Note: This is not just a general debate on "Limiteds", the subject of which has been beaten to death already, I think. ;D The word "retired" is used QUITE loosely. I simply mean any sculpts that have not been produced for a number of years and with no obvious intent from the doll companies to release them again in the near future, regardless of their limited/retired/whatever status. PLEASE NOTE THAT I DON'T MEAN OFFICIALLY RETIRED. AGAIN, LOOSELY APPLIED TERM. Yep. (And please avoid ranting about Limiteds in this debate, kthx.) Mods: If this thread is or is becoming too close to previously established topics, feel free to close it. /nod/ Now, without further ado, the question: What are your feelings on popular companies re-releasing retired sculpts? This includes CP Breakaway, which had been "retired" for as long as I've been into dolls, only to be briefly re-released as a Limited Valentine's version that everyone and their cat has purchased. 1) Do you feel that their motives for re-releasing a sculpt are "moral"? Is there a difference if it is done as a favour to fans, or is it largely motivated by potential profit? Alternatively, there is Volks Sasha/Masha, who was recast with some small differences due to a petition, and then sold as a Limited. Even now it is hard to get your hands on a Masha, and if you can it is usually at a grossly inflated scalper price. 2) From the perspective of an owner of the original, should one feel like your doll is "undervalued" by the release of new versions of old classics? Alternatively, as a new doll owner, should one feel that the original is now "outdated"? Consider the fact that many doll owners (including myself, haha) are secret Breakaway fangirls, and to see one/have the opportunity to purchase one used to be like a thousand Christmases to some people, and if you managed to hunt one down for yourself it was a matter of great pride. Now they'll be all over the market again with shiny new resin. Does this affect how you feel about the previous sculpt? 3) From the perspective of someone who has long coveted these "retired" dolls and missed the chance to buy the new ones, should one feel cheated by the doll companies for giving everyone another chance and affecting the rarity? This coincides with the ever-present debate on the "rarity" of a doll and ties into the previous question. What if you purchased a head with the assumption that it would never go into production again, only to find that another surprise batch was released a year later? Would you feel betrayed by the doll company that sold you the head because you bought it on the assumption that it was rare? And a last, very small question: Does this affect how you view the integrity of a doll company? Does it change your opinion in either a positive or negative way, or increase/decrease your chances of buying from the company in the future? There you go - just a few points to consider. I even threw in some potential perspective views for clarity, but feel free to go at this from any angle, kids. ;D Questions above don't reflect my own personal opinion, btw.