Hi there! I'm new to the forum (first post!) ... and new to Mego collecting too! I've been browsing through the messages a bit and you guys seem like a bunch of regular Joes. I've got a weird situation on my hands and I wonder if you joes can help me out.
A friend of mine at work has been collecting figures for a long time and after listening to her stories of how she got this or that toy and then turned around and doubled (or better) her money, I figured to give it a shot myself when I saw an ad in the local paper for a lot of twelve dolls. I got to admit that I felt pretty B.A. after scoring it (booyah me!) and I even got a little bit excited when I finally got the box back to my apartment.
So the ones in best shape were Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Conan while the rest had more obvious little defects here and there. There was nothing that looked too bad to my newbie eyes and while I'm sure most of them are missing an accessory or two, I'm generally pleased. There were only two things wrong, one of which really troubles me.
The first issue, which isn't really a big deal, but hey it's my opinion. I think the Thor looks pretty lame. It's in good shape, but the armbands looks like legwarmers and the blue circles on the uniform chest look dumb too. I was just expecting ... I don't know ... more? It was a letdown, but I'm guessing that's just part of the business, right?
The second issue why I'm posting (can you believe that I've been accused of taking too long to get to the point?) is the Isis doll (well, I'm like 99.9% sure it is Isis). Yikes.
Like Thor, she is in good enough shape, but when I was unpacking everything I came across something that troubles me. I undressed all of the figures to inspect them and when I got to Isis, I found some hair (and I'm not talking about the hair on her head) in the *ahem* region. It looks like it was glued on quite carefully, so much so that it looks like it could be a factory job. I sure hope that is not the case though. I don't know if this is important, but for the record, the curtains match the drapes.
I'm too embarrased to mention it directly to my friend at work. This seems the sort of thing that HR would frown upon. So, I'm somewhat anonymously asking here for some advice.
I definitely don't want this icky figure in my collection. The original ad did not mention that Isis was pubescent. Should I send a strongly worded (and less wordy ... I've got to work on that!) letter to the seller?
My first thought is to resell it on ebay (or here). Should I include this fact in my listing or just leave it out? Would I be better off using an xacto knife or some solvent to remove the hair? Would attempting to fix this problem actually lessen the figure's value? I'm not sure what would be worse: hair or obvious scratch marks! Your advice is absolutely appreciated.
Well, I'm planning on sticking around. I like most of my first lot and I'm guessing that if I do my homework and ask for help occasionally, it will get even better. Am I right?