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Jumanji Board Game and Picking Hot Collectibles

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One hot item for board game collectors at the moment is the Jumanji board game, which was published in 1995 by Milton Bradley.

 

I can see the appeal of the board game for this movie, as the actual movie is about a magical board game. The game itself is modeled very closely on the actual game used in the movie, so it is a great tie in and fans of the film are very keen to have one.

 

It is just hitting that collectible point now. People who thought the movie was amazing as kids are now starting to have enough cash and knowledge to use ebay and similar sites to start tracking it down. I have said before that quite often items follow a cycle like this. I am sure that you could have picked these games up at garage sales in 2001 for $1 each as the kids had “grown out of them” and they were “just taking up space”. This is the time to be looking for items. Think today what was big 4 or 5 years ago, but kids are getting out of. These will be the bigger ticket items in 10 to 15 years. Hard to predict, but items toys Bakugan or Beyblades may fall in this category.

 

The Description on Board Game Geek fills in a bit more detail of the Jumanji game

“Choose your pawn and set out on a deadly journey. Decode rhyming card messages that could spell disaster! Roll 8-sided dice together to rescue a fellow player in danger! Fail to escape, and the jungle could swallow you whole! The only way out is to finish the game. Only then will the terrors of the jungle disappear…”

 

I am on the hunt for one now,  it  would be great to add to the collection

 

The going rate is around $45 if you can get your hands on one, although I have seen them go for up to $250 on Ebay if they are mint and enough people are after on at that time. They are very hard to find in that condition, and most now have some signs of wear. Sets with all pieces though are still quite common.

 

It is amazing which games are taking off in the collectibles market at the moment. Quite often it is not from the movies or tv shows that you would think, and vintage is not an accurate measure of the prices that people will pay. Once items go out of print / manufacture then they quickly escalate in price, especially for those with childhood memories or cult limited editions.

 

Happy hunting !

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Key To The Kingdom Board Game

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Now in the store – Get yourself this late 80′s gaming bargain. Key To The Kingdom by Crown and Andrews Australia. I think everyone will remember the TV commercial for this one once they see it, it must have been on high rotation.

I never owned it, and it a bit rules light for my taste (I am a massive fan of Talisman) but the whirlpool / flip the board over concept is cool.

 

Here is a description of the game from Board Game Geek

“The aim is to go around the game board until you’ve found the “Key treasure card” plus one more treasure card and then escape the kingdom. You may also steal treasures from the other players.

From the beginning you have 8 different equipment cards, which you need to use to pass traps or defeat monsters. Sometimes you might lose 1 or more of your pieces of equipment, but there’s a possibility to get them back at a couple of places on the board.

The most remarkable thing about this game is that the board is in 6 parts, connected with roads in many combinations, The only way of reaching two of the parts is by jumping into one of the whirlpools in the middle of the board, This allows the board to be folded in or out to another board. There are rules to handle the other players if they get caught on the folded board.”

 

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Nightmare Board Game – Market Watch

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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.

 

COLLECTORS INFORMATION

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

 

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