It's fair to say that my recent TFSource Blog article on the DX9 Invisible "Phantom" version, a translucent blue repaint of the MP-style Mirage, has been one of the least enthusiastically received articles that I can recall since I spent 2000 words comparing G1 copyrights (actually that had 500+ shares on Facebook). On the back of Invisible's seemingly successful launch came the quite attractive (or so I thought) clear deco, just as previous Mirages like Alternators/Binaltech, Classics/Henkei and even Robot Heroes received. For some reason, the feedback on the review for Phantom has been thin on the ground, and when received, not exactly positive.
Here are some of the comments from around the Internet:
"If I wanted to display an invisible Mirage, I'd just take him off the shelf and leave the space vacant".
"But...if it's clear....it doesn't have paint. :-P"
"I know this is supposed to be a homage to the Botcon figure. But I never understood why Funpub made it blue in the first place. Shouldn't an "invisible" Mirage have been molded in clear white plastic similar to Ghost Starscream?"
On most forums there are no replies at all to the article/review, so apart from comments about semantics regarding the appearance and the definition of words, I guess people were particularly affected (or not as the case may be) by the colour of the toy being translucent blue instead of totally colourless and clear, and that has actually influenced whether they engage with the article, images and concept at all. Maybe it was released too soon after the regular version and the quality of the product had not yet seeped far enough into the public consciousness? Maybe rumours of MP Mirage and pending MMC Sphinx have affected how likely people are to buy this product, but do blog readers only engage with what they want to buy?
It could be that the review was as dull as dishwater, but I'm pretty certain I've written worse stuff that's been better received. I do get why people wouldn't like the figure, I get it, honestly, but normally when people don't like something, they're moved to complain or express that dissatisfaction, and the opposite is true. Apathy is almost worse than dislike in this case.
Anyway, it was still interesting to see how something I quite liked as a Mirage enthusiast (and I know there are many many more) was received in such a lukewarm fashion, and the review of it even moreso.
Must try harder!
All the best