Posts tagged australia
Back in 1991, a company called “A Couple ‘A Cowboys” and J. W. Spear & Sons released the VHS board game Nightmare. The game was also marketed as Atmosfear around the same time, I believe in overseas markets such as Europe as there were already games called Nightmare in those markets.
Here in Australia, the game was very popular in its time. Although I never had the game, I can still remember the television commercial clearly.
I have found that the game was developed by 2 Australian guys Phillip Tanner and Brett Clements who had a TV production company.
They sold almost 2 million of these games by 1993, which is a phenomenal performance for a board game. With that kind of market saturation, you would think the collectability of these items would be low due to market saturation; however this doesn’t seem to be the case.
They are very hot sellers on Ebay, as the game has a very loyal fan base and fans are constantly looking for new VHS tapes for their systems.
A lot people are also selling the games with DVD’s created from the original VHS tapes, so that people can play them in more modern devices.
I have even seen that a few years ago someone digitised the video and placed it on youtube, so that if people have broken their tapes they can still play along.
3 expansion sets were developed for the game, and they were also hot sellers, some going for over $50 each.
Year: Most units look to be produced between 1991 to 1994. Expansion sets were produced into the mid nineties.
Made By: A Couple A Cowboys and Village Roadshow
Most collectable: Nightmare Expansion 3 (Baron Samedi) and 4 (Vampire) consistently fetch prices over $50 on ebay and are rarer than the original sets.
What to look for: All items are in the box, the board is in good condition, the video is in excellent condition.
Ebay Completed Items: See Here
As I have studied the completed items listing on Ebay over the last few weeks, one category of toys has really stood out for me in terms of high selling price combined with overall coolness. These toys are Dino Riders, and come from the 1988 animated series by Tyco and Croner of which there were 3 seasons in total
I myself did not have any of the toys or shows, and they had fallen off my radar until recently as they are quite rare toys to find at garage sales etc. here in Australia.
A VHS of the first season did come my way a few weeks back, and I am currently selling this on ebay
I think it was a show that only had limited showing here in Australia on commercial tv at the tome ( maybe very early Saturday morning on Channel 9) so that may have limited the number of kids that were into it, and as a result the number of toys sold here in Australia. This factor has made them quite collectable, in addition to the unique figures / vehicles and dinosaur combinations.
Currently the double packs of Figurines (The bad guys are caled the Rulons the good guys were called the Valorians) are selling for around $15. Most of the sellers are in the US, although there are more Austalian sellers coming onto the market as the sale prices are increasing.
Having futuristic weapons and other gear mounted to dinosaurs was and still is unique, so these toys are sort after. Dino Riders are also one category of toys where you see a large number of MIB (mint in box) listings on EBay. I suspect this was due to them being high priced items ( the toys are large and motorised) and a lot of them were not sold to kids, but instead picked up by collectors at a reduced price on sale.
Mint in Box models of figures such as Edmontonia and Saurolophas selling in excess fo $300 consistantly