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Super Powers collectors website ideas.


Hello everyone,

I apologize for putting this post here but I didn't know where it would fit in the best. I'm a web app developer and I'm going to start on a web application for super powers collectors after I get enough ideas to get started. Here are a few ideas I've been throwing around and here is what I have in mind so far...

All of these ideas are based on questions or suggestions I've either asked or seen asked that are really hard to answer. Such as "we need a price guide" or "which figures were released on which foreign cards" or "which figure is more rare than the other" and etc etc.

One of the features I will have is a checklist generator. Right now there are right around 300 possibilities on my checklist of super powers that someone might have, but right now I'm still doing research on the subject. Mike, your site has been EXTREMELY valuable in tracking down different combinations and possibilities of figures as well as ebay (things like finding out which 1st and 2nd series figures showed up on 3rd series cards, or which offers showed up on which series cards, etc etc) to find different card variation possibilities. Mike, your site was especially helpful in the area of populating the checklist of foreign SP figures.

Back to the checklist generator subject... some collectors are more extensive than others. For example, I collect all carded Super Powers, but only USA loose figures. And of the USA carded ones, I would like to have all of them available on 3rd series cards, and the rest really don't matter as long as I have one of each. WELL, I would like to be able to put that criteria into the generator, and have it spit out a list of ones that I care about... and things like the loose gulliver aquaman won't show up. Or if I have a Lex Luthor on a Series 1 card with a poster offer, the other USA lex's won't show up on the list either.
Another example, if someone only collected Canadian carded figures and boxed vehicles, they could put that as the criteria and get a checklist for themselves.

Another part of it will have a section where people can create profiles and enter their collection into their own checklist and the site will track overall quantities and over time people will be able to see how abundant or rare certain figures are. Collections can either be public or private, depending on user preference, but either way the total number will be saved and reported for each figure, whether anonymous or not.
HOPEFULLY people will keep them public because I intend on having a section where you can upload pictures of your figures, and everyone loves pictures. emoticon

And another part of it will be a price guide. Every month Lee's has a section in their price guide that shows how much Super Powers/Amigos figures supposedly should cost, however in reality, "it's worth what it costs." In other words, people will be able to record how much they purchased the figure for and it will give a running "average price" for each figure, to give people a better idea of what it's worth based on how well it's been selling.

Similar topic but slightly off subject... think about how nice it would be to have an inventory of your figures kept this organized AND available online. Not only would this be good for insurance purposes, it makes ebay shopping while at the office that much easier. emoticon

Another idea I had was a classified section where people can post figures for sale and avoid ebay fees, or even post a link to your auction.

As I said, it's more of a "web application" than a "web page", which means it will be interactive and data driven... but if people don't use it and it's not data-populated... then it's not going to work.
The purpose of this post is two-fold:
One, to generate interest. If I build this thing are we going to use it?
Second purpose of this post, FEEDBACK! emoticon

I would LOVE suggestions.
I would also appreciate any help tracking down the existence of certain questionable figures. I'm e-mailing a few people individually to try and fill some holes, but soon I will post the list I have created on the forum so anybody can offer suggestions or changes to the list itself. I'm keeping it in Excel as it's easier to work with until I upload it to a database.

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PlayFul Amigos: Robin, Superman
GMJ/Poderes: Green Lantern, Hawkman, WW
Lili Ledy: Batman, Superman, Flash
Estrela: Aqua, Bats, Cyb, Supes, WW, Plastic, Flash, Darkseid, Hawk, Lex, Brain
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Mike, I sent you a copy of the checklist I have so far. Feel free to give me your input.

Right now I'm trying to fill in some Super Amigos vehicles. So far the only vehicle I have seen is the Supernave (Supermobile) but the back of the Pacipa cards also shows a Delta Probe One. The back of a PlayFul card shows a Batmovil (Batmobile) and Batcoptero (Batcopter).

Can anyone verify the existence of those three vehicles?

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PlayFul Amigos: Robin, Superman
GMJ/Poderes: Green Lantern, Hawkman, WW
Lili Ledy: Batman, Superman, Flash
Estrela: Aqua, Bats, Cyb, Supes, WW, Plastic, Flash, Darkseid, Hawk, Lex, Brain
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Wow, so... no feedback on this whatsoever, eh? I guess not as many people would use this or find it useful as I thought would.

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GMJ/Poderes: Green Lantern, Hawkman, WW
Lili Ledy: Batman, Superman, Flash
Estrela: Aqua, Bats, Cyb, Supes, WW, Plastic, Flash, Darkseid, Hawk, Lex, Brain
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I'm hearing you, it is a good idea. I think most people have a pretty good idea what they have and are looking for. But it would be good especially if you don't know what might be out there that you don't have-or if it doesnt exist to your knowledge.

Just a quick thought here. Let's take batman for example. How many versions are out there? Series 1,2,3 and slim card, right? THEN variations with special offers, right? cape, kent,etc... THEN united states release, canada, euro, spanish. THEN super amigo's pacipa and estrella and whatever else. So if no known examples exist of batman series 2 with kent offer (for example) and you run across one but otherwise wouldn't be interested in it, BUT since you now realize that this is a pretty rare specimen-you would definitely pick it up.

So I say drum it up, I'd like it.

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I began documenting specific examples of each character and their availability on the various domestic cardbacks prior to 2003 and later added international cardback combinations to my file. Although I appreciated you sending me your file for review, Rasoul, I have deliberately not opened or looked at the file as I want my card variation chart to remain derived 100% from the data set I've personally collected over the years until it's published online. A resource like this is always a work in progress, similar to my "3rd Series Special Feature", which explains why I haven't yet published the chart. I genuinely need to publish it at some point though!

As for the tracking aspect of your proposed online resource, IMHO the participation level will never provide enough data to make any meaningful statements on the populations of carded figures. I'm not knocking your idea, I simply don't think a large enough sample set is achievable.

As for the price guide aspect, I've seen collectors request that here in the past, so I do think some collectors will find it useful. My arguement against generating a price guide has always been that one can just as easily check closed eBay auctions for values and the amount of price tracking needed to keep the guide up-to-date is somewhat heavy. Regardless, I'm sure some collectors would definitely use an online price guide to help guide their expenditures. Of course, if it's based on collector entered data then you'll need good participation from collectors, something that is not always easy to do as I've learned over the years.

Anyway, please don't take offense to any of [sign in to see URL]'m simply providing my thoughts for you on some of the points as requested.

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No offense taken at all. I needed the feedback to be as realistic as possible and that's exactly what I got. I would rather have that feedback on the ideas rather than "yeah, you should do it" and then have no collector participation as you talked about. That was my main concern as well. I think figure collecting is so vast that if a database was set up like this it could expand into other sets and have a much bigger participation base, but then that makes the scope of what I'm supposed to do MUCH larger. emoticon

Guess it just depends on how much free time I get this summer.

It's like what Steven was saying though, there are so many different variations, and some people are like "ok well once I have one then ok I have it" but others will see a years worth of data and realize the red tornado with poster offer (just a random example, truth behind this statement is unknown) surfaces much more seldom than with fan club offer... and just by searching ebay completed items, I would have had no idea to look for something like that.

One of the last figures I needed to "complete" (haha who am I kidding? emoticon ) my carded set was robin. Granted this information is well known to most collectors, but I was a newbie, and didn't realize that the third series cardback example was one of the most sought out examples to come across. Well, I found one on ebay and didn't really realize why it ended up completing much higher than what I had expected from a carded robin.

Steven's right too though, in that most people either know what they want or what they are looking for. And that would make a site like this only useful to newbies that aren't really that familiar with it... and would probably not be as active with a site such as the one I have in mind.

Thanks for the feedback!

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PlayFul Amigos: Robin, Superman
GMJ/Poderes: Green Lantern, Hawkman, WW
Lili Ledy: Batman, Superman, Flash
Estrela: Aqua, Bats, Cyb, Supes, WW, Plastic, Flash, Darkseid, Hawk, Lex, Brain
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