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anybody else notice that usually the pics of these products look better then when you get it out of the box?
That's what professional photography is all about. The right lighting and angles can make just about anything (or anyone) look good.
Here's a fun example: check out any commercial for a new diet or exercise machine that uses "before and after" photographs. Often, the "before" photo will look duller and darker, while the "after" photo will be bright and clear. This is done to make the "after" image look as good as possible, so that people will buy into whatever's being sold.
That said, I've had quite a few times when I actually found I liked looking at the toy more in person.