Here’s a little story – I went into a store on the Cape and saw this guy sitting there. I asked about the price. The man quoted me $75. While I am certainly a Hulk fan, I’m also not an idiot. This piece was not worth $75 – and by that I mean it would never hold its value. 3 months later I went back into the same store – and there was the same bust, still sitting in it’s original spot. I am sure of this because I talked to the man behind the counter for a while. In the discussion he told me that the price was still $75 and that he wasn’t willing to work on the price. Now let’s remember – the comic and collectible industry is unlike any other – as in, the price tag doesn’t always mean that’s the price. It’s not like the GAP where you can’t haggle on the price of your jeans. Stores that don’t haggle really risk losing repeat customers. And it’s a shame too – because there aren’t too many comic shops on the Cape. As in – there is one.
While this may make the owner feel comfortable in charging whatever he wants – it’s only a matter of time before there is some competition or, even worse, people just stop buying comics. Let’s get back to this bust though… the retail was certainly off – the sculpt just wasn’t there to compete with Bowen’s masterfully done pieces. So, like any smart shopper… I waited… I waited for one to pop up on ebay for a really decent price.
Now, how do I feel about this piece, now that I have received it? Well, I do think it looks better in person and I think it looks WAY better then the FS movie statue they released. The sculpt is better – I’m not such a huge fan of the Chiclets teeth – but the rest of the bust is actually pretty sweet! I wish they had added the plate to the bust – rather than having you do it once you open the bust – but that’s not a huge issue. The light-up feature is kind of cool – not too sure if I will use it very often – but it is a nice touch.
I was able to snag this and another bust I will post next week for prices I didn’t just consider fair – but a steal! Since I bought 2 pieces at the same time – I was able to save on shipping as well! Something to think about! But – both these busts are packed away again – the house still has construction going on and that means the Hulk room is still out of commission.