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What do you regret the most from your time in the hobby?

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What do you regret the most from your time in the hobby?

Postby TrooperWill » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:32 pm

Hi all, probably been asked before, but what mistakes/cons have you fallen for, what lessons did you learn?
I have two id like to share and would love to hear what mistakes other hobbyist have made.

1: at a car boot sale, saw a guy with 6 falcons, 3 AT-ST, 2 AT-AT, 4 Reb troop trans. etc. clearly a big collector, nice guy, we chatted for a age while my GF rolled her eyes and exchanged knowing looks with the guys wife, had a peek at a few of his ships, but mine at home were more complete, then he unveiled a near complete Falcon missing just the smugglers floor, which i had at home. he only wanted £50 for it, and as i had the part at home, and i figured i could sell my spare one after robbing the floor out of it on eBay, therefore gaining a complete falcon and the parts i didn't have (training ball and gunners seat) for next to nothing. i bit his hand off for it, didn't think twice about it as he was a really nice guy.

so i get it home, put it side by side with mine and start swapping over the best condition parts to have a truly minty complete one on display when i realised the training ball was a fake, just a black bead on a thread, no multiple facets or any markings. cant believe i didn't spot it before as its about half too big as well. i was well gutted, and didn't dare tell my Gf as she had stumped up the cash and was annoyed i spent so much on myself when we only took about £80 with us and had to pass on some nice ride on toys for my son.

i feel like he probably knew full well as he had earlier tried telling me he had a fully complete troop transport for sale for a bargain price if i was interested, and when i opened it he didn't have the escape hatch or ANY of the gunners deck in the back.when i said it was incomplete he just laughed and said my mistake and i figured he had made a mistake, now i realise i was taken in by a conman who hid behind being a genuinely friendly and seemingly knowledgeable guy.

2: i took a few year break from collecting when we were a bit tight on cash when my son was born, we went to do a car-boot and sell loads of old stuff, ended up doing quite well and had about £300 by lunchtime.i went for a walk and found a nice older retired couple selling tools, lawnmower deckchairs, clearly cleared out their shed/garage. they had a reb troop trans. and Vader's Star destroyer play-set, both dusty, but BOTH COMPLETE. i got very excited and asked the guy what he wanted for them and he said a "give me a fiver for both and I think there is several action figures for them in the toolbox over there!" to my eternal regret and shame i then remembered that i had stopped collecting star wars, was considering selling my mint loose run if money situation didn't improve, and i didn't fancy trying to explain why i had bought them to my GF who would probably kick off if i came back having spent money we didn't have on what she saw as clutter we didn't need.

I POLITELY THANKED HIM FOR HIS TIME AND WENT ON MY WAY!!?!

having resumed collecting since, I'm nearing a complete loose minty run and having now found most of the play-sets and vehicles but not Vader's Star destroyer i genuinely feel haunted by that few minutes... the ones that got away lurk in my thoughts and taunt me on what or who could have been lurking inside the toolbox as i didn't even look... just because i wasn't actively collecting at the time.

Anyway, thanks for reading the essay above, tell me, what did you miss out on or regret buying??

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Re: What do you regret the most from your time in the hobby?

Postby poncho » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:46 pm

i regret not buying a loose r2d2 popup droids cartoon version for £5 at a carboot 3 years ago in rhyl.

a trilogo squid head moc packed with a biker scout blaster on ebay earlier this year went for £40 in the end

and beater emperor moc with italian import label for £12 on ebay about 5 years ago.....

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Postby poncho » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:48 pm

i regret binning the shell of my childhood falcon some years back. i would love to have that back id display it with pride today :cry:

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Postby subzero » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:26 pm

I don't have any regrets really as iv'e only been in this game again since about 6 months or so back, I do kind of regret though not clicking quick enough on the buy button on several different ebay listings over the past several months :lol: where i'd spotted an amazing deal and someone else buys it as i'm checking out. So not a regret really but still a wounder, but I can accept it as long as a flipper didn't buy them, if a collector bought what I missed out on then happy days it's dog eat dog and all part of the fun.

I only have one major regret but it's not vintage related, I was collecting SW Pops! for a short while around 2 years back ( god fucking knows why ) and I seen a Darth Maul hologram rare SDCC variant being listed for about £250 and I passed on it thinking it was a ludicrous amount. Now that thing sells for around £1500+ :lol:
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Postby Clawrence » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:49 pm

The initial rush of finding vintage usually blinds you to the obvious mistake you're making. In early days the net wasn't around and you learned as you went on, my most biggest regret was when i brought a han solo (without his Trench Coat) bagged with a slave 1 carbonate block at an antiques & collectors fair thinking it was the real mccoy. The guy was telling me it was one of the last figures to be made and a Bargain at £25. :roll:
After that I invested in a copy of the Sansweet's "Star Wars": The Action Figure Archive, which i still occasionally flick through today.

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Postby edd_jedi » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:00 pm

A few I can think of:

1) Selling most of my original MOC collection in 2003. I had owned some of those MOCs since the early 90s and paid peanuts for them all, I sold them for peanuts too. The only one I have left is my 21 back Luke X-Wing. They were the closest thing I had to my childhood collection.

2) Selling the recovered figures which were stolen in 2007 and returned to me in 2013 (there are old threads about it if you're interested.) At the time I got them back I wasn't really in to collecting, and they had been tarnished by the theft. But with hindsight as there were only about 10, I should have kept them. One of them was a MOC I will likely never see again (PBP Luke Bespin.)

3) Not buying a carded 12 back Vinyl Cape Jawa for £750 in 2011. At the time loose ones were only about £150, and the card had ink touch ups so I passed. With loose ones going for well over a grand, I dread to think what it would be worth now!

I used to buy and sell things on a whim, but these days I hardly ever sell anything unless I have upgraded it.

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Postby spoons » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:11 pm

Very few regrets really, and a few lessons.

In the late 90s I got stung buying a Lando General with a Squid Head cape from a toy fair. Cost me £30 when that was a lot of money to me, so I was a lot more careful after that.

Couple of pieces that I passed on I regret. A Han Hoth 65 back proof for £135ish and a test paint sample for around £40. The later is probably still a similar price but they dont come up for sale often. But I passed as I couldn't justify the expense at the time so the moeny went on something else.

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Postby theforceuk » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:59 pm

Only regrets I really have is never getting a VC Jawa when they were reasonably priced and buying a fake one in 1999 for £120! About 10 years ago their was a stall with vintage MOCs for sale at my local market, one of the figures was a 77 Back Boba Fett probably C8 for £125. At the time I thought it was overpriced so walked past it without even looking at it many times.

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Postby bosk70 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:00 pm

Only two small regrets early 90's passing up on a blue snag at a boot sale the chap said they were a bit rare I'd never seen one before and thought it was a bit expensive at £18 as I was picking figs up for 20p a shot and about the same time not knowing the last 17 and not buying amanaman , barada & yak for 20p each but strangely buying the ewoks (as I could see they were sw) and the staff for amanaman because I liked the look of it not because I knew it was star wars for pence :lol:
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Postby x-pack » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:57 pm

Selling stuff. Not having the foresight to buy more back in the 90s. Not joining Swfuk earlier. But it's been mainly positive. No real regrets

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Postby AndyPreston » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:13 pm

I should have known better, but in the mid 90s I bought a DT Luke from a dealer at a toy fair for £50, he swore it was the real thing and like a fool I believed him, didn’t know what I was looking for and ended up with a really poor fake. Good lesson learned and I now have the real deal, but it still smarts a little.
Looking for Palitoy 12 back Jawa and Empire carded Dengar and Leia Hoth. Damaged cards or reseals OK.
Also any non-toy vintage British items esp. store displays, advertising & promotional items, and cast & crew or prop items.

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Re: What do you regret the most from your time in the hobby?

Postby Plastikheld » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:35 pm

Ouch!
I regret selling most of my vintage stuff in 2013 (shortly before prices gone nuts). Sold 12backs for less than 100 quids.
Some really nice stuff. I rebuild my collection but some of the items are still missing. Needless to say I paid way mor to get it back. Lesson learned - nowaday I think twice before selling vintage items. Mostly items I could get an upgrade for.
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Postby wrighty » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:59 pm

Agreeing to this:

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Postby MarkG » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:00 pm

Selling all my Mocs back in 2003/04 as I went into the costuming side with the 501st.. had some corkers that are crazy money now that were peanuts back then.. blue saber Luke Jedi, Takara C3PO, hollow tubes Tusken & Clipper Walrusman to name just a few...

Most recent.. about 2years ago I passed on a loose Yak Face at a local fair for £50.. as I had my childhood one I didn't need another.. a few weeks later they were selling on FB for £150+... could have made a nice little earner from it...
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Postby Mini99 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:20 pm

Selling everything in 2012 for what I thought was a fair price, only to start to recollect in 2016, where everything is at least 4 times the price!
These items I had colleced through the 90s and early 00 and were in the best of condition, and are now very difficult to replace...
As a lot of guys have already said, nothing gets sold now except to upgrade!


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