Your views on loose G1 AFA figures

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by juise, Jul 6, 2011.

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Your view on loose AFA figures

  1. The best way to collect loose figures!

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  2. Not worth it, not interested!

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  3. For the right price I'd pick a few up.

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  4. None of the above

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  1. juise

    juise TFW2005 Token Negro

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    I recently saw a bunch of loose G1 AFA'd figures for sale at prices that were higher then complete MIB cost of the same figures.

    While I can understand AFA'd boxed figure cost, the value of an AFA'd loose figure eludes me. I personally don't see why I'd pay that much more for the AFA to tell me "That's a nice figure" when my eyes can do that for me. I guess there's some security in knowing that the figure has been verified to be vintage and complete. But even that can be a toss up with some re-issue, and KO parts being completely indiscernible from the originals.

    So if you like loose AFA stuff, what justifies the cost for you?
     
  2. Foster

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    How much higher, as a general percentage?
     
  3. juise

    juise TFW2005 Token Negro

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  4. ssancho

    ssancho Well-Known Member

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    I thought only sealed box items can be AFA graded.
     
  5. madhatprime

    madhatprime Well-Known Member

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    I have heard that AFA will grade loose items. I was thinking of getting a couple of mine graded. I have Lazerbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ramhorn, and (What's the lions's name again?) Prowl, Mirage, and Thundercracker all out of the boxes but un-played with (stickers applied) Hell the Prowl has only been transformed 6 times. His box was heavily damaged though.....

    So I think it may be worth my while, but I will never sell them. (Unless I need it for medical bills or some other emergency...but I don't plan to)

    But that's an affirmation of the quality and the fact that they are indeed legit and not KO's that have been flooding the market as of late.
     
  6. Foster

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    So are we looking at about a 25% premium over non-AFA MIB market value, approximately? Or higher?
     
  7. juise

    juise TFW2005 Token Negro

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  8. Malach Ra

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    Well, money talks, so they started offering grading services to loose toys. They have begun to do to practices now that they wouldnt have gave a second thought when the first started out. I personally dont see any value in an AFA graded loose toy, I think if you want to keep a toy mint, find a display case and set it in there rather than someone glass it up for you, throw an opinion on it and at the same time-make you think its worth more than it is. But hey, if you just want give afa your money, go for it.
     
  9. Tigertrack

    Tigertrack Back In The Game!

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    I like how the complete G1 Jetfires are displayed. With them being sealed in that plexiglass box, it makes for a neat display piece. One could mount it on the wall that way.
     
  10. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Yeah, but you could just do that yourself much cheaper if it's just display value you're after.
     
  11. uruseiranma

    uruseiranma Well-Known Member

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    "To do what, Woody? Watch kids from behind glass and never be loved again? Some life."
     
  12. Tigertrack

    Tigertrack Back In The Game!

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    I like it, but I'm not going to buy one. I prefer my toy's out of their plastic-prisons.
     
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    I think AFA grading appeals to certain crowd, but in my opinion, I think it should be kept to figures still in their boxes.

    But as a whole, I'm not a fan of the whole grading idea -- I like having my toys out of their boxes/cards and on display :D 
     
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    Nah. For the cost I'd just spend some more and get MISB AFA, and display a second loose toy next to the sealed version.
     
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    Not worth it.Their grading system have no grounds in the real world.The grade comes down to how said grader is feeling that day.I've never been able to get a straight answer on how their scale works.IMHO,just save your money. Never mind the fact they don't have a set cost,the cost of grading depends on how much the item you sent is worth.
     
  16. Autobot Burnout

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    Not worth it in my opinion. I can understand why you would do it to a sealed G1 box, because those things should not be opened if they've been kept preserved for all this time, but with loose G1 figures there's no point since they've already been exposed to the elements. Plus, doesn't a figure need to be complete with all accessories to be AFA gradeable in the first place?
     
  17. starscream-99

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    lol.
     
  18. Matty

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    I think it's a waste of time. The only AFA interest I have is with the sealed items. Some saw that's a waste of time too ... it's a revolving door :lol 
     
  19. AMG

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    I have no interest in collecting loose graded Transformers.
     
  20. alldarker

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    Like others have said, AFA-grading of opened toys is just another cash in for the AFA. This is perhaps due to the MISB grading business slowing down as the supply of good MISB is becoming less and less over time. They needed a new 'gimmick' to be able to keep selling their services, so now opened box and loose toy grading have been made available.

    Personally, I certainly appreciate a safely packed AFA'd MISB G1 Transformer. But having an opened or loose toy graded (and locked away in a plexiglass box) is a complete waste of money.
     

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