Posted on: August 23rd, 2009 Collector’s Edge – A New Market
Hey all, Gavin here, back from a week off. Well I wouldn’t say it was off, just busy. But fear not, I bring a double sized issue of Collector’s Edge to you this week with some really fun, and disturbing, things I have found. So let’s get into it.
The New Market For Collectables
As if having to hunt for your favorite collectable wasn’t hard enough as it is sometimes, we are now presented with a new market of collectable. The Video Game Collector Edition. This is an entirely new market for collectables that has the gaming community snatching these things up like mad. But unlike the treasure hunt that searching the toy aisles can be, all you need for these collectables is money.
It was a smart move on the publishers end. With the cost of games rising, used game sales outpacing new ones, and the onslaught of GameFly it was a good choice to try to draw in the sales. It is just balancing the price point where it is accessible to all that can be a challenge. When you look at it, unless the game has seriously great replay value, you’re spending a lot of money for the whole package. And now they are dealing in digital exclusive goodness – codes for exclusive content when preordering that you can always find online later.
Not all of these Collector’s Editions are worth the hefty price. Some are just really cool to have, others are take it or leave it, and finally some are just plain ol’ crazy. I really want to see how far these publishers are willing to go to get our money. (I think the Night Vision goggles from Modern Warfare 2 are pretty extreme.) I have no doubt we will watch as this market continues to grow. Right now it is pretty much the only way to get your hands on gaming related goodness that doesn’t suck.
Animayhem At DC
I walked into my favorite comic book store this weekend and saw these bad ass anime takes on big name DC heroines. Not something I would have noticed on my own though because it is close to that creepy (to me) female anime fetish craze. But upon further inspection, these figures are freaking sweet as all hell. It is just amazingly cool to look at these great re-interpretations of classics like Harley Quinn and Hawk Girl. So it was a pleasant surprise that came out of nowhere for me this weekend.[caption id="attachment_3081" align="aligncenter" width="211" caption="Go Team Voltron, I mean Batman!"][/caption]
Other Famous DC Chick
I’m not big on DC. Especially Superman. But after seeing the toys from above, I also found this new Supergirl vinyl statue pretty awesome too. Yeah there is a Supergirl in the anime line, but this one is just hella sexy. Wrong of me to say that? Whatever. I gots no shame.
License Ruined By America, Again.
I don’t know who to blame this one on. For one, I am excited to see Domo Kun products. I used to have to get mine directly from Japan. But on the other hand Domo is getting raped. That’s right, raped. Same thing happened to NBX (Nightmare Before Christmas) and that pissed me off too. Ask any of the Domo Kun posers who exactly Domo Kun is and they will spout off all sorts of info. Ask them three years ago or earlier and they’d look at you like you were smoking crack. True story. This Americanized version does not hold up the charm the same way he did when he was a commercial mascot for a Japanese company. Same thing with NBX, the movie has a different meaning and memories to those of us who say it opening day and love it for what it is, not cause Hot Topic says it is cool.
DBZ RAH = REAL AWESOME HAVETOHAVES!
Real Action Heroes are a line in and of themselves that is just way to good for words. If you have ever played with one, you know what I mean; they are a collector’s best friend. Despite the abysmal live action Dragonball movie, I am still a diehard DBZ junkie. I mean just look at these guys! They are awesome 3D transfers from the cartoon. You just can’t beat that, and crazy props HAVE to go out to whoever figured out how to translate Goku’s hair into the 3D world with such a great result.
CosBaby is Death
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the SuperD style, but only when it really fits the line well. CosBaby is the same thing. I got my hands on the CosBaby line of Batman figures recently and all I can say is ‘What the Hell?’ Talk about a wasted effort. These toys are creepy beyond all reason and just not needed. The CosBaby style does not work here DC. It is neither cute nor creepy, which it has to be one of the two to work. It’s somewhere in between in that grey area that makes you think some toy god is ready to consume your soul for buying this line, but then again it’s Batman. I just can’t wait to see what’s next from the CosBaby line – ALIENS? A CosBaby alien Queen. I’d buy that.[caption id="attachment_3088" align="aligncenter" width="201" caption="fighting for diaper justice everywhere."][/caption]
Simply Awesome Toys
Yep, I’m a Star Wars ho and even I am dumbfounded as to why I haven’t talked about Star wars toys yet. I’ll fix that right now. Over at www.urban-collector.com you can get your hands on these friggin sweet Star Wars figures. The best part? They are affordable. Like UNDER $100 affordable. Mostly around $50, these figures are just plain must haves. I want an Admiral Ackbar already to replace the Hasbro one I had. All he did was stand next to my Scary Spice (don’t ask) doll with his arms up in defeat forever mimicking ‘It’s A Trap!’
Gavin’s Most Wanted
Now I know I am not big on DC, but I do like some of the heroes. Aquaman does not get enough credit. The dude is just awesome. But not long haired hook handed angry Aquaman, nah. You gotta go with the classic orange and green Aquaman. He is just really fun and I find this statue totally freaking awesome. Yeah.