I posted this on my ventfigures list and thought it was worth saving here;
Okay here's another topic about figures that came to mind during a private discussion with someone, I think this might provoke some interesting discussion;
What do you think is the future of quality figuremaking? Is it in jeopardy?
In another forum, someone posted this
"I think that some of the old line figure makers are starting to see that there are folks that are selling figures that do quite well for somewhat let money and the Brose Kits seem to be a nice way to go also with some nice creations at a nominal charge. I do see a plateau in the future on the amount of new figures out there. I did get a note back from a figure maker after I sent him a nice note about his figures that the "Kit Type" projects will eliminate the carved wood figure makers at some point. He may be right."
And I replied with this;
"that the "Kit Type" projects will eliminate the carved wood figure makers at some point"
This is indeed a very sad statement for the art, and I hope whoever said that is wrong.
But I'm afraid I wrote nearly the same thing today. I have been having a private discussion with someone about this very topic, and just earlier today, wrote this to him in email;
"I think quality figuremaking is going to be a rare thing at some point. Why should anyone bother if there's so many people cranking out poor to moderate quality figures cheaply and that's what people are buying.Actually, I think that has been the downside of Brose's book and readily available info on figuremaking, now everyone and their brother is doing it and cranking them out. Maybe the old masters who weren't so free with volunteering info were the smart ones - not only for their own benefit, but the benefit of the art."
And that's not only what we are headed for, I think we are already pretty much there. The market has been flooded with assembly line figures, most all obviously lacking in some way or another in comparison to the masters. New people in the art are buying them up with no clue what a quality figure is like, and eventually the assembly line figures will become the standard.
And when the standard of anything becomes less than it could be, that's not a good thing."