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Red Graf
10-02-2009, 22:58
Once upon a time you could contact GWUK and give them the product number of some old fig they did 10 years ago and they would get out the mold and make you one. Do they still do this, and if so, does anybody have a link or a phone number?

Maskedman5oh4
10-02-2009, 23:04
No.

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Nuada
10-02-2009, 23:08
They scrapped all the old range master moulds back in 98 :(

Red Graf
10-02-2009, 23:54
Thanks guys. It seems like a bone headed move to just scrap those molds. You would think they still had value.

Nuada
10-02-2009, 23:59
I can understand why they did it. It was costing alot of money to store the old range in the strong room, and they only sold a few of the old range models.

Joshwa
11-02-2009, 00:04
It was nice to know they were there though :(

Netherghoul
11-02-2009, 00:23
well keep an open eye on ebay mate, you may be lucky.

sulla
11-02-2009, 03:50
Thanks guys. It seems like a bone headed move to just scrap those molds. You would think they still had value.

Just out of curiosity, what were you after?

starlight
11-02-2009, 03:53
It was nice to know they were there though :(

Which is a surefire road to bankruptcy...:eyebrows:

If it isn't selling, don't make it. Simple.

Lord Dan
11-02-2009, 04:04
Now, now, Starlight, you're thinking like a businessman. We're thinking like gamers. :)

starlight
11-02-2009, 04:12
I'm thinking like a gamer who wants his deale...erm, I mean suppli...erm, I mean gaming company to stay in business so i can keep getting my fi...erm, I mean my models. :p

IJW
11-02-2009, 11:58
Just out of curiosity, what were you after?
Seconded. There's a chance I'm selling what you're after on my eBay store...

Nephilim of Sin
11-02-2009, 12:07
Which is a surefire road to bankruptcy...:eyebrows:

If it isn't selling because we changed things, don't make it. Simple.

There, fixed it for you:D.

Quote honestly, I would have the Old Man-mangler over the rock-lobba anyday, to the point where I will not buy the new one.

As to 'it is not selling', why do we still have the familiars from a few editions ago?

mweaver
11-02-2009, 12:47
It would be nice, but impractical. As others have noted, try eBay. There is a booming trade in old figures there - often going for good prices.

Braad
11-02-2009, 16:12
You can't hold on to everything. Its as simple as that. If it has a new model that causes sells of old models to drop, scrap the old ones.

I do believe there was this bit in White Dwarf where they talked about releasing some of the more popular in the collectors range, and that we could ask for what we wanted. But I don't think it is doable to keep every single model that we once had available.

sigur
11-02-2009, 22:13
I think that there's a huge difference people stopped considering at post #4: Difference between "destroying molds" and "stoppping producing miniatures".

sulla
12-02-2009, 04:02
I think that there's a huge difference people stopped considering at post #4: Difference between "destroying molds" and "stoppping producing miniatures".

In what way? When does it become impratical to store a room or more of ancient molds in preference to modern products and molds? Surely GW would be in better position to make that call than us.

Thurizdan
12-02-2009, 05:46
They ought to sell the molds to a 3rd party company and ask for 15% of the proceeds. That way, we get our models, GW gets their money and storage space, and some small business gets a boost.

starlight
12-02-2009, 05:55
Would you stop making sense? :p

Lord Dan
12-02-2009, 06:01
They ought to sell the molds to a 3rd party company and ask for 15% of the proceeds. That way, we get our models, GW gets their money and storage space, and some small business gets a boost.

Woah, woah, let's slow down. This scheme might make sense in some cases, but we must consider that GW isn't interested in making money. GW is interested in making lots of money.

We'd have to make it 20% of the proceeds.

snurl
12-02-2009, 08:06
Selling off the old molds to a new company would have been a great idea.

* calculating how many molds my garage will hold....*

Steef
12-02-2009, 20:54
in my simple-minded view,

ye who posesses the metal figures untouched, is keeper of something able to create a new mold with, aye?

simply put,

why not make molds out of the still existing old figs, and just re-cast them.?
it isn't that hard to make a mold from a metal sprue.

505
13-02-2009, 06:16
cause that would be illegal. at least if you distributed them

starlight
13-02-2009, 06:21
Actually it's illegal to *make* them, not just to distribute them, and discussions on illegal practices are against the Warseer rules.

Any further discussion on this topic will result in actions being taken against those who continue to break the rules.


starlight

IJW
13-02-2009, 08:39
Moving on from the casting discussion...

I seem to remember a conversation somewhere on Warseer claiming that a substantial chunk of orders from the archive service were to staff (when they could order by weight) and that GW therefore didn't make any money on most of the archive service.

No idea if that's true, though.

EDIT - by the time you added in storage costs etc. GW would have been losing money on those orders.

Brother Loki
13-02-2009, 13:02
Sounds very plausible - I suspect a lot of bitz were the same.

Red Graf
17-02-2009, 22:22
A couple of you asked what I was looking for. Here are the three I am most interested in.

IJW
17-02-2009, 23:09
I've got a set of four 'plug in weapon' footsoldiers for sale in the store at the moment, including that one.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170300499191

The Ogre I've also got somewhere, but I'm not sure what condition he's in...

Red Graf
18-02-2009, 00:14
Not any more you don't.:evilgrin:

Thanks a lot. Let me know on the Ogre. As long as it's a paint job that can be stripped I would be interested.

thenamelessdead
18-02-2009, 20:22
I ordered a few things from the 1986-1991 catalogue around 1998, so must have just got in in time! Everything from that catalogue was made available at the time, even the most obscure stuff like gangers and 40k adventurers. And yes, squats! Still got the catalogue and the price list.