In the three years I’ve been selling I’ve only purchased three items when they were released. Once, it was a fantastic investment. The other two, well they’re taking up a lot of shelf space. And I mean a lot, I could fit all my GI Joe and Star Wars figures in Metroplex’s box.
My one success? MP-13 Masterpiece Soundwave.
What motivated me to buy Soundwave wasn’t the expectation that Hasbro would some how botch the US release driving the cost sky-high (Metroplex). Or my well thought out “I know NOTHING about Japanese toys BUT THIS will be AWESOME (Max Factory Figma Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Link).
But no, this one excited me, I wanted one, so I bought one. And one more for myself. And I rarely buy myself toys.
What this has forced me to realize is that making investments based off of pure speculation formed from all capped messages on toy forums is idiotic. If I find something that I crave and am willing to shell out the cash for myself is a lot better evidence than before, but my taste is not necessarily the same as others and I was fortunate by selling Soundwave when the value was at the highest. Moral of the story, the speculation game is foolish, and I want no part in it.
*Image via mluschek