I thought I would open a group discussion to see what collectors thought and felt regarding the current state of Gi-Joe unproduced and pre-production items.
This focus is a niche area of collecting in any hobby. Many of the items only exist in finite samples. Often locked up in peoples collections and at times seldom come onto the secondary market.
This discussion is inclusive of packaging material to figure prototypes to carded samples and molds. Anything that relates to the pre-production process, and or results in an unproduced item sample.
I thought I'd put it out there with a few questions:
What are the sought after items in the Gi-Joe 3 3/4" arena or other.
Do Gi-Joe prototypes such as the cancelled Manimals and Ninja Commandos come onto the secondary market from time to time.
Have prices continued to increase in this area.
How proliferate are customs and fakes, and is this hurting this area of the hobby.
Are people still collecting these prototypes.
Starting with these base questions should get the ball rolling.
If anyone feels some more discussion on other areas is necessary please feel free to add your opinion. After all it is an open discussion.