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What do you think?

Postby pmsbull » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:37 pm

Given the current market, what do you think a full set of vintage figures is going to cost a new collector?
I mean a full set of every figure, inc rareties like blue snag.
A friend who's frankly a bit skint was considering getting into vintage and I tried telling him it was a bottomless money put if you start from scratch, but he is still keen.
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Re: What do you think?

Postby Pomse2001 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:44 pm

pmsbull wrote:Given the current market, what do you think a full set of vintage figures is going to cost a new collector?
I mean a full set of every figure, inc rareties like blue snag.
A friend who's frankly a bit skint was considering getting into vintage and I tried telling him it was a bottomless money put if you start from scratch, but he is still keen.


I think it is hard to say you can still get many of the rotj figures cheap like klaatu, ree-yees, gamorrean guard etc. etc. it is the figures with the more rare weapons that cost crazy money today and most of the POTF figures :( if he have patience then he can be lucky to find most of them for good prices :D

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Re: What do you think?

Postby subzero » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:57 pm

Same here, i'd suggest starting with the cheaper ROTJ figures / Jabba's goons etc just to get the ball rolling with a nice little cheap collection. And if money is an issue i'd suggest waiting it out on the more expensive ones and use patience to find them listed cheap on ebay, there are still some great bargains to be had on there, iv'e bought quite a few figures at market value only to see another one listed at half the price or less weeks/months later by someone who hasn't researched their prices.

Of course you'd need to be watching ebay regularly throughout the day, I mean a lot lol otherwise bargains will be snapped up in seconds, and it will take a lot longer to build a collection up trying to wait for the bargains, but it's very satisfying when you do finally get lucky and makes the collecting game quite exciting.

But we all know how carried away we can get as new collectors and feel like we need everything right now at full price. :lol:
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Re: What do you think?

Postby lejackal » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:11 pm

You don’t need to be flush to enjoy this hobby, you need to be responsible with what you spend and be patient. Learn how to spot repro, how to use ebays excellent return policy and then go bargain hunting.
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Re: What do you think?

Postby Snaketibe » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:15 pm

pmsbull wrote:Given the current market, what do you think a full set of vintage figures is going to cost a new collector?
I mean a full set of every figure, inc rareties like blue snag.
A friend who's frankly a bit skint was considering getting into vintage and I tried telling him it was a bottomless money put if you start from scratch, but he is still keen.

I'm not being funny, but what do you mean by 'a full set'? Everyone defines this differently, since some people will care about both variants 'A' and 'B', whilst others couldn't give 2 hoots about 'B', but definitely want an 'A'. And depending on the figure variant, it can make a huge difference to the cost of the set. For example, if you include a loose toxic limbs Bossk, that's at least an extra grand on the cost right there (assuming you can even find one for sale).

It's a fair bit of work, but the only way to really get an answer to your question is to write out the list of figures in your particular 'full set', but at a minimum it will run into several thousands of pounds at today's prices.

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Re: What do you think?

Postby Snaketibe » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:17 pm

And I also agree with all the other comments about being more targeted in your collecting approach if your friend is new to the hobby. You don't have to have it all to enjoy it :-)

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Re: What do you think?

Postby subzero » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:59 pm

lejackal wrote:You don’t need to be flush to enjoy this hobby, you need to be responsible with what you spend and be patient. Learn how to spot repro, how to use ebays excellent return policy and then go bargain hunting.
Time invested into learning will go further than a thick wedge and ignorance


So basically never go on Echo Base. :lol:
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Re: What do you think?

Postby pmsbull » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:26 pm

Dont think variants is an issue just one of each vintage figure complete and original
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Re: What do you think?

Postby SAVORY100 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:35 pm

Break it into chunks and it can still be affordable.

For Example:

4 heroes - Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie
2 Droids - R2, 3PO
2 Baddies - Vader, Stormtrooper
Extend that to a first 12

Then maybe go after Hoth heroes, Hoth Villans (some very affordable ones in here

Then jump on to Jabba Goons - some of these are super cheap

Fill in the gaps with other targeted groups.

Possibly finish with last 15 and a Blue Snag?

By doing it this way it reduces the scatter gun approach and means the purchases are more considered and therefore they don't all come in at once and although its not actually cheaper, it does feel like little and often building cost rather than a massive £3k sum (or whatever pending condition and variants) needing to be dropped on plastic toys tomorrow.
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Re: What do you think?

Postby ChallengerFox » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:48 pm

Assuming your talking loose and without all the variants for each figure etc , you’re looking at about £4k - 5k .

The last 17 alone will be close to £2k .

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Re: What do you think?

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:08 pm

It took me 22 years (on and off) to collect a full loose set and it was still as every bit as satisfying (if not more) when I finally achieved it last year! And doing it that way I’ve picked up some bargains on the way too (even more satisfying).

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Re: What do you think?

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:10 pm

It’s cropped up a few times recently so look at Carl’s costings for loose figures at viewtopic.php?f=3&t=34972

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Re: What do you think?

Postby Robstyley » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:48 pm

TheJabbaWookie wrote:It took me 22 years (on and off) to collect a full loose set and it was still as every bit as satisfying (if not more) when I finally achieved it last year! And doing it that way I’ve picked up some bargains on the way too (even more satisfying).


That’s the way to do it. I’ve been at it 10 years and I’m still about 10 short :wink:
I’m only adding about 2 - 3 a year now, last 17. I like it that way, it’s been a great journey. I wouldn’t want to be starting now though :o


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