What’s it worth?

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   I hear and read those words far too often. Next to the over used “RARE” attached to everything on eBay, the phrase “What’s it worth?” is my number two pet peeve of collecting. Over the years, I have collected, sold, re-bought, flipped, and re-re-bought so many things. People would ask me how much something they had was worth. The worth of an item is an arbitrary thing. It’s based on the individual who is willing to pay for it. Sure, there are other factors such as, how many were produced, how many still exist, and the most important… is it in demand? Just because something is old, or of a certain franchise, isn’t always a guarantee of big money

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(I’m looking right at you “Star Wars” seller of “rare” vintage items. By “rare” I mean there are only 500 of them listed on ebay on any given day [I am wearing my sarcasm face while I typed that]. By “vintage”, I am referring to the seller who doesn’t understand the word and uses it for anything older than 5 years.)

   It’s worth is what someone is willing to pay for it. Price guides are cool, but the market fluctuates so often that a guide could keep up. Like it or not, things do go down in value. Right now I am fortunate enough to have a decent paying job, in an industry that isn’t showing signs of slowing down. For the foreseeable future I won’t be needing to sell anything that I don’t want to sell, so the “worth” of my collection is much higher to me. If I am faced with having to ever sell again, I’ll figure out the market price and list items accordingly.

   So in the end, the questions isn’t “What’s it worth?”, the most important question is, “What’s it worth to you?”. Collect what you like, and share your passion with others 🙂

Stolen Rocket Firing Boba Fett Prototype

   According to RebleScum.net, an AFA graded Rocket Fett Prototype was stolen from Rebelscum owner Phillip Wise’s Star Wars museum. If you run in the big-kid collector’s crowd, be on the lookout for this piece.

I Am Your Father

   This is playing on Netflix. It’s a great tribute to Dave Prowse, the man who played Darth Vader. The documentary goes into why Lucasfilm has had issues with Dave. There is a nice scene that Dave films, that isn’t shown, as sort of a moment of closure. Watch the film, and enjoy it for yourself.

Another Look Back @ Logan’s Run on TV

   Logan leaves the City of Domes with Jessica and they are kidnapped by a pair of robots. An android named Rem rescues them and they flee with Francis in pursuit.

logans-run-annual-1978%00fc   I’ve probably written about this show before, but as I am a creature of habit you’ll see me repeat myself a lot. At times I love to revisit, rewatch shows and movies, replay old games, relisten to old albums,re-read old comics and books. From time to time I love to review these things. This is one of those things. It has that modern 70’s aesthetic that most Sci-Fi did back then that I totally dig.

   Having been a series, they could have fleshed out the story a bit more than the film did. That opportunity was squandered, obviously. After all, it was 70’s television, not known for its deep character/plot development.

   Is it visually stunning? Is it great writing? Is it a groundbreaking show? Nope, nope, and NOPE. What it does have is that feel of its time. That is pure gold to me. I was 7 when this show aired in 1977, but I never got to watch it. Heck, until it was reran on cable in the early 90’s, I had no idea that it even existed. It seemed like something I would have liked as a 7 year old. Even today, it has its charm, which is probably why I am writing about it.

   You can view it on YouTube right now, the first episode is a bargain at $1.99 (USD). Give it a shot, and tell me what you thought about it afterward.

Sci-Fi Saturday: That’s the Men in…

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    Tonight we revisited MiB. One of the best Sci-Fi Comedies out there. It ranks right up there with Galaxy Quest. I didn’t see this in theaters when it came out. I was a bit of a recluse and many things came and went without my noticing. When I was exposed to it, I was visiting a friend and he had the tape… yes, a VHS tape. I didn’t know what was in store for me. It started off a bit slow for my tastes, but as soon as Will Smith appeared it all got real good very quickly. I enjoyed the humor, the story, and the chemistry that Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones had. The visual effects still hold up surprisingly well.

    How long has it been since you’ve re-watched this film? For us, perhaps 5 years. It won’t be that long before we watch it again.