Lets compare a few late 80’s advertisements for Space Marines (courtesy of the awesome solegends.com) to some prices on the website today:
OMG YAYYYY 30 plastic Space Marines for £9.99, and they’re a multipart plastic kit! Comes with special weapons, heavies, and officers. This is more than enough to start playing Rogue Trader!!! And the prices for the Orks were similar. If you really want to impress your friends, you can use a copper wire and some paper to make a standard bearer!
75 frakkin’ p.
Alright, how about some modern type equivalents? Sure, there’s been inflation since 1990, but the economy of scale, 20 years of technological advances, and a now thriving market should have driven prices way, way down.
Telion’s just a typical example – nothing fancy like a standard bearer, Ork Nob, or a special character (be prepared to plonk down more like 16 quid for someone who actually occupies an HQ slot.)
Only, they cost 7.6 times as much as they used to.
Yeah, yeah, these are great looking models. That’s entirely subjective. The beakies above looked *awesome* when they came out. The art of sculpting has changed over the last 20 years – should a comic book, painting, or album cost 7.6 times as much as it used to?
I’m not complaining that the market can’t bear these prices, or that there’s anything unfair about them. I’m just pointing out that the prices of miniatures have skyrocketed in the past and will continue to do so, and this just doesn’t make sense at all until you look at the miniatures industry and realized that it’s overcommercialized, and that we should fix it, now.
(Space Marines, Space Orks, and Rogue Trader are all registered copyrights of Games Workshop.)