One day, while surf-scrolling through Facebook, I came across this ad:
The price and the Black Panther statuette were sexy.
It took me back to the years when Life Magazine would send you those perfectly bound books of classics every couple of months—or the Franklin Mint collection of coins, die-cast metal cars, LP sets, etc.
The basic concept: they’ll send you one at one price and regularly send you more of the collection, and you pay as you go.
Truth be told, a lot of us get our start collecting things through this kind of service.
It’s a whole lot less cumbersome. You don’t have to hunt for anything. It just arrives in the mail—you take a quick look at it—and put it in a collector’s cabinet.
Some of these mass-marketed collectibles can be pricey to start with, then given enough time, appreciate well. Franklin Mint’s John Wayne Commemorative 1871 Colt .45 revolver came out at $450 back in 1992. You can find it floating around eBay for $600. Icollector.com shown it sold for $1,700.
You can say I am an efficiently lazy collector, so services like this are welcome to me, especially during this pandemic. Hell, I’m even willing to get back into comic book subscriptions if I can ensure they’ll arrive undamaged.
I bought into the Eaglemoss offering and waited.
How long did I wait? Well, within a week of ordering, I was preparing to move to a new home in another county. You know how it goes: address changes, getting the post office to properly bounce straggler mail to the new address. Eaglemoss provides tracking, so I watched the package arrive at the old location then meander its way through the postal system to the new place. Not a reflection on Eaglemoss. If I weren’t moving, I’d call it at about 2 ½ – 3 weeks after placing the first order.
The idea here is that I should be getting a new figurine monthly (at a different price, of course. Can’t always be at the introductory price!). As of this writing, I haven’t been made aware of what the next item will be.
The first thing that was striking to me was the sweet looking tin it came in. You already feel the contents’ weight—feeling all giddy, trying to pry the tape off the rim of the can.
The purists among us would balk at such a thing—leaving trace tape markings, or scratches, on the tin itself. But you can’t review something you can’t see.
That sort of ‘real collector‘ buys two of them: one for viewing and preservation.
Once opened, the figurine will undoubtedly meet the majority of the average collector’s approval.
Set in perfectly molded foam, the 1:18 scale Black Panther is interestingly heavy (as the ‘heavyweights’ slogan suggests). The figurine stands on a Marvel-titled embossed stand with the Marvel copyright on the back.
The upside: It’s exactly what you paid for. It looks nice and a must for any die-cast and Black Panther fan.
The downside: The character’s painting isn’t 100% as tight as I would have preferred. Areas of the silver on the neck and claws look cheap. Underneath, the stand seems plugged in, like a group of people are just pushing in the bottom and passing it off to the next person. Thus, the quality looks uneven.
I would have preferred each figure to be numbered—even if they were lying to me to suggest there’s only so many made. Instead, I get a sticker on the bottom with a random model number.
Okay, I’m clearly petty over a $9.99 die-cast figure. I believe future payments are in the $30-$40 range, so am I to expect a higher quality figurine to show up? Time will tell. I caught some company already re-selling the same figure for $39.95
Aside from that, apparently, I’m late to the party. Eaglemoss has been delivering models like these for years on different genres. They started in the partwork publishing industry back in the 1970s. I had no idea what a ‘partwork’ was, so I did a little hunting. Apparently, it’s a serialized form of publishing over a specific topic that’s been around us for ages. Here’s a good article on the description here.
For those of you, like me, that first saw the ad on Facebook and was like, ‘can I trust them’? The answer is yes.
I’ve poked around their Facebook page and caught a couple of people complaining about late deliveries. From my perspective, it’s not the fault of the company, and I think folks need to calm down and find other things to do while waiting for arrivals. Some folks click BUY and expect deliveries to transport on their steps within the hour.
As with all collecting and fine wine—you have to appreciate the steady pacing of things and just relax. But you only get to that point when you’ve become a collector of a certain age. 😊
As for me, I’m going all in and maintaining a regular subscription of the Eaglemoss Marvel heroes and, eventually the Star Trek sets for my (coming) display cabinet. We’ll have a chat about that and collector cabinets in the coming days.
Also, now that you’re clicking Facebook and other links regarding Eaglemoss, you’ll likely be seeing all sorts of ads about their products than you ever have seen before. That’s how the almighty internet algorithms work.
You’re welcome—and I’m sorry.