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LEGO Store Display Figures Worth Their Weight in Gold?
Hey everyone, I am new to the Brickset forum and couldn't think of a better place to post this question/discussion.
I recently discovered that LEGO has apparently made large 19" store display figures that I assume are only used in countries such as Germany and Denmark since I have never seen any of these figures on display in US stores. There is currently a seller on eBay with an entire collection of these display figures for sale, although there is only one figure in particular that I have my eyes on and would love to have in my collection. I looked up as much as I could about the prices that these display figures generally go for, and I eventually found this website called MinifigPriceGuide.com. The site suggested that the selling price for the figure that I have my eyes on would be $941.45.
Although it's obvious that these display figures sell for gold bricks, would that price actually be the general selling price, or would I be getting ripped off?
Thanks for looking,
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A store near us had some and sold theirs when they went out of business around 2008-- I think they sold for about $50 per figure. We bought ours for considerably more in 2009, I think-- somewhere in the $300-$600 ballpark, but I can't recall exactly. At the time, I remember there were others that were much cheaper (about $100), but they weren't ones that we wanted, since they were a less generic theme (Johnny Thunder or something).
As I recall, the same is roughly still true. For a generic looking display figure, they're more expensive, and for the less in-demand items (like, say, Ninjago figures), you can get them for less.
Anyway, suffice to say, they used to be relatively cheap, but hard to find, because they weren't sold at retail. But nobody that sold them knew they were worth anything, and there was a smaller LEGO hobbyist community. Now they've probably gotten relatively rarer (since retail stores don't seem to have them at all), and more in demand with more hobbyists out there. So... now they're very expensive.
If you want them cheap, you'll have to basically get lucky. Watch eBay, Craigslist, BrickLink, etc, and see if you can connect with anyone locally that might have them floating around in storage (people who owned small toy stores in the 1990s, for instance). Chances are slim that you can find one this way, but you can give it a go.
I think that's a good plan of action. The seller may very well be willing to sell individually, especially considering how long the listing has been up. The price you mention is reasonable for these figures, although you may want to start with a lower (but still reasonable) offer to get a good deal (maybe 500?), so the seller understands that you are serious, but also won't overcharge you.
Back in October/November 2016, I walked into a small toy store at a nearby shopping mall... and low and behold, they had several of the generic 19" LEGO Minifigures on display. I'm thinking about offering them $50 or so per figure and then re-selling them so that I can retire, LOL.
Pretty cool item, but I'd personally rather pay for a months worth of bills then stare at a plastic robotic Darth Vader. So that's what I did ;)