I'm late to this discussion but I thought I'd weigh in...
I guess I don't understand why people dislike Dudebox so much. I think it was a really strong launch. Especially compared to other similar product launches--even compared to the KR's Dunny launch. I like the euro-centric list of artists.
I also like how pro-active they've been in reaching out to new artists. If you consider KR is the "A" list for artists, then there's gotta be a place for new talent to cut their teeth. Three years ago KR wouldn't have even talked with JPK. A couple of releases with some other companies and he becomes a solid producer. Now he's getting that action. If it wasn't for competition there would be like 5 Dunny artists for every series and not a lot of innovation in design and production.
Maybe Dudbox doesn't pick up steam in the US. Maybe there's a really strong market in Europe and they don't need a big presence in the US. Toy2R sells great numbers in Asia. A lot of what they do is specific to that market. Artoyz puts out great product and I really like their Elements series. I with all companies nothing but amazing success for the future, because that gives me plenty of options when it comes to spending my dollar.
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I get the whole argument over disliking or liking something, we're all free to choose, but there's some serious anger coming out of some of you cats
If ya don't dig it, don't support it. But I don't see the horrible things some of you guys are predicting (or wishing for, lol). They're definitely doing what has taken some of the established companies years to get around to. You guys ask for new names, fellow up and coming customizers (in some cases from this very community) to be given an opportunity, and for someone willing to take a chance on what others are neglecting, and here you have it.
I understand, it's not a Dunny, or a Munny, or a [insert another iconic platform here], but they're pretty solid designs (IMO, although I'm not the only one who thinks so) and I can't wait to see more artists like MAp-MAp, JC Rivera, Chauskoskis, Fakir & many others from these very boards lay some dope designs on these new platforms. Mad props to them or anyone else that decides to make a big move like this in hopes of changing the scene up a bit. There's plenty of room for the fans and consumers to decide for themselves
Some good stuff here(See above). From the posts I have read and posted myself I feel that the comments are for the most part fair and reasonable and not just "Hating" on Dudebox for not being KR. Like I said before; IMO the launch was weak, lacked focus, and the execution was poor. Amongst numerous problems previously posted about they failed to incorporated a few fan favorites such as Fakir, JPK, JC Rivera, Southern Drawl, Otto Bjornik, ect*
there would at least be a buzz and heat about the release instead of the "Plop" that it did make with a line up of "who?"
Even with a great line up success is not a lock! Bic Buddies & Yoka jump to mind. They opened with great line ups, mixed with fan favorites and up and comers. Where are they now?
This goes back the the "Brand" of Dudebox. What is Dudebox? Who is the Dude? With 2 series, 2 sizes, 3 platforms, and I might be missing something else to add to the pile but it's all over the place! Who knows what Dudebox is!!?? 10 people could point to 10 different things and they'd all be right...I guess! A MadL is a MadL. A Dunny is a Dunny. A bottle of Coke is a bottle of coke. You see LV and you think of Louis Vouton or the Gucci G...you know what's up
You gotta give the people what they want! Well in Marketing I guess you have to tell people what they want but you can't do that when your message/product is muddled and confusing.
* I have seen a few customs by other artists for the open.
I want you to look at this and tell me what you see. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers.
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