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Old 11-10-2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hey everyone!

I'm just getting back into space 1999 and I would like to know which 12" brand is the best for collecting (holding value, realism, etc..)

Would the large PE Eagles be a good investment? Which would be better, the standard ship or the med ship?

Thanks!
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Old 11-10-2006, 05:37 PM   #2
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Hi Northerner, and welcome.

The $64,000 question eh? I'll pass that one to the floor.
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Old 11-10-2006, 05:41 PM   #3
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Hi Northerner, and welcome.

The $64,000 question eh? I'll pass that one to the floor.
And speaking of the $64,000 question, LOL
I just emailed Ed Miarecki to ask how much to build one of his monster Eagles!
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Old 11-10-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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I'd be interested too (in knowing Ed's price).
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Old 11-10-2006, 06:10 PM   #5
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Hope you've got deep pockets...
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:27 PM   #6
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all I know is, I have my Eagle VIP Gift Set and the UFO Ellis figure on the way from FABGear. woo hoo!
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:25 PM   #7
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You already have the gift set? From where? I want mine!
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:31 PM   #8
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Don't panic, it's just on pre-order.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:36 PM   #9
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It's not nice to tease people like that.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:49 AM   #10
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which 12" brand is the best for collecting (holding value, realism, etc..)

would the large PE Eagles be a good investment? which would
be better, the standard ship or the med ship?

thanks!
Anyone??
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:22 AM   #11
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Well, the Product Enterprise versions are pretty "accurate" (in comparison to most) and on a par with the Warp models (on which they are based). In terms of holding value, I would say the market is saturated with them as we speak - so it's too early to tell if they will increase in value. I personally doubt they will for at least 10-15 years, perhaps more.

PE originally set the run of standard 12" Eagles at 6000. Had they stuck to that figure, we'd probably be seeing PE12's going for nigh-on 150GBP on eBay by now. However, at a guess, they've now sold 20,000+ and production continues to the best of my knowledge. I'm unsure of the current status of production on these and the other versions but I asked that very question earlier today and hope to hear back soon from PE.

The 23" versions are nice but I wouldn't think they'll be major-league collectables for a good few years yet. PE, or rather their distributors, are having difficulty shifting them.

Airfix, AMT/ERTL, Amai are so-so and have fluctuated in re-sale price over the years. Certainly less desirable versions than most.

Konami Eagles are yet to run out I believe... so again, too early to tell.

Dinky Toys Eagles (if you can class them as models) have stabilised in the last year. MIB ones sell for between 100 and 200, averaging at 125 GBP. The market for Dinky is notoriously unstable over the long term.

The Replicas Unlimited 23" Eagle still rumbles on at circa $300 USD. Unlikely to increase in resale value yet.

The AB Models 22" and 44" Eagle Transporters are the only kits I know of whose value has increased over time; judging by their rare appearances (and resultant 'silly-money' prices) on eBay (circa 1000+ for the 44).

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Eagle, I appreciate the info!

So I should pretty much just get what I like and not worry about any collectible value and just enjoy them for what they are!
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^ Yup! It's called 'Eagle love'...
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:26 AM   #14
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i got an email back from Ed and i knew the cost to build a 44" Eagle
would be up there. i guessed around five grand to get one built but
i missed it by half!
$9500 may seem like a lot of money, but i can understand the price.
i cant imagine how many hours it would take to build one.
i respect what he does but unfortunately the price is out of my range.
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:48 AM   #15
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Pheeew, that is expensive and well out of my league as well, but as you correctly pointed out just look at all the hours and hours of work needed on the project.

Regards what Eagle to collect, just go for whatever Eagle mode'sl take your fancy, if they increase in value in the future then that is great, but for now just order what you like while they are out there and available, and just enjoy them.

Or just do like most of on here do, just get everthing you can get your hands on, that way you are well covered, granted you will probably have no money and no space, but what the heck......
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I ordered a few of the PE ships but I'm curious if there is any difference in the 'special edition' packages over the standard ones??
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Ive got 7 (soon to be 9) Pe 12" eagles 2 Warp 12" eagles 1 RU23" VIP eagle and 1 PE23" RESCUE eagle and 2 Dinky eagles ....... I love them all!!!!!!!!!! and would recommend all of them, who cares what the resale value is, if your a true fan you'll never part with them!
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Old 13-10-2006, 08:10 PM   #18
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i have been thinking about a 23" PE eagle but i really dont like
the looks of the cockpit where it is split to be removed to view
the crew.

does the seam fit together better then i have seen in some photos?
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which one did you buy this time??
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