I officially quit collecting Marvel Legends today. I have been collecting since 2001 when they were known as Spider-Man classics. They retailed for around $6 or $7 back then, which wasn’t that bad.
I snapped this picture from my local Toys R US today.
There’s no way I’m paying $18 for an action figure. That would be $126 to build an Arnin Zola figure which is very cool, but not $126 dollars cool. What are your thoughts? I’d really like to support new figures but who can afford this hobby? 

28 Responses to “$18 for a Marvel Legend?”

  1. #1 musicfighter says:

    Unfortunately, that’s just the way its been going for toy collecting. Either prices raise dramatically, or the toys get worse (see:Transformers Prime toys). Honestly, I’ve been focusing more on importing toys than on domestic stuff, since, while they are more expensive, you get extremely high quality.

  2. #2 dave says:

    well ur just going to have to be more selective and not try for ‘completism’ but make ur own collection.

  3. #3 musicfighter says:

    Also, Toys R Us always has higher prices. Check Wal Mart or Target. They’ll be a little cheaper.

  4. #4 DaemonCorps says:

    Haven’t been in the action figure collecting world in a while and even when I was, I wasn’t the biggest of collectors. Still… that shit’s steep. Like, crazy steep. It’s stuff like this that just makes it even harder for younger people to get into comics and the like.

  5. #5 Iron Patriot says:

    And THIS is why I’m not into action figures. I get much more out of comics.

  6. #6 Mike 13 says:

    Christ… this means they’ll be $24.99 in Canada… even though the Loonie has been at least on par if not worth more than the Greenback since Bush Jr. decided to start a war one day….

  7. #7 Javi Trujillo says:

    I’m out, too. I can’t afford toys now, let alone the books I want. My LCS charges $23 for new DC Direct, too, making me have to be even choosier. Sucks.

  8. #8 Jason H says:

    Your unwillingness to pay ridiculous sums for action figures means you hate Marvel and want them to fail. :P

  9. #9 zerokewl says:

    i must say here in germany is this a standard price for action figures. we pay round 16-20 euro for one of these for special figures even more >_>

  10. #10 Sam Kerby says:

    I know what you mean there Brad. I was at toys r us this past monday on my weekly Spidey hunt. And there were four guys standing around this poor toys r us employee. I asked “what was going on?” and they told me they were buying up the new Marvel Legends. I asked if there was any Spidey figures in it, and they said yep, and they bought them up. I was a tad upset, until I asked how much the figures were, the poor employee dude said “$17.99″ I was like, holy crap! Then I said “my wife thanks you guys for buying them up, so I don’t waste that much on one figure” They laughed.

    Keep On Thwipin’!!!
    Sam

  11. #11 Enigma_2099 says:

    I got Hope from WalMart for $14.99. It’s a shame because it seems they’ve finally improved on them. Yeah, Toys R Us… I recommend not going there unless they have something you can’t find anywhere else. Save that money for something important. I hear gas prices are going up again.

  12. #12 Enigma_2099 says:

    And sadly, they’ll use this to justify the cancellation of the Legends line, and continue to gouge you with the bastard spawn Universe line. Now THERE’S a ripoff line if I ever saw one.

  13. #13 SpectacularSpiderGuy says:

    You stuck it out longer than I did … I stopped bothering a couple of years ago.

  14. #14 herbiepopnecker says:

    $3 per inch?!

  15. #15 Matt Byrd says:

    I was at my own Toys R Us just yesterday looking for something else all together. But I did see a lot of “AVENGERS” toys out too in the MARVEL LEGEND line and yep way to pricy indeed! It’s sad that a kid can’t have a choice really of entertainment over ten bucks a pop if even that? All well I guess toy collecting isn’t what it used to be for anyone!

  16. #16 cbasfrench says:

    I saw some of the Avengers movie tie-in figures yesterday at Wal-Mart and Toysrus and not only are they overpriced, they just don’t look good at all. Very disappointed with what I’ve seen so far. As far as the price of figurines, I’m not surprised. The same thing has happened with Disney Cars vehicles and playsets. I used to collect them with my six year old son but we did not collect them for the second movie because the prices doubled for them. Totally ridiculous…

  17. #17 Billium3 says:

    I encourage everyone to not give in to Toys R Us’ price gouging. This isn’t the first time they’ve done this to Marvel Legends collectors. They charged $35 for $25 Marvel Legends 2-packs back in 2010 around Christmas (Sadly, they were exclusive to TRU). They charged $18 for Marvel Legends styled Titanium Man and Crimson Dynamo before anyone else got them, but when they finally hit Target and Wal*Mart for $12-$15, isn’t it funny how TRU lowered their prices to $15, too?

    So yeah, resist the urge to buy at TRU if you can and wait til they hit your Target or Wal*Mart.

  18. #18 Sthenurus says:

    I know what you mean guys.I collect transformers and now it has become so expansive i seriously have to be carefull with my spending. They went from 9.99 to 16.99 in just under 2 years.

  19. #19 Enigma_2099 says:

    It also helps is you cherry pick instead of trying to be a completist.

  20. #20 Two-Bit Specialist says:

    Buy them used? That’s what I do with videogames.

  21. #21 Enigma_2099 says:

    @#20

    Try doing that with figures that they know people want. You can see how that would work out by going to eBay… I know this all too well.

  22. #22 CrazyChris says:

    @14 – I’d be rich if I charged $3 per inch.

  23. #23 Sthenurus says:

    @22 CrazyChris.
    Be carefull, that’s the kind of joke Slott would do.

  24. #24 cbasfrench says:

    @#22…good one. lol

  25. #25 MadGoblin says:

    At the risk pf perpetuating the $3/inch joke (and wondering why CrazyChris isn’t employed in the porn industry if his less than humble estimation of his proportions is correct) , it is also distressing to some degree to see that the 3-4 inch action figures going for $8-9 at Wal-Mart. I don’t know if its the price of petroleum products that are responsible for some of this, but I used to be able to grab an action figure off the rack on impulse on the way home for a little surprise gift for Spencer, and that’s no longer possible. And part of the fun is collecting IS being a completist. I remember that from my days collecting baseball cards, and how the flood of products helped cripple that industry.

    And what’s this “Squeeze the legs together” on the larger Avengers action figures? I mean, OK, maybe for the Black Widow action figure for her own good….

  26. #26 Enigma_2099 says:

    Apparently you weren’t around when they were pushing at least $10 for MU figures. Looks like they’re quietly trying to pull that s*** again.

  27. #27 Enigma_2099 says:

    Ohhhhh, you people should have heard me ranting about those Universe figures on Toyark.com

  28. #28 Maroni Vogel says:

    hehe you have it all and still complain. Here in Brazil we earn lot less than you guys and a marvel legends is no less than 30USD

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