Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated Entertainment Okay?

January 23, 2013 -

Earlier this week, Cliff Bleszinski was asked for his thoughts regarding the appropriateness of action figures based on his M-rated Gears of War series.

But who cares what Bleszinski thinks!  We want to know what you think!

Are you cool with action figures based on mature rated entertainment?  Perhaps you're okay with them so long as they're not marketed to children?  Maybe you don't much care so long as the toy itself isn't inappropriate.  Or maybe you think such toys shouldn't be made at all and the adults that want them can just go jump in a lake!

Vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments section or email them to us at SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com.  We'll reveal the poll results, our opinions and yours on next week's podcast.  We aim to record it this Sunday so don't procrastinate too long!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen does not regret getting up at 6 am to watch Nintendo's Nintendo Direct presentation


Comments

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

Back in the 90s I had a GI Joe action figure that came with a three bladed chainsaw. Was Ripper I think, and lots of people thought it was awesome.

Most boys would think a gun with a chainsaw on it was neat.

 

As always, it's up to their parents.

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

It's fine.

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

Yes, yes and yes. It's okay. There is no difference between a GoW action figure and a GI Joe action figure. None. If the kid then wants to play the game, the parent has to make the decision on whether it's okay for them. Market the toys at kids all you want too - they're toys. Just don't market the M or R rated game at kids and all is fine.

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

Hell, Gears of War guns have chainsaws on them, most boys would think that was awesome.

 

Bakc in the 90s the GI Joe figure Ripper came with a three bladed chainsaw.

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

I'll just repost what i posted there rather late.

Given the pricing, design, and quality of the toys for most games. I Doubt they're 100% intended for kids at all.

Most of them are of collector quality, and nearly always over priced. But where else would they stick figures than the toy section? Theres really no "collectables" section in stores.. Well, except in Toys "R" Us given they have an entire out of the way isle for vintage re-releases, "R" rated movie items, and video game figures.

Besides all Toys "R" Us has always been very hypocritical IMO.

Once long ago they swore they'd never sell M+ rated games, and yet they sold toys from such. So now they sell the games too, and HEAVILY advertise them as well.

TBH though i don't think a modern "Toy store" really applies to only children. Much like how video games are NOT all for kids. Nor are all Cartoons.

So why should toys be limited to children while we share everything else?

Also as others pointed out, "R" rated movie toys are, and have been for years, not only sold to kids, but marketed AT them.

I recall specific child sized Terminator masks and arms covered in bloody wounds with machine parts revealed. Those were even in commercials directed at kids, during cartoon shows.

Can't say i've ever seen a Game figure get a spot..

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

I mean selling it in Toys R Us, or the children's toy section of Wal-Mart, may not be appropriate. A comic book store, or a specialty toy store though, that would be fine.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

Bah.  Unless there is something objectionable about the toy itself, I don't see why it should matter whether or not it is associated with more mature entertainment.  I don't have to let my kid watch the GI Joe movie just because he has a GI Joe toy.  I mean otherwise, just how far do we go down that road?  No Star Wars toys because people get decapitated and mutilated in one of the movies?  No Harry Potter toys because the latter movies got a little dark?  Nuts to that.  Judge the toy's appropriateness on its own, don't drag tangential crap into it.

Re: Poll: Are Action Figures Based On Mature Rated ...

I generally don't see a problem with it. There are plenty of adults and teenagers who collect action figures, so in that case, it's no big deal. On the other hand, selling such toys in stores marketed towards young children, lets say those 12 and under, may be inappropriate and unsavory.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment
 
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