@ Roadbuster: I think I would be all over that if it was about $35. It just seems high to me. If I remember correctly weren't these all hand made? That might indicate the price tag.
The prototype casts were all hand made. Maiden Japan, along with most other 3rd party Chinese Transformers companies then outsource the molds to factory production (which explains why 3rd party products are getting KO'ed) . And the reason the price is around $50 is because of all the head pieces you're getting, not to mention the armor. Add on kits have really shot up in price and by today's market it's really a fair deal. Look at what people were paying for the Blood DX (for ROTF Bludgeon) kit, over $20, and all that was, was an upgrade head and a couple swords if I remember correctly.
Optimus Maximus wrote:
Roadbuster, thanks for the heads up on those kits. Although they look great I dont like that they cant transform anymore. I do like that they are giving me ideas for the two I plan on customizing.
It's that way with a lot of kits, built to enhance your transformer in robot mode as most collectors will have them displayed that way. But non-transformable until you remove the kit.
Either way, you're doing a great job! And can't wait to see what you add to the mix next!