I was walking through Walmart recently when I came across an interesting end-cap display.
Apparently, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe are attempting a come-back. This after watching that fun little documentary on Netflix documentary all about He-Man. Truthfully, it was quite informative.
I suppose this is a good place for me to put my disclaimer:
I NEVER liked He-Man, She-Ra and none of it. Couldn’t stand the lazy animation back in the 80’s. Never supported the idea of a He-Man live-action movie then (1997) and a potential for one now. I thought the toys were insanely stupid.
There. I said it. I’ll never retract it.
So, when I came across the shelves of He-Man action figures back in vogue—I had an inspired thought about the art of collecting just about anything. I mean, why do we bother doing so when these silly things we do always back a comeback?
For every Star Wars figure you originally purchased and lost after the 1977 release, there are multiple reboots of the same figure, same style re-released for the current age. Given enough time, you can find a Luke Skywalker with a lightsaber sliding up and down his arm that matches exactly what came out back in the day.
It’s a tossup really. Not every collectible makes it to reboot status.
How many of you remember Smurfs? Not just the TV Show, but those plentiful figurines of different Smurfs?
For a long while, during the height of the original TV show, these figures dominated Hallmark stores and even were quite pricey depending on the rarity of the figure. While not an upfront popularity anymore, Smurf collecting is happens by very determined collectors. From Wikipedia:
Smurf collecting has become a growing hobby worldwide, with 400 different figures produced so far. New Smurf figures continue to appear: in fact, only in two years since 1969 (1991 and 1998) have no new smurfs entered the market. Schleich currently produces 8 new figurines a year. Over 300 million of them have been sold so far.
Schleich Toys also produces quite a few Superhero figurines as well.
Or how about Cabbage Patch Kids? For the life of me, I never cared for them when they first released but I know whole families that were spending big bucks of finding rare versions. Even today, on Amazon you can find a Cabbage Patch Kid for $50 or more.
Not my cup of tea.
But that’s the point. It doesn’t have to be my cup of tea.
If collecting that obscure original He-Man for $149 and the new for 2020 He-Man that practically looks the same floats your boat: have at it. It’s your money. Do as you please.
I will constantly preach the same mantra: Everything is worth something to someone. Now and later. Regardless of someone else, if it means something to you, then it’s priceless no matter who slaps a price on it.
Ending disclaimer: Writing this article I learned, with you, that Smurf’s still exist and are still being produced. I guess since the animated movies recently, the Smurf world returned to cool status.
It would be interesting to find those 400 different versions. Here’s a cool website that discusses what Smurf collecting can be worth if you have the originals.