The love of gaming goes a lot further than just playing video games. At least, that's what any collector will tell you, often when they're fumbling for an excuse to purchase a two-thousand dollar resin statue of Crash Bandicoot's Aku Aku. But the fact is, many will happily throw money at collectibles, trinkets and general tack, if only to squeeze all there is to squeeze from a beloved and, on occasion, profitable franchise.
Of course, we've seen a great deal of collectibles storm the market over the years, many of which have taken a pretty penny from our piggy banks. That said, there are a select few items that have given our will power a run for its money as of late. Interested in tempting your shopping cart? Well, if that's the case, then let us introduce you to some of the most expensive collectibles on the current market.
5. Soldier Conker Statue (Conker's Bad Fur Day) — $924
To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Rare's cult classic Nintendo 64 hit, Conker's Bad Fur Day, toy manufacturer First 4 Figures released a selection of high-quality statues featuring none other than ol' Conker himself, one of which launched with an eye-watering $924 price tag. Though, given its intricate design and attention to detail, as well as the slew of fancy novelties each figure came with, its price was definitely reflected on the quality of the collectible. But boy, talk about a gut-punching purchase.
The one statue, in specific, comes with an LED finish, a series of motion effects, and a number of audio functions. Basically, it's an essential purchase for anyone who's ever walked in Conker's footsteps and been proud to call his wacky world a home away from home. For just under a thousand bucks, a plateau of bullets, flames, and Tediz can reignite the nostalgia that binds to one of the noughties' greatest adult platformers.
4. Gravelord Nito Statue (Dark Souls) — $942
To be brutally honest, FromSoftware could probably ship Dark Souls-themed toilet paper to a super fan and somehow flip a hefty profit. Of course, there are a number of alternatives to consider besides hygiene products and what have you. Specifically, high-quality resin statues from the one and only First 4 Figures. The only downside to picking one up, surprise surprise, is that it'll cost you just shy of a thousand dollars.
On the plus side, the collectible comes in the shape of Gravelord Nito, Dark Souls‘ first of the dead. Fleshed out with a superior jet-black finish, this highly detailed model captures the essence of Souls in one fell swoop. It's wickedly compelling, and it is most definitely worth the asking price of just under $950. At least, many will argue that it is, anyway.
3. Uncharted: Among Thieves — Fortune Hunter Edition — $3,000+
Have a good old rifle around in the bargain bucket of any second-hand game store, and you'll probably find Uncharted: Among Thieves for a couple of dollars. Heartbreaking, really, as the game was hands down one of the best action-adventure games to release in 2009. But the fact is, outside of the ridiculously rare Fortune Hunter Edition, which still holds a market value of over $3,000, the base game has more or less had its day in the spotlight.
The Fortune Hunter Edition, believe it or not, was never actually sold as a separate bundle. In fact, it was a promotional set that only shipped 200 copies to lucky winners of Naughty Dog's competitions. Included in the set was a book-shaped case, an autographed copy of the game, and an art book. Its centerpiece, though, was the weighty replica of the Phurba Dagger. Today, this collection will cost you a minimum of $3,000, with some sellers punching towards a mouth-watering $7,000 and up.
2. Big Daddy (BioShock) — $6,000+
Because who wouldn't want to own a life-sized copy of BioShock's Big Daddy, right? Seems to us that it's every survival horror gamers' ultimate dream, to be fair. The good news to this is that, well, you can actually buy one, though you'll need about $6,000 in spare funds to transport it. And if you have the coins to do that, then you might as well go one step further and rebuild the whole of Rapture out of paper mache cutouts.
Anyway, any potential buyers will be pleased to know that the suit is made entirely out of high-quality fiberglass. It's also bursting with complex details, both big and small. It's not exactly a paperweight, that's for sure. If anything, it's a grand alternative to a guard dog. Install a few drilling sound effects to its cuffs and it'd knock anyone for six.
1. Justice League Statue Collection (DC Comics) — $30,000
If you had the chance to display life-sized replicas of the Justice League‘s absolute elite in your living room, then you would take it, right? Well, as luck would have it, you actually can…for $30,000, anyway. Doing so would not only make your home a tourist attraction for DC fans all over the globe, but also cause naïve burglars to avoid you and your possessions like the plague.
Of course, many will happily argue that $30,000 is a fair asking price for such a high-end range of collectibles. The fact that you get not only Batman, but also Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Superman does, of course, lessen the weight of the tag. Still, it's a whole lot of money to fork out for five statues. Like, a whole lot.
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