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Tintin collectibles: why so expensive?

smilecry
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#1 · Posted: 17 Jun 2005 16:27
I had my first Tintin book when I was 5 and since then I have been a Tintin Fan. Tried to buy a few Tintin PVC characters recently and I found that they are so ridiculously expensive. For a Capitaine Haddock statue, it is almost US$400.
I really want to know who raised the price so high and I must say that it is really sad and shameful that Tintin has become rich men's toy.
jockosjungle
Member
#2 · Posted: 18 Jun 2005 08:50
Supply and Demand I suppose, very few produced for the demand for them.

Are you talking about the little plastic figures that are about 3 inches high? I'm sure the Tintin shop sells something similar for about £6

http://www.thetintinshop.uk.com/acatalog/The_Tintin_Shop_Plastic_Keyrings_and_Figures_19.html

Rik
jock123
Moderator
#3 · Posted: 19 Jun 2005 15:57
I think that fundamentally there has been a decision made somewhere that Tintin should be kept exclusive, and made into a “life-style” product; I agree that this is disappointing, and that more could be done in fostering a “low-end” market of toys, games and clothes for the less affluent.

Leblon (who make the resin figurines and models) and Pixi (the lumpen lead soldier type of items) are all very well, but it would be nice to walk into Woolworths and see Tintin action-figures and play-sets, Lego kits and tee-shirts for children.

Disney manage to straddle both ends successfully, so it wouldn’t take a marketing genius to have a go for Tintin.

I know that one company had a prototype line of Tintin action-figures ready for approval a few years back, and they had high hopes for them, but permission was not given.

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