Krystonia Collector's Archive


What are the rarest pieces?


- Any of what I call pre-production pieces that have differences from the full production versions. These could also be considered "pre-Panton" as they were made before things were moved to mass production. 1301/1302 Wodema with two krystals, 1011 or 1012 with a Green Graffyn, 1012 Yellow Graffyn, 1091 N'Borg with pronged staff, etc. They didn't make many these. Anywhere from single digits to MAYBE 100 pieces.

- Error variations like the Purple Wodema 1301 or various pieces that had the diamoned shaped krystal put on by mistake. These were factory/painter errors and as such, they were made in very small amounts before the error was corrected.

- 1042 Small Groc. This piece was discotinued after the first year for "reasons" (?). In the early 90's there was a frenzy surrounding this piece once it was discovered "Hey they aren't making it anymore!" and people were charging (and people were actually paying) thousands of dollars for it. I believe they made anywhere beween 200-500 of these.

- 3101 Seated Vena on Mushroom. They changed the mold early on and (supposedly) culled the remaining stock. I don't buy it, Panton never "culled" anything - they stored it away to sell later. They sold a few hundred of these.


- Show Pieces available only at store events, either to everyone or only to collectors in the club who attended shows. They were painted a different color than normal. They were generally signed and numbered on the bottom.

- Wizards Council figures - since these were only sold at specific retailers, they were in low supply to begin with.

- Pieces that broke very easily during shipping and were discontinued aka "retired" after 1 year (e.g. Boll)

- Later year pieces from China. They didn't make many (anywhere from 200-500 of each) and people weren't buying what there was, other than hardcore collectors. Even though the quality sucks, they can be can be difficult to find. I'm looking at you, Staz and Lookout

- Old Stock Painted Highlights, especially after 2008 or so. I don't see any legitimate value in these things as they were just old pieces that were lying around unsold, with paint added on (usually quite sloppily). Only for 100% completionists.

- Lithographs - they made a few hundred of each. They aren't THAT hard to find because pretty much everyone just bought them to store.

- Any of the MISC stuff is difficult to locate (except the calendar, they seemingly made a billion of those).

- Most paperwork, newsletters and catalogs - don't show up too often.