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Collector value?
Posted by Gregifur on Monday, March 13, 2017 11:17 PM

Is there such a thing as collector value?

When the whole flag issue came up in the U.S a while back I grabbed a 1:25 General Lee kit that has the flag on the roof. Sure enough, the latest release of the car does not have the flag.

I'm not looking for a debate on the flag issue, I'm just wondering if that car now has some form of collectibility. One of my stores has one 1:16 kit left as well.




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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:35 AM

There is collector value on kits that have become rare. I would be surprised if this kit would have it just because its missing the flag, which the AM market could make up for. Its like German aircraft kits without Swastika's.

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Posted by echolmberg on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:25 AM


I did the exact same thing when the whole fiasco about the flag came up.  Now, in retrospect, I'm guessing I shouldn't be making any retirement plans just yet.  Ha-ha-ha!  I think it might only have some value to a small niche market but not much more outside of that.

Needless to say, I hope I'm wrong about all this!  I'm so sick and tired of winter and I'm gonna need the cash for the downpayment on my own private tropical island.


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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:44 AM

Bottom line, no. There are many places where you can buy the replacement decals. Buy models because you want to build them, not to sit and collect dust. Old models are being re-released all the time, and kids today (who might be your potential buyers when they get older) don't care about models the way we did. You could wind up with some rare kit and no one who cares about it at all.


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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:59 AM

Collectors will put a value on anything that has a historical signifigance to a subject. If I was to buy the kit for future collector value, it would need two things:

1. The packaging will need to stay as prestine as possible and have good visual eveidence to the subject that would have historical impact.

2. Most importantly, the packaging would need to have a date on the package that denotes the time when something historical happened, such as when the manufacturer stopped printing the Rebel flag due to racial issues that were going on in society. Maybe even pick up a kit that is packaged without the flag that has the printed released date on it for future comparision.  Also collect news articles or press releases that discuss the change.

Stick all in a box and wait 20 to 40 years.  

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 8:20 AM

the doog

Bottom line, no. There are many places where you can buy the replacement decals.




Try finding AM decals for any Ace Combat series kits by Hasegawa.  I'm still looking to acquire Hasegawa SU-33 Flanker "Yellow 13". Sure, you can find the kit IF you're willing to shell out ridiculous dollar on a kit. Not me. LOL!


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