What Video Toy Reviews Should Be.
If there’s one thing I’ve never gotten into with the advent of technology it’s video reviews by fans. What should be equal to a 3 minute segment in an overall review platform such as in the classic Tech TV news/review show “Fresh Gear” (1998-2004) in which new tech and new products would be introduced, displayed and demonstrated in the span of 2-3 minutes before moving on to the next product, what we often get is 22-30 minutes of utter boredom and pain. This is with the understanding that there isn’t some overall encompassing arc that all products would fall under, as with Transformers.
So when the video review craze started to take off, I knew that if I were interested in a potential new toy to add to my collection, the last thing I wanted to do was sit there and listen to some kid droning on and on about this toy, which Wal-Mart he found it in and watch him fumble with the Transformation, posing and pegging guns into fists sans any kind of edits at all. That’s not to say all video reviews are too long or too boring — but lets face it, most of them are. I had almost given up on ever finding a video review resource that could truly give me exactly what I until I started hanging around the Facebook feeds of our friends south of the border over at Transformers Colombia. If you’re not following them check them out. They post in Spanish so you may not always get the gist of what’s being talked about, but as Transformers groups go they post a lot of interesting and useful things. One such thing was a link to a video reviewer named counter656 that uses stop-motion to review his toys. Actually, the link was specifically an advertisement created by a third party manufacture to showcase their Fall of Cyberton/Generations Bruticus add-ons. I was skeptical at first but I clicked on it and now I’ve seen the light. What this guy is doing with these videos are amazing.
The first thing that came to mind was the old Japanese Diaclone commercials that also used stop motion in conjunction with regular motion. But then I saw his video reviews. These reviews are short but sweet — they have no voice over at all and tell you every single thing you’d want to know about a Transformers. The size comparisons, articulation with head, arms, waist and legs, Transformations, accessories and then best of all playability. Check out his review for IDW Orion Pax and Megatron.
He’s got some other non-Transformers video reviews up as well and seems to focus exclusively on high end figures that are in the 80-120 dollars range. In his 12 videos he covers comic characters from Marvel and DC as well as some Dragonball stuff. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of him in the future and maybe if you ask him nicely he’ll do more Transformers reviews.
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