Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Blomberg Effect

I've discussed the dubious authenticity of "nineteenth century" vampire hunting kits. Now let's take a look at a few more of recent stock.

But at least they're not fobbed off as "authentic". Perhaps spurred on by the popularity of these kits in auctions, looks like a niche market's been found: retro vampire hunting kits. There's been no shortage of prop makers stepping up to the plate to cater for this crowd, and they charge substantially less than the "vintage" models that sell in auctions ($US14,850 in one case).

The demand for these derivatives, and the subsequent market it's spun off, is what I call the Blomberg Effect. One such company that's hopped on board is Heroes Club. Here's their Special Deluxe Edition Vampire Hunter Killing Kit. It sells for US$468.

Then we come to Alex CF's incredibly ornate twist on the vampire killing kit: the Vampiric Anatomical Biological Research Case. While no specific price is given, his website mentions that a "typical research case is priced at around £1000."

His French Vampyr Hunting Case No. 3 is no longer available.

Lastly, we arrive at the other end of the scale. The bargain bin stuff, if you will. Thus, you can buy Corpses for Sale's "Roman Catholic Approved" Vampire Hunters Kit, for a relatively measly US$85:

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