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    Why is Man-At-Arms so pricey on the secondary market?

    Hi, I'm pretty new here and was a latecomer coming into the line. Since discovering the line back in April I probably have half of the figures MOC and a second of many of my favorites in my loose collection.

    One thing I don't understand is why is it so difficult to find Man-At-Arms for a reasonable price? I paid somewhere in the $50 range for him on ebay a month or so ago, but I want a second one and every time he is up for auction he goes for as much as $90. Why is he so hard to get? Seems to be the same story with Teela. Most of the other figures, even the earlier releases, can be found for reasonable prices, thankfully.

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    mattel will not reissue him Teela or Triclops...and no one knows why....god knows they still have her dress mold

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    I've wondered that myself ... I remember Man At Arms was kinda a peg warmer in the original line.

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    Supply and demand, friend.

    MAA and Teela are the 2 main supporting protagonists. MAA has had only one reissue and it was a while back. Even though Teela had a much bigger production run, she hasn't been reissued yet(?) and it's about time she returned. Her demand went up significantly due to folks wanting to make a mini-comic version when BGT came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Sorceress View Post
    mattel will not reissue him Teela or Triclops
    and Webstor!
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    Thanks for the info..

    I think the Man-At-Arms figure is awesome and easily one of the best in the line. Its a shame Matty doesn't re-release him along with Teela and Tri-Klops Hopefully they will, thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Of Ka View Post
    and Webstor!
    you are rite! i forgot about him

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    All four of them need to be re-released as well as Scareglow. I don't know why Mattel thinks we need more Chief Carnivus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mick4metal View Post
    All four of them need to be re-released as well as Scareglow. I don't know why Mattel thinks we need more Chief Carnivus.
    Simply cause THEY need to get rid of him!

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    Uhm, Mattel did re-release Man-At-Arms once, already.
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    It#s very easy and obvious, too: When the figures started to sell out within minutes back in 2009, they decided to go into a second production run... but then they realised that it is much cheaper to produce first and second run at the same time... and since every figure sold out fast the second run would sell out fast, too.

    But then there were some problems... some second run figures slipped through and many fans received "the original" figures and when figures with reversed shoulders like Roboto and King Hssss showed up, they told us, they couldn't change them for second release because of "taking up another slot..." but it's very obvious that they already produced the second run...

    Now they need to get rid of all the second run figures from the past months before they go into production for "new" second runs... and that is why we won't get figures like Teela soon, but rather Bow, Vikor and Sy-Klone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoViEfReAk View Post
    It#s very easy and obvious, too: When the figures started to sell out within minutes back in 2009, they decided to go into a second production run... but then they realised that it is much cheaper to produce first and second run at the same time... and since every figure sold out fast the second run would sell out fast, too.

    But then there were some problems... some second run figures slipped through and many fans received "the original" figures and when figures with reversed shoulders like Roboto and King Hssss showed up, they told us, they couldn't change them for second release because of "taking up another slot..." but it's very obvious that they already produced the second run...

    Now they need to get rid of all the second run figures from the past months before they go into production for "new" second runs... and that is why we won't get figures like Teela soon, but rather Bow, Vikor and Sy-Klone...
    Yeah I will be super suspicious if the next re-releases are : Vikor, Catra, Roboto, or Sy-Klone. These were all figures that saw some get released with "The Original" burst on them. I personally had both Vikor and Roboto.

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    Another re-release of Man-at-Arms is sorely needed, the secondary market prices are insane.

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    You guys need to reread TG posts about reissues, there will still be a few reissues in 2012, just no figures reissued from Man-e-Faces on.

    http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve...217#1701062217

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick4metal View Post
    All four of them need to be re-released as well as Scareglow. I don't know why Mattel thinks we need more Chief Carnivus.
    yes and this time ALL the Scareglow's need the key i remember some of them did not have it

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    I hope maa, Teela, Tri and web all come back, I am sure a lot of people need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoShek View Post
    I hope maa, Teela, Tri and web all come back, I am sure a lot of people need them.
    They are definitely the ones I had to dish out the most money to get..

    I hope Mattel will release all of those in 2012 or later this year. Maybe another "all stars" sale, which was awesome for those of us who were late comers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fball13z View Post
    You guys need to reread TG posts about reissues, there will still be a few reissues in 2012, just no figures reissued from Man-e-Faces on.

    http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve...217#1701062217

    http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve...217#1521062217
    I don't think people are saying there won't be any reissues, it's the selection of the reissues that are puzzling. I mean seriously Gygor and Carnivus? I like both, but they are easily available. The choices for reissues have been spotty at best, Keldor came out what 6 months after his release, She-Ra came out with the announcement there would be a 2.0 and a 2-pack version. Stratos twice and while the 2 pack version just came out. I haven't reseached it enough as I've caught up since getting into the line, but I am often asking myself why is this one getting a re-release? So if the next few re-releases are more recent figures I'll be very skeptical. I never thought the re-issues were produced at the same time as the 1st issues, but if we continue to see figures more recently released getting reissues I think that is the case. The next reissues should be Teela, Tri Klops, Webstor, Man-At-Arms, Scareglow or something similar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Sorceress View Post
    yes and this time ALL the Scareglow's need the key i remember some of them did not have it
    Seriously? I did'nt know that, I've had several on card and all have had the Grayskull Reliquey (Sp?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbomb23 View Post
    Seriously? I did'nt know that, I've had several on card and all have had the Grayskull Reliquey (Sp?).
    Dark Sorceress is not talking about the whole reliquary piece but the key inside was missing from a lot of Scareglows. You would have to open him to know if it was missing or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Of Ka View Post
    and Webstor!
    OH! No kidding!! I have been waiting for a re-release on him. Now if they aren't doing any more of them I don't want to think what that's going to do to his secondary price!
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    I got into collecting late last year, but I was still able to grab MAA, Teela for $25, Tri for $20(at a show). Scareglow and Webstor cost the most for me(both $35 shipped). Id hate to try to track these down now but even if MAA and Teela get rereleased I still got them cheaper than I would have from Matty.

    Quote Originally Posted by MoViEfReAk View Post
    It#s very easy and obvious, too: When the figures started to sell out within minutes back in 2009, they decided to go into a second production run... but then they realised that it is much cheaper to produce first and second run at the same time... and since every figure sold out fast the second run would sell out fast, too.

    But then there were some problems... some second run figures slipped through and many fans received "the original" figures and when figures with reversed shoulders like Roboto and King Hssss showed up, they told us, they couldn't change them for second release because of "taking up another slot..." but it's very obvious that they already produced the second run...

    Now they need to get rid of all the second run figures from the past months before they go into production for "new" second runs... and that is why we won't get figures like Teela soon, but rather Bow, Vikor and Sy-Klone...
    That sounds plausible, so it is a possibility that MAA, Teela and Tri Klops won't come back, after all they would compete for "line time" with the current MOTUC plus other Mattel offerings. If so then all we will be getting is figs that have a second run completed and ready to ship.
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    I hope MAA, Teela, Tri-Klops, Webstor and ScareGlow will all be re-issued in the future, though the character selection of the past re-issues do hint that the re-issues are actually left over stock rather than re-issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fball13z View Post
    You guys need to reread TG posts about reissues, there will still be a few reissues in 2012, just no figures reissued from Man-e-Faces on.

    http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve...217#1701062217

    http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve...217#1521062217
    Yeah, this is why I'm pretty certain they will still do some re-releases, at least for a while. And I'm hopefull/certain that some sorely needing re-release characters will be among them, especially since they arent doing "new" re-releases.

    Which is just fine by me. I'll get my second Duncan at a fair price, and it gives them time to build up a good character list for new "Past Manny" character to re-release further down the line.

    Now here's to me being able to hold out spending far too much for a second Man-At-Arms.

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