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    Is it too late to get in the game?

    I have had a couple of figures from the motuc line, but I'm missing many others, you guys think it's too late to try to collect the line at this point?, thanks!

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    It really all depends on how much money you are willing to spend. Many of the 2014-2016 figures can still be purchased at-or-below their original price, but many figures released before that are going to cost more than their original price. Some, like Fisto and Shadow Weaver, are going to cost you over $100 loose, often $200+ MOC. If you are okay with that, then sure, it's never too late.
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    Wow thanks, didn't realize it was that much...

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    You'll need either a lot of money, or a lot of patience. Preferably both!
    But it's an incredible line and worth getting into for sure
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    Why are those so expensive? were they limited releases?

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    Some of the items WERE limited release (Shadow Weaver, for instance, was a "Subscription Exclusive" figure, with none made for "Day of Sale" non-subscribers). Fisto had his own problems, with an unfortunate mix-up at the factory, limiting HIS availability, and upping his resale value. There are a few other such hiccups here and there, making this figure or that more costly than one would have expected. But all in all, the line itself is coming up on its ten-year anniversary!! The earliest figures have been "out-of-print" for years and years now, which will always affect their bottom line.

    These things said, Masters of The Universe Classics remains THE High-water mark for Action Figure Collecting in my personal experience. Star Wars and Transformers have fallen by the wayside (for me), in the wake of this legendary line. As others have said, it may not be EASY, and it may not be CHEAP, but it is an awe-inducing collection of brilliant vintage figure updates and new character inclusion, folding in appearances from just about every incarnation and canon out there!
    Welcome to the fold, and Good Luck with Your Collection!
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    Just do it one figure at a time. Haunt ebay, some great group lots come up from time to time. Join FB groups and you'll find some good deals there too.

    It's an awesome line and well worth the effort!
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    Quote Originally Posted by serch View Post
    I have had a couple of figures from the motuc line, but I'm missing many others, you guys think it's too late to try to collect the line at this point?, thanks!
    Yeah, you are going to have a lot of ground to make up. I kind of caught the bug back in 2009 with(please don't laugh) with King Randor. Who was cool. Though I would have liked the 2003 MYP version of him. The thing was a lot of hard to get figures came back in stock with the reissues and special sales. Figures like Fisto and the Sorceress get ready to shell out some money.

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    It's never too late!
    200X fan? Classic fan? What does that mean? I'm a MotU fan!!!

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    If you want all the figures I'd say it's too late no matter what simply because you're coming in 10 years and hundreds of figures produced late. Even if all the figures were readily available that would be a monumental task.

    This is a huge line. As such it's never too late. As others have stated you can still get most figures for a reasonable price. Hell, you can still get most figures sealed in package for a reasonable price. Just get the figures you like. That's what I do. I mainly buy the figures based on the vintage line (both MOTU and PoP) but have also branched out and purchased others simply because they were cool. I'm not trying to collect them all so I see no reason to buy a bunch of space mutants I don't care about. That would be a waste of money and shelf space for me personally. Just take it slow buying what you like. You'll have too many of them filling up your house before you know it...and you won't even have all of them, those will just be the ones you want/think are cool.

    Keep in mind, Super 7 continues to produce the line and is now issuing Filmation versions of characters. The two expensive figures have already been brought up in Fisto and Shadow Weaver. I wouldn't pay $200 or $300 for a figure. I would bet that both of these characters will see a 2.0 release in the Filmation line Super 7 is currently producing. Everybody will most likely be able to own a figure of these characters in the future. It may not be a rare collectible figure from Mattel but you'll still get the figures. Also, don't pay the $100-$150 for the Sorceress with the jacked up wings. Super 7 has already done a Filmation figure of that character fixing Mattel's horrible wings. She is part of the pre-order available now at https://preorder.super7store.com/

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    If you're keen you should try, but do stay realistic about the task ahead. We're talking about 200+ figures. Even if you are happy to cut that down to a niche interest (e.g. just the figures that were MOTU figures in the 1980s), it'll still be tough.

    Although some figures were reissued (single figure numbers here) and others popped up for sale more than once during the period Mattel sold them, the reality is most figures weren't available most of the time, including He-Man and Skeletor.

    It's speculated that later figures were produced in slightly higher numbers, and that some factions of characters sold poorly. These factors are generally reflected now on Ebay. Bluntly, you'll be able to find a lot of the less-good figures but very few of the good ones.

    I wouldn't want to dampen your enthusiasm, but I'd be wary of replies that fall into the "Just go for it!" category. You do need to be aware of the odds - and cost - of success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaultsofGrayskull View Post
    the reality is most figures weren't available most of the time, including He-Man and Skeletor.
    But hey, there was tons of "pegwarming" Battleground Teelas, that nobody asked for.
    (the actual fan desire was redhead Teela who had been an early release and became very sought-after figure)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuc98 View Post
    It's never too late!
    What he ^^^ said!

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    Nah, it's definitely not too late. I was all-in with the line from the moment King Grayskull was released, but had to bow out in 2010 due to losing my job. Money remained tight enough for the next few years that I couldn't really collect anything. It's still tight, but I started adding to my collection again last summer, and it really hasn't been too difficult. I'm generally able to get one figure per week on average, and I've gotten some good deals here and on Ebay. Mattel also has a store on both Walmart's website and on Ebay, and they have a couple of dozen figures for sale pretty cheap. They're mostly figures from the last 2-3 years of the line, but there are some very cool ones available!

    Some of the figures are very expensive now though, as others have said. (I've basically resigned myself to never owning Fisto, one of my favorite MOTU characters, unless someone suffers a brain injury and offers him to me at a price I can actually afford.) Most are reasonably priced, though. You can also save money if you don't have to have a specific version of a character who has multiple figures. For example, the all-white Temple of Darkness Sorceress is much cheaper than the standard version, so that worked out well for me since I prefer that version of the character anyway. Several of the big-name characters have multiple figures you can choose from if the "main" version is out of your price range.

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    Nice read here, I learned a lot in just a couple of minutes reading.

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    Now is the best time to try, the price of figures have dropped a lot in the past few months.

    People are leaving and flooding the market with their collections.

    The other day I sold an awesome custom comic He-Man, far far way tooooo less. I spent more money on the parts I tracked down to make him than what he sold for:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/152846163018

    I'm still crying inside, I should have just kept him at that price. (oh well, I really hope who ever ended up with him appreciates the work that went into him.)

    I have some other great customs to sell, but with this market, no way, not now.

    I even sold a 200x version that didn't fare well either:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/162783729099
    (I bought brand new 200x figures to use for parts to make this guy)

    And lastly, another comic custom not as cool as the first one:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/152813511898

    (All the auctions listed are ended)

    So, yes, Jump in and take advantage of the low 2nd market prices, many are lower than when they were first released.

    Go to Walmart.com, and search Masters, and pick mattel as the seller, they have some great prices right now, so does eBay (Mattel shop), and even check out GameStop they had some figures for $5 each.

    Sorry, don't maen to sound bitter, but that last figure I sold bugs me, he was perfect!!! (The first auction I listed)

    Have fun collecting, if you average the price out, even with the expensive ones included, and factor in original shipping, it will actually cost you less than it did us who bought each figure as they came out.

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    I suspect that there will be a few collectors quitting the line if Super 7 starts focusing on Filmation. If that happens, some collectors may start flipping there collections, which will bring prices down and make more rarities available. I'm one of them.
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    I started collecting classics on October of 2017. As of now, I’m only missing about 14 figures, which I’m sure most of the users here could guess (Shadow Weaver, Fisto, Kobra Khan, etc), so it can be done. You can still get a bunch of them from the Mattel website, and eBay always has lots for sale, usually at a fair price. It’s obviously cheaper if you’re a loose collector, but surprisingly moc isn’t much more expensive in a lot of cases. Like others said though, it is costly and patience is a must. If I could do it this late, you can too. I wish you luck!
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    Never too late.

    I've said this a few times in previous posts, but I once owned every figure from the SDCC Grayskull until the last figure of 2011. Had to sell them because of my situation at the time in 2012, and I only kept 8 figures (He-Man/ Skeletor/ Hordak/ She-Ra + variants and the steads).
    And I'm talking Every. Single. Figure. Convention exclusives, sub figures, non-sub, club exclusives. All of had to go. My friends still talk about me sitting in class that first year, hitting refresh like a mad-man at noon to grab the figures.

    Flash forward to late-2015. My situation is much, much better. Flying Fists He-Man and Terror Claw Skeletor are about to come out, and by chance I decide to buy them. Having them in hand reminds me of why I loved this line and why I regretted selling the collection.

    I have rebuilt almost everything I owned, plus dozens more. As of yesterday I completed my Classics NA collection. I have the entire vintage lineup in Classics form. I have SDCC exclusives, traveling exclusives, sub exclusives (Shadow Weaver was costly, but I found a good deal under 180). My Snake-Men are complete, my Horde collection is almost complete (missing Fighting Foe Men), my vehicles are complete. And I have my grail, Castle Grayskull. Next up is completing POP. I only have 50 or so figures left out of the 200+.

    So it's not too late. Check comic shops, conventions, and even right here on the forums, there are some great sellers. You'll find some great deals, and buying in lots is much better, and don't be afraid to buy used, I prefer it since I know the condition of the item, and most sellers are collectors themselves.

    Sometimes you'll have to pay a premium (like Shadow Weaver), sometimes you'll find a steal of a deal (I got Oo-lar for $15 at a convention MIB), and sometimes you'll get SUPER lucky...like my Castle Grayskull, the center piece of my entire toy collection, the most expensive item in the line, and my favorite thing I own...was free, brand new, because of a fluke.

    Time and patience, and good luck! I hope you can build an entire universe!
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    Well... you have to think of space you have in your house first. And then... think of the cost of the figures you want to purchase. I kinda regret collecting this late since 2015.
    On the bright side... i am grateful super 7 gave us the Ultimates. I finally have a Skeletor, Ram Man "Despite being a color variant" and Teela. He-man and Faker are considered variants to me, since i own the original Classic He-man and Faker.
    I hope Super 7 considers doing another run of all the classic in the future.
    I really really want Fisto and the rest of the OG's without paying $200 plus or more which i have no intentions of doing

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    I'd say "go for it". As long as you've the time, the drive, the room and the money to spare, then why not? My only caveat: if using eBay, go for Buy It Now items over auctions. Nothing like having your max bid obliterated with two seconds to go by a sniper with a bid bot. Sure, you may be paying more in the long run, but the peace of mind is well worth the tradeoff, imo.
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    Iíve been thinking about this thread for a while now. I think at this point it is a fair argument that it is too late to start if the goal is to have the core central characters a reasonable price. I started collecting in Feb of 16 and I have seen figures that Iíve picked up for 25 to 30 go for 100 plus on eBay. Even at the toy shows, the prices are still climbing. Yes, there will always be those lucky moments where the seller is just not sure what they have or the occasional whole collection for sale, but those are going to get increasingly fewer and fewer. Iíve had to resort to customizing several figures to get some of the earlier releases.

    Iím not trying to be a naysayer, goes into it right now from zero, needs to do so with eyes open.

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    Do you have any interest in the vintage line? Thats what i mainly collect. Ive managed to acquire most of the line apart from the crazy rare and expensive stuff. I only started a couple of years ago and managed to pick up a couple of great bulk lots. I ended up with a bunch of doubles which i sold off and got much of the expense back. I now pick up the odd classics figure when they go at a reasonable price. I only collect loose stuff too which helps. Good luck with it. Its a great hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serch View Post
    I have had a couple of figures from the motuc line, but I'm missing many others, you guys think it's too late to try to collect the line at this point?, thanks!
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    Is it too late to get in the game?

    I didn't start collecting until 2016. I donít think itís too late for you to start.


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