Last weekend I made my annual trip to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to attend the 2014 edition Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. Due to events beyond my control I was only able to attend the “preview night” which allowed me to get on the show floor, check out the vendors and say hello to some old friends.
Over the last couple of shows my favorite thing to do is to go toy hunting. I like to see what is selling, what isn’t selling, and most importantly the “Toy Hunter Effect”. Love him or hate him, but Jordan Hembrough has had a profound impact on the way toys are sold and collected.
Funko POP! Vinyl Were Everywhere
Nearly every single booth had a profound inventory of Funko POP! Vinyl ranging from Masters of the Universe and Thundercats to My Little Pony and Ghostbusters. What’s funny is that you had vendors across the aisle from each other selling the exact same product for different prices. The bigger scaled figures were usually around $25, but the standard POP! Vinyl went from anywhere between $10 to $17.
Everything Is Awesome Except for Vintage LEGO Prices
There is no denying that The LEGO Movie brought a whole new wave of collectors into the fold. I’m 31 years old and still actively collect LEGO, I’m not ashamed of it at all. Interest in a new and vintage LEGO sets is at an all time high and the few boxed sets that I saw were at an insane markup.
I came across a hoard of truly mint in box LEGOLAND Castle sets from the late eighties in one vendor booth and was met with prices so high that I don’t even want to mention them here. Let’s just say to grab all of these sets I would not have been able to pay my mortgage for July.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Only Getting
Playmates Toys line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures is filled with weird characters and even weirder concepts. One such example is the below pictured “Mutatin’ April O’Neil” that changes from yellow suited reporter to sexy cat lady.
Everything I saw that was even remotely associated with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured a hefty price tag. The awareness for the franchise is at an all time high due in part to the the cartoon running on Nickelodeon as well as the new live action film due later this summer. If you have anything TMNT related in your parent’s attic it may be a good time to sell.