39080 – Death Star Droid
I did a little research into who this figure was supposed to be. Apparently known as an RA-7 protocol droid they were placed on the Death Star to spy on Grand Moff Tarkin. That sounds like a much more interesting character than the one we actually saw limp in the Sandcrawler after R2 had been captured. Perhaps if had known he was a spy I would have wanted him as a kid. Sadly I never owned the DSD back then. I do own one now, and I have to say he’s a nice figure. How could I have not liked it as a kid, given how shiny he was.
This month’s research has yielded quite a few sales. I’ll keep the post brief, touching on the high end items and a few foreign variants which happened to have sold recently…
Star Wars cardback
20C Back – Rocket firing Boba Fett offer – $265 – eBay link
Here’s the cardback
21A – Offerless – AFA80 (75/80/80) – $299.99 – eBay link
The cardback looks great without an offer – the Star Wars logo with the racing track. The colours of the figure along with the image / background colour and the red the figure sits on work very well together.
21C – Secret Figure offer – AFA75 (75/85/85) – $265 – eBay link
21A – Offerless – C-7/8 – $192.07 – eBay link
Empire Strikes Back cardback
45 Back – $36.00 – eBay link
I have been a collector that prefers MOC’s without price stickers. But over time I’ve become less worried about price stickers….. apart from the Toys r Us stickers. They are just too bright and prominent.
47A – AFA80Y (75/85/80) – $127.50 – eBay link
65B Back – $149.99 – eBay link
The clear bubble must be the driver of this price. As a few listeners have pointed out a clear ROTJ bubble is hard to come by and when they do, competition ramps up.
U90 – COO – HK – $210.00 – eBay link
The listing for this is great – the Seller asks that if you are a U-Grade collector then please consider this piece and save another carded figure / baggie. If we assume he was the one who graded it, then perhaps he listened to the original Debate-D8 Skye and Steve held on U-Grading and has had a change of heart. Alternatively he could have purchased it and now wants to rid his collection of a U-Grade item.
Tri-Logo AFA80 (80/80/85) – $472.26 – eBay link
There’s something about this figure on the Trilogo card that makes it very appealing. Its like the DSD has a slight Euro look to him – so the cardback suits him well. They also did a perfect job with positioning the image, unlike R5-D4, where Luke’s head was cut-off and just wasn’t right.
Popy – C-8 – $225.00 – eBay link
Loose – Meccano variant No COO Raised Bar – $163.72 – eBay link
Finally, I thought I’d take Skye’s lead and add a Top 5 for the month (where I rank my 3 favorite pieces from the month’s assortment. Here goes:
Top 5 DSD items
5. Popy – These figures are great and the DSD suits the packaging very well. I also love that this was an opened Popy, but with the bag intact, so you can have a look at the contents.
4. 65B ROTJ MOC with Clear bubble – The clear bubble is great. I’ve always preferred figures on ROTJ that actually appeared in the movie, but given the Death Star features prominently in ROTJ I’ll give this figure a pass.
3. Loose Meccano variant. Loose variant collecting is addictive (not to mention expensive), but collection of variants (be it the same figure or just a group of non-US released figures is very appealing
2. Trilogo – I’ve become quite partial to the Trilogos, and although this is the same artwork, everything works well on the cardback
1. 20C Back with Boba Fett offer – Love the cardback, love the offer design on the front.
Let us know your thoughts….