Hey now. Everyone is in a different position financially, so, I don't want to hear anyone judging anyone else. (not saying you did, just want to get that out there before things turn bad).
While I personally think Steve does a great job of keeping his prices low, I can also see where some can find them to be too expensive. 8 years ago, that could have been me making that same exact post. I only knew styrene. And I thought most of the prices for old styrene on ebay were highway robbery. Over the years my perspective has changed. But that doesn't mean I still don't understand why others feel the way I used to.
That said, I don't think Steve has posted a price for this kit yet. Though I bet it will be cheaper than trying to get one of the old classics on ebay. ( I just lost out on a built Tar Pit that went for over $70 and had almost $12 in shipping costs too)
Sorry Trev - wasn't trying to come off judgemental. I just appreciate the work Mike and Steve have done for the line. I also do some Star Trek/ Star Wars/ B-5/etc. collections that can really be spendy for resin kits and conversions. All the "garage kits" designers just add enjoyment in keeping a child-like (child-ish?) attitude in some of us. I guess I feel unsupportive of their efforts if price-point is a primary concern.
And I TOTLLY agree that most of the resin kits are reasonable compared to trying to track down a classic............... Well the Sauropod and Trachodon conversions really set me back a bunch (but my kids arn't getting the grades to go to college anyways, so the funds gathered had to be spent somewhere - I mean this stuff is "educational", isn't it?).
If I've learned one thing from watching the beautiful Jennifer Lopez on AMERICAN IDOL it's that it is always better to start off with a positive.
The boxart for this upcoming, awesome add-on kit is FANTASTIC! I've been dying to sit down and take a crack at doing a boxart painting for your Protoceratops kit but, like you, haven't touched brush to canvas in over two decades so i have been hesitant and insecure that I could do anything of quality on the level of the kit and your enthusiasm for the PS line. The DIRE WOLF boxart? Great job, Steve, I wouldn't expect anything less from you!
Now for the hit: the price of resin kits. Sure the price is high for a resin kit! A resin kit is not a mass-produced kit- it's made in a short run literally in someone's garage. The price of a resin kit is a deciding factor for me too. Sometimes I have extra cash available to indulge and sometimes I don't. I missed out on Steve's amazing IGUANODON "PS-Expansion"* Kit awhile back because I didn't have the funds to spend on my hobby then. So, if you can't afford a resin kit due to it's price, well, you've joined the club. But, here's the kicker, if you don't buy it when it's readily available, it will probably won't be available later. And, if you do want to buy it at a later time, you'll end up paying more since the kit will be an "Out-Of-Print" kit, a collector's item at a collector's price. So- either jump in now or jump in deeper later- your choice. Me? I'm jumping in on this one now!
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2011 13:13:13 GMT -5 by RetroArt
I know what you mean, about get it now, or pay more for it later. Though that isn't always true. I was sooooo bummed a year or so ago, when there was a guy on ebay selling off some the Alchemy add-on kits at really good prices. Cheaper than what Mike was asking for them. And I still couldn't afford to buy any of them
I was pretty much flat broke when the who add-on craze was really in high gear. So I missed out on a lot of them. Some day I do plan on tracking them down and adding them to my collection. And I know I will probably pay for it. But when you are broke, you don't have a lot of choice. Heck, I'm still replacing some kits I sold off back then, just to pay some bills.
Post by prescenes2 on Apr 14, 2011 19:59:39 GMT -5
I understand where you're coming off of the resin kit price scare! It wasn't long ago that I couldn't understand why the GK's were soooo expensive. Now I do and have a greater respect for the kit producers.
Yeah, I understand the price structure, and the reasons behind it. When I first got back into the hobby, I had big time sticker shock though. Once I saw some in person at WF though, I realized how cool they actually were, and after dipping my toe in the GK end of the hobby, I learned a lot about the behind the scenes and the why's and how's. Styrene is still my first love though. And regardless of the the medium I still have to let my wallet rule my choices
But when brand new styrene kits are $30+ I think a resin kit at $60-80 is super. $100-120 is reasonable. And anything above that depends a lot on subject, and size. I had no problem laying out the cash for the steg. And I still think it was well worth it. That is one heck of a hunk of resin.