In case you're wondering what
kits are... they're basically unassembled and unpainted statues.
They are usually created and sculpted by amateur artists that sell their
models at hobby shows exclusive to Japan. However, when I say
"amateur", by no means am I implying that these kits are of lesser quality
than "professional" models (such as Art of War). This just
means that they aren't mass produced and sold to a production company that
can distribute to all parts of the world.
Thus, kits are in many ways
much more valuable than pre-painted statues. Most of the time, no
more than 50-100 copies of each kit are made because the original artists
usually don't have the time, money, or equipment to produce anymore.
Also, each mold made by the original sculpt will lose
detail and pretty soon become unusable. So, if you think about it,
limited edition statues by Art of War usually number around
300 in the world, and are already insanely difficult to find. Divide
that number by 5, and that's how many kits exist... Pretty crazy huh?
Secondly, because kits require
assembly and painting, the potential of a completed kit can surpass a
pre-painted statue that is mass produced (even though several Art of
War's statues are exceptionally painted). The models can also be
painted any way the owner pleases, making each and every completed kit a
true one-of-a-kind item.
There is also something called
a recast, which is an illegal copy of an original kit. You
can find these pretty easily and they are much cheaper. But, just as
the price suggests, they are cheaper in quality too. Many of these
recasts are Thai recasts, which are notorious for being even worse.
However, some recasts can be decent and some artists believe if done
properly, a recast can even turn out better than an original if the
original's casting was poor to begin with and was prepped and fixed up
before recasting it.
However, in the case of
Berserk, not even very many recasts exist either! As far as what
I know, 90% of all these kits you see on this page have never been
recasted, thus only the original 50-100 of each kit exist. Since I'm a
collector, I only buy original authentic items, so all the kits you see on
this page are the REAL thing!
My Completed Berserk Kits
I own many kits, but the
majority of them have not yet been assembled and painted. However,
after a year of searching for that special someone (a
masterful painter of course =P), I've finally found someone perfect for
my kits! His
name is John Allred,
and he is working on my Berserk kits exclusively. Down below,
you can check out all the amazing work he has done for me so far.
Also, make sure to keep checking back because new completed kits
will be added to this page constantly!