MX 436 & VARIANT !!!!!

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Marketplace of Tharbad MX 436 & VARIANT !!!!!

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  • #593
    Milo
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    #17398
    Milo
    Participant
    #17405
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    seems groovecrown still had some of these for sale :)
    that’s a good thing for collectors… this shield is a collector indeed!

    #17407
    Theobald
    Participant

    I just posted an explanation and comment on the other thread, sorry.
    The pictures of the two figures (just to compare) I sent Gildor some years ago. He provided them in the “gallery-section” in the “Uniques” thread. I think there you can clearly see the difference in the shield-design.
    Yes, Master Gildor, it seems that Groovecrown (;) ) still kept a variant-figure for sale.
    I wonder what price it’ll achieve.
    But I would like to stress again that he’s a very serious collector and absolutely reliable.

    #17408
    Milo
    Participant

    And about the variant, on mine, the is also a number (16) under its base which I think stands for 30 variant identifiers (from 1 to 30).
    Am I right ?

    #17410
    Theobald
    Participant

    You’re right, Milo. Those 30 extra-castings are numbered individually, added to the Mx-number on the right. I know that I received the variant from the seller very late, as I did not realize in time that there were 30 extra-castings. So the base of my figure reads 23. So some might be left. I think that the base was re-primed (which is not common being done by the company) with grey-spray and that Jason added those numbers himself, because all extra-castings of Mx-figures were never numbered at the base by Mithril.
    There have been 30 extra-castings of the MX456 (Frumgar) too, but the figures were absolutely identical with those sold by Mithril. You only can identify them by having the original blisters. There on the stickers on the blisters numbers are printed at the bottom, e.g. 04/30 or 07/30 .

    I just checked the leaflets which were included in the original blisters of all Mx-releases. The leaflet of the “Mordor Olag-Hai Troll Chief” (mind the misprint) is the same as the one delivered with the regular Mx-figure. There’s only one extra-casting of an Mx having a leaflet of its own, which is the Mx463-Imrahil (with raised sword, instead of holding the banner). Those 30 castings were also numbered on the sticker on the blister. In those days I just wanted to make sure about the origin of the figure by having an individual Mithril-leaflet included.

    Ohh, long answer, I know. Sorry, but I just tend to be precise.

    And as for the Olog-Hai troll chief, I’m still smiling, as the war hammers in fact seem to be steak hammers, but that must be part of Chris’ humour which I do like very much.

    #17418
    Thingol
    Participant

    … Interesting my figure on base has written no number, and on blister was written number 15… :rolleyes: also my Frungmar has number 22 etched on base…. seems that there are no rules in this labeling figures by mithril…. :(

    #17429
    cameosis
    Participant

    ahh, the variant! excellent!

    #17432
    imisel
    Participant

    well, I try to get the standard one ( it will be enough for me this time)

    #17445
    cameosis
    Participant

    good luck—i’ve just checked out the variant and like the standard shield better.

    #17544
    Milo
    Participant

    These auctions will end tomorrow, but only 2 bids were made on it after 9 days… strange.

    #17546
    Barliman
    Participant

    That’s doubtless because they’re saving their powder until the last few minutes. That’s what I’d do. Why encourage the prices to escalate unnecessarily by bidding too soon?

    #17549
    Thingol
    Participant

    I always leave my bid 10 seconds before the end…. “the study of happiness”…………..

    #17550
    Barliman
    Participant

    Very wise. I do the same.

    #17551
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    actually I also ‘manually’ make my bid in the last 10 seconds for rare auctions, but I sometimes loose…
    why?

    because out there, on the net, there are paying net services who provides you with the ability to autobid at a precise time for you… these are bots…. doubtly legal and franckly unfair… these bots are machines that you fill up with all your logging info on ebay and you indicate which item you want to buy, and which MIN and MAX amount you want to bid… and they will place a bid the MIN bid one minute before the end, and each time you are outbidded in the last minute, it will try to overbid on an intelligent basis until you are the first bidder, and if someone outbids you in the last ten seconds… since it is a robot, and is directly connected to ebay,…. this bot has still the time in 5seconds to place a new bid, provided you have placed a secret HIGHEST bid… not on ebay.. but on this program…

    some people want to be sure to win an auction no matter how it costs… and these net services provides them with the solution… I have always hated that…
    you cannot beat a robot, in bidding quickness…

    #17552
    Barliman
    Participant

    Well, I guess that the same bots are available to anyone who has the time to set them up, so on that basis there’s nothing unfair about using them. Personally I never have, nor ever would – sounds like too much hassle to me. And if several people have set them up to bid on the same item, I wonder how the bots decide which of their “owners” has won?

    #17554
    Theobald
    Participant

    As far as I know you can also use such a “bidding-system” on Ebay directly. There’s no need to look out for another “bot”. See, if you’re willing to spend a certain amount of money on a certain figure you want to buy that’s simple. You just enter your “highest bid” of let’s say 500 € for the M3. You only have to wait until the auction is over. Additionally you can watch the end of the auction with a “count-down” of the time left. There you at once can see when someone has outbidded you and maybe even have the time to react on that. Of course then you take the risk to pay that high price. That’s all I know about these matters.
    It’s more difficult to purchase a figure offered by The Man on a “buy-it-now” offer when you know that there will be just a short time to act. (I think) That’s why he chose to sell the two “Lost Armies” that way, as he didn’t want to have prices for his figures exploding.

    #17556
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    I agree about Chris sales

    as for bots…. these are only there to do things instead of you… that’s all, but their strength resides in the quickness to place a bid without having to fill the amount and confirm two times… and have an internal countdown they can check … it takes up to 0,1s for a bot to place a bid… after this same bot has been outbid… which means that if someone places a bid 5s before the end, the bot can still react…

    i have already lost half a dozen auction in the last TWO seconds, having placed my bid exactly 5seconds before the end…
    only bots can achieve that…

    indeed if you are willing to fill a max hidden bid of 600€ for a figurine and are READY to pay this price, you don’t need such bots… these are only there to allow you to win by quickness of bid rather than amount spent…

    ebay will never allow you to place a bid for you 5s before the end… if two people want to spend the least money possible but are ready to spend a lot…. bots are alas the perfect tool… as it will be a “bid and outbid battle until the end….. welll like a real auction except that ebay auction do have ultimatum times

    I suppose many of you have seen auction histories for some references and all the overbid and the quickness of these outbids… sometimtes it is from ebay revealing a higher hidden bid.. but most times it is from bots overbidding as fast as possible after having been outbidded themselves… almost as fast as ebay revealing higher hidden bid…

    and well barliman, those “services” are usually not FREE… as to what happen if a same service has two customers for the same figurine… well it’s easy, the one with the higher hidden bid will automatically win, since the bot will resolve all the bid/outbid sequence as fast as light between the two accounts until one has outreached the highest bid of the other :)

    #17560
    Barliman
    Participant

    Aha. It’s a shame bots can’t pour drinks, isn’t it?

    #17562
    Milo
    Participant
    Theobald wrote:
    You just enter your “highest bid” of let’s say 500 € for the M3. You only have to wait until the auction is over. Additionally you can watch the end of the auction with a “count-down” of the time left. There you at once can see when someone has outbidded you and maybe even have the time to react on that. Of course then you take the risk to pay that high price. That’s all I know about these matters.

    I did exactly this tactical placing 300$ highest bids for [mith]MX421[/mith], [mith]MX436[/mith] & [mith]MW336[/mith] in march.
    And I won all 3 auctions for a total amount of 350$ at the end,

    As MAster Ent said, when you want something, just pay and do not stress robots! :rolleyes:

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