kirbenvost wrote:Yikes, that must've been some bidding war. Nice of the seller to give you a better deal though.
Yep, it was. He gave it to me for $450 including shipping from Malaysia. The auction had gotten up to around $600+shipping before it closed. That figure never shows up on ebay these days and hadn't for months when he originally posted it up for auction, so I've no doubt that there were some high rollers bidding on it, either collectors desperate for one like myself or sellers trying to pick it up to turn around and sell it for a mint.
I got really lucky on that one and that seller was awesome about the whole thing. I've got a Japanese TrU exclusive Black Big Convoy and Henkei Jetfire on their way from him now (he did the same kind of private Buy It Now auction for those for me as he did for the Double Punch figure so that I could pay with PayPal).
He's a great seller and has some really rare stuff. Pricey, but he's helping me to fill in some big holes in my collection. All 3 of those figures have become very hard to find on ebay these days and now I've got one in hand and the other two on the way.
Double Punch took about 2 and a half weeks to get to me so I figure these two will take about the same.
Grail hunting definitely requires a LOT of patience. Patience to save the money that it costs, patience to wait for one to show up in an online shop, private sale (forums, Craigs List, garage sales etc.) or on ebay, and in this case, patience to wait on the shipping as well. It's very satisfying to get it in hand though, and I grin every time I look up at my shelf and see him standing there next to Sandstorm (a Botcon repaint of the same mold).