Presenting...the only AFA graded G1 Rodimus Prime w/rubber tires

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Moonstreaker, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Moonstreaker

    Moonstreaker The Evil Triplet

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    WHy do I need to post this? Because it has been HELL getting this thing back from AFA. I'll post up my experiece later. But for now, the payoff...

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    To sell or not sell? That is the question.
     
  2. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    That's a very nice piece there. It doesn't surprise me that someone at AFA wanted to keep it :D 
     
  3. Tenebrouser

    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

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    Sell it and buy another sealed Rodimus ungraded for a profit.
     
  4. Liokaiser

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    Wow, that box looks so nice and glossy. :rock 
     
  5. Moonstreaker

    Moonstreaker The Evil Triplet

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    Highly unlikely I would find one any time soon. And I'm sure there is no way I would find another with rubber tires. All variations included there are only 8 of these graded (ONE is an 85 the rest are all 80 or 75) compared to 51 G1 Ultra Magnus (13 with rubber tires) and 53 G1 Optimus Prime. The UM and OP #'s don't even include the graded Canadian and European G1 versions. That should give you an idea of how much fun it would be to track down another RP. And there is no way in hell I would find one for anywhere close to what I paid for this one.
     
  6. Tenebrouser

    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

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    Sounds like you answered your original question then.
     
  7. Moonstreaker

    Moonstreaker The Evil Triplet

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    Doesn't mean the money wouldn't be nice, just that replacing it would highly unlikely. Money for other toys or holding onto current ones is always a tough dilemma.
     
  8. Gigatron_2005

    Gigatron_2005 President of Calendars

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    Nice toy. I eagerly await the story that goes with it.
     
  9. Omegatron

    Omegatron Mandatory Fun. Buy it now TFW2005 Supporter

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    Free it! Damn the AFA! Toys just wanna be played with!

    Still...nice piece.
     
  10. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Very nice piece. I'd keep it for now, just in case you ever need a rainy day fund if nothing else. But knowing how rare it is, I'd want to hang onto it.
     
  11. rizuan76

    rizuan76 Banned

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    I hope u tell tell us the story real soon, at least we all learn whatever the positives or negatives dat came out of it.
     
  12. Batman

    Batman The Dark Knight TFW2005 Supporter

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    You should open it and throw the packaging in the garbage to hear the screams of AFA fanboys everywhere:) 

    Seriously though, I'm with Sol Fury, keep it until you need to sell it, and if that never happens, you have a nice rare piece. Very nice by the way, thanks for sharing and I can't wait to hear your story.
     
  13. red00wolf

    red00wolf insatiable collector

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    i never did like my toys as paper weights. no matter how much they cost. but do what u want.
     
  14. Futureruleroftheuniverse

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    when is there ever a AFA 100 for the toy grade itself?

    seriously, I would keep it if I were you...but bear in mind I'm not you, but I'd love to have a rare AFA in my collection permanently so I'm not sure how much you collect AFAs.
     
  15. NIDARAM12

    NIDARAM12 Robot art guy

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    No matter how you pack it, doesn't the toy risk getting beat up even more by the time you pack it, ship it, and have some AFA guys greasy hands all over it? If they accidentally drop the box do they cover it for you? If I had a perfectly minty toy I'd feel better just boxing it myself.
     
  16. Runamuck

    Runamuck Swindle Knows Best

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    How is the figure 90 and not a perfect 100? Its never been taken out of the box, right?

    You must forgive me if that's a stupid question, I don't know much(or anything, really..) when it comes to AFA.
     
  17. Wreckgar

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    that was my original thought as well.
     
  18. Nightcrawler777

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    Trust me there really is no reason to most of the AFA gradings that i have seen..

    I have 6 or so of the Takara Book Reissues AFA and they look Amazing..
    They were even sent in in a Sealed Case..

    And all the toys still got 90

    As a whole they all got U85-U90

    So i really dont know what basis they grade off of..
     
  19. Might Gaine

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    It's pretty much impossible to get subgrades of 95 and 100 let alone overall grades. It kind of makes sense, though, because it's impossible to get grades like 0 ~ 50 was well. It's kind of like a bell curve. I'm not saying it's the best way to do things, but at least they're consistent about it.
     
  20. Basketball Jones

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    Since all Transformers boxes are alike, they can use the box of one toy to compare the condition of another.

    There is an AFA 95 Cyclonus, for example. The box on that figure (in terms of fading, scratches, dents, etc.) can be used to compare the box of this Rodimus Prime. This box clearly has a few dents in it, which is the reason for the 75 rating.

    As for the figures, I have no idea how they assign the rating, given that I don't think they open the boxes. The AFA seems a bit suspicious- I do not approve of the fact that they do not list their address publicly.

    Their excuse that their building would be a target for thieves if its location were disclosed is an utter fallacy. Common thieves are not going to attempt to steal action figures, they're going to go for money and drugs. Banks disclose their location publicly.

    I would be more willing to send items to the AFA if they included bios on the qualifications of the graders and photographs of the facility.
     

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