I pay a lot of attention to the packaging of hobby products. In fact as a kid I based my pack purchases solely on this aspect.
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Now I’d been away from NBA cards for more than 12 years and just recently got back into it late this year (2010). Back in the day, there were only a handful of brands from the 4 main manufacturers, Fleer, Skybox, Topps & Upper Deck. The most expensive products then were Topps Finest & the Skybox E-X releases. Game-used jersey cards were next to impossible to find and only Skybox products offered autographed pulls on relatively easy odds via their cross-brand Autographics inserts. So upon my glorious return to collecting, I discover that GU cards and AUTOS are pretty commonplace especially if one buys high-end products.
I am aware that the hobby demanded these premium cards and were very much OK to shell out the big bucks for them. High end cards sure look tasty and the card stock used is 4-5 times thicker than what I’d been used to. Then I watched a few box-breaks on youtube and I have to say I was pretty disgusted when I discovered how these products are packaged. For example we have the Exquisite Collection from Upper Deck. You have seven cards inside a cushioned box wrapped in plastic. This box sits inside a tin container which is inside another cushioned box again wrapped in plastic. Everything then is contained in yet another bigger cardboard box wrapped in plastic! What a shameful waste of materials! In this age of eco-friendliness and consciousness, how can we stand by this travesty? Is all this necessary to make consumers feel they are getting the appropriate bang for their buck? I think not.
I say Panini and the rest should set an example by being a little more ‘green’ and conserve on packaging which will no doubt lead to lower prices and “de-alienating” the rest of the hobby folk from the high end releases. Even if they choose to maintain the high prices, I wish they’d show more responsibility and maybe use recycled materials. Another idea would be to run a redemption program and let customers return the packaging in exchange for collectibles or cards.
Disclaimer: I am not a hippie nor a tree-hugger. I just care.
I’m talking about Street Fighter II and the Championship Edition so don’t get your panties in a knot. OK, so why do they call it Street Fighter anyway? Is it just a bunch of vagrants duking it out in the streets? Wasn’t there a TV show called Bum-Fights a few years ago that followed the same formula? Anyhow, sure, each fighter in the game has their own agendas but if say, Guile really had to kill Bison for murdering his friend Charlie (who I’m sure he had a sexual relationship with), why does he have to fight Dhalsim too, for example? What’s he got against the poor little Indian who just wants to Yoga Fire this and Yoga Flame that. Leave the poor man alone, he looks like he hasn’t eaten in weeks!
Speaking of Yoga Fires, talk about unfair odds. Ryu, Ken, Guile, Dhalsim, and Sagat all have projectile attacks. If I were in a fight for my life and I had an ability to shoot fiery, burning orbs of energy from my body, I’d be going “TigerTigerTigerTigerTigerTigerTiger!” all day.
And what about the ludicrous bonus stages?
|Alright, mighty Street Fighter. If you manage to destroy this car, that for some reason is parked on this dock, with your bare hands within the given time limit, you win POINTS!!!|
|These large metal barrels full of oil have been set on fire and arranged in a most precarious manner. If you, brave Street Fighter, kick the shit out of them and avoid getting 3rd degree burns before the timer runs out, you win POINTS!!!|
Street Fighter?! Jeez! Seems more like Street Cleaner to me!
Disclaimer: I am actually a big Street Fighter fan
*There used to be a huge ad for Max’s Fried Chicken with Piolo Pascual looking suggestively at you while lying down on a couch holding a big plate with 1 whole fried chicken on it!
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Ryu: You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance!
–That April Fool’s joke is only about 20 years old now, cmon!
Chun Li: I’m the strongest woman in the world!
–You’re also the ONLY woman in THIS world.
Guile: Are you man enough to fight with me?
–Uh, I just finished fighting you, hello!
Sagat: You are not a warrior; you’re a beginner!
–You are not from Thailand; you are too tall!
Blanka: Seeing you in action is a joke.
–Seeing you in person is a vomit-inducing experience.
Dhalsim: I will meditate then destroy you.
–I will donate to the World Food Program then feed you.
E Honda: Can’t you do better than that?
-Uh…can’t you do better than THAT?
Zangief: My strength is much greater than yours.
-You’re strength must be your chest hair then.
Balrog: My fists have your blood on them.
-My blood is infected with Hepatitis B.
Vega: Handsome fighters never lose battles.
-Especially handsome fighters who bring 8-inch blades to a fistfight. Asshole!