Hell, I'm sad Playmates even still has the license at all. They were good in their day, but their upcoming toyline leaves me cold, and imagining what someone could do with a good 6" accessory-laden line.
They're fine but they don't fit in with all the other Diamond Select Enterprises.
Yeah, the big draw for me was the obscure and prototype designs they did. Like, no one's going to give the Wolf 395 ships or the concept Ambassador Class that much attention again.It bothers me that they feel the need to include metal sections, and it seems weird that they have sculpted panel lines at the scale they're working at. The result feels just a little bit like the 6" Galoob Enterprise D I had as kid, and that little bit is a little bit too much for me to pick one up.
Oh yeah, they're not intended to be in scale, they're like expensive Hot Wheels. Same with the Diamond Select ships, they're all just roughly the same size as each other, but not to scale.They don't even all fit in with each other, really. I bought a bunch recently when Amazon was having a half-off sale, and they're neat and I like 'em, but scale was definitely not a priority.
Orville also suffers from what I call Madoka Syndrome, where fans of Thing A gain a reputation for making a big deal about how "Thing A is good unlike that stupid Thing B crap that only an idiot would like," repelling Thing B fans who clearly fall squarely within Thing A's target audience.The sad truth is that Star Trek has been trying to NOT be Star Trek for so long...I'm not sure a LOT of casual viewers even remember what ideals the franchise was built on. Orville tried to remind us...but I felt its association with Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane kind of skewed perception of the show.
I think a lot comes to conflicting ideas of what 'Trek' means.
Like, the people complaining about politics in Trek? Those are Star Trek fans, too. The same kind of people who would play Wolfenstein and then claim there was no message about racist, authoritarian regimes.
Paramount, of course, only cares who spends the most money.
And, like, since the Abrams approach has not lasted super well, it's not surprising they have gone back to the roots a bit more.