Do errors= more valuable?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Driftx3, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Driftx3

    Driftx3 lord of all things robot

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Posts:
    1,606
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +3
    I recently purchased a Generations Dirge for my stepson. Upon comparing it to my Generations Dirge, it seems as though all three Decepticon symbols are errors on mine, all three symbols lack the triangle shape that is usually in the crest part of the insignia.

    My question is, since this is obviously a tampo error, and since no other Decepticon I have has any symbol errors, does this make my Dirge rare-er, and thusly more valuable?
     
  2. Flyby33

    Flyby33 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Posts:
    2,732
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Likes:
    +0
    Ebay:
    Mines the same way I think it was a common error. It was corrected
     
  3. Th0r4z1n3

    Th0r4z1n3 The F*cking Lizard King! Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2006
    Posts:
    4,054
    News Credits:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    161
    Likes:
    +9
    Long term... maybe (and I mean really long term like 20-30 years).

    Short term, not so much so.
     
  4. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    Posts:
    47,598
    News Credits:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    342
    Likes:
    +23
    I would think that the corrected version may have a little more value in the future, since the correction was a running change.
     
  5. Nevermore

    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Posts:
    13,963
    News Credits:
    240
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Location:
    Germany
    Likes:
    +413
    The error version is very common and the corrected version made the news here.

    Generally speaking, errors typically do not increase the value of a toy. Just think about yourself, would you pay more for a car if it was missing a wheel?
     
  6. G60Force

    G60Force World Smallest Mini-Con

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Posts:
    7,968
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Likes:
    +7
    Ebay:
    yes if there was a bomb attached to it :D 
     
  7. Trek

    Trek Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Posts:
    1,090
    News Credits:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +10
    Ebay:
    In general, no. If anything errors make a figure less valuable because it means that it isn't mint (i.e. It is "damaged" due to the error).
     
  8. Nightwind

    Nightwind Aka Dusty Bottoms.

    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Posts:
    5,495
    Trophy Points:
    192
    Likes:
    +14
    For the most part, I would agree with the no. There are some collectors, however, that like to collect figures with known factory errors and would probably pay a pretty good amount of money for some of the more unique ones.
     
  9. Angelwave

    Angelwave Physical Maintenance.....

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Posts:
    6,043
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    191
    Likes:
    +4
    Just things to remember is that there is a difference between variants and errors. Where as Dirge is obviously and error they needed to correct, RTS Jazz is has variant out there with molded white forearms instead of the initial molded black forearms painted white.
     
  10. Auto Morph

    Auto Morph Gimmick Bot

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2010
    Posts:
    8,449
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +0
    I'm inclined to agree with this ^

    I would personally avoid buying TFs with errors, whatever they may be.
     
  11. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2006
    Posts:
    7,185
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2
    ^ Only problem with that is I had already bought two dirges with the wrong symbol by the time the error was noticed. I didn't even notice it, plus I purchased both my 1st two Dirges online. The third I bought was a corrected one from Target.
     
  12. Auto Morph

    Auto Morph Gimmick Bot

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2010
    Posts:
    8,449
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +0
    Apologies mate, I wasn't implying that you should have been more careful when buying your Dirge(s), I was merely commenting on the potential effect on aftermarket value as a result of said errors. :) 
     
  13. Kup-is-Dion

    Kup-is-Dion Lord Cthulhu

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Posts:
    1,824
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Likes:
    +0
    They're not baseball cards, and this isn't 1989 so no.
     
  14. Deceptigtar

    Deceptigtar Sworn Decepticon Assassin

    Joined:
    May 24, 2006
    Posts:
    13,007
    News Credits:
    63
    Trophy Points:
    277
    Likes:
    +64
    Ebay:
    errors no.

    now maybe is they did like a mold change or something that made the figure better and barely made it out to stores then yes.

    or maybe an eye color thing was changed.

    otherwise no.
     
  15. Batman

    Batman The Dark Knight TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2006
    Posts:
    11,554
    News Credits:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    257
    Likes:
    +15
    Ebay:
    Errors = Less valuable
     
  16. Vexxet

    Vexxet Autocon

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2010
    Posts:
    561
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Likes:
    +0
    targetmaster hot rod has an error. half the boxes say firebolt transformers into misfires gun an the other half say firebolt transformers into hot rods gun. i dont think either one is more valuable then the other.
     
  17. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Posts:
    18,198
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +59
    Wrong kind of collecting for errors to be valuable, thats for coins and stamps usually. now saying that i will echo Nightwind and say there are a few collectors who go after errors but as there are seemingly so few do not expect them to get into a bidding war and jack up the price. especially as these errors tend to be numerous enough one would think those that collect errors would have little trouble getting them in retail.
     
  18. Cornholiocon

    Cornholiocon Up the irons!

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2009
    Posts:
    252
    Trophy Points:
    76
    Likes:
    +1
    It's been my experience that errors on toys generally devalue them.
    Then again, there are cases where the errors are very rare (such as a small first production lot) where they actually increase in value but again, this is very rare.
    My opinion is that it's all up to the individual. If someone really thinks an error (no matter how widespread) makes a toy more cool or unique, they'll pay a corresponding sum for it based on their own personal value of what they think the toy is worth.
     
  19. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts:
    2,934
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Likes:
    +0
    I need to echo the sentiment that errors are not going to increase the value but a rare variant such as the Jazz with white plastic molded arms (not sure if it is rare or not) could be more valuable.
     
  20. bigkid24

    bigkid24 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2003
    Posts:
    3,806
    News Credits:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +9
    Really depends on how rare the error or variant is. And even if it is desirable, chances are it'll only be worth anything in the short term when the frenzy is at its peak. In this case Dirge won't be worth anything because it seems that the error is pretty common.
     

Share This Page