Stop The "everybody Hates" Nonsense
Posted by bonesiii , Jan 02 2008 · 20 views
Okay, I'm getting really sick of this.
Almost every week, I can go into the Sets forum, and find a topic like "Why does everybody hate Tahu?" or a statement inside a topic along the lines of "We all know everybody hates the Piraka."
Someone sees one post, maybe five, maybe even fifty posts, of complaints about that set, and then they commit the logical fallacy known as Hasty Generalization, assuming that "everybody" feels that way. And that's just the ones that actually post about it in Sets or elsewhere -- there's probably tons of other people who make this mistake without telling anyone so it can be corrected.
Well, it's false.
In almost every case, it's actually a popular, well-selling set that "everybody" supposedly "hates." BZPower is a big place, and usually actual polls here show the set in question to be popular. And BZP is a tiny minority of the fanbase itself anyways, that is often very, very different from the real majority.
Regardless, there will always be some who dislike a set. It's wrong to lump everybody into a nonsensical, made-up-by-you group, just because you happened to meet the people who naturally dislike it. And another thing -- someone posting a complaint about a set doesn't necessarily mean they "hate" it. That's a very extreme word, and sometimes I'm sure it's accurate (though nobody should ever hate a toy; IMO that is simply immaturity). Disliking something is perfectly fine, because we all have our own preferences. That says more about each person's own tastes than about the LEGO set.
To all those topics asking "Why do you dislike this set?" -- it's because that person's tastes make them prefer something different. Not that you can't ask what the details of that are, but that's the general answer and the most important to understand.
In reality, nothing pleases everybody, or vice versa. Nothing. Except maybe breathing. But that's not a LEGO set.
So stop pretending otherwise. Mkay?
In other news, I own Pohatu. And he roxorz. I would prefer more orange, but that might just be me, and the heavy use of stone-gray definately makes a lot of sense. Really, orange is more like his secondary color, at least in terms of percentage. The Kakama is awesome, and BTW, for everybody complaining that it looks too much like the Vahi -- actually, since the Visor is easily removable, I thought it was cool that you could take that away and pretend it was a coolified Vahi.
And then I finally got something from 2007 now that I have some actual cash -- Gadunka. And to everybody who asks "Why does everyone hate Gadunka?" -- This guy is thrilled with him. Most innovative titan body design, coolest head design, the color scheme works perfectly when you see him in person, the head is awesome, really no complaints other than the instructions tell you to leave some construction pins extending in ugly ways, easily fixed by moving them slightly so they line up to look like screws or nails in a biomech. being. Oh, and to those complaining about the tongue, it's definately meant to be a tongue, because it has its own joint so it can be raised and lowered like one. So that's why it's red, lol. 3-way forked tongue = cool.