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Posted 12/24/13 , edited 12/24/13
Why are PVC figures so expensive? for example the http://www.crunchyroll.com/store/p/34468/GEM-Series-Magi-Aladdin-18-Scale figure is around 77 bucks and that doesn't include shipping.
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Because some of them are very detailed and just sculpting one takes a lot of time... But they really look great for display... I love collecting them
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I guess because they are collectables and people hold them at high value. Personally, I would want something like this.



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Posted 12/24/13
2 reasons:

1. Sculpting takes effort, even if it's just to make a mold.

2. They're collectables; most PVC figures are limited run, so once they're gone, they're gone (but try selling one to someone at a high price in 20 years lol).
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Yep. All the effort, and most are limited run. Sometimes you'll see a re-manufacture of the item and it will give you a second chance to buy it at a reasonable price ( Like with Kotobukiya's Last Episode Aisaka Taiga ).

Crunchyroll's daily deals on some of these figures are pretty awesome and should definitely be taken advantage of. Personally, I don't think $77 is a lot compared to some other figures out there, but that price seems fairly average depending where you buy them from. That figure comes with a little mini Aladdin, too.

I found it's better to pre-order a figure because it's usually much cheaper. After about a year or even less, depending on the figure, the price just keeps going up and up. I follow Plastikitty for news on figures so I know when to expect a pre-order.

Caution, though. Once you buy one, it's very hard to stop. lol My first figures were a pair of Super Sonico nurse figures and since then..I just can't stahp. Luckily, I found a website that has amazing pricing, even with shipping.
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Posted 12/24/13
Copyright and the amount the market will bear.
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Posted 12/24/13
It's considered art. And with any good art comes the cost to own it. With most of them being limited runs that means not everyone can have it so many want it. That in itself will drive a price up at times.
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Posted 12/24/13
Some people are just nuts.
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Posted 12/24/13
As others have said, they are individually sculpted, and that takes a lot of work. Some of them are very finely detailed and look absolutely gorgeous. It's also worth mentioning that anime is a pretty small market (even in Japan) and the people who buy figures are very dedicated... They'd prolly be willing to spend more than your average person. Sellers know this and take advantage.

$77 is not bad for a figure, actually. Not at all. I only buy figures under $100 on principle (don't wanna waste too much cash on a hobby, y'know), but there are may that run $150-$200. I actually ordered that Aladdin figure... (And Morgiana today, because I am impulsive.)
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Caution, though. Once you buy one, it's very hard to stop. lol My first figures were a pair of Super Sonico nurse figures and since then..I just can't stahp. Luckily, I found a website that has amazing pricing, even with shipping.


Hnnnggg it is hard to stop, well for me anyways... Some of my figures prices skyrocket after a while....
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Posted 12/24/13 , edited 12/24/13
So I just realized crunchyroll had a store
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Posted 12/25/13 , edited 12/25/13

Caution, though. Once you buy one, it's very hard to stop.


Haha....this! And Crunchyroll's deals of the day are some of the absolute best prices I've seen for post release figures. Granted you may not see the one you want before it sells out, but if you're just a figure collector in general it's a good place to pick them up. Pre-ordering CAN be the best way if you're willing to order in bulk from a Japanese site such as amiami, who do a good job of packaging everything you pre-order into a single "monthly" shipment. However, the shipping cost will make your jaw drop. I once paid a little over $180 shipping for a $1200 order. Yes, it was a big, heavy box. I've found CR's store to have great prices on figures, very comparative to eBay where you can scoop up some figures for cheap. I honestly believe CR is not turning a profit on their figures in the store. CR also offers pre-orders without the crazy shipping as well. I have compared and found figures on CR that are at least $30-40 cheaper than even a site such as J-List for pre-order.

But back to the OP's original question, yeah, what everyone else said. Limited availability, cost of production, and high quality all cause PVC prices to be what they are. Wait until you get into the "cast-offs" my friend.
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Pryro wrote:

sculpting takes effort ? Yeah I guess it's really tough to make an underage girl bend over with her panties around her ankles, oh how much skill that must take...


Whoa, don't get jealous. Lolis are like sweet nectarines.
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Posted 1/8/14
i imagine some of the high cost is due to importing.
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Pryro wrote:

I think you're quite the creep for saying that about lolis, and "don't get jealous" what are you talking about ? I'm jealous of morons who spend a fortune on plastic soft core porn toys ? Sarcasm [On] off - Yes I'm very jealous that I'm not foolish enough to spend my income on overpriced assembly line garbage.


They definitely aren't for everyone, but make for a nice display if you keep the figures tasteful. When I'm buying them the main consideration is always if it pushes the boundaries of clean. It's not just for people who want to collect nude figures and other more explicitly displayed ones.

And it's hardly different from any other kind of collection. Some people are gun collectors that never shoot them, I know someone who actually collects swords for little more than display purposes. You get the idea. More of a stigma of it being a niche thing in the US I'd imagine.

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