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rampantsullyrampantsully Member Posts: 76
Is it sacrilege to open the exclusive polybags to display the figures?


  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,551
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,477
    I'm sorry if this comes across as negative, but there's a lot of these sorts of posts keep getting started and they all have the same answer...

    do what makes you happy
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,230
    Buy two. Cover all your bases.

    Maybe get a third one and have it graded...
  • BACbrixBACbrix Member Posts: 655
    @Shib yeah... too many threads asking simple Yes or No questions. Kind of annoying to see all the time.
  • vitreolumvitreolum Member Posts: 1,406
    If the decision's too difficult feel free to send them my way and I'll go through the dreadful ordeal of deciding. :))

    But seriously, it's all about personal satisfaction. Some people may be content with having them sealed, some only with the open figs. Some want both.  There's no correct option.
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu Member Posts: 2,318
    I don't see the point of keeping Lego (or any toy products really) sealed unless you're aiming to sell it on for a profit. Its a toy at the end of the day, its meant to be played with, all my personal purchases are unboxed & assembled, including the SDCC & other exclusives. My five year old loves playing with my Microfighters, his favourites are the Millennium Falcon, Slave I & the Ghost... Unless you have bought it to make a profit on it, free it from its plastic prison!!! :smiley:
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    Some people like the concept of pristine/sealed if only for the potential and flexibility that it represents.  You can choose to build it at any time you like knowing that it'll be good.  You can choose to resell it later if that floats your boat.  You can give it away as a gift.  Whatever.  I bought the Simpson's house because I like the show and like the model, but don't know if I'll ever actually build it.  I also know that if I feel that way later after it retires and want it then, I'll have to pay more.  In the meantime, I'm not going to break those seals, because doing so instantly reduces my options (or at least the value of those options).

    Then again, some people like having them sealed, encased in acrylic with spotlights shining on them and angel music playing in the background.  That's cool too.
  • VorpalRyuVorpalRyu Member Posts: 2,318
    ^ The people that seal up a perfectly good toy, car, etc, etc, never to play, drive, touch, said item... I don't see the point a status symbol for the sake of a status symbol. "Come around & gaze at my pristine Comic Con 2019 Mini Han Solo's Millennium Falcon.....well.....ur.....the box anyway. Just imagine what it would look like fully assembled." Eh, sorry, don't get the appeal... Each to their own, I guess.
  • vitreolumvitreolum Member Posts: 1,406
    edited April 2015
    Actually there is an appeal, especially in case of said items. A sealed comicon jek-14 stands proudly sealed in my collection and I have no interest in opening it for example

    And here's why.

    I'm more interested in the packing than the set itself: It's pretty, it's different, attracts attention and carries the value of the thing.

    Once opened, all you have is a small set that can be easily bricklinked for a measly amount of a ship I'm not even familiar with outside the lego world (as I haven't watched the yoda episodes). Sure, you still have the box and instructions, but you're giving away the potential and flexibility TheLoneTensor mentioned for pretty much nothing.

    And if I'm dying to have it built and see it fully assembled, I can simply bl it and display it in front of the box.

    So unless you're interested in that purely as a collectible, I honestly don't see the reason to get it given the prices.

    They're just one of those things that serve no real purpose whatsoever but provide a certain satisfaction just for having them.

    Now if we're talking about a modular building, that's a different story for me. That's the kind of thing that needs to be built to experience it.

  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,724
    I had no qualms about opening my Hoth Han poly. I think my kids might have dumped him inside one of the modulars maybe? He will probably turn up somewhere.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    Wait wait wait...Hoth Han is your example?  C'mon, let's hear you say the same thing about Darth Revan or something like that :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    edited April 2015
    ^^Maybe he is in Hell...Hyah!!!
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,724
    edited April 2015
    ^^ I have an open Chrome Vader too. Once I get my display finished I will post it in the forum. (kids aren't allowed to mess with him though)
  • crazycarlcrazycarl Member Posts: 392
    I opened my iron patriot without a second thought!  Thats my most valuable poly fig.  Got it with the ps3 game for $40.  The figure sealed I may get $32 for, open $25+.  Value is only figured in how much one is willing to pay for it.  I really want the emerald night #10194.  Am I going to pay $400+ for one sealed.  Absolutely not.  Wont even give $250 used.  Ill wait for the Lego bubble to bust then buy one.  Even if that means waiting till im 70!  Got to agree with VorpalRyu.  Lego is a toy.  Play with it!!!!!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,230
    Hoth Han trapped in the Green Grocer sounds like a Lego straight-to-video movie...
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I'm sure Hoth Han can fit in the Kwik-E-Mart freezer ;)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I am always amused at talk about a bubble bursting. "You make me laugh. If Matrix was here, he'd laugh too." ;)
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    crazycarl said:
    I really want the emerald night #10194.  Am I going to pay $400+ for one sealed.  Absolutely not.  Wont even give $250 used.  Ill wait for the Lego bubble to bust then buy one.  Even if that means waiting till im 70!
    Said another way, you're never going to get an Emerald Night :)
  • pharmjodpharmjod Member Posts: 2,916
    edited April 2015
    Back in the late 90s I purchased a sealed #8862 for something like $150ish. I kept watching auction prices and one went for close to $400. This was back when you could see who bid on the auction and contact them. I contacted the highest losing bid and offered him mine that I had just gotten, opened and put together for a little less than the one he had bid on sold for. The set can now often be had used for <$100 when it pops up. 

    I realize this isn't exactly a fair comparison to something like the Emerald night, but I think it is reasonable to think as LEGO continues to produce models, there is a chance that older product will eventually drop to levels much less than what they currently go for. I know eBay now is much different than it was then, but at the time, it was a set that had been retired for 10 years and was a pretty great set then. I don't think it is crazy to think that in 10 to 15 years you might actually be able to get a used Emerald night for <$150 as well. Who knows, and only time will tell.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    Certainly, anything is possible.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel Member Posts: 1,314
    I dunno. I don't play with toys . I build Lego, but figures and stuff... I just don't. I like my Mighty Muggs. I doubt I will ever sell them. But I get joy from arranging them, still sealed, on my desk. There's just a prettiness about them in the packaging that I love.
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