. Having just got back for SDCC, I see that there is a real tug of war out there to score the disposable income of the collecting world... a community those dollar is stretch far beyond the breaking point. There is some terminally COOL stuff out there. You know the stuff I mean... the high end stuff that you need an acrylic case for. FAR more than there ever has been. I believe there are a lot of Ape fans out there that wanted to buy these figures... and may do so after the price has bottomed out. But a POTA fan may also be a Star Wars fan or a Lord of the Rings fan... so these fans are left with some hard decisions in the marketplace. Should I buy that Attackus Vader or that Gentle Giant Biker Scout or that Lawgiver Statue? I find myself selling off items that I wouldn't do normally (some of my vintage Mego stuff) only to get some of these cool high end items.

    I also think that since the line is as good as dead, you are going to find a percentage of people (completists) willing to buy the items that they were on the fence about because now that the end is here. There is a final, finite number (the number is 19, I believe) of pieces to collect to have a complete set.

  8. #8
    ironman1188
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    Mat did mention that he received a fan petition for the TV series characters to be made... but I don't think it was taken too seriously.
    And, to me, thats part of the problem. The fans are not taken seriously. nd we are the ones buying the figures, begging for figures, etc... I'd be curious to know how many people were on that petition, but thats probably another of those things they can't divulge. :rolleyes

  9. #9
    jlcmsu
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    The fans are taken seriously but they do have to make characters that they know will sell well. What if they make some of the TV characters and they sell like crap? Thats a bad business decision. Its a fine line really.

  10. #10
    ironman1188
    Guest
    The fans are taken seriously but they do have to make characters that they know will sell well. What if they make some of the TV characters and they sell like crap? Thats a bad business decision. Its a fine line really.
    So, Giles or Cordy wouldn't sell well? The fans have been not just asking but pleading for them to no avail.
    And as for the Apes TV, I think the 5 main characters would have sold as well as what's been offered so far, perhaps some evn better. Of, course that would also hinge on the characters, ape and human, looking like they should. Have any of the lines figures thus far sold "like crap" ?
    I hope I'm wrong, but it really seems to me that sideshow is abandoning the 1:6 collector. I know, I know...."But they just picked up Star Wars"....yadda yadda yadda.....
    OK, but is that now where the 1:6 focus is going to be? Hell, they could put anything Star wars out after Hasbro's offerings and make themselves look good. If they want to back up statements that they listen to the fans, how about making something that they asked for. A lot of lines died or are dying with out figures that have been begged for.
    Ygor
    Maleva
    Rod Serling
    Dr. Pretorious
    {insert Bond Villain here}
    ape-o-nauts
    Giles
    Cordy
    Now Buffy seems to be getting more figures than any other line, and if the numbers are there to support that, than so be it. But the lack of certain key characters up to this point truly makes me wonder if they will ever be seen before the decision to end that line joins the Outer Limits, Twilight Zone and Planet of the Apes.
    Sooooo, here's hoping Majestic can pick up some slack with their BSG and Dark Shadows line.

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