Well, maybe I didn't exactly explain myself too well there, but the "big mistake" comment wasn't really about the value of that figure really. I'm actually the last person in the world who would ever give a rat's a$s about the value of anything in my collection. That's the last thing that's ever
on my mind when I collect stuff.
But as a completist, who has evolved since the early days in '95/'96 into someone who also likes to grab most of the major variants which I now consider these SS/LT figures to be, I'm just pretty bummed that I passed on that Vader now that I look back on it. Especially since it's a tough one to track down now, and would cost me a bit more than $5 to pick up if I did come across one. I guess I brought up that Obi-Wan SS/LT because I just recently saw it being discussed on another board, and was shocked/appalled at how high the thing was going for on the secondary market.
Therefore, the current value does have some bearing I guess, 'cause that's what I would have to PAY now to get one. But if I had bought it long ago for $5, I would care less about what it would be worth now, but I'd be excited to have one of the tougher to find variations in my collection...
For example, I was lucky enough to snag a couple Toy Fair Vaders from the Fan Club at cost (1 to open, 1 to keep carded). I'm quite happy to have gotten this tough piece for cost, and I'm thrilled to have it because it keeps my collection "complete"
. But I could absolutely care less about what it's worth, though it's probably the most "valuable" item that I have in the 4" line... But that doesn't matter to me, I'm just happy to have him!
Value to me doesn't matter at all
. But having