|12-16-2008, 12:38 AM||#11|
I like water.
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pensacola, Florida
While I agree that what has been done by some is truely art - I wouldn't say the value will increase.
The value will fluctuate by three factors.
First is craftsmanship. A hand made item, constructed with skill and care will always have value. But - a fine handmade toy, handkerchief or mug would have been worth quite a bit when it was made because it was made well and had visual appeal but unless it was widely known as an item of interest (then becoming a collectible or rare low production item and no-longer a one off) or made by a person who was widely acknowledged (not just by handkerchief fanatics) then it would only fetch a comparable price to when it was made.
For example - a talented potter makes a gorgeuos mug of fine porcelain in 1903. He sells his wonderful mugs for a weeks salary each they're so good! Fast forward 100+ years and now this potters work, who may have made the best mugs in the hemisphere but never achieved wide critical acclaim, may fetch $50-200 because as time went on mugs of all kinds were easier to make and of better quality just coming off the factory floor... not to mention there were hundreds of other great custom mug makers from then till now. In the end, his lovely muggs are still fantastic and get a damn fine price - but they're not going to break the bank.
Second, the popularity of the subject matter and medium. No matter how well made, who wants a custom Pog or Beanie Baby right now? Sure there will always be someone who may pay anywhere from $20-100 solely on the merits of craftsmanship but the subject of the work will drive the price up or down significantly. Since we're discussing toys and pop culture for the most part this influence on price will likely only decline.
As a counter-point - even if the subject matter becomes more popular, the base figure or parts could become more popular than the custom leading to the custom only being valued by the skill with which it was created.
Third is the influence of the artist. There are some great and popular customizes out there. There are also some great and popular designers, metalsmiths and model-makers making knives, pots, models and what have you. Twenty years from now, or a hundred years from now they will be forgotten in their respective fields for the most part and the work they do will be solely judged by its merit, barring some event which puts them in the greater public eye.
The short answer is that custom action figures in particular will not appreciate greatly. No more than a hand-made intricate teak Whirli-Gig or an extravegant hand-carved cup and ball game with silver inlay.
Customs come from the heart. And when they are sold I hope they go to people who feel the same way as most customizers, not to investors - because those people will be sorely disappointed.
Last edited by tt8l; 12-16-2008 at 12:45 AM..
|12-16-2008, 12:50 AM||#12|
POC Giant Robo
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: I am Michigan
The price of customs will go down if you guys stop bidding on them and let me win some.
|12-16-2008, 12:54 AM||#13|
Mega Super Stoned Viper
Join Date: May 2008
Location: ******, ****
I agree with the last two posts.
|12-16-2008, 12:59 PM||#14|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Personally I think it a lot of it depends on the person that makes the piece. I've seen some work that's good, but not that great, sell for good money, because the customizer is "known", while other pieces that are stellar have sold for $10 - $15.
As far as holding their value, who knows. It's basically worth what you're willing to pay for it, and no more/less than that.
|12-16-2008, 01:22 PM||#15|
So much drama 'n the LBCs
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Customs are like any other form of art. Or merchandise.. Unless it's a REALLY amazing piece, the maker's name will demand a higher price.
Jin is like the Da Vinci of customizers. Haha. I doubt my customs would even pay me back the price of parts I used.
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