G1 Bludgeon

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Red Hope, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Red Hope

    Red Hope Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed that G1 Bludgeon can be an expensive pretender. Why is he so high? I thought the pretenders weren't too popular...?
     
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    Furman.
     
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    If you think he's expensive check out Thunderwing.
     
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    He and Thunderwing were heavily featured in the comics after the cartoon went off the air, so they are the best known pretenders.
     
  5. Red Hope

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    I get Thunderwing's expense a bit more. I have him, and he rocks.

    Now that makes sense! I knew the pretenders weren't on tv. Thanks for that. :) 
     
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    yeah, he's stupid high priced... i was tempted to sell mine awhile ago, but just can't bear the thought of not having him...
     
  7. Superquad7

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    The Pretenders were also at the later end of the G1 line, so they are much fewer in production than say Jumpstarters. Add this to the fact of what everyone has said about the comics featuring them as well as more people interested in Transformers now.

    Plus, Red Hope is correct :) 
     
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    I should have bought these guys back in 96 when I got back into Transformers..
     
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    Fortunately, Bludgeon was the last TF I bought as a kid. He's one of the few whose cardback survived completely untouched :) 

    I wished I could have said the same for a great many others, like Thunderwing, but I'm glad to have gotten what I did as a kid :) 
     
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    I sold my bludgeon when I got back into collecting and thinned out the G1 stuff I had - I sort of regret it, but even though I like the character, the toy was just a big blob of unposable plastic - ah well, I have HFTD bludgeon now.
     
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    It's what I call 'The Furman effect'. Thunderwing & Nightbeat are similarly affected.
     
  12. Red Hope

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    Alright... I'll bite. What's "The Furman effect"?
     
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    Simon Furman wrote the later G1 comic issues that featured those characters so heavy. Any character he gave a lot of attention too, ended up worth a lot of money as opposed to characters that made brief appearances. Basically, he directly dictated the value of some toys over others.
     
  14. Grimlock_13

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    They became favorites of Simon Furman's, thus he wrote stories that heavily featured them. Basically took them from being 'yet another TF toy' to being real characters with a fanbase.

    *Edit: Beaten by Insane Galvatron! His explanation is better too :) 

    I got a Bludgeon last year. It's in fantastic condition but I did have to pay quite a bit for it. Still wanting to get Thunderwing one of these days...
     
  15. Red Hope

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    I gotcha! And that figures. lol So does that mean the more modern Bludgeon and Thunderwing TFs are going to be collectible?
     
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    The Furman effect is probably the only reason we got the newer Bludgeon and Thunderwing.
     
  17. ang3l3s

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    Praise the Furman, although thunderwing should have been a voyager just like bludgeon. Seriously though they both look cool so why would they not be wanted by so may of us. Higher demand based to aesthetics plus it was at the end of the transformers popularity and line = high prices.
     
  18. Kaymac

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    There's a reason I call this type of thing "The Bludgeon Effect". Old toy that's not worth much, or worth a lot already, gets featured in new comic. Spotlight is given to old toy, eBay prices skyrocket. For a recent example, the late G1 characters featured in LSOTW.
     
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    yesss! My hording of hundreds of jumpstarters will be justified!!!!
     
  20. Superquad7

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    However, in this case, Bludgeon's price hasn't "skyrocketed" more than it was already going for. A loose/complete Bludgeon has typically went for around the $150-175 mark. $200-225 isn't what I'd call "skyrocketing". Many of the vintage toys have increased in value due to the popularity of the new movies (rekindling people's interest), but there are only a certain amount of vintage toys produced.

    The same goes for Overlord (who was also prominently featured in LSotW). Overlord already commanded a hefty value, but even though prices may have increased, it's not been more than triple or double even.
     

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