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Friday, May 25, 2012

The 30 Rarest & Most Valuable Skylander Figures

Author: Evan Butler

Rare Skylander Figures

Skylander figurines come in all different shapes and colors but they are not all worth the same. Which Skylander figures are the rarest and the most expensive?


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E3 2011 Spyro
E3 2011 Gil Grunt
E3 2011 Trigger Happy

E3 2011 SpryoPrice: $750 | See Current Prices
The rarest of all Skylander Figures are the three figures given away before E3 in 2011. Privately they have sold for $750. No public sales have occurred at this time.

In 2011, before Skylanders launched, Activision sent figures to different media people to hype the release. Each figure had a sticker asking the person to bring the figure to E3 in 2011 and try the game. All three figures are extremely rare.

Fire Kraken - Gold Developer Edition

Fire Kraken Gold SkylanderPrice: $300 | See Current Prices
In December 2013, Activision gave a limited edition gold colored Fire Kraken to all the developers who worked on Skylander's Swap Force. The exact number produced is unknown but this version should be more rare than the Employee Edition from 2012 because it was given to a smaller subset of Activision employees.

Pearl Hex

Pearl Hex SkylanderPrice: $250 | See Current Prices
Pearl Hex is a paint variant of the normal Hex and functions the same in game. The only difference is the coloration. Given away or sold at the 2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair, they are very limited and hard to obtain. It has a brilliant luster using pearlescent white paint.

Green Chop Chop
Green Riptide
Green Scorp

Green Skylander FigurinesPrice: $ 230 Each | See Current Prices
The first rare figures for Skylanders: Swap Force, these green figures are fetching premium prices. The green figures play the same as the normal colored figures. Most people who own them will never take them out of the box though because they are meant for collectors and taking them out of the box cuts the price in half.

Purple Metallic Cynder

Metallic Cynder CharacterPrice: $230 | See Current Prices
Metallic Cynder is a paint variant of the normal Cynder and functions the same in game. The only difference is the coloration. Given away or sold at the 2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair, they are very limited and hard to obtain.

Prism Break - Gold Employee Version

Prism Break Gold SkylanderPrice: $200 | See Current Prices
At the end of 2012 Activision gave all of their employees a limited edition Skylanders figure - the Gold Prism Break. There are estimated to be about 8,000 of these in existence, which makes it one of the rarest figures. With a value of $300 it turned into a very generous present for the employees.

Silver Dino-Rang
Silver Eruptor
Silver Boomer

Silver Skylander ToysPrice: $190 Each | See Current Prices
The Dino-Rang, Eruptor, and Boomer figurines also come in a metallic silver variant that is easy to fake. Activision learned their lesson from this mistake and does not ship solid color variants anymore. These figurines are as rare as the gold variants but people often overlook them.

Crystal Clear Stealth Elf
Crystal Clear Cynder
Crystal Clear Wham-Shell

Clear Skylander FigurinesPrice: $ 180 Each | See Current Prices
The Stealth Elf, Cynder, and Wham-Shell figurines also come in a clear variant. They function the same in game as the normal version but they glow which is a neat addition. These are part of a new approach by the publisher to prevent knock-offs. Creating translucent figurines requires a mold and impressive skills working with resin and is much harder than simply repainting the figurines.

Glow-in-the-Dark Zap
Glow-in-the-Dark Warnado
Glow-in-the-Dark Wrecking Ball

Glow-in-the-Dark SkylanderPrice: $140 Each | See Current Prices
The Zap, Warnado, and Wrecking Ball figurines also come in a glow-in-the-dark paint variant. They function the same in game as the normal version but they glow which is a neat addition. These are part of a new approach by the publisher to prevent knock-offs as the glow process is harder to replicate than simply repainting the figurines. This is part of the newer wave of releases and for the time being they are more sought-after, driving prices up.

Metallic Purple Eye Brawl
Metallic Purple Lightning Rod
Metallic Purple Wrecking Ball

Metallic Purple Skylander FiguresPrice: $120 Each | See Current Prices
Eye Brawl, Lightning Rod, and Wrecking Ball were made in a chase variant of Metallic Purple. The figures have a metallic sheen on them. They come in random boxes from Activision and have identical packaging to the normal variations. Only 1,500 were made of each figure.

Gold Chop Chop
Gold Flamslinger
Gold Drill Sergeant

Golden Skylander FiguresPrice: $90 Each | See Current Prices
The Chop Chop, Flameslinger, and Drill Sergeant figurines also come in a metallic gold variant that is easy to fake. Buyer beware, these variants were part of the first wave of figures and the publishers have learned from their mistakes when it comes to paint variants. Bootlegged versions are fairly easy to find.

Flocked Stump Smash

Flocked Stump SmashPrice: $45 | See Current Prices
This figurine is a unique variant of Stump Smash covered in felt. It was released as part of a Frito Lay promotion and only 7,334 were made. Prices for this figure could skyrocket due to its rarity.

Volcanic Vault

Volcanic Vault SkylanderPrice: $45
The Volcanic Vault is an interesting piece. This figurine opens up a new Multiplayer arena. The level is just a recolor of the Aquaduct but it is interesting just the same. This is a really unique piece and was part of a few promotions in stores such as Best Buy in the US and GAME in the UK. I see this piece getting harder to come by as it falls further into obscurity.

Blue Bash

Blue Bash WiiPrice: $27 | See Current Prices
The official Skylanders Facebook page held a fan poll of what Bash variant they wanted. The choices were translucent red, blue, or green. Even though Bash is an Earth element, blue won the contest and as such translucent blue Bashes were released to the public. They are relatively common but do fetch notable prices.

Dark Spyro

Dark Spyro FigurePrice: $24 | See Current Prices
Dark Spyro is a variant of Spyro but it actually functions differently in game. This piece is easy to find as it is bundled with the 3DS version of the game but that means that you have to buy that version to get it. It was sold in a single pack in the UK and may one day be brought to the US in the same fashion but it is hard to find for cheap.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Updated Rare Nintendo 64 Games Article

We've updated the Rare Nintendo 64 game article to include more than 20 rare N64 games and reasons why the most expensive fetch such big price tags.

Read the article today and see what makes a Yoshi game top the list, how many Atlus games make an appearance, and what million selling title still sells for top dollar. Rare N64 Games >>

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Added TurboGrafx-CD (Super CD) Games

Turbo Grafx CD Super CD
At a users request we have added all the TurboGrafx-CD (Super CD) games to our database. You can see them all by searching for "Super CD" or visiting the TurboGrafx-16 page and looking for titles with "[Super CD]" at the end. With this method of listing the games on our site you can compare prices on all TurboGrafx games on the same page or see prices for only the CD based games too.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Do Streaming Movies Decrease Demand for DVD's?

More and more movies are available instantly through streaming services like Amazon Instant and Netflix Instant Queue. A customer has the option to stream it directly into their home and isn't forced to buy a DVD in order to watch the movie. Does the electronic availability of these movies change the price of the DVD?

Below is a table showing the change in price for a random selection of movies based upon availability on Amazon Instant and Netflix Instant:

DVD Prices Movie Streaming

The average price for a DVD in our study dropped 58% if it was available on Amazon Instant, but only 47% if it was not available for streaming through Amazon. A difference of 11 percentage points, which is statistically significant (see methodology below).

The average price for DVD's available on Netflix dropped 51% compared to a drop of 48% for those not available instantly. A difference of 3 percentage points, but is within the margin of error.

Why does Amazon's instant movie service decrease demand for DVD's while Netflix's service does not? This can be attributed to the types of customers using both sites. Amazon sells DVD's and offers customers the chance to stream the movie on the same page they offer to sell the DVD. If streaming is not available a large portion of them would buy the DVD. But when streaming is available it cannibalizes some of those customers.

Netflix on the other hand does not sell new DVD's and their users are more accustomed to renting DVD's. If the movie isn't available via streaming they will probably choose to add the DVD to their mail queue instead of buying it. So there is very little if any change in demand for DVD's caused by Netflix's service.

Methodology: For this study we randomly selected 112 DVD's released during 2010 from the Comedy, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Horror, Animation, or Family genres and calculated the drop in price from the original MSRP to the current New price. We then looked to see which of these 112 movies was available on Amazon Instant Video and/or Netflix Instant as of May 16th 2012.

The average price change was calculated for those movies available for streaming and those not available and a statistical test to see if the difference between the two averages was meaningful (statistically significant). The test of two means was significant with a 99% confidence between the Amazon available and unavailable movies, but was not significant for the two Netflix averages even at a confidence of 90%.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Avengers Increases DVD Prices 48% for all Avenger Heroes

The Marvel characters who make up the Avengers are Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor and all of them have their own movies before The Avengers came out this past Friday, May 4th. Resale prices for these DVD's in new condition increased 48% after Avengers came out and unit sales jumped 27% too.



Reason for the Big Increases

More than 17 million people saw The Avengers during its opening weekend and it grossed a record setting $207 million in three days. After seeing the new movie, many of these people decided to buy the DVD's for the individual characters as well, which increased demand.

Supply wasn't able to increase as quickly as demand did so prices increased to compensate - Economics 101.

Methodology:
Price: The price shown is the average price for a brand new DVD sold on eBay. The 'before price' is during the last week of April and the 'after price' is the average from May 4th to May 9th.

Units Sold: This is the average number of units sold per day on eBay and only includes new condition DVD's. The 'before' and 'after' time periods are the same as those used for the price calculations.

The DVD's used in the analysis were Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Skylanders Figure/Character List & Collecting Guide [Spyro, Giants & Swap Force]

Author: Evan Butler



Below is a complete list of the known Skylanders figures including Rare, Color Variants, Promo Variants, Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 figures.

Click the name of the character to see a picture and the most recent prices.

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List of Skylander Figures

Skylander Characters Spyro's Adventure (Series 1):

Bash
Bash - Legendary
Boomer
Camo
Chop Chop
Chop Chop - Legendary
Cynder
Dino-Rang
Double Trouble
Drill Sergeant
Drobot
Eruptor
Flameslinger
Ghost Roaster
Gill Grunt
Hex
Ignitor
Lightning Rod
Prism Break
Slam Bam
Sonic Boom
Spyro
Spyro - Legendary
Spyro - Dark
Stealth Elf
Stump Smash
Sunburn
Terrafin
Trigger Happy
Trigger Happy - Legendary
Voodood
Warnado
Wham-Shell
Whirlwind
Wrecking Ball
Zap
Zook

Skylander Characters Giants (Series 2):

Bash
Chill
Chill - Lightcore
Chill - Legendary Lightcore
Chop Chop
Cynder
Cynder - Glow in the Dark
Double Trouble
Double Trouble Royal
Drill Sergeant
Drobot
Drobot - Lightcore
Eruptor
Eruptor - Lightcore
Flameslinger
Flameslinger - Gold
Flashwing
Flashwing - Jade
Fright Rider
Fright Rider - Glow in the Dark
Gill Grunt
Hex
Hex - Lightcore
Hot Dog
Hot Dog - Molten
Ignitor
Ignitor - Legendary
Jet-Vac
Jet-Vac - Blizzard
Jet-Vac - Legendary
Jet-Vac - Lightcore
Lightning Rod
Pop Fizz
Pop Fizz - Lightcore
Pop Fizz - Punch
Prism Break
Prism Break - Lightcore
Shroomboom
Shroomboom - Lightcore
Slam Bam
Slam Bam - Legendary
Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom - Glow in the Dark
Sprocket
Spyro
Stealth Elf
Stealth Elf - Legendary
Stump Smash
Terrafin
Trigger Happy
Whirlwind
Whirlwind - Polar
Wrecking Ball
Zap
Zook

Skylanders Giants

Bouncer - Giants
Bouncer - Legendary Giants
Crusher - Giants
Crusher - Granite Giants
Eye Brawl - Giants
Hot Head - Giants
Ninjini - Giants
Ninjini - Scarlet Giants
Swarm - Giants
Thumpback - Giants
Tree Rex - Giants
Tree Rex - Gnarly Giants

Skylander Characters Swap Force (Series 3):

Releasing Fall 2013
Blast Zone
Blast Zone Dark
Boom Jet
Bumble Blast
Bumble Blast - Lightcore
Bumble Blast - Jolly
Chill - Blizzard
Chop Chop - Twin Blade
Chop Chop - Green Twin Blade
Countdown
Countdown - Lightcore
Countdown - Kickoff
Cynder - Phantom
Doom Stone
Dune Bug
Eruptor - Lava Barf
Eruptor - Lava Barf Volcanic
Fire Kraken
Fire Kraken - Jade
Fire Kraken - Gold Dev Team Exclusive
Flashwing - Lightcore
Free Ranger
Free Ranger - Legendary
Freeze Blade
Fright Rider - Halloween
Fryno
Gill Grunt
Grilla Drilla
Grim Creeper
Grim Creeper - Lightcore
Grim Creeper - Legendary
Hoot Loop
Hoot Loop - Enchanted
Hot Dog - Fire Bone
Jet-Vac - Turbo
Magna Charge
Magna Charge - Nitro
Night Shift
Night Shift - Legendary
Pop Fizz - Super Gulp
Pop Thorn
Prism Break - Hyper Beam
Punk Shock
Rattle Shake
Riptide
Riptide - Green
Roller Brawl
Rubble Rouser
Scorp
Scorp - Green
Scratch
Slobber Tooth
Slobber Tooth - Dark
Smolderdash
Smolderdash - Lightcore
Sprocket
Spy Rise
Spyro - Mega Ram
Spyro - Dark Mega Ram
Star Strike
Star Strike - Lightcore
Star Strike - Enchanted
Stealth Elf - Ninja
Stealth Elf - Dark Ninja
Stink Bomb
Terrafin - Knockout
Trap Shadow
Trigger Happy
Trigger Happy - Springtime
Warnado - Lightcore
Wash Buckler
Wash Buckler - Dark
Wash Buckler - Color Shift
Wham-Shell - Lightcore
Whirlwind - Horn Blast
Wind Up
Zoo Lou
Zoo Lou - Legendary

Skylander Rare Promo Variants:

Stump Smash - Flocked
Cynder - Purple Toy Fair 2012
Hex - Pearl
Bash - Blue
Gill Grunt - E3 2011
Spyro - E3 2011
Trigger Happy - E3 2011
Spyro - Chrome E3 2012
Hot Dog - Bronze E3 2013
Chop Chop - Metallic Blue Toy Fair 2013

Skylanders Rare Color Variants:

Crystal Clear Stealth Elf
Crystal Clear Cynder
Crystal Clear Wham-Shell
Green Gill Grunt
Metallic Green Gill Grunt
Glow in the Dark Warnado
Glow in the Dark Wrecking Ball
Glow in the Dark Zap
Red Drill Sergeant
Gold Prism Break
Gold Chop Chop
Gold Drill Sergeant
Gold Flameslinger
Metallic Purple Eye Brawl
Metallic Purple Lightning Rod
Metallic Purple Wrecking Ball
Pearl Hot Head
Pearl Sprocket
Pearl Sonic Boom
Pumpkin Eye Brawl
Silver Boomer
Silver Dino-Rang
Silver Eruptor
Stone - Whirlwind
Stone - Zook
White Flocked Stump Smash
White Flocked Eruptor
White Flocked Prism Break

Skylander Sidekicks:

2012 Skylander Sidekicks
Gil Runt - Sidekicks
Terrabite - Sidekicks
Trigger Snappy - Sidekicks
Whisper Elf - Sidekicks
2013 Skylander Sidekicks
Barkley - Sidekicks
Eye Small - Sidekicks
Mini Jini - Sidekicks
Thumpling - Sidekicks

Skylanders Items:

Anvil Rain (Empire of Ice Adventure Pack)
Sky-Iron Shield (Empire of Ice Adventure Pack)
Time Twister Hourglass (Darklight Crypt Adventure Pack)
Healing Elixir (Darklight Crypt Adventure Pack)
Sparx the Dragonfly (Dragon's Peak Adventure Pack)
Winged Boots (Dragon's Peak Adventure Pack)
Ghost Pirate Swords (Pirate Seas Adventure Pack)
Hidden Treasure (Pirate Seas Adventure Pack)

Skylander Levels:

Darklight Crypt (Darklight Crypt Adventure Pack)
Empire of Ice (Empire of Ice Adventure Pack)
Pirate Ship (Pirate Seas Adventure Pack)
Dragon’s Peak (Dragon's Peak Adventure Pack)
Volcanic Vault (Best Buy in the US, GAME and Gamestation in the UK Single Pack Exclusive)

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About Skylanders Game & Figure Collecting

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure first launched October 12, 2011 in Australia for the PC. It has since spread worldwide and released on the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS, and Mac OS. It is slated to launch in Japan later this year. This title is the definition of a blockbuster and employs marketing techniques from several different series allowing for unparalleled success.

Activision has stated that they have already earned over $200 million in the US alone and are gearing up for a sequel, Skylanders: Giants. This game is redefining gaming, marketing, and collecting in one fell swoop. How did they do it?

Skylander Gameplay

For starters, it is a great game to play. It is fun, it looks good, and it is available across every major gaming console. The story is written by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, both of whom worked on Pixar's original Toy Story film, guaranteeing appeal to children and adults alike.

The controls are easy to pick up and the game is fun and fast-paced but long enough to allow for time investment and sentimental attachment. It has colorful characters and is a stark contrast to today’s video game market oversaturated with bloody, gritty war simulations. The PC version earned a 93.00% aggregate score on GameRanking.com.

Skylander Marketing

Activision has outdone themselves and everyone else in the gaming industry with the marketing behind this project. They worked with Nickelodeon to create a tour as well as heavily invested in their own website and web games.

However, the number one marketing ploy that they have utilized is an incredible media blackout on their shipments for figurines. Release dates are hard to track down and they do not even tell their vendors what they are going to be sending them. Each shop has something different. Some stores do have exclusives and some exclusive are later on revealed to not be exclusives at all. This combination of misinformation and lack of information creates an interesting mix and is the exact same as the marketing employed to sell Beanie Babies.

Skylander Collecting

Just how many figurines are there? This is a hard number to find, but there are 70 know Skylander figurines. That number includes all known variants, items, promos, sidekicks, and levels.

Collecting the figures is not just for completionist purposes, these figures often unlock something in-game. They are tangible DLC (Downloadable content). You actually have to buy them to continue on in the game itself. However, several of these figurines are simply rarer variants that function the exact same in-game as their more common counterparts. Nowhere on the box does it say that, though. All of this is just part of the mystique.

Gamestop has realized the value of these figures and recently started buying and selling used figurines to capitalize on the success of the title. If you want each of these figurines, be prepared to spend several thousands dollars.

When you purchase any color variant, you must beware. Only buy them sealed in their box. Anyone with a can of spray paint can create a rare color variant. That is why Activision has changed the variants to harder-to-fake versions such as clear or glow-in-the-dark to reduce the likelihood of forgery but you can never be completely safe. Be careful when buying these figurines. You can lose a lot of money with one fake purchase. All of the collectible color variants and promo variants are valued at anywhere from $500 to $900 each. Never pay more than $30 dollars for any individual Skylander figurine unless it is a variant. The Legendary characters are worth more.

It is also important to remember that this is not a stable market at all. Prices vary wildly day-to-day and something that sells for $5 dollars today can sell for $50 tomorrow. This will even out after the hype dies down but right now, this is a seller’s market and buyers should expect to pay a premium price to get what they want to complete their collections.
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