I know this topic is a year old, but it looks like a good place to ask a question about the Masterpiece Editions: so... WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE MASTERPIECE EDITIONS?
What I mean is, they seem surprisingly affordable, even cheap
, on eBay right now, at least in the U.S. Is there something wrong with them?
Okay, granted, they are not nearly as cheap as the NINETY-NINE CENTS
mentioned in this post, but even with shipping, between $30 and $40 USD, which is the same or less than any other "modern" figures currently sell for.
(If there's still a place to get 'em for 99¢, pleeeeze let me know!)
From the photos, they look like an extremely accurate reproduction of the 1960s figures, and the prices are far less than the prices asked for 1960s originals. I'm tempted to spend $40 to replace my blonde Action Pilot that I had as a kid (as seen in my icon photo) that I stupidly sold several years ago.
I'm just not understanding why the prices are so low, unless the figures are extremely poor quality.
Unfortunately, due to the immense size and weight of the box with the book, in most eBay offers the shipping cost exceeds the cost of the item. Prices seem to range from $10 to $25 for the figure with $15 to $25 for shipping.
Is there some reason I should avoid these guys? I don't plan on assembling a huge army of Joes (although I suppose everybody says that at the beginning, huh?), but I wouldn't mind having a core group of "classic" style figures, say maybe three or four... or five or six... of the Masterpiece guys, unless there's a reason to avoid them.
I'm asking before opening the box of my first Masterpiece purchase that arrived today. Quite frankly, the packaging looks too nice to open. It looks like a "rare and valuable collectable item." In fact, it's not a rare or valuable item. They're quite common on eBay, often for reasonable prices for mint-in-sealed-box examples. I guess I should just open him up and that might answer most of the questions I have.
But I'm curious as to what you guys think about the Masterpiece Edition, and if there are reasons to avoid them... or reasons this very thorough post about the Action Sailor has not received any comments over the past year.
Thanx for your input.