With E3 barely over, the haul of exclusive game memorabilia handed out during the conference is already starting to appear on eBay, often with an exorbitant price tag attached to the more sought after items. T-shirts, helmets, pop figurines, lanyards – you name it, it’s all available for the right price.
Of note, is a Cyberpunk 2077 model of the young female android portrayed in the first trailer for the game revealed way back at the 2013 edition of the year’s biggest event. The statuette in question was handed out during the closed doors demo of CD Projekt Red’s upcoming first person RPG punk-fueled epic.
The hushed event welcomed a mix of press, game publishers, representatives for potential points of sale and the like, making it one of the rarer handouts on offer last week. It is already fetching asking prices well in the hundreds of dollars, with one listing offering the statue with a buy-it-now price of $700.00.
The average item price is floating around $350.00, though most of listings have a fair few days to go, hinting at a fierce bidding war to come. Given the rarity of the statuette, the prices are guaranteed an upward trajectory. As you would expect for the hefty price, the models come in perfect condition with their original packaging intact and undamaged.
Looking at the figurine in closer detail, it isn’t particularly notable for the details, though it is of reasonable quality overall. The price isn’t therefore linked to quality, but to the scarcity of what is presumably a very limited production run.
I’m as hyped as the next person for Cyberpunk 2077, but $700.00 seems a bit steep for a character that didn’t even feature in this year’s trailer for the game. It also raises concerns over the ethics of privileged journalists and marketing types making a quick buck off the inexorable forward chuffing of the careening hype train.
If you’ve got the cash handy though, by all means head over to eBay and get bidding. The models are sure to sell like hotcakes so get in there while you still can.