OAFEnet Email Update for Thursday, June 21

The OAFEnet Email Update is simply embroiled in controversy!

  • This is the Joe Friday many of you were expecting to see last week, since you'd already seen it as the email preview.
  • This review may have gone too far - you'll have to read it to decide for yourself.
  • If you want to see why people were upset, or add your voice to the conversation, you just need to visit our message board.
  • Depending on how much attention you've been paying, you may have heard a lot of complaints about the subject of Sunday's review. Not the toy, the character.
  • A reader got mad at Marvel Monday, too, but that may have just been a misunderstanding. Hopefully. The alternative has unfortunate implications.
  • One of the photos in this review is due entirely to a reader request.
  • Here are some awesome custom figures made from rare, expensive exclusives.
  • This review reveals the terrible time Mattel has controling the scale of its figures.
  • And Rustin's shopping trip was very light this week. Why? He explains right at the beginning.

This week on the blog we had packaging you can build yourself, the simplest Legos ever, a toyline you've probably never heard of, and even more! Visit http://blog.oafe.net/ for your daily dose of toy nerdery!

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5 Responses to OAFEnet Email Update for Thursday, June 21

  1. Friginator says:

    I don't know who you're referring to about the Heimdall thing, but if I can just put my 2 cents in: I think it's ridiculous to say that every person who thinks pretending that a single black person and a single Asian person are both part of the same race as otherwise all-white Norse gods is inappropriate is some sort of malicious racist. And the whole "it's not real" thing doesn't make sense when you're specifically dealing with race. Would the same argument be made if one of the members of the Corleone family were black? I'm not denying that there was a lot of hate surrounding the situation, or saying that I think it's unreasonable to have a black Asgardian (maybe Asgard is like Krypton?) but I can see where people were coming from with both sides of the argument. And honestly, did the controversy really warrant more than a single paragraph in a toy review? Do we really have to read "racist dumb^&@%s", "a bunch of stupid inbred crackers", "racists" "hate group" "racists", "racism" "white supremecists" (typo), and another "racists" just to get a review of a piece of plastic we're considering buying? Sometimes it seems like this site has abandoned the whole "buy the toys, not the hype" slogan.

    • yo go re says:

      At what point did I ever say every person who thinks that is a racist? Or even imply it in the broadest sense?

      If people have forgotten that actual, real-world, "let's protest against miscegenation" racists - a bunch of white guys who literally think black people are an inferior race - tried to boycott a movie just because a character they'd (probably) never read in their lives wasn't cast as a white actor, then yes, it was absolutely necessary to spend a paragraph and a half talking about it. They deserve to be perpetually embarrassed and ridiculed for their head-up-the-ass set of values. If anyone reads, in commentary about Heimdall, that racists were upset with his casting and thinks it's about anything other than RACISTS being upset with his casting, then there's something wrong.

      I'm also not sure what any of that has to do with our slogan. Or why you're talking about it here, rather than on the message board...

      • OAFE says:

        Plus, there's a "report an error" link on every page. Rules for typos are like terrorism: if you see something, say something.

  2. Friginator says:

    I mean that it's more about the hype than the toy. If you want to give hate groups attention by ranting about them, there are better places than in a toy review.

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