I see a lot of complaints about price and availability, but as far as I'm concerned this is the golden age of Macross toy collecting.
Were any of you guys around here or collecting Macross toys in the late 90's, and early millenium? Now THERE was a time of misery when it came to collecting. First of all, what was there to collect? If you wanted a variable fighter there were two choices: Bandai and Takatoku, both of which were 1/55 scale "chunky monkeys" that are aesthetically hideous when compared to even a V1 Yamato.
I remember scouring ebay for whatever 1/55 valkyrie's that I could. The holy grails back then were the Bandai Strike Valkyrie, Super Ostrich and the 'Seeker. Do any of you guys remember the prices back then, IF you could even find one to bid on? Oh about $1200 or so, and that was just for the Bandai Strikes; I never got into the Ostrich and the 'Seeker because they were even more expensive and harder to find. Hell I remember even missing a mortgage payment because I was so feverish trying to get a Bandai 'Strike that was MIB for about $1300.
So yeah, these PO sessions suck because they're hard to succeed with and you've got unscrupulous sellers like NIN NIN marking things up by almost 100%, but try and remember that even at $500 for a Roy, you're getting a far SUPERIOR toy for a fraction of the cost of a much more simpler toy that cost that much more when there was virtually nothing to buy. If you had shown me a DX 'Roy back in 1999 I would've sold my soul for it. Today, you've got Yamato, Bandai, Arcadia, and even Toynami and the reissue '55s if that's your thing. Ultimately everyone needs to lighten up; if you want these new generation toys you'll get it, and it won't be as hard to do so or nearly as expensive as it was for old-time collectors like me...