Are incorrect packages still collectable?

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  1. CyberPun

    CyberPun New Member

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    Greetings,

    I'm new to the forum, but I have been collecting for a while. Back in the day, when you found an item that had a mistake on it, or the packaging, it was a collectors dream. I'm kind of getting the impression that that is no longer the case.

    I am asking because I happened to find a Cyberverse Battle Steel Optimus Prime at Target that was in the Cyberverse Optimus Prime box (The same prime as the preview edition), with the guns attempted to be put on Prime's back, and I think one of the swords missing.

    Thanks,

    Crutch
     
  2. Cax6ton

    Cax6ton Insufferable Smartass

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    Most likely someone swapped figures and returned it to the store - happens a lot when repaints and slight remolds are so common.
     
  3. starscream-99

    starscream-99 Well-Known Member

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    Repackers are evil.
     
  4. Star Saber

    Star Saber Primus Hates You!

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    Yeah the shine has definitely worn out on that one :p  I remember grabbing old Toybiz X-men figs just bec they had error in packaging. One of my dumbest reasons to get toys, totally not worth it.
     
  5. Sludge

    Sludge Formerly NC Bulkhead

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    I think Star Wars fans are more into that stuff. But I could be wrong.
     
  6. Ruination04

    Ruination04 8 Years Old Since 1984!

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    I don't think they are all that collectible. It makes it "less perfect" somehow.....
    Only time I have ever really seen valuable errors were in baseball card collecting. That was 20 years so I dunno how it is now.
     
  7. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    I think that packaging errors can be valuable because i have no doubt there is a niche market for them but you need to make sure they are valid and this just sound like a repackage.
     
  8. CodeXCDM

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    IDK... but the other day I grabbed a TFA Shockwave inside a TFA Skywarp's box... that worth something?
     
  9. Nevermore

    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    Semi-widespread, documented errors might be considered genuine variants. One-of-a-kind flubs are most probably not. Swapped toys definitely aren't.

    See also here and here.
     
  10. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    "Pre-release items such as prototypes, test shots and packaged samples that differ from the final products in sculpt, plastic color, paint, deco or packaging details do not count as "variants" either. True variants only exist between different specimen of officially released and distributed products. So unless the pre-release version has been officially released in some quantities before a running change replaced it with the more common version, it's not a variant. Stolen prototypes do not count."

    So Nevermore. ;) 

    What about ROTF Voyager Stratosphere with his unreleased shuttle-gun? ROTF Voyager Mixmaster with his proper deco and the alternate head? Definitely rarer than the green version. Also got a ROTF Voyager Recon Ironhide with a never used head (a cross between the original Movie 1 Voyager head and the new Recon head). I think they can be called variants.
     
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    Most errors are one-offs. There's no value set for something that's one of a kind, and most collectors have no use for what is essentially a flawed item. So packaging errors like that aren't worth anything.

    My favorite example for a flawed figure being worth something is No-panties Angela from early in the Spawn line. The figure went through production before people realized "hey, this chick's going commando" and made a running change. The fact that there's a set number of them out there is what makes them worth value.
     
  12. KingStyle

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    I have a Dotm lazerbeak that is packaged totally different. He's basically reversed inside and is the only one I've seen like it so far.
     
  13. Tripredacus

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    I wouldn't consider those "incorrect packages" tho. There is a market for them, but only to the die-hard collectors. And of course, the more obscure the character, the less people care.

    Here is an example of a "incorrect package" (bad photo, you get the idea)
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  14. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Well you got the better figure that's for sure.
     
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    I have an Energon Hot Shot with "Rodimus" on the package. Never sure about that one.
     
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    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

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    I have a classics Grimlock that has the picture on the bottom showing other products calling Jetfire Astrotrain and it has a Con symbol.
     
  18. KingStyle

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    Here's my Lazerbeak.


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  19. The_Black_Sheep

    The_Black_Sheep Willyna...

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    There might be a market for mis-packed TFs out there but when you think about it - The only ones that would actually go for decent money would be G1s. Would an AEC mis-packed figure go for alot of money? I seriously doubt it.
     
  20. Jlogano20

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    i collect true errors not cheap repackaging
     

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