Each year, I've looked back at underappreciated posts on this site. 2018 was a weird year in that traffic was constant for the first 6 months before it almost doubled over the summer. Then, in the fourth quarter, it plummeted. Supposedly, Google changed their algorithm around this time due to the demise of Google+ and it greatly affected the number of people who visited the site. Things seem to have normalized, now. But, the traffic patterns are interesting, nonetheless.
Below are the least popular posts of 2018 that I think deserve more love:
Historically, foreign exclusive figures have been among the most popular profiles on my site. Add in the fact that this was a monster whose write up was released on Halloween and you have a recipe for...failure? Barely 200 people read this profile of a rather hard to find figure. But, the fact that Lobotomaxx is an unpopular alien and his Mexican variant is barely a shading difference and you get a figure that didn't grab people's attention.
Rarities - Unproduced 2004 Desert Patrol Figures (Convention Prototypes)
Even Rarities month produces a dud every now and then. When these figures were show at the 2004 Convention, the set looked like it wasn't great, but had some promise. The final production figures, though, didn't hold up. The excellent Ambush paint job you see here never saw the light of day and the resulting retail set faded into obscurity...just like this post.
1993 Flak Viper
Few collectors share my passion for neon 1990's army builders. In 2017 and 2018, this figure fascinated me and I slowly built a little army of them. Yet, the profile was super unpopular despite it being one of my personal favorites for the year.
With this guy, I get it. It's a boring repaint of a character that no one remembers. At least the original figure was distinctive. This 2001 version was lost in the sea of olive drab banality that defined 2001.
2005 Iron Anvil
While these figures seem to be well like by collectors, they remain super cheap for convention army builders. The profile got little attention: which is unfortunate for such a great mold that was finally painted in a proper manner.
So far, 2019 has been pretty solid. We'll see what the rest of the year brings. We should be in about the final 6 months of the Joe renaissance that's driven up prices. That should take us into 2020. If Hasbro gets the Snake Eyes movie going, that could change the landscape again: either for better or for worse. But, I'll keep plugging along and hope you'll come along, too. Thanks for the great year!