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Old 09-07-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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Question Just Bought Turtles Playmates Cold Cast Statues Set- Did I Overpay???

Hi All! So I have been "stalking" the TMNT PLaymates Cold Cast statue figures since ninjaturtles.com first announced them back in the early 00's. At the time, I was a poor college student and $125+ was too much of an investment. Over the years I watched as more were released and again kept passing up the opportunity to buy due to various reasons.

In recent months I was finally ready to purchase, but by now they're long OOP, Mirage is in hibernation, and TMNT prices in general have soared due to enthusiasim of the new show. Last night at 1am CST a mint set of all 4 complete with boxes/packaging came up on eBay for $1210 BIN + shipping. As I have been monitoring these for a while and seen Donatello go for close to this price alone, I jumped on it. Now, 8 hours later I'm having some buyers remourse.

What are your thoughts? Did I over pay? At the end of the day I spent just over twice that of retail for each figure before shipping costs (when averaged) but I fear turtle hype may have got the best of me and in 4-5 years these will be selling for $50 a piece when things die down again. I guess I don't know much about the general long term collectability of statues like this and am looking for some advice as far as if I should keep them or consider turning around and re-selling them once received.

Ebay listing is below.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Least expensive to buy is Mike ($20-$25), then it ratchets up to Raph (hovers around retail, give or take), then Leo and Don.

As you said, Don is very rare is the most expensive, so considering you have all 4 in one fell swoop, I would say you did very well.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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Least expensive to buy is Mike ($20-$25), then it ratchets up to Raph (hovers around retail, give or take), then Leo and Don.

As you said, Don is very rare is the most expensive, so considering you have all 4 in one fell swoop, I would say you did very well.
Thanks Venom. In all my searching I too saw that at one time Mike could be found for as cheap as $25. But looking back 6-12 months of history on auction and collector sites, the cheapest I found him go for was around $100 and upwards to $300. Is there anywhere around that you are aware of that I could have still picked him up for sub $50?
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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I doubt it. Like you, all I've seen Mikey go for is about that those prices. If I found him for $25?! I'd pick him up immediately. Of course, though, Donatello would be my favorite Turtle. Damned limited edition. The only thing I don't like about the statues is that they're signed on the bottom. What sense does that make?

And no, you didn't overpay. I know it hurts to spend that much money in one fell swoop (it would for me, at least), but you got a good deal, because Donatello goes for around that everytime.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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I doubt it. Like you, all I've seen Mikey go for is about that those prices. If I found him for $25?! I'd pick him up immediately. Of course, though, Donatello would be my favorite Turtle. Damned limited edition. The only thing I don't like about the statues is that they're signed on the bottom. What sense does that make?

And no, you didn't overpay. I know it hurts to spend that much money in one fell swoop (it would for me, at least), but you got a good deal, because Donatello goes for around that everytime.
Thanks DonatelloFan! Yea, for some reason Donatello always tends to be the rarest or most limited of releases. And to make matters worse, he usually has the best look of the 4.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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you got a fantastic deal... not the last Donny sold (cuz I think that went to a dromer) but the one before that sold for between 1000 and 1200 alone..
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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I'd say you got a decent deal Raph has been going for $400+ when I have seen and Don $800+ so right in that ball park sounds good and you got all 4 congrats
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:58 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. My buyer’s remorse is gone and I will be keeping them. Can’t wait! The seller is very nice and communicative. She’s a statue collector and only selling to make room to expand her LOR collection with the new Hobbit statues. So I know they have been well cared for. Now I just have to find the best place to display them! O- and figure out how to tell the wife LOL.
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. My buyer’s remorse is gone and I will be keeping them. Can’t wait! The seller is very nice and communicative. She’s a statue collector and only selling to make room to expand her LOR collection with the new Hobbit statues. So I know they have been well cared for. Now I just have to find the best place to display them! O- and figure out how to tell the wife LOL.
Oh man. If the wife disagrees with them I'm still looking for Ralph and donny
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Who's Ralph?
This has happened to me before...

My phone likes to autocorrect Raph to Ralph. Just gonna let you know it probably won't be the last time you see me do this.
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