Thursday, April 2, 2015

Look Out Below, It's TURDSDAY

Today, on this fine #turdsday, we present to you a new weekly feature that will take place here at Cobra Shadow Joes. Without further ado, welcome to Turdsday. Every Thursday (now known as Turdsday) we will present you with something toy related (a particular toy company, toy line, a toy/figure, toy spokesman/PR guy/owner, etc) that we choose as our Turd of the Week.

Now, we realize that this will rub some people the wrong way. Some toy companies may be upset as well as their loyal fans. We hope that people will not take this too seriously and will be entertained by this. I know we are bound to get a few angry emails as we have in the past from toy companies because of our Twitter posts. We realize that, but we also realize we have to be real to ourselves and to our fans. I think many of you guys like us because we are regular guys and fans just like you. No gimmicks. We don't use fake, overly enthusiastic voices when doing reviews or anything like that. We don't just kiss the butt of every company out there either. If you put out a product that is cheap or sucks we will call you out. If your customer service is terrible we will call you out. If you treat your fans like garbage we will definitely call you out.

Most importantly, this is our OPINION! Feel free to disagree with us. We expect that so have at it. While we are serious about what we think are "turds" this is also kind of a half don't take this too seriously. If you email us asking why we are "dissing" your product then you just don't get it. Don't be so worried about what we're saying and take it out on us. Rectify the problem and make your product/attitude/whatever-it-may-be better. Also, I will have a lot more respect for you if you can take a good ribbing and joke with us rather than sending an irate email. Not every product can be a home run. We totally get that, but since we are spending our hard-earned money on your products we expect the best and are allowed to voice our opinions. Also, not everything we will discuss is necessarily bad. It could just be something that WE don't like or get. There's a market out there for everything. Some of the things we pick we can totally understand why some others might like it, but it's just not for us. Again, this is strictly our OPINION. So, if we pick one of your favorite toys don't Hulk out. Don't be that guy.

We want you guys, our awesome fans, to participate and take part in all of the fun with us. Every Turdsday we want you to join us on Twitter ( @cobrashadowjoes ) and share your own TURDS by using the hashtag #turdsday. This is basically an online version of conversations and debates that we have all of the time, and we want to open this conversation up to you as well.

Ok, so now that is out of the way...let's get down to business. The honor of our first ever Turd of the Week goes to.....Diamond Select Toys...specifically their line of home/kitchen/office products. As a collector do you know what I am NOT looking to spend money on?  I have absolutely no need or desire for expensive coin banks, bottle openers, letter openers, ice trays, gelatin molds, pizza cutters, etc. Yes, they may be connected to cool characters such as Godzilla, Alien, Predator, and Ghostbusters, but that is not enough to get me to spend my hard earned money on stuff like that.

Give me a budget of $20-$25 and then give me the choice of a Predator bottle opener or a Predator figure. that is a tough one. Do I want to spend roughly 20 bucks on a metal bottle opener or do I want to spend that on a awesome, articulated figure that comes with accessories? That is just a no brainer to me! I don't think a pizza cutter, ice tray, or bottle opener would flow too well in my collection room either!

Again, I realize there is a market out there for everything, but these are just things that leave us scratching our heads. Every time I see these products I immediately think "who buys this stuff?" Now, obviously people out there must buy it or else they wouldn't keep making it. That would just be bad business.

Now to be fair, Diamond Select Toys does make some other cool products. While we aren't into them very much there are many out there who enjoy the Minimates quite a bit. By far, my favorite line they produce is their Marvel Select line. To prove that I am not just some rabid Diamond Select Toys hater here is a picture of my Marvel Select collection at the moment...

Now again, remember this is strictly our personal opinion. Don't be upset if we picked one of your favorite things as our Turd. There will be many turds to go around. Feel free to have a friendly discussion about this on Twitter. Diamond Select Toys does do some very cool stuff. It's just that we find the home/kitchen/office products to be about as interesting as a Zach Oatmeal spoon. Hopefully, companies can be cool and laugh at this with us all and let it roll of their shoulders. Companies that are cool with their fans and who "get it" are great at that.

We hope that you have enjoyed this new feature to our website and got a laugh out of it. Please, join on us Twitter and share with us your very own turds by tagging us on Twitter and using the hashtag #turdsday

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