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Over the past several months I've glanced at the anime characters the store had for sale and a lot of them were huge prices. I just wondered, Why would anyone pay that much for something like that. The whole reason I am posting this was I looked and saw a Ryu char from Street Fighter for sale for over a hundred bucks.
I mean you could probably just buy yourself a 3D printer and print your own characters if your willing to pay huge prices like that.
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Posted 7/26/15
Well anime figurines cost a lot of money & time to make.
If they were cheaper, they would all probably look like this tbh


Some sites though sell them at decent prices especially if youv preorder.
Like all the figures I have currently I probably got at least $30 off of its normal price.
But it was still expensive (like around $70) especially considering my budget lol...
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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/26/15
I have really been into collecting figures lately but I don't like to pay too much for them. Amiami sells them legally and for a good price as well and thats where I normally order them. But sometimes they sell out before I get enough money for them so I do have to go to other sites to buy them. I just spent the most I ever have on a figure about two weeks ago, I ordered the Ultimate Madoka figure off Amazon, but I know I won't regret purchasing her cause she's gonna be just beautiful. But the average I spend on figures is from $60 to $100
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I'm not sure if this was a good thing or bad thing.
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Posted 7/26/15
Because they can charge that much and people will still buy it.
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Posted 7/26/15

Airvh wrote:

Over the past several months I've glanced at the anime characters the store had for sale and a lot of them were huge prices. I just wondered, Why would anyone pay that much for something like that. The whole reason I am posting this was I looked and saw a Ryu char from Street Fighter for sale for over a hundred bucks.
I mean you could probably just buy yourself a 3D printer and print your own characters if your willing to pay huge prices like that.

They're cute, look nice on the shelf, and it could also be a way to show support for the creator or to where-ever the character is from.

Besides, only the best figures/figure makers/franchises are in high demand. If a figure is shoddily made, by a no name figure maker, depicting a character from a show or game not exactly held in high regard, it will probably push very few units, and most likely you're later find it in the bargain bin later at a lot reduced price. If even that.

After all, it's not so much different from someone who imports JP editions of their absolute favorite shows, but instead of them, uses rips of the same discs of the show in question for the viewing experience itself. It's simply a way to show some support and to have something nice and special on the shelf.

It may sound nutty because of why? But if you're a collector type of personality, it makes perfect sense. In both cases.
Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/26/15
I ask myself the same question.

It's like an indulgence in obsession or spur of the moment thing...



It's like when you go out shopping and return home with bags full of junk and you get shopper's guilt...


But I think I'd rather be like this than be one of those people who never spend money on anything. Both ends of the spectrum are equally bad. It's about finding a balance. I like to indulge myself every once a while... or once a week...
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Posted 7/26/15
Because most of those are handmade in a high wage nation aka Japan. The alternative would be you get no figurines at all and some people starving under a bridge because no job, economics 101 and stuff.
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Posted 7/26/15
I've asked myself how much money the creator actually receives from the sale of merchandise purchases. If they're a well known artist, they probably receive a higher amount than if they're relatively knew. I'd feel a lot better about purchasing localized manga if the company would be willing to disclose how much the artist receives. Not that I'm condoning buying pirating stuff, but if there were an option to instead directly send money to the artist, I'd prefer to do that then buy more stuff.

Anyways, regarding the price of merchandise, if you think that's high, never get into buying sketches from the mangaka and character designers themselves. It's not uncommon to pay a couple grand for the really nice stuff.
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Posted 7/26/15
With figures, you definitely often get what you pay for in terms of size and/or detail so a higher price is usually worth while if you happen to be a big fan of the character. Of course, to some people it's not going to be worth it regardless but that's more about personal interest than anything wrong with the figure. Plus, yeah, figures are definitely an item very dedicated to a specific sub set of fan so if they know the figure will sell for a certain price, that's the price they'll sell it for and it doesn't have to make sense for anyone outside of the target fandom.

As for the Ryu figure with stand.. yeah, even as a fan of figures, Street Fighter and Ryu, that absolutely doesn't look anywhere near worth the asking price.
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Posted 7/26/15
Figures are a big market in Japan, so just like collectors of anything else, I suppose it is up to the collector to decide how much they believe that item's value is worth. I used to watch the auctions for figures and see them reach ridiculously high prices - you could buy a dollfie for the same price once it gets to a few hundred dollars. I collected dollfies at one point, so I always thought it was debatable how figures could somehow reach the same price at times.
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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/26/15
It's all personal preference really. If you have a disposable income, and you happen to like a certain character, go for it. By all means, just do whatever you want to like.

I haven't been collecting that long and I like displaying intricate figures of my favorite characters.
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Posted 7/26/15
Its all about quality. You ay more because the figures are more detailed and more articulate they also usually have multiple arms/heads so you can pose them differently. I have purchased a couple Marvel hereos for around 25 dollars each and while they are not hyer detailed or anything they suit there purpose and I'm happy with them. Its all about how detailed you want the figure.

P.S. Don't buy the Marvel Select Daredevil Figure it is terrible lol I don't even know how its in the collection :/
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Posted 7/26/15
OK OK... I gotta admit, if they had that Sasuke char that RedExodus posted I might just buy that for a laugh.
But only if the price wasn't a huge *Load* on my budget, the quality wasn't a *Mess*, and only if the *Business* selling it wasn't known for *Dropping* poor quality creations on their customers.


Sorry I was bored and couldn't resist.
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