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Tips for Buying M. Peña's Windstone Edition Dragons

Rebecca has a collection of dragon figurines, including several Windstone dragons.

Windstone Dragons

Windstone Dragons

What Are Windstone Edition Dragons?

The Windstone Edition dragons are beautiful ceramic fantasy figurines designed by Melody Peña, who is more commonly known as M. Peña in the collecting community. She designs the dragons as colour collections, which makes them prized by many collectors; for example, the peacock dragons came in gorgeous shades of blue and green.

M. Peña has also designed collections of unicorns, wizards, vampire bats and Ki Rins, and she has been working with these dragons for many years. In fact, it is possible to find some figurines that are more than 20 years old! Because of the collection's longevity, there have been many retired dragons. "Retired" means that the color has been retired, not the actual dragon figurine. However, even retired dragons can still be found for sale on eBay or in smaller stores.

What to Know Before You Start Collecting These Figures

These dragons are very heavy, and before you do decide to buy a Windstone dragon—or any Windstone Edition product—make sure that it will be placed in a spot that supports its weight. Some of the figures are also very tall; for example, the Emperor Dragon stands over 18 inches high! Make certain you have the space if you buy a larger figure.

In terms of the cost, these figures are higher priced than the average dragon collectible; however, with simple care, they will last a lifetime for a collector.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Dragons

The Windstone dragons require very little care: Simply wipe them down with a dry cloth once a week to maintain them. It is important to note that the cloth must be dry and not damp to preserve the paint and the coating. I had the experience where someone used a damp cloth on my small dragon, and the colour faded shortly thereafter.

Packing and Protecting Your Collection

These figures are also fragile, and some people report them breaking in transit. If you are packing them for a move, do be very careful to make sure that they're not jostling around loose inside boxes, as they can and will break.

It is best to keep the original boxes for the dragons, as they are sized correctly; also, use the original packing materials. If you no longer have the original packaging, it is important not to use foam chips or smaller packing supplies.

Where Should I Buy My Windstone Figurines?

The main site to visit is the website of M. Peña, who is the creator of these figurines and has them showcased along with many of her other products.

One of the better secondary sites for buying figurines is eBay. However, there are a few important facts to note before you make a purchase on eBay. I have found that if you learn about these considerations beforehand and are willing to ask the seller about them, it will save you both time and money.

Advice for Shopping on eBay

1. Ask the seller how the dragon will be packaged. It will cost you more in shipping if you want your dragons to arrive in great condition, so it is best not to try to get the cheapest shipping. Instead, before you bid, try to find out how much it will cost to have your seller send your new dragon to you in a good, proper full padding in the box. It doesn't hurt to message them and ask them what the shipping costs will be and what they will use for packing.

One seller that I dealt with offered to pack them in bubble wrap, but this is easily broken by both the size and the shape of some of the dragons. It's better if the dragon is wrapped and then put in cardboard or sent in its original cardboard box and wrappings.

2. Ask for accurate photos. Most of the M. Peña dragon colours are retired, so if the dragon is in excellent condition, you will need to see more photos. When in doubt, ask for photos that are not too professional—for example, you want to see the dragon on the seller's mantle or desk.

If it's obvious that the seller took the photos in their home, then there's less chance that the dragon has been Photoshopped to appear in better condition than it actually is. The more money you spend, the more important it is to know that the figurine is not damaged.

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3. Plan your upper spending limit—and stick to it. eBay is still eBay, and sometimes there are bidding wars, so always have an upper limit you will want to spend on your dragon. Most sellers have collections, and sometimes it is worth a good hard look to see if they have other Windstone dragons they are selling.

Money is important, so do a bit of research into the prices before you spend a lot of money. If you find a dragon at a price that seems cheaper than usual, don't automatically "buy now" or bid on it unless you're positive that you want it. This is an auction, and you will tarnish your reputation if you do this and then don't want the dragon.

4. Make sure you understand the size of the figurine you want to bid on. Windstone dragons can also be termed as "statuette dragons," since some of them are taller than most dragon collectibles, like the Emperor Dragon mentioned earlier. If you do purchase a larger figure, this can lead to higher shipping costs due to both height and weight. If you have paid very little for shipping for a tall or heavy dragon, it's more likely that the dragon will arrive damaged.

The most important thing of all is to know what you are getting and how much money you are willing to spend, and then buy and enjoy it.

My Dragon Collection

On a more personal note, Windstone dragons were my first dragons in my ever-growing dragon collection. The thing I love about these particular figures is that they lend an elegance to my collection. Along with M. Peña, I also have Tudor Mint and Myth and Magic dragons in my collection. The Windstone figures are often the first ones to receive very positive comments from guests at my home. They do almost look lifelike, and the peacock dragons are some of the most beautiful.

Comments

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on February 07, 2018:

They are all listed on the m pena website, and with each colour there are the same number of dragons, which I believe is around 20.

shalini on January 29, 2018:

How am wondering how many pieces in Blue/Purple Peacock M. Pena dragon collection. Also, can someone list them too. Along with the pearl white dragon collection. Appreciate the help.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on December 18, 2017:

Michelle- generally speaking with Windstone dragons- the most valuable is a complete collection- emperor dragons cost the most, but are harder to find- they are that big!

Michelle on December 18, 2017:

What is the most valuable of all the dragons? I'm not referring to retired ones- but the ones that you can still find around various cities.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on July 07, 2015:

thank you nora for the comment.

Nora on July 06, 2015:

Great pictures of dragons

Michelle on June 11, 2015:

you've made good points, and are there places you can buy them ourside of ebay?

Nadia on June 10, 2015:

I love windstone dragons.

Rebecca E. (author) from Canada on August 22, 2014:

yes, the better the packaging the less problems with a windstone item.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 16, 2014:

You provide good tips on packaging and eBay transactions that some people may not consider.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on August 15, 2014:

These are cool. I like that they are pretty colorful. The details on them are amazing. You are right about being careful and doing your own research when buying on ebay.

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