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scottmanning
2002-01-30, 04:44 PM
I've been buying these PVC's for about six months now. The Starscream Act 1 PVC goes for about $60 to $80 on eBay. Then Optimus and Megatron from the same series will go for about $15. Is it really just rarer than all the others or is there something else to it?

Anyone with the real scoop please fill me in.

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Jetfire
2002-01-30, 04:54 PM
Not sure but I would guess rarety.
The Skywarp PVC only ever had 200 or something ridiculosy low made of him hence he goes for around $450 on ebay:eek:

Mirage
2002-01-30, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Jetfire 2.1

The Skywarp PVC only ever had 200 or something ridiculosy low made of him hence he goes for around $450 on ebay:eek:

Indeed it does, I have one :p

I think the Starscream goes for a lot is because it is from the first act and if some people are just starting collecting PVC's, they want to get the older ones which are more difficult to find, and we all know when someone wants something they will pay almost anything.

I wish I'd bought a case instead of a box when I got my ACT1 PVC's, I'd have money.

scottmanning
2002-01-30, 06:53 PM
That still doesn't explain why the Optimus and Megatron from the same series are so much cheaper.

I guess I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and fork over the $60 before it ends up being $200.

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Mirage
2002-01-30, 07:12 PM
I think the Megatron and Prime ones go or less because there is more than one version of them. Also, in the UK, if you look at PVC' such asthe colour versions of Galvatron, Grimlock, Starscream, Rodimus Prime, Powermaster Optimus Prime, Chromedome all go for a lot, whereas in the US or Japan for instance you can pick up a Chromedome PVC for about $10, more than three times less than what some people in the UK pay.

scottmanning
2002-01-30, 10:58 PM
So Mirage, do you actually have a Starscream PVC? If so, how much did you pay for him? If you don't mind me asking.

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCandReissue/1Starscream.jpg

Starscreamer
2002-01-30, 11:27 PM
starscream rules! actually its because this is his ONLY pvc where megs and prime are in all the series practically

scottmanning
2002-01-30, 11:44 PM
Starscreamer, that picture you have took about ten years to download.

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Starscreamer
2002-01-31, 12:49 AM
sorry man i need a new host for it

ThunderCracker84
2002-01-31, 12:52 AM
Screamer, man, you forget that I host it to

http://home.attbi.com/~jstincrdble/starscreamersig.jpg

Mirage
2002-01-31, 01:16 AM
Well Scott, my Starscream PVC cost the about $8 (difficult to tell exactly 'cus he was part of the complete set whic I bought all at once). I got him when the first set came out. I bought a complete sealed box of 12 from Hong Kong. The total for the box including express 3 day shipping from Hong Kong to England was $100. BTW, even the sealed boxes go for at least $250 for ACT 1 now, too.

My Thundercracker cost me $10 for both the colour and pewter version, again direct from Hong Kong.

And my Skywarp cost me $400 :eek:

If you just want individual ones, the best way to get the PVC's is to get them on eBay the first week they are released from Hong Kong.

scottmanning
2002-01-31, 01:35 AM
Originally posted by Mirage
If you just want individual ones, the best way to get the PVC's is to get them on eBay the first week they are released from Hong Kong.

Yeah, I'm actually getting all caught up on Acts 3 through 5. I had not even heard of them until this past summer and by then, I was too far behind. Maybe some day I'll be on top of the PVC game.

I just can't get enough of them. So many childhood memories.

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Mirage
2002-01-31, 01:45 AM
Cool, Jetfire will be pleased to have another PVC fan on board (:D;))

You'll get your PVC's some day. There are still a few I'm hunting down from acts 3, 4 & 5 - Chromedome, Bumblebee w/Spike, Megatron w/Laserbeak, Omega Supreme.

I just wish they'd give us more season 1 characters!!!!!!! Bluestreak, Mirage, Sideswipe, Prowl, Jazz, Hound, Slag, Swoop, Shockwave, Reflector, Rumble, Ravage, Shrapnel, etc.

scottmanning
2002-01-31, 02:07 AM
Originally posted by Mirage
I just wish they'd give us more season 1 characters!!!!!!! Bluestreak, Mirage, Sideswipe, Prowl, Jazz, Hound, Slag, Swoop, Shockwave, Reflector, Rumble, Ravage, Shrapnel, etc.

No kidding. Some of these PVCs are just ridiculous. I don't even know why they bothered.

For example:

http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCandReissue/1God%20Zinra.jpg
http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCandReissue/2Minelva.jpg
http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCandReissue/3Riden.jpg
http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCandReissue/3Chromedome.jpg

And I've always wondered what the hell is this?
http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCandReissue/4Ultra.jpg

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Mirage
2002-01-31, 02:19 AM
The one you question is Ultra Magnus in his original diaclone colours. - In my opinion a pathetic addition to the PVC's, yet another recolour dammit! more new moulds, more dammit!, more!

As for the others you mention;

God Gin Rai - actualy one of the coolest looking PVC's
Minerva :eek: - not as sexy as the Arcee PVC (did I say that out loud?:o)
Raiden - again, cool
Chromedome - well, at least it's better than a Wheelie PVC?

But, the first season will always rule!

Wedge O Spite
2002-01-31, 02:54 AM
Looks like bigbadtoystore has Acts 3 - 5 right now; and I'm thinking about getting in the PVC game too. One question though; if i order a 'box of 12' from bbts; will it come with a chase figure and then not one of the color or clear figures?

also... are there any sites that have a 'complete' guide to the 5 acts that have been released? and maybe act 6 and 7?

scottmanning
2002-01-31, 06:35 AM
Here is a PVC checklist for Acts 1-4:
http://www.transformersvcd.com/PVCChecklist.htm

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Grimlock
2002-01-31, 10:29 AM
Info on Act 7 can be seen in the news section of the board.

Jetfire
2002-02-02, 12:33 AM
Originally posted by Mirage
Cool, Jetfire will be pleased to have another PVC fan on board (:D;))

Damn rigth I'm pleased. More people to test on in my experiments. The board funding me insist on only using the useless.


I just wish they'd give us more season 1 characters!!!!!!! Bluestreak, Mirage, Sideswipe, Prowl, Jazz, Hound, Slag, Swoop, Shockwave, Reflector, Rumble, Ravage, Shrapnel, etc.

Dont like the PVc's but I connect with the need for season 1 stuffstatement. :D

scottmanning
2002-02-02, 02:35 AM
Yeah, anything Generation One rocks. PVCs are just more affordable right now.

-scott
http://scottmanning.com

Ultimate Weapon
2002-02-02, 10:15 AM
I bought me Act 1 from Hong Kong for 100 bucks complete with all colored versions. I also have series 1-3 + Thundercracker. Some of the Megatron Prime figures were not authentic but bootlegs. Buyers beware of original merchandise.