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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:55 pm

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dedcat wrote:It's obvious this woman knows nothing of collecting beyond what her producers tell her in between jump cuts. Fake and forced drama by a faux self righteous talking head... should be ratings gold. I'm going to read a book now.


i agree. It's apparent this hostess is not well informed.

Neither are the two of you. And yet, you don't see people make ignorant claims about the two of you. Which is a very, very, very sad thing to do. >:oP

I mean... Have either one of you have a reputation and history tied to appraising, auctioning, etc. any kind of object like she does? Did you know that she is also a art historian and antiques appraiser? That for more than a decade, she was both an expert appraiser and consultant for Christie's Auction House? How about the fact that she is a licensed appraiser? How about the fact that her expertise includes pop culture?

Did either one of you know that? Obviously not since you both chose to trash her with no merit instead of looking up any information on her. Something that takes very little effort, especially if you do nothing more than actually look up her name on Wikipedia. >:oP
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby PrymeStriker » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:05 pm

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dedcat wrote:It's obvious this woman knows nothing of collecting beyond what her producers tell her in between jump cuts. Fake and forced drama by a faux self righteous talking head... should be ratings gold. I'm going to read a book now.


i agree. It's apparent this hostess is not well informed.

Neither are the two of you. And yet, you don't see people make ignorant claims about the two of you. Which is a very, very, very sad thing to do. >:oP

I mean... Have either one of you have a reputation and history tied to appraising, auctioning, etc. any kind of object like she does? Did you know that she is also a art historian and antiques appraiser? That for more than a decade, she was both an expert appraiser and consultant for Christie's Auction House? How about the fact that she is a licensed appraiser? How about the fact that her expertise includes pop culture?

Did either one of you know that? Obviously not since you both chose to trash her with no merit instead of looking up any information on her. Something that takes very little effort, especially if you do nothing more than actually look up her name on Wikipedia. >:oP


I agree that she's well informed in appraisal work. I commend her for that.

However, while I do not know what kind of point these two were trying to get across, from my prospective, she seems to look at the monetary value of Transformers rather than the sentimental value that collectors have. I do not think she "sucks" for that, because that's her job. That's what she's been doing all of her life (exaggeration). I believe many fans are offended by the fact that "she looks at our figures and sees a stack of money." :roll:
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby xyl360 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:16 pm

PrymeStriker wrote:
KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:
Stormrider wrote:
dedcat wrote:It's obvious this woman knows nothing of collecting beyond what her producers tell her in between jump cuts. Fake and forced drama by a faux self righteous talking head... should be ratings gold. I'm going to read a book now.


i agree. It's apparent this hostess is not well informed.

Neither are the two of you. And yet, you don't see people make ignorant claims about the two of you. Which is a very, very, very sad thing to do. >:oP

I mean... Have either one of you have a reputation and history tied to appraising, auctioning, etc. any kind of object like she does? Did you know that she is also a art historian and antiques appraiser? That for more than a decade, she was both an expert appraiser and consultant for Christie's Auction House? How about the fact that she is a licensed appraiser? How about the fact that her expertise includes pop culture?

Did either one of you know that? Obviously not since you both chose to trash her with no merit instead of looking up any information on her. Something that takes very little effort, especially if you do nothing more than actually look up her name on Wikipedia. >:oP


I agree that she's well informed in appraisal work. I commend her for that.

However, while I do not know what kind of point these two were trying to get across, from my prospective, she seems to look at the monetary value of Transformers rather than the sentimental value that collectors have. I do not think she "sucks" for that, because that's her job. That's what she's been doing all of her life (exaggeration). I believe many fans are offended by the fact that "she looks at our figures and sees a stack of money." :roll:

Eh, many collectors do the same thing. They see these toys (and yes, sorry to burst any bubbles, these are all TOYS :P) as some kind of monetary investment. While you can make money off of old TF's, that never was their intended purpose.

Of course, the flip side is, they were never intended to be collectible pieces of nastalgia either. We made them that, the same as Hot Wheels collectors, vintage automobile collectors and every other type of collector out there, which is precisely what gives them increased monetary value over time.

She's the equivalent of a high-end liquidator. She is to assess the items she's presented with and give an estimate based on the current market value and provide that info to her client who is the owner of the item(s) she's assessing. Her job is basically to do what a seller on ebay does when estimating how much to charge for that vintage piece of TF history.

I get this side of collecting, I understand it, but I disregard it. As much as I love these hunks of paint, plastic and metal, all they ever were and still are is toys. Just a bunch of toys, and I'm an adult who collects and plays with them. They are not my 401K, they are not my stocks and bonds, and they are not some plastic legacy that I'm going to leave to my children so that the spirit of the Transformers will live on for future generations.

That's just me though, and I know that many (if not most) collectors don't see it the same way that I do. But that's also exactly why I hate the concept of shows like this. Ooo, wow, look at how much those old toys are worth! I should sell them all and make a ton of $! No, not me, sorry, that's not why I collect them.
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:05 pm

PrymeStriker wrote:I agree that she's well informed in appraisal work. I commend her for that.

However, while I do not know what kind of point these two were trying to get across, from my prospective, she seems to look at the monetary value of Transformers rather than the sentimental value that collectors have. I do not think she "sucks" for that, because that's her job. That's what she's been doing all of her life (exaggeration). I believe many fans are offended by the fact that "she looks at our figures and sees a stack of money." :roll:

I agree when it comes to the Generation 2 Botcon exclusive. It should have been used as an incentive to sell off the items not worth having in his collection. This could allow him to have him either have his main collection graded or put in acrylic cases, and ultimately let him and others have fun looking at them... Talking about them... And so on. Mostly because it is a key piece to his collection at that time.

However, she ended up talking about his financial issues more than the clutter. And she disconnected it from the rest because it had monetary value, as well as the fact he was constantly in debt. I cannot entirely disagree with the idea that he needed to sell it, as he put himself in that predicament. But she could have, at least, gone from the monetary value (and it not being a G1 piece) to the fact that if he keeps up what he does... He will find himself selling it if he continues doing what he is doing. :-?
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby Megatron000 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:24 am

Anyone have a link for the Transformers episode (youtube, any other site)? I'd like to check it out.
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby Stormrider » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:03 pm

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dedcat wrote:It's obvious this woman knows nothing of collecting beyond what her producers tell her in between jump cuts. Fake and forced drama by a faux self righteous talking head... should be ratings gold. I'm going to read a book now.


i agree. It's apparent this hostess is not well informed.

Neither are the two of you. And yet, you don't see people make ignorant claims about the two of you. Which is a very, very, very sad thing to do. >:oP

I mean... Have either one of you have a reputation and history tied to appraising, auctioning, etc. any kind of object like she does? Did you know that she is also a art historian and antiques appraiser? That for more than a decade, she was both an expert appraiser and consultant for Christie's Auction House? How about the fact that she is a licensed appraiser? How about the fact that her expertise includes pop culture?

Did either one of you know that? Obviously not since you both chose to trash her with no merit instead of looking up any information on her. Something that takes very little effort, especially if you do nothing more than actually look up her name on Wikipedia. >:oP


What the heck are you swinging at? Can you take it down 3 or 4 notches instead of leaping and making assumptions of what I meant? I could easily make assumptions about you based on your tone and what you wrote, but I won't (for the time being).

I have watched a few shows and feel that the show is based on drama, and her angle is to push the people into dramatic points. (I don't think that should be a big surprise to anyone, since drama sells). In this particular episode she gave the guy advice that people are not into G2 Botcon Stunticons therefore he should sell them, after he said that he was very attached to them for several reasons. Her advice doesn't make sense for a couple reasons - 1. If G2 Stunticons are not popular now, why sell them? Why not wait until they are popular and therefore worth more money? Why not sell something that is worth more money and takes up more space if he needed the money? 2. I believe the G2 Stunticons are worth more money than she claimed. 3. Why advise someone to sell something that they said they are very atached to other than to make better drama? I am sticking to my guns that she is not well informed about G2 Stuniticons.

Like most TF collectors, I take my advice from Transformers experts when I choose to sell parts of my collection; not TV show paid auctioneers with a broad background in pop culture.
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby MINDVVIPE » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:27 pm

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'Fraid I'm going to have to agree with Stormrider there. No one knows the value of Transformers more than Transformers fans, especially the ones who collect a ton, and are used to selling/trading/appraising them. She might have expertize in... researching skills, because thats all you really need to do, but you won't know the true values and trends unless you have been fully immersed in the fandom for decades.
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:00 am

Stormrider wrote:What the heck are you swinging at? Can you take it down 3 or 4 notches instead of leaping and making assumptions of what I meant? I could easily make assumptions about you based on your tone and what you wrote, but I won't (for the time being). I have watched a few shows and feel that the show is based on drama, and her angle is to push the people into dramatic points. (I don't think that should be a big surprise to anyone, since drama sells). In this particular episode she gave the guy advice that people are not into G2 Botcon Stunticons therefore he should sell them, after he said that he was very attached to them for several reasons. Her advice doesn't make sense for a couple reasons - 1. If G2 Stunticons are not popular now, why sell them? Why not wait until they are popular and therefore worth more money? Why not sell something that is worth more money and takes up more space if he needed the money? 2. I believe the G2 Stunticons are worth more money than she claimed. 3. Why advise someone to sell something that they said they are very atached to other than to make better drama? I am sticking to my guns that she is not well informed about G2 Stuniticons.


I am sorry that I made you feel that you need to be defensive. But honestly, you are pretty much telling me that you are allowed to assume things about others, but when it comes to others doing it to you... It is not okay. Meanwhile, you and one other have talked about this person and series as if you are an expert on both.

That is what your words are telling me. And FYI, I go with how things are said by the person, not the person who said... As it is easy to misunderstand the tone of a person you do not know. ;)

And what is the item being focused on? A 1994 Botcon exclusive that was sold for $1,300 and by a guy who placed himself in said situation. Not the person who has a huge collection she admired and told him to keep. Not the person who relied on his parents to pay the rent on not just his L.A.-based condo, but his business and bills. And not the fact that removing the item, he is freed of the addiction he developed due to his trauma being a sick child. >:oP

And when it comes to the show itself... I appeared on two episodes of Mtv's Singled Out, we spent an approximate 3 hours per episode and had to wait around 4-6 months until those episodes aired. So I know based on what I experienced and the final product, there is a lot of stuff not seen by the viewers. So what we had seen was what the producers wanted, not what the viewers deserved.

And finally, with the facts:

1) Dahveed has an addiction to Transformers.
2) Dahveed has a business that only increased his collection, not his profits.
3) Dahveed was relying on his parents when it came to his Los Angeles (assuming the Toy District is near Little Tokyo) condo.
4) Dahveed needs to remove an essential piece from his collection if he is going to break this addiction.
5) Dahveed was told to not sell his complete sets, which (combined) can probably have him buy the condo he lives in.

So the point is simple: If he did not place himself in a situation where he could become homeless if he parents cut him off, he would not have to sell the piece. And all he needed to do was have his home simply be decluttered, she would have used it as an incentive to have it be displayed instead of being left in his boxes.

Oh... And he has a complete set of "Return of Convoy" (1991). If he also had "Operation Combination" (1992, final set), he would be a deity among many serious collectors. ;)
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:56 am

MINDVVIPE wrote:'Fraid I'm going to have to agree with Stormrider there. No one knows the value of Transformers more than Transformers fans, especially the ones who collect a ton, and are used to selling/trading/appraising them.

Not entirely true.

LINK: http://coolandcollected.com/toy-hunter-rise-from-ashland-episode-recap-and-review/

Take this and stores run by people who are also collectors. That collector paid an estimated $150 for a C-7 or C-8 loose Bumblejumper. He could have paid $35-$50 if his need for the piece was not there.

Plus, comic collectors have required a "Overstreet Comic Price Guide" for years. Stores that are run by collectors base their prices on what allows them to make a profit, not sentimental value. And other collectors will either overpay or underpay for items they want, while others require experts to help them set up a monetary value just in case they need to sell.

MINDVVIPE wrote:She might have expertize in... researching skills, because thats all you really need to do, but you won't know the true values and trends unless you have been fully immersed in the fandom for decades.


And where does it say that she does not have a collection of her own, has a history of collecting, and/or have family/friends that have collections of her own? What about the fact that she is an expert in pop culture? Does this mean she knows nothing about collecting?

I just watched the episode again. And while you were debunking her, you also ignored the fact that he developed a Transformers collection. And that the pieces she told him not to sell also had sentimental value, but were also complete sets. So if she was what you claimed she said, she would not have been the way she was.

Oh... And her behavior towards his collection, sans the one piece that could be sacrificed in hopes of helping him get his life in order, proves that she has her own collection and knows the difference of collecting and hoarding. ;)
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby Stormrider » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:57 pm

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MINDVVIPE wrote:'Fraid I'm going to have to agree with Stormrider there. No one knows the value of Transformers more than Transformers fans, especially the ones who collect a ton, and are used to selling/trading/appraising them.

Not entirely true.

LINK: http://coolandcollected.com/toy-hunter-rise-from-ashland-episode-recap-and-review/

Take this and stores run by people who are also collectors. That collector paid an estimated $150 for a C-7 or C-8 loose Bumblejumper. He could have paid $35-$50 if his need for the piece was not there.

Plus, comic collectors have required a "Overstreet Comic Price Guide" for years. Stores that are run by collectors base their prices on what allows them to make a profit, not sentimental value. And other collectors will either overpay or underpay for items they want, while others require experts to help them set up a monetary value just in case they need to sell.

MINDVVIPE wrote:She might have expertize in... researching skills, because thats all you really need to do, but you won't know the true values and trends unless you have been fully immersed in the fandom for decades.


And where does it say that she does not have a collection of her own, has a history of collecting, and/or have family/friends that have collections of her own? What about the fact that she is an expert in pop culture? Does this mean she knows nothing about collecting?

I just watched the episode again. And while you were debunking her, you also ignored the fact that he developed a Transformers collection. And that the pieces she told him not to sell also had sentimental value, but were also complete sets. So if she was what you claimed she said, she would not have been the way she was.

Oh... And her behavior towards his collection, sans the one piece that could be sacrificed in hopes of helping him get his life in order, proves that she has her own collection and knows the difference of collecting and hoarding. ;)


Obviously we don't know each other very well; you present a decent arguement but I don't agree 100%. That's fine with me. However I do have a question... are you married, in love with her, or related to her by any chance? I don't mean that in any disrepectful way. I am just trying to understand why you feel that your claims and plausible explanations that seem to stretch just far as mine are dominantly more correct. I am not asking you to accept mine. I am asking because you continue to hound that your explanation is the only correct one. Perhaps you personally know her, which I am perfectly fine with, or perhaps I am too much of a realist with TV.
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:01 pm

Stormrider wrote:Obviously we don't know each other very well; you present a decent arguement but I don't agree 100%. That's fine with me. However I do have a question... are you married, in love with her, or related to her by any chance? I don't mean that in any disrepectful way. I am just trying to understand why you feel that your claims and plausible explanations that seem to stretch just far as mine are dominantly more correct. I am not asking you to accept mine. I am asking because you continue to hound that your explanation is the only correct one. Perhaps you personally know her, which I am perfectly fine with, or perhaps I am too much of a realist with TV.


I'm not related to her in any way. However, what you call "hounding" is me doing research on a person you personally chose to assume upon. And atop of that, I reviewed the topic at hand while speaking up... As in having the actual episode be shown on my television while I was typing out the facts.

And, atop of that, I knew numerous collectors that also sold items related to their collections. I had done first hand business with some of them, with one shop alone ranging from 1991 to today. And another being Mile High Comics, which was when and where I ended my comic collecting and made a brief transition into comic reading (via my local comic shop).

So when it comes to collecting, as I have collected everything from comic books to Transformers, I can vouch for the stuff she says on the show as being valid... And not scripted. Atop of the fact that I have seen every other show she was on, as well as nearly every British auction show that was shown on BBC America.

Plus, also, I will also point out once again that you can disagree all you want. But I did my research. I watched every key point made in the episode. And while you talked about "value"... There is the difference between "emotional value" and "fiscal value."

[And note, if you watched it straight through, she said that the emotional value of a collection is completely fine as long as it does not interfere with anything else in your life.]

So the point is this: What would be the point of him having anything if he kept that Botcon exclusive and became homeless because his business dried up, his parents no longer gave him the money to pay his rent and bills, and his friends/family chose to not be part of his addiction?

That was the point of the entire segment, and I am wondering if you simply chose to not go past the idea that you cannot always stick with the emotional value of a collection when it comes to issues like his. >:oP
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:16 am

I wanted to post this because some of you thought I was harping, despite the fact that I was trying to point out the key point of the event - A Transformer fan who was at risk of losing a lot more than a mere Botcon Generation 2 figure.

Some of you probably hate me for sticking to the facts, ignoring the idea that you cannot place a number on anything that is a collection. And a good number of you bad mouthed Elyse for many reasons and one item tied to those reasons.

However... This is just an update on Dahveed, on behalf of his friend (Steve, the guy who is responsible for the intervention):

LINK:http://www.syfy.com/collectionintervention/article/interviews/page/7

Catching Up with Steve wrote:Since the show, would you say that Dahveed's collecting habits have changed for the better or for the worse?
Yes, I really think his collecting habits have changed for the best. He seems to be more focused on our animated series then heading down to the toy district in downtown Los Angeles to buy more toys. Usually I have to stay on him about animating but after the show I haven't which I think is a great positive sign.

Would you say that Dahveed's been more successful at separating his toy business from his pleasure of collecting or does he occasionally still blur the lines ever now and again?
I think before the show, there was a huge blur between collecting and selling for Dahveed. Afterwards, now he sees a definite line between the two.

Did you feel guilty about calling Elyse?
At first I did, Dahveed was very defensive about me calling Elyse. I was really afraid of losing our friendship. I was scared that all our hard work we put together on the animation was gonna fall apart about over toys. Not over a girl or money, but TOYS!

How did Elyse's visit help you? Do you think it was helpful for Dahveed?
Elyse's visit was extremely helpfully. Dahveed has a better understanding between collecting and selling. Our friendship and business is saved thanks to Elyse's help.

If Dahveed's collecting habits ever got out of control again, would you call Elyse back?
I really believe Dahveed has turned a corner…but if it did get out of control again, I would love to call Elyse back.

Do you think Dahveed will ever stop collecting?
No, nor do I think he should stop collecting. He just needed to learn what to collect and what to sell, which he did on the show.

Do you have any collection addictions of your own?
I'm a huge Baltimore Ravens fan and I collect all the player figures. Also collect Marvel's Superhero Squad figures, I have a ton of them. Even make my own toy comic books with them where they wrestle each other in the ring. Its pretty funny stuff.


So there you have it. The bad news is that Dahveed still does not have his Botcon Generation 2 piece that most of you bickered about. The good news is that he turned a corner and still has a home for his complete sets of Action Masters, Return of Convoy, etc. :BOT:

Oh... And FYI, this guy still needs to update his business page. :lol:
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby MINDVVIPE » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:21 am

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Meh, I didn't think you're harping, and I really wasn't making any point other than I feel fans know the true value since they are the ones who define the value due to how much they would pay/not pay for an item. With ebay and amazon and whatever, its easier to figure out how much your figure is worth. If someone appraises it for 50 dollars more than what is sold on ebay, who is really right and wrong? Or vice versa. Its such a constantly changing world of values, and that is why I said a fan would have the best idea, since they are tottaly immersed in the trends of upcoming shows, new releases, etc. Someone might have appraised the FE figures at a high amount without knowing they are getting a re-release. Thats a pretty weak example since the prices aren't shifting in the hundreds, but still.

If an appraiser is able to keep so up to date with the information, kudos to them. I just feel it's not likely since they have to be well-rounded with a million and one other things people collect.
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby toyhell » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:04 pm

Hey guys, I appreciate everyone who watched my episode of Collection Intervention. Although I haven't had time to read through all the comments left, from what I've seen I'm glad they are not overly negative. Some of the tweets my friend Steve showed me made me cringe. It's a pretty crazy intense experience opening your home and collection up for a crew to shoot and then having your life story put up on TV. I actually removed my MISB Grand Max from the box and almost cried... looks like that didn't make. The experience was eye-opening in many ways. Also I mean, the show was "structured reality" so obviously pretty much everything was fake...well, I guess not so obviously :) I'm sworn to secrecy of course so don't bother asking details. I hope my friend Scott Zilner comes off a bit better on his episode on 9/11.

Now, the real reason I did the show was to bring some attention to a couple projects I've been hard at work on for many, many years. One of them is the documentary "Transform Me!" which will give the full account of my collecting, ToyHell.com as well as the full story of Mr. Optimus Prime, the origin of the BotCon and the Transformers toy line. Anybody who knows me will vouch for the fact that I was heavily involved putting together the first BotCon as well as one of the few filmmakers who has been documenting the show from the start. Honestly, the documentary ended up being too big a story for me to handle myself and my funding ran out (as Collection Intervention made clear, I am broke). I have actually been selling toys thru http://www.ToyHell.com to fund it. Yeah, an overhaul of the site is being discussed. It was built in early 90's and hasn't been updated since. Right now I am selling at Kelly's Toy Stop in Anaheim as well and may be setting up at a couple shows. Anyway, as far as my documentary, I am going to now shamelessly plug my indiegogo campaign, where I am offering up some great perks and advance copies of the film to anyone who backs it. http://www.indiegogo.com/transformmemovie?a=438384

The other project I was plugging was the cartoon show I do with Steve http://www.SupaPirateBootyHunt.com Although the shirts with the logos made the cut, none of the scenes of us talking about the show made the cut. Hopefully we will fair better on our "90210" appearance next week.

As long as I'm shamelessly plugging my stuff, please be on the look out for another Transformers related project that will premier at the BotCon film festival in 2013. It's a project that is by fans, for fans and will need fan support to succeed. Thx for listening to me blab.

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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:46 pm

@MINDVVIPE: I meant the others that may feel that way. Because I have learned that after 12 years of being in forums, people will find terms and ways to continue dismissing valid points others may have... And could have been used as discussion pieces. But yeah... Thanks for not being one of those people. :)

As for your reason, I can understand that as the collector I used to be. But my point, as poorly worded as it was, is that when you sell these pieces at a professional level, that side needs to be ignored. Mostly because you need to make a profit, not satisfy the needs of a fan. And that is where good professionally made prices help. They are there to help you set up your prices, and help you not go with what you find on Amazon.com or eBay. ;)

@toyhell: Gotta love the producers, eh? ;) And besides... I remember when Heroic Decepticon talked about opening his MISB Grand Max, I wept a bit as well. Then again, his wife claimed his Fort Max as her own. :p

But with my past experiences, I have to say that I related with your event on the series. But, then again, I also can see Elyse telling me to get some vintage pieces. Which I want to do once I get my big pieces submitted to AFA. Mostly because there are certain characters I want that will never be reissued.

But even then, I'll email you when I can because I need help trying to figure out a direction for my collection. That, and some other stuff... If that is okay with you. :grin:
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby MINDVVIPE » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:59 pm

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KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:As for your reason, I can understand that as the collector I used to be. But my point, as poorly worded as it was, is that when you sell these pieces at a professional level, that side needs to be ignored. Mostly because you need to make a profit, not satisfy the needs of a fan. And that is where good professionally made prices help. They are there to help you set up your prices, and help you not go with what you find on Amazon.com or eBay. ;)


Ah, ya. Of course. I used to head up the local comic book/action figure store with hopes that I could satisfy my nerdy needs at regular prics, but no. RID figures for 15-18 dollars just to make up for the lack of sales on the BB figures. DAMN YOU BUMBLEBEE! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby PrymeStriker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:07 pm

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KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:As for your reason, I can understand that as the collector I used to be. But my point, as poorly worded as it was, is that when you sell these pieces at a professional level, that side needs to be ignored. Mostly because you need to make a profit, not satisfy the needs of a fan. And that is where good professionally made prices help. They are there to help you set up your prices, and help you not go with what you find on Amazon.com or eBay. ;)


Ah, ya. Of course. I used to head up the local comic book/action figure store with hopes that I could satisfy my nerdy needs at regular prics, but no. RID figures for 15-18 dollars just to make up for the lack of sales on the BB figures. DAMN YOU BUMBLEBEE! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!


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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:46 pm

MINDVVIPE wrote:Ah, ya. Of course. I used to head up the local comic book/action figure store with hopes that I could satisfy my nerdy needs at regular prics, but no. RID figures for 15-18 dollars just to make up for the lack of sales on the BB figures. DAMN YOU BUMBLEBEE! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!

Wait... You live in an area that have stores (other than Walmart, Target, and Toys"R"Us) that sells Transformers?! :shock: Where I live, you cannot find any of the good pieces, much less anything that is not from a new series or set. :sad:

Besides that, and the fact that I will never own a Bumble/Bumblebee figure (with what you said being added to the list of reasons ;)), I remember that the last (and only) Transformers related item I had bought was at Anime Expo 2011... And that was a complete box of SCF: Act 5 (November, 2001) figures. But I sold them later on because it did not fit what I was aiming for. That, and I had the clear BlackZarak that my friend needed for her collection.

That, and my collection (as it stands) has two pieces drop in price since I bought them at TFsource: $4 for C-05 Hot Rodimus (reissue) and $15 for A-01D Dai Atlas. So while I had a change of attitude, the decrese in price kind of bothered me. But I guess, for me, that is where my philosophy on collecting kicked in. :-B But even then, I currently picture some expert telling me the importance of adding vintage pieces before finding me a vintage Bumble... Ignoring the fact that he is the only character I do not want. :lol:
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby PrymeStriker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:51 pm

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MINDVVIPE wrote:Ah, ya. Of course. I used to head up the local comic book/action figure store with hopes that I could satisfy my nerdy needs at regular prics, but no. RID figures for 15-18 dollars just to make up for the lack of sales on the BB figures. DAMN YOU BUMBLEBEE! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!

Wait... You live in an area that have stores (other than Walmart, Target, and Toys"R"Us) that sells Transformers?! :shock: Where I live, you cannot find any of the good pieces, much less anything that is not from a new series or set. :sad:

Besides that, and the fact that I will never own a Bumble/Bumblebee figure (with what you said being added to the list of reasons ;)), I remember that the last (and only) Transformers related item I had bought was at Anime Expo 2011... And that was a complete box of SCF: Act 5 (November, 2001) figures. But I sold them later on because it did not fit what I was aiming for. That, and I had the clear BlackZarak that my friend needed for her collection.

That, and my collection (as it stands) has two pieces drop in price since I bought them at TFsource: $4 for C-05 Hot Rodimus (reissue) and $15 for A-01D Dai Atlas. So while I had a change of attitude, the decrese in price kind of bothered me. But I guess, for me, that is where my philosophy on collecting kicked in. :-B But even then, I currently picture some expert telling me the importance of adding vintage pieces before finding me a vintage Bumble... Ignoring the fact that he is the only character I do not want. :lol:


There are quite a few "nerd stores" around the world that sell Transformers figs. But sadly, I have yet to find one in my own area. :-(
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:51 pm

PrymeStriker wrote:There are quite a few "nerd stores" around the world that sell Transformers figs. But sadly, I have yet to find one in my own area. :-(

Seriously? That sucks. Because you were one of those guys I thought would have a nice shop that sold some kind of Transformers collectibles. :-(

But besides that, I looked for some kind of "nerd shop" that might sell the type of Transformers you might want is an estimated 56 miles from where you generally reside. For me, that is a drive to Los Angeles.

LINK: http://www.tatescomics.com/

I really do hope this helps you. Because you (along with MINDVVIPE, Sabrblade, Bubbah, and others) deserve to have a fun place that may add to the fun of being a Transformers collector. ;) I just think mine is in Osaka. :lol:
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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby PrymeStriker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:11 pm

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KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:There are quite a few "nerd stores" around the world that sell Transformers figs. But sadly, I have yet to find one in my own area. :-(

Seriously? That sucks. Because you were one of those guys I thought would have a nice shop that sold some kind of Transformers collectibles. :-(

But besides that, I looked for some kind of "nerd shop" that might sell the type of Transformers you might want is an estimated 56 miles from where you generally reside. For me, that is a drive to Los Angeles.

LINK: http://www.tatescomics.com/

I really do hope this helps you. Because you (along with MINDVVIPE, Sabrblade, Bubbah, and others) deserve to have a fun place that may add to the fun of being a Transformers collector. ;) I just think mine is in Osaka. :lol:


Oh wow, thanks! Don't think I'll go out of my way to go there, but the next time I'm down in Lauderdale, I'll definitely check it out!

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Re: SyFy Collection Intervention

Postby KNM2012 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:56 pm

PrymeStriker wrote:Oh wow, thanks! Don't think I'll go out of my way to go there, but the next time I'm down in Lauderdale, I'll definitely check it out!

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