Some people view partworks as a weekly magazine that comes with bonus parts that go towards making a large scale highly detailed model or that gives them a series of collectable items, while others just look at the total price of the completed model or collection in utter horror that someone would spend that much money on the things, yet they’d happily spend money on cheaper glossy magazines that are full of ads over their adult lifetimes. If you looked at the total cost of every magazine they’d purchased over the years you’d also get a horrific dollar value, but you wouldn’t have a nice model or collection out of it. Just a very large collection of magazines that will most likely never get looked at ever again. Yes, my 1:8 scale DeLorean is costing me $20 per week, but for that I get a glossy magazine, with parts to add to the build. It’s not something I’ll spend the rest of my life purchasing though as the model is complete after 130 issues. I have also built a Millennium Falcon model that was based on the movie prop they used in Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back. That was completed after 100 issues and is the same size as the prop model that was used in the film. So the model itself ended up costing around $2000. Would I spend that much all at once for one? No. Would I spread the cost out over the space of 100 weeks and build it from scratch using the parts they supply weekly? Yes. Regardless of whether you think it’s poor value for money or not, I got to enjoy the glossy magazines, I enjoyed receiving the parts. I got detailed instructions on how to continue with the build each week. I got to enjoy putting it all together from week to week, and now I have a 1:1 scale highly detailed model of the movie prop which also has working lights in the cockpit, the gun turrets, the front mandibles, landing lights, and a huge illuminated at exhaust port at the rear, plus is has a working hydraulic boarding ramp (with lights), all operated by remote control. Men and their toys, I know. I also know a few women who have built this one via the Facebook community pages for each build.
On a different note, DeAgostini abandoned the glossy magazines for one of their partworks builds by packaging the 80 odd issues into 12 monthly packages and supplying instructions online. This was for a build that did have the glossy magazines when it was initially released in Japan, but when it came to releasing it in the rest of the world they decided not enough people would be interested to make it viable as a full magazine production. They determine this for most partworks by having a trial run of 4 magazine issues in the UK and if it sells well then they do a full run. If not, then they usually abandon the build, but in this case the results were not bad enough to abandon the build entirely. So we got the boxed set subscription instead.