I wanted to start a thread on this, as this discussion has no place in the Fort Max thread. This is however related to the new ever increasing prices of KOs. Let me start off by saying, I have no issues about KOs. I own a KO Devastator myself. I do not judge you for your KO purchases. But let me state something. A KO Devastator is not a vintage Devastator, and should not be considered as such. Having said that, the new prices for KOs are rediculous. $300+ for a Fort Max, is a ridiculous number. I am not saying KO companies need to give this stuff away, but let's review a couple of things: 1- When you buy something real, you pay for the Quality Control and the Research and Development the company that created put into the item. Takara / Hasbro charged what they charged because they spent all the time to account for these things. 2- The KO company needs to make a mold and create the figure out of the mold. There is no comparison between that and an original. If you argue making a mold takes R&D and QC, you have to be kidding. It takes no where close to the time, and the QC is not there. Even in the best KOs. 3- You as collectors are responsible for rediculous KO prices, and you as consumers can control this. Do you think Fort Max has $300 of plastic in it. Do you think the total time and money involvement in producing 1 piece comes even close to $100? We can never know. But if we assumed it was $100 you realize the profit margin on these figures is close to 300%. I am not sure how it is justifiable to pay a 300% mark up on an item that is a copy. Let's look else where for comparions: - A rolex is $5,000. A 100% replica of said rolex sells for roughly $500. Let's keep in mind that this is not a bad price because the rolex has all of the moving parts in it that don't come cheap to make. Even at that, the profit margin on fake rolex's are not 2900% - Generic Medicine is extremely cheap compared to the real deal. It has the same ingredients an all. Now, the thing that you guys don't seem to realize is that these prices will continue to go up the more you decide to buy. The only answer is to boycott one of these runs to state that this is not acceptable. I want to be able to buy KOs myself. But come on, can you really defend the KO prices on these items? Do you not realize KOs are more expensive then Hasbro / Takara reissues? Do you not see that your only hurting yourselves protecting these price points? [Edit] Changed some items to keep the point but make others happy.