« on: March 24, 2012, 03:52 PM »
I understand that.
On the other hand, something like 80's Yak Face was never meant to be rare. It's not a Faberge Egg or something. It was a toy that underproduced before the days when a collectors market was even acknowledged.
Suppose they were bootlegged and somehow indistinguishable from the originals. That would mean the old ones are worth more because they are old? Their decaying plastic more valuable?
Or what if a warehouse was found with 500,000 Kenner Yak-face figures...all originals mint on card...which would lower the market value. Would collectors be mad that what was once rare became common? A lot of them, yes, because of what they paid for the originals, but also because it is about pride to some people, having that rare thing. Folks want unique collections but collect mass produced items! (One of the absurdities of being a collector.)
All the same I'd be cool if Hasbro made a retro Yak-Face (with proper foot hole size, dammit) and it was different enough from the 80's version to keep folks from getting too cranky. Then the true originals would remain such. And I could have an old style figure to add to my old collection. Hasbro probably won't do that, though. That's where the collector-aimed bootleg market comes from, when a company abandons the old style and there's still demand for retro product.