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    This is a very expensive hobby as I just started last month! And you thought you were too late. I'm not a completist so I have the luxury of cherry picking the ones I really want and don't mind paying extra. For example, I'm only looking for the collection during the Mini Comic era which consists of only 10 figures. Granted they ranged from $40-$100, I set aside $2,000 which sounds nuts but I have all that I want (Castle Grayskull included!) and I'm over the moon. If I subscribed, I would have ultimately spent way more and have a bunch of stuff I don't want sitting in boxes in the attic.

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    I also started way too late.
    It's almost impossible now to collect all the main characters from the classics line. The castle Grayskull classics looks gorgeous but nowhere to be found and if you do, it costs as much as a small used car.

    Hence I'm very happy Mattel is making a new line, MOTU origins. This time I won't miss any of those, hopefully we'll get a massive castle Grayskull for those as well
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    It's far too late. At least if you want A list or some certain characters.
    I tried to get back into it a few months ago and got over a dozen figures but sold them all off as my favourite characters are to expensive and the buck body still has issues and a lot of the figures I got were poorly engineered so I sold them all.

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    Depends on how much money you intend to invest on this. If you have a big budget, it's never too late However, if you want to keep budget at a reasonable amount, yes, it's far too late. With the "virtually" announced end of Classics (I know, I know, nothing said officially, that's why I said "virtually"), I tried to get some previously issued characters, but I had the rule to try not to pay more than $100 for 1 action figure, including shipping. I was able to get what I considered essential to fill in the gaps of my collection, but those were just like 7 figures, and they were not any of those super sought-after characters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0RK0 View Post
    I also started way too late.
    It's almost impossible now to collect all the main characters from the classics line. The castle Grayskull classics looks gorgeous but nowhere to be found and if you do, it costs as much as a small used car.

    Hence I'm very happy Mattel is making a new line, MOTU origins. This time I won't miss any of those, hopefully we'll get a massive castle Grayskull for those as well
    Honestly, if they just change the throne... they can rerelease the MOTUC Castle for Origins. I've found the castle looks even better and even more massive when next to a 5" figure then it does a 6" one

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    I wouldn’t say it’s too late as long as you are prepared to pay 35-100 dollars for a figure. If you’re patient you will definitely find a bargain now and then. It’s a great line and definitely worth getting in to!

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    this is interesting topic.

    remembering when i got into classics they just released Tri clops and even then i felt like i was getting in "too late" haha

    cant imagine tryin to tap into the classic line now in 2019 for the 1st time, however as many stated, its soooooooooooooo worth the price of admission. If i had the money and the nostalgic love, then hell yeah id drop $350 for fisto in hearbeat. cuz he's worth it. knowing not everyone has the expendable $, but if you do, then go for it and enjoy the heck out of the toys.
    always look at from this perspective, some cats go out drinking/clubbing and drop $500+ in one night and ****/eat it all away. you spend $200 on scareglow and he's glowing in your life for the rest of your life(hopefully lol)

    personally play with the classics toys, and sometimes play HARD, and all the roughing around wit the figures reminds me of how well built they are and totally worth the high price tag in that respects too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Oz View Post

    always look at from this perspective, some cats go out drinking/clubbing and drop $500+ in one night and ****/eat it all away. you spend $200 on scareglow and he's glowing in your life for the rest of your life(hopefully lol)
    Yep! That's the way I look at it too!
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    We only have one life, and life is short, maybe you might die tomorow. Don't waste time worrying about what people think or about money you spend. You want MOTUC, buy MOTUC and enjoy it, like we enjoyed it.

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    This is obviously a very subjective topic but it's an important one that will unfortunately go nowhere. Much of this will just be me venting so please bare with me.

    I started collecting MOTUC in 2013 and I consider myself not just late in the game but "extremely late" in the game since it started 5 years prior. I missed out on many, many figures that I'll never get to own now because for some reason, they go for way more than they're worth on the secondary market. I've never been and will never be okay with that but I've come to accept the fact that I'll probably never complete my collection. Now, understand that I'm a huge MOTU fan, like you all are, and have been for over 30 years, just like many of you. I nearly had every figure, vehicle, beast and playset as a kid and I took good care of my collection (before it was thrown out). It was my favorite collection back then and it's my favorite collection today but... not in the same way. Online sales have ruined the toy market and that's not even an opinion, it's a fact. The problem, is many people choose to ignore that fact. I've said this many times, "online sales are good for companies, not for consumers". But Palazzolor, I've been shopping online for years and have never had a problem. Yeah, me neither. It's not the point of things arriving at your doorstep in a timely manner or not, it's the point of control and what online sellers have over you. Who's in control? It's not you and its certainly not me. Because there is only one way to get Classics Fisto, people that I've labeled years ago called "gotta have its" will come out of the woodwork and say that paying the astronomical price those sellers are asking for him is worth it. Fisto, for example, is going for more than each of my two car payments...for a 6-inch action figure? Yeah, he's awesome, don't get me wrong. He's probably one of the best in the collection but that still does not justify gouging people like that. And yes, I know the story behind Fisto. It still doesn't justify that stupid price. It's all about control. Battle Armor He-man...he's going for about $100, plus shipping sometimes. You might be able to find him for $80. Seriously? These figures should have been in retail stores as well as online, from the beginning. The toy companies say they could have never done that. Really, because there happens to be enough fans to have a whole MOTU convention and that's not even ALL the fans. Okay , I'm done now.


    To answer the question though... it's never too late to start collecting MOTUC figures but you can most certainly be too late to get them at semi-reasonable prices. I collect 6-inch action figures so I also collect Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series as well. Those $20 prices aren't real good either but they're the best there is right now and you can actually get sales on those if you hit it at the right time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palazzolor View Post
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    To answer the question though... it's never too late to start collecting MOTUC figures but you can most certainly be too late to get them at semi-reasonable prices. I collect 6-inch action figures so I also collect Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series as well. Those $20 prices aren't real good either but they're the best there is right now and you can actually get sales on those if you hit it at the right time.
    I know how you feel. It's expensive but these figures were created by fans (Four Horsemen) for fans. You see the love and attention put into them. That's what makes it all the more special. Mattel probably didn't make much money off of this line so i'ts not like corporate are ripping off consumers. Prices are crazy but you must know that you will get your money back if you sell so the price argument is moot. You're never going to see these figures in a garage sale. That's for damn sure given they were limited and subscription only. Oh I'm sure that your cars are going to depreciate waay faster than these figures Buy Fisto and take a bunch of pics. Sell him for a few extra bucks in a year. I just know that there aren't many out there on the used market. I'm never letting go of mine that's for sure. Why would I?

    My guess is that the next adult iteration of MOTU may go the way of seamless body TBleague type figures. who knows? I'm not gonna miss out on it next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimikrakra View Post
    We only have one life, and life is short, maybe you might die tomorow. Don't waste time worrying about what people think or about money you spend. You want MOTUC, buy MOTUC and enjoy it, like we enjoyed it.
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    Starting to collect MOTU Classics now -- too late?

    Hey all! Due to a lot of life circumstances and debt at the time, I did not collect MOTUC. I recently jumped on the MOTU Construx train and have been so excited to collect MOTU again.

    I know a lot of the figures are crazy expensive now in MOTUC, so I'm wondering -- if you had to start all over (or start from scratch), would you do it right now? I've also considered starting down a path to collect the vintage line (loose/complete, not MOC) for nostalgia's sake, but I'd like to figure that out now so I can focus on one or the other.

    Thanks for sharing your opinions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by air7walk View Post
    Hey all! Due to a lot of life circumstances and debt at the time, I did not collect MOTUC. I recently jumped on the MOTU Construx train and have been so excited to collect MOTU again.

    I know a lot of the figures are crazy expensive now in MOTUC, so I'm wondering -- if you had to start all over (or start from scratch), would you do it right now? I've also considered starting down a path to collect the vintage line (loose/complete, not MOC) for nostalgia's sake, but I'd like to figure that out now so I can focus on one or the other.

    Thanks for sharing your opinions!
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    My advice is wait for the Origins line this fall and support MOTU at retail. Just my thoughts.

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    I wouldn't hesitate if funds allow. To me, Classics is the best line to collect.

    You'll find some good jump-in deals in the Marketplace.

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    I actually think prices may drop a bit on some classics. The end of the line for now, will send some fans selling their collections. Interest may drop off as well for a time. That said. This is the most complete line motu will ever have. So I believe the future of this line in the aftermarket will get quite high in a couple years. I could be wrong of course, but I’d jump in now and look for deals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by air7walk View Post
    Hey all! Due to a lot of life circumstances and debt at the time, I did not collect MOTUC. I recently jumped on the MOTU Construx train and have been so excited to collect MOTU again.

    I know a lot of the figures are crazy expensive now in MOTUC, so I'm wondering -- if you had to start all over (or start from scratch), would you do it right now? I've also considered starting down a path to collect the vintage line (loose/complete, not MOC) for nostalgia's sake, but I'd like to figure that out now so I can focus on one or the other.

    Thanks for sharing your opinions!
    Here's the thing...I'm one of those "MOTUC is the best toy line ever." guys...so there's that to consider.

    That said: I have faith that good hunting and good haggling can get you some great figures at a reasonable price.

    Reading through the posts so far, I basically agree with everything they've said.

    I'll add that you should be careful with your budget of course, specifically if you do what I think you should do, which is:

    Concentrate on getting a great deal (finding sellers that are pricing to sell quick) for a MOTUC Grayskull and the not yet released MOTUC Snake Mountain...that way, whether you get 4 figures a year or 40 figures, you'll have KILLER playsets to display the figures in... a great consolation if you aren't getting exactly the figures you crave as fast as you'd like.

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    Thank you all -- I've been giving thought to MOTUC for a long time, and it's good to hear that it's not too late. I also struggle with the idea of getting the collection loose or MOC. I know if I spend $100+ on a figure and it's MOC I'll never open it, but I'm seeing some of the loose figures (Beast Man for example) that's also crazy expensive even out of the package. Do you collect MOC or loose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by air7walk View Post
    Thank you all -- I've been giving thought to MOTUC for a long time, and it's good to hear that it's not too late. I also struggle with the idea of getting the collection loose or MOC. I know if I spend $100+ on a figure and it's MOC I'll never open it, but I'm seeing some of the loose figures (Beast Man for example) that's also crazy expensive even out of the package. Do you collect MOC or loose?
    I collect one MOC and one loose. If I had to choose to only collect one, I'd definitely go loose. There are so many cool details that can't be seen inside a the package. Heck, some weapons and/or extra heads can't be seen at all. Plus, the packages are kind of boring and the figures are more fun loose.

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    ...If you are a diehard MOTU/POP fan, and appreciate alk aspects of the property, and can afford it lol, imho there is no better line to collect! But unless you can afford the absurd secondary market prices, it is probably too late now...
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    I'd say it's too late. The line has ended, so all you have available is the aftermarket and any desirable figure will likely cost you more than it originally did at retail/preorder, sometimes way over 100$. So it's going to be quite expensive to build up a collection. I bought a couple MOTUC over the past 2-3 years from Ebay and such, but I eventually stopped since the value just wasn't there for me. Recently switched to Mythic Legions - better quality and cheaper prices, and the line is still alive. So it all comes down to if it's all about the IP for you, or if you generally like the fantasy theme and action figures in this form factor.

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    I'd say it's not too late. Although the link has ended, you do have the option of buying aftermarket and the figures you'd want would likely cost more than what it original sold fold for, and at times, may be over $100 each. So, while it will be very expensive to get your collection built up, it will be possible. I started about 2-3 years ago buying some MOTUC from eBay and here, and I kept going because they became more valuable over time. So, I'd buy them in lots because it was cheaper, and while I wasn't in it for reselling, I was able to make back some money whenever I ended up with duplicates. I did look at Mythic Legions, but there are only a few that really interested me because of resemblance to MOTUC figures. So, I'd say it all comes down to if you are willing to invest yourself into the line because you can find figures at discounts and with patience, or if you generally are interested in a couple of figures in MOTU with this form factor.
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    I started collecting MOTUC in January 2010. Even then, it was impossible to find some of the early figures. I probably dropped close to two grand getting the first 20 figures. Having already owned a complete collection of the vintage line, I wasn't scared of the Classics line. Despite what anyone says, collecting is a hobby, and it can be an expensive one at that.

    I collected everything up to around Standor. That figure just angered me and I sold everything that wasn't originally a figure in (or intended to be a part of) the vintage MOTU, NA and POP lines. I still bought new figures that fit that criteria.

    But then Super7 happened, with all their issues. We were left with gaping holes in the NA and POP lines that would never be filled. I was done. D-U-N done. I sold everything except prototype characters that should have been a part of the original MOTU line but were never made. I have about 15 figures.

    I have crunched the numbers and determined that I made approximately 10 grand in profit selling off my collection. I set every figure, vehicle, beast, steed and Castle Grayskull up on eBay with a minimum bid of 45.00. Not a single figure went without being bid on. I could have sold it in a lot, but I wasn't in dire need of cash and had the time.

    So yes, a new collector could get into the game this late. It's not the eighties anymore, we have eBay, so every figure is available if you have the cash. If you intend on being a completist, I would say set aside about 10k and that would be a pretty realistic budget to work with.

    My point is, I didn't take a loss on any figure I sold. For 90% of the figures I sold off, I made a 40% or greater profit. That's a pretty solid investment by any standard. With a handful of exceptions, you're going to pay more for these figures than they originally retailed for.

    My advice is, if you don't have the time or money to get into a 12 year old/300+ figure deep line that has just wrapped up, wait until Fall and go all out on the Origins line. Or, wait until then when I anticipate a lot of collectors will be putting up their Classics collections up for sale because there's no new figures coming (aka "Stagnant Line Syndrome") or they've decided to jump on Origins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Stalker View Post
    I started collecting MOTUC in January 2010. Even then, it was impossible to find some of the early figures. I probably dropped close to two grand getting the first 20 figures. Having already owned a complete collection of the vintage line, I wasn't scared of the Classics line. Despite what anyone says, collecting is a hobby, and it can be an expensive one at that.
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