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Mornin' I have a Question regarding the Collectibilty of Certin Kits, See ALOT of stuff has been written about AURORA,Pricelists Histories etc and I understand that Building a Kit can certinly Take away from the Value. Okay well I can't afford ANY of the Original Aurora's Hell I can't even afford to pick up Extras of the PL repops (although I've ended up with an Extra Dick Tracy and a Couple of the Beatles) Anyhoo I spend what little I can afford to on Obtaining the Kits that I've Always wanted to Add to my collection. In MOST cases the Models I REALLY want are Long OOP! (my luck) and going for BIG BUCKS on E-place lol So Well I have had some luck (Thanks to you guys here mostly!) I Picked up a Kit I'd never herd of called (pardon my spelling) a Chitillu (?) from Interleg in a Really Messed up Box for $12.00 it was in a little Hobby shop in the Bronx N.Y. I got a few of those Darkhorse Coldcast Kits like The Invisible Man and the Bride of Frank AND a Huge Vinyl Kong for $20 each rather than the $100.00 and up I see everywhere else! Okay well now I'm buying alot of the Old Screamin' Vinyl Kits from my friend Scott, He sells these Beautiful Pieces at a HUGE discount but without the Original Boxes or Instructions (NOT RECASTS) Anyhoo I met up with another Great Guy and True Artist who sold me a Couple of the Screamin' Mars Attacks Kits These are BOXED MINT and get this, after we made our Deal my buddy was hanging out with Artist Jim Groman, turns out he noticed the Mars Attacks Boxes being readied to Ship to me. Well as it turns out Jim was the guy who did ALL THE ART FOR THE KIT!! (This would be the "No Place To Hide" Model) so my Bud got him to Sign the Mars Attacks Card AND the Instructions!! AWSOME but now I still plan to Build it I'm Sorry I'm into this for the Enjoyment of Building NOT the Money I'll Never Part with these (I Sold All my Kits about 10 years ago in order to Drink! what an idiot! and I've been clean for over 5 years now and slowly trying to regain the ones I had)Of course since I got rid of my Kits the price for an Unbuilt Horizon Creature (Black Lagoon) has seemed to TRIPELED! (I think I bought mine From Horizon for about $30.00 in 1995) But I was wondering is there ANY kind of Price guide for Figure Kits besides Aurora? I wonder if having the Artists Signiture makes it more Valuble? Well it is to me! lol but since there's just SOOO Many "Garage Kits" out there I suppose any kind of Comprehensive "Guide Book" is a Futile undertaking huh? It would be Nice to see Something at least about Companies like Geometric,Screamin,Horizon,Billken,Tuskuda, Etc There was that Great Book "Garage Kit That Ate My Wallet" and the Sequel but how about including some Price ranges? Of Course as I've always Herd, it really Boils down to "What Someone is Willing To Pay" I understand that comepletly! but it would be nice to at least have a Jumpping off Point,if you follow my meaning? lol well thanks for reading and I'd like to know your Opinions on this.
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i've wondered about this one myself Lon . ya know there's a bunch of guides out on vintage styrene but hardly any on resin and vinyl .
seems to me that resin kits stay around their issue price depending , of course ,on how many are produced ( lower #'s equals higher aftermarket price ) . and on Creature of the Black Lagoon kits it seems , they always increase rapidly in value . the issue price on them is usually a bit higher too because the work it takes to sculpt all those scales . and they go quickly .
resin Alien kits are kinda like Creature otBL , a lotta work goes into them plus they're usually very limited #'s .
Vinyl kits , it's hard to tell . i would have thought that when Screamin' went under , that thier lits would go up in value . but you can find them at auction for very reasonable prices ( even for the harder to find ones ) .
but then the old Horizon Universal monsters go high ( they're great sculpts which makes the price understandale and they weren't out too long either ) . so to me vinyl prices ( aftermarket ) are harder to predict .
anyway , enough of my rambling here . what i usually do is hit the sites like Monsers in Motion , Doll and Hobby etc , and see if a kit is available or OOP .
then i'll watch ebay for a while and sort of take an estimated average ( read that - "good guess" ) at the market value of a kit .
i'm really interested in hearing from others on this subject .
hb ( i think this is the longest post i've ever made )
 

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lon,

I often find ye olde kits in the dealer's rooms at IPMS contests and other model shows. I once picked up Screamin's 1/4 scale Flash Gordon and Ming the Merciless vinyl figure kits for $100, which was $30.00 less than the prices marked on the boxes. I might point out, however, that it was at this time I learned the futility of telling Mrs. McG., "Look, honey - I saved you thirty bucks!"...
 

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beck said:
i've wondered about this one myself Lon. Ya know there's a bunch of guides out on vintage styrene but hardly any on resin and vinyl...what I usually do is hit the sites like Monsters in Motion, Doll and Hobby, etc., and see if a kit is available or OOP. Then i'll watch ebay for a while and sort of take an estimated average ( read that - "good guess" ) at the market value of a kit.
I think Beck's really hit the mark here. The Internet is an excellent tool for researching whatever kit you're interested in. Whether it's a current or OOP kit, I'll do a search to find out how available it is and what the going price might be, then I'll try to obtain it from the cheapest source possible. (It amazes me what some people will pay for a kit on Evilbay, when they could have purchased it for much less if they'd only done a little homework.)

But there will be times when the only way you'll get "that" kit will be diligence, patience, or simply coming up with the cash. Best of luck!

BTW, I too am a builder, not a collector. I don't care that it'll be worth 10 times as much 20 years from now just because it's still in the box. I want to build it, paint it, display it, and enjoy it!
 

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" i want to build it , paint it , display it , and enjoy it " . amen Zombie ! that's what they're made for .
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Sorry I've Started this "Graveyard Shift" at the Grocery Store in order to afford a few Kits Oh yeah and Christmas Gifts for the Family! lol So you won't see me here Quite as much. (Not Modeling quite as much either,Bummer!) anyhoo Thanks for the Info Guys Now if you'll see the "Reshaping Resin Post" I'm about to write (after I get back from draggin' the Kids to School) I could use your Help/Experince with this Problem.


Thanks
JOHN/LONFAN
 
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