- Jan 22, 2017
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The majority of dinosaur exhibits are 100% reproduction. I worked in museums forever, I basically view myself as curating my own little Star Wars Micro Collection museum exhibits in my house.I think the classic car and dinosaur bones analogy has no merit here. I was initially on board with this thought. However, reproductions parts for a classic car or dinosaur skeleton make them functional.
A lot of dinosaur exhibits have the reproduction bones in a different color so that viewer can distinguish what is real and has age to it.
I view it as reenacting the 1980's. Reenactment muskets and swords and armor are COOL AS HECK even though they aren't original. I have no concept that that repro are real or complete. They're just plain FUN. If you handed a ziploc bag of repro weapons to a kid, they'd say "Awesome!" and start arming up their action figures. I am the same way, though, it irks me that repro accessories are in Kenner-accurate colors. The lightsabers should be transparent blue or red, the guns should be a dark metallic silver color, etc.If a an individual wants to fool themselves into believing that their toy collection is complete with reproductions, then so be it. But is it truly necessary? Is it a form of entitlement?
Me too. I only collect the Micro Collection, and since it's a small line I have totally unqualified love for it. Real, custom, reproduction, preproduction, bootleg, I don't care. If it's Micro Collection (and especially Hoth Ion Cannon), I'm in! Since reproduction 4-ups are readily identifiable as repro I love them too. They're typically the wrong color, noticeably too lightweight, and of obviously lower detail and casting quality (ie, a double mold line) from originals.There a lot of things I'd like to have, but there are a lot of things I simply just cannot afford. At one point I wanted everything Star Wars. I've tempered my desires and wants to within my means and am so much happier for it — and no longer yearn for what is not within my grasp.
Despite my general aversions, if prices keep going up I'm gonna sell my childhood accessories and replace them with repro. It's ****ing stressful to think I could loose $400 by dropping a toy weapon in a shag carpet. I probably have two dozen or so original blasters, lightsabers, etc. and it's getting to where I could conceivably cash them all out to buy another real 4-up! I think I'd rather have the 4-up.This is what's comical about the hobby, that people are willing to shell out $400 for a plastic toothpick. But hey, if it makes you happy - do it, and enjoy!
I know where a ton of them are... The landfill. If you dig through all the discarded vacuum cleaner bags.Unlikely. Kenner made millions of figures and the repros are pretty small operators compared to Kenner.
The problem is finding them. The repros are easier to find.
Completely agree. I wish they would just put an R where the fig grips the weapon. That way it does not detract from the displayibility, but is clearly marked.After rereading the first page of comments, I think I will summarize my feelings on this as "Do what you want for your collection, but don't try to sell repro parts as genuine originals."
And thus I inadvertently became an expert on vacuum cleaner bags, and could tell at a glance of a given bag was likely to date to the late 70’s/early 80’s, or if it should be ignored for the sake of minimizing my time digging in the landfill.I know where a ton of them are... The landfill. If you dig through all the discarded vacuum cleaner bags.
I guess I'm just a snob but I hear of these places I think "what makes them an authority?" Did these people get PhD's in American Art History and do their dissertation on postwar plastic action figures? Was that dissertation about advertising for action figures or was it about manufacturing them or what? Did they they follow that up with 15 years of fieldwork evaluating action figures for Christie's Auction House? Probably not. Knowing how much work it takes to obtain something akin to actual expertise on any subject I find it unlikely they can manage to keep track of Star Wars, GI Joe, He-Man, Dungeons & Dragons, Starting Lineup, Super Powers, bootlegs, etc. Couple normal rates of human error with a profit incentive (time is money) and the idea that things would slip past the graders (repros, or even just the "wrong" accessory) becomes inevitable.Graders have been fooled too. There are graded examples out there with fake acessories.
I can say all of my Kenner figs which I keep displayed as collection figures in the detolf are 100% legitimate. I wanted it that way. But my Stansolo and customs use repros. Most of the figures in my displays are Retro collection. So I am in a couple of your camps. It would be nice to have all originals, but buying say a Vader for each display would get out of hand really fast financially. 1 for his Tie fighter, 1 for the Death Star, 1 for the Star Destroyer, 1 for the attack base, and 1 for the fig case...that's a lot of dough that can be better served elsewhere.Some people collect for aesthetics (so the repros wouldn’t matter to them). Some people collect for playability (so the repros wouldn’t matter to them). Some people collect to make money through investment (so repros in fact would matter to them). Some people collect as curators of history (so repros in fact would matter to them). I’m sure there are lots of other reasons.
I put myself in the curator camp, and repros have their place in curating actual museum collections. So... yeah I like them.Some people collect for aesthetics (so the repros wouldn’t matter to them). Some people collect for playability (so the repros wouldn’t matter to them). Some people collect to make money through investment (so repros in fact would matter to them). Some people collect as curators of history (so repros in fact would matter to them). I’m sure there are lots of other reasons.
There’s a difference between what museums own and what is part of their collection. Repro items aren’t always given accession numbers. They’re not technically part of the collection, they’re just stuff that belongs to the education department, the marketing department, or what have you.That’s all true! People who want to curate for “historical accuracy” might want to dispense with repros, but the museum point is a valid one. And yes, exclusivity is another collector motivation.
Thanks. Yeah like I wouldn't see a point in displaying a bunch of repros unless it was part of a carefully designed display that the repro served some kind of purpose. I'm not morally opposed to them but they're a good way to accidentally fill one's house with a bunch of cheap junk.“Collect” versus “use.” Nice one!
I unexpectedly found it in the accessories compartment of our Vader Head carrying case when we moved there. IMMEDIATELY dropped it and never found it in the carpet. I am about 90% sure that no vacuum cleaner was run in there in the intervening decades.ROFL, Belloq would just be at the front door anyway...