Post by artdecovampire on Jan 12, 2014 4:22:09 GMT -5
Just something I have noticed. The cost of Airfix dinosaur kits on E-bay have reached an all time high in the UK. I am short of a Brontosaurus and a Dimetrodon so I am constantly looking. The last Dimetrodon I saw went for over £22 and so did a Pteranodon. Standard Rex and Triceratops are going on at £12.99 plus. The only bargains to be had are the Rex, Steg and trike triple boxed set. The other boxed set is going for high prices too. I wondered if anybody knew why this sudden interest has occurred in these kits. Looks like I'm going to have to put a £20 minimum bid on the next one I see.
These things always go in cycles. Kits are cheap for a while after they come out. Then supply starts to dry up. Right about that time, people discover the kits and want some. That starts to send the price up. Then people who hadn't gotten around to picking up the kits yet because they were cheap and not a priority, see the prices going up. They now want to get them before the prices get higher.
I've been watching this trend for over 12 years now. It's kind of fun trying to time the bottom of the market and get kits when they are the cheapest.
Post by artdecovampire on Jan 12, 2014 12:48:40 GMT -5
Strangely enough its UK kits on a high in the UK. Normally there's been a premium on American kits. Going by what Tay says, on the Dino-Kit Stocks, I'd say in the UK, Jurassic Park boxed Lindberg's are currently on a low. I picked up Velociraptor (£2.99) and The Corythosaurus (99p)and have a few more equally low bids out. There's a lot of bargains to be had. Haven't seen an Airfix Bronto or an Ankylosaurus up for sale for a long time. I would bet an MIB Airfix Bronto would easily exceed the £20 mark (I'd porbably go up to £22 but no more). I'm just waiting for another Airfix Cory so I can build the one I have and bank the next one. I'd also put safe money on any complete PS kit, but expect less of a return on the Neanderthal Man and Cro Magnon woman. PS stocks will never collapse! LOL!
Post by prescenes2 on Jan 12, 2014 19:08:22 GMT -5
Don't know if you are looking for the Airfix brand only or MPC if needs be. When it comes to kits, the brand name doesn't mean as much if I want the kit only. The Bronto I haven't ever had but saw a bargain on it years ago. It was in a beaten up MPC box. Kit was in great shape though.
Post by artdecovampire on Jan 14, 2014 13:55:35 GMT -5
MPC Dinosaurs were never widely available in the UK, though I have seen them on E bay, but only from American sellers. The moulds were the same I believe. Airfix had an association with AMT for while back and you could get some really cool American car and truck kits in England if you were lucky. More recently the French firm Heller joined up with them. I know Heller released box sets of the Airfix dinosaurs as I bought one cheap a few years back. I usually build one and Keep one, especially build any I get without a box.
Post by artdecovampire on Feb 2, 2014 4:19:25 GMT -5
Sadly Prescenes in terms of excitement its the best bit. Its a lovely moulding and the bits will innevtably fit well. Airfix produce decent stuff. However my theory was thatexcitement wasn't in their remit. Until the late eighties British toy manufacturesrs like British TV were obsessed with making stuff educational. They probaly sent some poor bloke down to the Natural History Museum to see the stuffiest professor to make sure the sculpt didn't incite children to do naughty things like play, laugh or run around in a giddy way.
Post by artdecovampire on Mar 14, 2014 1:23:42 GMT -5
Just snapped up a 3 pack on E bay. Its the Dinosaurs number 2 box with Dimetrodon, Brontosaurus and Pteranodon in it. I still need a Bronotosaurus in its original box though. I've never seen the Bronto unassembled so I'll report back on it.
Post by artdecovampire on Mar 16, 2014 2:59:52 GMT -5
I was surprised what a great kit the Airfix Bronto was. There's no base just like the other Airfix kits. Its a relatively large moulding, about the size of the steg, but would still be out of scale with the Rex, Steg or Triceratops and would represent a juvenile sauropod. However the actual sculpt is rather good, particularly the body which has a subtle texture with some really visible structure like a knobbly back bone. Its a real advance on the Pyro Lindberg kit which was its only competition even when it first came out. I have to say its a traditional looking Bronto and scaled up it would have made a great addition to the PS line a bit like the horizon conversion people do. Its what I would call a Ray Harryhausen Bronto. The legs attach to v shaped cut-ins in to the body side so there's no obvious glue lines around the top of the thighs. I wish I had few of them as heard would make a decent diorama. The only down side to it is the head and neck are a simple two piece assembly which fits on to the body over a big hole. There's no location pins or collar so if you get it wrong it really does look like an after thought.
Post by pbbass3313 on Aug 26, 2014 13:58:10 GMT -5
I got a couple of coelocanths from Safari...a little big , but still might work. Some time a go I saw a resin repo in a hobby shop that was really a nice size. Did not buy it at the time (kick me now) and can't track down who casted/ marketed it......
Post by artdecovampire on Aug 27, 2014 1:53:39 GMT -5
I bought some casting putty to make a batch of airfix coelocanths from the Pteranodon kit. Its a really nice detail from that particular kit and the scale of it means it would go well with the Aurora Pteranodon. I made the mold but I haven't got round to casting it yet. According to the instructions the mold material should allow me to make about a dozen. If I have any spares in reasonable condition I might do what PSgreat does and sell them at cost. I'm still looking for a spare Corythosaurus. I have my one to keep I need one to build.
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 22, 2014 14:03:29 GMT -5
Irony of ironies. I got my spare Airfix Corythosaurus, but from the USA. It was actually cheaper to buy one in America and pay the postage than buy one in the UK. Its already made, with a decent paint job and came in at under $10 plus reasonable postage. Its well under the £25 plus I would have paid for this kit in England. A well traveled dinosaur.