A few weeks ago I wrote a post about NECA’s Django Unchained action figures and how many people were trying to boycott the figures because they are said to resemble “slave dolls.”
The post I wrote was asking people if they should boycott the dolls – CLICK HERE
The next post, talked about a completed auction on ebay that sold for $459 –
This set did NOT include all 6 figures – It only had 5.
Each figure had an MSRP of $34.99 making a great profit for the seller.
Since these dolls created controversy, NECA was asked to pull the figures, which they did, and this resulted in a massive surge in prices on the secondary market.
Here is some more info related to the action figures being pulled off the market:
Since the toys were announced, the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope called them a “slap in the face of our ancestors,” while the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for a national boycott of the figurines.
In response, The Weinstein Company released this statement: “In light of the reaction to the Django Unchained action figures, we are removing them from distribution. We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone.
“They were meant to be collectibles for people 17 years and older, which is the audience for the film.”
Not let me begin by saying this – the smart collector/investor would have thought, “Hey this is generating a LOT of buzz, maybe I should get a set.” All of the figures except Broomhilda were available even AFTER this statement was released. However you had to be quick, real quick as figures immediately flew “off the virtual shelves” and were gobbled up by many people.
I saw INDIVIDUAL figures selling anywhere from $200 to $600 EACH – not including the rare Broomhilda. I watched many auctions and it seems that Django, Schultz, Candie were the top 3 sellers followed by Stephen and Butch. Again Broomhilda is the most sought after but she was sold out weeks before the announcement.
Then, I saw it – One auction had the complete set – over 7,000 views and sold for a whopping $5,100
That comes out to $850 per figure. So now my question to you is this – Will these figures remain in demand and bring in record high prices? Or is this simply a fad that will die down once the hype settles?