I've talked about good figures, pointing out such things as dynamic poses, crisp sculpting, unique topics, ect. ect. ect. But what about the things that bring a figure down? You know, those unsightly aspects of these special little figures that we wish we could change. So lets for a minute imagine that we were setting out to make the WORST toy soldier ever. How would we do it?
1. Claim they are 1/32, but make sure they are way too small or way to big to be used with other figures.
2. Make sure that they are packaged using those plasticy wire wraps that Forces of Valor uses, making it impossible to get them out of the box. Man, everybody loves those.
3. If the army wore Red uniforms, make sure you only offer them in Blue.
4. Make sure at least one figure in the set is not capable of standing on it's own.
5. All pistols should be sculpted to look like bananas.
6. Gumby cartoons should be your standard anatomy reference.
7. Each set should contain 1 shooter, and 5 mine sweepers.
8. Make sure to choose a really popular topic, such as the Guelph-Ghibelline War.
9. Give all your figures smiles.
10. People should have to ask "is that a spyglass, or a rifle?"
Can ya think of anymore?