Fineas, thanks for that! And indeed there are a lot of dishonest sellers out there. Regularly I see tin toys offered with a short story like,"from a clearance"or "from granddad's attic" etc. Or with a note like;"I have no idea what the value is, blablabla." And always it is accompanied by a picture of a more or less rare toy. (A repro offcourse.) Which had a severe encounter with sandingpaper and let outside to rust. Or, when they were in a real hurry, used some brown paint to age that poor toy. So luckely I am able to spot those obvious fakes. BUt there always people who do a far better job and those are the times that I turn to you guys or when I just don't know if it is worth the money the ask for it. I try to get all the info myself from the web, but sometimes even the web has no clue..
I will post some pic's of my modest collection asap!
That is indeed the one I'm reffering to. When I googled it, I came across two auctions in which 1 sold for just under $200 and 1 just over $100.
But I liked the design and thought that $40 was okay.
I also saw the one you used the pic from. I was just wondering. When you look at it, it seems that there are dents or damages on the top. But there is no paint damage tehre. Might this be a repaint?
I am fairly new at collecting spacetoys, so I try to get as much info and tips from you guys as possible. That is also why I post questions as the ones I posted so far. I hope that you guys don't mind that!
As soon as I get the tank, I will post some pic's of it here. At the end I closed the deal for $100, maybe it is to much. But I just loved the tank. And in the meantime I found an '34 Manoil rocketracer which I try the owner to let it go for a reasonable price. I saw prices paid for that diecast toy between $100 and $180. I might be able to get it for $40.
Well I have decided to go for the 'Strange explorer tank". The Apollo Z is quite frequently offered, and the explorer tank I only saw twice on the web. One asking $800 for it and one asking $120 but is only the hull without the dome, driver, canon and in very poor condition.
But thanks for the overwhelming opinions.... :lol:
Maybe a strange question, but I need some opinions.
I am bidding on two great items.
A Apollo Z in great condition like new, but who is missing his antenna, or a DSK Strange Explorer tank, the tank with the flip action with a big gorilla underneath, in perfect condition. Both are without boxes.
The price for the strange explorer is now getting in that range that I have to decide to buy just one of them.
(Christmas coming and a girlfriend who is breathing in my neck... Forces me to be a little cheapish this month...)
For which toy would you guys go?
Thanks for your opinions in advance!
And a merry christmas to you all!!!
I purchased this spaceship for just 15 dollars. It was found on some guys attic and came together with a old tin Buick with cast iron bumpers and a old donkey from the German brand Gama. The space ship looks great and works fine. (Old flywheel action and a nice rattling sound like a machinegun!) But unfortunately it is missing his driver.(Astronaut or robot, I don't know!)
Does anybody know this nice peice of tin and maybe has some pic's of it? Did it come with a robot driver or a astronaut? From the litho my geuss would be a astronaut.
I can obtain a blue Daiya astronaut in good, working condition. It looks good, some minor playwear and one small crack in it's helmet. And a black Planet robot with rubber hands, from which the right hand is missing a thumb. No boxes by neither of them. I allready checked Alphadrome and the internet for references regarding the differences between repro's and vintage one's. Both are vintage.
Price asked for them is $800 each. Offcourse there is some room for negotiation on the price. To buy both would be a dream, but my female part in life won't think that would be funny to buy them both... (Yeah, she doesn't has any sense of humour!)
Are those fair prices for those guys and what would you guys do?
The whole deal did not go through, but I suspect another buyer on the background...
It went from:"Sorry, don't want to sell. It has to stay in the family. Nothing to do with money." And 5 minutes later it was:"If you would really offer me at least the double, I will consider it and get back to you..." Then I recieved a email telling me that my offer was to low and he would like a higher one to consider... I did not go through with that strange methode of doing bussiness! Even if it is a rare robot!
But now I have some money to spend on another robot, in most likely, a beter condition!
But thanks all you guys for all your input and the trouble you took in posting the pictures!
At least you have made me very enthousiastic about robot collecting and I will continue searching for robots that I want in my collection!
I have got the pictures and compared them to the ones posted here in this topic. I can safely say it is a original. So I will try to close that deal! ("Trying" because there are some doubts starting to come up with the seller. It turns out that this robot was given to the father of his wife by his grandfather...) But I can be very persistend when I want something!
First of all thanks for your input and opinions. And for the warm welcome here at Alphadrome!
I have checked the link on the differnces between the real thing and a repro. Very handy indeed! So I was able to ask the correct questions, and I am waiting for the pictures.
It is the correct size, that I allready found out.
If at the end it turns out a fake or for whatever reason the sale does not go through, I will never the less be a robot collector! I love those things! Used to have them when I was a kid, but all gone now... The went to neighbourhood kids etc.. :(
I will keep you posted, please do not stop to give more info if you have it! Or your opinion!
(By the way, my name "Roechamist"is from when I met my wife. She is called Roechama and I adored her, still do, thefor I am a Roechamist! My real name is Polish,..and believe me it won't be any easier then Roechamist!! :D )
I have the opportunity to buy a original "Lilliput robot". The very first windup robot produced. It is missing both his lower arms and his faceplate and it has that "rust spray"al over it. So not really rusted, but that "rust-acne" sort of thing.
I am still in negotiaton about the price, and might buy it for around 300 dollars.