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What about £5?
Surely the importance of an accurate value and selling strategy that maximizes your returns has some sort of monetary value. And, there is the time needed to get the data that you're asking for...
So... How much would you/others be willing to pay?
I imagine the question is "should I sell this now or will it keep going up in price?" or "should I wait to sell this or will it stay at the same price?"
Anyway, it will keep going up in price. But then in six months time you could ask the same thing and it will still be going up in price, the same a year later, so you will never sell it as it will be always be worth more in the future. The only reason it will not be worth more in future is if there is some catastrophic event (such as lego re-releasing Mr Gold so the market is flooded or a large crash in lego collecting/investing or a bubble burst), at which time it will be worth significantly less.
If you need the money, sell it. If you don't, don't.
Are all of the Mr. Golds accounted for or are there still some out in the wild?
If I had a figure I had paid around $4 for and could sell it for $700, i'd turn it around and buy a Slave 1 and some other high priced sets I'll probably never own.
Or I could be responsible and use the money to buy propane for the winter or make a car payment.
Nah. The Slave 1 would be mine.
I doubt they will do an exact copy of Mr Gold in a CMF series, but it would be very interesting if they did it as a Christmas freebie one year, or a five year anniversary figure, where they did him in a plain package.
As for them focusing on the minifigures and not the build. Fine, we still get more creator sets than ever before and UCS sets occasionally. If the design and production of these is heavily funded by an overpriced minifigure heavy SH set, brilliant. Either way, like minifigures or not, LEGO are catering for everyone. Yeah, I don't want to pay for a Mr Gold, but it doesn't bother me if other people do. Or if they want to buy a set to get superman and sell the rest to me at a fraction of the RRP. In fact, I quite like that people don't like the hobby in the same way as me, it makes it cheaper to get the bits I want surely.
I see why it can be a problem, yes, but...and excuse me if this makes me sound like a jerk (or insert other word here)...so what?
Now, let me clarify. I don't mean "so what" when it comes to lackluster builds or counterfeit issues or theft. Those are problems. I'm with you there. I mean "so what" in that I'm not going to stop collecting minifigures because of those issues. Why should I? I like a product that is produced and I buy it. The superhero sets for the most part are less than even lackluster I'd say (there are of course some exceptions), but I'm not going to take a stand and stop collecting minifigures in hopes that LEGO creates better builds in that theme. After all, LEGO aside, people think the Quinjet and tower are cool, but they keep coming back to the Avengers because they love Captain America and Iron Man and Thor and...
And that's not just LEGO. That's across all forms.
I know I'm in the minority when I say that I don't care that LEGO produces exclusives like Mr. Gold or Comic Con exclusives. I don't have any of them and I'm okay with that. Sure, I'd love to have some of them, but I'm patient enough to wait until they are included in standard sets or okay enough with the way I collect to ignore them completely if they don't.
But yes, I see the issues, but I collect what I collect and will continue to.
HOWEVER, and this is a big HOWEVER, I for the most part still buy the sets. I have bought the one-off minifigures here and there and paid some "stupid" prices, but most of my minifigures came from me purchasing the entire sets. I'd say that percentage is in the high 90s. So I'd say I'm not part of the problem because I'm paying for the entire product, not just a part of it.
They also need to have a range of prices, so cheap sets are always going to be a bit naff when it comes to the build, compared to Arkham Asylum type sets.
There are loads of great (building) sets available, they just happen not to be SH ones.
When I think about Marvel, I dream about some 3000-plus sets like X-Men mansion, Kraven's villa with cemetary from 1987's Spider-Man miniseries Kraven's Last Hunt or the FF's battle with Galactus in the middle of NY. Yes, we had a classic Spider-Man scene from ASM # 122 in 4852 and some others from that period, but they were heavily juniorized as well.
But!... At least we can make some wonderful MOCs with so many great minifigures. And that was entirely impossible in the 1990's.
Yes, the toys are aimed mostly at children. With the occasional flagship set.
For how many kids would that be meaningful? I reckon most adults wouldn't know it. A big SH set needs a movie to sell it or be very iconic (Batcave, Batmobile, Helicarrier, etc).
What would that look like though? SH minifigs in Lego City. A lot of bricks would be going towards the build (which many lego building fans would love), but the SH fans may not bother with it if it looks too much like City and not something specific to SH.
Sets like the Daily Bugle were popular amongst builders (non-SH fans) since the set was full of reasonably useful building parts, and the minifigs could be sold off to SH collectors for almost the price of the set. It is essentially a few SH minifigs with a lego city type build that can easily fit in with non-licensed buildings (or get used as MOC parts). I doubt they would do much more detailed builds in a SH set aimed at kids. And I cannot see them doing a large niche set not based on a current movie (or something classic).
And yes, I know Lego is for children... never ending story ;)
But aren't modulars labeled 16+?
I think there are enough surprises in yearly large set releases so that we can't be 100% sure what comes next.
Say "Spiderman in Kraven's Last Hunt", I reckon you will get a very different reaction. They'll recognize Spiderman, and may be willing to pay $5 for a minifig. But if you had to spend $300 on a set as the only way to get Spiderman, I think most would ignore it.
Modulars are very different to Super Heroes. If you want an adult style building version of Super Heroes, the closest you will get is taking the modulars and populating them with Super Hero minifigs. Unless the large object you are building is a classic or supported by a movie (such as batmobile, helicarrier, etc as above).