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Collect this magazine and build a car / skyscraper / animal

You must have seen those adverts on tv promoting series of magazines that are going on sale. The ones where each weekly / monthly magazine comes with a piece of a structure that you build.

The adverts normally go along the lines of "collect this magazine weekly and build yourself a to scale figure of a battleship. The first magazine is only 99p"

I bet parents all over the world then have kids wanting to collect the magazines so they can build the figure of whatever it is.

Well I've never really paid much attention to those adverts. Until now.

There's one being advertised now, as always, the first edition is 99p.

I've just noticed that subsequent magazines are £5.99.

And how many do you need to buy in order to build a plastic figure of whatever it is? 80

Now by my calculations, that means that if you bought all the magazines to make the figure, it would cost you nearly £475!!!

Does anyone actually do this?

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arthurchappell wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:49 AM

it would be cheaper and quicker to just buy a modelling kit - you can't even start assembling your model until you get all the parts and that could take 2 or 3 years worth of issues - I imagine them offering Cutty Sark sailing Ship - free sliver of rigging with issue one!

Kungfu123 wrote on February 27, 2015, 4:56 AM

Well, if the producer always do the ads like this, nobody will believe it.

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UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:37 AM

Those magazines go on for years. About 30 years ago I started collecting a fortnightly recipe collection .... and only cancelled the subscription when I realised I'd spent about £100 and still never used it once :)

maxeen wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:35 AM

If the kids carried on banking that amount they would have enough for a real car by the time they could drive.

Nar2Reviews wrote on February 27, 2015, 9:53 AM

They are a bit of a rip off - even more are the ones that used to sell complete model cars. I collect model cars but the sellers on EBAY are over pricing the free ones you get with a mag that costs £3-99 and then prices the model at three times the price of. Bare faced cheek!

crowntower wrote on February 27, 2015, 10:02 AM

Lol! I don't do that, But I am more on doing what I want in our old dress and make it a cover for my books and notebook that I am designing. God bless. and have a great day. I have my own collection of magazine because I love the content.

WordChazer wrote on February 27, 2015, 2:37 PM

I've collected three partworks over my time, one on blues music, one on jazz music and another which I think was something about alternative medicines. I still have and play the CDs which came with the blues music part work. My dad has 'acquired' the jazz partwork for the archive of his jazz club (CDs and magazines) and I think the other one is still around...somewhere.

agvulpes wrote on March 19, 2015, 6:21 AM

Yep they do the same thing over here in Australia. The thing is the News Agent only sells the first few copies and you have to 'subscribe' to get the rest.
And I agree with arthurchappell it would be cheaper and quicker to buy a modelling kit !