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Trying To Gauge Interest In R-3PO

FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
Hi!
I recently acquired a near mint condition R-3PO minifigure. What is the interest level in this character? Even though he seems quite rare, he averages at around $9-$10. Is there anyone out there looking for him? 

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  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    Wow, really? Here I am, thinking this was a super rare and expensive minifig, but he's totally the opposite.
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 607
    Yeah, quick google search shows him at $12.99 from a seller on Amazon with 17 in stock.

    https://www.amazon.com/LEGO®-Star-Wars-R3PO-figure/dp/B00497NZD4


  • starwars4everstarwars4ever The Forest Moon of EndorMember Posts: 470
    I might be interested in him if you'd consider trades. 
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    @starwars4ever: sure. Just shoot me a pm. I'm sure we can work something out.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,197
    If you want to gauge interest, take a look at BL sales data - it tells you how many are available and how many are sold (obviously on BL only), which gives an indication as to how much oversupply there is.

    https://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?M=sw344&ColorID=0

    This shows you that worldwide there have been 44 sales in the past six months for new, although some of them were bulk deals (127 total figures sold). Then 37 sales of used ones, all singles. It also gives a very good indication of price. One good US seller has them for $7.83 (for new).

    It also tells you that there is a supply of 434 new ones available in total, so about 2-5 years worth at current sales rates, depending on whether you exclude the bulk sales to other resellers, although obviously a lot of them are way over the current average price so unlikely to sell.

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,197
    Hanzo said:
    Yeah, quick google search shows him at $12.99 from a seller on Amazon with 17 in stock.

    https://www.amazon.com/LEGO®-Star-Wars-R3PO-figure/dp/B00497NZD4


    Any US buyers using BL can do better. One seller has them for $7.83 plus $3 shipping (see above), so $10.83 all in. And obvioulsy you'd be able to buy a few other figures for the same postage price.
    TyresOFlaherty
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 607
    CCC said:
    Hanzo said:
    Yeah, quick google search shows him at $12.99 from a seller on Amazon with 17 in stock.

    https://www.amazon.com/LEGO®-Star-Wars-R3PO-figure/dp/B00497NZD4


    Any US buyers using BL can do better. One seller has them for $7.83 plus $3 shipping (see above), so $10.83 all in. And obvioulsy you'd be able to buy a few other figures for the same postage price.
    My point was just it showing up on a normal google search and in good quantity.  In reference to him asking about demand. 
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    Hm, interesting. Like I said, I've spent a long time thinking he's super expensive. I never even looked into what he would cost because I assumed it would be ridiculous. Well, you know what assuming does.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,197
    BL sales data usually gives a really clear picture of whether someting is rare or not, if it is in demand or not, and a good indication of value. If sales > supply, then chances are it is an in demand item and you can get the current average price or more for it. If supply > sales, then there is plenty of supply but you can probably still get average price for it reasonably easily. If supply >> sales, then it is going to be hard to sell for a premium and you will probably need to sell at below average.

    Of course, everything concerning six month averages changes if (i) lego re-release the part / set / minifig or (ii) a popular MOC uses a part or there is sudden rekindled interest in a set.


    FowlerBrickssnowhitie
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 819
    ^Thanks for the info. I have done what you mentioned before regarding other things, but always forget to look at the big picture. I always look at what it has sold for and what's available as a quick gloss-over, but actually dissecting the quantity available vs sold at what price hadn't occurred to me. I should do that more often.

    However, I am always curious when inspecting the figures how many are listed at such a high price, while usually not selling that high. One would think the seller would lower the cost if they wanted to move the product.
  • drdesignzdrdesignz USMember Posts: 104
    Oh, yeah.  I remember this one.  It came in a box with "limited edition" printed on it, which often means they're not all that rare.  
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    drdesignz said:
    Oh, yeah.  I remember this one.  It came in a box with "limited edition" printed on it, which often means they're not all that rare.  
    Limited Edition aka buy this one even though it's just a normal set. :)
    SirBrickalotOfLego
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 449
    Yeah, technically they're all limited edition, except some of them have it on the box design.
  • SmartArmoredMachineSmartArmoredMachine USAMember Posts: 29
    edited September 2017
    I think you mean...TC-4...
    Edit: When you completely screw up and something is called R-3PO...
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    I think you mean...TC-4...
    Edit: When you completely screw up and something is called R-3PO...
    TC-4 is much newer. there's a C-3PO, and R-3PO and a K-3PO.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,197
    And TC-14.
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    CCC said:
    And TC-14.
    Ah yes. We mustn't forget him...er, her? Uh...it.
  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    There is also a U-3PO
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    @Goldchains: as a minifigure?
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,532
    Oh, yup. The silver dude from the advent calendar.
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