I started playing Warhammer 40,000 back in the 1990s. In those distant halcyon days, one could buy the Warhammer 40,000 starter boxed set and the included figures were a good start on a combat-ready army.
In fact, if you and a friend both went in on boxes, you could trade the figures and each would have a pretty decent force. Buy a few extras, maybe a tank, and you were ready to go!
Plastic Space Marines ran about a dollar a figure back then, and I remember my disgust when Games Workshop raised the prices until they reached $2 each. When the price hit $3, I was done with the game, which was not only expensive but devolving into a never-ending upgrade cycle.
I see now that the marines are $5.50 each, and while one is tempted to blame overall inflation, this is pure greed on the part of GW.
A clear indicator of this is that as the rules continue to churn every 3 years, new units are created and old units are rendered obsolete. It's like buying vaporware that never finishes getting upgraded.
A major reason I stick with 2nd Edition is that I no longer care about the current rules cycle. I own the rules outright. Similarly, I developed Conqueror: Fields of Victory as a way to getting off the upgrade treadmill.
I mention this because I've decided to part with some of my 40k figures which have seen zero use over many years and are better off in someone else's home.
I'm still building armies, but I prefer out of print figures on the secondary market and I'm happy to use ones that don't originate from Games Workshop.
Anyone interested in picking them up? Keep your eyes peeled on ebay for some Blood Angels in varying stages of completion.