That's why it's called collecting collectible action figures. Truthfully, there is at best, half a dozen US domestic figures that are semi-difficult to find. Collecting is about money - either you can afford to have a complete, mint condition collection or a semi-complete but still rewarding collection. It's up to the individual collector.Originally Posted by Net-Viper X
But I personally take offense when collectors who strive to achieve perfect, well documented collections are chastised for putting their money where their mouths are; all the while other casual collectors and profiteers do everything possible to negate that effort with cheap reproductions because they are not WILLING to make the necessary investment of time and resources. Everyone has priorities in life, but saying yours are of a higher moral value then mine is an argument that holds no water because of personal bias.
Again, it is a difference of values and priorities, you're stating that your values are superior to that of other people's because you are, by your own words, looking to collect on the cheap. If that were the case, wouldn't it be just wonderful if we all could have the entire 1982-1994 line for a meager $100? Wow, what a fun fun hobby...no thanks. I'd rather work at my hobby and enjoy it instead of just shopping for it and walking away. It's the investment of time, the hunt, the drive to collect something worth while that brings me both pride and joy.Originally Posted by Net-Viper X
Different strokes for different folks. But don't act like your priorities are the majority. Most collectors are in this for the long haul and don't want to own everything in a year's worth of searching and buying. It's something that takes a life time. Most of us have been at this for over ten years and don't mind if an accessory costs $xxx.xx - it's a journey worth the effort. I recently paid a hefty price for a steering wheel for my Action Force Panther/VAMP jeep. Why? It's just a bit of yellow plastic, right? No, to me it was the conclusion of a 10 year goal to own a mint, complete AF Panther jeep.Originally Posted by Net-Viper X
Reproduction parts are lazy, and I'll say it day and night. It hurts the whole reputation and reliability of collecting G.I.Joe, it is an act that will forever keep collectors and the brand as seen as immature and full of kids instead of serious collectors who are ready for serious collecting and collector-specific items. Nothing good can come of it.
(But don't lump reproductions together with items like Marauder Inc.'s - Those are after market, same scale items and those cannot be mistaken for original OEM accessories and parts).