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#1 Grencats

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 05:00 PM

Hi everyone. I have not been on the forum for a while. I keep seeing Greek Battle Beasts showing up and was wondering if anyone was able to complete a full set yet. I know the more popular ones are the fancy color versions and of course the black ones but have we decided which mold of each color are the most hard to get yet? It seems like pricing is all over the place and it's hard for new collectors to feel confident with a purchase. I know more collectors would love to buy Greek Battle Beasts so I thought we should talk about them some more. I have seen the green carp sell on auction for several hundred dollars. The pink elephant is also very rare as well as the purple rabbit. The blue pink and purple guys are very pricey. Seems to me there are a few rare silver pieces too. The porcupine guy seems quite rare. Some of the color materials are very delicate and although the giraffe shows up a lot certain colors always have broken horns. Anyways feel free to share your opinions about this topic.
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Posted 08 July 2018 - 02:59 PM

Think a lot of your questions are explained here: https://beastformers...c/tepato-maxoi/

Or at least it´d be a helpful read to get an understanding of the ¨rarity¨ of certain colors.

 

It´s not said that every Beasts is easy to find within the common colors so even there you´ll find that building a color master set of 28 different figures ain´t an easy target to achieve. Some Beasts seem to be more around in the ¨rare¨ colors whereas they might be harder to find in the common colors. So there are some main guidelines but those aren´t always guiding... Over time we´ve learned a lot about them, luckily so we´ve passed the point of considering them being rare prototypes, but there are still a couple of uncertainties.

 

As far as I know there´s no one out there who has managed to complete a full master set of 28 x 8 = 224 GBB yet. There are a few people close and in Greece there´s a collector who´s only 10 or so short but overall it ain´t an easy journey and it also depends on how strict you are in accepting slight color/shade differences in order to complete figs.

 

When it comes to pricing on the GBB it´s really a shot in the dark and that´s most what happens when Greek sellers list on Ebay, they just charge insane prices based on ........ whatever in the hope someone purchases it. They´ve a huge advantage over us collectors from outside Greece so they´re also controlling prices in a certain way. I know they´ve been (misusing) my personal quest for the Pink Rabbit, which is a public secret by now, and listed one under the header ¨HOLY GRAIL¨ a while ago and I believe it sold for a couple of hundreds. There are a couple more stories like that around and they´re just using those to get the most out of their figs. I don´t think that´s always fair but as long as people buy them at those rates they´ll keep trying. Sometimes there are more acceptable listings out there though so you´ve to stay patient but in case you do want to go after some harder to get colors or figures there´s a chance there´s more competition because there´s still a few GBB collectors hunting for Beasts in order to get closer to that ultimate goal a GBB master set. I´m not sure if anyone will ever reach it in a condition that´s acceptable to also consider it a full 224 figure master set since there´s a lot of variables.

 

Collecting GBB is a completely different thing.... much more a challenge and often very frustrating but that´s my own experience ;)


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 04:12 PM

The rhino, buffalo, boar and elephant are the ones most commonly found with the wrong arms making it a bit harder to come by them with their normal arms.

As far as color rarity, purple seems to be the hardest to come by. It has been argued that the purple might have been a result of a change in plastic suppliers and replaced the pink towards the end of the run but this has been neither confirmed nor dis-proven.


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Posted 29 July 2018 - 12:12 PM

This topic raises a lot of lingering questions I've had, as readily available information on GBBs is kinda scarce.  I remember seeing a post, maybe in a foreign forum, where a person in Greece braggingly admitted to bootlegging GBBs.  Bootlegs of a toy that at one time was thought to be a bootleg, well, that makes things difficult.  Then there are Russian bootlegs that look like the GBBs in pictures.  As I am also aware of the varying flexibility of the materials from one color plastic to the next, how much variance in flexibility is there in a single color? 

Recently, relatively speaking, there have been 2 interesting listings on ebay.  About a year ago, a metallic bear(i forget blue or silver), had swirls of another color in it.  Then, still viewable in completed listings, a transparent brown elephant, although missing arms.  Are rare color variances in GBBs legit, or bootlegs?

 


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Posted 29 July 2018 - 02:47 PM

Did you check the link I provided in the first reply here, there´s by now quite a bit known about the GGB;

https://beastformers...c/tepato-maxoi/

 

But the problem with the GBB is the amount of shade differences that are found, mainly, amongst the brighter colors like Green, Blue and Purple.

There a figures known in a more Baby Blue color while other Blue ones are a more darker Blue compared to those and the same goes for the Greens. Those shouldn´t be considered as RARE color variations or whatever but they´re just the result of a less strict or precise production method imho.

It is hard to explain exactly because the amount of inconsistencies in color within the GBB line is enormous really. And for those, like me, who work with parts in order to complete Beasts this is really a big frustration because the chances of actually completing a solid colored figure from various parts is less than 10% or so, or at least it feels like that.

 

I do remember the listings you refer to and if I´m correct the Metallic Bear was a bit of a weird one indeed although it was not completely sure, if I remember correctly, it that´s caused by a color transfer afterwards or whether it might´ve been the result of a mixture error during production. Things like that are not always easy to tell solely based on pics.

 

The Transparent Brown Elephant is a known color ¨issue¨ amongst GBB collectors and with the Elephant body mostly came the Boar arms so finding an exact same boar completing both figures in that odd color would be quite a challenge but I believe some are trying to do so or already managed to do so. It´s not clear how/why especially those two figures have shown up with this more transparent looking Brown color.

 

We do know quite a bit but there are still mysteries left to reveal!


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