Boba Fett Costume Insurance

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    formerly old_jedi_mind_trick Bobby Fett UK's Avatar
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    Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    Hi guys. I am getting real close to finishing my costume, and to be honest trying not to think about how much it cost to put together (the wife may find out).

    Anyways, I started to think about what would happen if it was destroyed or stolen. Now after 12 months of putting this together, if the worst happened I would want to simply order finished parts, fully painted to replace it with the minimum effort and regardless of cost, which would probably be around £4000(ish).

    Now I am sure my contents cover will apply for any single item up to a certain value (about £2000 I think) but does any one have a policy, or the suit listed with a value for insurance purposes?

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    You know Rob, I was thinking along the same lines. I think another problem would be trying to convince an insurance company that your 'fancy dress' costume really is worth thousands of pounds.

    I would probably insure mine for about £3000. I think to get another to the same standard in parts and time would come close to that sum.

    better ring my insurance company lol

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    formerly old_jedi_mind_trick Bobby Fett UK's Avatar
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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    I would be after an insurance value to allow me to order everything finished, I would rather not put the effort in again, not so soon anyway. So the insurance value I would require would be enough to try and commission the "dressing the real fett" guys to build it, so I guess much more than the actual money I spent, with my effort covered also, if that makes sense?

    Let me se what I can come up with, 501st clearance may be advantageous when it comes to legitimizing the costing? Also, I think that basically if you say that is the cost then the premium will follow from there and proving the cost is secondary if required at all?

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    Bobby Fett UK said: View Post
    .....the wife may find out .....
    man I am so glad I am not the only one who has this problem. It takes a lot of effort to screen postman and hide stuff in garage. And I say this with all honesty adn no smiley faces.

    I never really thought of insurance, but ur right, I am currently totally up some of the stuff in my garage atm - and it is an astronomical amount.

    Isnt a costume insurable for wot ever cost u are willing to pay a premium on though?

    or alternatively - it could be classified as a personal item on indeterminate value eg heirloom etc. as some of the lids in my collection certainly are now. I mean - ultimately to the non-collector; its just bits of ABS and FG isnt it.

    I will defiantely be phoning my insurance company to add it as a "insurable collection"

    Good luck!

    Nate

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    There are some insurance companies that offer "collectibles insurance."
    Maybe try calling some companies where you are and see if they offer anything like this.

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    Isn't Lloyds renowned for insuring jus about ANYTHING?

    http://www.lloyds.com/

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    The cost of insuring something this valuable would cost a significant amount. But here is an even bigger problem when dealing with this issue: what happens if it does get lost or broken and you need to file a claim? The answer is a multi-week process requiring a lot of paperwork. Furthermore, something has been broken or lost that is not easy to replace. And I do believe the insurance company keeps the item if it was damaged.

    So my point of view is that this is a lose-lose situation. You pay a hefty fee, and it's all for you having to wait and fight for the chance you'll get compensated. This is why I do not dare ship my costume or check it on an airplane.

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    Good points you make JB. To be honest the thought only occurred to me yesterday, It is not something I am stressing about, but all the same I thought it an interesting topic and not one I have seen discussed.

    An additional consideration is a house fire, which is my highest concern, ware and tare are things you can try to keep to a minimum and then replace items as and when, I was thinking more about total loss of the complete suit.

    Any more thoughts, or has anyone got theirs insured?

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    It's a tough one this, it would probably have to be itemised (each part individually).
    Another factor to consider - for insurance purposes, would it depreciate in value or increase in value over time or just remain at the same value????????

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    we have an extra rider on our home owners insurance due to all of the crazy stuff i have... it won't help if the suit gets trashed at a con, but if the house blew up, i'd get extra $$ to cover replacing all my collectibles.

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    stormtrooperguy said: View Post
    we have an extra rider on our home owners insurance due to all of the crazy stuff i have... it won't help if the suit gets trashed at a con, but if the house blew up, i'd get extra $$ to cover replacing all my collectibles.
    Thats very nice! I'd love to see my collectible $$ back if my house blew up.


    But $$ is not everything psychological value cant be paid back in $$
    I dont know we have insurances here in Holland for these kinda things, hmmm.

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    It's probably worth having a chat with your insurance company Rob, although I think most people working for an insurance company would simply be confused at best by what we do. No harm in checking though.

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    Re: Boba Fett Costume Insurance

    Would be interesting if you persue this one Rob. Let us all know how you get on Rob.

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