Hi, this is my first post and an interesting one to weigh in on. I have a little bit of a different view on the subject. The future of Gi joe (and action figures in general) seems to be in question. One look at all the death of the line posts will confirm this. A good example of my feelings on this is coin collecting. Fifty years ago many people had coin collections. Kids and adults alike would collect coins and complete sets as an easy and fun hobby. It wasnt overly expensive and while some coins were harder to find, they where not so much so that it would discourage casual collectors. This was a good thing for the hobby as well as the US mint. Then, In the 80s The price of silver soared. Millions of coins where melted down for there silver content. Completing collections became to expensive and time consuming for all but the die hard collectors. The hobby drasticly declined and is only a shadow of its former popularity today. Although the price of a rare coin may have skyrocketed, the demand all but died up. If we want new product from hasbro and the hobby to prosper, then these repos are a nesecity. No new collector wants to collect vehicles or figures that are missing major parts with no real hope of ever finding or affording to complete them. The price of anything is determined by supply and demand. These parts are valuable because of a low supply. If the demand dries up, then the how rare they are will not matter because no one will want them.