Bonsai_Tree_Ent wrote:A 100% complete toy is the 'final state' that all collectors are aiming for.
I spent a good amount of my collecting time buying up 'job lots'. Childhood collections, filled with many items that some might call junk. You know the sort; random pieces of a speeder bike, maybe the leg of a CAP-2, odds and ends from other toy lines thrown in too.
I'd have bags of bits, and when I could put a complete toy together that always felt like a little victory!
However for some toys I did sell individual pieces as parts because I thought the job was too big (such as the Palitoy Death Star with so many components), or the item too obscure (I had a ramp for the Ewok Battle Wagon, and thought I'll never get the rest of one of these to finish it off).
If buying parts allows a toy to be made complete, that's a good thing and it means that toy has been made whole again for the rest of its life. But if someone 'breaks up' a 100% complete toy to sell so that they make a couple of extra quid that is ridiculous and not good for the hobby. I'd also have thought it a false economy, as selling stuff does take time and effort, for just a few quid more is it really worth it?!
Pretty much somes it up for me.
When you're buying so much of this stuff you literally end up with boxes of bits and pieces. You just can't be arsed with all the hassle of trying to complete every shell that comes into your possession. That said I did have a Palitoy Death Star I took from a basic shell to a complete (with figure stands) example in about 6 months and very rewarding it was too.
I'd never buy a vehicle or figure with the intention of stripping and parting it out but when you get a Falcon that's 60% complete with a yellowed shell - the best thing is to sell it for parts - thus enabling someone else to complete theirs.
The buying and selling of parts is an essential part of the hobby and it'll always be the case.