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Casual observation: minifigs continue to demand a hefty price on eBay
As someone who isn't really "a minifig guy" - I've watched the world's fascination with these little people from the outside looking in. It's really astounding to me sometimes just how much people are willing to pay for them. Take tonight for example, when a series of five auctions (same seller) ended tonight, one for each of the five minifigs that you get in the new Batcave (#6860):
Poison Ivy - $14.51
Bane - $12.50
Bruce Wayne - $6.56
Robin - $11.62
Batman - $11.15
total cost: $56.34
cost to just buy #6860
So collectively, the buyers of these minifigs tonight are saying that they'd rather just pay $56 for those five minifigs, instead of paying a measly $14 more for those same five minifigs, PLUS the remaining ~650 pieces in the set.
Just thought I'd share! Like I said, just a casual observation.
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I expect you're correct about LotR minifigs commanding even more money.
Take my today's purchase - the new TIE fighter. Nice looking model. Needs a pilot. the other 3 figures have nowhere to go. Nothing. But they probably added 20% to the price LEGO sells the set for. and what's worse, they are just generic dudes. Ok, sure I'll take the robot I guess, but drop the other two and cut $10 off the price please.
The new X-Wing, though, is a good example of a ship that has more minifigs than necessary where I think it works, though, since you can customize the ship to be either Red-5 or Red-6, similarly to the way 6212 could be modded into Red-2 easily enough.
I love minifigs and am always happy to get cool new ones, but I agree on the Star Wars front. No reason to have so many just to have them. But hey, you can bring the price right back down by selling those minifigs off.
@Odindusk, I totally agree with you for the mini figs post above. For last 1 year or more we have been checking out prices for the Batman universe mini figures, especially Killer Croc, Two Face, Poison Ivy and Bane. I never found the prices to go down from 30-35 USD and due to that my LEGO partner (my son) been very sad.
But we recently got the Batman Killer Croc set from someone on Bricklink for 60 USD including shipping :D and I was rewarded the 'Best Dad ever' certificate. But for other mini figs I have ordered the Funhouse set to get the other mini figs.
So basically its never a good idea to pay so much for a mini figure. But this whole matter will repeat after 2-3 years when Super Heroes theme is sold out and becomes rare :)
If they can repeat just a part of what happened there, then they are on to a winner.
Surely they must have cast an eye on the demand that happened for figs the first time around.
Totally agree that in some areas it is overtaking the bulk of the Lego in the set.
The five Super Heroes minifigs from #6858 and #6862 (Batman, Catwoman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor).
Winning bid: $49.95
Cost to buy the two sets: $32.98
If only I could find some cheap Stormtroopers....
This is the best I have so far, I doubt it helps you but you never know. and yeah @y2josh I'm kicking myself now about not getting that set. I guess that's why my "Bricklinking" is getting out of control now. haha All I have is in the picture, I got a loooong ways to go.
This is only my "Darkside" :)
And here we are here we are haha.
Finally my 'bad' has been exposed for all to see. I feel so ashamed..... haha.
Well, one more: Staggering.