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#1 cobraman


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

How much if at all does the box art influence you to purchase a particular kit ? When I started building models in the 60's the box did help me decide which kit to buy. I learned pretty quick that sometimes the box art has little to do with what the finished product would look like . I point to Palmer. They had some very cool looking boxes but the kit did not resemble even a little what was actually what the finished product looked like. Now I wait and read reviews here and in the magazines before I put down money on a "new" kit. 

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

The Box Art doesn't influence me at all.  I buy kits based on whether or not I like that particular car.  While I do  read the magazine kit reviews, they rarely if ever influence my kit buying.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

If I had a choice of an original issue with the cool box art or a rerelease with a picture of the actual model on the box. I would go for the original even if it cost more. The box art means a lot to me as it brings back memories. A lot of box art back in the 70's especially on truck kits was more art than just a box to put a kit in. I love having all those great old boxes to look at!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

The Box Art doesn't influence me at all.  I buy kits based on whether or not I like that particular car.  While I do  read the magazine kit reviews, they rarely if ever influence my kit buying.

Pretty much my answer as well, I also use http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/car/ to see what the kit contents are like, and see what I am getting

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

As a kid, box art was everything to me. Now that I'm much older I don't give it much thought unless I'm looking to buy an original from the early days

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

Yep,same here. When I was a kid,box art was great. There were no photos on the box,just paintings. But  like they said,it led to some disappointments,too. Palmer being one of them. But overall I loved the old box art. 

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

I bought a lot of Daisy Duke Jeep kits and a couple of Charlie's Angels vans because of "box art"  ;)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Box art has had little influence on me. Sure sometimes it's cool looking but back in the seventies I bought alot of the plain-brown wrapper kits like the Aurora mailers. Probably as many as printed boxes. It's all about the plastic.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

Box art has little influence for me in purchasing. Reviews of contents are much more persuasive for me. But I do enjoy well done box art

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:31 AM

I got these for pretty much because of the box art.





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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:06 AM

When l was a kid the box art was everything and while in my 20's some art or picture would influenceme some. Now l knoe most of the relisted models and tend to buy what l like or want. lf i waited for some reviews l would be waiting a while. the reviews does not matter what kit l buy but l still read them for information...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:03 AM

Box art can be cool but I wouldn't base a purchase on box art.  Magazine  and forum reviews are helpful in separating the wheat from the chaff.  Unless, of course, I really wanna build the subject of a particular kit; then, it don't matter...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:14 AM

Even though i am 100% familiar with the contents, i do buy all my vintage kits with the box art in mind.  I even buy all the reissues solely on the box art.  Some kits i think the box art is worth more than the kit inside.  Its really based on the kit.  I have every issue of the 65 Chevelle wagon, but bought all of them, other than the original issue, soley on the box art.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

AMT's box art of the late '60s undoubtedly had an influence in my choosing one kit over another when I was young.  The way the various options were depicted could inspire you to get creative with your own build.   Later (early '80s?) photographic images (Brown '32(?) Ford, dark gold '57 Ford custom) actally negatively influenced my buying decisions.   

The only time I really got burned was when I saw the Palmer '74 Thunderbird. The box art implied that it would have wide wheels & tires as well as engine upgrades.  My normally non-assertive self stormed back to the store and told the owner that he needed to quit selling junk like that. 



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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

A recent purchase on Ebay brought back a flood of positive memories from child hood. I scored a rebox of two Heller single seat Formula racers with awesome box art. As an early builder, I was heavily influenced by the box art of many kits. AMT's was some of the best, as was much of Tamiya's. Now, at 55 years of age, box art of current kits does not influence my purchases, though I still love the art of the older stuff. Nowadays, the box is merely a storage place for the parts.....

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:25 AM

I think most of us are too much of insiders for the box art to affect us! We know what's going on from the rumor stage of a new kit, so we know what we will and won't buy before it ever hits the market.


Box art is a big seller to the general public, those that see kits for the first time on the hobby shop shelf.  We seldom see stuff we don't already know about.  Remember the excitement as a kid when you went store to store to look at the model selection.  You'd find new kits you never knew existed and that was very exciting.   And there was box art that absolutely sold kits!  For me it was the Revell '57 Nomad kit. That beach scene got me time and time again.  I really wanted to have the car on the box top!




Here's the box.  Note the Bob Paeth autograph in the sand!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:03 AM

When started building models, it was all planes, and I remember loving all the box art.  I'm all for illustrations on box tops.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

Box art doesn't make one bit of difference. I buy kits of subjects that interest me. Box art is competely immaterial.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

I got these for pretty much because of the box art.









I'd buy a few older kit boxes just because of the artwork, too:  :wub:

















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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

I can't say I'm interested art either. Since my favorite cars were released in an era of photos of the actual car, or studio built-ups I got a lot of boring box art lol.