[Groop] 90mm groo
sloptamom at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 7 16:08:52 PDT 2007
I am so glad you are here Gary! Thank you for being so wise and for sharing your mass Groo knowledge with us - you are definitely the glue! Tell us the truth, do you have a dog named Mulch?
(the girl :)
"Grossmann, Gary (DOR)" <GaryG at DOR.WA.GOV> wrote:
Shane & Tone & Everyone,
The issue is not whether the seller is telling a true story. He probably is, or close enough to it. That doesn't really matter. What matters is that the guy was selling, without Sergio's permission, a representation of Groo for which Sergio has not been paid. I guarentee you that when you see a Star Wars action figure prototype sell for thousands, LucasFilms or whoever is getting a big chunk of the price.
So by unauthorized I mean that they made a prototype way back when in the hopes of getting an agreement with Sergio to market it, like they had for the minis, but for whatever reason that never came about, so they were left with a statue that they owned but had no real connection to Sergio and could not be sold without Sergio's permission. (Which they didn't get)
It wouldn't be any different if you made a Groo statue, pitched it to Sergio as an item that could be mass produced and sold, and he turned you down. You own the statue,but he owns the character, so legally you can't do anything with the statue but stare at it.
btw, the only thing about the story that didn't make sense to me was that dwtripp has been selling Groo minis for years and I thought he was one of the partners of the long defunct Dark Horse company that made them They were based in Idaho, but the sculptor had moved (I think to Portland) years ago. So I thought the story was that dwtripp, as legit owner of a large stash of minis, was selling them piecemeal on ebay over time so that the price didn't drop too much. That doesn't quite jive with the story he gave about the prototype, but I don't think it matters.
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