Let's talk today about one of the most cheered and discussed announcements of these past few days.
Raining Frogs announced a new edition of their massively successful blockbuster "Barbarian Dude".
This time, the miniature has been slightly modified. Instead of an axe, it comes with a broad sword, and as an extra, the kit comes with a nice fur cloak.
Miniature fans all over the world are divided regarding this announcement. On the one side, fans who are extremely happy because now they will be able to get a copy of this exquisite piece of miniature art, which they could not do at first because the previous casts sold out like burning gunpowder. On the other side, fans who purchased the kit attracted by the "Limited Edition" characteristic of the mini. Collectors and (why not) speculators who probably had the chance to grab one of the previously edited copies have a general feeling of betrayal. They feel they have been fooled since what they were sold as "limited" seems like it was not so limited after all.
About this, we can also find the argument that this new edition is even better than the one before, with a few changes that make it essentially the same miniature (axe vs sword) but with a cool extra (the fur cloak which may or may not be used in the mini) for just one euro more (16€ now versus 15€ before). Arguably not the best reward for those who guided by the "limited" characteristic of the mini bought it without hesitating some months ago.
We've seen this kind of practice many times in the miniature world. Games Workshop for example, the most important maufacturer of miniature products, has done this repeatedly over the years. For them it is totally OK to sell insanely expensive products as "Limited Editions" and some time after releasing them again as normal products gravely upsetting miniature collectors all over the world.
The miniature market doesn't seem to be the best place for "Limited Editions". We see lots of kits advertised as such, but with so many stories of miniatures sold as "Limited" and then re-edited, buyers do not really trust anything anymore, and collectors just have to flee to other markets.
A good example of true "limitedness" is the trading card industry, especially its most famous franchise, "Magic: The Gathering" (MTG). An extraordinary game still very much alive after more than 20 years of history in which collectors find authentic gold. In this environment, Wizards has treated Limited Editions extremely earnestly throughout the years, promising never to reprint all-time-favourites that have seen their value continously rising thus creating a market that is like a small version of the Stock Market Exchange. The promised land for collectors and dealers, where people not only make money but in many cases even make a living.
So, the question is, where do you guys stand on this story? Have you ever felt betrayed by the not so much "Limited Editions" announced as such? Do you like the idea of re-prints that make blockbusters accessible to all once again or do you prefer that "Limited Editions" stay truly limited? Would you like to see a miniature version of the MTG market on collectible pieces? Have at it guys!